Around the Town
By Amy Wolff Sorter

In last week’s column, I mentioned a series of Yom HaShoah events taking place throughout Tarrant County, beginning this coming Sunday, April 7. Here’s another important one to add to your calendar.
The TCU chapter of Hillel will have a Holocaust Museum in the ballroom of the Brown Lupton University Union, rooms 3301 C and D at 2901 Stadium Dr. in Fort Worth. The museum will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, April 8-9 and between noon and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10. The museum — and parking — are free and open to the public.
Also taking place at Brown Lupton at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8, is a concert focusing on music pertaining to the Holocaust. The program will feature composers who went through the Shoah, as well as those who were indirectly affected. This concert is free and will take place in rooms 3301 C and 3301 D.
If you have any questions or need information, Arnold Barkman will be happy to answer; contact him at 817-257-7553 or

No dues for you

At least, if you’re under age 28 and are interested in joining Beth-El Congregation.
According to Beth-El president Marty Englander, the synagogue always offered half-off dues to those under the age of 35. But that still left a gap for the twenty-somethings who were just starting out.
“Even grown children of members often wait until they have children who need religious school before joining the congregation,” Englander noted. Now those in their 20s, both single and married, can take advantage of various programs at no cost.
Beth-El also has other programs for younger members, including Sunday morning preschool classes and a monthly Tinokot, a toddler program. The Tinokot, incidentally, is open to members and non-members of the synagogue.

Speaking of early learning

A brainstorming meeting recently took place to plan the Lil Goldman Early Childhood Learning Center’s 60th anniversary event, scheduled to take place in October.
On hand at the meeting were Lil Goldman’s son, Michael Goldman, and his wife, Rachel Goldman. The Goldmans presented “Life with Lil,” which included the story of the school’s development. Other participants at the meeting shared their personal experiences with the school.
Those in attendance included parents, sisters, brothers, grandparents and a great-grandmother of students; program coordinators; past students; and Patricia “Paddy” White, the school’s director.
In addition to sharing memories and experiences, participants began planning what will be a memorable time to commemorate the school during the weekend of Oct. 18-20. Planned events will include a community-wide Friday night Shabbat service to honor past and present teachers, a Saturday night event featuring champagne and chocolate and a Sunday picnic.
Beth-El Congregation and Congregation Ahavath Sholom, along with Rachel and Michael Goldman, will host these activities.
If you or someone in your family attended LGELC in the past, send your alumni pictures or memories for publication in the 60th Anniversary Yearbook. Please send all information to

And don’t forget

The upcoming Daytimers’ event “Why Like Opera?” which takes place at noon, Wednesday April 10 at Beth-El Congregation 4900 Briarhaven in Fort Worth.
On hand will be cardiologist Martin Tobey, who will present operatic music and visuals. Folks from the Fort Worth Opera Festival will also show up (including customer service manager Dennis Yslas), who will have season brochures and a special rate for attendees. Lunch will be catered.
To make a reservation or for information, contact Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Larry Steckler, 520-990-3155.

Coming: your insight into the Talmud

The Jewish Learning Institute is gearing up for its final class for this year (the Jewish year, that is).
“Curious Tales of the Talmud: Finding Personal Meaning in the Legends of our Sages” will help participants delve into the various stories of the Talmud to discover what some of the sages were trying say and communicate through their many stories.
Classes will take place through Chabad of Arlington (beginning Monday, April 22) and Chabad of Fort Worth and Tarrant County (beginning Wednesday, April 24).
For information about cost, location and time, log onto

And the last word

Keep the cards, letters and photos (and news) coming. Send them to me at

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