Around the Town with Rene

Learn Torah reading at CBI

Kick off the new year right by getting to know the Torah. A four-week adult education class at Congregation Beth Israel will explore different ways of reading the Torah that can increase our Jewish knowledge and deepen the connection to our tradition.
No texts are required for the course, but feel free to bring the Torah or Bible of your choice. The fee is $18 for CBI members, $36 for non-members. Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker will teach the class, which meets each Wednesday in October from 7 to 8 p.m.
Topics will include reading the narratives; making sense of the laws, genealogies and other “boring” passages; reading with classical commentaries; and reading with critical commentaries.
Please RSVP to Stephanie at Congregation Beth Israel is located at 6100 Pleasant Run Road in Colleyville, telephone 817-581-5500.

Jewish dance club for beginners starts next month

Fort Worth would like to be among the communities around the world who come together in loose clothing, barefoot, leaping and running, having fun and exercising.
Since Biblical times, the Jewish people have expressed joy through dance. Throughout the centuries, dance has become a part of religious, communal and family celebrations.
Israeli/Jewish folk dancing is done around the world — in Israel, Europe, South America, United States, Canada, Australia and even Japan. Thousands of people participate in Israeli dance classes as a recreational outlet.
In this spirit, with support from the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, a Jewish dance club for beginners will start Wednesday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., at Beth-El Congregation. Future meetings will also be on Wednesdays: Oct. 13, 20, 27; Nov. 10 and 17; Dec. 8 and 15.
Depending on the participants and the outcome of the class, there is an option to perform on Yom HaAtzmaut or at any other community event.
For more information or to register, please call the Temple at 817-332-7141 or e-mail Ilana at

Daughters of Abraham to meet Sept. 21

The first meeting of Daughters of Abraham will be Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Beth-El Congregation, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The first monthly sessions will be on personal stories of faith. One convert and one born into their religion will address their feelings about their faith. Topics will be discussed at the mosque and Holy Family Catholic Church, respectively. Contact Corrine Jacobson at 817-294-7844 for information.
The Fort Worth group is entering into their fourth year. They will also be collecting school supplies and canned goods for the food bank this fall. The Arlington group is entering their sixth year, as well as a Sons of Abraham in the Metroplex area.

News and notes

Richie and Carol Minker had a whirlwind opening to 5771. They were visiting in Colorado with son Scott, daughter-in-law Tracy and grandson Ethan, when their son-in-law Matt called from Washington, D.C., to say daughter Melissa had gone into labor three weeks early with her second child. The Minkers grabbed a flight, got home late Tuesday night, unpacked, repacked and headed for the nation’s capital to welcome their new addition. While the Minkers were in flight, granddaughter Claire Ella Miller was born at 11:15 a.m. Weighing in at 7 lbs. and 1 oz. and measuring 20 inches long, she was welcomed by big brother Jake. What a great way to start the year, and an especially great present for Richie, whose birthday was the next day.
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