Archive | Around the Town

Around the Town: A time to act

Around the Town: A time to act

Posted on 30 March 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

A Time to Act

National Health Decisions Day is April 16, and on Sunday, March 19, the Advance Care Planning Committee of Fort Worth and Tarrant County contributed to this effort with “A Time to Act.” Seventy people showed up early to Beth-El Congregation to talk about the subject that no one wants to talk about: planning for the future if we are confronted with serious illness or trauma.
Chaplain David Lowe from Baylor, Scott & White engaged and amused the crowd with his presentation focusing on the Advance Care Documents themselves, and why they are so important to complete. The big takeaway: Even if you have written documents, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a plan. Having a plan means talking to your loved ones face to face so that they understand exactly what your wishes are, and making sure that they could verbalize those wishes back to you.

(From left) “A Time to Act” speakers, Rabbi Andrew Bloom, Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger, Chaplain David Lowe, Cantor Sheri Allen and Dr. Kendra Belfi

(From left) “A Time to Act” speakers, Rabbi Andrew Bloom, Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger, Chaplain David Lowe, Cantor Sheri Allen and Dr. Kendra Belfi

On March 12, Beth-El Congregation hosted Hamantaschen with Dads. Dads enjoyed celebrating Purim with their kids at the festive event.

On March 12, Beth-El Congregation hosted Hamantaschen with Dads. Dads enjoyed celebrating Purim with their kids at the festive event.

On March 12, Beth-El Congregation hosted Hamantaschen with Dads. Dads enjoyed celebrating Purim with their kids at the festive event.

On March 12, Beth-El Congregation hosted Hamantaschen with Dads. Dads enjoyed celebrating Purim with their kids at the festive event.

On March 12, Beth-El Congregation hosted Hamantaschen with Dads. Dads enjoyed celebrating Purim with their kids at the festive event.

On March 12, Beth-El Congregation hosted Hamantaschen with Dads. Dads enjoyed celebrating Purim with their kids at the festive event.

On March 12, Beth-El Congregation hosted Hamantaschen with Dads. Dads enjoyed celebrating Purim with their kids at the festive event.

On March 12, Beth-El Congregation hosted Hamantaschen with Dads. Dads enjoyed celebrating Purim with their kids at the festive event.

Dr. Kendra Belfi, former president of the Coalition for Quality End of Life Care, helped define various life-sustaining treatments and their benefits and burdens, and dispelled some of the myths associated with those treatments. The takeaway here: Those treatments don’t always work as well as they do on television! And a representative from Lifegift, the organ donation center, gave us some staggering statistics about how many lives can be saved from one person’s donation alone.
The participants also viewed several videos from the Jewish Theological Seminary, featuring different rabbis framing those medical interventions through the lens of Jewish law. This was followed by a panel discussion with the guest speakers, as well as Rabbi Andrew Bloom from Congregation Ahavath Sholom, and Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger of Beth-El Congregation. Everyone left armed with all the information and resources they needed in order to make informed decisions. And each received a Medical Power of Attorney form as well as a Living Will, to fill out after having these important conversations with their loved ones.
Their mission upon leaving: Complete these documents by National Health Care Decisions Day! The “A Time to Act” resource guide is available online at the Jewish Federation website (http://bit.ly/2o2ijbX), so don’t delay. Mark April 16 as the day to give one of the greatest gifts you can pass on to your family: peace of mind and a plan!
— Submitted by Cantor Sheri Allen

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Comments (0)

