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Around the Town: Gifts, Sukkah

Around the Town: Gifts, Sukkah

Posted on 20 September 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

I may be dating myself. I remember when I was a little girl and sitting in the chairs (we never got there early enough to sit up front, and if you knew my parents of blessed memory, you know why) on the High Holidays at Ahavath Sholom on Eighth Avenue. I loved going to shul — still do. I was fascinated by the rituals, particularly many of the machers who busied themselves making sure that the service ran like clockwork. Of course I was mesmerized by Rabbi Garsek’s distinct delivery of, well… everything. I enjoyed Abela’s (Friedling, the shul’s shamos) candies that he passed out to me and my friends — a tradition later carried on by Herbie Berkowitz, of blessed memory, and enjoyed by my own children. I shared these thoughts not too long ago with Karen Kaplan; her father Sidney Raimey was one of those giants of a man etched so distinctly in my memory, especially his shofar blowing. She mentioned that she had a portrait of her dad, which she shared with me and now I share it with you.
“Wisching” you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year! May you be inscribed.

Beth-El Congregation honored with gift from Richard Baratz

Caricaturist and multimedia artist Richard Baratz has presented Congregation Beth-El with a pen-and-ink portrait of Elie Wiesel, renowned writer, professor, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor.

Photo: Karen Kapan A portrait of Sidney Raimey

Photo: Karen Kapan
A portrait of Sidney Raimey

“He brings energy, humor and insight into the subjects and places he chooses,” said Rabbi Brian Zimmerman. “This is best seen in the wonderful sketch of Elie Wiesel that he presented to our congregation. The human essence of the teacher, writer and thinker, who was a giant of the last century, can be seen clearly in the details of the work,” he added.
“Baratz creates caricatures that bring the personalities of people and the energy of buildings and cities to life. The essence of each subject bursts forth from the page,” said Rabbi Zimmerman.
Beth-El has featured an exhibit of Baratz’ diverse artistic creations, “Capturing the Famous and the Familiar,” which can be viewed through the end of September.
— Submitted by Arlene Reynolds

Catch a ride to the doctor with JFS’ transportation program

Jewish Family Services of Fort Worth and Tarrant County began a transportation program for medical appointments last year. The program has been successful in helping community members go to physical therapy appointments, doctor appointments and surgery centers. “We want everyone in our community to know about this program so they can participate if needed,” said JFS’ Lynell Bond. The service is available for persons without need for a special mobility device as well as those who use mobility devices such as a walker or a motorized wheelchair. If you would like to register to participate, please contact Lynell Bond, case manager, at 817-823-0476. Once enrolled in the program, you will need to schedule appointments at least 48 hours in advance.
— Submitted by Lynell Bond

Mitzvahs in the Sukkah

Tarrant County religious schools and PJ Library are coming together to do Mitzvahs in the Sukkah. Learn all about sukkot while reading, creating, making edible sukkahs, and singing with Eli Davidsohn. The program is for all children ages 3 to third grade. If your child is in religious school, they’ll be attending with their classes. Need a ride? Free bus transportation is available from Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville and Chabad of Arlington and Mid-Cities n Arlington. Please visit tarrantfederation.org for details.
There will be a Parents’ Nosh at 9:30 a.m., where parents can enjoy a bagel and schmear and get to know other parents before the Mitzvahs in the Sukkah program!
Mitzvahs in the Sukkah is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Congregation Ahavath Sholom, Beth-El Congregation, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Beth Shalom, Chabad of Fort Worth and Chabad of Arlington and Mid-Cities with financial support from the Dan Danciger/Fort Worth Hebrew Day School Supporting Foundation.
— Submitted by Angie Kitzman

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Around the Town: The continued history of the Fort Worth JCC

Around the Town: The continued history of the Fort Worth JCC

Posted on 14 September 2017 by admin

Editor’s note: The Fort Worth Jewish Archives recently indexed documents, minutes, correspondence, photos, and articles from the Texas Jewish Post that tell the story of the Dan Danciger Jewish Community Center, from its genesis as an idea in the 1950s, to its construction in the 1960s, its flowering, and its dissolution in the 1990s.
Lax financial management and changing demographic trends led to its closing. Proceeds from its sale were placed in a foundation that allots around $65,000 annually toward continuation of the JCC’s core programs and related activities. The following narrative is drawn from documents in the DDJCC Collection, housed in the archives room at Congregation Ahavath Sholom.

By Naomi Rosenfield and Hollace Weiner
Special to the TJP

Management woes

Between 1977 and 1988, operations at Fort Worth’s Jewish Community Center began to gradually slide. With increasing numbers, Jews began to join country clubs and build homes with swimming pools. Membership at the Center declined. To compensate for the loss of Jewish members, the Center found itself soliciting and enrolling more non-Jewish members.
A bright spot on the DDJCC acreage was construction in 1988 of a 19,000-square-foot building to house the Fort Worth Hebrew Day School. The Day School, launched in 1981, had been meeting at Ahavath Sholom and enrolled children from kindergarten through fifth grade. The school finally had a place to call home.

Lillian Bellows and Matti Joseph prepare food in 1980.

Lillian Bellows and Matti Joseph prepare food in 1980.

Yet as the day school burnished its image and grew, the DDJCC’s executive board took a sober look at its finances. The Center’s board of directors notified the Federation “that it was facing the probability of running out of funds before the end of 1988.” Federation President Sandra Freed appointed a Blue Ribbon Committee to study the Center’s finances. It didn’t take long for the panel to ascertain that during the previous five years, the JCC had engaged in deficit spending. Among the reasons for the Center’s financial woes and the membership decline were that:

  • Accounts receivable from dues and services were not collected;
  • The Senior Citizens Program, while providing important services such as transportation and hot lunches, did not produce any income;
  • Repairs, maintenance and upgrades to the facility had been postponed and not done; and
  • Fewer volunteers resulted in more overtime for the paid staff.

