Around the Town with Rene

‘Dreams of Flight: A Journey through Air and Space’

Several people have signed up early for the “Daytimers” 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. The group will leave the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center at 12:15 p.m., enjoy lunch on the train and transfer to the DART Green Line at Victory Park Station. The TRE has changed its schedule, and the equipment that has the tables will not be the train, so the guests will have to picnic on their laps.
Signed up so far are Deanna Benjamin, Claudia Boksiner, Dr. Julian and Marian Haber, Rita Hoffman, Joe and Hannah Klein, Sheryl Levy, Irene Loss, Rosanne and Bill Margolis, Barbara Rosenthal, Barbara Rubin, Sherwin Rubin, Rosalie Schwartz, Galena Stewart, Helen Sterns and Jerry Weiner.
Lunch on the train will be catered by Subway. Guests have a choice of turkey on honey oat, chicken teriyaki on wheat, or tuna on Italian, with chips, cookie and bottled water. Trip, including train fare, lunch, bottled water and museum admission, is $15.
The exhibit at the Women’s Museum highlights the glorious achievements of the first female aviators and follows the path they cleared for the eventual inclusion of women in the space program.
There are more than 40 stories of the contributions women made in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math — it’s not just about the thrills of soaring above the earth. The show is orchestrated to appeal to people who might benefit from knowing the heroics of these pioneers. Even though Amelia Earhart’s legacy has been the dominant story of female fliers for almost 75 years — she was the first woman to make a nonstop trans-Atlantic flight — she is given no more wall space than Jacqueline Cochran, who led the WASPs during World War II, or Jeana Yeager, a Fort Worth native who circumnavigated the globe nonstop with a partner without refueling.
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. There will be no payments accepted the day of the trip.
The Sylvia Wolens “Daytimers” is a program of Beth-El Congregation with financial support from the Jewish Federation.

Did you hear the one about the rabbi who was also a stand-up comic?

There’s a reason why XM and Sirius satellite radio play Rabbi Bob Alper’s bits several times daily, often sandwiched between Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby: Now, he is coming to Fort Worth to do his act!
Alper is an ordained rabbi who served congregations for 14 years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. That background prepared him for a 20-year comedy career. Alper has written two books: “Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This,” an inspirational collection now in its fifth printing, and an award-winning full-color cartoon book, “A Rabbi Confesses.” He has also produced two best-selling comedy CDs. His Web site is at
The performance, for adults and children 11 years of age and older, will be held this Sunday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m., at Beth-El Congregation. Admission is one can of food for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Babysitting is available with reservation. For more information or to make a reservation for babysitting, please call the Federation office at 817-569-0892.
The event is sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County with financial support from the Dan Danciger/Fort Worth Hebrew Day School Supporting Foundation.

Noted Holy Land scholar Carol Meyers speaking at TCU on Oct. 26

Biblical scholar, archaeologist and Duke University professor Dr. Carol Meyers will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the ballroom of the Brown-Lupton University Union on the TCU campus. She is guest of honor for the 13th annual Gates of Chai Lectureship in Contemporary Judaism, sponsored by Brite Divinity School. Topic of her remarks will be “Holy Land Archaeology: Past Meets Present.”
Dr. Meyers has blended her expertise in both fields to become a researcher, author and sought-after expert on the land of ancient Israel. She has authored, co-authored or edited 17 books, including the landmark “Discovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context,” published in 1988 by Oxford University Press.
Dr. Meyers is often a consultant on film and broadcast projects focused on the biblical world, including NOVA’s “The Bible’s Buried Secrets,” DreamWorks’ “Prince of Egypt,” WNET-TV’s “Civilization and the Jews,” NBC-TV’s “The Human Animal” series, a National Geographic Discovery documentary on the history of Jews and Judaism, and many segments of the A&E “Mysteries of the Bible” and “Biography” series.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and reserved parking or $75 for reserved seats, a pre-event reception and priority parking. Students are admitted free. The number to call is 817-257-5976.
The Gates of Chai Lectureship is designed to promote informed, dynamic public dialogue and education on issues of relevance to contemporary Judaism. The lectureship is sponsored through the generosity of Gates of Chai, Inc., in memory of Larry Kornbleet and family members of Stanley and Marcia Kornbleet Kurtz who perished in the Holocaust.
Previous Gates of Chai speakers include Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel, legal/political activists Morris Dees and Susan Estrich, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Middle Eastern policy expert Dennis Ross and authors Thomas Cahill, Chaim Potok and Bruce Feiler.

