Around the Town — June 2008

Federation holds 72nd annual meeting
At the June 5 annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, featured speakers were Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker (Congregation Beth Israel), David Saul (Congregation Ahavath Sholom), Danielle Snailer and Stephanie Posner (Congregation Beth Shalom), and Michele Nations (Beth-El Congregation). They spoke about how local Jewish education programs funded by the Federation have affected each of their respective congregations. It was wonderful to see how many people of all ages have been touched by this funding.
Outgoing President Arnie Gachman gave a State of the Federation speech imploring everyone to continue the good work that the Federation has accomplished over the last few years. Alan Luskey was given the Wolens Award; all of the volunteers who led the programs committees were recognized; and special staff awards went to Karen Anisman, Patty Garsek, Len Schweitzer, Gene Posnock and Linda Hoffman. Elections were held for the Jewish Family Services Committee, and the following were elected for two-year terms: Cynthia Gilbert, Marcia Kurtz, Susan Luskey, Alex Nason, Beverly Ross (chair) and Phil Sawyer. Elections were held for the board of directors for the Federation, and elected for three-year terms were Karen Anisman, Marilyn Englander, Patty Garsek, Rick Klotz, Roz Micklin, Shayne Moses and Barry Schneider. Elected to one-year terms were Eddie Feld, president; Barry Schneider, vice president campaign/allocations; Patty Garsek, vice president administration; Len Schweitzer, vice president community relations/secretary; and Larry Brunell, treasurer. The following outgoing board members were thanked: Arnie Gachman, Larry Coben, Terri Kravetz, Shirley Morris, Cindy Simon and Bruce Weiner. The meeting concluded with a rousing speech by new President Eddie Feld.
The Federation Annual Campaign is winding down and if you have not made a pledge yet, please call the Federation office at 817-569-0892. Pledges for 2008 do not need to be received in full until Dec. 31, 2008.
DOE and Israel agree to increase cooperation
DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alexander (Andy) Karsner and Director General of Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructure Yehezkel (Hezi) Kugler, on May 21, signed an agreement to further U.S. and Israel cooperation on advanced renewable energy and efficiency technologies. The Implementation Agreement establishes a framework for future cooperation. Activities include but are not limited to collaborative research and development of new and improved sources of high-temperature thermal energy storage; electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle battery technologies and utilization approaches; biofuel production and use, including enzyme catalysts for conversion of biomass to biofuel, using microalgae to produce biofuels, and boosting production by taking advantage of power plant CO2 emissions to accelerate algae growth; and advanced technologies for efficient water desalinization techniques, such as photovoltaic-powered reverse osmosis. Activities under this Implementation Agreement could include information exchanges, seminars, programs for research visits, exchange of personnel between research establishments, joint research and development projects, and collaboration between leading research and development centers in the United States and Israel. Under the agreement, both parties will designate members of a Bilateral Working Group to promote and manage cooperative activities. Andy, the son of Blanche and Dave Karsner of Fort Worth, resides in the Washington area with his wife, Maria, and daughters.
Added congratulations to grads we missed
Caleb Myers, son of Bill Myers and Juanita Myers, received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Arizona. He is the grandson of Adeline Myers and the late Nat Myers.
Laura Finucane, daughter of Tim and Michelle Finucane, graduated from North Crowley High School and will attend the University of Oklahoma.
Rachel Romano, daughter of Randee Kaitcer, graduated from the University of Oklahoma, summa cum laude. She will attend Baylor Law School.
Allison Siegel, daughter of Nancy and Adam Siegel, graduated from the University of Colorado. She’s the granddaughter of Evelyn and Martin Siegel.
El Holley, son of Monica Braverman, graduated from Arlington Heights High School. He will attend the Dance Department Master Teacher program at Oklahoma City University.
Melissa Beldon, daughter of Lori and Robert Beldon, graduated from Fossil Ridge High School and will attend Texas State University.
Shana Berenzweig graduated from New York University’s Wagner School with a master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit management. The daughter of Harold and Ellen Berenzweig, she plans to move to Austin.
David Lee Williams, son of Laura Williams, graduated from Fort Worth Country Day and will attend Rutgers University.
Lisa Bond, daughter of Steve and Cindy Bond of Atlanta, graduated from Georgia Highland College with a degree in nursing. The granddaughter of Corrine Jacobson, she was in the National Honor Society.
Marissa Berenson, daughter of Bill and Mara Berenson, graduated from Fort Worth Country Day and will attend SMU.
Amanda Hollander, daughter of Ira and Sandy Hollander, graduated from law school at Georgetown.
Alyson Moses graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She is the daughter of Buddy and Rochelle Moses, granddaughter of RD and Beverley Moses of Fort Worth. Alyson will practice law with the firm of Moses, Palmer and Howell of Fort Worth.
