Around the Town with Rene

Live from the 92nd Street Y
at Beth-El
Beth-El will continue its popular Live from the 92nd Street Y programming. The next series will begin on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at Beth-El, where the topic will be “How Should Jews Vote?” Ed Koch, William Kristol and Rabbi Michael Lerner will express their unbridled opinions on issues ranging from regime change to climate change, Tibet to Darfur, and Israel to Iran AND discover which presidential candidate is the frontrunner for the “Jewish” vote! The program is graciously funded by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and Beth-El Congregation. Everyone is welcome! A scrumptious desert buffet will be provided, and babysitting will be available if requested in advance. A $3 suggested donation is appreciated. If you have any questions, feel free to call 817-229-9357.
Camp Impact: Just imagine!
Close your eyes and just imagine taking children who have lived a life of hardship and often neglect, and immersing them into a carefree, youthful day camp environment where they can experience the childhood pleasures that they so greatly deserve. Listen to their laughter as they chase each other on the grass and play Marco Polo in the swimming pool. Notice the genuine smiles as they build their own one-of-a-kind tool box, sing funny songs at the lunch table with their new best friends, or finally score their first goal in soccer. Now open your eyes and realize how much Camp Impact has “impacted” these children’s lives in just five days! New friends, added self-confidence, boundless aspirations, lifelong memories and a different view of life are all offered to the youngsters who attend Beth Shalom’s Camp Impact.
Each year, the Youth Group of Congregation Beth Shalom sponsors and operates the nationally recognized Camp Impact, a weeklong summer camp for underprivileged children in Dallas/Fort Worth. Camp Impact’s mission is twofold:
First, they hope to break the cycle of violence and despair perpetuated by the neglect of the children they serve.
Second, they are working to promote social responsibility in the Congregation’s Youth Group as well as in the greater community. It is their desire to continue providing this experience, instilling both hope and a social conscience in the children they serve so that they will carry it with them into adulthood.
This is your chance to help and be a part of the excitement as the camp staff, campers and family celebrate with friends and guests on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. Your tax-deductible contribution will assist Congregation Beth Shalom and Camp Impact in continuing these worthwhile efforts. Please visit for more information.
The same evening, Nov. 8, Congregation Beth Shalom in Arlington cordially invites you and your guests to their annual Casino/Auction Gala Night, at 7 p.m. The evening will include Vegas games, music, and live and silent auctions. Delicious appetizers will be prepared by incredible Chef Philippe Lecoq, who will astound everyone with fabulous hors d’oeuvres. Relax and enjoy the evening in “dressy casual.”
You can make a difference for Beth Shalom’s nationally recognized Camp Impact by attending the gala at $35 per person, tax deductible. Invite others to share in the magic of the night by donating and gathering items to be auctioned at the gala.
You can buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a Toshiba 42-inch LCD HDTV or, perhaps, become a corporate or individual sponsor.
If you would like additional information about the gala, please call Jeff Rothschild at 972-814-7279, or Janet Aaronson in the CBS office at 817-860-5448.
‘Daytimers’ hear about
Several of the “Daytimers” talked about some of their grandparents’ superstitions when Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis spoke about “Demons and Dybbuks and Golems, Oh My!” on Oct. 22 at Beth-El Congregation. Rabbi Dennis was introduced by his friend and associate, Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger.
Rabbi Dennis, who used to be a registered nurse working in cardiac and hospice, reminded the group that prior to 1932, there was no known cure for infectious diseases, and people depended on many superstitions for cures.
The speaker for next month’s “Daytimers” will be former City Manager Doug Harman, who served during the late 1980s when Fort Worth’s downtown went from being a shuttered Main Street to the amazing upheaval of Sundance Square. He is chairman of the Lakes Trail Region for the Texas Historical Commission, which includes most of North Texas.
His program will highlight important and lesser-known Fort Worth history. He was a key developer of the Fort Worth Heritage Trail, which was designed to feature many of the key elements that make Fort Worth more interesting as a tourist destination. Lunch is catered by Freebirds. Guests have a choice of steak burrito, chicken burrito, or bean and cheese burrito. For reservations, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Sylvia Wexler, 817-294-1129, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Jewish Federation, 4049 Kingsridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109. There has been a change in the credit card processing. “Daytimers” can now accept Discover cards in addition to MasterCard, Visa or American Express. Each card must include the mailing ZIP code and the three- or four-number security code from the card. The Sylvia Wolens “Daytimers” is a program of Congregation Beth-El with financial support from the Jewish Federation.

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