Around the Town: Reading mentorship, scholarships

Posted on 23 March 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

CAS to participate in reading mentorship program

At press time, Rabbi Andrew Bloom announced that Congregation Ahavath Sholom would participate in a reading mentorship program with Westcliff Elementary School. Rabbi Bloom wrote in an email:
“The Fort Worth Literacy Partnership recently reported that ‘just three out of 10 Fort Worth ISD third-graders read on grade level.’ This is both shocking and sad, and how wonderful would it be for us to help raise this statistic so that more of our children succeed in providing a good future for themselves and their future families.
“It is in this light that I am proud to announce that through Compassionate Fort Worth, TarrantNet and the ‘Read to Win’ project that CAS has been chosen as a mentoring congregation in helping the reading and general language performance of first-graders at Westcliff Elementary School.
“Two weeks ago I was able to meet with the director and the coordinator of community outreach from TarrantNet and the principal of Westcliff Elementary School to finalize our adopting of the school. I am proud to say that we are the first synagogue to participate in this important program.
“We need volunteers to give of their time and talents once a week for an hour of your choosing to come and work with two individual first-graders for 30 minutes each. The lesson plans, teaching areas and training will all be provided by Westcliff Elementary School. Westcliff Elementary has been deemed a school in need of partnership and I have no doubt that this relationship will last for many years to come. We are blessed to be partnering with them.
“We will begin this project during the first week of April with training occurring in the next 10 days. In order to participate you must first fill out this FWISD background check form https://volunteer.fwisd.org/ as well as letting me know what days and times you are available. School starts at 8 a.m. Children over the age of 12 can volunteer with the participation of an adult.
“In Judaism we believe in ‘L’Dor V’Dor,’ from ‘generation to generation.’ This value reinforces the importance of our children and our responsibility toward them and their futures.
“I look forward to all of us making a difference in a child’s life and am excited that we are now part of this fantastic program. Let us all ‘Read to Win!’ For by doing this, all of us and the children of Westcliff Elementary will be winners.”
If you are interested, please contact Rabbi Bloom with any questions and let him know what time you can volunteer and when you have filled out the background checks. He can be reached at rabbi.bloom@ahavathsholom.org or 817-731-4721.

Applications open for annual youth scholarships

The Isadore Garsek B’nai B’rith Lodge No. 269 will offer two $1,000 college scholarships. Applicants must be high school seniors graduating between December 2016 and June 2017. Parents or guardians must be members of the Isadore Garsek Lodge and/or members of an established Jewish congregation in Tarrant County. The parent or guardian must be a member in good standing for a period of 12 months before submission of the application. Children of deceased parents are also eligible if the parent died while a member for at least 12 consecutive months.
Awards will be presented at a date and time determined. Recipients will be notified in mid-June 2017.
The Academic Grant is a competitive and will be awarded based on overall academic achievement, GPA, Standardized Admission Test (SAT or ACT) and extracurricular activities. The BBYO Participation Grant is based on BBYO activities, leadership roles and active participation in local, regional and national events. The deadline for applying for either or both scholarships is May 31, 2017.
For more information or to request an application contact your rabbi, youth advisor, education director or Dr. Barry Schneider at dr_ barrys@ yahoo.com.

News and notes

  • On Sunday, April 2, The Federation’s Partnership2Gether committee will present a special public presentation from the Galilee Medical Center featuring Dr. Tal Marshak and Dr. Yoav Hoffman, who will speak on how Israel is helping Syria’s injured. The program is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Beth-El Congregation. This event is free to attend and open to the public.
  • The Isadore Garsek Lodge of B’nai B’rith Annual Community Senior Seder will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Beth-El. To join the festivities, call Lesly at the JFS office at 817-569-0898.
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Comments (0)

Purim Punims

Posted on 23 March 2017 by admin

Purim Punims
Jews around the Dallas area celebrated Purim earlier this month. Here is a sampling of celebration from area congregations that submitted photos.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Comments (0)

Around The Town: Emergency preparedness, Sweet Beginnings, Rockin’ Ruach

Around The Town: Emergency preparedness, Sweet Beginnings, Rockin’ Ruach

Posted on 16 March 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Firsthand accounts of emergency preparedness and caring for war casualties

Two physicians who have served on the front lines of war caring for northern border Israeli civilians and war casualties from neighboring countries — most recently Syrian refugees — will speak at UNT Health Science Center on Monday, April 3.

