Around the Town

Commemorating the Temple’s destruction …

We’re entering an interesting time in the Hebrew calendar — the month of Av is traditionally considered a time of mourning, most notably because of the destruction of the temples, and the fleeing of Jews to various parts of the earth. We commemorate Tisha b’Av through prayer and fasting. Our “services” directory details a variety of services and studies dedicated to this particular event in our history, so take a few moments to see what shul near you might have a service or study session. The Texas A&M Hillel also has an educational session on Aug. 8 to study the Book of Lamentations, along with a special service. The fast of Tisha b’Av starts at sundown, Aug. 8 and ends at sundown, Aug. 9.

My ongoing quest …

In my ongoing quest to find “outlier” Jewish families, I received a lovely message from Janet Snider of Cleburne, Texas. She tells me that her family is a regular at Beth-El, which is good to hear. I’m interested in hearing from more Jewish families who may be on the Metroplex’s outskirts. Anyone out there from Longview, Stephenville, Cleburne, Ennis — or anywhere else — please let me know. I am, as always, at

From the JFS seniors …

Bernice Sandler and Helen Stearns enjoy their museum visit | Photo: Hedy Collins

Hedy Collins of Jewish Family Service tells us that, in late July, Gail Granek was a docent on a tour of the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth. “Her knowledge is amazing and she made the artwork so much more meaningful for us. She asked questions that made the seniors think about the art in different ways,” Collins said. The tour ended with a terrific lunch at Souper Salad.
Another fun event for the JFS seniors was a recent jewelry and purse extravaganza. Once a year, community members donate beautiful new and gently used purses and costume jewelry, and seniors select from these lovely items to accessorize their wardrobes. This is a wonderful way to recycle accessories that are no longer being used.

From the business scene

Mazel tov to Richard Minker whose firm, Minker Trahant and Associates, was acquired in June by Case Commercial Real Estate Partners.
The strategic addition of Minker Trahant and Associates enables Case an immediate expansion in the area of tenant representation and self storage brokerage within one of its core Texas service markets. These services will complement the existing array of leasing and management services already offered through the Fort Worth office.
Minker, formerly chief executive officer of Minker Trahant and Associates, brings over 31 years of experience and specializes in tenant representation, project leasing and self storage brokerage. Recognition by organizations such as the Society of Commercial Realtors with the Charles D. Tandy Realtor of the Year and The Texas Association of Realtors William C. Jennings Lone Star Award for the Real Estate Transaction of the Year have established Minker as a leader in the industry. Prior to the formation of Minker Trahant and Associates and its predecessor firm, The Richard D. Minker Co., he worked with Henry S. Miller Company as a project leasing and tenant representation broker. Minker holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He also holds the prestigious designation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).
“As our client base grew, so did the ancillary services required to meet its needs,” said Minker. “Case provided a solution by offering additional services such as property management, lease administration and construction among others. But more importantly, Case mirrored our company philosophy of having local roots and being invested in the community in which it operates. They offer a mid-size firm atmosphere with large firm capabilities and global reach.”
Tyler Trahant, formerly president of Minker Trahant and Associates, will serve as the managing director and city leader for the Fort Worth office. Trahant specializes in office and industrial leasing, sales and self storage brokerage. He is a CCIM candidate and has a Bachelor of Business Administration in international marketing from Texas Christian University. Trahant serves on the board of governors of the Society of Commercial Realtors of Fort Worth and on the board of directors for the Women’s Center of Fort Worth. He was also a recipient of the Fort Worth Business Press 40 Under 40 Award in 2002 as well as a graduate of Leadership Fort Worth.
“Both Richard Minker and Tyler Trahant will play integral roles in the growth of our Fort Worth service offerings to clients,” added John Grace, director of landlord services for Case Commercial Real Estate
What are you up to during this long, hot, potentially record-breaking summer? Let me know! E-mail me at
Until next time …

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