Around the Town
By Amy Wolff Sorter

An important part of Judaism is the concept of l’dor v’dor — from generation to generation. On Friday, Oct. 12, this concept was very much in evidence at the Lil Goldman Early Learning Center, as students and seniors gathered for an early Shabbat celebration. Sukkot and Simchat Torah also were observed.

Senior citizens from Fort Worth celebrated Shabbat with students from the Lil Goldman Early Learning Center Oct. 12. Above, students, from left, Jack Ogle, Hailey Seiden, Haya Galaganov, Jaxson Knight and Porter Thurman make special placemats for their senior guests. | Photos: Courtesy Debby Rice

Teachers, students and guests of all ages participated through blessings, songs and dance. The seniors also received a special gift from the students: Wonderfully decorated Shabbat placemats and cookies the young children helped bake.
Thanks to Debby Rice for sending us this information — and the wonderful accompanying photos. And thanks to the Lil Goldman Early Learning Center for teaching the mitzvah of welcoming to the younger generation.

An honor for Ted Herman

Elizabeth Cohen recently wrote us about 13-year-old Ted Herman. Ted, an eighth-grader at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth and the son of Congregation Ahavath Sholom members Martis and Chad Herman, wrote an award-winning essay for a school contest.

Lydia Gershman shows off her placemat at the Lil Goldman Early Learning Center at Congregation Ahavath Sholom.

His reward was participation in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington. His parents accompanied him at the event, which took place Oct. 2.
Congratulations go to Ted, to his parents and to his grandparents, Suzanne and Ben Herman of Fort Worth and Steve Okon of Dallas.

In time for the election

Barbara Rubin tells us that more than 40 participants showed up on Oct. 17 to listen to Jim Riddlesperger as he presented national and location election facts at the most recent Daytimers event.

Jim Riddlesperger speaks about the upcoming election at the Sylvia Wolens Daytimers meeting Oct. 17. | Photo: Courtesy Barbara Rubin

One interesting fact he shared is that more than one million voters have already cast ballots through early voting. Other issues discussed included the Electoral College process, polls and the difference between a pollster versus a political campaigner.
Noted Barbara: “It was a wonderful learning opportunity at just the right time.”
And speaking of “right time,” the next Daytimers event will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 14, and will honor veterans (Veteran’s Day is Nov. 11). Julian Haber, a Fort Worth physician and author, will present “Jewish Military Heroes You Never Heard Of.”
For information and reservations, call Barbara at 817-927-2736 or Larry Steckler, 520-990-3155. You can also reserve your space by logging onto

As a reminder

The B’nai B’rith’s outstanding person of the year celebration will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 4050 S. Hulen St.
Goga Denisov will provide music for entertainment with dinner consisting of kosher Russian food and wine. The cost for the evening is $25, and vodka and caviar add-ons are available.
Contact Harry Kahn, 817-926-6566;; Alex Nason, 817-346-3991, or Marvin Beleck, 817-921-2438, to make your reservations or for information.

A pastor’s journey

Chabad of Arlington presents “A Pastor’s Journey to Judaism” at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Arlington Sheraton, 1500 Convention Center Dr.
The “pastor” in question is Yaakov Parisi, formerly Pastor Jack Parisi who, with his wife, made the long journey from Evangelical Christianity to Judaism and now lives in Israel.
The cost is $20 for advanced tickets and $25 at the door; sponsorships are available. For information, log onto

News from Hadassah

Shoshana Abrams, cantor at Congregation Ahavath Sholom in Fort Worth, and Sheri Allen, cantor at Congregation Beth Shalom in Arlington, will be the guests at the next Fort Worth Hadassah event: “Shir and Schmooze with Shoshana and Sheri,” which will take place from 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the home of Etty Horowitz, 6628 Sahalee Dr. in Fort Worth.
Wine, cheese and light refreshments will be served. Also on hand will be Rhoda Bernstein and Laurie Werner, both former Fort Worth Hadassah presidents, who recently came back from Hadassah’s Centennial Celebration in Israel.
They’ll discuss the newly dedicated Madlyn Barnett Healing Garden in the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hadassah Hospital. Admission is $10 per person, payable at the door, but please let Jane Pawgan know by Nov. 7 by calling her at 817-292-5778 or emailing her at

Craig Taubman on tap

To thank the Tarrant County Jewish community for its support, The Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County is sponsoring Craig Taubman, live and in concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road.
The concert is free, and Taubman is known, among other things, for his “Friday Night Live,” music composed for monthly special services at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles.
Questions? Interested? Contact Angie Kitzman at 817-569-0892 or at

‘Ragtime’ at the Plaza Theatre in Cleburne

I try to keep news about the Sorter family to a bare minimum, but I wanted to brag a little about Young Sorter and encourage readers out there to see the musical “Ragtime” at Plaza Theatre in Cleburne. Michael Sorter has a nice role in the play.
More importantly, “Ragtime,” devotes a part of its story to American immigrants and their struggles during the early part of the 20th century. A slice of the production focuses on real-life Jewish immigrant, feminist and anarchist Emma Goldman, who emigrated from Lithuania to the United States in 1885.
Also highlighted is a fictional character, Jewish immigrant Tateh and his family, and the struggles and bigotry he undergoes as he attempts to assimilate into American culture. The performance is emotional and moving, and well worth the trip to Cleburne.
The show runs through Nov. 17.

A reminder to keep those cards and letters coming

Or at least to keep the emails flowing. I’m interested in news from the Tarrant County area —parties, trips, awards, etc. Send ‘em on! I am, as always, at

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