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Posted on 07 January 2011 by admin

CAS to host Catholic-Jewish meeting, Jan. 15

Congregation Ahavath Sholom invites the entire community to a historic meeting of Catholics and Jews scheduled to take place at the synagogue on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. At that time, Bishop Kevin W. Vann of the Diocese of Fort Worth and Rabbi Gary G. Perras of Congregation Ahavath Sholom will hold a dialogue on “Catholic-Jewish Relations Since Vatican II.”

Ahavath Sholom President Marvin Beleck pointed out that following the “Nostra Aetate” statement of Vatican II, great strides have been made by the Catholic Church in fighting anti-Semitism and promoting a genuine respect for the Jewish religion and for the Jewish people. Perhaps the culmination of this process to date was the recognition by the Vatican of the state of Israel, which was a very moving and significant event for the Jewish people.

Ed Bond, chairman of the congregational ritual committee, added that part of the mission of the congregation is to serve the larger community and promote the cause of peace and justice. This can only be achieved when different groups come together to share their traditions and concerns. For that reason, the shul hopes to have a sizable turnout from the community at large.

Bishop Kevin W. Vann, JCD, DD, was ordained and installed as the third bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth on July 13, 2005. He was born May 10, 1951, in Springfield, Ill., and is the oldest of six children of William M. Vann, Jr. and Theresa Jones Vann. Bishop Vann attended Springfield College and earned a Bachelor of Science in medical technology from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. After working three years as a medical technologist, he entered the seminary in 1976, spending a year at the Immaculate Conception Diocesan Seminary in Springfield and four years at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., majoring in theology. After his ordination on May 30, 1981, he was assigned to graduate studies in canon law at the Angelicum in Rome. Upon returning to the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, Bishop Vann was involved in the work of the Diocesan Tribunal and the Tribunal of Second Instance in Chicago. He served as pastor of parishes ranging in size from 30 to 1,300 families, two of which had large schools. Bishop Vann celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination in 2006.

Rabbi Gary G. Perras is a native of Baltimore, Md., and was educated in the Baltimore public schools. He received a B.A. (liberal arts/philosophy) from Johns Hopkins University in 1962 and graduated from Baltimore Hebrew College that year. Rabbi Perras received his MHL from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1965 and spent a year of study at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was ordained as rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1967. Rabbi Perras has served with distinction at pulpits in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida. He has received numerous awards and honors for service to the Jewish community and the community at large.

Congregation Ahavath Sholom is located at 4050 S. Hulen St. in Fort Worth. For additional information, call the synagogue office at 817-731- 4721.

Dr. Kenneth Stein to speak on ‘Hijacking Israel’s Legitimacy,’ Jan. 20

Dr. Kenneth W. Stein, the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County’s 2011 Larry Kornbleet Memorial Scholar-in-Residence, will be in Dallas on Thursday, Jan. 20, to give a 7:30 p.m. lecture on “Hijacking Israel’s Legitimacy.” The program will take place at Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 4050 S. Hulen, Fort Worth.

Israel’s sovereignty was recognized first by the United States in 1948 and then by the United Nations. Despite peace treaties with two Arab states triumphing over foreign armies, terrorists and insurgencies, Israel’s legitimacy remains under onerous attack. This hostility is fed by sources in the Middle East, in the media, at academic institutions, among intellectuals, by former presidents and in international organizations. How did this reality unfold and what can be done by Jews and non-Jews alike to combat this insidious scourge?

Dr. Stein is convinced that “allowing others to hijack our history and tell our story is equivalent to running aimlessly from the battleground.” As a professor of contemporary Middle Eastern history, political science and Israeli studies at Emory University, Dr. Stein states, “Silence is acquiescence. Confronting falsehoods means having to know your own story, to own it and to be proud of its unfolding. It means being critical when necessary, but not falling on your own sword in demonstrating wisdom, compassion and competence.”

Professor Stein is the author of numerous books, scholarly publications, book chapters and reviews. He writes on the development of modern Israel, American foreign policy toward the Middle East, origins and development of the Arab-Israel conflict and modern Arab history. He devotes much of his time to educating educators, students and learners of all ages about the compelling aspects of Israel’s history.

At this very serious juncture in contemporary Israeli history, Professor Stein will provide graphic analysis and context for one of the most serious challenges facing Israel and world Jewry.

This event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County with financial support from the Kornbleet Scholar-in-Residence Fund and the Molly Roth Endowment Fund. It is free and open to the public. A dessert reception will follow. There will be no solicitation.

For babysitting reservations (children 4 and under) or more information, please call the Federation office at 817-569-0892.

Fort Worth son to address the ‘Daytimers’

Danny Tobey, author of the new novel “The Faculty Club,” will speak at the “Daytimers” group, Wednesday, Jan. 26, at noon at Beth-El. The program is late in the month because Tobey and his wife are expecting their first child on or about Jan. 15. Tobey is the son of Beth-El members, Dr. Martin and Judith Tobey.

When Danny Tobey was an Ivy League law student, he often found himself musing about elitist secret societies that thrived on campus. People were dying to join. “Well, not literally dying,” the Fort Worth native says.

But within the pages of Tobey’s debut novel, “The Faculty Club,” people are literally dying. The book opens like a John Grisham legal thriller, and then veers into territory that borders on the supernatural. Maybe, if one of the secret societies had invited Tobey to join years ago, his fantasies wouldn’t have run amok.

“I was always fascinated with them,” he says. “The closest I ever got was I had a roommate who was in one that was more like a fraternity, nothing secretive about it. He wanted me to try out and, oh, it was such a bad fit. I went to the first two events; then I was cut from the audition process.”

Today, Tobey works as an associate attorney with a Dallas law firm representing doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. He finds time after hours to write novels. Book two is a medical thriller with supernatural elements. It’s already finished and in the hands of his publisher, Simon & Schuster. Now he’s eager to get cracking on his third book.

Tobey was born in Dallas and grew up in Fort Worth. He’s a Paschal High School grad, class of ‘95, who continued his studies at Harvard University and Yale Law School. An overachiever, he followed law school with four years at the UT Southwestern Medical School.