The Blue Ribbon Committee report, issued Aug. 15, 1988, stated that the appearance of the physical facility was “depressing” and in need of volunteers to spruce it up.
Closer examination revealed sloppy bookkeeping practices, well below the standards required by the United Way. Subsequently, the Center Board

The Fort Worth Hebrew Day School student body of 1998-99

The Fort Worth Hebrew Day School student body of 1998-99

chose to forgo United Way funding, rationalizing that it was extremely time-consuming to apply for funds. The United Way’s funding requirements had also meant a shift away from the Center’s Jewish mission.
The Blue Ribbon report concluded that the DDJCC continued to have great value to the Jewish community. The panel recommended consolidating office staff for the Center and the Federation, believing that would tighten financial oversight, result in more emphasis on Jewish programming, and draw more Jewish members.
The committee was unanimous in its belief that Jews who did not belong to the Center needed to support it for future generations. Citing the 1959 bankruptcy of Southwood Country Club, another Jewish recreational enterprise initiated with high hopes, the Blue Ribbon report observed: “The failure of the Jewish Country Club some 30 years ago was recalled by the committee members, and well-remembered was the distress and embarrassment of our Jewish community to suffer a failure of that magnitude. The community must not again permit the closing of the doors of a Jewish institution.”
Letters were sent to the entire Jewish community urging support for the DDJCC regardless of usage. It was a sincere plea to reverse the trends outlined in the Blue Ribbon Report. For a while, these measures seemed to work.
The next year, 1989, marked the 25th anniversary of the DDJCC. A grand, Silver Anniversary celebration was planned, with a Gala Dinner and Benefit Auction at Colonial Country Club Dec. 3, 1989. Chaired by Sandra Freed, the auction featured new cars, furs, a yacht and celebrity items. Among the latter was a single sheet of stationery with three jokes handwritten by comedienne Joan Rivers. Another sought-after celebrity item was a script from the television show Magnum P.I. autographed by its star, Tom Selleck. The Silver Anniversary Gala was deemed a tremendous success, both socially and financially. It provided a breath of fresh air and a shot in the arm for the struggling DDJCC.

Eileen Martell (left) was the camp director in 1979.

Eileen Martell (left) was the camp director in 1979.

Dream envisioned in 1950s ends in 1995

Despite the successful 1989 gala, vigorous fundraising efforts and membership drives, it was clear the DDJCC was in dire straits. During the next four years, the center dramatically declined. Membership, which had once exceeded 470 families, had dropped to 328 in 1984 and plunged to 153 families in 1993. Of those family units, 62 had paid full membership dues. Parents who put their children in summer camp were permitted to enroll-now-and-pay-later. Money was not raised to cover scholarships awarded to Russian-immigrant families.
The percentage of Jewish members dropped to 60 percent.
By 1994, it became clear that the Jewish community needed to consolidate its services and facilities. The Jewish Federation, as the funding agency, determined it was necessary to take proactive steps to save the most vital JCC programs.
In October 1994, Federation President Elliott Garsek appointed an Ad Hoc Federation Center/Day School Committee — referred to as the “crisis committee.” Bolstered with a study by consultant Joe Cohen from the Council of Jewish Federations (now JFNA), the crisis committee spelled out these recommendations for the future:

  • Boards of both the DDJCC and Fort Worth Hebrew Day School should place on the market their properties at 6801 and 6795 Dan Danciger Road (formerly Old Granbury Road);
  • The DDJCC should raise fees for all child care programs to no less than market rates, effective Jan. 1, 1995;
  • Immediately discontinue enrolling children below the age of two at the day care center;
  • Move preschool classes for children over the age of two to the Hebrew Day School building with a configuration worked out by the affected agencies;
  • Appoint a committee to explore renting the facilities on a full-time basis.
 Jeff Kaitcer (back left) and Lenny Herzfeld (front middle) were in a 1980 basketball league.

Jeff Kaitcer (back left) and Lenny Herzfeld (front middle) were in a 1980 basketball league.

These recommendations —spelled out in an Oct. 19, 1994, memo to representatives of the DDJCC, FWHDS, Congregation Ahavath Sholom, Beth-El Congregation and the Federation — were intended to implement an interim plan to deal with the financial crises facing both the DDJCC and the Hebrew Day School. By then, enrollment at the Day School was 40 students and the preschool had 25 students.
The consultant, along with lay leadership, deemed continuation of the following core programs essential to the community:

  • Lil Goldman Early Learning Center;
  • Camp Shalom;
  • Senior Adult Lunch Program; and
  • Hebrew Day School.

The Jewish Community Center’s board of directors, headed by Steve Katten, a CPA, voted to approve the recommendations and to sell its property on Dan Danciger Road. This forced the sale of the Hebrew Day School, as the FWHDS only owned the real estate on which it was built, not the access road leading to the school nor the parking spaces around it.
The JCC’s programs, along with the Jewish Family Services office and the Federation administrative office, were relocated to the Hebrew Day School building. An above-ground pool was purchased so that Camp Shalom could continue providing water activities during its summer sessions.
The control and the financial functions of the JCC and the Day School were consolidated under the Federation, whose president was Michael Korenman, M.D. The model was described as a “functionalized Federation” with semi-autonomous agencies operating in full cooperation. This model continued until the sale of the property in May 1999 for $1.6 million to Southwest Christian School. The parochial school planned to utilize the property for 300 students enrolled in its primary grades. The JCC’s core programs relocated. The Federation and Jewish Family Services moved their offices into a triple-wide trailer parked 3 miles away on Congregation Ahavath Sholom’s property.

Legacy of Fort Worth’s erstwhile Jewish Community Center

Today, the core programs that continue are the Senior Adult Lunch Program centered at Beth-El Congregation; Camp Shalom, based at Ahavath Sholom; and the Lil Goldman Early Learning Center, also at Ahavath Sholom, which has grown to enroll more than 100 preschoolers. Sadly, the Hebrew Day School lost not only its schoolhouse, but also its visibility. Enrollment shrank, and the day school was out of existence by 2007.

Frances Marks teaches her ballet class in 1975.

Frances Marks teaches her ballet class in 1975.

