Around the Town
By Amy Wolff Sorter

We all understand the importance of education when it comes to our youth. But adult education, particularly as it pertains to Judaism, is just as important. The good news is there are plenty of upcoming educational opportunities throughout Tarrant County in the coming weeks. Here are a couple for you to ponder.

  • Congregation Ahavath Sholom is forming an adult b’nai mitzvah group. If you have never had the opportunity to be called to the Torah as a bar or bat mitzvah, consider participating in this class. Call 817-731-4721 and ask for Rabbi Andrew Bloom to learn more about this opportunity.
  • The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will be back in full swing for its November offering entitled “The Kabbalah of You: A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential,” a six-week course that ranges through topics from feeling joy, to why we make mistakes, to being “perfectly imperfect.” “The Kabbalah of You” will be available beginning Oct. 28 at Chabad of Arlington, 2136 Linblad Court. This will also be available at Chabad of Fort Worth and Tarrant County on a to-be-determined date. For more information, you can log onto and proceeding from there.
  • In Colleyville, Congregation Beth Israel will offer a course on “Practical Jewish Ethics,” which deals with issues such as comforting mourners, loving neighbors and other ethics making an important part of Judaism. The sessions take place form 7:30-8:45 p.m., beginning Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the synagogue, 6100 Pleasant Run Road. Cost is $36 for CBI members; $72 for non-members. Questions? Call 817-581-5500.

I believe I’ve only scratched the surface with this information, but you get the picture. There is a wealth of opportunity out there to learn, even as adults.

Speaking of education

Barbara Rubin writes that the Sept. 24 Daytimers event, featuring Cantor Bruce Ruben discussing the impact of Jewish music on the American musical theater, was highly educational, as well as a resounding success.

Enjoying the singing are Daytimers members, from left, Kenneth Baum, Sandra Baum, Rosanne Margolis, Bill Margolis and Lee Cohen. | Photos: Courtesy Sylvia Wolens Daytimers

“Cantor Ruben interspersed snippets of musical examples that kept his audience entranced,” Barbara says, adding that, following the formal presentation, Ruben led participants in a sing-along of music by George Gershwin and Irving Berlin.
Up next for the Daytimers is a visit from political expert Jim Riddlesperger, who will offer his insights on the upcoming general election.
The event takes place at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven in Fort Worth.
If you have questions or want to make a reservation, contact Barbara at 817-927-2736, or Hugh Lamensdorf, 817 738-1428, or make reservations online at

And it’s not too late to learn more about Jewish history

The Texas Jewish Historical Society’s quarterly board meeting will take place during the weekend of Oct. 12-14 in Big Spring. The meeting will focus on Jews who grew up in small towns without synagogues, with one of the panels dedicated to this topic.

Cantor Bruce Ruben sings for the Sylvia Wolens Daytimers group Sept. 24

If you have questions, contact Susan Zack Lewis at or call her at 432-816-4237.

From B’nai B’rith

We’re starting to get more information about the upcoming “Person of the Year” award banquet. We know it takes place 6-10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 4050 S. Hulen, and will feature a Royal Russian banquet.
Stay tuned for more information.

Keep those emails coming, folks!

I know we’re in a very busy time of year — but if you get a chance (and are in Tarrant County or one of the “outlier” areas of Tarrant County), drop a line if you’re a proud parent, have celebrated a life cycle or otherwise have some terrific news to impart.
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