Around the Town with Rene

JFS Seniors enjoy gamut of fun

There really aren’t enough terrific things to say about Hedy Collins and JFS’ Senior Program, which day in and day out provides activities for our golden ourtowners. On the last Friday of the month, seniors enjoy massages. Recently the seniors celebrated Earth Day by planting herbs, and Earth Week, with an outing to French Lake. The JFS Seniors spent the day playing games, walking, and feeding the ducks. Everyone enjoyed a pizza lunch. For the last two months, the seniors have been earning “funny money.” Every time they won at bingo or blackjack they received funny bucks to spend at the end of the promotion. The Funny Money Store was held at the beginning of April with new and donated items for the JFS Seniors to purchase — everything from toilet paper, stamps, clothing, artwork, crafts and detergent to stationery, flashlights, china and other wonderful chachkas!

Rabbi Ana Bonnheim to conduct May 14 service at Beth Shalom

Congregation Beth Shalom of Arlington will welcome Rabbi Ana Bonnheim of Dallas for a special Erev Shabbat service Friday, May 14, 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Bonnheim, Greene Family Camp’s assistant director, loves creating the magic of camp for Jewish children and teaching them to love being Jewish.
She was ordained by Hebrew Union College in 2008; she grew up in Dallas and graduated from Dartmouth College cum laude. While in rabbinical school, she served congregations in Grand Junction, Colo.; Greencastle, Ind.; Portsmouth, Ohio; and worked as the rabbinic intern at Congregation Beth Adam in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has also served as a rabbinical legislative assistant at the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, as a chaplain at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, as the rabbi for DePauw University Hillel and as a facilitator at Fernside: A Center for Grieving Children. Rabbi Bonnheim currently serves on the Clinical Pastoral Education Advisory Committee at Baylor Hospital in Dallas and on the board of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis. She is married to Rabbi Asher Knight, who is associated with Temple Emanu-El of Dallas.
Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 1211 Thannisch Drive. A congregational Kiddush will follow. The community is invited to attend.

Happy 90th to Jerry Wolens!

Happy Birthday greetings to former Fort Worthian Jerry Wolens, who just celebrated his 90th birthday in Boca Raton, Fla. with 100 of his closest friends. Coming in to celebrate from out of town were his children Alyson and Richard Slutzky from Maplewood, N.J., Marc and Paula Wolens from Frisco, sister-in-law Roz Rosenthal and her children Billy and Rozanne Rosenthal from Fort Worth, and cousins Marvin and Norma Lesser from Portsmouth, N.H. His daughter Pam Neimand and her husband Doug returned from their trip to South Africa just in time to attend the party. Jerry asked that any gifts be donations to the Sylvia Wolens Daytimers in Fort Worth or to Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton.
Ahavath Sholom to hold Teachers’ Shabbat
Congregation Ahavath Sholom will honor their Religious School teachers at a Teacher’s Shabbat on May 15 at the 9:30 a.m. service. Among those to be honored are Ann Cobert, Stephanie Beckman, Hedy Collins, Ted Hoffman, Judi Massis-Leventhaland and Carol Paul, as well as Dr. Javier Smolarz and Rabbi Alberto (Baruch) Zeilicovich, who teach the confirmation class. A Kiddush luncheon in their honor will follow.

Caps off to the graduates

David Kessler, son of Pamela and Paul Kessler, graduates May 16 from University of Miami School of Law. David is returning to Fort Worth for the Texas Bar Exam and will seek employment in Dallas/Fort Worth. He is a 2007 graduate of TCU with a major in English and minor in sociology. The Kesslers are members at Ahavath Shalom.
Ruth Zeilicovich, daughter of Rabbi Alberto and Graciela Zeilicovich, will graduate from the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, N.C. She also graduated from Levine Academy in Dallas. Family members will fly in from Argentina and Israel for the event.
Irv Robinson phoned to say that granddaughter Haley Robinson, daughter of Jeffrey and Sharon Robinson, will graduate from TCU on May 8 with the hope of attending dental school in the future. Sister Courtney is finishing up her first year of law school at Texas Wesleyan University.

News of note

Derek Bogart is moving to San Antonio with his family, Lisa, Sasha, Sara and Louis. Ann and the Bogarts are all sad. Emily Cobert, who started davening at Ahavath Sholom as a teenager, has always had a call to be a rabbi. Presently she is in two different universities before continuing on to rabbinical school. Her parents are Ann and Scott Cobert.

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