Lunch will be catered by Jason’s Deli, and guests have a choice of turkey on whole wheat, chicken salad on whole wheat or tuna salad on rye, plus chips and cookies, coffee or tea. Cost is $9 each, or guests may attend the program only for $4.

For reservations, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Irv Robinson, 817-731-7447, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109.

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

CBI offers weekly classes

Congregation Beth Israel, 6100 Pleasant Run Road in Colleyville, will offer a six-week class in Basic Hebrew on Thursday evenings, beginning Jan. 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. CBI member, Rabbi Marc ben-Meir, will teach the basics of the alef-bet. By the end of the course, participants will be able to read Hebrew and learn basic vocabulary. There is a potential for extra classes if needed. Cost is $18 for CBI members, $36 for non-members. The text, “Aleph Isn’t Tough” (URJ Press), is not included in the cost of the class; if you would like the synagogue to order it for you, please e-mail Stephanie at administration@congregationbethisrael.org by Jan. 6. Please RSVP to Stephanie to register for the class.

Beginning Thursday, Jan. 20, also from 7 to 8 p.m., CBI will offer a three-week class on “Genesis — Creation.” The first three chapters of Genesis impact our culture and how we understand the world as much as any writings in Western literature. But when we read them closely and understand these texts through the lens of history, science and our rabbis, it turns out there is a great deal to discover. Explore with Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker. Recommended contribution is $18; no texts are required for the class. Please RSVP to Stephanie (see above) to register for the class.

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Posted on 30 December 2010 by admin

Former ourtowner Phoebe Raileanu, daughter of Laurie and Michael Raileanu, has been in the news in St. Louis. The Jewish Light’s Ellen Futerman shared the following story with TJP readers which appeared in an issue earlier this month. You can read more about Phoebe at www.stljewishlight.com

NJT finds a wonderful ‘Young Sophie’ for latest production

If anyone needs a little arm twisting to see the New Jewish Theatre’s next production, “Last of the Red Hot Mamas,” I’ve got two words for you: Phoebe Raileanu.

I really can’t vouch for Phoebe’s talents, although she did belt out a few bars of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and it sounded pretty darn good, but I do know after talking to her for a while, I am smitten.

Phoebe, who celebrated her 18th birthday on Dec. 8, plays one of three incarnations of Sophie Tucker. For those unfamiliar, “Last of the Red Hot Mamas” examines the life of this colorful vaudeville and burlesque star, whose career spanned 60 years. Phoebe plays “Young Sophie,” Johanna Elkana-Hale portrays Tucker in the middle of her life and Christy Simmons is “Mature Sophie.”

“We’re not allowed to say ‘old’ Sophie. We were told to use ‘mature,’” jokes Phoebe.

No one seems more surprised than Phoebe that she landed the part. Not that she doubts her ability — she is passionate and confident about performing and knows her part inside and out. It’s just that this Clayton High School senior had never been cast in a leading role before. In fact, she was so frustrated about this fact that she gave up on show choir and other high school theatrical efforts this year, figuring she would do better to concentrate on her other interests.

Then, quite unexpectedly, she learned of the NJT auditions.

“I was walking out of school on a Friday when I ran into a friend who said there were auditions going on in [Clayton High’s] Black Box Theater,” she recalled. “He told me they were looking for a young, curvy belter and thought I should try out.

“I said OK, even though I wasn’t prepared. So I went to the audition and was kind of nervous. The girl before me sang ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses,’ which was the only song I felt prepared to sing. I said, ‘I know the girl before me did this but I’m going to give it a different spin.’

“Then, right before Shabbat, they called, told me they thought I was great and offered me the role.”

Says Kathleen Sitzer, artistic director of NJT: “What we were looking for in casting Young Sophie was a young woman with a big voice who could match the other two Sophies both physically and vocally. Phoebe won it hands down.”

Typically, when something this major happens, the first thing Phoebe would do is run home and hug her parents. But that was impossible because they live in California, where Phoebe lived until she was 12. Her parents, Lorie and Michael, moved back to Los Angeles in the summer after Phoebe’s mother lost her job here. Phoebe’s father, who is a Jewish educator [in St. Louis, his most recent post was directing the Shaare Shalom Religious School of Shaare Zedek and Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel], has had to change jobs quite frequently, she says.

“I told my parents, ‘This is what is going to happen: You are going to move to California and I am going to stay here and finish my senior year at Clayton. You’re going to cry and I’m going to cry, but this is what needs to happen.’ They understood and agreed.”

Phoebe explains that in addition to “loving my school, my friends and everyone here,” she insisted on staying because she intends to speak at graduation. She says students vying for that honor are asked to write an essay, audition and then a panel of teachers and students decide by a vote.

“I’ve lived in 16 houses and attended seven or eight different schools,” says Phoebe, who also went to Solomon Schechter Day School here. “Clayton High is the one home I have been in longer than anyplace else in my life. It means so much to me.”

This year, Phoebe is living with Shaare Zedek Rabbi Mark Fasman and his wife Alice, who are great friends of the Raileanu (pronounced RAL-e-NEW) family.

“The Fasmans are so great to me, there is no way I will ever be able to thank them enough,” she says. “It was so natural for me to move in. When my family lived here, they were my parents’ closest friends.”

Phoebe, who is “modern Orthodox” and a member of Young Israel, hasn’t seen her parents since Rosh Hashanah. She wasn’t able to go home for Thanksgiving because she was in rehearsals for the play.

Finances are also an issue. Phoebe says that money is tight, just like it is for many families. She had hoped to go to college at George Washington University next year, but now thinks she will attend Ben-Gurion University in Israel, which she says is more affordable.

She plans to contribute to her college education and had been working as a waitress at Il Vicino in downtown Clayton before the restaurant had a fire and closed. She will get paid for her role as Young Sophie but not until the production is over, she says.

The good news is that her mother is coming to St. Louis to see Phoebe perform Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The bad news is that it’s too costly for her father to come as well.

“I know this may sound a little weird, but I am totally in love with my parents,” she says. “It’s been really hard to be apart from them because I love them so much.”

And while she is thrilled her mother is coming, she adds: “My dad is my best friend in the whole world. He has been my biggest supporter. The best birthday/Chanukah present would be my dad coming to see me in the show. I wish more than anything he could come, too.”

