Around the Town with Rene

Catching up with the Schuster brothers
Where do the years go? It seems like yesterday that we were reporting the antics of the Schuster boys and, later, their academic achievements. Their proud parents, Dr. Dennis and Barbara Schuster, can attest to the speedy days of their growing up. Their maturity is evidenced by their accomplishments.
The eldest, Scott, 34, recently completed a stint with the Navy at Submarine Radio School.
Matt, 31, is a new graduate from Columbia University in New York with an executive MBA. He currently is associated with the National Football League in Manhattan.
Eric, 28, attends Georgetown University where he is in his second year studying for his MBA.
His twin, Terry, was selected as one of three of UT Law’s first Justice Corps Fellows, a distinct honor. Eden Harrington, director of the William Wayne Justice Center at UT, said, “It’s extremely difficult to get a public-interest job right out of law school. Few nonprofits have the funds to hire someone, and yet there is a tremendous need for practitioners in this area.”
Terry has joined the staff of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, where he will be working for juvenile justice. This is in keeping with his experience at the Law School, where over the past three years he has played a key role in juvenile-justice reform efforts in three large states — Texas, California and Ohio. In Texas, he said, “One problem we were having was putting kids in isolation. There were kids who had not been outside of their cells in a few hundred days. So I created a memo saying, ‘This is not constitutional, and here’s why.’ This got to the head of the agency, and very quickly the policy changed. I was in a great position to do some legal research and write a quick memo and really see something change because so many people were just waiting to do the right thing as soon as they knew what the right thing was.”
Terry credits many lawyers from the UT Law community with preparing him for this opportunity, as well as the entire Law School faculty.
Hey gals, take note, the Schuster brothers are single, handsome and eligible!
News and notes
I nodded to Rabbi Sidney and Vivian Zimelman at an afternoon performance of “Mama Mia” at the Music Hall. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to chat, as it was almost curtain time and I was being rushed to my seat. It was far from the best production and, I thought, not up to the Music Hall’s high standards.
Happy birthday greetings to Blanche Karsner, who celebrated an early special birthday with her family last weekend. Coming in for the family get-together was the Karsners’ son and family, Andy and Maria and their three beautiful daughters Caroline, Jaynie and Julia of Alexandria, Va. Blanche said she and David had to change all their plans. Their 55th wedding anniversary was on Sept. 1 and her birthday will be on Sept. 11. However, Blanche is slated for hip replacement surgery on Sept. 8. Good times are still to come. We wish Blanche a speedy and easy recovery! My added speedy recovery wishes to much-loved Bessie Bodzy, an indispensable member of Ahavath Sholom’s catering team.
Folks are still “kvelling” over the great job Eli Watemberg did at his bar mitzvah just two weeks ago at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. Unable to attend but justifiably proud of their grandson were maternal grandparents, Dr. Al and Ethel Schmitt of Houston and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jaime Watemberg of Colombia. The excitement continues at the Watemberg household as dad, Dr. Isaac Watemberg, weds Adriana Geffen in a 6 p.m. ceremony at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving this Sunday with Rabbi Alberto “Baruch” Zeilicovich and Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker co-officiating. Out-of-town guests will include Isaac’s brothers and their wives, Leo and Marcella Watemberg and Carlos and Pamela Watemberg of Colombia. Ariana’s family coming in for the happy simcha includes her brother Efrain Geffen of Alaska, grandmother Carmen Moreno of Colombia and sister Dr. Marcella Olaya of Plano. The newlyweds will honeymoon in Israel.

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