Around the Town
By Amy Wolff Sorter

We’re at that time of year during which holidays are coming along at a reasonable pace. We just finished with Purim — next up is Pesach. This year, the holiday begins on the evening of Monday, March 25 and concludes on the evening of Tuesday, April 2.
This is a terrific holiday on many levels, but what’s heartening to me, personally, is all the notices I’ve been receiving for second-night seders that are taking place around Tarrant County. This means no one has to observe this holiday alone. Passover needs to be celebrated through community, whether that community consists of friends, family or both.

Speaking of seders

Hedy Collins with Jewish Family Services points out that we’re coming up on the annual B’nai B’rith-sponsored senior seder, which this year will take place at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20 at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven in Fort Worth.
“We hope everyone will come out and enjoy the great food and spirit of the mini-seder — it’s a great way to start the Passover holiday,” she writes.
Hedy tells us that the JFS seniors had a great time at a recent Valentines/friendship party. The event included popcorn, cotton candy and a crane game with prizes.
The seniors also had a great Purim with the children at the Lil Goldman Preschool, where young and old got together for a service, parade, singing and, of course, hamantaschen. “Participants ranged in age from a few months new to 96 years old,” Hedy tells us.

Birthday ladies

From left, Bernice Sandler, Bella Yeselson and Claudia Boksiner celebrate their birthdays during a recent get-together. | Photo: Hedy Collins
From left, Bernice Sandler, Bella Yeselson and Claudia Boksiner celebrate their birthdays during a recent get-together. | Photo: Hedy Collins

Bernice Sandler, Bella Yeselson and Claudia Boksiner recently celebrated their birthdays (and, if the picture is any indication, it was a happy celebration indeed). Best wishes from us as well!

The virtual art tour

The next Daytimers event takes place at noon on Wednesday, March 13, and will feature a virtual tour of art at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Previously this event had been written up as a virtual tour of DFW Airport, but now we have more complete information.
Art at an airport?
Yep — the airport is the site of an extensive art collection (down to the floor medallions in Terminal D).
Guy Bruggeman, art program communication specialist at DFW Airport, will present slides of sculptures, paintings and floor medallions. This program also provides a good opportunity to learn about the artists’ perspectives.
Lunch will be catered, and the cost is $9 ($4 if you want to skip lunch). To make a reservation, call Barbara Rubin at 817-927-2736 or Larry Steckler at 520-990-3155.

News from Hadassah

Fort Worth Chapter of Hadassah will present its “Check it Out II, What Everyone Needs to Know Now” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven in Fort Worth.
The “need to know” is breast cancer, and the event will feature a moderated panel discussion about the newest developments in this field. Joan Katz, a three-time breast cancer survivor, will moderate the discussion. Panelists are Sherree Bennett (director/nurse navigator with the Joan Katz Breast Center at Baylor All Saints Medical Center); David Johnston (radiologist/tomosynthesis specialist at Solis Women’s Health); Arielle Yorczyk (genetics counselor, Moncreif Cancer Institute and UT Southwestern) and Jane Oderberg (program director/social worker, Cancer Care Services of Fort Worth).
I spoke with Debby Rice about this a couple of weeks ago, and she told me that the program follows up Hadassah’s initial “Check it Out” program, which brought breast cancer education to junior and senior high school girls in the Fort Worth area.
The program is free. If you have questions, call Karen Kaplan at 817-922-8600.

It’s not too soon to think about Mother’s Day

In honor of that occasion, the sisterhood of Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville is prepping for its annual Mother’s Day gift bags. These gift bags consist of “luxury” toiletries such as lotion, conditioners, skin moisturizers and other beauty projects and are donated to women who may otherwise not have access to these types of items.
Donations of travel-size bottles of toiletries (shampoos, lotion and so on), fragrances, bath puffs and other beauty products are welcome by Friday, May 5 — you can drop them by the synagogue at 6100 Pleasant Road.
If you have any questions, contact Laura Cohen ( or Robin BenBassett (

And the last word

How are you planning to celebrate Pesach this year? Is anyone out there having family in town (or traveling to family)? If so, let us know. My email is

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