Around the Town with Rene

Theatre Arlington to present ‘Breath of Spring’ for Daytimers
Theatre Arlington will present “A Breath of Spring” for the Daytimers Wednesday, Feb. 21, at noon at Beth-El Congregation. The program is presented by Readers Theatre of the Arlington Theatre Guild. Eleven Guild members will tell the story about the residents of a retirement home that is in terrible financial difficulty, and what they decide they can do to save the home — something highly illegal!
Lunch will be catered by Subway, and guests have the choice of a meatball sandwich on a garlic roll, breast of chicken on a honey oat roll, or tuna salad on a wheat roll. Lunch is $9 per person, or guests may attend the program for $4 per person.
For reservations, call Barbara Rubin at 817-927-2736, or Sylvia Wexler at 817-294-1129. The Sylvia Wolens Daytimers is a program of Beth-El Congregation with support from the Jewish Federation.
‘Only Human’ plus kids’ films, Feb. 7 at Beth-El Film Festival
Beth-El Film Festival will present as its closing film in this year’s series, “Only Human,” a consistently funny, winning comedy, on Saturday, Feb. 7. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to dine before the film or, if you choose, you can attend showtime at 7:30 p.m.
Guess who’s coming to dinner at the Dalinsky home? In this Spanish screwball comedy, Leni introduces her Palestinian fiancé to her Jewish family. Murder, mayhem and belly dancing ensue in this cross-cultural romp that provides comic relief to a seemingly irresolvable conflict. It’s a Jewish “Meet the Parents”-type comedy that spirals out of control and provides for hilarious misunderstandings!
For the children there are two choices. Older youngsters will be interested in “Masada,” where wits and weapons clash in this 1981 epic chronicling a rebellion by Jewish zealots against Roman rule. After Jerusalem falls to the Romans in 70 CE, nearly 1,000 Jewish rebels withdraw to a mountaintop fortress 30 miles southeast of Jerusalem. There, fed by defiance and an unlimited supply of cistern water, they make their stand against Roman rule.
Simultaneously, younger children will see the animated film “Prince of Egypt,” about an Egyptian prince who learns of his identity as a Hebrew and, later, his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.
The dinner menu, a spread by Yucatan Taco Stand, includes tequila lime chicken, mashed potatoes, Latin vegetables and Yucatan’s house salad.
Cost for dinner is only $10 per person ages 12 and older and $5 for children ages 3–11. Children under 3 eat free.
Please call the temple office at 817-332-7141 no later than Feb. 5 to make a dinner reservation.
Beth-El’s Film Festival is made possible through a grant from the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and Beth-El’s Endowment No. 2.
Rabbi Manis Friedman to speak at Chabad center on Feb. 8
“Doesn’t Anyone Blush Anymore? Reclaiming Intimacy, Modesty and Sexuality” will be discussed by a noted rabbi at the Sonnenschein Chabad Jewish Center, 5659 Woodway Drive, on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $15 (free for students). Sponsorship is $150 and includes four tickets.
World-renowned counselor, lecturer and philosopher, and author of the bestseller “Doesn’t Anyone Blush Anymore?” Rabbi Manis Friedman has been the subject of articles in Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Guideposts, Insight, Publisher’s Weekly and others.
In 1971, Rabbi Friedman founded Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies in Minnesota, the world’s first yeshiva exclusively for women. He has been a featured speaker at the General Assembly of the UJA.
New technology center at Beth-El offers varied classes
The Annette and Sol Taylor Technology Center invites the community to enjoy their new center and attend some new classes. These free sessions were designed with you in mind. They offer an introduction to their lab as well as fun-filled classes on digital cameras, e-mail and, yes, even shopping on eBay, taught by David Vaughan of Computers Made Easy. The Annette and Sol Taylor Technology Center is located in the school wing of Beth-El Congregation. Registration for class attendance is required. Please call the temple office and talk to Debbie at 817-332-7141.
Classes will meet for one or two sessions as noted. There is no need to learn the whole megillah; just come and shmooze with your friends and learn a little. This wonderful opportunity has been made possible by a grant from the Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
The winter class schedule includes an introduction to the ­Macintosh computer. Whether you’re an old pro on a personal computer or just getting your feet wet, you will be introduced to the Mac and shown how to get around on this easy-to-use computer. Remaining classes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 17 and 19, 7–8 p.m., and March 31 and April 2, 3:45–4:45 p.m.
You can also attend an informative Computer 101 session on general questions regarding your computer (Windows and Mac). Bring your questions (or just yourself) and those nagging problems like “How do I open those pictures people send in e-mails?” “Is it safe to shop online?” and what to do when your computer gets sick will be answered. Sessions are for one hour; come often. Remaining date is Friday, Feb. 27, 3:45–4:45 p.m.
The class on digital cameras will teach students the basics of using a digital camera, connecting a camera to a computer, downloading pictures from the camera to computer, organizing pictures in folders, basic picture editing and copying pictures to a CD. The class meets on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 10 and 11, 7–9 p.m.
An e-mail class will teach students the basics of e-mail, Internet-based Web mail, address book, organizing e-mails with folders and saving, viewing and sending attachments. Send a Grammy, Bubby, Pop Pop or Zeyde-gram … your grandkids will know you’re “with it.” Course meets on Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 24 and 26, 2:30–4:30 p.m., and on Monday and Wednesday, March 23 and 25, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
It’s here: all you wanted to know about shopping on eBay! In class you will register to buy, browse, search, bid and/or buy on the world’s largest online market place. You will learn how to pay for your item using PayPal, credit card or personal check. You can shop for antiques, cameras, books, clothing and show tickets. You name it, you will find it on eBay. Course meets for two class sessions on Tuesday and Thursday, March 10 and 12, 7–9 p.m.

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