Around The Town: Daytimers, Federation kick off, Challah baking

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray

Daytimers gathering

“In it to Win It, Freebees: Fact and Fiction” was the title that brought some 40 Daytimers together at Congregation Beth-El for a fun and educational presentation by Dr. Carole Rogers, director of Jewish Family Services and Hedy Collins, the senior program director. A multiple-question quiz with prizes for correct answers and consolation prizes for wrong responses kept the crowd enthused.
All of the questions and answers provided the attendees with information about services that are available to seniors in the Fort Worth community. Did you know that you can get your newspaper delivered to your front door and not just thrown into your front yard?
Did you know that some folks can get their old toilets replaced for free? Did you know that the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel offers a $5,000 discount if a senior rents the presidential suite? Well those were just a few of the benefits that were described.
Lunch came first — grilled cheese sandwiches, accompanied by a bowl of hot mushroom-barley soup. Chips, coffee, iced tea, cookies and more.
Since November includes Veterans Day, Sylvia Wolens Daytimers plans to honor veterans Nov. 16. At that luncheon, Hollace Weiner, director of the Fort Worth Jewish Archives at Congregation Beth-El and Ahavath Sholom, will cover her research of more than 80 World War I veterans from Fort Worth who proudly served our country.
Following her introductory presentation, Hollace will take everyone on a tour of the World War I display in the Temple’s Hall of Remembrance, explaining how

Submitted photo Family fun Siblings Brady and Natalie Dolezal celebrate Simchat Torah at the Lil Goldman Early Learning Center last month.
Submitted photo
Family fun
Siblings Brady and Natalie Dolezal celebrate Simchat Torah at the Lil Goldman Early Learning Center last month.

it came to be and the information and artifacts it contains.
Lunch will be catered by Yogi’s Deli and Grill with a choice of lox and cream cheese, tuna salad or chicken salad on sesame seed bagels. There will be chips, cookies, coffee and iced tea as well. To make your reservation call Larry Steckler, the Daytimers coordinator, at 817-927-2736.
Lunch and program will cost $11. You are welcome to bring your own lunch — cost of the program alone is $5 and includes the chips, cookies, coffee and tea.
— Submitted by Larry Steckler

Save the date: Federation Campaign Kick-off

Mark Feb. 4, 2017, on your calendars for a memorable evening at the Kimbell Art Musem, celebrating The Jewish Federation of Fort Worth & Tarrant County’s 2017 Annual Campaign Kickoff, “Reaching Chai Notes.”
The 7 p.m. event will feature special guest Andrea Arbel, director of the Partnership Unit of The Jewish Agency for Israel, and a jazz performance by New York-based Israeli singer/composer/arranger Sivan Arbel and her band, Sivan Arbel Septet Band. Capping off the evening will be the presentation of The Spirit of Federation Award, which honors a man and woman who have demonstrated personal commitment, dedication and leadership to the Federation and its agencies.
Light refreshments will be served. The entire community is invited to attend.
Please RSVP by Jan. 20 to Milena Razack at 817-569-0892 or email:

Challah Baking Club

Rishi Gurevitch of Chabad of Arlington invites ladies to the new challah baking club on the second Thursday of every month. Each session there will be a new recipe. The November edition will be “Whole Wheat Wonder Challah with Parsley and Garlic.”
For more information and to RSVP, contact Rishi at or 817-933-2877. The location will be released with your RSVP. Suggested donation is $10 for the program.

An evening with Richard Baratz

Congregation Beth Israel member Richard Baratz will share tales of his interesting life and art at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at CBI, 6100 Pleasant Run Road in Colleyville. For many years, Richard Baratz has been the man behind the celebrity caricatures at the world-renowned Sardi’s Restaurant in New York City. His resume of notable Broadway stars spans decades, with over 1000 caricatures hanging on Sardi’s walls. Tom Hanks, Helen Mirren, Steve Martin and Bradley Cooper are among his most recent portraits, according to his bio.
Richard is also a fine artist whose work is shown in galleries and collections across the country. Along with his art career, Richard has another intriguing profession as senior engraver at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth. The late Vincent Sardi said, “If you look carefully… you will see his background as a bank note engraver coming out. It gives caricatures a rich look, even from a distance.”
Richard and his wife Judy are now residents of North Texas and members at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville.
Limited-edition watercolor prints, currently on display in the lobby at CBI, will be exhibited and available for purchase both online and at the event, with 20 percent of proceeds going to benefit CBI and its organizations!
Saturday night’s event is open to CBI members and their friends at no charge, but please RSVP. There will be a wine-and-cheese reception before and dessert following.
RSVP at Richard’s gallery can be seen at

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