Around the Town: Mystery gifts, Hanukkah and Mah Jongg
The Beth Shalom white elephant fundraiser was well-attended. The event raised more than $1,000 for the congregation.

By Sharon Wisch-Ray

Mystery gifts raise big money for Beth Shalom

On Saturday night, Dec. 19, Congregation Beth Shalom held a White Elephant Auction fundraiser.
The event was chaired by Janet Aaronson and Ruth Friedman, and hosted by Randy San Antonio and Ellen Pincus. It was full of fun, laughs, and delicious desserts. With most opening bids starting at a dollar or two, uniquely wrapped gift items were auctioned off — unopened — to the highest bidder. Winning bidders opened and proudly displayed their items. Many were pleasantly surprised and excited by the rewards of their efforts.
Others …, well, after all, it was a white elephant auction. The successful event raised over $1,000 for the congregation.

Daytimers celebrate Hanukkah

Barbara Schuster and Ken Baum at the Daytimers Hanukkah party

There were only four latkes left when the Daytimers Hanukkah party ended.
More than 40 Daytimers came to eat, and to see the late Theodore Bikel on videotape as the master of ceremonies of Taste of Chanukah, a celebration of the joys and music of the holiday. Latkes were served with sour cream and applesauce (of course). Daytimers ate, talked, and watched the performance.
Next month Daytimers will bring in the New Year with a video performance of Celine Dion’s Las Vegas show at noon Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the Great Hall at Congregation Beth-El. Lunch will be catered by KFC.
For reservations or more info call Larry Steckler at 817-927-2736. Program and lunch $9.

Press note:

Barbara Weinberg is once again taking orders for 2016 Mah Jongg cards to benefit Hadassah.
Regular cards are $8 and large print are $9. Send your order and payment to Barbara at Barbara Weinberg, 4600 Westlake Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76132.
For questions, call Barbara at 817-346-0331 or 817-307-5033. Deadline to order is Jan. 15, 2016. Checks will be cashed in January.

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