Dr. Tal Marshak

Dr. Tal Marshak

Dr. Yoav Hoffman

Dr. Yoav Hoffman

Dr. Yoav Hoffman and Dr. Tal Marshak of Galilee Medical Center will discuss their work and share personal experiences with emergency preparedness during times of war, co-hosted by the UNTHSC School of Public Health and TCOM.
This visit is part of Partnership2Gether, a joint program of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and the Jewish Agency, to promote mutually beneficial endeavors and connections between the local community and the Western Galilee region.
Dr. Hoffman is assistant director of the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Department (PICU). Since 2013, the PICU has taken care of pediatric casualties from Syria as well as serving the local population.
With responsibility for mass casualty events preparedness, Dr. Hoffman leads the hospital during emergency situations such as war, fires and chemical disasters.
Dr. Marshak is senior surgeon and head of the Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Unit.
Since 1956, Galilee Medical Center has served as the largest government hospital in its region and currently treats a local population of 600,000.
After the medical center was bombed during the 2006 Lebanon War, an entire underground hospital was created, to provide uninterrupted service during times of crisis.
The April 3 conversation with these physicians is open to UNTHSC students, faculty, staff and the community and is the kickoff event for Public Health Week 2017. The event will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in MET 125. Advance registration is not required.
Hoffman and Marshak will be Shabbat service guest speakers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Beth-El Congregation and will also conduct a lecture from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Beth-El Congregation in the chapel. They will present on their work at the Galilee Medical Center, and share their personal experiences with emergency preparedness in times of war and treating Syrian refugees.
For more information, contact Dr. Marcy L. Paul, UNTHSC School of Public Health, at marcy.paul@unthsc.edu or 817-735-0537 or Bob Goldberg, 817-569-0892.
— Submitted by UNT Health Science Center and Bob Goldberg

Beth-El Congregation hosts Sweet Beginnings interactive dessert event

Have a sweet tooth? Even if you don’t you’re likely to develop one at “Sweet Beginnings” — Beth-El Congregation’s unique interactive dessert experience that will feature sweet tastings and chef demonstrations, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25.
In celebrating Beth-El’s new “sweet beginnings” with Rabbi Brian and Mimi Zimmerman, honorary chairs of the fundraiser, Event Co-chairs Stacie Goldman, Neta Mandel and Alice Pritchard have created what is to be an exceptional evening where participants will get to decorate, sample, explore, taste, and devour a myriad of desserts in three specialty shops: The Ice Cream Parlor, The Bakery and The Chocolate Shop.
With over 40 community partners donating their time, talent and everything else from DQ Blizzards to bakery favorites, there will be something for everyone from sugar-free to gluten-free — a sure recipe for a fun celebration.
Chef demonstrations will feature best-selling cookbook author Holly Clegg, Culinary School of Fort Worth Founder Judie Byrd, chef extraordinaire Louise Lamensdorf and Central Market’s Master Pastry Chef Sarah Hooton.
Other “feastivities” will include the blending of sweet “spirits” with mixologists from Pacific Table, a unique whiskey tasting experience, live entertainment and raffle items.
And, a Beth-El Sweet Beginnings cookbook with recipes collected from congregants, family and friends will be available.
Different giving levels can be found on Beth-El’s website, www.bethelfw.org; individual tickets are $36.
For additional information and/or questions, please contact Neta Mandel at netacm@yahoo.com or 817-917-3320.
— Submitted by Jane Cohen

Rockin’ Ruach Shabbat

Cantor Shoshana Abrams Kaikov and her all-star musicians will fill Shabbat with Big Band sounds at Rockin’ Ruach Shabbat at 6 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. An “All-American” Oneg will follow.
Hadassah takes turn in Austin
Join Hadassah for 2017 Date with the State. From April 2 to 3, Hadassah members will visit representatives and senators at the Capitol in Austin for an exhilarating and educational advocacy experience.
Beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 2, through Monday afternoon, the program will provide an opportunity for you — as Jews, as women, as Zionists — to advocate on issues important to American Jewish women, including anti-BDS legislation, U.S.-Israel relations, preventative health care, stem cell research and treatment, and more.
The fee to attend is $36 per person. A limited amount of hotel rooms are available.
For more information or to receive a registration form, please contact Debby Rice at rice.debby@gmail.com or call the Greater Southwest Region office at 713-661-1022.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Comments (0)

Around the Town: Artists, JFS connection

Posted on 09 March 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Artists visit Fort Worth

Fort Worth enjoyed a unique opportunity to work with two Israeli modern artists last month. Batya Gil (experimental glass artist) and Koby Sibony (wire designer/maker) from Israel’s Western Galilee visited Feb. 24-26 as part of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County’s Partnership2Gether program.


