Around the Town

Carole Rogers will speak for ‘Daytimers’

The “Daytimers” Feb. 9 luncheon at Beth-El was iced out, so the program will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, same speaker, same menu, same time, same place.
Dr. Carole Rogers, director of Jewish Family Service, will take an in-depth look at the rapidly changing demographics in our Jewish community. Her discussion “The Changing Jewish Family: Are we Losing Our Culture and Our Children?” zeros in on the dilemmas faced by the changing generations, looking at our children and grandchildren and what has happened to Jewish organizations. As the family landscape is changing, what does this mean for the future of Jewish traditions and Jewish values? Rogers has dealt with these issues in depth, and will share many of her insights into the changes in our family life and our community.
Lunch will be catered by Quiznos, and guests have a choice of Pesto Turkey on toasty bullet (slim baguette ciabatta bread), Cantina Chicken Sammy (chicken with mushrooms/onions on flatbread), or Tuna Melt on toasty bullet, plus chips and cookies, coffee or tea. Lunch is $9, or guest may attend for $4 for the program only.
For reservations, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Irv Robinson, 817-731-7447, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109.
The Sylvia Wolens “Daytimers” is a program of Beth-El Congregation with financial support from the Jewish Federation of Tarrant County.

Jeffrey Swann to perform Feb. 26

Former ourtowner and pianist Jeffrey Swann will join the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth for a 2 p.m. performance on Feb. 26 when he will perform Beethoven Piano Trio in E flat, Op.70, No.2; Strauss Sonata for Violin & Piano, Op.18; and Fauré Piano Quartet in G minor, No.2, Op.45. Swann recently shared the following with the TJP, “My Grandfather Samuel Sheinberg came to Fort Worth in 1907 and had a Western Wear store on Exchange St. for 50 years. He married my grandmother, Pauline Fram in 1921, and they lived in Fort Worth until their deaths in 1968. My mother (Gloria Swann) and her four brothers and sister (Joseph Sheinberg, Philip Sheinberg, Israel Sheinberg and Bayla Biskin) were all born and grew up in Fort Worth. My mother went to TCU and then later got her masters there as well. I lived in Fort Worth as a small child and then in the Fort Worth/Dallas area as a high school student. My parents and older sister (Susan Swann) lived here until the late 1980s.”
Swann enjoys an international performing career, which has taken him throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He won first prize in the Dino Ciani Competition sponsored by La Scala in Milan, a gold medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and top honors at the Warsaw Chopin, Van Cliburn, Vianna da Motta and Montreal Competitions, as well as the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York City. His large and varied repertoire includes more than 60 concertos as well as solo works ranging from Bach to Boulez.
In addition to presenting lecture/recitals worldwide, Swann has performed with the symphonies of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Indiana, Dallas, St. Louis, Phoenix, Houston, Lexington, Baltimore and Minneapolis; and in Europe with the orchestras of Rotterdam, The Hague, Belgian National and Radio, Santa Cecilia, La Scala, Maggio Fiorentino (Florence), RAI Turin and Rome, Südwest Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Prague Philharmonic, Radio France de Montpellier, and the London Philharmonia, among many others. The conductors with whom he has performed include Zdenek Macal, David Robertson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marek Janowski, Kazimirz Kord, Myung-Whun Chung, Roberto Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti and Leonard Slatkin. In addition, he continues to lecture regularly at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, and at Wagner Societies in the United States and Italy. Swann has also served as a judge at many competitions, most recently at the Utrecht International Liszt Competition.
A native of Northern Arizona, he studied with Alexander Uninsky at Southern Methodist University and with Beveridge Webster and Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School, where he received his B.M., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees.
Swann can be heard on Ars Polona, Deutsche-Gramophon, RCA-Italy, Replica, Fonit-Cetra, Music & Arts, and Agorá recordings. His CD, “The Virtuoso Liszt” (Music & Arts) won the Liszt Society’s Grand Prix, and his first volume of the Complete Beethoven Sonatas (Agorá) was chosen one of the Best of the Year by Fanfare magazine. His most recent release features works for piano and orchestra by Chopin with the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano.
Since 2007, Swann has been artistic director of the Dino Ciani Festival & Academy in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. From 2008 to the Fall of 2010, he was the Adel artist-in-residence at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, and in the Fall of 2010, joined the faculty as professor of piano at New York University.
Tickets for the concert are available by contacting the Chamber Music Society All concerts are held at the Modern Art Museum 3200 Darnell in Fort Worth.

Hadassah Dessert Donor March 9

For Hadassah, tomorrow is a world of healthy people living in peace. But did you know that medical miracles that may affect your life and that of your loved ones are happening every day at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel? It’s about healing, compassion and life.
Hadassah was the first to bring modern medicine to the Middle East, and now after nearly a century, is poised to open its new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower in Jerusalem in 2012.
Sharing stories and keen personal observations of the exciting work and life-saving discoveries being done at Hadassah Medical Center every day, the Fort Worth Chapter of Hadassah is excited to welcome award-winning writer and speaker Barbara Sofer to a “Decadent Desserts and Dreams Donor”  on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. It will be held at the beautiful new home of Laurie and Lon Werner, 3708 Riverhills Drive in Fort Worth. For reservations or more information, call Laurie Werner at 817-921-0165 or email Minimum contribution is $50 per family, plus a $10 couvert per person.
As an expression of thanks to those who give $360 or more, a cocktail supper with Barbara Sofer will be held prior to the dessert reception at the home of Rhoda and Howard Bernstein at 4963 Overton Woods Court at 5:30 p.m.
In honor of the upcoming Hadassah Centennial in 2012, all Life Memberships and Associates Memberships are now being offered at only $100 through December 31, 2011. To enroll online or to give as a gift, visit, or call Debby Rice at 817-924-8788. This is a great opportunity to give that special person in your life a connection with Hadassah. Space is limited. Make your reservations now.

Checkout this flick, Sunday at Beth El

The Beth El Congregation Film Festival will continue this Sunday, Feb. 20 featuring “The Deal.” A down-and-out film producer agrees to make his nephew’s film about 19th century English statesman, Benjamin Disraeli, but can only get financing if he casts a well-known action star. The production abruptly comes to a standstill
when the lead actor is kidnapped from the film set. The producer, with help from a struggling creative executive, comes up with a plan to save the star and the movie.
The optional is at 6:30 p.m. and show time is at 7:30 p.m. at the Temple, 4900  Briahaven Road.
Dinner will be catered by Pulido’s, and the menu includes enchiladas, rice and beans,
a taco, guacamole, iced tea, and a praline.
The price is $12. To be included in the dinner, RSVP to 817-332-7141.
The Beth-El Film Festival is made possible by allocations from its Endowment #2 and the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

News and Notes

Marvin Blum tells the TJP that “daughter Elizabeth and her husband Ira Savetsky are spending three months in Israel while Ira does surgical research at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Laurie and I plan to visit them in March and be in Israel for Purim. Elizabeth and Ira will spend Passover in London with friends, and return to the United States in May for Ira’s medical school graduation. Ira then begins his residency in surgery.
While in Israel, Elizabeth is writing a blog at Check it out.

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