The Federation and Jewish Family Services offices are located in a stand-alone building on Kingsridge Road in close proximity to the city’s two synagogues. Commemorations previously observed at the JCC (such as Israel Independence Day, Holocaust Remembrance Day and Israel Memorial Day) now rotate among the county’s five synagogues. They are staffed and funded by the Federation. The Federation also provides grants to congregations for various programs, some of which would have been run by the old JCC. These include movie series, Israeli dance nights and lectures.
The proceeds from the $1.6 million sale of the JCC property were placed in a newly created financial trust called the Dan Danciger/Fort Worth Hebrew Day School Supporting Foundation (DD/FWHDS). After paying debts and bills, the foundation’s beginning balance totaled $1.488 million. Annual interest income has averaged $60,000 to $65,000. Since 1999, the foundation has dispensed $650,000.
“Core” programs — meaning the preschool, the senior lunch program, and Camp Shalom, all of which continue to thrive — may apply to the DD/FWHDS Foundation for annual operating funds. The Supporting Foundation may also allocate money for “cultural, social, entertainment and educational programs” of “Jewish content” that might typically have been held at the local JCC. Grants for these less specific purposes have proven controversial.
Funds accrued from interest not allocated during each fiscal year are added to the Supporting Foundation’s corpus, which presently totals $1.35 million. The principal may only be spent to construct buildings that benefit the Jewish community educationally and culturally. Perhaps someday the DD/FWHDS Supporting Foundation will utilize its growing principal to fulfill the dreams of those who donated to build the Jewish Community Center and the Day School so many years ago.

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Around the Town: History of Fort Worth’s JCC

Around the Town: History of Fort Worth’s JCC

Posted on 07 September 2017 by admin

Editor’s note: The Fort Worth Jewish Archives recently indexed documents, minutes, correspondence, photos, and articles from the Texas Jewish Post that tell the story of the Dan Danciger Jewish Community Center, from its genesis as an idea in the 1950s, to its construction in the 1960s, its flowering, and its dissolution in the 1990s.
Lax financial management and changing demographic trends led to its closing. Proceeds from its sale were placed in a foundation that allots around $65,000 annually toward continuation of the JCC’s core programs and related activities. The following narrative is drawn from documents in the DDJCC Collection, housed in the archives room at Congregation Ahavath Sholom.
* denotes that the person is deceased.

By Naomi Rosenfield and Hollace Weiner

Fort Worth Jewish Archives
Part 1: The vision . . .

There are dreamers. There are doers. And then there are visionaries. You may not recognize their names, but these folks dreamed and realized their vision in the 1950s, planning and creating Fort Worth’s Dan Danciger Jewish Community Center. It opened with optimism in 1965, flowered for 30 years, and dissolved in 1995, plagued with financial deficits.
Back in the 1950s, I.E. Horwitz,* Lou Barnett, Leon Brachman,* Arthur Ginsburg,* Dr. Frank Cohen,* Dave Eisenman,* Jerry Wolens,* Sidney Raimey* and many, many others who have passed away believed there was a great need in Tarrant County for a community center that would “stimulate in all age groups a love and appreciation of Jewish values.” There were already several popular, innovative programs — such as a summer camp, a preschool and educational lectures — operating under the auspices of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth & Tarrant County. These could be brought under the roof of a Jewish Community Center and lead to a more united Jewish community. Since the Federation was then recognized as the central planning agency for the local Jewish populace, every step toward founding a JCC was designed and implemented with its leadership.

File photo (From left) Sara Horwitz, Mike Weinberg and Bess Wetheim pose at the 1964 groundbreaking of the Fort Worth Jewish Community Center.

File photo
(From left) Sara Horwitz, Mike Weinberg and Bess Wetheim pose at the 1964 groundbreaking of the Fort Worth Jewish Community Center.

In 1954, the Jewish community had opened a day camp at a 20-acre site near Handley. It cost $5,500 to run the camp that summer. The income generated was $3,600, and the Federation subsidized the balance. A total of 140 children attended three summer sessions. Lou Barnett urged that the camp continue for another summer and recommended acquiring a permanent site for the future. Also in the early 1950s, innovative educator Lil Goldman* was running a successful preschool at Congregation Ahavath Sholom’s Eighth Avenue synagogue. Among those preschoolers in early attendance were Laurie Barnett (Werner) and Elliott Garsek, youngsters who would grow into leaders of Fort Worth Jewish institutions.
The summer camp and preschool were community programs without permanent locations. Longtime Federation officer Maurice Rabinowitz* suggested the possibility of a Jewish community center, a permanent physical facility on acreage with a swimming pool and ball fields. It was 1955!
In 1957 the Federation appointed Brachman and Barnett to look into requesting a grant from the Dan Danciger estate. The Dancigers, a family of oil entrepreneurs who came to Fort Worth from Kansas City, Missouri, in the 1940s, had created two trust funds that benefited the community for decades. (Ultimately, in 1960, the trustees of the Dan Danciger estate “cheerfully” approved a $300,000 grant.)
The Fort Worth Federation also appointed a larger committee to “check on a Center project.” Rabinowitz was chairman. Working with Horwitz, Barnett, Brachman, Rabbi Isadore Garsek,* Arthur Ginsburg,* Jack Greenman,* Rabbi Robert Schur,* Texas Jewish Post Publisher Jimmy Wisch* and architect Larry Gernsbacher*, the committee drew up a plan for a 5,000-square-foot building at a cost of $700,000, including land and furnishings. The ball was rolling!
Brachman stressed that the local community must be prepared to properly maintain and operate the center. Rabbi Schur expressed optimism that “proper programming would strengthen the general congregational life of the community” and that a JCC would “develop new areas of interest culturally and socially. It would be a contribution to the community at large.” With support from the entire Federation committee, the work moved forward. Professionals from the Jewish Welfare Board (now part of Jewish Community Centers of America) visited Fort Worth for consultation.
The visionaries were dotting their “i’s” and crossing their “t’s” to do the research necessary to move forward. There was great excitement about the possibilities of creating community space for all ages.