Fort Worth Chapter of Hadassah brings back Dr. Maria Sirois to ‘continue the journey’

The Fort Worth Chapter of Hadassah is thrilled to announce the return of Dr. Maria Sirois, an inspirational speaker, seminar leader and author who has worked at the intersections of wellness, psychology and spirituality for nearly 20 years.
Dr. Sirois will appear on Nov. 7 at Hadassah’s “Community-Wide Women’s Celebration II — Continuing the Journey: A Women’s Retreat with Dr. Maria Sirois” at Mira Vista Country Club in southwest Fort Worth, from 1 to 5 p.m. As the celebration this time is designed as a women’s retreat, women of all ages are invited to participate in this event, which is certain to leave them inspired.
Called the “voice of authenticity” in the Berkshires, Dr. Sirois is a consultant to philanthropic organizations, religious institutions, hospitals and wellness centers throughout the country. She has lectured and keynoted for organizations as diverse as Canyon Ranch, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Hadassah, Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, the Rabbinic Assembly and Williams College, among many others. Her work focuses on the capacity we all have to thrive — no matter what — in any circumstance.
Dr. Sirois was trained at the New England Deaconess Mind/Body Clinic and at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She received her doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in 1993.
You can learn more about Dr. Sirois and her work, plus listen to her clips, at
Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Event tickets are $25. For more information, please contact Dolores Schneider at 817-294-7626 or
Committee members include: Ava Beleck, Rhoda Bernstein, Loretta Causey, Elizabeth Cohen, Jane Cohen, Jennifer Daley, Gail Granek, Linda Hochster, Etty Horowitz, Shoshana Howard, Rebecca Isgur, Randee Kaitcer, Karen Kaplan, Marcia Kurtz, Linda Lavi, Susan Luskey, Posy McMillen, Carol Minker, Melissa Morgan, Zoë Stein Pierce, Jennifer Ratner, Naomi Rosenfield, Debby Rice, Dolores Schneider, Louise Vermillion, Laurie Werner and Margie Zentner.

Buy a Chanukah card and help JEA!

The Jewish Education Agency has a wonderful and painless fundraiser to help you both donate to programs like Camp Shalom and the Lil Goldman Early Learning Center AND honor the people you love this Chanukah.
Holiday Heroes takes the stress out of mailing holiday cards. Buy a card featuring handprints from the children at Lil Goldman Early Learning Center, and the staff at LGELC will even mail the card to your holiday hero on your behalf! What could be easier? To obtain a donation form, contact Paddy White at LGELC, 817-737-9898, by Nov. 5. Cards are $10 each or 12 for $100, and your donation is tax-deductible! All money raised supports Jewish programming for Tarrant County’s only full-time Jewish preschool.

News and notes

Corrine Jacobson had a wonderful five-day visit from her children, Cindy and Steve Bond of Marietta, Ga. They were able to spend time with their lifelong friends, Cathy and Lenny Herzfeld. Corrine was the featured guest speaker recently at the Northside Baptist Church of Weatherford when the church held their annual dinner for widows. Corrine presented excerpts from her book, “A Handbook for Widows.”
Speedy recovery wishes to Edythe Cohen, who is recovering from surgery, and Sanford ­Bogart, and we hear Rhoda Stryer is doing better.

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