Around The Town: Federation annual meeting, new novel, anniversary, welcome home
Submitted photo From left, Susan Wisch, Denise Cohen Kleinman and Marcie Levine at Mi Cocina on May 8

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray

Federation annual meeting

The 80th annual meeting of The Jewish Federation of Fort Worth & Tarrant County and Jewish Family Services will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1 at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. For eight decades the Fort Worth and Tarrant County Jewish community has worked together to care for Jews in need and to inspire Jewish life and its important work continues.
President Lon Werner will share the state of the Federation. The new slate of officers will be elected: Lon Werner (president), Diane Kleinman (vice president, Campaign & Allocations), Todd Blumenfeld (vice president, Administration), Robert Simon (vice president, Community Relations), Alyson Halpern (secretary) and Cheryl Visosky (treasurer). New board members and JFS members will be elected as well.
The Federation will say thank you to its board members who have completed their terms and we will honor our amazingly dedicated volunteers including Stephanie Zavala and Nancy Schwartz, the recipients of the Barnett-Brachman Young Leadership Award and Milena Razack, the recipient of the Sylvia and Jerry Wolens Award.
Special guest speaker will be Max Kleinman (read about his important work at, a senior consultant with Jewish Federations of North America who is leading an effort to raise funds for Holocaust survivors. The community is invited to join and celebrate our success and honor its volunteer leaders.
— Submitted by Bob Goldberg

The Fire in the Rock

Charles Henderson Norman has just published his first novel. The Fire in the Rock is the story of the Exodus from Egypt, as told by Tzipporah, the widow of Moses and the last eyewitness.
She tells of her childhood and youth in the land of Midyan, living at the foot of the Mountain of God; and she tells us of Moses, her husband and the father of her children. We learn that Moses was a profoundly humble, and troubled, man; he had at last found peace in the desert with Tzipporah and their sons — but after an illuminating experience on the Mountain before the Fire of God, he found himself compelled, almost against his will, to seize the opportunity to free his people and become the Lawgiver amid a series of cataclysmic, but thoroughly natural, events. We learn, too, of Tzipporah’s own astonishing part in these world-changing events.
The Fire in the Rock is now on sale online at — the price at the CreateSpace eStore is $25 plus tax and shipping. The book is also available — in a signed edition — at the Ahavath Sholom Gift Shop for the same price, and no shipping.
— Submitted by Lynell Bond

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History celebrates 75th anniversary

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History kicked off its 75th anniversary celebration Saturday, May 21 with the opening of a special exhibition, “Hidden Treasures: Celebrating 75 Years,” a tribute to some of the Museum’s iconic artifacts from its extensive permanent collections.
“This is truly a celebration,” said Van A. Romans, museum president. “This anniversary is about the incredible work of a handful of visionary educators. These were women who dreamed of a creative learning environment 75 years ago and they achieved that dream when the charter for this museum was signed on May 21, 1941.”
What began as the Fort Worth Children’s Museum in two classrooms at De Zavala Elementary School now spans 166,000 square feet of extraordinary learning space in the heart of the Cultural District.
“Generations of families have come through our programs and thousands of young minds have been inspired by our artifacts and teaching collections, said Romans. “Our newest exhibition, ‘Hidden Treasures: Celebrating 75 Years,’ is about nostalgia. It is what so many people love about the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.”
— Submitted by Megan Peterson

Welcome home Marcie Levine

I was sorry I couldn’t be there when Marcie Levine gathered a group of friends at Mi Cocina in Sundance Square on Mother’s Day. Marcie, who is a sales director at Infutor/Inferenda Data Solutions, was in town for a two-day conference. Among those stopping by were Marla and Foster Owen, Denise Kleinman, Arlene and Michael Glaser, Cheryl and Randy Colen, Sandra Gamez, Susan Wisch, Kim Kilpatrick, Kurt Shuster, and Shayne and Lisa Moses.
Marcie, the daughter of the late Bea and Irv Levine, resides in Northbrook, Illinois. She is the mother of Ilana, a junior at University of Illinois, and Philip, a rising senior at Glenbrook North High School.

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