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Tarrant County Women
celebrate Jewish Women’s
History Month
Have you been looking for new ways to enhance the spirit of the Jewish holidays in your home and at your table and make it the place your family and friends can’t wait to be? Then, please join in on Tuesday, March 31 for a wonderful day for women, as Beth-El Congregation and the home of Dolores and Barry Schneider will be the venues for a “Celebration of Jewish Women’s History Month.” The program, featuring Rita Brownstein, is a special opportunity to attend either of two fabulous events, a luncheon or a decadent dessert buffet in the evening. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., and the dessert buffet begins at 7 p.m.
Rita Brownstein, a former art director for House Beautiful and Good Housekeeping, has combined her love of Judaism and creative talents in the book “Jewish Holiday Style: A Beautiful Guide to Celebrating the Jewish Rituals in Style.” She has spoken to Jewish groups across the U.S. and has appeared in holiday specials on the Food Network and the Discovery Channel. “Jewish Holiday Style” will be available at a significant discount at both events.
The event is open to all women in the Tarrant County Jewish Community. In addition, the evening program is also open to younger women (12 and older). Cost for the luncheon is $20 per person. Cost for the dessert buffet is $10 per person. Please make your reservations by March 23, as no late reservations will be accepted.
Dolores Schneider, chair, Linda Hoffman and Marilyn Englander, the committee for the event, are very excited to bring this special program to our community.
For more information or to make a reservation, please call the Federation office at 817-569-0892 or mail your check payable to The Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County to 4049 Kingsridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109. Note: No solicitation will occur at these events.
The program is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County with financial support from the Dan Danciger/Fort Worth Hebrew Day School Supporting Foundation.
Garry Kahalnik joins staff at Congregation Ahavath Sholom
The officers, board of directors and members of Congregation Ahavath Sholom are pleased to welcome Garry Kahalnik, the newest member of the synagogue’s staff. Garry began his tenure as executive director of the congregation on Feb. 9. He brings to the position many years of management experience in several different industries. In addition, he brings with him a lifetime of involvement as a volunteer in the Jewish community. Most recently, he was the interim executive director at Tiferet Israel Congregation in Dallas and is serving as immediate past president of Congregation Beth Torah in Richardson, having completed a successful two-year term as the congregation’s President. “I am so excited to be a part of Congregation Ahavath Sholom and the Fort Worth Jewish community,” Kahalnik said. “This is my dream job. I am able to leverage my management skills with my experience as a lay leader in a Conservative synagogue and, in doing so, help strengthen the Ahavath Sholom family, the Tarrant County Jewish community and the Jewish people. I look forward to a long and mutually successful relationship at the shul.”
‘Daytimers’ to learn
about computers
Wednesday, March 18, the “Daytimers” will hear David Vaughan of Computers Made Easy. David is the instructor-in-residence at the new Annette and Sol Taylor Technology Center at Beth-El. He will tell the group about things they can do with digital cameras, the very basics of using a computer and the Internet, how to use e-mail, or shop on eBay.
David Vaughan opened Computers Made Easy a year ago with the hope of teaching senior citizens how to navigate the tech world, from laptops to cell phones. Once they understand how computers can help them with everything from staying in touch with their grandchildren to pursuing a favorite hobby, Vaughan said, their lives change. “They feel more connected to society, so they don’t shut themselves in. They get out more,” Vaughan said.
The store, tucked into a corner of the Westcliff Shopping Center not far from Texas Christian University, was recently named the 2008 Small Employer of the Year by the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.
“I always wanted to open a business in this exact spot because I grew up around here when it was [former Fort Worth Mayor] Bob Bolen’s Toy Palace,” said Vaughan, who was motivated to start his business because so many older relatives were asking him for computer help. “So it always had fond memories.”
There are already various computer classes available at Beth-El. For information, classes and dates, contact Beth-El Congregation at 817 332-7141.
The noon luncheon will be catered by Rosa’s Café, and guests have a choice of beef burrito, Mexican plate (taco and enchilada) or cheese enchiladas. Luncheon cost is $9. Guests may attend for the program only for $4. 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. “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.
Get some basic nutrition tips, April 6 at Beth-El
A fun and informative evening for women featuring basic nutrition tips and guidelines on caring for your mental health will take place Monday, April 6, 7–9 p.m., at the Beth-El Congregation Great Hall, 4900 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth.
Elisabeth Anderson, nutrition therapist from Harris Methodist Hospital, will discuss strategies for a healthy diet; eating smart; and diet or exercise: a key step toward healthy eating and weight loss/weight maintenance.
Beth-El’s own Debra Dayton, a clinical psychologist, will speak on the women’s movement and what is meant by empowerment; today’s media images of girls; what women need to grow their “mental selves”; women communicating with women, support systems like WRJ; over-functioners and under-functioners; what women need to grow, such as teaching their men, the importance of being useful and of respect.
A Q & A session will answer all of your burning questions, and yummy, healthy snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP to Linda Hochster at 817-294-7738 or Roberta Gerrick at 817-637-0795.
Henry L. Luskey named to
Barron’s ‘Top 1000
Financial Advisers’
Morgan Stanley’s Global Wealth Management Group (GWMG) announced recently that Henry L. Luskey, senior vice president and financial adviser in the firm’s Fort Worth office, has been named to Barron’s first annual list of America’s “Top 1000 Advisers: 2009 State-by-State.”
The “Barron’s 1000” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the firm and quality of service provided to clients.
“I am extremely proud that Henry L. Luskey is representing Morgan Stanley on this list,” commented Victor Medina, branch manager of Morgan Stanley’s Fort Worth office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of top professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”
One of the largest businesses of its kind in the world, GWMG provides a range of wealth management products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions. These include brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, credit and lending, cash management, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust.
Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals from more than 600 offices in 37 countries. For further information about Morgan Stanley, please visit
Barron’s is a registered trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

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