As a postscript, Futterman shared with the TJP at presstime, that a Jewish Light reader read about Phoebe’s desire to have her dad at the show and donated airmiles to fly Michael out to St. Louis. What a mitzvah!

We would like to hear from our readers. Send your news to sharonw@texasjewishpost.com or 7920 Beltline Road, Ste. 680, Dallas, TX 75254. Our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

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Posted on 16 December 2010 by admin

Carter Haber helps Samaritan House as mitzvah project

What a delight it was to hear from our good friend, Tricia ­Carter-Haber, who updated us on the mitzvah project of her and Howard Haber’s son Carter. When reviewing his bar mitzvah project options, Carter chose to assist the children of Samaritan House. The agency houses low-income families with parents suffering from HIV/AIDS.

When Carter met with Family Health and Education Coordinator Rick Isaminger to explore possibilities for a project, he learned that the agency still needed presents for its Angel Tree. AirRite Air Conditioning had agreed to donate presents for 20 children, but there were still 51 children without a sponsor. Not one to think small, Carter stepped right up and offered to find donors for all 51. Another two names were later added to the list. At a suggested level of $50 per child, that would mean raising over $2,600. “I’ll take care of them,” he said. “Not everyone understands about AIDS and how hard it is for these kids.”

Carter went about fulfilling his commitment with zeal and with a sincere desire to help children who otherwise would face a bleak holiday. Following his English teacher’s advice, he approached potential donors face-to-face rather than by e-mail. His results have been spectacular: over $6,000 had been raised at press time, including a dollar-for-dollar match by Merrill Lynch, Tricia’s employer, for donations made by its employees. The managers’ group at Merrill Lynch also pooled the money they would ordinarily have spent on gifts for each other and donated the money to Carter’s project.

Raising the money was only the start. Carter had selected Samaritan House partly on the basis of the fact that the agency would supply him with wish lists made by each child and would allow him to choose the presents. Carter took this responsibility seriously, learning the names and wants of each child and going out of his way to get exactly what had been requested. After mammoth shopping expeditions to Old Navy (which supplied a bag for each child) and Toys “R” Us (which opened an hour early to help Carter select toys and donated a $50 gift card), the Haber garage began to resemble a well-organized warehouse.

For the next step in the process, Carter used a $100 donation collected at a family gathering to buy wrapping paper. Every evening he brought the presents for 10 of the children into the living room for wrapping, doing most of the work himself. When everything was complete, the Samaritan House van was dispatched to collect the 53 bags. On Dec. 15, the Youngman Family Room became Santa Central, with Samaritan House parents picking up a bag of presents specifically tailored to each child’s wishes.

For a volunteer project of this scope, an experienced adult would face considerable challenges. For a 12-year-old just embarking on a lifetime of doing “good deeds,” it is a remarkable achievement. Carter’s parents and Beth-El Congregation have much to be proud of. Not only has Carter demonstrated considerable acumen as an organizer and fundraiser, he has also shown clearly that he understands the very personal nature of the way in which Samaritan House helps its residents recover their health and their lives. Compassion is hard to teach, but it’s clear that Carter has learned that lesson and is well-equipped as a doer of good deeds.

Carter will celebrate his bar mitzvah on Feb. 19 at Beth-El Congregation. He will continue to collect donations for Samaritan House and can be reached at carter@fdtrainingsystems.com.

Arlington gets menorah display, courtesy of Chabad

Chabad of Arlington’s Rabbi Levi Gurevitch arranged for a menorah display in a public place (Veteran’s Park) and on the fifth night of Chanukah, Chabad and friends threw a party with latkes, dreidels, sufganiot and music. Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck lit the shamash, and Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County Director Mort House lit the first candle.

CAS Shabbat dinner set for Dec. 31

Congregation Ahavath Sholom invites the entire community to welcome Shabbat with a festive reception and Shabbat dinner for the whole family on Dec. 31. Kabbalat Shabbat service begins at 6 p.m., followed by a champagne reception at 7. Dinner will follow from 7:30 until 9. Cost per adult is $25; per child, $10. While everyone is welcome, reservations are a must, so call today. Deadline for reservations is Dec. 22. Please RSVP by calling the synagogue at 817-731-4721.

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Lots of Chanukah happenings in Tarrant County

Tarrant County celebrated the fourth night of Chanukah at Beth-El Congregation with a menorah lighting, latke dinner and concert featuring Rabbi Neal Katz. All four area congregations — Beth Israel in Colleyville, Beth Shalom in Arlington, and Ahavath Sholom in Fort Worth — along with the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County supported the event, which started with lighting the outdoor at Ahavath Sholom. Dinner was prepared by Beth-El’s Men of Reform Judaism. Beth-El’s children’s choir SHIR Energy, under the direction of Monica Braverman and Angie Kitzman, joined Rabbi Katz on the pulpir. Katz is a renowned Jewish musician and songwriter, in addition to being Rabbi at Tyler’s Congregation Beth-El. The night finished with sufganyot.

Musical program for ‘Daytimers,’ Dec. 15

Next event for the “Daytimers” will be a musical film, “Dudu Fisher in Concert from Israel,” Wednesday, Dec. 15, at noon, at Beth-El Synagogue. This concert, live from Jerusalem, presents a full hour of 20 such favorites as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Jerusalem of Gold,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Halleluyah” and “Exodus.” In addition to Hebrew and English, Fisher does two songs in Ladino and in Yiddish, plus several from “Les Miz.” He played the role of Jean Valjean in Israel, in London and on Broadway.

Lunch is catered by Boopa’s Bagel Deli, and guests have a choice of turkey and hummus on a honey wheat bagel, tuna salad on a sesame bagel, or cream cheese and lox on a pumpernickel bagel. Cost is $9 per person, or guests may attend for the program only for $4 per person. In addition, in honor of Chanukah, donut bites will be served.