Partnership2Gether is a joint program of the Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federation serving as the central platform for the promotion, empowerment, and development of deep connections between our community members and our friends in the Western Galilee. This hands-on creative weekend was an exciting opportunity to meet these talented artists, create with them and learn about their lives.
On Friday, Feb. 24, local Fort Worth artist Tatara Siegel led community members in a large-scale public art project in collaboration with Fort Worth’s SiNaCa Studios. Siegel created the design, and community members were invited to participate or just observe as the art was created in real time.
In homage to the neighborhood, the project created was a magnolia flower and stem that wraps around a 16-foot steel pole in front of SiNaCa. People were drilling holes in glass, weaving wire, and weaving glass and wire together and the results are amazing. Be sure to drive by to see the finished piece in person.
On Saturday, Feb. 25, the visiting Israeli artists Batya Gil Margalit and Koby Sibony got a taste of Cowtown with a tour of the Stockyards and a private tour of the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum with Docent Gail Granek. That evening the two presented their work to a crowd of 50 people at the Rebecca Low Sculptural Metal Gallery & Studio. Batya and Koby focused their discussion on working in the periphery of Israeli art and creating in the space between art and design; all in attendance were inspired.
Sunday, Feb. 25, Gil and Sibony concluded their Tarrant County tour with creative hands-on workshops at Beth-El Congregation. Gil shared her talents in glass fusion with 50 participants, while Sibony taught 75 students during three workshops the basics of metal bending and creative freestyle two- and three-dimensional sculptures.
— Submitted by Kim Goldberg

Need assistance? JFS can connect you with services

Lynell Bond shared the following story:
“I was visiting with Ethel Schectman the other day. She is a world of information and is always thinking of how she can be helpful to others. One of the things we talked about is how difficult it is for senior citizens to change their smoke alarm batteries. Most cities will do that for seniors if you just call the non-emergency phone number for the fire department. In Fort Worth the number is 817-392-6862.”
There may be other services seniors need assistance with. Feel free to call Lynell Bond at Jewish Family Services if you have questions about services that might be helpful. The JFS number is 817-569-0898.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Comments (0)

Around the Town: Scholar in residence, baseball, Purim

Around the Town: Scholar in residence, baseball, Purim

Posted on 02 March 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Day at the State

When Jewish Texans headed to the state Capitol in Austin last week, 12 folks from Tarrant County were part of the advocacy mix.
Joining Day at the State were Lon Werner, Diane Kleinman, Robert Simon, Rich Hollander, Debby Rice, Rabbi Brian Zimmerman, Charna Blumberg, Stuart Snow, Dan Karpman, Nancy Hall, Milena Razack and Bob Goldberg. Read more about the events on Pages 2 and 3 of this week’s issue.
Kornbleet Scholar-in-Residence
On Feb. 20 at Congregation Ahavath Sholom, Jewish Federation of Fort Worth & Tarrant County hosted Dr. Sharon Musher as the 2017 Kornbleet Scholar. Dr. Musher is an associate professor of history at Stockton University and the great-granddaughter of Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan.
She spoke on the topic of her current project, “Americans Abroad: Hadassah Kaplan, Zionism, and the Making of American Jewish Women.” Her current research explores the treasure trove of materials she discovered of her grandmother Hadassah Kaplan that recorded her travels to Palestine during the depression.

Submitted photo Dr. Sharon Mushar and Dr. Brett Sasley

Submitted photo
Dr. Sharon Mushar and Dr. Brett Sasley

She was very well-received by the audience and a lively presence at the dessert reception after the lecture.
A special thank-you goes to Dr. Brent Sasley, event chair, for bringing Dr. Musher to our community. The Kornbleet Scholar Lecture is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth & Tarrant County with financial assistance from the Kornbleet Scholar-in-Residence Fund and the Molly Roth Program Fund.

