By Amy Wolff Sorter
The period between Pesach and Shavuot is a busy one in the Torah — during this time, the Jewish people are wandering the desert, being fed manna and moving to their important destination at Mount Sinai.
This is also a busy time for local families — children are graduating and will be moving on to college, universities or careers come fall. This is also the time of year during which the final preparation for summer weddings is taking place. Finally, with the end of school fast approaching, summer vacations (here and elsewhere) are also on the horizon.
As such, this is my periodic nudge to all of you out there to drop me a line about what’s going on — who is graduating, who’s getting married, who’s going on vacation, where and how it was. Around the Town is more than a glorified community calendar. It is also a way to keep up with your friends and neighbors in the local Jewish community. As always, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org; I’ll look forward to everyone’s submission.
Kathy Huff came to town
Corrine Jacobson tells us that Kathy Huff, Ruth and “Bud” Propper’s oldest daughter, came into town for a recent Fort Worth Arlington Heights High School class reunion. In addition to visiting with sister Laurie and brother Allen, Kathy also reconnected with Corrine; both women have been longtime friends. Kathy and her husband, Roger, live in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago and are very active in their community.
And mazel tov to Adelene Myers …
… who has just celebrated her 85th birthday. Writes Corrine: “May she enjoy her new life.” I second that emotion and add that may you have many, many more years to come.
It’s not too late to give blood
No, this isn’t a weird sort of discussion about Jewish vampires, but rather, a final reminder that the annual Fort Worth Jewish Community’s annual blood drive will take place between 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road in Fort Worth. This drive is taking place in conjunction with Carter BloodCare, and while walk-ins are welcome, it’s better to make a reservation. You can do so by calling Dan Halpern at 817-426-3239.
Nor is it too late to apply for that B’nai B’rith scholarship
If your child is headed off to college, the Isadore Garsek B’nai B’rith Lodge wants to help you finance that education. The organization is readying to give away two $1,000 scholarships — and the best way to ensure you’re in the running with one of those is to apply for it (especially if you’re a member in good standing of either the B’nai B’rith lodge or a synagoguge). The deadline for applications is May 24. Contact Barry Schneider at email@example.com or get in touch with your synagogue’s youth advisor or rabbi for information.
And it’s definitely not too late for the next Daytimers program …
… which will take place at noon, Wednesday, May 16, at — you guessed it — Beth-El Congregation. Sculptor Rebecca Low will present a program entitled “Trash to Treasure,” which will focus on sculptures using found objects. This is Low’s (which rhymes with “wow”) medium; she creates large works of art from everyday objects. This event’s lunch will be catered by Subway.
For information and reservations, call with your credit card to Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, Hugh Lamensdorf, 817-738-1428, or reserve by logging on to www.bethelfw.org/donations.
Do you know of a person of the year?
If so, the nice folks at the local Isadore Garsek B’nai B’rith Lodge want to know — on Sunday, June 3, that individual will be honored at the B’nai B’rith Jewish Person of the Year dinner, which will take place at Beth-El.
If you know of someone from the community who is deserving of this award through community works and other reasons, submit your nomination (and the reasons why that nomination is deserving) to B’nai B’rith Lodge, P.O. Box 101234, Fort Worth, TX 76185.
The dinner is $25 per ticket. If you’re interested in attending the dinner, or have questions, contact Alex Nason at 817-346-3991 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Harry Kahn at 817-926-6566.