Around the Town
By Sharon Wisch-Ray

Edna Paget celebrated her 99th birthday with family in Fort Worth. | Photo: Myra Shussler
Edna Paget celebrated her 99th birthday with family in Fort Worth. | Photo: Myra Shussler

Mazel Tov to Edna Paget, who celebrated her 99th birthday recently with some of her family: daughter and son-in-law, Myra and Irwin Schussler of Fort Worth; grandchildren: Jeff and Helene Schussler and great-grandchildren Paul, Benjamin and Sarah of Dallas; Doreen and Erik Landrum and great-grandchildren Jack and Ellie of Austin; Kim and Paul Loar and great-grandchildren Zoe and Max of Austin; Elissa and Steve Ducar and great-grandchildren Morgan and Adam of Denton.
Incidentally, Edna shares the same birthday, Feb. 24, with great-grandson Paul Schussler, who will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah March 7 at Shearith Israel in Dallas.

Artist Kim Goldberg’s ‘Texas Sky Series’ on display at Beth-El

I first met Kim Goldberg in Israel at a Partnership meeting in the Western Galilee in June 2010. Her talent was clear and when she arrived in Fort Worth in the summer of 2013, when husband Bob became the executive director of the Federation, I knew that the community would be in for a treat when it came to enjoying her myriad creations.

Kim Goldberg’s photo exhibit “Texas Sky” will be on display at Beth-El in March and April.
Kim Goldberg’s photo exhibit “Texas Sky” will be on display at Beth-El in March and April.

A new art exhibit featuring Kim Goldberg’s “Texas Sky” compositions will be on display in the Art Alcove at Beth-El Congregation throughout March and April. A reception for the artist is set for Friday, March 6, following Sabbath services.
Goldberg, a multimedia artist, became captivated by the Texas sky when she moved to Fort Worth from Omaha. She began taking photos of cloud formations, enlarging and arranging the images, sometimes adding words, often letting them speak for themselves.
“I’m fascinated by the clouds here,” said the artist, a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. “Every time I walk outside, it’s a new sky. … Depicting something we cannot feel or touch conveys an expansive, spiritual, and meditative feeling.”
Goldberg moved to Texas with her daughter, Lily, and her husband, Bob, director of the Fort Worth & Tarrant County Jewish Federation. She heads an art and design firm, with clients from Ann Taylor Stores to Wells Fargo, and the Institute for Holocaust Education. Kim’s website,, shows the many facets of her creativity.
Recently, she designed the website for the Texas Jewish Arts Association,, a two-year-old group of which she is a board member. The association’s website includes artist profiles with links to their websites. Beside visual artists, membership in the TJAA is open to patrons, collectors, and those involved in the performing arts, literature, art therapy, and art education.
Goldberg’s art has been part of two TJAA exhibits — one at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center and a juried show at the Dallas Jewish Community Center. Throughout her career, she has had gallery shows in San Francisco, Omaha and Israel. In 2013, 70 of her paintings were exhibited at Haifa’s Rappaport Performing Arts Center. She is a five-time artist-in-residence in the Western Galilee.
The exhibit in the Temple Boardroom is the third in a series of displays featuring local Jewish artists. The Beth-El Art Committee, headed by Elaine and Jim Stanton, plans to showcase individual artists throughout the year.
Many thanks to Hollace Weiner for submitting the above information.

Showtimes Film Series will screen ‘The Jewish Cardinal’

Congregation Ahavath Sholom has announced the next installment of its 2015 Showtimes Film Series, “The Jewish Cardinal.” Everyone is invited to the screening Sunday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the shul.
The film is the moving and true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age and later joining the priesthood.
Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies from either group.
When Carmelite nuns settled down to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger found himself a mediator between the two communities — and was asked to choose his side.
Posy McMillen will lead the post-film discussion of this very interesting film.
The 2014-2015 Showtimes Series films have been carefully chosen to interest everyone. Moderators will lead the discussions after each film. There is no cost; the films are a gift to the community and the popcorn and cold drinks are complimentary.
Thanks go out to the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County for supporting the CAS 2014-2015 Showtimes Film Series. Without the Federation’s help, the series would not be able to proceed.
Showtimes committee members are 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 Congregation Ahavath Sholom President Ebi Lavi.
For more information, please call Congregation Ahavath Sholom at 817-731-4721.

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