Around the Town
By Sharon Wisch-Ray

Howdy folks, I’m filling in this week for Amy Sorter who has been in California visiting her mom. Amy will be back in print next week.
By the looks of all of the great Purim photos we received from all corners of Tarrant County, it seems as though the holiday was celebrated in style. Unfortunately, do to space constraints, we weren’t able to include all photos that were submitted in print, especially ones that arrived on Monday and Tuesday. However, you can checkout our website,, for more photos from Purim.
I want to alert all of you that this weekend is the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-Off at Tiferet Israel in Dallas, 10909 Hillcrest Road (Northwest Corner of Hillcrest Road and Royal Lane.)
Each year, I always look forward to seeing some of the Fort Worth regulars who come to Big D for this awesome event. It’s worth the trip. Maybe next year we can get some Fort Worth entrants into the mix! I know y’all would be welcome. Hope to see you there.
P.S. Look for our TJP staffers who will be promoting our three year subscription special. All folks who renew or subscribe for three years will be entered into a drawing for an iPad2, which will be held on April 30, 2012. Diane Kleinman was the lucky winner of the last iPad2 drawing we held in August.

Cantorial candidate at Ahavath Sholom this Saturday

Ahavath Sholom will welcome Cantor Elisa Abrams to 9:30 a.m. Shabbat morning services this Saturday, March 17. Cantor Abrams is a prospective candidate for the position of cantor and education director at the shul. She will lead services which are open to the community.

JFS seniors enjoy Purim with preschoolers

Hedy Collins was kind enough to update us on the JFS senior program. Recently, the Lil Goldman Pre-School came and helped seniors celebrate Purim. The children were decked out in costume, paraded sang songs and helped with Shabbat prayers and candle lighting.

Udel Elgurt and Betya Safir celebrate Purim and Shabbat with Lil Goldman students. From left Neta Benjamin, Dylan Finkelstein and Jaxson Knight.

Seniors and youngsters shared challah and grape juice. The children also presented the seniors with mishloach manot bags which included handmade, by the children themselves, hamantaschen, candy and Kroger gift cards to help the seniors with groceries and medications.
“It was so beautiful to see,” wrote Hedy. “Each bag was individually presented to the senior, with their names on it, by a costumed child.”
It was received with hugs and quite a few tears. Thank you so much to Rachel Yaacobi and all the teachers and children of the Lil Goldman Pre-School for putting together such a meaningful program for all generations.

Save the date JFS Seniors annual mini seder

Hedy also reminds us that the annual mini seder for seniors is coming up on Thursday, March 29. The seder will start at 11:30 a.m. at Beth El.
This wonderful event, sponsored by the Isadore Garsek Lodge of B’nai B’rith, is sure to be fantastic as always. It is known as one of the best events of the year for the Tarrant Area Senior Citizens.
Join Harry Kahn and his team of chefs as they prepare seder with the area rabbis leading the service. This event is free but a headcount is needed. RSVP to Elsa at the JFS office 817-569-0898.

Boomers to head to Circle Theatre

The Beth-El Boomers group and many others in our community will be going to Circle Theatre to see “The Whipping Man.” The play is set during the Civil War and examines the relationship between slave-owning Jews and their slaves.
A Jewish Confederate soldier, just back from the war, and his two remaining slaves, who themselves are observant Jews, reunite at their ruined plantation trying to deal with harsh reality of post-Civil War life. A fascinating story unfolds as the three men participate in a makeshift Passover service conducted by their former master.
After the Saturday evening, March 31st performance, Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger will lead a discussion about the play.
A $5 discount is available to all members of the Jewish community for all performances starting March 25th if you call the box office at 817-877-3040 and mention the promo code: FLYER.
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