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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

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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

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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.

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Around The Town: ‘Heart of gold’ wins award, JWI meeting

Around The Town: ‘Heart of gold’ wins award, JWI meeting

Posted on 26 January 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

A 24-karat heart of gold

Thank you to Bob Goldberg, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, who submitted the following:
“Marcia Kurtz is the recipient of the Manny and Roz Rosenthal Spirit of Federation Award.

Submitted photo Marcia Kurtz will receive the Manny and Roz Rosenthal Spirit of Federation Award. It will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Kimbell Art Museum. Her husband is Dr. Stan Kurtz (left).

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Marcia Kurtz will receive the Manny and Roz Rosenthal Spirit of Federation Award. It will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Kimbell Art Museum. Her husband is Dr. Stan Kurtz (left).

“When I asked Dr. Stan Kurtz to tell me about his wife Marcia, he simply smiled and said, ‘She has a 24-karat heart of gold.’ Anyone who knows Marcia knows of her endless generosity of spirit and love for people. The Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County is extremely proud to honor Marcia’s many community accomplishments with the Manny and Roz Rosenthal Spirit of Federation Award at Reaching Chai Notes at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum.
“Established in April 2016, the award recognizes an individual who has shown a personal commitment and dedication to the Federation, making a significant investment for Jewish life and serving as a role model inspiring others to work to better our community.
“The award was created to honor the devotion and commitment the Rosenthal family has made over the decades to ensure the well-being of our Jewish community. At a special event last year, Dr. Lou Barnett and Roz Rosenthal were the inaugural recipients.
“Marcia grew up in Topeka, Kansas with few Jewish friends or neighbors. Her formative Jewish experiences came from visiting cousins on her mom’s side of the family in Dallas during summer breaks starting from the age of 12. There, she immersed herself in Jewish youth group experiences. Her foundation of Jewish living was formed at home in Topeka, where her parents lived Jewish values, participated actively in Jewish organizations and opened their home to sailors, salesmen, and newcomers including cousins that her father saved from the Holocaust by obtaining visas for them to leave Poland.
“After moving to Fort Worth in 1959, Marcia became involved in all aspects of Jewish community life and has remained so ever since.
“Marcia is known for her kindness and giving. She says simply, ‘The more you give, the more you want to do.’
“Her parents remain her inspiration. ‘They were wonderful, caring and loving and that’s where my Judaism comes from. My parents modeled generosity and that continues to give me strength today.’
“Her hope for our future is that we continue to invest in and grow our Jewish community so that more people have the chance to be active and involved.
“Her husband Stan sums it up well when he says, ‘There is a special goodness of her family and she has certainly followed in their path.’
“And for that, we are all grateful.”
There is no charge to attend Reaching Chai Notes. This event is open to the community. To RSVP, please contact Milena Razack at 817-569-0892 or email at kickoff@tarrantfederation.org.

JWI meeting Wednesday

Jewish Women International will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Beth-El Congregation. Key Speaker this month is Dr. Julian Haber, retired Fort Worth physician, writer and Jewish American military historian. Bagels and coffee will be served.
All members both new and old are welcome. JWI meets the first Wednesday of every month.

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Around The Town: Chai Notes, paratrooper, visiting artists

Around The Town: Chai Notes, paratrooper, visiting artists

Posted on 19 January 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Reaching Chai Notes

The Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County will host Reaching Chai Notes, a spectacular event in the Renzo Piano Pavilion of the Kimbell Art Museum, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.
The Federation will honor Marcia Kurtz with the Manny and Roz Rosenthal Spirit of Federation Award and will be joined by Andrea Arbel of the Jewish Agency from Jerusalem and be entertained with fantastic jazz of the Sivan Arbel Septet from New York City. The program and concert will be preceded by a wine reception.
This special event will kick off the 2017 Annual Campaign. Dollars raised through the Annual Campaign support our efforts to ensure the well-being of our community by caring for those in need and providing opportunities for meaningful Jewish experiences for all who want them. There is no charge to attend. Please plan on making your campaign pledge to support all the work of the Federation at the event. Seats are limited; RSVP by Jan. 20 to Milena Razack at 817-569-0892 or at kickoff@tarrantfederation.org.
Thanks to the excellent efforts of Campaign Chair Diane Kleinman and Reaching Chai Notes Event Chair Noreen Houston, attendees are in for an excellent evening. All those making their pledges to the 2017 Annual Campaign by the event will be entered into a drawing for two very special gift packages and the winners will be announced at the end of the evening. Babysitting for children under 10 is available with advance registration. The cost of babysitting is $18 per family.

