Around the Town with Rene

Hannah Stansbury to celebrate bat mitzvah at Ahavath Sholom

Mazel tov to Hannah Stansbury, daughter of Nancy and Jim Stansbury, who will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah this Friday night and Saturday morning at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. A very talented young lady, Hannah, who will conduct both services, is an honor roll student at Fort Worth Academy.
Looking forward to the special occasion are proud grandparents, Georgia and Keith Stansbury of Ballinger, Texas, and Nancy and Sidney Reed of Arlington. Guests will also include family members Jack and Yeing Reed of Mansfield, Sandy and Shannon Stansbury and Bernadette and Keith Stansbury and their youngsters, all of Dallas.
After the service on Friday evening, friends of the Stansburys, Naomi and Mark Rosenfield, Nancy and Al Fagin, Rose and Al Zackary, Obi and Linda Lavi, Susie and Ben Herman and Rabbi Baruch and Graciela Zeilicovich will be co-hosts at a Shabbat dinner.
Hannah will be honored by her parents at a party at the shul on Saturday evening.
The Stansburys are most appreciative of Hannah’s teachers, Batya Brand and Dr. Javier Smolarz.

Hear music, help shelter at JWI meeting Dec. 2

For long years, nine to be exact, Ina Singer has been the dedicated president of the Simcha Chapter of Jewish Women International (formerly B’nai B’rithWomen). On the first Wednesday of each month, usually close to 30 women will show up for the 9:30 a.m. meeting at Temple Beth-El. Ina serves a delectable breakfast; sometimes it’s lox and bagels, kugel, or it could be blintzes, with plenty of coffee and sweets — and, at the next meeting, latkes could be on the menu. There’s usually a program, speaker or games. At the Dec. 2 meeting, members will bring holiday gifts for residents of Women’s Haven and hear a musical program from Rabbi Baruch Zeilicovich and CAS Ritual Director Javier Smolarz.
Guests are always welcome.

Chanukah party at Thistle Hill

One of Judy Cohen’s favorite projects has been her association with the Fort Worth Historical Society, which she has served in an executive capacity. In fact the FWHS honored Judy at a special event several years ago.
It was through the FWHS presentation of Christmas at Thistle Hill that Judy originated the first Chanukah at Thistle Hill program last year. It was an overwhelming success!
This year’s chairmen, Corrine Jacobson and Adelene Myers, tell me, “For great Chanukah entertainment, plan to come on Dec. 6 from 2 to 6 p.m. While Christmas is at Thistle Hill, 1509 Pennsylvania, the Chanukah party will be at Art Brender’s law office in the old Mitchell Schoonover House at 600 8th Ave.”
Park at Thistle Hill, enjoy the house and then take the carriage ride to the Chanukah party. The program will include a medley of Chanukah songs sung by Angie Kitzman, Genie Long and Linda Hoffman; music played by guitarist Scott Sloter; the dreidel game; decorations by Jan Lambert; and table arrangements by Ann Bogart. The menorah will be blessed by Linda Hoffman, Karen Kaplan, Barbara Rubin and Genie Long. Cindy Simon will showcase her latkes and provide her recipe. Giving favors will be Nancy Ginsburg and daughter, Perry; Laurie James and daughter, Kaylie; Jenny Solomon, Rhoda Solomon, her daughter, Gayle Biemeret and her daughter, Brittany Ackerman. Trudy Oshman will be at the punch bowl and Adele Arenberg, we hear, is a first-rate assistant.
Hostesses at Thistle Hill will include Bobbie Dubbs, Judith Sherer, Jane Oderberg and Dr, Etta Miller.
Admission is $15 or half-price with a press pass; children are $7.50. “With all the food, favors and entertainment, it’s a bargain and you help the Fort Worth Historical Society support Thistle Hill,” Corrine said.
When I phoned Judy Cohen Tuesday morning and asked about her husband, Don, I was thrilled to hear that after two months of his recuperating from arduous heart surgery in Houston, they were so happy to arrive home last weekend. On Thanksgiving, the Cohens will enjoy a holiday dinner at their daughter Dana Berk’s home in Plano with her four youngsters, Kevin, Jeffrey, Sam and Sarabelle; daughter and family, Dede and Dr. Brian Kaplan and their daughter, Joanna and son, Steve and Amy Cohen and their precious 3-year old, William.

News and notes

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, seventh- and eighth-grade band students from the Fort Worth Independent School District gathered at Wedgwood Middle School. Molly, daughter of Mona and Steve Karten, who plays the clarinet, and Isaac, son of Linda and Bill Landy, who plays the trumpet, were to have the opportunity afterward to attend a clinic at Western Hills High School on Nov. 6 and 7 which would conclude in a concert. Unfortunately Isaac became ill and could not participate in the weekend’s activities. Molly played her little heart out and was treated to ice cream by her dad after the concert. Molly, Isaac and Sarah Silverberg (daughter of Karen and Kal Silverberg) competed again on Nov. 14 for the All-Region Band. None of them were lucky enough to be chosen.

Annual Thanksgiving reunion

I was amazed when Barbara Rubin told me who would attend their Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Fort Collins, Colo. To me it was astronomical and yet she said sometimes, they’ve had as many as a hundred. Of course Barbara’s daughter and son-in-law, Nina Rubin and Ron Vaughn, live in Fort Collins, but the whole entourage will be housed at the Hotel Armstrong.
Joining in the annual event are her children, Janice Rubin and Charles Wiese and son, Jacob of Houston, Paul and Jewel Rubin and son, Joshua of Roswell, Ga.; Nick Vaughn and Jay Margolin, New York City; Sherwin Rubin and Susan Held of Dallas; Joel and Linda Mosko and children, Samantha and David of Marlton, N.J. and his folks, Sol and Brenda Mosko of Oak Ridge, Tenn. Also from Oak Ridge, Albert Good. Fran Redich from Atlanta and her daughter, Allison of Washington, D.C.; Mona Good Waitzman, New York City, and Marsha and Jay Menushkin of Chattanooga, Tenn. — and I know I missed a few.

Mazel tov

She’s a beauty! Harry Kahn is a proud great-grandfather with the birth of his first great-grandchild, Rose Zicherman. She’s the daughter of Ruth Vexler and Stuart ­Zicherman, granddaughter of Carrie Kahn and Stuart Vexler of Austin and also the great-granddaughter of the late Doris Kahn.

Stylish pet

Shayna Punim is the pride and joy and a “princess” at the home of Ina and Mike Singer. She’s four year old, part chihuahua and dachshund and has to be one of the best-dressed dogs you’ve ever seen. Her wardrobe of costumes is extensive, all made by the very talented Ina Singer. By the way, did you know that Ina is a very early riser, 6:30 a.m., every day, just to feed the more than 200 ducks in the lake behind the Singers’ apartment?

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