Around the Town with Rene

Noah Rubin’s bar mitzvah

The fall bar mitzvah of Noah Blake Rubin, son of Sandy and Dr. Alan Rubin of Houston, was of special interest to many ourtowners. Noah was called to the Torah at Congregation Beth Yeshurun on Oct. 17 with Rabbi Brian Strauss and Chazzan David Propis officiating. He is the grandson of the late well-known Fort Worthians, Dr. Norman and Carolyn Rubin and Elaine Betcher and Dr. Stuart Brown of Dallas. Officiating at the simcha was Rabbi Brian Strauss, son of Dallas community leaders Shirley and Larry Strauss.
Noah is a seventh-grade student at The Crossroads School of Houston.
For his bar mitzvah projects, Noah assisted with weekly bingo at the Vosswood Nursing Home and collected several hundred books for his school’s library. He is participating in the rabbi’s 10-percent program with donations going to the rabbi’s discretionary fund and the National Dysautonomia Research Foundation.
The weekend events began with a Shabbat dinner at Canyon Café hosted by his grandparents Elaine Betcher and Dr. Stuart Brown. Following an incredible Saturday night party, a Sunday brunch was hosted by aunts and uncles Arthur Rubin of Fort Worth, Andrea and Michael Hopkovitz and Tonya and Barry Brown of Dallas, Dr. Alec and Dana Rubin of Florida, and Candy and David Goldstein of Austin.
Among the ourtowners enjoying the simcha were Elaine and Dr. Allen Schuster, Ricki and Stuart Schuster and daughter Melinda Hahn with children Reed and Taylor, the Mark Schusters and Kyron Wylie, Nancy Sheinberg and daughter, Lori Durbin, Barbara Rubin, and Ethel and Arnold Schectman with sister, Sydelle Schectman of Big D.
Out-of-towners also included Californians: Harriet and Dr. Alan Shumacher and daughter Susan Doole of San Diego, Arlene Hecht of Orange County, and Rick Shumacher of Calabasas; Matt Schuster and Howard Schrott of San Francisco. From Maryland were Dr. Ron and Abby Shumacher, Suzanne and Josh Schonfeld and family, Andrea Kay, Rozzie and Marvin Kay, Hon. Josef and Gloria Brown, and Caren and Bo Mitchell. Others included Rachel Goldstein, Evan and Zachary Rubin, and Sylvia Haftel of Florida; Ilene Carson, Delaware; Wendy and Rob Marcus and family, New Jersey; Jan and Josh Feinstein, Massachusetts; and Helene Schrott, Virginia. Other Texans were Leah Goldstein, Sharon Krumholtz, Cantor Marie and Jon Betcher, Austin; Sherwin Rubin, Arlington; and Cookie and Dr. Gregg Silverman and family from Corpus Christi. Dallasites included Susan Mandel, Davi Hopkovitz, Jeb Brown, Cindy, Bruce and Ryan Yablonsky, Abe Esquenazi, Felicia and Robert Rubin, May Sebel, Vicki and Gene Itzkowitz and Neil Beckerman, who surprised his good friends with his presence at the simcha.
And there were many more!
Mazel tov to the Rubins and their celebrating families.

CAS Film Series a smash hit

Movies come and go. But “Lemon Tree,” the first of Congregation Ahavath Sholom’s ‘Til 120 and Beyond Jewish Film Series, was a box office smash. Over 90 people from the community came for popcorn, drinks and to see an award-winning Israeli film that addressed current social and political issues in Israel. Heated debate on those issues followed the movie.
No less is expected from the second in the series, “Praying with Lior,” which will screen Sunday afternoon, Jan. 17, at 3:30. Doors open at 3 for those who want to come early for a good seat.
Remember, the films, popcorn and lemonade are free. Cold drinks and candy bars will be on sale, with proceeds going to the shul’s United Synagogue Youth organization. Babysitting is available by calling Joann English in the congregation office at 817-731-4721.
Thanks to the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County for generously funding this film series.
Come enjoy and be a part of Congregation Ahavath Sholom’s ‘Til 120 and Beyond experience.

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