Paratrooper’s story

Chabad of Arlington and the Mid Cities will host a fascinating program following Shabbat services and dinner, Friday, Jan. 27. “Operation Thunderbolt: The Raid on Entebbe” will feature Sassy Reuven. A veteran of the IDF, Sassy Reuven was a paratrooper in the elite “Red Beret” unit during the terror-filled years of 1973-1976. He participated in several covert operations in Israel’s struggle against Arab terrorism.

Sassy Reuven

Sassy Reuven

Reuven will share his firsthand account of the raid on Entebbe to rescue Jewish hostages in 1976. Shabbat services begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a gourmet Shabbat dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults and $12 for children. Sponsorships are available.
The event is made possible in part by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Save the date: Partnership Together visiting artists

Registration is open to sign up for workshops with two visiting artists from the partnership region of the Western Galilee. Visiting Fort Worth Feb. 24-26 are experimental glass artist Batya Gil and wire designer/maker Koby Sibony. Sibony
Born in Haifa, Koby Sibony graduated in 2011 with a degree in Industrial Design from the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem. His art and design studio is on Kibbutz Lohamei HaGeta’ot (The Ghetto Fighters Kibbutz), a community in the Western Galilee established by surviving fighters from the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Koby lives with his wife Yael Ben Aarons on the kibbutz.
Batya Gil immigrated to Israel as a child from Canada and has been an artist for over 20 years. After graduating from Bezalel Art Academy in 1991, she and her husband moved to Clil, an ecological village in the Western Galilee. There they built their home and studio called ‘Jara,’ where they create and teach, and where they raised their children.

Submitted photo Batya Gil graduated from Bezalel Art Academy in 1991.

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Batya Gil graduated from Bezalel Art Academy in 1991.

A number of events are planned. Among them are a Community Art Project from 12 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Sinaca Studios, 1013 W. Magnolia St.; a Gallery Talk from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Rebecca Low Studio, 7608 Camp Bowie West; Glass Fusing for Self-Expression with artist Batya Gil from 12:15 to 2 p.m. at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road; and Freestyle Metal Wire Design with designer/maker Koby Sibony from 2:15 to 4 p.m. at Beth-El.
The art workshops are for ages 10 and up, and materials will be provided.
To RSVP or learn more, visit http://bit.ly/2iKpn9A.

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Around The Town: Chasing Dreams baseball exhibit

Around The Town: Chasing Dreams baseball exhibit

Posted on 12 January 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Chasing Dreams baseball exhibit speakers

A trio of speakers regaled some 200 attendees at the opening event of the Chasing Dreams traveling baseball exhibit at Congregation Ahavath Sholom Saturday evening, Jan. 7.
Tom Schieffer, U.S. Representative Roger Williams (R-TX), and Dr. Bobby Brown shared their perspectives and experiences of the “great game.”
Schieffer opened the evening and described his long relationship with Congressman Williams.
“We played Little League and Pony Ball together and play golf together most weekends.”

(From left) U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, Tom Schieffer and Dr. Bobby Brown at the Chasing Dreams exhibit, Saturday evening, Jan. 7. Photo: Aaron Helton

(From left) U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, Tom Schieffer and Dr. Bobby Brown at the Chasing Dreams exhibit, Saturday evening, Jan. 7.
Photo: Aaron Helton