After three years of service in the Israel Defense Forces, Fisher studied at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music and also privately with some of the great cantors of the previous generation. He was only 22 when he was invited to become the cantor of the Great Synagogue of Tel Aviv. Along with his synagogue duties, Fisher also traveled throughout the world, bringing traditional Chassidic, Yiddish and cantorial music to new audiences. During a trip to London in 1986, he happened to see a performance of the musical “Les Miserables.” It was an event that changed his life. When word was released of the show’s forthcoming production in Hebrew, Fisher knew that he had to audition for it. The fact that he had absolutely no experience working in the theater did not deter him for a moment. In true Broadway musical fashion, the British director of the Israeli version, Stephen Pimlot, chose the inexperienced Fisher for the lead role of Jean Valjean. The rest is history. “Les Miz” became the longest-running show in Israel, and Fisher became a superstar. His stardom is not limited to Israel. In 1988 he was invited to London to take part in a royal command performance hosted by the queen of England. The performance was a special version 0f “Les Miz,” featuring artists from the many “Les Miz” productions playing around the world. From there, the play’s producer, Cameron Mackintosh, invited Fisher to play the role of Jean Valjean on Broadway and in London’s West End.

For reservations, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Irv Robinson, 817-731-7447, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109.

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

News and notes: In step with the Appels

It was a busy fall for Ellen and Bernie Appel. In October, they traveled for a two-week stay to China, where they cruised on the Yangtze River past the Three Gorges, then visited Xian to see the Terra Cottas, and Beijing to walk on the Great Wall. Then they went to New Rochelle along with Sheril and Jerry Appel and their children, Max and Sophie, for their grandson Joshua Max Kleinberg’s bar mitzvah. Joshua is the son of Arlene and Michael Kleinberg. His twin sister, Arielle Faye, celebrated her bat mitzvah a year ago. Both are students at Westchester Day School in New York and will be attending Hebrew High School next year. A highlight of Joshua’s bar mitzvah preparations was traveling to Israel with his dad to purchase his tallit and tefillin. Also celebrating was the Kleinbergs’ oldest daughter, Alyssa Hedy, who graduated from Ramaz High School in Manhattan and spent a year abroad in Israel. Alyssa is now in her second year at Boston University. The whole Kleinberg family are avid sports fans, rooting for the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox and the Dallas Cowboys.

New book from Dr. Julian Haber

Our good friend and Martin Hochster Post JWV Post Commander Dr. Julian Haber recently sent us a copy of his most recent book, “They were Soldiers in Peace and War, Volume II.” Haber interviewed North Texas veterans, both men and women, from World War II through Iraq. Among the 50-plus veterans interviewed for the book were Hal Radetsky, Monte Shaw, Leslie Kaitcer, David Eisenman, David Luskey, Stanley Kurtz, Earl Givant, Joseph Coggan, Rabbi Sidney Zimelman, Rabbi Murray Berger, Mary Soltz, Beverly Ross, Susan Margolis, Michael Ross, Scott Baum, Peter Levy and Jon Haber. Stay tuned for a full review of “They Were Soldiers” in a future issue of the TJP. The book is given free of charge to bar and bat mitzvah kids from several local congregations. It is partially funded from a grant provided by the Tarrant County Jewish Federation.

For further information, contact Julian Haber, commander, JWV 755, julianhaber@aol.com, 7001 Candlestick Court, Fort Worth, TX 76133, phone 817-346-1902.

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JFS Thanksgiving luncheon delights 140 seniors

JFS Senior Director Hedy Collins filed the following report: “The annual Jewish Family Services Senior Program Thanksgiving luncheon, held Tuesday, Nov. 23, was a rousing success. The Isadore Garsek Lodge of B’nai B’rith International once again hosted the luncheon with Harry Kahn at the helm.

“The attendance was the best yet, with 140 happy senior citizens dining on roast chicken, potatoes, green beans almondine, cranberry sauce, wine and pumpkin pies and apple strudel for dessert. Wow! Barry Schneider, Federation president, led the blessings and Rabbi Gary Perras, interim rabbi at Ahavath Sholom, gave a closing talk.

“The Jewish Family Services Senior Program is looking forward to Friday’s festivities and feast: fresh homemade latkes fried by Joyce Dooley, hot dogs with trimmings with special presents and fun galore. There might even be a dreidel game going and entertainment by youngsters from the TESA school that is located at Beth-El.

“The Fort Worth Jewish community’s involvement is incredible. We are blessed with people who have adopted our JFS program as their charity of choice. Menorah Club, an offshoot of Jewish Women International, still meeting after over 20 years, has donated to the program with prizes and money as well as adopting some special people in need. Another dinner group also has helped with Chanukah by adopting special families as well as wrapping all the wonderful gifts that the JFS seniors and families receive. It doesn’t matter how old we are — it still takes a ‘village!’

“Please come and join the fun. We meet daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. here at Beth-El. Any questions, please call Hedy Collins, 817-296-3709.”

Corrine Jacobson addresses future teachers

Corrine Jacobson joined other members of the Fort Worth Chapter of Daughters of Abraham in addressing a class of future teachers about their three religions. Special interest is always shown to Judaism and the Islamic faith. They spoke at the South Campus of TCC.

Korenman family gets together for Thanksgiving

Etta and Michael Korenman were thrilled to have their family in Fort Worth for Thanksgiving. Son Adam flew in from Los Angeles, and Sarah from Chicago. Joey, Amy and the new addition, Layla, were in from Boston, and Etta from Israel. Said Etta, “We took advantage of Layla being here, to introduce her to her Fort Worth relatives. Sunday, following Thanksgiving, we invited the relatives to come and meet Layla!

“If seeing that beautiful face was not enough, we were treated to the delicious food catered by Aaron Boardman, kosher caterer par excellence. Ask Joey what food he wants, and it will be Mexican food, not available to his liking in Boston. Aaron created a tasty Mexican dairy menu topped only by his tres leches cake. Good food, loved ones — what more can you ask for!”

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Mazel tov to Hollace and Bruce Weiner on the best Chanukah present ever, the birth of their grandson Zeke Nathanial Siff, on Friday, Nov. 26 in New York City. Zeke weighed in at 7 lbs. 3 oz. Speedy recovery wishes to Leah Vann, daughter of Marty and Elizabeth Stenzler, and to Joe Coggan, who broke his hip.

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CAS holds ritual burial for worn-out sacred objects

On Sunday, Nov. 14, students and adults of all ages from Congregation Ahavath Sholom joined Rabbi Gary Perras at the congregation’s cemetery in order to bury their old and worn-out ritual objects. Holy objects which have become worn and unusable are disposed of by burial in a sacred place, usually a Jewish cemetery. The place where these objects have been hidden away is called a genizah.

