Around the Town
By Sharon Wisch-Ray

Purim Shpiel at Beth Shalom is the real deal

Congregation Beth Shalom invites the community for its annual Purim Shpiel Thursday, March 5, following a 5:30 p.m. Purim dinner!
This year’s edition is “The Real Queens of Persia” in which Reality Show Producer Joe MacGilla risks life and limb to bring his cameras behind the scene of the Persian palace in Shushan. Emmy Award- winning writer and TCU Professor Richard Allen put pen to paper to write the shpiel.
Accompanied by tunes that sound an awful lot like “Fiddler on the Roof,” Esther, Ahasuerus, Mordecai, Haman, and a spirited supporting cast will take you on a hilarious journey through the first (and probably final) “season” of “The Real Queens of Persia.” Let’s just say Snookie and Honey Boo-Boo are nothing compared to this bunch!
The Purim dinner will be an Italian theme (dairy of course).
Cost for members is adults $7 and children 10 and under $3. The non member price is $7 for adults and $5 for children.
You can register/pay online for this event at If you have any questions, please email the office at or call Thressa at 817-860-5448.

The cast of the annual Beth Shalom Purim Shpiel at dress rehearsal March 1 | Photo: Randy San Antonio
The cast of the annual Beth Shalom Purim Shpiel at dress rehearsal March 1 | Photo: Randy San Antonio

Despite inclement weather, the show goes on

It was disco time at the third gathering of the House of Shmooze at Congregation Ahavath Sholom Feb. 28. All the great stars were “there” to entertain including Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, George Strait, Kenny Rogers, and many more. They appeared on the projection screen as they performed, along with a number of others as folks danced. Weather conditions kept the group small, but everyone had fun.
The next offering from the House of Shmooze will be Saturday, April 25, when the performers will be The Gold Tone Choir presenting the music and songs of Frank Sinatra.

Sylvia Wolens Daytimers

In February Sylvia Wolens Daytimers viewed “Act of Faith” following a lunch catered by Subway in the Great Hall at Congregation Beth-El. The romantic comedy was enthusiastically received by an entranced audience.
The Sylvia Wolens Daytimers meets monthly and is designed to offer a variety of activities for those who are reluctant to drive in the evenings. All are welcome. To be added to the email list, simply send your email to
The next program is at noon, Wednesday, March 11, when Daytimers Coordinator Larry Steckler will present a photographic visit to 25 fascinating sculptures from around the world. Enjoy this tour of the world as the origins of outstanding sculpture will be discussed. Lunch is your choice of a sandwich from Sprouts.
For reservations or more information, contact Larry Steckler at 817-927-2736 or You can also RSVP on the Beth-El website at

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