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Federation Annual Meeting, June 3

The Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County will hold its Annual Meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 3rd at Beth-El Congregation.
Featured speaker will be Jacob Dallal, director of PR and Marketing for the Jewish Agency for Israel in North America. Dallal holds the rank of Major in the Israel Defense Forces and was a career officer in the Spokesperson’s Unit.  He has appeared on CNN, Fox and the BBC.  He will explain the wonderful work of JAFI as well as update the current situation in Israel.
New directors and officers for the Federation board will be voted on.
The 2010-2011 Board Nominees for directors  are Jeff Hochster, Linda Hoffman (2nd term), Karen Kaplan, David Nudleman (2nd term), Jeff Rothschild (2nd term), Len Schweitzer (2nd term), Ron Sivernell. Nominated as officers are: Barry Schneider — President (2nd term), Marilyn Englander — Vice President , David Nudleman — Vice President, Len Schweitzer — Vice President, Jeff Hochster —Treasurer, and Linda Hoffman — Secretary.
Continuing as elected members of the board of directors are:  Karen Anisman, Dr. Sam Kleinman, Roz Micklin Kenneth Baum, Rick Klotz, Melissa Morgan Larry Brunell, Alan Luskey, , Rich Morris Patty Garsek and Shayne Moses
The Nominating Committee included Chair Eddie Feld, Arnie Gachman, Alan Luskey, Harvey Micklin and Lon Werner.

Bruce Cohen Returns to “Daytimers”

“Daytimers” enjoyed Bruce D. Cohen’s presentation this year just as much as last time he spoke for the group. His new project, “Jews in the Middle Ages,” was an interesting and fascinating look at this often-overlooked time in Jewish history.  The presentation featured stories and pictures illustrating the wide variety of experiences and cultures that Jews created and lived in during the centuries between the expulsion from Judea and the Renaissance.  Cohen, an attorney, is taking a full year off from his profession to be a full-time history student.  He was introduced by Kenneth Baum.  Edythe Cohen was the emcee for the day; Fanette Sonkin and Rosalie Schwartz greeted the guests at the door, and Sylvia and Al Wexler made sure everyone got the right lunch. The next “Daytimers” will be a wonderful opportunity for the group to bring their grandchildren to lunch.  “Kids Who Care” is coming back with an all new show, “District XI – Believe in Me,” at noon on Wednesday, June 9, at Beth-El.  Lunch will be catered by Jason’s Deli. For reservations, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Sylvia Wexler, 817-294-1129, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76109.   The Sylvia Wolens “Daytimers” is a program of Beth-El Congregation with financial support from the Jewish Federation.

Fort Worth Hadassah Community Wide Womens Event for next fall

Remember how Dr. Maria Sirois wowed the crowd last November at Temple Beth-El in Fort Worth? Well, the Fort Worth Chapter of Hadassah and Federation has plans to bring Maria back for a follow-up community-wide encore event.
Interested persons are invited to a planning committee meeting on at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26 at at the home of Debby Rice, 3720 Autumn Drive, Fort Worth. Contact her at
If you missed last year’s event you can go to Dr. Sirois’ website at and see why everyone was wowed. Stay tuned!

News and notes

At its dedication in the last week of April, Liberty House, a transitional facility for homeless veterans in Fort Worth recognized the contributions of the members of JWV 755, Fort Worth. Both Past Commander George Sepp and current Commander Julian Haber serve on the organization’s advisory board. JWV members and their wives who attended opening ceremonies included Barry and Delores Schneider, Tom and Linda Collins, Julian and Marian Haber and Ron Sivernell.  Several members will serve as mentors to the residents as well.
Gordon England, past Deputy Secretary of State, twice past Secretary of theNavy and past president of General Dynamics,Fort Worth,  will be the guest speaker for Memoral Day services conducted by JWV 755 at the Kornblet Chapel on May 30,  at 10 am.
State Senator Wendy Davis, will be the guest speaker for JWV 755 at their annual installation breakfast at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June13, at 10 in Beth El Congregation’s great hall.
Senator Davis will be given an award for co-authoring the veterans lottery as well as authoring the veterans court.
For more information, contact Julian Haber 817-346-1902 or

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