Around the Town with Rene

Mazel tov
Mazel tov to Marcie Levine Goldberg on the bat mitzvah of her daughter Ilana Lynne last weekend, in Northfield, Ill., outside of Chicago. Ilana is the granddaughter of Beatrice and the late Irv Levine. Ilana, an avid cyclist and basketball player, treated her friends and out-of-town company to Le Tour Ilana, a cycling-themed afternoon party. Very poised, she nailed her Torah portion and delivered a cohesive d’var Torah on faith in modern times. Out-of-towners included Ilana’s aunts Vivian Reeves, Faye Sight, Robin Steinberg; uncle Tommy Sight; cousins Stephen and Mark Reeves, Sara, Zachary and Brian Sight, Margot Hershman and Sonny Steinberg. Also enjoying the simcha were former Fort Worthians Denise and Michael Kleinman and Sharon Wisch-Ray along with 8-year-old son Sam Ray.
Calling all seniors
JFS seniors had an exciting Purim with lots of delicious hamantaschen baked by the CAS Ladies Auxiliary, a fun Megillah reading and an exciting Lil Goldman Preschool children’s parade. They felt so lucky to be invited to Congregation Ahavath Sholom to see the children and join with the school’s festivities. There were princesses, transformers, kings, superheroes and lots of other costumed children. The school even honored the mitzvah of shalach manot and presented the seniors with a giant paper hamantasch filled with wonderful treats.
The JFS seniors’ next event, besides a trip to the Omni Theater to see “Deep Sea,” will be the annual Passover seder. B’nai B’rith International is once again treating the senior community to a wonderful seder on April 2 at 11:30 a.m. at Beth-El Congregation. The community is invited to join in. Please call Elsa at the JFS office, 817-569-0898, to make your reservation.
The JFS seniors program meets Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Beth-El Congregation. Fun, games, prizes, coffee, snacks and delicious dairy lunch are provided daily. Transportation can be arranged as well as groups for poker and mah jongg. For more information, contact Hedy Collins, JFS seniors program director, at 817-296-3709.
Bakers extraordinaire for the shul’s annual hamantaschen were Ava Beleck, Jodi Berger, Bessie Bodzy, Lynell Bond, Ceil Canter, Ann Cobert, Dina Harari, Miriam Labovitz, Annette Smith, Marla Owen, Nancy Stansbury and Graciela Zeilicovich.
Dr. David Nelson to be CAS scholar in-residence, April 3–4
Congregation Ahavath Sholom will welcome Dr. David Nelson, Rosenthal Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Texas Christian University, as the scholar-in-residence during the Shabbat weekend of April 3–4, 2009. Dr. Nelson will help the community prepare for the upcoming Passover holiday with his presentation on “The Ethics of Exodus and the Future of the Jewish People.” He will begin his program during Friday night services on April 3 and continue the presentation during Saturday morning services the following day. The entire community is welcome to attend this timely and relevant program. For more information, please contact the Congregation Ahavath Sholom office at 817-731-4721.
Save these dates
Friday, March 27: Ahavath Shalom’s Shabbat dinner. Contact the shul at 817-731-4721 for reservations.
Thursday, April 9: Beth-El Congregation’s second-night seder. Reservations required, 817-332-7141.
Tune in to women’s wellness
Cheers and good health on Monday, April 6, 7–9 p.m.! Beth-El’s Women of Reform Judaism have a fun, informative evening planned for women to learn basic nutrition tips and how to take care of one’s mental self.
Guest speaker Elisabeth Anderson, a nutrition therapist from Harris Methodist Hospital, will discuss strategies for a healthy diet, eating smart and a key step toward eating and weight loss/maintenance, diet vs. exercise.
Beth-El member and clinical psychologist Debra Dayton will discuss a variety of topics including: the women’s movement and what is meant by empowerment; today’s media images of girls; what women need to know to grow their mental selves; women communicating with women; over- and under-functioners.
There will be a Q&A along with healthy snacks.
Get well soon
Speedy recovery wishes to Rene Wisch, who has been in Baylor Hospital at Dallas over the past week. At press time, Rene was planning to be discharged, hopefully in time to receive her TJP at her Dallas home. Of course, we knew she was feeling better when she asked daughter Sharon to send some pages down to the hospital on Tuesday for her to proof and finesse.

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