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CBI Sisterhood dinner: ‘Noche en Espana’ (A Night in Spain’)

Don’t miss one of the most popular events of the year! Congregation Beth Israel Sisterhood will hold its seventh annual gourmet fundraising dinner, “Noche en Espana” (“A Night in Spain”), on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. All proceeds go toward improving CBI’s kitchen. It will be a wonderful evening of food, wine and friends, a four-course dinner party with a menu of Spanish cuisine. NETTY will provide babysitting at CBI that evening as their own fundraiser.
The event will be at the home of Diane and Bruce Prager, 1317 St. Albans Path, Southlake.
For those who have not yet responded to say you’ll be coming to this incredible social event, it is filling up quickly, so reserve your spot now! Please e-mail Lisa Wax,, in addition to sending your check for $45 per person. Checks must be received by Friday, Oct. 2; they should be made payable to CBI Sisterhood and sent to Lisa Wax, 1607 Sleepy Hollow Court, Westlake, TX 76262. Please contact Lisa with any questions at 817-742-1242.

Historic photographs shown at ‘Daytimers’ luncheon

An amazing collection of photographs by Calvin Littlejohn, from the 1930s to the 1990s, was flashed on screen at the “Daytimers” September luncheon. Bob Ray Sanders, columnist and vice president for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has edited the collection of 70,000 images into a book, “Calvin Littlejohn:  Portrait of a Community in Black and White.”
Sanders recalled Littlejohn as having “captured much of the social, religious, educational and family life of African Americans in Tarrant County.” At the time Littlejohn worked, mainstream newspapers wouldn’t publish pictures of black citizens, and white photographers wouldn’t take pictures in black schools. In Fort Worth, Littlejohn began what would become a lifelong career of serving the community.
The images are from the Calvin Littlejohn Photographic Archive at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. The Littlejohn collection includes approximately 70,000 film negatives and 55,000 prints.
Sanders was ably introduced by his friend, former co-worker and local historian, Hollace Weiner.
Next event for “Daytimers” will be a trip on TRE and DART to Fair Park in Dallas for the exhibit “Dreams of Flight: A Journey through Air and Space” at the Women’s Museum, Wednesday, Oct. 20. Trip, including train fare, lunch and museum admission, is $15.
For reservations, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Irv Robinson, 817-731-7447, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109.
The Sylvia Wolens “Daytimers” is a program of Beth-El Congregation with financial support from the Jewish Federation.

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