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Posted on 30 June 2011 by admin

‘Daytimers’ to see Woody Allen film

The next event for the “Daytimers” will be the annual movie and ice cream social, Wednesday, July 20, at 1 p.m.

The featured film is Woody Allen’s “Vicky Christina Barcelona.” Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Barcelona become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Vicky (Rebecca Hall) is a grad student in Catalan studies, engaged to a safe man; Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) is finding herself, knowing that safety is not what she wants. Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), an artist rumored to have a violent marriage behind him, invites them to spend a weekend with him. They accept. As the summer goes on, their time with Juan Antonio challenges Vicky’s assumptions about who she is and suggests to Christina that she may have found herself. Into the mix come Juan Antonio’s volatile ex-wife and Vicky’s reliable fiancé.

In the end, it is a confrontation with the ex-wife, Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz) that convinces Vicky what she really wants in life.

The other film is a 14 minute short film, “Second Watch.” Berkowitz, an Israeli Reserve soldier, is on watch in a remote post along the Jordanian border. Just a few yards away, across the border, he finds an equally bored Jordanian soldier. Expect a comic exercise watching the interaction between the two guards.

There are already orders for lactose-free, and sugar-free ice cream. For those who need a special kind of ice cream, specify that when you make your reservation. Movie and ice cream are $5 (such a deal)! For reservations, call Barbara Rubin at 817-927-2736, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76109, or you may reserve on line at http://www.bethelfw.org/donations.

The Sylvia Wolens “Daytimers” is a program of Beth-El Congregation with financial support from the Jewish Federation of Forth Worth and Tarrant County.

Caravan Tamir performance

The Israel Scout Friendship Caravan will hold a concert at Ahavath Sholom on Wed., July 6 at 7 p.m. The program is open to the community and a $5 voluntary donation will be accepted. The event is partially sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

The Friends of Israel Scouts, Inc. Tzofim is a non-political scouting program that sends Israeli teens to America. These teens are sent to camps across the United States, where they serve as counselors, interact and perform for Jewish kids and audition for the Friendship Caravan.

The Caravan tours from city to city, performing and celebrating Israeli traditions. These teenage ambassadors of Israel teach audiences about their culture. The audition process is extremely competitive, and only 40 are selected to be members of the Caravan. They are chosen for their outgoing personalities and fun spirits, and must be fluent in English, enjoy interacting with people and understand Jewish history and culture. North America is divided into four different regions, and the 40 young people into four different groups, each focusing on one region.

The four groups each explore their region, traveling to a variety of places and experiencing American life. They stay for at least two days in each city, but longer in larger cities like Dallas, where there are multiple performances. The west region, which includes North Texas, is called Caravan Degania.

There are two leaders in the group, one male and one female, between the ages of 23 and 24. They already have experience as scout leaders, and have auditioned and trained to be a Caravan leaders. The 12-person group lives on a bus as they travel between cities, with a trailer attached.

Leaders and teens will stay with host families for the nine nights they are in Dallas. The host families must have at least one child between ages 10 and 18 at home during this period. It is important that the Israeli teen and the host family child are close in age and of the same gender so they can comfortably interact.

CBI Sisterhood annual school supply drive

This year, Congregation Beth Israel is partnering with Grapevine/Colleyville ISD schools to collect school supplies. These supplies will be given to the students who have the greatest need. The school supply drive will begin early this year. This way, the supplies will get to the schools in the beginning of August. They can distribute them before the school year begins. Below are the items needed:

2-3 inch zipper binders in red, yellow, green, blue and black  (these are the most expensive item so there is a real need for these binders. Giving these would be a huge mitzvah!); 1” – 3” binder; dividers with tabs; 3 subject spiral notebooks ; 12” pocket folders with brads (red and green); wide ruled notebook paper; ¼” graph paper; composition books; 3” x 5” index cards; zipper pouch supply bags; standard metric ruler; protractor (clear, flat plastic); adult Fiskers scissors; glue sticks; pink erasers; thin tip black Sharpies; Crayola Classic Broad Tip Markers; Crayola Classic Thin Tip Markers; Crayola Colored Pencils; #2 pencils; blue, black, red ballpoint pens; yellow highlighters; AAA batteries; paper towels; tissues; quart or gallon sized Ziploc bags and backpacks. Please bring the supplies to CBI and place them in the Mitzvah Closet. Thank you for your generosity. The schools are excited and grateful that this is taking place. Please feel free to call with any questions.

For more information contact, Robin BenBassett at 817-251-0508 or Laura Cohen at 817-812-3070.

News and notes

Mazel tov to Matt Nover, son of Maureen Nover and Mark Nover, and grandson of Shirley and Earl Givant, who graduated from Rutgers University May 15 with degrees in Judiac Studies and Physics.

Matt has been accepted with a scholarship to the Jewish Theological Seiminary in New York, where he will continue his studies.

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