Around the Town

Pearle Vision show: See what a ‘mensch’ is and purchase designer frames
My “Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition,” lists “mensch” as “a person, especially a man, regarded as being honorable, decent and responsible and having strength of character.” I could add a few more descriptive words, such as kind, compassionate and generous. Such a man is Alex Nason, whose days are full with not only his Pearle Vision Shop on Lancaster but with his many volunteer activities. A past president of the Isadore Garsek Lodge of B’nai B’rith, he currently serves on its board as well as the boards of Jewish Family Service and Congregation Ahavath Sholom. Years back, he was especially active in settling our Russian community when the about-to-be-Americans arrived here.
This Sunday afternoon, from 12 noon until 4 p.m., Pearle Vision will present an Eyewear Trunk Show at Ahavath Sholom. Frames from such famous designers as Ferragamo, Prada, Polo, Ray-Ban, Anne Klein, Vogue, Versace, Persol, Burberry, Brooks Brothers, Converse, D&G and DKNY will be featured. The Trunk Show special includes $50 off a complete pair of prescription glasses. Twenty per cent of the profit will benefit Ahavath Sholom. My friend, Debby Rice, a human dynamo, is fundraising chair for CAS.
Alex and his wife, Sophia, also active in Pearle Vision, are parents of two grown sons, Michael and Robert.
JFS Senior Program honors their volunteers
The Jewish Family Services Senior Program was excited to honor their volunteers at the East Gourmet Buffet on Hulen Street. Almost 50 people were in attendance giving special wishes to Beverly Ross, outgoing chair of the JFS committee. The program has survived and grown these past few years under her leadership. Susan Luskey, who was not able to attend, is taking over as head of the committee. Hugs and kisses were given as favors to all those that attended. Mort House, Mary Frances Antweil, Gail Granek, Scott Sturman, Marla Sturman, Gail Berlin, Robin Stein, Roz Rosenthal, Adele Arensberg, Judy Horn, Ginger Humber, Mary Ann Slater, Gloria Putnam, Dr. Carole Rogers and their youngest volunteer, Molly Karten, were all there to get well-deserved thanks and to celebrate with the seniors. JFS hopes the rest of their volunteers can make it to their next event. Without volunteers the JFS Senior Program would not be able to serve as many seniors as it does.
Thanks to all! Remember, their program meets daily at Beth-El Congregation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and all are welcome. Please call Hedy Collins at 817-296-3709 if any further information is needed.
Corrine Jacobson speaks at several gatherings
Corrine Jacobson has enjoyed giving talks on her favorite topics. She represented the Jewish faith with a group from Daughters of Abraham when they addressed educators working on their master’s degrees in a diversity class at TCU, then she spoke to the Network for Executive Women about Fort Worth and her service as a convention representative for the information booth at the FWCC. Early in September she will give a talk about her book, “A Handbook for Widows,” to a “boot camp” sponsored by Merrill Lynch at the Fort Worth Public Library meeting room.
Catching up with old friends
Last Sunday was my day to try and catch up with old friends. I succeeded with two out of three. After several attempts to reach Helen Beckoff, I caught up with Judy Beckoff Nussenblatt in Las Vegas, who told me that their entire family of Ivan Beckoff of Colorado, Leslie and Robert Beckoff of El Paso, Barbara and Andrew Leigh of the Los Angeles area, Judy’s husband, Alan, and his mother, Clara Nussenblatt of Galveston were having a fabulous time celebrating Helen’s 90th birthday in Vegas. I chatted with former ourtowner Lori Railenau, who told me they’ve moved and downsized to a new home in St. Louis, smaller but comfortable. Michael has renewed his contract with the school he’s at, their kids are happy in St. Louis and Gabriella plans to attend the University of Massachusetts in Amherst this fall.

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