Last chance to see Baseball and Jews exhibit

Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming America ends its record-breaking run this Sunday in Fort Worth and B’nai B’rith has declared this Sunday, March 5, the final day of the exhibit, as Fan Appreciation Day. On Sunday, admission is $5 and an entire lunch will be just $1. Enjoy hot dogs, peanuts, drinks and, while they last, homemade potato knishes, all for $1.
The exhibit, organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, will be open from noon to 4 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Sholom.
This will be the last chance to see the exhibit that explores how baseball helped Jews and other minorities navigate ongoing challenges to immerse themselves into American culture.
It features fascinating historic photos, film, and an interactive experience that recreates the Jewish story of our national pastime.
The exhibition celebrates well-known Jewish heroes such as Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, and iconic baseball players like Jackie Robinson and Joe DiMaggio, who also overcame obstacles to reach success.
Visitors will quickly realize that the story of baseball, presented in context with Jewish-American history, is also a testimonial to the unique “melting pot” that has always defined baseball.
Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American runs through March 5 at Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 4050 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth. Hours are Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Tickets are $5, children under 12 admitted free.
For more information, call 817-909-4354.
— Submitted by Jim Stanton

Purim at Arlington Chabad

Chabad of Arlington and the Mid-Cities will celebrate Purim at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11, with Chopped — Purim Edition at Chabad, 1861 Brown Blvd. #213 in Arlington.
The food fun competition will feature appetizers, cocktails and desserts. Cost is $18 per person and $180 to sponsor the event. On Sunday, March 12, Chabad will welcome the whole family to its Purim party from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Jump for Fun, 375 Commerce St. in Southlake. Cost is $7 per person with a $30 per family maximum.
To RSVP for either event, visit www.arlingtonchabad.org/purim17.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Comments (0)

Around The Town: JFS, hamantaschen, baseball

Around The Town: JFS, hamantaschen, baseball

Posted on 23 February 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Jewish Family Services starts a transportation program

Jewish Family Services of Fort Worth and Tarrant County is delighted to be able to pilot a new transportation program.
The program will provide rides to and from some medical appointments for community members who are unable to provide their own transportation. The service may be available to individuals using a motorized wheelchair.
Rides must be requested at least 48 hours in advance once you are registered for this service. Please contact Lynell Bond at 817-823-0476 to discuss eligibility.

It’s hamantaschen time at Ahavath Sholom

I remember being about 17, and Miriam Labovitz, of blessed memory, teaching me how to make hamantaschen in the shul kitchen.
Indeed, the Ladies Auxiliary of Congregation Ahavath Sholom is known for its hamantaschen, which are kosher, made from scratch in the synagogue kitchen and sold every year as a fundraiser. Over the years, they have expanded from the basic flavors, and now offer apricot, prune, poppy seed, raspberry and chocolate.
In the last couple of years, they have also expanded their offerings to include gluten-free hamantaschen and this year to include sugar-free. They wanted to make sure that everyone could enjoy the holiday regardless of dietary restrictions. All hamantaschen are $12 for a baker’s dozen.
Gluten-free hamantaschen and sugar-free hamantaschen must be pre-ordered by March 3 to ensure time to prepare and distribute. Please call the shul office at 817-731-4721 to place your order, or email Liz Chesser at ejschesser@yahoo.com with orders or questions. If possible, they will offer limited delivery for a small charge to help distribute outside Fort Worth; please email Liz if you will need delivery.

Brotherhoods visit baseball exhibit

A large crowd of Brotherhood members from Beth Shalom, Arlington, Beth Israel Colleyville, Beth-El Fort Worth, plus individuals from Dallas and Men’s Club members from Ahavath Sholom, came to the Chasing Dreams exhibit about Jews and baseball for a Sunday morning “Baseball and Bagels” brunch, Feb. 12. They enjoyed hearing former Rangers GM Tom Schieffer talk baseball. The exhibit continues at Congregation Ahavath Sholom through March 5. The TJP is the promotional sponsor for this unique exhibit.

Schieffer

Schieffer

Photo: Jim Stanton Visitors enjoy the Chasing Dreams Baseball exhibit at Ahavath Sholom.

Photo: Jim Stanton
Visitors enjoy the Chasing Dreams Baseball exhibit at Ahavath Sholom.

