Around the Town
By Sharon Wisch-Ray

‘Two Minutes of Traditions’

Rabbi Andrew Bloom will share excerpts from his new book, “Two Minutes of Traditions,” at a wine and chesse reception at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 20, in the Brachman Parlor at Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 4050 South Hulen Street.
The event is hosted by the shul gift shop and books ($11) will be available for purchase.
To R.S.V.P, call the synagogue office at 817-731-4721.

Art by Soviet émigré on exhibit

An art exhibit featuring the colorful still-life canvases of Izakil Goldin, a Soviet émigré from the détente era, is on display at Beth-El Congregation in Fort Worth.
Born in the Berezino, Belarus, 1936, Goldin developed his skills with a paint brush late in life. As a boy growing up in during WWII and amid anti-Semitism, canvas, paints, and even paper were beyond his family’s means. An artist at heart, he wrote Russian poetry and played the mandolin by ear, yet in school his teachers steered him toward science. As an adult, he worked as a lab technician testing properties of cement.
In 1974, the U.S. Congress passed the Jackson-Vanik Amendment which pressured the Soviets to loosen up on emigration. The USSR relaxed its visa policy toward Jews and embraced an era of détente. In 1979, Goldin, his wife, Lora, and their 6-year-old son, Jay, immigrated to the United States, settling in Richmond, Virginia, where they had extended family.
The city’s Jewish Family Services helped Goldin land a job as a lab technician with Philip Morris analyzing tobacco. In his spare time, he began painting landscapes and still lifes. He took art classes at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. His paintings were exhibited in several juried art shows.
In 2011, Izakil and Lora moved to Fort Worth, where their son lives, and joined Beth-El. Goldin’s paintings, which will be on display in the Beth-El board room through Thanksgiving, are for sale, with 30 percent of the price a donation to the Religious School.
The artist describes his style as Realism, showing subject matter truthfully without artificiality or artistic convention. Most of his works feature bright, exhilarating colors. The artist may be reached via email at
The tradition of a designated “art space” at the temple dates back to the early 1900s when a corner of the parlor at the old synagogue became a rotating space to showcase fine art by members of the local Jewish community.
Many thanks to Hollace Weiner for submitting the above item.

Ahavath Sholom Showtimes Film Festival will screen ‘The Tailor of Panama’ Sunday

The Ahavath Sholom Showtimes Film Festival will screen its second entry of the season “The Tailor of Panama” at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23. The film is free and open to the community.
A moving and provocative tale of life in another culture, the film is set amid the controversy of the handover of the Panama Canal from America to Panama in late 1999. This espionage thriller follows a seductive British spy played by Pierce Brosnan who has found himself recently banished to Panama. In a tailor shop he meets an interesting guy played by Geoffrey Rush.
The film also features Jamie Lee Curtis, Catherine McCormack, David Hayman, and young Daniel Radcliffe.
Vicky and Sal Mitrani will lead the post-film discussion. They moved to the U.S. from Cuba, and have been through the experiences of living a Jewish life in another culture, then moving on to the United States.
The 2014-2015 SHOWTIMES Series films have been carefully chosen to interest everyone. There is no cost, the films are Ahavath Sholom’s gift to the community and the popcorn and cold drinks are complimentary. A special “Thank You” to the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County for supporting our CAS 2014-2015 Showtimes Film Series.
Thank you to the Showtimes committee members Liz Chesser, Hedy Collins, Kim Goldberg, Stephen Karten, Lisa Laudato, Foster Owen, Jane Guzman Pawgan, Debby Rice, Reggie Rog, Jayna Sosland, Jim Stansbury, Sheila Stocker, Roz Vaden, Men’s Club President Sonny Brister and Cong. Ahavath Sholom President Ebi Lavi.
For more information please call Congregation Ahavath Sholom at 817-731-4721.

Get your Mah Jongg card and help Hadassah in the process

Barbara Weinberg tells me that she has begun taking orders for 2015 “mahj” cards. Proceeds from the sales will benefit Hadassah. Last year, $285 was raised from the sale of cards.
Regular cards are $8 and large print are $9. Please send order and a check payable to Barbara at Barbara Weinberg, 4600 Westlake Drive Fort Worth, TX, 76132. Deadline for orders is Jan. 15, 2015.

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