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By Sharon Wisch-Ray

A special musical treat From Israel: Big Band music

The Fort Worth and Tarrant County community, courtesy of B’nai B’rith, Congregation Ahavath Sholom, the Jewish Federation and the whole community is in for a treat this Sunday. The Thelma Yellin Big Band will perform for one hour beginning at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12 at Beth-El Congregation 4900 Briahaven Road in Fort Worth.
Thelma Yellin School is a national Israeli high school for the arts for gifted young people. The Big Band plays classic American swing, BeBop, Rock and Latin music, and Israeli compositions as well.
This is a family friendly event, so bring your crew and let’s give them a warm Fort Worth welcome.

Israel’s Thelma Yellin Big Band will be on the road in Fort Worth Sunday, Jan. 12. | Photo: Thelma Yellen Big Band
Israel’s Thelma Yellin Big Band will be on the road in Fort Worth Sunday, Jan. 12. | Photo: Thelma Yellen Big Band

Speakeasy Casino Night at Beth Israel this Saturday

Congregation Beth Israel will hold its Speakeasy Casino Night, from 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Tickets ($25) will be available for purchase through Jan. 10 at

Magical  family friendly evening planned at CAS

Ahavath Sholom has planned an evening that will be fun for young and old this Saturday, Jan. 11. Harry Potter Havdallah will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Hogwarts-inspired magician.
There will be Harry Potter-inspired treats (I’ve always wondered if Bertie Botts beans were kosher) and a showing of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” following the magic show.
A men’s club game night (bring your own game board) will run simultaneously with the movie for adults.
Events are free of charge.

Film series continues

You are invited at 6:30 p.m., Sunday Jan. 19 when Congregation Ahavath Sholom will show the third film in its 2014 Showtimes Film Series titled “Defiance.”
The film is a true story about the Bielski partisans and how they survived the Holocaust by hiding in the forest, and stars Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber. It is an action-packed and gripping.
Dr. Murray Johnson, whose parents were among the actual partisans, will tell his parents’ story.
The film committee found him in Dallas and are delighted he can be with the group for this special film. It will be such a treat to hear him bring the film alive for the audience.
All of the Showtimes Film Series films are free, so are the popcorn and cold drinks. Everyone in the community is invited.
The 2013/14 Showtime Committee has done a great job planning and putting on the films. They hope you will enjoy the selections and look forward to seeing you at the film showings.
Thanks to the committee members Liz Chesser, Elizabeth Cohen, Kate Cohen, Foster Owen, Dr. Jane Pawgan, Debby Rice, Reggie Rog, Jayna Sosland, Jim Stansbury and Riki Zide.
Congregation Ahavath Sholom’s 2014 Showtimes Film Series is funded by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. For more information please call Congregation Ahavath Sholom at 817-731-4721.
See you at the movies.
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