If you build it, they will come

By 1959, a population survey revealed that Fort Worth had 900 Jewish households with 3.1 persons each. This computed to about 2,790 Jews living in the city. Following the population study, a needs assessment determined that a Jewish community center would require parking, a playground, athletic facilities, a gymnasium, swimming and wading pools, an assembly hall, ballroom, office space, lounge areas, rooms for study and play, and preschool classrooms.
And so, 1959 continued as a very busy year toward the creation of a Fort Worth JCC. Letters were mailed to 867 Jewish-family units to find out if there was community interest in constructing a center. The total response was 40 percent, with 342 replies—among them 258 from households in favor. (The letter had no questions about a financial commitment.) Based upon the 258 favorable responses, I.E. Horwitz, an energetic oil-and-gas attorney and a past president of the Temple, was appointed chair of the Federation’s JCC Committee.
Three caveats surfaced, and Horwitz addressed them: that the Fort Worth Jewish community was too small to support a JCC, that funds were more urgently needed for the city’s synagogues, and that money should be spent for philanthropic rather than recreational needs. To these objections, Horwitz said, “Rubbish!” Communities smaller than Fort Worth had built and supported centers. He pointed to strong growth at the city’s two congregations and reminded detractors that “no center has ever retarded the growth of religious life. They are a help, not a hindrance.” He added that “Israel and other charities will always need our help,” but this should not “stifle our own community progress.”
By 1960, pediatrician Frank Cohen was quoted in the Federation minutes stating, “It was generally agreed that the Center was a completely autonomous group which had been charged by the Federation to organize and build a JCC program and building.” Horwitz, the fundraising chairman, reported in October 1961 that 155 Jews had pledged $114,605 toward building the JCC, and six non-Jews had pledged $26,260. By December, he reported that the committee was only $3,000 short of its $150,000 goal. (When the JCC officially opened its doors in 1965, “private gifts” totaled $175,000, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.)
A Young People’s Group, chaired by Sherwin Rubin, pledged its support for a JCC. That group represented 40 couples. In 1960, Rubin along with Marcia Kornbleet (Kurtz) volunteered to co-chair a membership drive for the future JCC. Their goal was 450 families.
While enthusiasm was growing, Rabinowitz, the building chairman, was busy with the plans for the facility. During 1963 many unanswered questions arose:

  • 1. Will there be non-Jewish members and, if so, on what basis?
  • 2. What percentage of the city’s Jewish population could be expected to join?
  • 3. What policies would govern Shabbat activities and kashrut?
  • 4. What would be the cost of membership?
  • 5. What sources of revenue could be generated to cover the cost of operations?
  • 6. How would transportation needs be met?

In May 1963, a decision was reached to spend only money on hand plus promised pledges for grounds, building and furnishings, minus 10 percent shrinkage for possible unpaid pledges. The decision to move forward was based upon two assumptions: that Fort Worth’s Jewish community would grow, and that a building would attract Jewish membership. Initially, non-Jews were not part of the financial equation as planners evaluated the center’s long-term viability. However, membership was to be open to all, regardless of faith and race.
Several hundred excited people attended the groundbreaking May 3, 1964, at 6801 Granbury Road on the 20.5 acres of undeveloped land in southwest Fort Worth. Horwitz was appointed founding president of the Dan Danciger Jewish Community Center (DDJCC). On Nov. 25, 1964, the first board of directors meeting was held in the new building — a 41,500-square-foot complex with outdoor tennis courts and an Olympic-size pool. The community held a festive dedication ceremony in the DDJCC gym Jan. 17, 1965. By then, “private gifts” toward building the center totaled $175,000, and, according to the Star-Telegram, the Dan Danciger Trust had upped its contribution to $410,000 (from an initial promise of $300,000). By the end of the year, membership totaled 475 families (who paid annual dues of $72), plus dozens of single adults who joined for $36. Optimism was in the air.

The Center: up and running

Events included:

  • Young Adult Organization (Dotty Echt*, chair)
  • Senior Citizens Club, renamed Adult Discussion Group (Dora Ginsburg*, president, 1965)
  • Ongoing artist exhibits
  • Bridge classes
  • Center Players perform From the World of Sholom Aleichem
  • Cooking classes (gourmet and Jewish)
  • Homemaking classes: “Let’s Play House,” with serving tea part of each session
  • Daily lunches for seniors, as well as annual Passover seders and Thanksgiving dinners
  • New Year’s Eve Fiesta Ball, chaired by Harriette Gachman, transformed the center into a South of the Border Night Club in 1966
  • Youth basketball league, with more than 100 boys
  • Tweens visit from Dallas and Houston, connecting Fort Worth adolescents with other Jewish tweens, making new friends, renewing old friendships
  • Camp Shalom is named by Teren Kreisler, 10 and Kathy Sherman (Suder), 6.

Dream comes to fruition

“A community without a home is a community without a heart. The united home of our Jewish Community Center (is) representative in spirit and structures of all the people. Here the hands of an entire community will clasp as easily as the hands of two. Here no one is alone. . . . ever. Here, groups are never divided. It will be our new spirit, dedicated, united and secure … designed to serve forever.”
This beautifully written, optimistic message was printed in the dedication book distributed Jan. 17, 1965, by the Jewish Community Center Campaign organization, comprising 34 division chairs and a solicitation committee of 103 people; the JCC was on its way to fulfilling the dream. The Dedication Ceremony, in the gymnasium of the new complex, turned into a huge celebration for the visionaries, the campaign workers and rank-and-file volunteers eager to create a plethora of activities to meet the social, cultural, educational, and athletic needs of the community.
In 1965, the breakdown of membership statistics was impressive: 491 men, 504 women, 474 boys and 431 girls. Also, the Center was accepted into the Tarrant County United Fund (now the United Way) and received an allocation of $4,941 in 1966. That same year Dan Rosenthal was hired as executive director of the Federation, the JCC, and the Jewish Social Service Agency (now Jewish Family Services). All three agencies had administrative offices in the new building.
One of the Center’s most successful activities was its Senior Citizens Club. Created in 1965, it had 100 members and was volunteer driven. With its own officers, monthly meetings were held at the Center. In subsequent years, the group was renamed the Adult Discussion Group.
Everything was running smoothly — the preschool, the summer camp, arts and crafts classes, the athletic department and adult education activities. The complex, with its meeting rooms, classrooms, gymnasium, Olympic-size swimming pool and tennis courts, was in full use. In addition, Young Judea, BBYO, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other groups utilized the center as the place to meet. Because the DDJCC was affiliated with the national Jewish Community Center Association, it hosted and housed groups of out-of-town teenagers visiting Fort Worth, giving our teens the opportunity to meet contemporaries from other cities.
In 1977, under the direction of JCC President Jerry Wolens, a bar mitzvah celebration was held to mark the Center’s thirteenth anniversary. Guest speaker was Dore (Isadore) Schary, the Hollywood motion-picture director, writer, producer and playwright.
He later became head of production and president of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Again, the community came together to celebrate the success of the Center.