He explained in 1989 how it came to pass that he became part of the George W. Bush group that purchased the Texas Rangers. At the time, Dr. Bobby Brown, a former World Series-winning third baseman for the Yankees in the ’40s and ’50s and a retired Fort Worth cardiologist, was the president of the American League.
Schieffer beamed as he described the undertaking of building The Ballpark in Arlington and his dream that the ballpark etch indelible memories in visitors’ minds when they visit.
“At every game, there’s going to be someone visiting for the first time,” he said. And, it’s that memory of one’s first major league game on which the love of baseball is often built. Schieffer explained that at first when he was approached to spearhead the building of the park he declined. It was his wife who encouraged him to take on the project.
Schieffer shared a story of a game day when he saw a mother with a picnic basket during early batting practice. She had spread out a blanket and her husband and son were playing catch in the centerfield grass. “To see people use it the way that it was intended was very fulfilling,” Schieffer said. “It was the most enjoyable thing I’ve ever done.”
Schieffer introduced U.S. Rep. Roger Williams. Many Fort Worth natives know Williams as the Arlington Heights standout who played at TCU and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves. Following his baseball career, he returned to Fort Worth and coached the Horned Frogs baseball team. Later, he joined his father at Jack Williams Chevrolet, the institution located on University Drive.
Williams spoke about both his love of baseball and his love and support of Israel. He recently returned from a trip where he thanked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for purchasing F-35s.
“I’m grateful for the strong support I get from AIPAC,” Williams said. “Israel is our only friend in the Middle East.” Later he added, “I want to make sure that USA never leaves the middle of JerUSAlem.”
As part of his remarks, Williams shared his all-Jewish team:
Catcher: Harry Danning (played in the ’30s for the New York Giants)
First: Hank Greenberg
Second: Lipman Pike
Shortstop: Lou Boudreau
Third base: Al Rosen
Left field: Ryan Braun
Centerfield: Shawn Green
Right field: Sol Gordon
Pitchers: Sandy Koufax, Ken Holtzman, Steve Stone and Ralph Branca
Bench: Rod Carew, Ian Kinsler and Mike Epstein
Play-by-play: Mel Allen
Manager: Brad Ausmus
Director of scouting: Moe Berg (a reference to the fact that Berg was a spy during World War II)
Another tidbit mentioned by Williams was his desire to help get a Jewish baseball hall of fame off the ground. Williams said Austin, where Hank Greenberg’s family resides, is a possible site.
The denouement of the evening was Dr. Bobby Brown. The 92-year-old Brown — who probably treated many in the audience’s family members when he was in practice as a cardiologist in Fort Worth — thrived at the podium. He shared one humorous story after another about his storied baseball career, which included three world championships with the Yankees. Brown played for the Yankees and completed medical school at the same time. When he met his future wife, Sara, he said he told her, “Tell your dad, I play third base for the Yankees; tell your mom, I’m in medical school.”
Brown explained that as a member of the Yankees it was often hard to leave the ballpark after a game. Back then, many players took the subway and it was quite a long walk from the players’ exit. Typically there was a mob of fans waiting for autographs. Brown said he learned to leave the ballpark with the big stars to provide “cover.”
Since he was a lesser-known player, it allowed him to slip away. One afternoon, he encountered an eager young boy and his mother. The boy had his pen and was about to search out Yogi Berra and Joe DiMaggio.
“Forget Yogi and Joe D,” Brown recounted the mother saying in a thick Yiddish/New York accent. “You want him — that one’s a docta.”
He capped his remarks of some 60 minutes with a story of a consult at Harris Hospital one Saturday afternoon. He was seeing a patient with chest discomfort. The patient was separated from his roommate by a divider curtain. There was a shared TV on the wall.
As Dr. Brown examined the patient, he realized that the TV was on and there was a ballgame on. As it turned out, it was a replay of the 1949 World Series.
“Now I want you to watch that TV up there. I’m going to come up and hit that ball against the right field wall. We had three men on base and they are all going to score — Henrich is going to score, Yogi’s going to score and DiMaggio’s going to score — and I’m going to slide into third with a triple. Sure enough the guy looks at me like I just got off a spaceship from Mars. He just can’t believe it.”
Brown described the play-by-play of Mel Allen, who had long since retired. As Allen called his sliding into third, Brown said, “The sheet flew back and the guy in the other bed jumped up and said, ‘Who the hell are you? Are you really a doctor?’ ”
The Chasing Dreams exhibit is open daily except for Shabbat and runs through March 5. It is sponsored by the Isadore Garsek Lodge of B’nai B’rith.

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Around The Town: Meals on Wheels, Beth Shalom annual meeting

Around The Town: Meals on Wheels, Beth Shalom annual meeting

Posted on 05 January 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

 

Norman retires from 19-plus years at Meals on Wheels

Lynell Bond Norman retired last month from Meals on Wheels after 19½ years of dedicated service as a case manager. Among those lauding Lynell at her Wednesday, Dec. 21, retirement party were her children Ari and Whitney. Also in attendance were Ari’s wife Dana and his two children.

Lynell Bond Norman retired from Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County last month after 19½ years of dedicated service. She will be joining the staff at JFS part-time in the future.

Lynell Bond Norman retired from Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County last month after 19½ years of dedicated service. She will be joining the staff at JFS part-time in the future.

