Around the Town
By Sharon Wisch-Ray

I can see that I am going to have to be on my toes with sister Linda setting up shop two pages back. When I opened her column to edit this week, I saw almost an identical sentiment to what I had intended to open this week’s installment of Around the Town with — a heartfelt thank you to all of those who have been so kind to email, call, stop me at the grocery store or carpool line and even drop me a note by snail mail to say how much they enjoyed last week’s issue of the TJP.
And no, not all of those comments came from my mother-in-law, but she did have her share. It is truly meaningful to me, and all of us here, when we hear from our readers that we are doing a good job. Usually, we hear from folks, when we have gone astray in one way or another. So again, thanks.
One note I got from a reader mentioned that they hoped the column wouldn’t be too Big D focused, and I’m going to do my best. However, I have learned from Barbara Rubin and Larry Steckler that the next Daytimers event will be a visit to the Dallas Museum of Art to see the exhibit “Chagall: Beyond Color.”
We had a great story on the exhibit in last week’s TJP. If you missed it, you can catch it online at
The group will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Intermodal Transportation Center in downtown Fort Worth and will have an adventurous trip riding the TRE, DART Orange Line, and the historic McKinney Avenue Trolley to arrive at the rear of the museum at 12:28 p.m.
“Chagall: Beyond Color” presents the artist’s beloved paintings alongside his works in sculpture, ceramics, and collage to explore his relationship with space and volume. The Dallas Museum of Art is the only U.S. venue, and the co-organizing institution, for this internationally touring exhibition featuring more than 140 objects including paintings, costumes, sketches, ceramics and sculptures.
Chagall was a romantic and a Russian Jew who was widely traveled, although he used Paris as his home base. He was in Russia at the outbreak of World War I and was not allowed to leave. He fled to the U.S. before World War II.
The group will return to the Intermodal Transportation Center at 4:14 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes exhibit admission, train fare and bottled water. They will be brown-bagging lunch on the train.
Among those who submitted RSVPs by press time are Anita Davidson, Julian and Marian Haber, Etta Miller, Jane and Arthur Pawgen, Jacquie and Irv Robinson, Barbara Rubin, Larry Steckler and Sheila Stocker.
To make a reservation call, with your credit card, Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Larry Steckler, 520-990-3155. For information, call Rubin.
The Sylvia Wolens Daytimers is a program of Beth-El Congregation with financial support from the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
Incidentally, the most recent Daytimers program held earlier this month featured Martin Tobey’s visual and musical tribute on “Why Like the Opera?” was well attended. Marty played music and showed visuals from several operas as he spoke.
Dennis Yslas, customer service manager for the opera, brought season brochures for the Opera Festival. Irv and Jacquie Robinson greeted the guests at the door. Idelle Luskey and Mary Frances Antweil hosted the lunch buffet. Emcee for the day was Rosanne Margolis, and Marty was introduced by his good friend and fellow opera buff, Len Schweitzer.
There was a time when I would have addressed the Tobeys only as “Dr. and Mrs.” … back in the days when I was the No. 1 babysitter for their children, Danny and Rachel, who now are both married, and Danny is a dad. I’m sure you know Danny is an attorney with Vinson & Elkins in Dallas and the author of the acclaimed thriller “The Faculty Club.” Rachel Walsh is an internist practicing in Dallas.

JWI closing luncheon

Ina Singer phoned to tell me that Jewish Women’s International will have its closing luncheon at 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, May 1 at Szechuan on Bryant Irvin Road. RSVP to Ina at 817-292-1580 for a wonderful get-together celebrating the success of the past year. JWI will open its 2013-2014 season next October.
Remember, the JWI programs are always on the first Wednesday of the month. Stay tuned next fall for information on the next installment.

Chabad of Arlington’s TGIS

We all know what TGIF is, right? This is TGIShabbat. Chabad of Arlington will welcome Holocaust survivor Izzy Schindelheim to the synagogue next Friday, May 3 for a program after 6:40 p.m. services. He will share his amazing story of survival.
The evening is free of charge and includes dinner, though there is a suggested donation of $10 per person or $40 max per family. RSVP at your earliest convenience by calling 817-451-1171. Chabad of Arlington is located at 2136 Lindblad Ct. in Arlington.


• From 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 28, the federation Young Adult Group will host Schmooze over Schmears at the Federation, 4049 Kingsridge Road. If you or someone you know are between the ages of 21-45 and want to learn more about YAG’s programs, activities and special events, this open house is sure to please.
For  information, contact Angie Kitzman at 817-569-0892 or
• At 7 p.m. Monday, April 29 at Ahavath Sholom, the Isadore Garsek Lodge of B’nai B’rith will present the dynamic Israeli music group the Fountainheads in concert. Tickets are free, but must be picked up in advance by calling 817-569-0892. This is a super family-friendly event.
Let me hear from you. Send me your photos and news to, or 7920 Belt Line Road #680 Dallas, TX 75254. Or, better yet, pick up the phone and give me a ring at 817-927-2831. I look forward to talking to you.

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