Around the Town with Rene

New Sankary computer lab to be dedicated at CAS Feb. 1
Susan Fine tells the TJP that a special ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Rose and Al Sankary Computer Lab will take place Sunday, Feb. 1 at Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 4050 S. Hulen in Fort Worth, from 3 to 5 p.m. The public is invited.
The Computers, Audio-Visuals and Electronics (CAVE), established by a generous donation from Rose and Al Sankary, will benefit both children and adults, and are installed in four different facilities within the shul. All four rooms will be open to the public to explore.
The afternoon will begin with a presentation by Dr. Yoseph Yaacobi, chair of the CAS-CAVE Program Committee.
Everyone will then proceed to the computer lab for the affixing of the mezuzah on the doorpost, ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling. Free food will be served as the public explores the various facilities:
The Rose and Al Sankary Computer Lab is equipped with 13 new Dell computers assembled on elegant smart desks arranged in four rows. The room is equipped with a motorized screen and powerful projector, both controlled by a highly sophisticated, yet user-friendly, computerized podium. The wired and wireless Internet options, the centralized server, the sound system and the adjustable lights in the ceramic-tiled computer lab provide users with a state-of-the-art facility to enhance their learning and explore the Internet. Youth members of Kadima and USY will be on hand at the dedication to show various Jewish Web sites for genealogy and history.
In the Brachman Parlor, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment has been installed. At the dedication, homemade documentaries will be shown of students from the religious school interviewing older members of the shul. Some members will also make professional presentations to showcase the potential of the equipment.
In the Run-Around Room, children are invited to see kids’ movies projected on a wide screen in a mini-theater setting, equipped with great surround sound.
In the Zale Auditorium, PowerPoint presentations will be shown on past and present members and special events from the history of the shul. Then, starting at 5 p.m., it’s Super Bowl 2009, shown on the 12-foot-wide screen with state-of-the-art projection and sound systems. Free hot dogs will be available. Bring your own beverages (no milk products, please) — and the public is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or favorite lounge chairs. Regular chairs and tables are available, too.
For information, please call 817-731-4721.
Press notes
Happy birthday greetings to attorney Lewis Schwartz, who celebrated his 60th with wife, Dede, and family at a trendy Arlington restaurant. Joining in the festivities were mom, Rosalie Schwartz; sister Arlene and Jerome Levy and daughter, Jennifer of Houston; and Lewis’ children, Toby and Dana Schwartz and Danny Schwartz and friend, all of Austin. Add to my list of birthday celebrants, my pal, Gerry Brown.
Speedy recovery wishes to another of my good friends, Corrine Jacobson, recuperating from recent knee replacement surgery at Trail Lake Rehab.
It was good to see a familiar Fort Worthian, Hanna Hochster, at the Dallas Jewish Federation’s Women’s Event last week. The outstanding speaker, Brigitte Gabriel, a Lebanese Christian, wowed the audience when she said she was an only child, and her mother was 55 and her father, 61 when she was born.

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