Sherry Simon, vice president of Nutrition and Health Programs, Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County, delivered A Top Ten List Regarding Lynell Bond:

  • 10. Please beware if you are caught sharing a hotel room with her … no TV or noise is allowed while she is sleeping. And a sleeping mask is always packed. I soon learned to bring my laptop and headphones to watch Netflix if I roomed with her.
  • 9. … Which means she knows nothing about any current shows on television.
  • 8. However, she does know everything local — news, restaurants, geography, organizations and people.
  • 7. She always sees the “sunny” side of every situation.
  • 6. And because of that … everything is just around the corner from where she lives … even if it is 5 miles away.
  • 5. She can work a room of strangers like no other.
  • 4. She is always willing to take leftovers home and make them into another dish.
  • 3. The MOWI staff will now never know when Hanukkah is approaching … because there will not be anyone else wearing dreidel earrings to announce its arrival on the calendar.
  • 2. I will miss my free therapy sessions.
  • And finally,
    1. Sad that I will no longer have to someone help me share in high-level Jewish Mother activities around MOWI.
    In addition to Lynell’s husband Norman, Carole Rogers, Adriene Deems, LaJean Sturman, Hedy Collins and Barbara Weinberg attended the retirement party. MOWI staffers Randee Kaitcer, Aaron Boardman and Carol Paul were also in attendance.

After a brief break, Lynell will serve JFS Tarrant County as a part-time caseworker. She will help JFS provide more consultations and assessments.
Mazal tov, Lynell, on your stellar MOWI career!

Beth Shalom holds annual meeting

Congregation Beth Shalom held its annual meeting Dec. 11. Cookie Kabakoff received the Congregant of the Year Award. Stuart Snow was recognized for his service to CBS with the David Feld Lifetime Achievement Award.

Stuart Snow received the Congregation Beth Shalom David Feld Lifetime Achievement Award. He is pictured with Marian Feld.

Stuart Snow received the Congregation Beth Shalom David Feld Lifetime Achievement Award. He is pictured with Marian Feld.

Beth Shalom Congregant of the Year Cookie Kabakoff, left, with Yael Sasley, congregation president

Beth Shalom Congregant of the Year Cookie Kabakoff, left, with Yael Sasley, congregation president

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Around the Town: Centenarian, Daytimers’ Hanukkah

Around the Town: Centenarian, Daytimers’ Hanukkah

Posted on 28 December 2016 by admin

Daytimers celebrate Hanukkah, from left,  Rita Hoffman,  Barbara Schuster, Larry Steckler and Ceil Cantor

Daytimers celebrate Hanukkah, from left, Rita Hoffman, Barbara Schuster, Larry Steckler and Ceil Cantor

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

100th birthday for Goldberg

About 40 members of the Jewish Family Service Senior Program joined Libby Goldberg to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Libby Goldberg celebrates with her son Larry and JFS Executive Director Dr. Carole Rogers.

Libby Goldberg celebrates with her son Larry and JFS Executive Director Dr. Carole Rogers.

Libby moved from Chicago to B’nai B’rith housing about 10 years ago to be closer to her son Larry, who lives in Denton. Larry joined his mom and friends for the festivities. Everyone enjoyed lox, bagels and all the trimmings. A highlight for Libby, besides being with her friends and Larry, was her favorite Black Forest cake! Mazal Tov!

Centenarian Libby Goldberg

Centenarian Libby Goldberg

Daytimers enjoy Hanukkah

More than 30 Daytimers gathered in the Great Hall at Temple Beth-El to celebrate Hanukkah.
Everyone noshed on latkes accompanied by sour cream and applesauce and watched a selection of Hanukkah videos while they ate.
Programming for the next three months were also announced:

  • On Jan. 18, Daytimers will meet at Congregation Ahavath Shalom for a baseball lunch and to explore a special Jewish baseball exhibit.
  • On Feb. 15, a speaker from the Amphibian theatre will be explaining how they operate and present insights into coming attractions.
  • On March 15, they will view Memories of Survival, a special collection of needlepoints celebrating the major Jewish holidays and remembrances of the Holocaust.
  •  On April 19, they are expecting to offer a musical presentation. And in May, a video release of Chicago.

For more details and reservations, please contact the Daytimers coordinator, Larry Steckler, by email at daytimersfw@aol.com or by phone at 817-927-2736.
To keep informed about all Daytimers events ask to be added to the email list by sending your request to daytimersfw@aol.com.

