Around the Town

I hope everyone had a meaningful Yom Kippur. I certainly did – this past year brought for our family a move to Joshua, Texas and a new Jewish community in which to participate. I look forward to learning more about — and reporting on — activities, individuals and institutions on the west side of State Highway 360. Many of you have already contacted me, to which I say “thank you.” I encourage others out there to drop me a line: I am, as always, at

Mazel tov, Lynell and Charles

Lynell Bond and Charles Norman were married on Sept. 4

Lynell Bond recently got in touch to let us know that she and Charles Norman were married Sept. 4 at Congregation Ahavath Sholom (CAS). Festivities began the Wednesday preceding the event, with a wedding shower at Lynell’s office. Friday night services were followed by a dinner at Arthur and Linda Moses’ home, hosted by Lynell’s siblings, where Charles’ family became acquainted with Lynell’s family. Saturday morning services came with an auf ruf in honor of the couple, followed by a Saturday night dinner at Mama Mia’s Italian restaurant, hosted by friends of Lynell and Charles. After the dinner, Lynell and the other women returned to CAS for dessert and a mikvah party.
Sunday was the wedding, and Lynell makes a special point of thanking Rabbis Andrew Bloom and Gary Perras, as well as friends who decorated the chuppah and took photos, and the volunteers and caterers at the shul. Charles and Lynell then departed for their New Orleans honeymoon where, Lynell writes “the weather was cool and perfect, the music amazing and the food delectable.” The wedding weekend, she concluded was one filled with “love, joy and celebration.”
Many congratulations from us to you, Lynell and Charles. May you have a long and happy life together, filled with nachas and love.

Got fish?

If the answer is “no” and you want fish, you should attend Chabad of Arlington’s “Sushi in the Sukkah” from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16. Along with snacking and schmoozing, adult attendees will see the movie “Ushpizin,” while children will be treated to an age-appropriate movie. Cost is $7 per person. For more information, call the Chabad at 817-451-1171 or visit the website at

From Fort Worth Hadassah …

The Fort Worth Chapter of Hadassah will host its “Champagne & Chagall at SiNaCa: A Hadassah Happening!” which will start at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 at SiNaCa Studios at 1013 W. Magnolia Ave. in Fort Worth. This particular venue looks very interesting — I love blown glass, so the location itself would certainly be worth the trip. At any rate, the cost for this event is $10 per person, $18 per couple. Contact Debby Rice at 817-346-2944 or for more information.

And on to Chanukah …

I know we’re currently in the harvest celebrations (Sukkot and Simchat Torah), but the Ladies Auxiliary of Congregation Ahavath Sholom remind us that its annual Gift and Jewelry Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20 at the shul, 4050 S. Hulen Street in Fort Worth. It’s a great time to get a jump on Chanukah gifts, or even to stock up on lifecycle gifts. For more information, call the CAS office, 817-731-4721.
Also, vendors out there who are interested are also welcome — for information contact Annette Smith at 817-370-8807, on her cell at 817-726-6712 or via e-mail at The vendor deadline is Nov. 1.

Directory Notification …

As a reminder, the Isadore Garsek Lodge of B’nai B’rith is in its last stages of editing on the local B’nai B’rith Community Directory of Tarrant County. Any changes or additions (or deletions, for that matter), need to be in to Alex Nason by Nov. 23. Contact him at 817-346-3991 or

Finally, to the ‘Outliers’ …

As a reminder, there will be a meet-and-greet for Johnson County Jews (and others in the general area south of Fort Worth) on Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. Site is still to be determined, but likely at our house in Joshua, Texas. I’ve heard from a couple of folks out there, but if you’re interested in coming — or can’t come but are still interested in anything that might come out of this meeting — let me know by emailing me at

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