Around the Town: Awards, fighting BDS

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray

Two Great Women of Texas

Roz Rosenthal and Rozanne Rosenthal will come in for honors at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Fort Worth Club, when the Fort Worth Business Press celebrates the 2016 Great Women of Texas. This prestigious event honors outstanding women in Texas who are recognized for their significant accomplishments in business, civic and social contributions. Roz and Rozanne will receive the Legacy Award.

Roz Rosenthal
Roz Rosenthal

Rozanne Rosenthal
Rozanne Rosenthal

When asked by the Business Press, both women acknowledged their own parents as their most significant role models and mentors.
Said Roz, “My mother and father were really my mentors. They always gave me sound advice. Most of my basic thoughts in life were based on the way I remember my mother and father through times of crisis. My mother worked through the Depression like a trouper and never change her lifestyle. The way my mother carried on as if nothing happened with a great optimistic attitude was a life lesson for me.”
Of her own mentor Rozanne said, “It may be cliché, but my mom, Henrietta Krumholz. She was awarded outstanding citizen of Bay City, Texas, twice. She was a natural leader and never stopped giving back. After losing her last year, I realized what a huge influence she had on me.”
Tickets ($250) are still available and can be purchased online at For more information, contact Lauren Vay at

JFS Open House

Oct. 30 has all the makings of a big day. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jewish Family services will hold an open house at its new office in Northeast Tarrant County, 6207 Colleyville Blvd., Suite 200. All community members are welcome.
A few months ago the satellite office opened to meet the growing needs of Northeast Tarrant County.
Dr. Robbie Kinney is available part time to provide counseling, consultation and referral services.
These services are possible because of a bequest made to JFS by Barbie Rakoover. Barbie cared deeply about quality mental health services.

Harry Kahn Person of the Year

Later that day, Harry Kahn will be feted with the Isadore Garsek Lodge of B’nai B’rith annual person of the year award. I am looking forward to attending the event and sharing a toast with my old neighbor and friend.
Tickets for the 2016 Jewish Person of the Year Dinner which will be held at Beth-El Congregation are $25. Tables of eight are $200. Riscky’s BBQ will cater. There will be kosher dinners available for those that reserve in advance. For ticket information, contact Rich Hollander at 817-909-4354, Alex Nason at or Marvin Beleck at

Understanding BDS

Debby Rice tells me that committee members have been hard at work to make the learning about BDS program at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, at Congregation Ahavath Sholom a meaningful and educational experience.
“From our special guest Rabbi David Komerofsky, we’ll learn what BDS is, why it’s important to fight it, and what we can do about it,” says Debby.

David Komerofsky
David Komerofsky

Ten local organizations are partnering with the Fort Worth Chapter of Hadassah to bring this important educational program to the Fort Worth and Tarrant County community. They include the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Congregation Ahavath Sholom, Beth-El Congregation, the Isadore Garsek Lodge of B’nai B’rith, Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Congregation Beth Shalom in Arlington, Jewish Women International, Southwest Jewish Congress, Lil Goldman Early Learning Center, TCU Hillel and the University of North Texas Hillel in Denton. Guest speaker, Rabbi David Komerofsky of San Antonio’s Temple Chai, is the former Hillel Director at the University of Texas at Austin and well versed on “BDS.” It is of utmost importance to learn how to combat anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activism. Don’t miss this opportunity!
This event is free to the public. Please bring your friends — everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Debby Rice at 817-706-5158 or

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