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Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth opens Joan Katz Breast Center

On April 19, the Joan Katz Breast Center at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth officially opened to provide comprehensive, compassionate breast services on one campus for those diagnosed with breast cancer in Tarrant County and surrounding areas.
“Baylor Fort Worth is committed to meeting the health care and wellness needs of women in our community,” said Steven R. Newton, president, Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth. “The Joan Katz Breast Center at Fort Worth exemplifies that commitment by providing coordinated, quality medical care for patients facing the overwhelming diagnosis of breast cancer right here — close to home.”
Currently the Center offers a Nurse Navigation program to educate patients about their disease and treatment options. Since January 2008, the Center’s certified breast health nurse navigator for the Joan Katz Breast Center at Fort Worth has served over 725 patients. The Center offers a place for women to seek help, healing and guidance regardless of their ability to pay or where they are receiving their services.
The Center also offers qualified leadership under the direction of Medical Director Anita Chow, M.D., Tarrant County’s first and one of only two fellowship-trained breast surgeons. A breast tumor board will conduct a weekly Multidisciplinary Breast Conference to review complex and reoccurring breast cancer cases to plan a treatment course in a prospective manner and discuss cases that require multi-specialty input.
“I am honored to be involved with the Joan Katz Breast Center at Fort Worth,” said Anita Chow, M.D., general surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth. “As a physician helping breast cancer patients, I believe that a comprehensive breast cancer treatment facility is invaluable.”
The Joan Katz Breast Center at Fort Worth is the place for comprehensive, compassionate breast services. Services include: patient navigation, screening and diagnostic services, education, emotional counseling, social services, genetic testing, patient and family support groups, lymphedema treatment, Motion for Wellness and Appearance Center.
Joan Katz, a breast cancer survivor and her friend and college roommate, Roseanne Rosenthal, are the founders of Fort Worth’s Susan B. Komen Foundation, Walk for the Cure. They have devoted years to educating the public and making them aware of the severity of the disease. Today, the Susan B. Komen Foundation is world-famous. Chosen color of the organization is pink and symbolic pins, clothing and paraphernalia identify survivors and supporters of the disease. Joan and Roseanne are truly “women of valor,” and grateful women everywhere appreciate the dedication and devotion they have extended. They have brought light to a world where there was darkness.

Registration open for Camp Gan Israel until May 18

Camp Gan Israel in Arlington is delighted to announce its first season. Your children are certain to have a wonderful camp experience there. The counselors and staff at Camp Gan Israel are eager to greet your children and there are many exciting programs planned for this year.
CGI is committed to providing a superb day camp experience for Jewish children in the Greater Arlington area. It offers outstanding athletic, sports and creative arts programs under the guidance of professional instructors who are all highly qualified in their fields. Family-oriented programs are also an important aspect of the camp, and parental participation in these special moments is encouraged.
Camp Gan Israel is located at 5618 West Arkansas Lane, Arlington, TX 76016-1101.
Camp dates are June 28 through July 2, and July 5 through July 9. Mini Gan, ages 20 months through 4 years: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Camp Gan Izzy, ages 5-9, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Extended pre- and after-care is available by making prior arrangements with the camp. The fee is $4 an hour.
Gan Israel aims to expose children to the widest array of activities, trips and educational programs. The daily schedule includes a mixture of sports, swimming, field trips, educational activities and crafts. A week generally includes two trip days (such as museums, blueberry picking, ice skating, etc.), two swim days and Friday specialties.
Rishi Gurevitch is the camp director. If you have any concerns, questions or suggestions, please feel free to call at 817-451-1171.
Registration is now also open for Chabad Hebrew School 2010-11. You may reserve a space for your child by calling 817-451-1171. Information regarding other Chabad camps as well as Chabad Hebrew schools and their rabbis and teachers is available by calling Ms. Gurevitch.

Confirmation services at Beth-El, Ahavath Sholom

I remember well when all my children — Linda Wisch Davidsohn, Steve, Judy, Susan Wisch and Sharon Wisch-Ray — were fortunate enough to be confirmed at Temple Beth-El. I remember the beautiful ceremonies, parties and gifts the confirmation classes presented to the temple each year. It’s memories such as these that will be with me forever. I remember the late Rabbi Robert Schur’s words to his beloved students each year, just before summer vacation. He said, “I want each of you this summer to read a good book, take a long walk and make a new friend.” I remember his parting words to his congregation as he told them of his retirement because of the pending onslaught of Alzheimer’s disease.
Beth-El is blessed today to have the leadership of Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger, who has brought the congregation to even greater heights with his noted leadership; the creation of a new Beth-El Congregation, the magnificent new temple on Briarhaven and Hulen; the outstanding awards he has achieved; the educational and recreational facilities; and the countless other services he has provided for the community at large. Whether it’s at a B’nai B’rith function, Jewish Family Service event, lecturing at universities or speaking at interfaith ceremonies, whenever called upon, Rabbi Mecklenburger is ready to serve his fellow man.
This year, Beth-El will have its confirmation service on Friday, April 30, at 8 p.m. This year’s class will be honored by their parents at a traditional, festive oneg Shabbat.
Confirmands include Alex Keller, son of Stewart Keller and Nancy Keller; Bessie Bronstein, daughter of Antonia and Dale Bronstein; Chase Koger, son of Carol Koger; Jennie Brow, daughter of Jackie Brow; Drew Goldstein, son of Lara and Gary Goldstein; Chace Miller, son of Susan and James Miller; Meyer Wallace, son of Laurie Wallace; Emily Englander, daughter of Marilyn and Marty Englander; Jenna Lee, daughter of Judy and Jim Lee; Parker Miller, son of Susan and James Miller; Rory Ginsburg, son of Cara and Mark Jones; Stella Bronstein, daughter of Antonia and Dale Bronstein; Ted Dayton, son of Debra and Greg Dayton; and Joseph Clark, son of Sha’ron and Bill Clark.
In the meantime, our friends at Congregation Ahavath Sholom are preparing for their confirmation service on Friday, May 28. Their class includes Emily Derozier, daughter of Arlene and Gregg Derozier; Alivia Berman, daughter of Karen and Danny Berman; and Cameron Nudleman, son of David and Elise Nudleman and grandson of Rhea and Paul Nudleman and Sal and Vicki Mitrani. As is our custom, the confirmands will be honored by their parents at the oneg Shabbat following.
We are preparing our list of high school and college students and any awards they may have achieved in their educational pursuits. Please contact me at or by calling 817-927-2831.

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