Rabbi Wendy Pein will usher in the new year at Plano’s Adat Chaverim

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Congregation Adat Chaverim’s new rabbi, Rabbi Wendy D. Pein “hit the ‘yes,’ ‘yes,’ ‘yes’ buttons as we checked off what we were looking for. We know she’ll bring a lot of vitality to both Adat Chaverim and our entire community,” said Barry Skolnick, chair of the congregation’s Rabbinical Search Committee who interviewed 13 candidates.  “In defining what we were looking for, we had to articulate it on paper and that took great thought.  Through meetings, focus groups, and open meetings, we came to a vision and Rabbi Pein is it.”

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Still working, TJP Publisher Rene Wisch shares her secrets to staying active at 86

If you ask Rene Wisch, she’ll tell you that she’s loved almost every minute of her action-packed life. Since coming to Fort Worth over 60 years ago, the female half of the duo who published the Texas Jewish Post has done and seen some amazing things. Wisch and her late husband Jimmy took the circulation of the Texas Jewish Post, originally a monthly paper, to a weekly readership of nearly 20,000. Over the course of five decades, they took 10 trips to Israel together, often heading delegations of reporters. In addition to her professional career, Wisch served formally and informally with several local community organizations, and raised five children over the course of three decades.

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Lone Stars of David: ‘The Immigrant’: from czarist Russia to small-town Texas

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“The Immigrant,” by Texas actor/writer Mark Harelik, tells the story of Jewish immigrant Haskell Harelik, who fled the pogroms of czarist Russia shortly before the Russian Revolution. Harelik’s grandfather Haskell arrived in Texas in 1909 during the “Galveston movement,” and pushed his fruit cart into the tiny Baptist community of Hamilton, Texas. Harelik fortuitously knocked on the right door, and was given shelter by the town’s banker and his wife. Eventually, Harelik impressed the couple with his hard work, and they backed him in his business ventures. He brought his wife from Russia, raised a family and made Hamilton his home.

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Going for the gold

NEW YORK (JTA) — For Jason Lezak, Ben Wildman-Tobriner and Garrett Weber-Gale, the marketing possibilities are endless — perhaps “The Three Chaverim” or “Jews in the Pool.” All three Jewish sprinters are hoping to make a splash as part of the U.S. men’s swimming team heading to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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