 

*****

 

Submitted photo JFS Senior Valentine’s Day Party The JFS Senior Program had a special late Valentine’s Day party and luncheon Thursday, Feb. 16. A special guest, Paul Demer, from Texas Winds Musical Outreach, performed and led a campfire sing-along for the JFS Senior Program. Pictured are Galina Stewart, Izakil Goldin and Bronislava Shafir thanking Paul Demer for his performance.

Submitted photo
JFS Senior Valentine’s Day Party
The JFS Senior Program had a special late Valentine’s Day party and luncheon Thursday, Feb. 16. A special guest, Paul Demer, from Texas Winds Musical Outreach, performed and led a campfire sing-along for the JFS Senior Program. Pictured are Galina Stewart, Izakil Goldin and Bronislava Shafir thanking Paul Demer for his performance.

*****

Tu B’Shevat Congregation Ahavath Sholom Religious School students planted in Gan Ahavath Sholom in honor of Tu B’Shevat Sunday, Feb. 12.  Ethan Bailey

Tu B’Shevat
Congregation Ahavath Sholom Religious School students planted in Gan Ahavath Sholom in honor of Tu B’Shevat Sunday, Feb. 12.
Ethan Bailey

Tu B’Shevat Congregation Ahavath Sholom Religious School students planted in Gan Ahavath Sholom in honor of Tu B’Shevat Sunday, Feb. 12.  Sima Galaganov (left), Lia Bloom, Samantha Ratner

Tu B’Shevat
Congregation Ahavath Sholom Religious School students planted in Gan Ahavath Sholom in honor of Tu B’Shevat Sunday, Feb. 12.
Sima Galaganov (left), Lia Bloom, Samantha Ratner

 

 

Tu B’Shevat Congregation Ahavath Sholom Religious School students planted in Gan Ahavath Sholom in honor of Tu B’Shevat Sunday, Feb. 12.  Nadav Ninio

Tu B’Shevat
Congregation Ahavath Sholom Religious School students planted in Gan Ahavath Sholom in honor of Tu B’Shevat Sunday, Feb. 12.
Nadav Ninio

 

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Comments (0)

Around The Town: Mah Jongg, artists

Around The Town: Mah Jongg, artists

Posted on 16 February 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

The Fort Worth Hadassah Mah Jongg Tournament

The Fort Worth Chapter of Hadassah will host a communitywide Mah Jongg Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 19, benefiting Hadassah’s work with stem cell research.
The tournament will be held at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. Check-in time is 12:30 p.m. and play is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
The tournament honors Barbara Weinberg for her many years of work earning funds for Hadassah through the sale of mah jongg cards.

Weinberg

Weinberg

“For the past nine years, Barbara has brought in thousands of dollars to Hadassah, and we honor her for her hard work and tireless efforts on our behalf,” said Debby Rice, tournament co-chair.
The event is unique in that all proceeds will benefit Hadassah Hospital’s stem cell research. An unprecedented clinical trial launched at Hadassah Medical Organization, testing the effectiveness of a treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS), could bring hope to the 2.5 million patients worldwide suffering from this neurodegenerative disease. Preliminary results of the Hadassah trial have seen wheelchair user patients getting back on their feet. Since its inception, Hadassah’s progress has set the standard for medicine in Israel — the standard of excellence. Today, Hadassah Medical Organization continues to progress, making the world a better place through healing, teaching and research.
Mary Frances Antweil joins Debby as tournament co-chair. The volunteer tournament committee consists of Michal Bloom, Elsie Blum, Bootsie Coggan, Elizabeth Cohen, Suzi Gardner, Gail Granek, Terri Hollander, Randee Kaitcer, Diana Krompass, Linda Landy, Idelle Luskey, Lisa Moses, Elisa Nudleman, Diane Oberstein, Marcy Paul, Milena Razack, Lenna Hughes Recer, Reggie Rog, Carole Rogers, Roz Rosenthal, Pris Salpeter, Sheila Stocker, Cheryl Visosky and Judy Weinstein. The crew is working diligently to make sure no detail will be left undone.
There will be cash prizes for the high scorers, along with door prizes, and wonderful donated raffle items available to everyone. Kosher snacks will be served.
If you want to participate in the tournament and haven’t registered yet, you need to contact either Mary Frances Antweil (817-346-0494) or Debby Rice (817-706-5158 or rice.debby@gmail.com) as soon as possible. The time is NOW.
“We look forward to seeing you at Ahavath Sholom Sunday, Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m.,” says Rice.