The experience began with a brief explanation from the rabbi and responsive reading led by Brian Kaye and Shayna Kisin students from the fifth-grade religious-school class. It was moving to see the children sitting next to their parents and grandparents, absorbed in the concept of showing respect to holy objects. In America, old prayer shawls are usually not buried, but saved by the chevra kadishah (Jewish burial society) for those Jewish men in the community who don’t have their own tallit. It should be noted that at different times and in different places, pious Jews would be buried with sacred books. After the lesson in the Kornbleet Chapel everyone went outside to say goodbye to their friends: the holy books and papers. The children especially were excited to participate in depositing the old scrolls, Chumashim and prayer books into the deep hole. After the burial, the older students and members went back to the chapel for a lesson in Jewish burial and the grieving process while the younger members returned to the shul for the rest of their lessons. Most of the participants, both young and old, agreed that it was a unique and memorable experience that most had never before experienced in their lives.

Dr. Ronald Flowers gives ‘Daytimers’ a school lesson

An overflow crowd came to “Daytimers” to hear Dr. Ronald B. Flowers, emeritus professor of religion at Texas Christian University, talk about “Going to School — with the State Board of Education.”

He explained how the religious right planned as early as the 1980s to take over local elected offices, and how the State School Board came to be populated with a majority of conservatives bent on putting their own spin on what is included in the textbooks of Texas. Issues that they especially targeted were the teaching of evolution, the role of Christianity in the founding of our republic and the teaching of the Christian Bible in public schools. He particularly remarked how they had, several times, overturned the recommendations of teachers’ panels on the curriculum needs of the students. He strongly recommended that interested persons check with the Texas Freedom Network, which follows the work of the State School Board closely.

More than 20 years ago Dr. Flowers spoke at the national convention of the National Council on Religion and Public Education on the subject of “They Got Our Attention, Didn’t They?: The Tennessee and Alabama School Book Cases,” so he has long been an expert in this field. The attentive audience questioned him on possible court cases and what effect their decisions will have on textbooks throughout the nation.

Dr. Flowers has a popular following in the community, and a dozen members of the West Side Unitarian Church came to hear him.

Emcee for the day was Irv Robinson, and Dr. Flowers was introduced by Len Schweitzer. Roz Rosenthal and Rosanne Margolis greeted guests at the door. Newcomers to the community, Shana and Yale Gancherov, were introduced.

Next event for the “Daytimers” will be a musical film, “Dudu Fisher in Concert from Israel,” Wednesday, Dec. 15, at noon, at Beth-El Synagogue. Fisher, who played the role of Jean Valjean in “Le Miz,” will do several songs from the show, in addition to favorites in Hebrew, Yiddish and even Ladino.

For reservations, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Irv Robinson, 817-731-7447, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109.

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

‘Chanukah Cookie Craziness’

Girls ages 4–11, join the girls of Alton Silver BBG for a “Chanukah Cookie Craziness” afternoon of cookie decorating, games and Chanukah surprises! This fun event will take place Sunday, Nov. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Emily Englander’s home, 1300 Washington Terrace, Fort Worth. Parents, enjoy the free time to shop for Chanukah on your own. The teens will be in charge of all the fun, and there will be adult supervision. Space is limited to the first 15 girls. For more information, please contact the Tarrant County Jewish Federation, 817-569-0892 or jfed@tarrantfederation.org.

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Posted on 18 November 2010 by admin

Hadassah of Fort Worth marks another successful event with Dr. Maria Sirois

An intimate gathering of 50 women of all ages from around the Metroplex came to Mira Vista Country Club in Fort Worth on Sunday, Nov. 7, to attend Hadassah of Fort Worth’s “A Community-Wide Women’s Celebration II — Continuing the Journey: A Women’s Retreat with Dr. Maria Sirois.” No one left disappointed.

The small-group break-out format worked perfectly, allowing participants to share and discuss individually and then reconnect within a larger group on key aspects of flourishing and coming to understand how one’s own personal growth is absolutely necessary for themselves and the world around them.

“We all long to have a river of nourishment rushing through, and to be that river for others, we must first love and honor ourselves,” Dr. Sirois explained.

Hortense Deifik, a longtime Fort Worth resident and past president of Hadassah’s Fort Worth chapter who also attended Dr. Sirois’ first program last year, noted: “Dr. Sirois pointed out to every woman their individual worth, and by doing this, we recognized how important we are to perform good and rightful deeds in the causes that need attention. I’m so grateful that Hadassah has brought her to Fort Worth. Hadassah is as important and relevant today as it was 50 years ago.”

Beth-El Boomers have a night out with dinner and a play

Jim Stanton tells the TJP, “The Congregation Beth-El Boomers had another successful event this month. They kicked off the evening with a dinner in Sundance Square, then enjoyed ‘Bright Ideas’ at the Circle Theatre. After the play the group joined the director and cast for wine, dessert and conversation.

“For their next event, on Saturday, Feb. 5, the group will be going out for dinner and then a Fort Worth Brahmas hockey game.”

Enjoy the music of Rabbi Neal Katz at the Chanukah celebration!

Come celebrate the fourth night of Chanukah at Beth-El Congregation and enjoy the music of Rabbi Neal Katz from Tyler. Neal has been a songleader and Jewish musician for over 18 years and has recorded four CDs of his music. His newest, “Be a Light — Chanukah Songs for Grown-Ups” features the hit song “On the Air.” He is a wonderful teacher and storyteller, and looks forward to celebrating Chanukah with the Tarrant County community.

The event will take place Saturday night, Dec. 4, beginning with a 6 p.m. menorah lighting; participants will walk across the street to light the outdoor chanukiot and say the blessings at Ahavath Sholom and the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. This will be followed by a latke supper prepared by the Beth-El Brotherhood (requested minimum contribution of $5 per person). The evening will continue with the concert at 7:30.

This event is sponsored by Congregations Ahavath Sholom and Beth-El of Fort Worth, Beth Israel of Colleyville and Beth Shalom of Arlington, as well as by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Y’all come on down!