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Around the Town: Recognition, awards

Posted on 31 August 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Trusts & Estates magazine recognizes Blum as ‘thought leader’

Trusts & Estates magazine has announced the winners of its 2017 Distinguished Author awards. Marvin E. Blum, JD, CPA, has been named the winner of the Trusts & Estates 2017 Distinguished Author award in the Thought Leadership category.
Blum will be honored at the WealthManagement.com 2017 Executive Forum and Industry Awards gala being held Oct. 11 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The Wealth Management.com Industry Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the wealth management industry.
Commenting on the recognition, Blum said: “I am deeply honored to receive this Thought Leader Award, as it celebrates how estate planning is evolving. I still enjoy helping clients save taxes and protect their assets, but my passion is to design an inheritance that helps families succeed for generations to come. My goal is to help clients create and preserve a legacy.”
Blum was nominated for his article Filling in the Gaps: Create a Red File to Cover Issues Beyond Traditional Estate Planning. The article suggests supplementing a traditional estate plan with a “Red File” — a centralized file of important information and documents, a clear expression of financial intentions, and guidance for care should one become incapacitated.
According to Blum, “It’s all too common for a client to walk away with a perfectly crafted portfolio of estate planning documents that expertly disseminates the property but fails to provide the control so desperately desired. A Red File can help ensure that upon incapacity, you are cared for as you wish, and upon death, your assets pass exactly how you would like.”
Blum is a nationally recognized estate planning expert known for creating customized, cutting-edge estate plans. His firm, The Blum Firm, P.C., has offices throughout Texas and has grown to be the largest group of estate planning attorneys in the state.

Save the date: Oct. 22 — Person of the Year Award

Isadore Garsek Lodge of B’nai B’rith will honor the 2017 Jewish Person of the Year at an award dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at Beth-El Congregation in Fort Worth.
State Representative Craig Goldman will be the keynote speaker. Cost of the evening is $25 and will include a delicious barbecue dinner catered by Riscky’s. Kosher meals will be available with advance notification. The lodge is currently accepting nominations for the Jewish Person of the Year. Send your nomination to Isadore Garsek Lodge, 4420 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107. For reservations or tickets, contact Rich Hollander at rich.d.hollander@gmail.com or 817-909-4354, Alex Nason at alexnason@charter.net or Marvin Beleck at marvinbeleck@aol.com.

Fort Worth Federation kicks off new year

The Fort Worth Federation of Temple Youth (FWFTY) kicked off the 2017-18 year with a trip to watch the Texas Rangers play the Houston Astros. In between rain showers, we watched a celebration for Pudge Rodriguez, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. His No. 7 jersey was retired.
If your ninth- to 12th-grader is interested in joining FWFTY, please contact Lance Friedensohn at friedensohn@gmail.com.

 

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Around the Town: scholarships, 90th birthday

Around the Town: scholarships, 90th birthday

Posted on 24 August 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Garsek Lodge presents annual scholarship awards

On Aug. 11, the Isadore Garsek B’nai B’rith Lodge No. 269 of Fort Worth presented their annual scholarships to two extremely talented recent high school graduates.AwardeesandParents

The awardees pictured with their parents (from left) Marcy Paul, Isaac Narrett, David Narrett, Steve Imber, Jared Imber, Jill Imber and Barry Schneider of the Isadore Garsek Lodge of B’nai B’rith

The awardees pictured with their parents (from left) Marcy Paul, Isaac Narrett, David Narrett, Steve Imber, Jared Imber, Jill Imber and Barry Schneider of the Isadore Garsek Lodge of B’nai B’rith

The academic scholarship is competitive and is awarded principally based on academic achievement and accomplishments; demonstrated interests and participation in both school-oriented and outside activities are also important considerations. The BBYO participation grant is based solely on participation in BBYO at the local, regional and national level.
This year’s Academic Grant winner is Jared Imber, son of Steve and Jill Imber of Fort Worth. Jared graduated from Fort Worth Country Day School in May with a 99.68 GPA. He was a member of the High Honor Roll, Cum Laude Society, Spanish Honor Roll and Math Honor Roll. Additionally, he received the National Spanish Exam gold and silver medals, Outstanding Undergraduate in Science Award, and the Unniversity of Pennsylvania Book Award for exemplifying the qualities and characteristics of Benjamin Franklin — a scholar, innovator, and one who serves the community.
He was awarded a grant by Fort Worth Country Day of the American Revolution for good citizenship and the Beth-El Men of Reform Judaism. If this was not enough, he is an avid competitive golfer serving as team captain in grades 11 and 12. In 2014 he placed second in the Fort Worth City Junior Championship and the JCC Maccabi games. For fun, he participates as a member of the debate team and the volleyball team and plays sax in the jazz band. Jared is also active in BBYO, where he helped relaunch the Fort Worth chapter of AZA. He has been a teacher’s aide at Beth-El.
Jared will attend Tulane University in New Orleans this fall in a pre-med program majoring in biochemistry and Spanish.
This year’s winner of the BBYO Participation Award goes to Isaac Narrett, son of David Narrett and Marcy Paul, both of Fort Worth. Isaac also graduated from Fort Worth Country Day School in May with a GPA of 97.64. He is a member of the High Honor Roll and the Cum Laude Society, and is a Bass scholar and a Whiz Quiz participant. He plays volleyball, baseball and basketball. Isaac has been a member of AZA since ninth grade. He served as the region’s eighth-grade recruitment chairman. This involved over 1,200 members. He attended the International Leadership Training Conference in Pennsylvania and served as vice president of Membership, vice president of Treasury, vice president of Judaism and vice president of Community Service.
Isaac uses the leadership skills he learned in AZA throughout the Fort Worth community. He represented Fort Worth Country Day School at the American Legion’s Boys State prestigious education program of government instruction. He served as a counselor at Camp Impact for four years and was a Counselor in Training at Greene Family Camp. He helped keep the grounds around the temple clean, served as a teacher’s aide at Beth-El for two years and worked this summer as a counselor at Greene Family Camp.
Isaac will attend the University of Michigan this fall studying statistics, economics and international relationships.
Congratulations to all of the winners and their families.
Scholarship applications are available in the spring of each year. Look for announcements in your synagogue’s newsletter and the TJP.

