Around the Town
By Sharon Wisch-Ray

It’s hard to believe that Passover is just three weeks away and that means that the Isasdore Garsek Lodge of B’nai B’rith is gearing up for its annual Senior Seder.
This year’s event will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 25 at Beth-El Congregation.
As always, the Seder is free and open to anyone that might like to attend and Harry Kahn and his team of cracker jack chefs are already busy preparing for the approximately 100 folks expected to attend.

Join Compassionate Fort Worth March 19

Rabbi Andrew Bloom has said, “The value of tikkun olam (repairing the world) often starts with one small act that originates in an individual’s heart. These acts have the capability of transforming both the person who carries them out as well as the world around them.”
Join Rabbi Bloom, Mayor Betsy Price, Rev. Tim Woody, Rev. Charles Robinson and other area clergy for this extraordinary evening at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19 at Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 4050 South Hulen Street. Please bring a food donation for the Arborlawn Food Bank that evening.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will speak and Compassionate Fort Worth present food to Safe Haven, Jewish Family Services and the Arborlawn Methodist Food Pantry.
Suggested food contributions include: wheat thins crackers, brown rice, barley, oatmeal (individual packets), cheerios, raisin bran cereal, bran flakes cereal (5g fiber, 3g fat), whole wheat pasta, canned tuna (water packed), canned salmon, walnuts, pecans, almonds, canned beans — pinto, black, white, garbanzo — canned peaches in juice, raisins, marinara sauce, canned tomatoes, 100 percent juices, fig newtons, cookies, nonfat dry milk packets, mac & cheese cups, fruit cocktail cups, wholesome breakfast bars, individual coffee packets, tea bags, hot chocolate packets, hand sanitizer (individual), small bars of soap, sealed toothbrushes, travel-size tubes of toothpaste, eggs, egg beaters, milk butter, cheese, apples, ground turkey, frozen dinners, frozen fruits, frozen vegetables, frozen juices, bottled water, paper grocery bags with handles. Most canned fruits and vegetables are appreciated.
The Congregation Ahavath Sholom children and adult choirs, along with the Arborlawn United Methodist choir, will sing. Compassionate Fort Worth will dedicate two garden plots (beds) in the GAN Ahavath Sholom with all food going to feed the hungry.
This is an opportunity not only to hear what is happening in Fort Worth through Compassionate Fort Worth, but to be part of it!

Brite Divinity School presents ‘The Remarkable Achievement of the Bible’s Only Love Poem’

The Jewish Studies Program of the Brite Divinity School will welcome J. Cheryl Exum at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 19, at Beth-El Congregation. She will lecture about “The Remarkable Achievement of the Bible’s Only Love Poem.” Exum is professor emerita of Biblical studies at the University of Sheffield, where she specializes in Hebrew Bible. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York, and a Th.D. honoris causa from the University of Uppsala. Among her publications are “Tragedy and Biblical Narrative: Arrows of the Almighty” (1992); “Fragmented Women: Feminist (Sub)versions of Biblical Narratives” (1993); “Song of Songs: A Commentary” (2005); and “Plotted, Shot, and Painted: Cultural Representations of Biblical Women” (2nd edition, 2012). She is currently writing a book on the Bible in art, with attention to figures from Hagar to Mary the mother of Jesus. A former president of the Society for Old Testament Study, Exum is a director of Sheffield Phoenix Press, where she currently serves as an editor of two series, Hebrew Bible Monographs and Bible in the Modern World, and co-editor of the journal Biblical Reception.
This Brite Divinity School program is generously supported by The Louis and Frieda Cristol Endowment for Academic Programming in Jewish Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Press notes

Beth-El Congregation’s film festival will screen “One Small Hitch” at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 14.

From left, (back row) Josh Levi, Jennifer Levi, Foster Owen, Marla Owen and (front row) Charlotte Levi and Ethan Levi enjoy the Fort Worth and Tarrant County Purim Celebration March 1 at Beth-El Congregation.
From left, (back row) Josh Levi, Jennifer Levi, Foster Owen, Marla Owen and (front row) Charlotte Levi and Ethan Levi enjoy the Fort Worth and Tarrant County Purim Celebration March 1 at Beth-El Congregation.

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