Get some hot ideas for the kitchen

Don’t forget to join Holly Clegg, daughter of Ruthie and Jerry Berkowitz, on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. at Costco on Bryant Irvin Road. Holly will be signing copies of her new book, “Too Hot in the Kitchen.” You can pick up a few for Chanukah gifts and get some Thanksgiving shopping done as well.

‘Jewish Believe It or Not’

It’s not too late to join Rabbi Gary Perras for his new adult education class, “Jewish Believe It or Not,” which began Nov. 17. Participants will examine Jewish beliefs and superstitions about life after death, heaven and hell, the eternal soul, resurrection of the dead, angels and demons, Satan, divine providence, miracles, the evil eye, etc. The class will meet every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at Ahavath Sholom.

Speedy recovery

At press time, speedy recovery wishes to Morty Herman, Merri Sadow, Elizabeth Vann Stenzler, Rhoda Stryer and Edythe Cohen.

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Posted on 28 October 2010 by admin

Esther Rosen celebrates nintieth

Mazal tov to our good friend, Esther Rosen who on Sunday, September 26th, at Colonial Country Club, celebrated her 90th birthday at a reception hosted by her children and their families. Many of Esther’s friends and relatives from the surrounding Fort Worth community attended the reception. In addition, family flew in from as far away as California, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Florida to honor Esther. Hosts were Diane Rosen Newman and husband Jeff of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Lynn Rosen and Ted Strickland of Ashburn, Va.; Paula Rosen of Fort Worth; and Jay Rosen and wife Linda of Houston. Esther was blessed with the attendance of her six grandchildren, Tom Newman and his wife Jennifer of Phoenix, Ariz.; Ryan Newman and his wife Megan of Phoenix, Ariz.; Rachel Rosen of New York City; Zach Rosen of Houston; Jessica Strickland of Limerick, Pa.; and Erika Strickland of Royersferd, Pa. Esther was also thrilled to have her four great-grandchildren in attendance as well; Trey, Luke and William Newman and Nathan Cagliola. All of Esther’s nieces and nephews were able to join in the celebration: Phyllis Morris and husband Jeff and daughter Amanda of San Diego, Calif.; Robin Winterman Weber and husband Jeff Weber of Dallas; Lisa Winterman of Roanoke; David Rosen and his wife June, daughter Jennifer and son Daniel of Mesquite; Larry Rosen and Cathy Walenskey of Arlington; and Vicki Rosen Hamilton also of Arlington.

Other family members attending were Myron Rosenberg of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Jay Rosenberg of Joplin, Mo.; Jeff Barnett and children of Austin; Faye Wanetick Mendeloff of Pittsburg, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Newman of Denton; Jennifer and Nate Hamilton of Denton; James Newman and Sachin Patel of Richardson; Wilma Rogers and Mr. and Mrs. Rick Rogers and daughter Gueniviere of Haslet, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bezdek and son of Abbott, Texas; Barbara Bezdek of Waco; and Jim and Barbara Pottieger of Ft. Meade, Fla. Friends from The Franklin, where she resides, were also able to attend.

Saturday morning, Sept. 25, all out of town guests were treated to a lovely brunch at Blue Mesa in Fort Worth, hosted by Esther’s nieces and nephews who live in the Fort Worth area: Vicki Hamilton, David and June Rosen, Larry Rosen and Cathy Walenskey, Lisa Winterman and Robin and Jeff Weber.

Esther moved with her parents, Herman and Ida Cohen, of blessed memory, and brother Abe, of blessed memory, to Fort Worth from Savannah, Ga. when she was two years old and has been an active member of Congregation Ahavath Sholom for over 50 years, serving as Sisterhood President and on various committees. Esther was honored with opening the Ark at Shabbat services on Oct. 2.

The family is grateful to all who attended, making Esther’s 90th birthday party a very joyful and memorable event for her.

New Veterans book released

Jewish War Veterans Post 755 will kick off the sales of their new book, “They Were Soldiers In Peace and War, Volume 2” at their monthly meeting, Sunday Oct.31, at 10:30 a.m. at the Congregation Ahavath Sholom library on 4050 South Hulen Street, Fort Worth. A short introduction and readings from the book will be followed by a signing. Some sections in the book include World War Two and Korea, Women In the Military, a Jewish prospective, Rabbis and the chaplaincy, The sixties and seventies, Bosnia, Iraq The later Stage (interesting perspectives on our current conflicts from recently returning servicemen and women). There are more that fifty interviews of members mostly of our community and commentary on each era. A history of the earliest Jewish veterans, who they were, where they came from and their role form 1654 through the Civil War is also discussed in the book. The book is given free of charge to bat and bat mitzvahs from several local congregations. It is partially funded from a grant provided by the Tarrant County Jewish Federation. For further information contact Julian Haber, commander JWV 755, at julianhaber@aol.com or 817-346-1902.

Things are ‘rising’ at Ahavath Sholom

Saturday, Oct. 30 is USY Shabbat at Ahavath Sholom. Members of the SWUSY youth group will be joining Rabbi Gary Perras in leading services for the congregation. The USYers bring a special ruach (spirit) to Shabbat.

On Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m., the “For Women Only” program will resume under the leadership of Rabbi Perras. This program was started 20 years ago and has a large following within the community. All are welcome to attend.

Finally, in conjunction with “For Women Only,” Naomi Brand will kick-off the new “Challah and Halacha” program. Starting at 9:30 a.m. the group will prepare challah dough and after class will go back and bake the risen dough. The finished challot will be donated to needy families in the community. For more details, contact Naomi Brand at 817-731-4721.

Beth-El to honor Paul Schwartz on his 90th birthday

On Friday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m., Beth-El Congregation will hold a special reception in honor of the 90th birthday of Paul Schwartz. The reception will be followed at 6 by an adult Kabbalat Shabbat service in the sanctuary, featuring participation by Jewish War Veterans, and a concurrent service for children in the chapel. A volunteer choir will sing.  Mazal tov to Paul Schwartz on reaching this milestone!

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Posted on 21 October 2010 by admin

CAS welcomes Rabbi Gary Perras

Congregation Ahavath Sholom is pleased to welcome Rabbi Gary Perras as rabbi of the congregation. Rabbi Perras, a member of the Rabbinical Assembly with over 40 years of experience in the rabbinate, comes to Fort Worth from Jacksonville, Fla. He will provide spiritual and educational leadership to the members of the congregation, and counsel and guidance to its leadership.