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Around The Town: Surgeon to retire

Around The Town: Surgeon to retire

Posted on 22 December 2016 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
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Longtime surgeon Dr. Michael Korenman retires

On Oct. 31, Dr. Michael Korenman laid his scalpel down and retired from the practice of surgery.
Dr. Korenman began his surgical practice in 1979. Taking calls at four hospitals, the next few years were very busy. He eventually narrowed his practice to All Saints Hospital and Harris Methodist.
In 1989 and 1990, surgery changed forever with the introduction of minimal access surgery. This approach had to be learned quickly by doctors who were skilled at open surgery but uncomfortable with these new instruments and video cameras. Dr. Korenman helped to introduce the new procedure to Fort Worth, participating in the first laparoscopic gallbladder operation done here and helping to craft the regulations needed to credential surgeons who had never done this before.

 Dr. Michael Korenman poses with granddaughters Layla and Emeline. Korenman began surgical practice in 1979 and recently retired. Submitted photo


Dr. Michael Korenman poses with granddaughters Layla and Emeline. Korenman began surgical practice in 1979 and recently retired.
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He served as chief of surgery at All Saints and went on to become the secretary, vice chief and finally chief of staff. He continued a wide-ranging surgical practice for 37 years. In 2003, Dr. Korenman helped to form a multi-specialty group, Texas Health Care, PLLC, which has now grown to 150 physicians. He remained on the board of managers for almost 14 years.
In addition to helping sick folks, Dr. Korenman was also active in the Jewish community. He was a longtime member of the board of the Jewish Federation, eventually becoming the campaign chair and the president of the Federation.
He became active in the movement to bring Torah-observant Judaism to Fort Worth, first by helping to start the Working Group for Traditional Judaism in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, and then as a supporter of the Young Israel of Fort Worth and now Chabad of Fort Worth. He enjoys leading services and is called upon to do the Haftorah most weeks.
With his calendar clear, Dr. Korenman, a sixth-degree black belt in karate, will be occupied teaching self-defense, alongside his teacher of 30 years, Grandmaster Richard Morris. He will be traveling with his wife Etta, both to Israel and to visit with children, Joey and wife Amy, grandchildren Layla, Emeline and Elliott in Florida, and also Adam and wife Corinne in Los Angeles.
Of course, daughter Sarah, son-in-law Jay, and their daughter Matilda are a powerful draw to continue spending significant time in Fort Worth.
He will be available for consultation as an expert witness.

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Around The Town: Torah covers

Around The Town: Torah covers

Posted on 15 December 2016 by admin

Submitted photos Edythe Cohen purchased new High Holiday Torah covers for Beth-El.

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Edythe Cohen purchased new High Holiday Torah covers for Beth-El.

Submitted photos Edythe Cohen purchased new High Holiday Torah covers for Beth-El.

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Edythe Cohen purchased new High Holiday Torah covers for Beth-El.

Submitted photos Edythe Cohen purchased new High Holiday Torah covers for Beth-El.

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Edythe Cohen purchased new High Holiday Torah covers for Beth-El.

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

A gift from the heart: custom High Holiday Torah covers

Edythe Cohen wasn’t born in Texas but, as the saying goes, she and her husband, Noel, got here as fast as they could some 50 years ago when they moved their English and Western store from New Jersey to Texas.
And the rest is history, a history of Edythe Cohen’s involvement in many arenas in Fort Worth, particularly the Jewish community where her activities — such as managing the Judaica Shop — have utilized her talents and fulfilled her desire to enhance Jewish life.
And so it was not surprising that when Cohen scanned Beth-El’s Wish List of needed and desired items, her decision to purchase new High Holiday Torah covers came easily.
“I wanted to ‘give back’ something significant that would be a lasting legacy for generations of worship at Beth-El,” she said. “It was a pleasure.”
And thus began the months-long process of creating six custom-designed High Holiday Torah covers.
Working with Custom Judaica, a Tucson, Arizona company that has created keepsakes and ritual items for customers on five continents, Cohen worked closely with Beth-El President Laurie Kelfer, studying pictures of designs as well as fabric swatches and trims and then reviewing and approving the finished covers. Each Torah mantle features a white chenille (velvet-like upholstery) background with silver-and-gold textured bands and neutral colors that complement the artistic, elegant designs.
Each Torah cover displays a different theme. The six themes are: “Behold It Was Very Good,” “Etz Chayim” (Tree of Life), “Pomegranates,” “L’Shanah Tovah” (Shofar Trio), “Shalom Ahava” (Peace and Love), and “Yom Teruah” (Day of Trumpets).
The inscription, “A Gift from Edythe Cohen, In Memory of Noel Arthur Cohen,” graces the back of each Torah cover, which will be stored in acid-free boxes until the next High Holiday season.
— Submitted by Arlene Reynolds

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