By Sharon Wisch-Ray
A highlight of the last month was a visit from Tarrant County’s Partnership region in the Western Galilee and Budapest. The group visiting were Noa Tene, Yaniv Gilboa, Ory Rosin, Tanya Ronen (all from the Western Galilee) and Anikó Király (from Budapest). They explained the special community-based programs that they are running in their local areas including:
- Support for the 200+ Lone Soldiers in the Western Galilee
- The “Treasure Warehouse” (an eco-educational warehouse to teach about recycling and become a depot for recycled educational supplies — filled with leftover industrial materials and other unused items)
- The Partnership Bridge — A series of outings for young people in Budapest to learn about the cultures of the city
- Kindergarten Playground Action Zones (for development of motor skills)
- Yizkor (Remember) Digital Book — Documenting the stories of Holocaust survivors in all of our communities.
Stephanie Zavala, Mona Karten, Julie Berman, Kim Goldberg, Nancy Schechter Schwartz, and Marcy Paul were key to the success of the visit, making time to be with the group.
- The five visitors were kept very busy. Over the course of two days they met with:
- Martis Herman to learn about the Garden at Ahavath Sholom
- Adena Cytron-Walker to learn about the MultiCultural Alliance
- Rabbi Andrew Bloom and Mayor Betsy Price to learn about the Mayor’s program Compassionate Fort Worth
- Rachel Cooper to learn about Camp Impact
- The Partnership Committee, where they presented at the meeting
- Carole Rogers to learn about the work of Jewish Family Services
- Hedy Collins and daily JFS senior lunch group
- Louise Appleman to learn about the Beth-El Caring Committee
- Hollace Weiner to tour historic Jewish Fort Worth
- Had a program with our Chaverim leadership group at the home of Suzie Kuptsin and attended a Hanukkah party with the larger Chaverim group.
And they went out on the town with P2G committee members to visit the famous Billy Bob’s.