Around The Town: Yom HaShoah, new course, Yom HaAtzmaut

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray

Yom HaShoah memorial service
More than 175 people participated in the 2016 Fort Worth & Tarrant County Yom HaShoah Community Observance on May 5 at Beth-El Congregation.
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation, the Dan Danciger/Fort Worth Hebrew Day School Supporting Foundation, and the MultiCultural Alliance, the program featured inspiring remarks from Paul Kessler. Special thank-you to Event Co-Chairs Charlotte Ray and Howard Rosenthal and the clergy for its leadership and participation. Beth-El Congregation hosted the event.
— Submitted by Angie Friedman


Yom HaShoah youth program

Students gathered at Beth-El Congregation to learn about the Shoah and discuss what could be done to really live up to the promise, “Never Again.”
Some of the students performed a play adapted from the book Terrible Things and afterward, the young people split up into groups to talk about what they’d learned. Special thank-you to Ricki Klos, Charlotte Ray and Ilana Knust for all of their hard work on this powerful and meaningful program.
Thank you also to the cast of Terrible Things: Sara and Alex Prejean, Nathaneal Clark, Ari and Samantha Simon, Emily Mandel, Caroline Sloter, Ethan Johnson, Lauren Magee, Sadie Klos, Tilly Klos, Bixby Klos, Ethan Klos and Ricki Klos. The amazing backdrop was created by Ilana Knust and many volunteers.
— Submitted by Angie Friedman

Reminder: Community Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration on Sunday, May 15

Tarrant County will turn out to celebrate Israel Independence Day this Sunday, May 15 at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. Moshe and Shuli Dayan, dynamic Israeli singing duo, will perform. As a special treat they are bringing mentalist Marom Mor.
Program Co-Chairs Rachel Yaacobi and David Nudleman are very excited to invite you to this lively event. While the opening ceremony and lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m. please note that there will be pre-event activities for the kids starting at noon.
Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth & Tarrant County with financial support from the Dan Danciger/Fort Worth Hebrew Day School Supporting Foundation.

Chabad of Arlington and Mid-Cities offers new course

Nothing ought to be more important to us than our personal values — the treasured traits that guide our lives.
In Strength and Struggle, unlock the secrets of great character by exploring some of the most dramatic narratives and inspiring personalities in all of history.
Set in the midst of our nation’s formative years, an era in which our ancestors fought to carve out a civilization among hostile neighbors, these thrilling tales of judges, kings, and prophets reach into the essence of the human condition. Their heroes and antiheroes teach us eternal lessons of struggle and triumph, courage and humility, hope and resilience.
Rishi Gurevitch says you will walk away from this course with an enhanced knowledge of the books of the Prophets and the dramatic events that comprise a significant portion of our nation’s history. You will have gained an opportunity to think deeply about yourself and the values that are most important to you. And more importantly, you will be a stronger person, empowered by its lessons to overcome —and even grow from — the challenges that life throws your way.
The course will be offered six Tuesdays starting May 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Chabad of Arlington & The Mid-Cities, 1861 Brown Blvd., Ste. 213; and six Wednesdays, starting May 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at The Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Dr. Fee for the class is $89 and includes the textbook. However you can check out the first class for free. For more information, contact Chabad at 817-451-1171 or
— Submitted by Rishi Gurevitch

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