Around the Town with Rene

JWV Post 755 assists Liberty House with furnishings

On Sunday, Sept. 27, Ron Sloter, senior vice commander, Martin Hochster Jewish War Veterans Post 755, Fort Worth, presented a check to Nikki Hatley, executive director of MHMR Visions, to purchase bedroom furnishings for Liberty House. A project of MHMR Tarrant County and the Veterans Administration, Liberty House will provide 30 beds and transitional services for homeless veterans. Almost one-fourth of all homeless persons in Tarrant County are veterans. Nearly 90 percent were honorably discharged.
Post Commander Dr. Julian Haber says that this is only one of many projects of the group. Others include greeting returning veterans at DFW Airport, magazines for the Fort Worth VA clinic, sending toiletries and snacks to the USO for troops returning to combat from DFW Airport, providing gift packages for soldiers in combat zones, and Operation Freezer Pops, more than 3,500 pops sent to the troops at Camp Tajii, Iraq. Post 755 also distributes the book “They Were Soldiers in Peace and War” to all bar and bat mitzvahs for five congregations in Tarrant and Denton counties. The book is the story of 54 local veterans who served their country from World War II through our current conflicts. It also contains a brief history of Jews who served their country during the early days of America.

Community-wide women’s celebration on Monday, Nov. 2

Don’t be left out of an evening of fun, laughter and inspiration on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at Beth-El Congregation in Fort Worth, when Fort Worth Chapter of Hadassah presents an inspirational community-wide women’s celebration for all ages, featuring renowned author and noted clinical psychologist Dr. Maria Sirois.
With her warmth, humor and storytelling par excellence, Dr. Sirois, whose work focuses on the capacity we all have to thrive — no matter what — in any circumstance, will engagingly discuss how and why women make a tremendous difference in terms of the health of our communities and families.
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.
A dessert reception and meet-and-greet opportunity with Dr. Sirois will follow her talk. There is a $10 admission charge.
Area women can learn more about Dr. Sirois and her work, plus listen to her clips, at
Do it now … mark Nov. 2 at 7 on your calendar for an evening of inspiration and learning. For additional information, please contact Dolores Schneider at: 817-294-7626 or Karen Kaplan at 817-922-8600.

Local women to hold book signing

On Sunday, Oct. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Fanny Brooks, who wrote “Thoughts,” and Corrine Jacobson, author of “A Handbook for Widows,” will hold a book signing in the lobby of Beth-El Congregation. Jacquie Robinson and Jenny Solomon are handling the arrangements. “Thoughts” is $10 and the “Handbook” is $8, or both may be purchased together for $15. These are two talented late bloomers! Fanny Brooks is 91, and Corrine, just a youngster of 82.

Last call for ‘Deep in the Heart’

This is your last reminder for the Jewish Federation’s free community performance this Sunday, the 25th, 1:30 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. “Kids Who Care” will perform “Deep in the Heart,” a vignette by Hollace Weiner and Riki Zide and community player, Ben Feld.
Come and enjoy this lively performance followed by dessert. 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.

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