Around The Town: Beth-El, New Torah, Senior Seder, Knit-zvah night
Beth-El Religious School students assemble prayer bags for area homeless shelters at their Purim carnival March 13.

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray

The Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County will hold its annual Purim carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at Congregation Beth Israel, 6100 Pleasant Run Road in Colleyville.
A full complement of activities will be on hand including carnival games, bounce houses and a petting zoo.
Booth tickets are $.25 each or 25 tickets for $5. Please bring a nonperishable food item for the Tarrant County Food Bank.
Synagogues will hold their own Purim celebrations Wednesday, March 23 and Thursday, March 24.
For more information, please visit the TJP website at

Beth-El Religious School celebrates Purim before spring break

Beth-El Religious School’s Purim celebration last Sunday began with listening to the chanting of the Megillah in the sanctuary, watching a short Purim play, marching around the Temple singing Purim songs and then arriving at the Great Hall for a special mitzvot project.
Students and teachers along with Social Action committee members were excited to fulfill the four mitzvot of Purim. Well over 100 prayer bags were packed and later delivered to homeless shelters in Fort Worth and Arlington. The bags were filled with healthy and useful items such as thick socks, band aides, water and nonperishable food items. Prayer cards were written, decorated and put into the bags.
Beth-El Social Action Committee Chair Laurie James was the spirit behind this act of kindness. Thank you to all the families of Beth-El Religious School who donated materials generously. The students took great interest and pride in this chessed.
— Submitted by Ilana Knust

New Torah coming to Arlington and the Mid-Cities

The Jewish Community of Arlington and the Mid-Cities will complete a new Torah at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at Chabad of Arlington and the Mid-Cities.
To celebrate this auspicious occasion, the community is invited to gather to welcome the brand-new Sefer Torah with a completion and dedication ceremony. Participants will have the opportunity to fill in a letter of the Torah alongside the scribe during the completion ceremony.
The celebrations will continue with a grand parade followed by a buffet of delicious food. RSVPs appreciated.
With the participation of men, women and children, the celebration — replete with live music, singing and dancing crafts for children — promises to be a memorable event.
Dedications are still available for the new Torah. Please visit, email or call 817-451-1171 to reserve your Torah portion.
— Submitted by Rishi Gurevitch

Senior Seder

Plans are already underway for the Isadore Garsek Lodge of B’nai B’rith’s annual Senior Seder. This year’s program is at 11:30 a.m. April 12 at Beth-El Congregation in Fort Worth. In addition to regular participants of JFS’ senior program, all members of the Jewish community are invited to attend. Please call the JFS office, at 817-569-0898, to make your reservation. There is plenty of room and the promise of delicious food with Harry Kahn at the helm.
— Submitted by Hedy Collins

Knit-zvah Night

Jackie Herman’s knit-zvah project will be held at Congregation Ahavath Sholom from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 17. Knit 10-inch squares that will be sewn together into blankets. Washable material only.
Blankets will be donated to Project Linus and distributed to ill or traumatized children.

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