Around the Town
By Sharon Wisch-Ray

Four pieces of correspondence stuck out to me this week, and I’d like to share them with y’all.

Cantor-Rabbi Robbi Sherwin

First, Cantor (soon to be Rabbi) Robbi Sherwin sent me an announcement of her upcoming smicha (ordination) July 12 from the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute in Del Ray Beach, Fla. As a refresher, Robbi is the daughter of Ken and the late Felice Sherwin of Fort Worth.

Robbi Sherwin
Robbi Sherwin

Tax-deductible contributions can be made in honor of Rabbi-Cantor Robbi Sherwin to the Chabad of Fort Worth Felice Sherwin Memorial Torah Fund, 5659 Woodway Drive, Fort Worth, 76133.
Robbi is the only female rabbi-cantor in the country heading up, recording and touring with a very popular, award-winning Jewish folk/rock band. Her band Sababa has made numerous appearances in the North Texas area.
Mazal Tov Robbi! May you continue to go from strength to strength.

From Hedy Collins …

Another note I received was from Hedy Collins, JFS senior program director. Read on:
“As many of you know I am a native New Yorker but have been in Texas for over 30 years (hard to believe with this accent, I know). I just wanted to remind you all of how lucky we are. Not only do we have first class museums, a renowned zoo, fabulous restaurants, booming neighborhoods and a new Chisolm Trail Parkway, we are also fortunate to have two great programs for our Fort Worth Jewish Senior Citizens.
“The Daytimers Group, supported by Beth-El Congregation and the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, is designed for active seniors and community members. They meet Wednesday’s, once a month for lunch, special trips, programs, movies, speakers and performances. It is a very active group, ably led by Larry Steckler and his committee of fun loving people, who help in the planning and programming. The costs are minimal but the fun and action are at a max!
“The Jewish Family Service Senior Program, funded by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, is a daily senior program designed for scheduled activities, games, daily lunches and occasional field trips. There is no activity fee for this program. There are over 40 people who participate. They come to the program, held at Beth-El Congregation’s Great Hall for socialization, weekly black jack games, bingo, chair exercise, mah jong, monthly chair massage, holiday parties, daily dairy lunches and socialization. It is a wonderful program with many great people who attend. Some participants come every day and some come a few times a week. Transportation is offered to limited locations at no charge. This program is funded totally by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
“I am Hedy Collins, and would love to invite you to attend The JFS Senior Program and also urge you to try the Daytimer’s Program as well. Here in Fort Worth, it is not necessary to be lonely and sedentary when these options are available. Please be an active senior and enjoy all that your Jewish Community of Fort Worth has to offer.”
If you haven’t already tried a JFS senior program, give it a try. These are delightful people to spend time with.

A kosher chili cook-off in Tarrant County

Rick Klotz wrote me last week to share plans of Tarrant County’s first kosher chili cook-off in the works for Monday, Sept. 1, which is Labor Day. The event will be held at Hillel Academy, 5808 Denton Highway in Haltom City rain or shine.
Folks, this is sure to be a fun event for all ages. For more information, visit

Finally, a word from Debby Rice

Debby Rice tells me that the last installment of the CAS Showtime Movie Series is at 6 p.m., next Sunday, July 13 at Ahavath Sholom. The film will be “Crossing Delancy,” a perennial favorite, starring Amy Irving and Peter Riegert.
Hope you can make it. The event as well as the snacks are on the house.

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