Around the Town with Rene

Dr. Maria Sirois to speak at Beth-El, Nov. 2
Members of Fort Worth Hadassah are working tirelessly, planning an inspirational community-wide women’s celebration on Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at Beth-El Congregation. The evening’s special guest speaker features renowned author and licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Maria Sirois. As the author of “Every Day Counts” and as a master storyteller, Dr. Sirois will discuss how women are the foundation of a community and how they collectively can accomplish great change in the world.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Sirois has worked with families and children facing terminal illness. She has been invited to keynote and lecture at conferences nationwide for hospitals, hospices, religious institutions, wellness organizations and philanthropic institutions. Addressing topics as diverse as “Sustaining Resilience in the Presence of Suffering” and “The Heart of Philanthropy,” she has been called both “a true teacher” and “an orator of great power and beauty.” Her lectures and workshops combine powerful and moving anecdotes with research to bring an audience to the place they most want to be: moved to tears, exhilarating joy and positive action within the lives they are already living.
Dr. Sirois was trained at the New England Deaconess Mind/Body Clinic and at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She received her doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in 1993.
Women of all ages are invited to attend.
You can learn more about Dr. Sirois and her work, plus listen to her clips, at Event admission is $10. So mark your calendar to save the date. For additional information, please contact Dolores Schneider at 817-294-7626.
‘Daytimers’ will visit film show at the Kimbell Museum
Next event for the “Daytimers” will be a trip to the Kimbell Art Museum to view the exhibit “Butchers, Dragons, Gods and Skeletons: Film Installations by Philip Haas, from Works in the Collection.” The Kimbell requires reservations for lunch and/or for the tour Wednesday, Oct. 14. Guests planning to have lunch will meet at the buffet at 11:30 a.m. There will be reserved tables for “Daytimers.” There is no charge to Daytimers to attend the exhibit. Guests will purchase their own lunches at the buffet. The tour group will meet at the Members’ Desk on the second floor at 12:15 p.m.
The museum’s newest exhibition, “Butchers, Dragons, Gods and Skeletons” is a collection of five short films by Philip Haas that reinterpret works in the Kimbell’s collection. Because of limited viewing areas, attendees will split into groups to tour the five films. There are no show times. Films run continuously. As an added bonus for the trip, the group will have the opportunity to view Michelangelo’s first painting, “The Torment of St. Anthony,” which recently debuted at the Kimbell.
Holding reservations so far are Ellen Adrian, Claudia Boksiner, Sheryl Levy, Adelene Myers, Barbara Rosenthal, Barbara Rubin, Tina Schreier, Rosalie Schwartz, Barbara Weinberg, and Sylvia and Al Wexler.
For reservations, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Sylvia Wexler, 817-294-1129, or e-mail The staff at the Kimbell has asked to be given a number for the tour guides a week in advance.
The Sylvia Wolens “Daytimers” is a program of Beth-El Congregation with financial support from the Jewish Federation.
‘Deep in the Heart’ to be performed at CAS, Oct. 25
The Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County invites the community to a free program on Sunday, Oct. 25, 1:30 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. Kids Who Care will perform “Deep in the Heart,” a vignette by Hollace Weiner, Riki Zide and community player, Ben Feld.
The lively performance, followed by dessert, should conclude by 2:30 p.m., if you want to catch the Cowboys game!
Don’t forget to bring canned goods for the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
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.
Photo exhibit at Beth-El
In a relatively short span of time, Loli Kantor has found her niche as a fine arts photographer. Born in Paris to Polish parents who survived the Holocaust, Kantor was raised in Israel and moved to the United States in 1984. She is a longtime congregant at Ahavath Sholom. In 2001, after working 28 years as a physical therapist, she made a commitment to devote her energies and artistry to photography, and has been overwhelmingly successful in this new part of her life.
She focuses her camera on re-emerging Jewish communities in the Ukraine, where families that survived the Holocaust and the Iron Curtain are researching their religious roots. Her photography has been exhibited to critical acclaim throughout this country as well as in the Ukraine and Czech Republic.
While the Beth-El exhibit comprises only 24 photographs, they are worth seeing. A larger exhibit was held at SMU’s Hamon Arts Library several months ago.
Make a special effort to see Loli Kantor’s photographs. They’ll be on exhibit in Beth-El Congregation’s Board Room through Oct. 31.
News ‘n’ notes
Ellen and Bernie Appel have a trip to Italy on their travel agenda. Congratulations to Jen and Hal Ratner, who recently celebrated Jen’s receiving her doctorate degree and moving into their new home on Arroyo Road. The Daytimers’ VIP Barbara Rubin and Etta Miller are just back from their annual Broadway excursion, joined by Barbara’s daughter and son-in-law, Nina Rubin and Ron Vaughn of Fort Collins, Colo. Former ourtowners, Leni and Skee Becher of Boca Raton, Fla., post New Year greetings to their friends here. The Bechers, happy as larks in Florida, have been busy attending the weddings of their grandson David and granddaughter Emily in upstate New York. Congratulations to Jane and Roger Nober on the bar mitzvah of their son William, this Saturday morning at Beth-El.

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