Around the Town with Rene

Esther Rosen celebrates nintieth

Mazal tov to our good friend, Esther Rosen who on Sunday, September 26th, at Colonial Country Club, celebrated her 90th birthday at a reception hosted by her children and their families. Many of Esther’s friends and relatives from the surrounding Fort Worth community attended the reception. In addition, family flew in from as far away as California, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Florida to honor Esther. Hosts were Diane Rosen Newman and husband Jeff of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Lynn Rosen and Ted Strickland of Ashburn, Va.; Paula Rosen of Fort Worth; and Jay Rosen and wife Linda of Houston. Esther was blessed with the attendance of her six grandchildren, Tom Newman and his wife Jennifer of Phoenix, Ariz.; Ryan Newman and his wife Megan of Phoenix, Ariz.; Rachel Rosen of New York City; Zach Rosen of Houston; Jessica Strickland of Limerick, Pa.; and Erika Strickland of Royersferd, Pa. Esther was also thrilled to have her four great-grandchildren in attendance as well; Trey, Luke and William Newman and Nathan Cagliola. All of Esther’s nieces and nephews were able to join in the celebration: Phyllis Morris and husband Jeff and daughter Amanda of San Diego, Calif.; Robin Winterman Weber and husband Jeff Weber of Dallas; Lisa Winterman of Roanoke; David Rosen and his wife June, daughter Jennifer and son Daniel of Mesquite; Larry Rosen and Cathy Walenskey of Arlington; and Vicki Rosen Hamilton also of Arlington.
Other family members attending were Myron Rosenberg of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Jay Rosenberg of Joplin, Mo.; Jeff Barnett and children of Austin; Faye Wanetick Mendeloff of Pittsburg, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Newman of Denton; Jennifer and Nate Hamilton of Denton; James Newman and Sachin Patel of Richardson; Wilma Rogers and Mr. and Mrs. Rick Rogers and daughter Gueniviere of Haslet, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bezdek and son of Abbott, Texas; Barbara Bezdek of Waco; and Jim and Barbara Pottieger of Ft. Meade, Fla. Friends from The Franklin, where she resides, were also able to attend.
Saturday morning, Sept. 25, all out of town guests were treated to a lovely brunch at Blue Mesa in Fort Worth, hosted by Esther’s nieces and nephews who live in the Fort Worth area: Vicki Hamilton, David and June Rosen, Larry Rosen and Cathy Walenskey, Lisa Winterman and Robin and Jeff Weber.
Esther moved with her parents, Herman and Ida Cohen, of blessed memory, and brother Abe, of blessed memory, to Fort Worth from Savannah, Ga. when she was two years old and has been an active member of Congregation Ahavath Sholom for over 50 years, serving as Sisterhood President and on various committees. Esther was honored with opening the Ark at Shabbat services on Oct. 2.
The family is grateful to all who attended, making Esther’s 90th birthday party a very joyful and memorable event for her.

New Veterans book released

Jewish War Veterans Post 755 will kick off the sales of their new book, “They Were Soldiers In Peace and War, Volume 2” at their monthly meeting, Sunday Oct.31, at 10:30 a.m. at the Congregation Ahavath Sholom library on 4050 South Hulen Street, Fort Worth. A short introduction and readings from the book will be followed by a signing. Some sections in the book include World War Two and Korea, Women In the Military, a Jewish prospective, Rabbis and the chaplaincy, The sixties and seventies, Bosnia, Iraq The later Stage (interesting perspectives on our current conflicts from recently returning servicemen and women). There are more that fifty interviews of members mostly of our community and commentary on each era. A history of the earliest Jewish veterans, who they were, where they came from and their role form 1654 through the Civil War is also discussed in the book. The book is given free of charge to bat and bat mitzvahs from several local congregations. It is partially funded from a grant provided by the Tarrant County Jewish Federation. For further information contact Julian Haber, commander JWV 755, at or 817-346-1902.

Things are ‘rising’ at Ahavath Sholom

Saturday, Oct. 30 is USY Shabbat at Ahavath Sholom. Members of the SWUSY youth group will be joining Rabbi Gary Perras in leading services for the congregation. The USYers bring a special ruach (spirit) to Shabbat.
On Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m., the “For Women Only” program will resume under the leadership of Rabbi Perras. This program was started 20 years ago and has a large following within the community. All are welcome to attend.
Finally, in conjunction with “For Women Only,” Naomi Brand will kick-off the new “Challah and Halacha” program. Starting at 9:30 a.m. the group will prepare challah dough and after class will go back and bake the risen dough. The finished challot will be donated to needy families in the community. For more details, contact Naomi Brand at 817-731-4721.

Beth-El to honor Paul Schwartz on his 90th birthday

On Friday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m., Beth-El Congregation will hold a special reception in honor of the 90th birthday of Paul Schwartz. The reception will be followed at 6 by an adult Kabbalat Shabbat service in the sanctuary, featuring participation by Jewish War Veterans, and a concurrent service for children in the chapel. A volunteer choir will sing.  Mazal tov to Paul Schwartz on reaching this milestone!

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