Around The Town: Celine Dion, screening, Holy Rollers
Submitted photo At the door welcoming guests (left to right): Sondra Richards, Idelle Luskey and Rosanne Margolis

By Sharon Wisch-Ray

Larry Steckler kindly filed the following report about the Daytimers Celine Dion Las Vegas show:
“The room was filled with almost 50 Daytimers who came to see the performance. Some brought their own lunch, others ordered a KFC lunch. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the video. When the lights came up at the end of the performance, everyone wanted to know what was coming next.
“In the past, Daytimers charged a $9 fee to cover lunch and the presentation. The advisory board has set up a new structure to make the programs available to a larger audience. For the next several months there will be no fee for the program. Lunch will be offered for $5. Contributions will be requested, but not required — admission will be free.
“On Feb. 7, Dr. Jane Pawgan will present a fascinating program about the role of Jews who participated in the Revolutionary War that created the America we today live in and enjoy.
“The role of Jews is largely unrecognized, given that they represented only a tiny percent of the overall population. Like other Colonial Americans, their loyalties were divided, with a sizable majority favoring the patriot vision of an independent America.
“About 100 Jews fought in the American Revolution and many Jewish merchants’ signatures appeared on the various non-importation resolutions adopted by the individual colonies.
“The first Jew to die fighting for American independence was, ironically, also the first Jew elected to public office in the colonies. For Jews, participation in the war marked the first time since their exile from Jerusalem that they could take their place alongside their neighbors as equals in the fight for freedom.
“A hot lunch consisting of tomato basil soup and grilled cheese sandwich is being offered for $5. The program is free, and attendees can bring their own lunch.
“To make a reservation (we need to know how many folks to expect) and/or to order lunch, please call Larry Steckler at 817-927-2736. If you get the answering machine, just leave a message.
“The Sylvia Wolens Daytimers Program is funded by a grant from the Wolens family in memory of Sylvia Wolens. It is intended to bring daytime programs for those who do not wish to drive to evening events. We offer a variety of programs including lectures, films, museum visits and other activities. If you want to keep informed send an e-mail to and you will be added to our mailing list.”

Herb and Dorothy screening at Ahavath Sholom

This Saturday evening, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m., everyone is invited when Congregation Ahavath Sholom will show the second film in its 2015-2016 SHOWTIMES Film Series titled Herb and Dorothy. This film was originally scheduled to be shown in November, but was postponed out of respect to members who had deaths in their families. This film will be shown only Saturday night, Feb. 6, which is unusual for Showtimes films.
In the very special documentary, Herb and Dorothy, we meet Herb and Dorothy, a Jewish couple living in New York. He was a postal clerk. She was a librarian. With their modest means, the couple managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. Herb and Dorothy Vogel defied stereotypes and redefined what it means to be an art collector. They were featured in The New York Times many times, and on television and radio, and their story is famous the world over. Sheryl Levy will moderate and lead the discussion after the showing of Herb and Dorothy. As a docent for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Sheryl is well versed about art and will bring much to the discussion.
There is no cost, the films are CAS’ gift to the community and the popcorn and cold drinks are complimentary! A special “thank you” to the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County for supporting the CAS 2015-2016 SHOWTIMES Film Series. Without the Federations help, there would be no film series.
SHOWTIMES committee members are Liz Chesser, Hedy Collins, Lisa Laudato, Posy McMillen, Foster Owen, Arthur Pawgan, Jane Pawgan, Debby Rice, Reggie Rog, Naomi Rosenfield, Rena Seiden, Jayna Sosland, Jim Stansbury, Robin Stein, Sheila Stocker, Roz Vaden, Barbara Weinberg, Dianne Young, Stephanie Zavala, CAS President Ebi Lavi, and CAS Executive Director Michael Linn.
For more information, please call Congregation Ahavath Sholom at 817-731-4721.

The Holy Rollers Program comes to Beth Shalom!

Congregation Beth Shalom is excited to announce that Scribe Rabbi Levi Selwyn from Sofer on Site will be on its campus at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, to conduct and teach The Holy Rollers Program. A two-hour course for all interested individuals of post-b’nai mitzvah age or higher, the program not only trains lay people in the proper manner and method of lifting and dressing Torah scrolls, but also shows them how to care for and maintain them as well. Check out learn more about this fascinating program.
Preregistration is required no later than Friday, Feb. 12. The cost for non-members to attend is $18 per person. Reserve your spot by visiting or emailing, or phoning 817-860-5448. Beth Shalom is located in Arlington at 1212 Thannisch Drive.

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