Sandler’s 90th birthday one to remember

Mazal tov to Bernice Sandler, who celebrated her 90th birthday Aug. 12. Bernice is joined in the photo by her fellow members of the “90 and Over Club.” Pictured (standing, from left) are Joyce Slagle, Rachel Greenstein and Joy Schroeder. Seated are Sandler and Pearl McFarland.Sandler's party

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Rabbi shares life’s journey in one-man show

Posted on 17 August 2017 by admin

By Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

I have met more than one local rabbi who had “another life” before they were called to the bimah: nurse, Red Cross worker, Wall Street banker, IDF soldier. But only one made his way there via Broadway.
Rabbi Adam Roffman will share that journey in the form of a one-man show during two performances of Sunday the Rabbi Sang Sondheim at 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 20 and 27, at Stage West Studio Theatre, 821 W. Vickery Blvd. in Fort Worth. Proceeds of the evening will benefit the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and Orchard Theatre of Texas.
Roffman is an associate rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas, and as one of his congregants, I’ve been privileged to get to know him over the past four years.
In December, Roffman performed Sing for Your Siddur, a prayer book fundraiser for the Dallas shul. Roffman explained that while the Dallas show had a cabaret-like flavor, the Fort Worth edition is more theatrical and delves more deeply into his intensely personal journey.
“The biggest difference is that I was playing to a home crowd at Shearith and people knew me and knew a little bit of my story, and I had credibility with them the second I walked out on stage,” he explained in a phone interview. “I had to really change it to make it more personal, to turn it less from a cabaret evening into something that has a very strong theatricality to it. The story of the decisions I make from being an actor to being a rabbi are explored in greater depth and there’s more tension in the piece… it feels weightier. It’s more like going to a play and less like going to a cabaret.”
Roffman grew up in Baltimore, where he attended a Conservative Jewish day school. Like most Baltimoreans, he grew up loving the Orioles with added passions for musical theater and Torah study. He graduated from Amherst College with a political science degree and the Circle in the Square Theatre School with a Certificate in Musical Theatre Performance.
The show is autobiographical with a narrative punctuated by 15 Broadway songs over the course of 90-plus minutes. There is an intermission. Roffman explained that in addition to being deeply emotional, the performance is somewhat physically taxing as well.
“This is a little bit like running a marathon. Being up on stage by yourself for 90 minutes is really taxing. You have to get yourself in shape. At times that’s been a real struggle for me. In the course of an ordinary musical as one performer, you might sing five or six songs and usually you’re singing with other people, but this is just me. And also, like I said, because it’s very personal, it is very emotionally draining.”
The rabbi sees similarities between the outlets of theater and music and the Judaism.
“There is a lot in common between what it is that Judaism tries to teach us and helps us explore — not just the everyday but also the challenges in life — and to think about them in an honest way and with an eye toward making the world a better place, and I think that theater does the same thing.”
One of the hallmarks of Roffman’s approach to both Judaism and theater is intention and honesty.
“When I talk about prayer, I talk about being honest,” he says. “When you go through these words the idea is to internalize them and make them personal and that means — most of the time — to struggle with them. If you are reading a line in the prayer book and praying it, you first have to decide in your own mind if there’s truth in what you are saying and if there isn’t, you have to ask the question why. Ultimately the goal is to get yourself to a point where you can believe the things you are saying. But it’s that moment in honesty where the real power in prayer is.”
Roffman explained that as a performer he had a similar experience to what one might have with prayer. Some of the songs he will perform, he has been singing for 20-plus years, but when he went to practice them it was almost as if he didn’t know the words at all. Coming to terms with their meaning for him in the context of his life story was an arduous process. It is difficult to accept that the path one thought they were on is not where they will end up.
“A lot of the songs that I sing, especially toward the middle of the show, are about the complexities of life and how life is not black and white, that there are lots of different shades of gray and the more honest you are about the challenges you face, the more real the solutions become.”
Roffman will be accompanied by a gifted Dallas musician, pianist Jon Schweikhard. He explained that the music is difficult and having a talent like Schweikhard as accompaniment and Jim Covault as director makes the show run smoothly. Orchard Theatre founder and playwright Richard Allen helped shape the script. The rabbi also alluded to the fact that there may a surprise guest or guests adding to the show at some point, but wouldn’t elaborate.
It is clear from talking to Roffman that he loves his day job — rabbi— and his hobby — musical performer. But perhaps his greatest joy is being a husband and father.
Roffman and his wife Rabbi Shira Wallach are parents of daughter Hannah, age 2. Roffman kvelled when he shared an anecdote of Hannah spontaneously at the piano, imitating his practice sessions with full intention — carefully fingering the piano keys and “singing” lyrics.
Roffman attributes much of his show’s success to his wife Shira, who is a gifted singer in her own right. “As always, I could not possibly have done this without Shira. I trust her so implicitly with getting the story right and being a sounding board in helping me tell it, but also she’s come to love this story of me as much as I have. So we’ve been sharing that together.”
Roffman can’t wait for the first performance this weekend. “There is a lot of joy in the performance of musical theater songs for me. Just the opportunity to do that is great. I get a lot of joy out of singing.”
Tickets for the show are $30 each or $100 for a group of four. They can be purchased at www.orchardtheatre.org.

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Around the Town: Daytimers, supporting Israel

Posted on 10 August 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Daytimers get together for ice cream and movie

Next week’s Daytimers get-together will feature ice cream and a movie at noon, Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Beth-El Congregation. Bring your own lunch, and dessert will be provided during the film The Exception.
Larry Steckler tells us that “the film is a WWII thriller filled with espionage and romance in equal measure. The Exception follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in The Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country’s authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser.
“As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser’s maids who Brandt soon discovers is secretly Jewish. When Heinrich Himmler (Eddie Marsan), head of the SS, decides to come for an unexpected visit with a large platoon of Nazis in tow, the stage is set for a breathtaking showdown, as secrets are revealed, allegiances are tested, and Brandt is forced to make the ultimate choice between honoring his country and following his heart.”
A.O. Scott reviewed The Exception in the New York Times in June and said of Plummer’s performance, “Mr. Plummer, at this stage in his career, takes evident delight in the flourishes and extravagances that seniority affords. His Kaiser is full of mischief and vanity, in many ways a reprehensible figure but nonetheless able to charm his way out of the contempt he deserves.”
Let Larry know if you will be there by calling 817-927-2736. Daytimers is a program of Beth-El Congregation with financial support from the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Roffman heads to Cowtown for 2 unique performances

The Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County is teaming up with the new Orchard Theatre of Texas (OTX) to present a very special evening of entertainment. Sunday the Rabbi Sang Sondheim features the musical talents of Adam Roffman, associate rabbi at Shearith Israel of Dallas.
Directed by OTX Artistic Director Jim Covault, this uniquely personal production recounts Adam’s journey through the beloved musical theater characters he played, ones that “got away” and those he only dreamed about. The score is filled with Broadway classics from shows like Guys and Dolls, Pippin, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Company, Oliver!, Little Shop of Horrors, Phantom of the Opera and more. We will share more about Adam’s journey from musical theater to the rabbinate in next week’s column.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Stage West Studio Theatre, 821 W. Vickery Blvd. in Fort Worth. Tickets are $30, or $100 for a group of four. Proceeds will benefit the Federation and Orchard Theatre of Texas. To purchase tickets, go to orchardtheatre.org.

 

 

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New Beginnings Church makes $250,000 donation to Project Aliyah

New Beginnings Church has a history of supporting Israel, and this past Sunday, it made a six-figure donation to that end.
Pastor Larry Huch presented a $250,000 check to Keren Hayesod during Sunday services to help Jews making aliyah through the Aliyah Project.
“We are not only presenting you with a quarter-million dollars, but we are making a pledge that next quarter we are going to do at least that much again,” Huch said during the presentation of the check.
New Beginnings’ campaign began over Purim and Passover. The church was at the forefront of the anti-BDS movement in Texas, and pushed for the state to sign a bill into law, as well as many other pro-Israel actions.
“Not many years ago, standing with Israel was heresy, but we are changing the world. Around the world, Christians are falling back in love with their Jewish roots, and are falling in love with the land we owe so much to,” Huch said.
Presenting the check are (from left) Larry Huch of New Beginnings Church; Josh Reinstein, director of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus; Eliezer (Moodi) Sandberg, world chairman of Keren Hayesod; and Pastor Scott Sigman of New Beginnings Church.

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Rabbi on new police race relations committee

Rabbi on new police race relations committee

Posted on 03 August 2017 by admin

Ahaath Sholom’s Bloom to help Fort Worth police force

By Rick Press
Special to TJP

In December 2016, Jacqueline Craig called the Fort Worth police because she believed her son had been assaulted by a neighbor. She was expecting the officer who arrived at the scene to serve and protect her family.

TJP file photo/Richard Rodriguez Rabbi Andrew Bloom performs the invocation at a 2015 rodeo in Fort Worth.

TJP file photo/Richard Rodriguez
Rabbi Andrew Bloom performs the invocation at a 2015 rodeo in Fort Worth.

Instead, officer William Martin questioned Craig’s parenting skills, insulted her and forcibly arrested the African-American mother and her two daughters.
The entire incident was caught on cellphone video, and quickly went viral, laying bare what many in Fort Worth have long suggested is a racial divide in their community, particularly when it comes to police relations.
The fallout has been swift and steady, and Mayor Betsy Price, Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald and the city council have been criticized for their handling of the case. In the ensuing months, they have been searching for a sustained way to address the protests and ongoing concerns about race relations in Fort Worth.
On Friday, the city’s new Race and Culture Task Force will meet for the first time, charged with a mission of bridging the “divides within our community,” said Rabbi Andrew Bloom of Congregation Ahavath Sholom, one of the co-chairs of the 23-member committee.
“This is a watershed moment for Fort Worth,” Bloom said in an email. “We will be able to enhance our city as an example of inclusion we can all be proud of.”
Bloom has served on the mayor’s faith-based cabinet the last five years, and he says it’s an honor to be chosen as a co-chair on the new task force. He will be joined by fellow co-chairs Bob Ray Sanders of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce; Rosa Navejar, owner of the Rios Group; and Lillie Biggins, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Together they formed a task force made up of 12 women and 11 men, chosen from a group of about 150 people who volunteered or were nominated. Robert Goldberg, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth, is also a member of the task force.
Some of the members have been harsh critics of the city in the wake of the Jacqueline Craig arrest, but Sanders, a former outspoken columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, said it is essential their voices be heard.
“This (task force) can’t just be an appeasement of the people who show up in protest at a council meeting,” Sanders said. “We picked task force members without interference from the council, including Bishop Mark Kirkland (of Greater St. Mark Ministries in Fort Worth) who has called people out by name. But that voice and that position needed to be represented.”
Bloom agrees that “the biggest challenge is to remain communally focused on ensuring that every voice is heard.”
Meetings, including the task force’s first Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), will be open to the public. The initial meetings will be followed by community “conversations on how to build a more inclusive Fort Worth,” Bloom said.
Sanders, who has been a leading advocate for the black community in Fort Worth for more than 40 years, believes the city has an opportunity to cultivate real change, but he says it won’t be easy.
“Fort Worth has been complacent and tried to make itself believe we didn’t have the problems that other cities have,” he said. “We have finally recognized we have an issue, and we’re gonna say it loud, and we’re going to try to deal with it out in the open.”
He knows the task force will face some opposition.
“As we get into the various issues, whether it’s police community relations, economics or education, I anticipate we’ll have some opposition,” he said. “It’s up to us that we hold true to the mission, and not betray it. And make sure the council is true to its word in getting out of the way.”
He said at the end of a year, the task force will present some actionable recommendations that could change policy and procedures in Fort Worth.
“This could be groundbreaking,” Sanders added, “if we do it right.”
Bloom is optimistic, and said his participation on the task force fits perfectly with his synagogue’s mission.
“In Judaism we have always placed a value on, and worked toward Tikkun Olam. My participation and that of the Jewish community on the Task Force is another path toward helping make our world a better place,” he said. “Congregation Ahavath Sholom has been in Fort Worth for 125 years and we have always played an integral role as part of the city, and I see this as a step forward in that progression.”

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Around the Town: Nover visit, JWVA

Around the Town: Nover visit, JWVA

Posted on 27 July 2017 by admin

Heather and Matthew Nover, along with 11-month-old Jane Sarah, visited his family to celebrate his new position. He will add director of Hebrew High School at Congregation Neve Shalom in New Jersey to his current position as principal of religious school at Temple HaTikvah, also in New Jersey.

