Around the Town with Rene

Julian Haber publishes thriller

Julian Haber’s new mystery/espionage thriller, “A Nail In The Body of Christ,” was recently published. Terrorists in Morocco send a message to an American newsman that they will put a nail in the body of Christ and a bullet in the heart of Israel. Mark Allen, former FBI regional director in Dallas, retires to Port Aransas near Corpus Christi. However, an unusual friendship and accident that almost costs his life forces him out of retirement and into direct conflict with a terrorist shadow cell. Nonstop action, romance and mystery takes place in this fast-paced thriller with secret codes, modern criminal technology and intrigue. With colorful characters, the novel will keep you at the edge of your seat and guessing at the conclusion until the very end.
Signed copies are available for $16 at Free Lance Writers, 7001 Candlestick Court, Fort Worth 76133. It is also available at, and
For more information, contact Julian Haber, 817-346-1902 or

JVW Post #755 installs new slate of officers

On Sunday, June 13, more than 80 people attended the installation of officers, the presentation of the first Veterans Service Award and silent auction held by JWV Post #755 in the great hall of Congregation Beth-El. A wonderful breakfast was prepared by Congregation Beth-El Brotherhood.
TALO (Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma) District Commander Jerry Benjamin of Dallas conducted the installation. Mike London of Austin, outgoing district commander, was present. Elected officers include: Commander Dr. Julian Haber for a second term; Senior Vice Commander Richard Morris; Junior Vice Commanders Ron Silvenell and Peter Levy; Quartermaster Leroy Solomon; and Staff Judge Advocate Jim Bressert.
Appointed officers were: Chief of Staff Ron Sloter; Adjunct Tom Collins; Chaplain Rabbi Sidney Zimelman; Historian Mike Bugamen; Assistant Chaplain Pete Levy; Returning Secretary Hannah Howard; Assistant Quartermaster Les Berman; and James Bressert, officer of the day.
The First Veterans Service Award was presented to State Senator Wendy Davis for her efforts in the Senate on behalf of Texas veterans. She co-authored the Texas veterans assistance and veterans court bill and was instrumental in the passage of the veterans lottery.

JFS Seniors check out Mrs. Baird’s bread bakery

The JFS Seniors toured Mrs. Baird’s bread factory and then had a wonderful lunch at Joe’s Pizza and Pasta on I-35 and Sycamore School Road. The tour was a lot of fun, with the most laughs and giggles watching everyone put on red hairnets and hard hats. Hot fresh bread at the end of the tour and donuts to take home also made it a memorable and fun time.
Next month, the JFS seniors are hoping to go to Sam Moon and Cabela’s for shopping and touring. In the meantime, they continue to meet daily for fun, games and lunch. Please join them at Beth-El Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for coffee and friendship.

Send your get-well wishes

You can send a get-well card to Leon Brachman, long a pillar of our community as well as on a national basis, to Life Care Hospital. His daughter, Wendy Fisher, is visiting from Efrat, Israel.
Speedy recovery wishes to Genie Long.

Update from the Goldsteins

Red Goldstein recently gave the TJP the following update: “Son Andy Goldstein has been in South Africa for the World Cup games. Son David Goldstein has been accepted to American University on a partial scholarship to study international relations. He wants to improve his already impressive Spanish, Chinese and Hebrew language skills. Son Jacob Fuld is at Greene Family Camp having a wonderful time and is looking forward to his freshman year at Paschal.” Julie and Red have added a poodle and a tabby to their already crazy collection of pets, which now consists of two dogs, three cats and one gecko!

Mazel tov

Mazel tov to some newly betrothed couples! Stephen Luskey, son of Susan and Alan is engaged; Linda Hochster’s son Brent is engaged; Hannah Howard, who lost her husband a couple of years ago, is engaged to Joe Klein, and they will have an August date set! Congratulations to a new graduate as well: Justin Tirsun, son of Robin and Dan Tirsun and grandson of the late Beverly Miller, graduated from Rutgers Graduate School in New Jersey with his degree in city and urban planning.

It’s a small world

When daughter Sharon Wisch-Ray was traveling in the Western Galilee two weeks ago, she spent considerable time with Dr. Norman Loberant and his wife. Dr. Loberant is the co-Chair of the Medical Task Force of the Central Area Consrtium Western Galilee Partnership and the director of the Department of Radiology of the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya. He mentioned that his college roommate was originally from Dallas and now lived in Fort Worth. Sharon was so surprised to hear that it was our own Dr. Martin Tobey, as she was the longtime babysitter for the Tobey family. Message to Marty and Judy, “Hello from the Loberants.” By the way, Fort Worth is part of the 15-city United States Consortium that makes up the Partnership with the Western Galilee.

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