Let us hear from you if you know of more grads. It’s a joy for the TJP to publish these special achievements.
Around the Town with Rene
Baylor All Saints to Open Joan Katz Breast Center
Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth has announced plans to unveil a comprehensive breast center in the Tarrant County community. The Joan Katz Breast Center will serve the community and surrounding areas by providing men and women, diagnosed with breast cancer, services for every aspect of treatment from screenings to patient and family support groups.
“We look forward to working closely with local physicians, breast cancer survivors, our patients and members of our community to provide hope and quality treatment for the many women afflicted with breast cancer,” said Steve Newton, president of Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth.
Named on behalf of breast cancer survivor, Joan Katz, the Center will serve patients and their families by developing interaction between multiple specialists and services in one centralized location. Patients of the Center will be given a nurse navigator who will assist them in coordinating services from initial diagnosis through final treatment and follow-ups.
“The Center will be a vehicle that can facilitate the comprehensive care and treatment for the breast cancer patients in the community,” said Anita Chow, M.D., an oncology surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor All Saints. “As a physician who treats patients with breast cancer, it is an honor and an exciting opportunity to be involved in The Joan Katz Breast Center project.”
The All Saints Health Foundation intends to conduct a $2.4 million campaign for the construction and operational expenses, along with an $11 million endowment campaign. The Foundation plans to invest the endowment funds into the on-going operational and program needs of the Center.
The facility, to be located on the first floor of the medical office building, will offer comprehensive breast services by permitting the patient to utilize the multiple facilities at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth.
“With the opening of the Andrews Women’s Hospital, Baylor All Saints has made an enormous commitment to this community on behalf of women. This commitment continues with the Joan Katz Breast Center – a unique facility to Fort Worth,” said All Saints Health Foundation President Freddy Jones. “We are very grateful to Joan Katz, who is more than just an advocate and believer – she is a survivor who has taken on the mission of sowing hope to all those diagnosed with breast cancer.”
The Center plans to begin serving the community in late 2009. The Breast Center will offer diagnostics and care under unified leadership, the latest advanced mammography equipment, dedicated breast radiologists, nurse navigator and social work services for efficiently guiding men and women through individualized breast care.
Sherree Bennett, the nurse navigator for The Joan Katz Breast Center, said, “I am blessed to work with such a tremendous team of professionals as we navigate women through the troubled waters of breast cancer. As both a registered nurse and a survivor, I am able to offer empathy, education and support for the journey. The Joan Katz Breast Center will be a wonderful refuge for men and women facing breast cancer, their loved ones and our community.”
Beth Alden DuPertuis Memorial Scholarship awarded to Phoebe San Antonio
Mazel tov to Phoebe San Antonio, daughter of Randy and Patricia San Antonio who is this year’s recipient of Beth Alden DuPertuis Memorial Scholarship. Dedicated in loving memory to Beth DuPertuis who lost her life in a tragic accident in November 2000, the scholarship was established in 2001 by the Grapevine High School Fabulous Fillies Dance Team in honor of Beth’s service to numerous GHS campus organizations. Beth was a team assistant to the GHS Fillies and a member of the GHS Yearbook Staff. She was a service-oriented young lady who gladly gave of herself to benefit others. Candidates for this scholarship are nominated by GHS staff members in recognition of outstanding service to one or more campus organizations. Tax deductible donations for this scholarship are accepted on a year round basis at Wells Fargo Bank, Grapevine. Donations may be made directly to the Beth Alden DuPertuis Memorial Scholarship Fund. Funding for this scholarship is based solely upon donations to this fund.
A member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Arlington, Phoebe has been a volunteer counselor at Camp Impact which provides five days of summer camp to many homeless and/or battered children from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. This year, Phoebe also volunteered on numerous projects that included Colleyville clean up, Southlake’s Art in the Square, teen court, modeling for a pre-prom event, and more. She will be attending the University of Arizona in the fall.
Sultanov and Hummel to perform for Daytimers
Next event for the Daytimers will be a musical program presented by Dacy Sultanov, cellist, accompanied by Aileen Hummel on the piano, Wednesday, June 18, at noon at Beth-El Congregation. Their program entitled Paganini and Pop includes a variety of music-from Classical, to the Oldies (20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, etc), to Broadway, Musicals, popular Tunes and more.
The program will include Paganini’s “Variation on A string,” “Brahms Hungarian Dance,” as well as “Somewhere My Love,” “Fascination,” “Sentimental Journey,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Mona Lisa,” Scot Joplin’s “Entertainer” and “Ragtime Dance” and several others.
