Around the Town with Rene

Federation annual meeting, June 4
Gil Elan, director of the Southwest Region of the American Jewish Congress, will be on hand to speak when the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County holds its annual meeting on Thursday, June 4, 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Sholom.
At the same meeting, the 2009–2010 board nominees will be presented. Heading the slate are Barry Schneider, president; Marilyn Englander and Patty Garsek, vice-presidents; Len Schweitzer, vice president/secretary; and Larry Brunell, treasurer.
The board of directors includes Kenneth Baum, Larry Brunell and Alan Luskey, second term; and newcomers to the board, Stephen Kaye, Melissa Morgan, Rich Morris and Jon Suder. Continuing board members are Karen Anisman, Robert Chicotsky, Tricia Haber, Linda Hoffman, Rick Klotz, Roz Micklin, Shayne Moses, David Nudleman and Jeff Rothschild.
The Nominating Committee included Chair Arnie Gachman, Marcia Kurtz, Dr. Harvey Micklin, Shirley Morris and Lon Werner.
All members of the community are invited to attend.
‘Daytimers’ visit Fossil Rim Ranch
“Daytimers” loaded into two 15 passenger vans driven by Mike Blanc and Barbara Rubin for a tour through Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas. The rental of the vans was provided by an anonymous donor to Jewish Family Service. Among those also enjoying the outing were Betty Baccus, Ellie Cooper, Roberta Corder, Phyllis Gordon, Jackie Loeb, Roz Micklin, Milton Mintz, Lillian Norman, Sarah Ravech, Irv Robinson, Esther Rosen, Barbara Rosenthal, Sherwin Rubin, Rosalie Schwartz, Fannette Sonkin, Steve and Rochelle Sternblitz, Bene Turner, Sharon Wenokur, and Sylvia and Al Wexler.
Next event for the “Daytimers” will be a presentation by the audition musical theater company, “Kids Who Care.” The group performs 30 to 40 times each year around the Metroplex and across the country. Lunch will be catered by Boopa’s Bagel Deli.
For reservations, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Sylvia Wexler, 817-294-1129, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109.
The Sylvia Wolens “Daytimers” is a program of Congregation Beth-El with financial support from the Jewish Federation.

Celebrating Israel!
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, an enthusiastic crowd gathered to celebrate Israel at Ahavath Sholom. Everyone seemed to enjoy the Israeli food buffet prepared by Shoshana Howard, Rachel Niv, Sima Meir, Ruthy Erez, Rachel Yaacobi and Graciela Zeilicovich. Once they’d had their fill of falafel and hummus, they worked it off with some Israeli dancing led by Linda Kahalnik. And then before anyone dropped, the program moved on to three stations: Eli Avraham, visiting professor at UNT, did a talk on Israel and the media; Diana Krompass led an arts and crafts activity; and Ilana Knust took the younger set outside for an archaeological dig. While mostly adults stayed to listen to Professor Avraham, both adults and children made beautiful hamsas for their homes with Diana Krompass. And the youngest kids had a blast playing in the sand looking for pottery shards (or just getting sand all over themselves!). While the group never made it back for more Israeli dancing, everyone was smiling as they left.
This thoroughly enjoyable program was 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 and Hartman, Leito and Bolt, LLP.
Tarrant Singles to meet for dinner and a movie
Don Silverstein tells the TJP that Linda Leary will host dinner and a movie at her Southwest Fort Worth home, 6905 Winchester Place, 7 p.m., Saturday, June 6. Interested singles are invited to join Linda and the Tarrant County Jewish Singles for pizza and soft drinks, followed by the movie “Time of Favor,” a winner of six Israeli Academy Awards. It should be an enjoyable evening, so stop by and check it out. Hope to see you there.
Press notes
Congratulations to Ethan Ginsburg, son of Cara and Mark Jones, an Arlington Heights High School graduate who will spend next year in Israel with the Young Judaea Year Course before he attends college. And to David Grabstald, son of Judy and Paul Weinstein, recipient of a Master’s in Instructional Technologies from San Francisco State University.
Former Fort Worth community leader Sandra Freed continues her good works in Austin, where she and Buddy now reside. Among her many community endeavors, Sandra serves on the Jewish Community Association of Austin as a member of their board of trustees.
Wendy Fisher, a longtime resident of Efraat, Israel, is visiting with her dad, Leon Brachman and sister, Debby Rice. Glimpsed at the Golden Circle Reception for Cliburn supporters were music lovers Don and Judy Cohen, Mary Frances Antweil and Gail Granek and Daytimers Director Barbra Rubin who finds time in her busy schedule to serve as an usher at the Cliburn. Mike Blanc and Eleanor and Charlie Levine are enjoying and sharing the visit of their children, Californians Steve and Phyllis Blanc.

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