Renowned Israeli artists come to Cowtown

Fort Worth’s arts community will have a unique opportunity to work with two Israeli modern artists next weekend, Feb. 24 through Feb. 26. Batya Gil (experimental glass artist) and Koby Sibony (wire designer/maker) from Israel’s Western Galilee will be visiting Feb. 24-26 as part of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth & Tarrant County’s Partnership2Gether program.
Partnership2Gether is a joint program of the Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federation serving as the central platform for the promotion, empowerment, and development of deep connections between our community members and our friends in the Western Galilee.

Submitted photo Batya Gil is an experimental glass artist who will display her art Feb. 24-26 in Fort Worth.

Submitted photo
Batya Gil is an experimental glass artist who will display her art Feb. 24-26 in Fort Worth.

This hands-on creative weekend will be exciting and we invite people to join in the opportunity to meet these talented artists, create with them and learn about their lives.
Sibony, a native of Haifa, graduated with a degree in industrial design from the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem. His art and design studio is on Kibbutz Lohamei HaGeta’ot, a community in the Western Galillee established in 1949 by surviving fighters from the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, other Jewish partisans and Holocaust survivors of World War II. Gil, who emigrated to Israel from Canada as a child, has been a working artist in Israel for 20 years.
From noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, the artists will lead community members in a large-scale public art project in collaboration with Fort Worth’s SiNaCa Studios. Local artist Tatara Siegel created the basic design of the work, and is collaborating with and hosting the visiting artists at SiNaCa. Community members are invited to participate or just observe as the art is created in real time.
“Magnolia Avenue is an amazing place,” Siegel said. “It is filled with people from all different walks of life, and we pride ourselves on our diversity, strong work ethic and community. SiNaCa Studios is especially interested in giving people creative outlets.”
In homage to the neighborhood, the project will create magnolia flowers that will be wrapped around a 16-foot steel pole. If you don’t think you’re the creative, artsy type, Siegel’s got you covered.
“People are welcome to come and be a part of this construction by drilling holes in glass, weaving wire, or weaving glass and wire,” she said. “Community is about different people all working together to create something amazing, something unique and something special.”
On Saturday, Feb. 25, the artists will present their works in “Between Art and Design — A Dialogue Between Two Artists and the Audience” at a gallery talk at Rebecca Low Sculptural Metal Gallery & Studio. The artists will focus their discussion on working in the periphery of Israeli art and creating in the space between art and design.
Sunday, Feb. 25, Gil and Sibony will conclude their Tarrant County tour with creative hands-on workshops at Beth-El Congregation. Gil will share her talents with glass fusion, and participants will experiment with colored window glass, powder, and copper wire to create their own artwork. Sibony will teach the basics of metal bending and creative freestyle two- and three-dimensional sculptures.

Sibony

Sibony

All the events are free to the public, but registration is required. To learn more and RSVP, go to www.tarrantfederation.org/visiting-israeli-artists-2017.
— Submitted by Bob Goldberg

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Comments (0)

Around The Town: Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County reaches Chai Notes

Posted on 09 February 2017 by admin

Submitted report

Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County hosted a successful 2017 Annual Campaign Kickoff at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion on Feb. 4.
The evening’s theme, “Reaching Chai Notes,” lived up to its name, drawing a crowd of 225 people, thanks to the tireless work of Event Chair Noreen Houston, her host committee and Campaign Chair Diane Kleinman.
The evening’s special guest speaker, Andrea Arbel, director of the Partnership Unit of The Jewish Agency for Israel, spoke about the importance of “Partnership2Gether,” the global school twinning network, and its many successes and growth.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Manny and Roz Rosenthal Spirit of Freedom Award to Marcia Kurtz. The award was created last year to honor the dedication and commitment the Rosenthal family has made over the decades to ensure the well-being of Fort Worth’s Jewish community. Kurtz, a longtime Fort Worth resident, was honored this year for her years of personal commitment, dedication and leadership to the Federation and its agencies; Dr. Lou Barnett and Roz Rosenthal were the inaugural recipients.
The evening ended with a special jazz performance by New York-based Israeli singer/composer/arranger Sivan Arbel and her band, Sivan Arbel Septet Band, who performed a six-song set.
— Submitted by Jane Cohen

