Around The Town: TJAA, 'Knitzvah,' rabbinical school

By Sharon Wisch-Ray

TJAA will hold second juried art exhibition at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center!
The Texas Jewish Arts Association (TJAA) will present its second annual Juried Member Exhibition at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center from Aug. 7 through Aug. 29. There will be an opening artist reception and awards ceremony from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9.

Immersion by Esther Ritz

Board member Jan Ayers Friedman will present an artist’s talk, “Potential Becomes Reality — The TJAA’s Growing Role in Building Community in the Western Galilee,” based on her recent trip to Israel. It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20 at the Arts Center.
Featured artists in this exhibition include TJAA members Linda Chidsey, Leslie Farin, Jan Ayers Friedman, Ronna Gilbert, Kim Goldberg, Beth Hickman, Della Isaacson, Veronique Jonas, Rose Marie Mercado, Carol Ordemann, Nan Phillips, Stephen Potter, Esther Ritz, Steven L. Remer, Jack Schecter, Judy Berg Schecter, Jamie Pink Weisbrod and Carol
e Wolanow.
Formed in May 2013 by a small group of Dallas-Fort Worth area Jewish artists and arts professionals who saw the need to create a venue for discussion, critique, exhibition and education, TJAA is comprised of seasoned and widely exhibited artists, as well as emerging artists.
Linear Meditation by Jan Ayers Friedman

Kaleidoscope Woodland by Steven L. Remer

In order to nurture a vibrant and enduring Jewish identity, culture and community, TJAA strives to engage Jewish and non-Jewish audiences as important collaborators in the development of a contemporary Jewish cultural exchange. Our goal is to foster artistic growth and camaraderie through informational and educational opportunities.
Kenneth Craighead, founder of Craighead Designs and Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, is the distinguished juror for this exhibition. A member of both DADA and CADD, he serves on a number of arts boards, as well as acting as juror for many local and state art competitions and exhibits, and he was a member of the founding committee of SiNaCa Studios, School of Glass, located in Fort Worth.
The Fort Worth Community Arts Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; it is located at 1300 Gendy St. in Fort Worth’s museum district.
Marla Fleischmann Owen is exhibition chair and can be reached at 817-298-3026 or email For more information about the Texas Je
wish Arts Association, please visit

Do a ‘Knitzvah’

Knitzvah at Beth-El is a group of knitters and crocheters who are committed to tikkun olam, comforting members of the community “one stitch at a time.”
The group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at a location chosen near Beth-El to craft together and socialize as well.
Chemo caps, lap blankets, baby hats, and blankets are fashioned to donate to members of the community in need of a warm, healing touch. All that is needed to be a part of the group is a willing spirit, some yarn and a basic knowledge of the fiber arts. Please contact Jenny Solomon at or 817-921-4845 to be added to the Knitzvah contact list and join the next meeting.

Matt Nover heads to rabbinical school at JTS

Matt Nover and wife Heather

Fort Worth native Matt Nover has been accepted into the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies from Rutgers University and his Master’s in Jewish Education and Bible from JTS. Matt is the grandson of Shirley and Earl Givant of Fort Worth and the son of Maureen Nover and Mark Nover. Matt and his wife Heather reside in Highland Park, New Jersey.

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