Around the Town

Gil Elan to speak this Sunday at Beth Shalom

The Sylvia Gray Chaverim is proud to have as their next speaker, Gil Elan, the executive director of the Southwest Jewish Congress. A retired lieutenant colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, he is a widely regarded expert on Israel and the Middle East. Educated in London and Tel Aviv, Gil Elan has been interviewed on numerous radio and TV shows. He will speak to the group on current events in Israel. The lecture will take place on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 12:30 p.m., at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1211 Thannisch Drive in Arlington. Donation is $5; the event is catered by Boston Market. Please RSVP to either Rosalie Cagan, 817-684-7197,, or Sandy Silverman, 817-741-0240, This program is partially funded by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

CAS Tu B’Shevat Open House

Ahavath Sholom will hold an Open House on Jan. 23 and invites the community to join in celebrating Tu B’Shevat. There will be presentations by the students, a seder and a camp presentation by Camp Young Judaea. Learn about the shul’s school, congregation and programs.
As you probably know, fire recently burned the forests of northern Israel, but this Tu B’Shevat we can help rebuild them. Join the students of Ahavath Sholom in buying new trees to rebuild the forests of Israel and get an organic T-shirt and certificate to commemorate your contribution. There are five styles of shirts to choose from, including: “I planted a tree in Israel,” “G-d Loves Green,” “As my fathers planted for me, so I will plant for my children.” To participate in either the Open House or the “Trees and Tees” order, please contact Naomi Brand at or 817-731-4721. Orders must be submitted by Jan. 16.

Attention ladies: New Rosh Chodesh group

There’s a new group in town! Ahavath Sholom invites the ladies of our community to join them to celebrate Rosh Chodesh. They know you are busy, but most likely you will eat during the day, so why not join in once a month not only to celebrate Rosh Chodesh, but to get to know your Jewish friends and neighbors. Bring your business cards if you want to share them also. The group started Jan. 6 at Rockfish in Fort Worth with a wonderful hour of visiting and learning. A few stayed a little longer because the company was so nice and they didn’t want it to end.
Each month the group will meet at different locations. All they ask is that if they eat out, you order dairy or parve meals. The next lunch will be Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m., at Olive Garden at the corner of Hulen and I-20. Please RSVP to Naomi Brand at Ahavath Sholom by Feb. 1 so she can get a head count: or 817-731-4721. March’s lunch will be at Elaine Stanton’s home with a special guest presenter. Everyone looks forward to meeting you!

JEA to honor the Rosenfields

The Jewish Education Agency will honor Naomi and Mark Rosenfield on Saturday, April 30. They will be recognized as this year’s Bubbe and Zayde Honorees for their extraordinary dedication and service to Jewish education for the past 30 years.
“Naomi and Mark were instrumental in planting the seeds that flourished into our beloved school and camp,” says Shoshona Thoma-Isgur, president of the Jewish Education Agency board. “The Rosenfields and their family are a living example of l’dor va’dor. Mark and Naomi truly deserve this tribute!”
The Rosenfields will be honored with a cocktail party and Havdallah at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. As in past years, a tribute book, reflecting our community’s gratitude for their service, will be assembled.
As an added bonus, the JEA will draw a raffle ticket for “An Evening Atop Fort Worth,” featuring dinner at Reata Restaurant in Sundance Square and accommodations at the Fort Worth Club. Tickets will be sold for $10 each or 12 for $100. All proceeds from the tribute book and raffle will help the JEA’s top priorities, including tuition for Jewish students and the summer campership program. For additional information on purchasing space in the tribute book, raffle tickets or event tickets, please contact Lil Goldman Early Learning Center at 817-737-9898.

Seniors: You may be seated!

Jewish Family Services extends gratitude to the Annette B. Taylor Senior Citizens fund for providing the means to purchase new chairs for its Senior Program. These vinyl chairs have arms, making it easier for the seniors to get up from sitting. JFS only had a few chairs but as everyone knows, as we age we all need a little more help. JFS is so grateful to be able to provide this for the group.
The JFS Senior Program still meets daily at Beth-El so come on and join the great program each day, have a nosh or some lunch and check out the new chairs.

‘Watchdog’ to speak on avoiding scams

JWI, Jewish Women International, will host Dave Lieber, the watchdog investigative journalist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 10:15 a.m. at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth. The subject is how to avoid scamming seniors.

Special cooking class at Beth Israel: ‘A Recipe for Family’

Congregation Beth Israel invites all families to a special cooking class featuring Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and Jason Simon. “A Recipe for Family” will be held on two dates; participants may choose either Sunday, Feb. 20, or Sunday, Feb. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. There is a nominal fee per family member.
Coming together to cook a meal creates numerous benefits for everyone in the family. Adding in a Jewish context makes the experience even more meaningful. Attend this cooking class as a family to learn a few new and easy dishes to make cooking and eating together both possible and enjoyable. Strategies for bringing Jewish values to dinner will be shared in an open and fun way, helping families create lasting Jewish memories.
Hurry, as space is limited in the cooking school kitchen. Please RSVP by Jan. 15 to CBI at
Classes will take place at The Dish: Culinary School in the Colleyville Market Street. For more information on the culinary school, please visit
“A Recipe for Family” is made possible by support from the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

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