Pirke Avot (1:6) teaches, “Find yourself a teacher; get yourself a friend.” Congregation Ahavath Sholom did both when they engaged Perras as the new rabbi. Rabbi Perras, or “Rav” as he prefers to be called, has only been in town for two weeks and he has already endeared himself to everyone he has met. The feeling in the community is that it is a pleasure to come to the shul and learn from the new rabbi.

On Nov. 6, Rabbi Perras will be honored and officially installed during Shabbat morning services. A special Kiddush luncheon will be provided by Elsie Blum and the CAS Catering Committee and staff in honor of the occasion. The entire community is invited, and this will be a great opportunity for everyone to come and “meet the rabbi.” Hope to see you there.

Comedian lights up Beth-El

If you passed by Beth-El on Sunday, Oct. 17 at about 4:30 p.m., you probably heard raucous laughter coming from the sanctuary. Over 275 members of the Tarrant County Jewish community were being entertained with wonderfully clean and funny jokes by Rabbi Bob Alper. Rabbi Alper, who was a classmate of our Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger, has been doing stand-up comedy for the past 24 years. He can be heard daily on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, has been featured on CNN’s “American Morning” and is the author of the inspirational book, “Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This.” Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County with financial support from the Dan Danciger/Fort Worth Hebrew Day School Supporting Foundation, this community event, planned as a thank-you to its many supporters, was a big success. People came from all over Tarrant County for a great laugh. In addition, the audience brought non-perishable foods as “admission” for the Tarrant Area Food Bank and managed to amass 254 pounds of goods! Thanks go to committee members Karen Anisman, Jill Imber and Renee Pinto for getting the word out and helping to sell Rabbi Alper’s DVDs, 20 percent of the sale of which came back to the Federation.

Naomi Brand appointed as CAS education director

On the heels of engaging a new rabbi, Congregation Ahavath Sholom has more good news to share. Naomi Brand has been appointed education director. Her first task will be to implement an innovative curriculum that has been developed by the Education Committee of the synagogue under the direction of David Saul. After the first several weeks of the program, both parents and students are excited and looking forward to what’s coming next.

One of the changes that Naomi has already implemented is to do away with the afternoon Hebrew classes, replacing them with additional time on the weekends and special Shabbat programming. Another feature of the new curriculum is the use of guest teachers to supplement regular classroom activities.

Naomi’s next project, already in the works, is a ramp-up of adult education programming. Stay tuned, it’s going to be good.

Dr. Maria Sirois returns to ‘continue the journey’

The Hadassah of Fort Worth committee bringing Dr. Maria Sirois back to the community is working tirelessly to make their Nov. 7 event, “A Community-Wide Women’s Celebration II — Continuing the Journey: A Women’s Retreat with Dr. Maria Sirois,” an inspirational and meaningful program for everyone.

Last year Dr. Sirois, an inspirational speaker, seminar leader and author who has worked at the crossroads of wellness, psychology and spirituality for nearly 20 years, left each woman with the understanding of what she most needs to strengthen and nurture her care for herself.

This year the discussion will not only be revisited but continue. Women will learn techniques of how to sustain that care so that they can continue to bring their particular gifts to their family and community.

“Through research and clinical anecdotes, through mindfulness practice and group discussion, we’ll uncover how we build a scaffolding within ourselves from which to thrive, and a connection with each other from which to repair our larger world,” Dr. Sirois explains. “We’ll explore resilience, humor, creativity and the health benefits of understanding how happiness and meaning in life work together.”

So don’t miss out on this unique event. Save the date: Nov. 7 at Mira Vista Country Club from 1 to 5 p.m. Refreshments and light fare will be served. Event tickets are $25. To make a reservation, please contact Randee Kaitcer at 817-377-0505 or e-mail randee_k@charter.net.

Committee members include: Ava Beleck, Rhoda Bernstein, Loretta Causey, Elizabeth Cohen, Jane Cohen, Jennifer Daley, Gail Granek, Linda Hochster, Etty Horowitz, Sandy Hollander, Eileen House, Shoshana Howard, Rebecca Isgur, Randee Kaitcer, Karen Kaplan, Marcia Kurtz, Linda Lavi, Susan Luskey, Posy McMillen, Carol Minker, Melissa Morgan, Zoë Stein Pierce, Jennifer Ratner, Naomi Rosenfield, Debby Rice, Dolores Schneider, Louise Vermillion, Laurie Werner and Margie Zentner.

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Posted on 14 October 2010 by admin

‘Dreams of Flight: A Journey through Air and Space’

Several people have signed up early for the “Daytimers” trip on TRE and DART to Fair Park in Dallas for the exhibit, “Dreams of Flight: A Journey through Air and Space” at the Women’s Museum, Wednesday, Oct. 20. The group will leave the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center at 12:15 p.m., enjoy lunch on the train and transfer to the DART Green Line at Victory Park Station. The TRE has changed its schedule, and the equipment that has the tables will not be the train, so the guests will have to picnic on their laps.

Signed up so far are Deanna Benjamin, Claudia Boksiner, Dr. Julian and Marian Haber, Rita Hoffman, Joe and Hannah Klein, Sheryl Levy, Irene Loss, Rosanne and Bill Margolis, Barbara Rosenthal, Barbara Rubin, Sherwin Rubin, Rosalie Schwartz, Galena Stewart, Helen Sterns and Jerry Weiner.

Lunch on the train will be catered by Subway. Guests have a choice of turkey on honey oat, chicken teriyaki on wheat, or tuna on Italian, with chips, cookie and bottled water. Trip, including train fare, lunch, bottled water and museum admission, is $15.

The exhibit at the Women’s Museum highlights the glorious achievements of the first female aviators and follows the path they cleared for the eventual inclusion of women in the space program.

There are more than 40 stories of the contributions women made in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math — it’s not just about the thrills of soaring above the earth. The show is orchestrated to appeal to people who might benefit from knowing the heroics of these pioneers. Even though Amelia Earhart’s legacy has been the dominant story of female fliers for almost 75 years — she was the first woman to make a nonstop trans-Atlantic flight — she is given no more wall space than Jacqueline Cochran, who led the WASPs during World War II, or Jeana Yeager, a Fort Worth native who circumnavigated the globe nonstop with a partner without refueling.