Lunch is catered by Boopa’s Bagel Deli and guests have a choice of turkey and hummus on a sesame bagel, chicken salad on a honey wheat bagel, or cream cheese and lox on pumpernickel bagel plus chips, cookie, coffee or tea. Cost is $8 per person, or guests may attend for the program only for $3. Deadline for reservations is Monday, June 16.
Dacy Sultanov was introduced to the cello by her mother when she was seven. She spent more than a decade at the Central music schools in Riga, Moscow, and later at the Moscow Conservatory. She is the widow of Alexei Sultanov, who won the Van Cliburn Piano competition in 1989, and they subsequently moved to Fort Worth. After his death in 2005, she began to perform again.
Aileen Hummel, the pianist, who is also a flutist, is passionate about her music, family, and travel. She currently works at several senior centers.
For reservations for Daytimers events, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Sylvia Wexler, 817-294-1129, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Jewish Federation, 4049 Kingsridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109. The Sylvia Wolens Daytimers is a program of Congregation Beth-El with financial support from the Jewish Federation.
Diana Coben Einstein named associate program director at Dallas’ Temple Emanu-El
Marcy and Larry Coben are ecstatic. They will soon be traversing the freeways frequently between Fort Worth and Big D since their daughter, Diana Coben Einstein, will join the staff of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas in July as associate program director. Diana grew up in Fort Worth and will be moving to Dallas this summer with her husband, Heath, and their daughter, Levyn.
According to Temple Emanu-El’s bulletin The Window, “Diana’s responsibilities will be Temple’s holiday programming, family Shabbat programs, outreach programming and special events throughout Temple. She looks forward to working with Temple members in a variety of ways, helping members make strong connections to their Jewish identity and Temple community, through a variety of exciting programs and opportunities.
“The former assistant director of special events at the New York University Medical Center Development Office and assistant director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, Diana will bring outstanding program experience to Emanu-El. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and her master’s in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management from George Washington University.”
A hearty welcome to the Metroplex to the Einstein family.
News and notes
Mimi and Hal Klotz were wonderful hosts to their children on a recent cruise to Alaska. Their entourage included their daughter and son-in-law, Marcy and Greg Phillips, and their daughters, Lauren and Natalie, and sons, Rick, Steve and Alan and his very special friend, Gretchen.
Speedy recovery wishes to Bob Stien, recuperating from recent surgery.
Welcome guests in our town earlier this week included former residents Lori Railenau and three of her youngsters, Phoebe, Atara and Maccabee of St. Louis. The Railenaus were houseguests of longtime friends, Kim and Abe Factor and sons.
Happy first anniversary greetings to Ari and Ellen Bond, who celebrated by touring Paris, London and Brussels.
Rosalie Schwartz is just back from a two-week trip to Atlanta, where she loved visiting with her sister Marilyn Myers and her family.
Add to our recent listing of college grads: Elizabeth Blum from New York University. She’s the daughter of Marvin and Laurie Blum, and granddaughter of Elsie Blum.
Ladies have a night out
Marti Herman and Tricia Haber, along with Yvonne Harrison, hosted a Ladies’ Night Out on Friday, May 30. The hostesses organized a VIP party for 50 women for the opening night of “Sex and the City” at the Hulen Movie Tavern.
Guests were told to put on their most fabulous shoes, and prizes were awarded for footwear, dresses and correct answers to trivia questions. Many of the ladies are members of Beth-El, Ahavath Sholom or Beth Shalom, and they might have been the only group in the audience who knew what the lead character, Carrie Bradshaw, meant when she said “mazel tov.”
An ‘American Girl’ shopping trip with Shea
It was a few Sundays back but one that will live in my memory eternally. It was my great-granddaughter Shea Doty’s seventh birthday and I had promised her a birthday shopping trip to the American Girl Shop in the Dallas Galleria. Fortunately, Shea already had her American Girl doll, Julie, a gift from her paternal great-grandmother, Mary “Omi” Davidsohn of Houston. Julie has long blond straight hair and brown eyes, just like Shea.
My gift was to be matching outfits for Shea and her American Girl doll, Julie, which she adores. Of course, Shea found just what she wanted — a skirt, blouse and jean jacket for each of them — which added up to a healthy tune, but worth every penny when I saw the joy in Shea’s eyes. The two-story building housing the American Girl collections was jammed to the rafters with eager bright-eyed youngsters accompanied by their moms, dads, siblings, aunts, and friends.
We enjoyed sharing a brief encounter with Debbie (Mrs. David) Bodzy and her precious 7-year-old, Jackie, who clutched her American Girl doll to her bosom — a gift, she told me, from her Bubbe Bessie Bodzy.
If any of my readers have young daughters, granddaughters or nieces in their midst, give them a special treat at the American Girl shop at the Dallas Galleria.
The memory is oh so sweet!

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