Heather and Matthew Nover, along with 11-month-old Jane Sarah, visited his family to celebrate his new position. He will add director of Hebrew High School at Congregation Neve Shalom in New Jersey to his current position as principal of religious school at Temple HaTikvah, also in New Jersey.

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A visit from Matthew Nover

Matthew Nover, grandson of Earl and Shirley Givant, visited his family in Fort Worth with his wife Heather and 11-month-old daughter Jane Sarah.
Matthew has recently been appointed director of the Hebrew High School at Congregation Neve Shalom in Metuchen, New Jersey. He is also the principal of the religious school at Temple HaTikvah in Flanders, New Jersey. Additionally, he will serve as the rabbinic intern at Rutgers University Hillel while attending his second-to-last year of rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York this year. Matt has already completed two master’s degrees from JTS, one in Bible and one in Jewish education.
Matt has always had a love for Judaism which started with his family and continued through his attending Lil Goldman Preschool and Fort Worth Academy, his bar mitzvah at Ahavath Shalom in Fort Worth, attending Fort Worth Country Day School and living in Israel for a year with USY’s Nativ program. He moved on to Rutgers University, where he graduated with dual majors in both Jewish studies and physics. Matthew’s family is incredibly proud of him for his many accomplishments.

Jewish War Vets Auxiliary, Beth Shalom members serve meal at Ronald McDonald House

The Dolores Schneider JWVA Memorial Post 755, along with members of Congregation Beth Shalom and their families, prepared and served lunch to the residents at the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Worth, Sunday, June 16. Families from other towns (or states or countries) that have a child who is a patient at Cook Children’s Hospital can stay at Ronald McDonald House for minimal cost.
Post members Jayne Michel, Dr. Julian and Marian Haber, Ted and Rita Hoffman, Joyce Atkens, Cookie and Phil Kabakoff, and Elaine Bumpus, were accompanied by Mark and Danielle Snailer, Debbie Goldsmith, Stephanie and Hailie Posner, Lauren Atkens, Alyssa, Brent and Shelbie Dingman and Lisa Rein. Grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, chips, salad, and ice cream sundaes and beverages were enjoyed by about 100 residents.
A special thank-you goes out to grill chefs extraordinaire Dr. Julian Haber, Ted Hoffman and Phil Kabakoff. It was a memorable and rewarding experience to see the smiling faces of the patients’ and their families. JWVA looks forward to doing this again in the future.

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Around the Town: WWI exhibit

Around the Town: WWI exhibit

Posted on 20 July 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Have a Fort Worth story tip? The Texas Jewish Post is always looking for good leads on stories.
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Fort Worth Central Library hosts WWI centennial exhibit

Susie Hyman, Kim Factor, and Hollace Weiner were part of the North Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee, which on July 9 kicked off an exhibit at the Fort Worth Central Library.
Susie, wearing a cloche hat from the period, is program director of Imagination Fort Worth, which will be bringing student groups to the library exhibit, which runs through Oct. 19.
Imagination Fort Worth has created a curriculum to go with the exhibit, which is titled “From Cowboy to Doughboy: North Texas in WWI.”

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray sharon@tjpnews.com Have a Fort Worth story tip? The Texas Jewish Post is always looking for good leads on stories.  Email sharon@tjpnews.com. Fort Worth Central Library hosts WWI centennial exhibit Susie Hyman, Kim Factor, and Hollace Weiner were part of the North Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee, which on July 9 kicked off an exhibit at the Fort Worth Central Library.  Susie, wearing a cloche hat from the period, is program director of Imagination Fort Worth, which will be bringing student groups to the library exhibit, which runs through Oct. 19. Imagination Fort Worth has created a curriculum to go with the exhibit, which is titled “From Cowboy to Doughboy: North Texas in WWI.”  At the opening reception, Kim sounded the bugle with a call to the colors.  She wore a World War I campaign hat and her father’s World War II uniform. Kim, an attorney, is the official bugler for Jewish War Veterans Martin Hochster Post 755.   Hollace, who directs the Fort Worth Jewish Archives, created four colorful panels about local Jewish participation in the Great War. She also filled an exhibit case with artifacts that include a soldier’s World War I siddur, a tallit, and a photo of a 1919 Passover seder for American soldiers in Luxembourg. The World War I exhibit includes a film and lecture series. Hollace will speak at 1 p.m. Sept. 17 about “Monuments & Memory.”  — Submitted by  Hollace Weiner

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Fort Worth Central Library hosts WWI centennial exhibit
Susie Hyman, Kim Factor, and Hollace Weiner were part of the North Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee, which on July 9 kicked off an exhibit at the Fort Worth Central Library.
Susie, wearing a cloche hat from the period, is program director of Imagination Fort Worth, which will be bringing student groups to the library exhibit, which runs through Oct. 19.
Imagination Fort Worth has created a curriculum to go with the exhibit, which is titled “From Cowboy to Doughboy: North Texas in WWI.”
At the opening reception, Kim sounded the bugle with a call to the colors.
She wore a World War I campaign hat and her father’s World War II uniform. Kim, an attorney, is the official bugler for Jewish War Veterans Martin Hochster Post 755.
Hollace, who directs the Fort Worth Jewish Archives, created four colorful panels about local Jewish participation in the Great War. She also filled an exhibit case with artifacts that include a soldier’s World War I siddur, a tallit, and a photo of a 1919 Passover seder for American soldiers in Luxembourg. The World War I exhibit includes a film and lecture series.
Hollace will speak at 1 p.m. Sept. 17 about “Monuments & Memory.”
— Submitted by
Hollace Weiner

At the opening reception, Kim sounded the bugle with a call to the colors.
She wore a World War I campaign hat and her father’s World War II uniform. Kim, an attorney, is the official bugler for Jewish War Veterans Martin Hochster Post 755.
Hollace, who directs the Fort Worth Jewish Archives, created four colorful panels about local Jewish participation in the Great War. She also filled an exhibit case with artifacts that include a soldier’s World War I siddur, a tallit, and a photo of a 1919 Passover seder for American soldiers in Luxembourg. The World War I exhibit includes a film and lecture series.
Hollace will speak at 1 p.m. Sept. 17 about “Monuments & Memory.”
— Submitted by Hollace Weiner

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