Around the Town

By Sharon Wisch-Ray

Debbie Stryer Levine recently sent me the following note about her and husband Larry’s recent trip to Israel:
“Larry and I just returned from a 17-day vacation in Israel. We hired a private guide and covered the entire country. We went to Haifa, the West Bank, Golan Heights, Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea, Eilat and everywhere in between.
“We were in Jerusalem when a young man tried to stab a policeman and then ran through security in the Old City. He was killed shortly after that. During this incident and others, we never felt our lives were in any danger. So, if you are thinking of going but are putting it off because of the ‘unrest,’ go ahead and go! You will be perfectly safe.
“Our guide was wonderful. He was so knowledgeable and we learned so much. While there, we went to Eilat and did a day trip to Petra, Jordan. We also got a chance to stay a couple of nights on a kibbutz. Larry learned shortly before we left that he has cousins that live outside of Tel Aviv. So we were able to go to their home for an evening. I have a cousin (-in-law) that has family in Tel Aviv. So we were able to spend time with them. It was such an incredible experience. We are ready to go back!”
Thank you, Debbie, for your great recap of what seems like an amazing trip. There is nothing better for the Jewish soul than a trip to Israel.
Herb and Dorothy is next installment of SHOWTIMES
Everyone is invited at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15, when Congregation Ahavath Sholom will show the second film in its 2015-2016 SHOWTIMES Film Series Herb and Dorothy.
He was a postal clerk. She was a librarian. With their modest means, the couple managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. Meet Herb and Dorothy Vogel, whose shared passion and discipline have defied stereotypes and redefined what it means to be an art collector.
The 2015-2016 SHOWTIMES Series films have been carefully chosen to interest everyone. Moderators will lead the discussions after most of the films: Gail Granek and Shery Levy have graciously agreed to work the Herb and Dorothy film. We are so grateful to them for their time and talent!
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 CAS 2014-2015 SHOWTIMES Film Series. Without their help, we would not be able to proceed.
The SHOWTIMES committee members are Liz Chesser, Hedy Collins, Lisa Laudato, Posy McMillen, Foster Owen, Arthur Pawgan, Jane Pawgan, Debby Rice, Reggie Rog, Naomi Rosenfield, Rena Seiden, Jayna Sosland, Jim Stansbury, Robin Stein, Sheila Stocker, Roz Vaden, Barbara Weinberg, Dianne Young, Stephanie Zavala, Congregation Ahavath Sholom President Ebi Lavi, and Michael Linn, CAS executive director.
For more information please call Congregation Ahavath Sholom at 817-731-4721.

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