Around the Town with Rene

Leon Brachman celebrates his 89th with family and friends
Last Saturday morning was exceptionally pleasant as I enjoyed the Shabbat service at Ahavath Sholom, hearing Leon Brachman recite his bar mitzvah maftir from 76 years ago as well as greeting so many dear friends.
Todd and I reminisced on the way back to our Dallas home — the crowning surprise was when, in front of our house, was a big sign saying “Yard of the Month.” It was a dream, or a wish, that I had often hoped for and this time, it was a reality, totally unexpected. At the Shabbat service, Rabbi Z spoke about love and passion, what each one takes out or brings into our lives.
Todd Jordan has the passion and love for what he does; he’s an accomplished talented landscaper, among all the many other attributes he has.
Thanks, Todd, for fulfilling one of the dreams of Rene Wisch.
That evening at the Brachman home, a large group of friends and family extended their good wishes to Leon. Among them were Laurie and Lon Werner, Rhoda and Howard Bernstein, Karen Kaplan, Rich Hollander, Rabbi Z, Martin and Ava Beleck, Linda and Eby Lavi, Marla and Foster Owen, Ellen and Bernie Appel, Cynthia and Burton  Gilbert, Sarabetty Gilbert, Horty Deifik, Roz Rosenthal, Barbara Rubin, Hollace and Bruce Weiner, Bessie Bodzy, Elsie Blum, Nancy and Jim Stansbury and so many more.
Noticeably absent were Leon’s neighbors, Greta and David Beckerman, who, with their daughter and family, Heidi and Michael Kirby and sons Daniel and Matthew, were in Andover, Mass., at the home of their daughter and family, Iris and Sid Newman, celebrating the college graduation of their granddaughter Jill Newman from U of Mass.
‘Daytimers’ are heading to Winstar Casino on Aug. 19
The “Daytimers” are heading to Winstar Casino, Wednesday, Aug. 19, in a luxurious restroom-equipped bus. The bus will load at the Beth-El Congregation parking lot at 7:45 a.m., and depart at 8 a.m. Minimum number for the bus is 40 people; maximum, 55. Cost is only $5 per person and must be paid in advance.
On last year’s Winstar trip there were five winners over $100. Three-fourths of the seats on the bus are already filled. Signed up so far are Mark Abramowitz, Adele Arensberg, Bob Clemmer, Abe and Lee Cohen, Ellie Cooper, Roberta Corder, Yetta Gresky, Shirley Herman, Ted and Rita Hoffman, Alex Hoffman, Cookie Kaftan, Peter and Carmen Lederman, Rosanne and Bill Margolis, Roz Micklin, Peggy Norris, Sandy Richard, Rosalyn Rosenthal, Barbara Rubin, Seyman Rubinson, Rose Sankary, Lewis Schwartz, Rosalie Schwartz, Howard and Laura Seltzer, Ina Singer, Leroy and Rhoda Solomon, Fannette Sonkin and Sonja Stein.
The group will board the bus to return at about 4 p.m. Information that is required in advance for the bus manifest is: Name (as it appears on your driver’s license), Address, Phone, Date of Birth, and Do you have a Winstar Player’s Card?
For reservations, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Sylvia Wexler, 817-294-1129, or $5 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.
Sheri Allen is new part-time spiritual leader at Beth Shalom
Congregation Beth Shalom of Arlington has announced the hiring of Cantorial Intern Sheri Allen as its spiritual leader, commencing with services Aug. 14–15. A native of Chicago, Ill., Allen previously co-led High Holy Day services with (now) Rabbi Emeritus Ned Soltz the last two years prior to assuming her current position. She moved to the Fort Worth area 16 years ago with her husband Richard, a professor at TCU, and their three children. She has been involved with the Tarrant County Jewish community since.
Beth Shalom is excited about their future and the possibilities that it creates as Sheri brings her own skill set, ideas and energy to the pulpit.
The Sisterhood is sponsoring a free salad and potato bar dinner in Sheri’s honor on Friday evening, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m. for all Beth Shalom members. Reservations are a must. Services begin at 7:30. Contact Executive Director Janet Aaronson in the Beth Shalom office at 817-860-5448, or by e-mail at
Cantorial Intern Allen will also lead services Saturday morning the 15th at 10 a.m. Torah study begins at 9. The community is invited to attend as they welcome Cantorial Intern Sheri Allen to Congregation Beth Shalom.
News and notes
Speedy recovery wishes to Ron Stockwell, Monica Braverman, Madlyn Barnett and Sandra Luskey, recovering from knee replacement surgery. Hal Radetsky, who has been recuperating from his recent illness in Dallas, will become a resident of the plush Legacy at Willow Bend in Plano. Barbara Rubin, who looks forward to entertaining her 13-year-old grandson, Jacob Wiese, is planning his entertainment during his weeklong visit. A canoeing trip, and the unique movie at the Kimball Museum, “Butchers, Dragons, Gods and Skeletons,” are on the agenda. Jacob is the son of Janice Rubin and Charles Wiese of Houston. Which reminds your scribe that Jacob’s granddad, Sherwin Rubin, is vacationing in Jamaica. Dr. Carole
Rogers, senior director at Jewish Family Services, is just back from a Florida visit with her grandparents.
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