Around The Town: Music, politics, fundraising and backing the blue

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray

An Evening of Extraordinary Jewish Music: Klezmer to Fiddler on the Roof (with Mozart for good measure)

Len Schweitzer was kind enough to provide a few more tidbits on next Thursday’s Evening of Extraordinary Jewish Music. The program begins at 7 p.m. in the chapel at Beth-El.
The synagogue will present a sparkling evening of music featuring Franklin Cohen internationally renowned clarinetist. Frank Cohen’s playing has been described as “hypnotic, impeccable, brilliant … with a vocal quality that would be the envy of any singer.”
From 1976, Mr. Cohen was the principal clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra, where his work was one of the hallmarks of the legendary Cleveland sound.
Joining Mr. Cohen are violinist Gary Levinson, artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, and concert pianist Baya Kakouberi. Mr. Levinson will perform on a priceless Stradivarius which will add to a richly textured program ranging from Klezmer music to Fiddler on the Roof to Mozart.
This is a unique opportunity to hear these concert performers in an eclectic program. Cohen’s appearance in Fort Worth coincides with his concert at the Modern Art Museum at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. He very rarely comes to our area before his regular concert and this will be one of the more talked-about events of the coming musical season.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the music, meet the musicians and share their unique stories of life in music.
There is no admission charge. A reception will follow the concert.

Gil Hoffman at Beth-El

Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post, will speak from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at Beth-El Congregation. He is the only Israeli journalist who has personally interviewed both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. His talk is titled, “Red States, Blue States and the Jewish State — An insider’s look at the Israeli perspective on the U.S. election and its impact on the Middle East.”

Challah fundraiser

The Congregation Ahavath Sholom Religious School will bake sweet round challahs as a fundraiser in the coming weeks. Challahs will be baked to order by CAS Religious School students All orders are due in the shul office by Thursday, Sept. 23 to ensure availability. Orders can be picked up fresh after 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, or frozen any time after. Don’t forget to order for both Rosh Hashanah and Erev Yom Kippur and break-the-fast!
Challahs are $8 per loaf and can be delivered for a fee of $2. A gluten-free option is available. For more information, visit

Backing the Blue

Frequently, folks send me items for Around the Town and for one reason or another, they don’t make it into the TJP in the most timely of ways.
Such is the case for these photos sent to me by Dr. Al Faigin early last month. In July we asked readers to send us ways in which they had supported the Dallas and DART police departments and their officers that were felled in July. Al wrote, “Jaimy ‘J.R.’ Faigin is a Fort Worth police officer. She and several of her fellow cops went to Dallas to pay their respects and help out where they could.”
J.R. is also the daughter of Dr. Nancy Faigin of Fort Worth.
Photos: Dr. Al Faigin

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