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Comments (0)

Around the Town: Daytimers, happy birthday, save the date

Around the Town: Daytimers, happy birthday, save the date

Posted on 02 February 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

February Daytimers event promises to be a winner

As you know, the Daytimers, Fort Worth and Tarrant County’s social group for active seniors, meets on the third Wednesday of every month. The February installment will feature the story of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. The program, dubbed “Memories of Survival,” will begin at noon Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Beth-El Congregation. Price including lunch is $6 per person. Price without lunch is free.
Krinitz tells her moving Holocaust survivor’s story in a narrated series of 36 fabric tapestries. According to the Art and Remembrance Website:

Celebrating Ruthie Currie’s birthday are (from left) Paula Rosen, Robin Levine Steinberg, Ruthie, Heidi Kirby and Sharon Wisch-Ray.

Celebrating Ruthie Currie’s birthday are (from left) Paula Rosen, Robin Levine Steinberg, Ruthie, Heidi Kirby and Sharon Wisch-Ray.

“In 1977, at the age of 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to share her story of survival during the Holocaust with her daughters. Trained as a dressmaker but untrained in art, she eventually created a collection of 36 fabric pictures of strong, vivid colors and striking details with a sense of folk-like realism. Meticulously stitched words beneath the pictures provide a narrative.
“The combined effect of story and art is powerful. While the pictures are visually pleasing, a closer examination reveals the shocking incongruity between the pastoral surroundings and the human violence, terror and betrayal depicted. Tom Freudenheim, former director of the Berlin Jewish Museum, wrote: ‘These extraordinary pictures are very moving, but not in least bit sentimental. The compositional concepts are highly sophisticated. I was overwhelmed by what I saw.’”
Krinitz passed away in March 2001 at the age of 74.
Lunch will be catered by Ming Wok and includes your choice of Chicken with Mushrooms, Beef with Mixed Veggies or Lo Mein Noodles with Mixed Veggies, plus chips, cookies, coffee, or iced tea.
Call Larry Steckler (817-927-2736 or 520-990-3155) to make reservations. You may also call Beth-El Congregation at 817-332-7141. The Sylvia Wolens Daytimers is a program of Beth-El Congregation with support from the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Birthday wishes

As you can see from the pictures on this page, former ourtowner Greta Beckerman enjoyed celebrating her birthday last month with her son Neil Beckerman, daughter Heidi Kirby and grandson Daniel Kirby. I’m told that if I printed her age I might not escape in one piece. Suffice it to say, she looks dang good. Join me in wishing Greta a Happy Birthday!

Greta Beckerman enjoys her birthday at Maguire’s Restaurant in Far North Dallas with son Neil Beckerman, daughter Heidi Kirby and grandson Daniel Kirby.

Greta Beckerman enjoys her birthday at Maguire’s Restaurant in Far North Dallas with son Neil Beckerman, daughter Heidi Kirby and grandson Daniel Kirby.

Speaking of birthdays, a number of us gals gathered in Fort Worth last week to celebrate Ruthie Bogart Currie’s birthday. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch at Pacific Table. Many more returns, Ruthie!

Greta Beckerman enjoys her birthday at Maguire’s Restaurant in Far North Dallas with son Neil Beckerman, daughter Heidi Kirby and grandson Daniel Kirby.

Greta Beckerman enjoys her birthday at Maguire’s Restaurant in Far North Dallas with son Neil Beckerman, daughter Heidi Kirby and grandson Daniel Kirby.

Make your reservations

Beth-El’s Women of Reform Judaism, WRJ, will hold its annual ladies’ donor brunch at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at Neiman Marcus Clearfork. This is a great opportunity to check out the new Neiman’s in Fort Worth. Seating is limited to 75 so RSVP as soon as possible to Anna Caplan at 817-673-0383 or annacap@hotmail.com.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Comments (0)

View or Subscribe to the
Texas Jewish Post

Advertise Here

Photos from our Flickr stream

See all photos

Advertise Here