For reservations, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Irv Robinson, 817-731-7447, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109. There will be no payments accepted the day of the trip.

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

Did you hear the one about the rabbi who was also a stand-up comic?

There’s a reason why XM and Sirius satellite radio play Rabbi Bob Alper’s bits several times daily, often sandwiched between Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby: Now, he is coming to Fort Worth to do his act!

Alper is an ordained rabbi who served congregations for 14 years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. That background prepared him for a 20-year comedy career. Alper has written two books: “Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This,” an inspirational collection now in its fifth printing, and an award-winning full-color cartoon book, “A Rabbi Confesses.” He has also produced two best-selling comedy CDs. His Web site is at www.bobalper.com.

The performance, for adults and children 11 years of age and older, will be held this Sunday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m., at Beth-El Congregation. Admission is one can of food for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Babysitting is available with reservation. For more information or to make a reservation for babysitting, please call the Federation office at 817-569-0892.

The event is sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County with financial support from the Dan Danciger/Fort Worth Hebrew Day School Supporting Foundation.

Noted Holy Land scholar Carol Meyers speaking at TCU on Oct. 26

Biblical scholar, archaeologist and Duke University professor Dr. Carol Meyers will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the ballroom of the Brown-Lupton University Union on the TCU campus. She is guest of honor for the 13th annual Gates of Chai Lectureship in Contemporary Judaism, sponsored by Brite Divinity School. Topic of her remarks will be “Holy Land Archaeology: Past Meets Present.”

Dr. Meyers has blended her expertise in both fields to become a researcher, author and sought-after expert on the land of ancient Israel. She has authored, co-authored or edited 17 books, including the landmark “Discovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context,” published in 1988 by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Meyers is often a consultant on film and broadcast projects focused on the biblical world, including NOVA’s “The Bible’s Buried Secrets,” DreamWorks’ “Prince of Egypt,” WNET-TV’s “Civilization and the Jews,” NBC-TV’s “The Human Animal” series, a National Geographic Discovery documentary on the history of Jews and Judaism, and many segments of the A&E “Mysteries of the Bible” and “Biography” series.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and reserved parking or $75 for reserved seats, a pre-event reception and priority parking. Students are admitted free. The number to call is 817-257-5976.

The Gates of Chai Lectureship is designed to promote informed, dynamic public dialogue and education on issues of relevance to contemporary Judaism. The lectureship is sponsored through the generosity of Gates of Chai, Inc., in memory of Larry Kornbleet and family members of Stanley and Marcia Kornbleet Kurtz who perished in the Holocaust.

Previous Gates of Chai speakers include Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel, legal/political activists Morris Dees and Susan Estrich, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Middle Eastern policy expert Dennis Ross and authors Thomas Cahill, Chaim Potok and Bruce Feiler.

Fort Worth Chapter of Hadassah brings back Dr. Maria Sirois to ‘continue the journey’

The Fort Worth Chapter of Hadassah is thrilled to announce the return of Dr. Maria Sirois, an inspirational speaker, seminar leader and author who has worked at the intersections of wellness, psychology and spirituality for nearly 20 years.

Dr. Sirois will appear on Nov. 7 at Hadassah’s “Community-Wide Women’s Celebration II — Continuing the Journey: A Women’s Retreat with Dr. Maria Sirois” at Mira Vista Country Club in southwest Fort Worth, from 1 to 5 p.m. As the celebration this time is designed as a women’s retreat, women of all ages are invited to participate in this event, which is certain to leave them inspired.

Called the “voice of authenticity” in the Berkshires, Dr. Sirois is a consultant to philanthropic organizations, religious institutions, hospitals and wellness centers throughout the country. She has lectured and keynoted for organizations as diverse as Canyon Ranch, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Hadassah, Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, the Rabbinic Assembly and Williams College, among many others. Her work focuses on the capacity we all have to thrive — no matter what — in any circumstance.

Dr. Sirois was trained at the New England Deaconess Mind/Body Clinic and at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She received her doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in 1993.

You can learn more about Dr. Sirois and her work, plus listen to her clips, at www.mariasirois.com.

Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Event tickets are $25. For more information, please contact Dolores Schneider at 817-294-7626 or schneider_dolores@gmail.com.

Committee members include: Ava Beleck, Rhoda Bernstein, Loretta Causey, Elizabeth Cohen, Jane Cohen, Jennifer Daley, Gail Granek, Linda Hochster, Etty Horowitz, Shoshana Howard, Rebecca Isgur, Randee Kaitcer, Karen Kaplan, Marcia Kurtz, Linda Lavi, Susan Luskey, Posy McMillen, Carol Minker, Melissa Morgan, Zoë Stein Pierce, Jennifer Ratner, Naomi Rosenfield, Debby Rice, Dolores Schneider, Louise Vermillion, Laurie Werner and Margie Zentner.

Buy a Chanukah card and help JEA!

The Jewish Education Agency has a wonderful and painless fundraiser to help you both donate to programs like Camp Shalom and the Lil Goldman Early Learning Center AND honor the people you love this Chanukah.

Holiday Heroes takes the stress out of mailing holiday cards. Buy a card featuring handprints from the children at Lil Goldman Early Learning Center, and the staff at LGELC will even mail the card to your holiday hero on your behalf! What could be easier? To obtain a donation form, contact Paddy White at LGELC, 817-737-9898, by Nov. 5. Cards are $10 each or 12 for $100, and your donation is tax-deductible! All money raised supports Jewish programming for Tarrant County’s only full-time Jewish preschool.

News and notes

Corrine Jacobson had a wonderful five-day visit from her children, Cindy and Steve Bond of Marietta, Ga. They were able to spend time with their lifelong friends, Cathy and Lenny Herzfeld. Corrine was the featured guest speaker recently at the Northside Baptist Church of Weatherford when the church held their annual dinner for widows. Corrine presented excerpts from her book, “A Handbook for Widows.”

Speedy recovery wishes to Edythe Cohen, who is recovering from surgery, and Sanford ­Bogart, and we hear Rhoda Stryer is doing better.

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