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Who we are:

Hazak is a welcoming senior (50+) group of men and women who meet about once a month at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville. We also carpool to various cultural events in the Fort Worth/Dallas area.

Hazak provides a venue to welcome older adult congregants. Our group fosters spiritual growth, creating a vibrant Judaism in the home, synagogue, and community. Hazak promotes congregants' connection to the congregation and each other. We value community and mutual respect as we share the joy of Jewish life. Under the inspirational guidance of our Rabbi, we make a difference in the lives of our members.

Hazak's next event:

Sunday, December 8, 2019: Hazak Hanukkah Celebration, 1 pm, Posnock home

  • Join us for our joyous celebration and luncheon. Lunch will be catered at no charge. Our hostess is making potato latkes!
  • Bring a used or new ($5 limit) item for our ever-popular White Elephant Gift Exchange. Wrap the gift or put it in a gift bag so we can all share the surprise... and perhaps a laugh.
  • For more information, contact Sandy Silverman or hazak@congregationbethisrael.org, or call 682-622-9877.
  • Please RSVP by Sunday, December 1, to Sandy Silverman or hazak@congregationbethisrael.org. The address and entry info will be given to those who RSVP, a few days before the event.
  • When you RSVP, indicate if you can bring a dessert.

Recent Events: 

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame:  We had a great visit November 3! There was even a special exhibit featuring our favorite Israeli Wonder Woman Gal Gadot. A Texas Jewish cowgirl is honored there: Frances Rosenthal Kallison, who was also instrumental in founding the Texas Jewish Historical Society. Several of our Hazak cowgirls were filmed competing in a rodeo (it's on video - it must be real). We agreed that lunch at Gloria's in Montgomery Plaza was delightful.

"Ask the Rabbi" Session:  Many thanks to Rabbi Charlie for our kick-off event in September, the ever-popular "Ask the Rabbi" session. We had a good turnout with LOTS of questions, ranging across topics as diverse as recent anti-Semitism, Rabbinical education and ordination, Reconstructionist Judaism, female Orthodox Rabbis, Chabad, intermarriage, Jews for Jesus, the Amidah, the Bar'chu, the Jewish ethic against waste in this week's Torah portion, and layers of meaning and metaphor in the Hebrew language. Thank you to our members who brought and served the delicious, bountiful refreshments.

Dallas Holocaust Museum Visit: An enlightening and sobering visit on July 14. We had so many attendees that the museum provided Hazak two separate docent-led tours, each covering the museum as a whole as well as the special exhibition "Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank,” which is the last special exhibition in their current building. Afterwards we shared a meal together at the Spaghetti Warehouse nearby.

Musical Play: Joseph and the Amazing Color Dreamcoat had us dancing in our seats in June. We had a great turnout, and enjoyed a meal together afterwards at the Black Walnut Cafe.

Annual Luncheon: We had a wonderful time at our annual luncheon May 5 at Howard Wang's China Grill, and dessert and conversation afterwards at the Millimets' home.

Havdalah and Movie Night: The Israeli film The Green Dumpster Mystery was featured at Hazak's "Havdalah and Movie Night" on March 16.

People sat rapt during the screening. At the end of the film, no one was restless - we watched the credits, held in the moment.  The effective use of music sustained the mood.

When we finally turned up the lights, the first comment was said softly, "They only wanted to live!"

Then one person exclaimed, "I felt like I was there! That is my story! When they went to the cemetery, Shoah is in area 13, and my husband is in 16. Shoah was 20; my husband was 32."

Another comment: "I've been doing genealogical research on my family, and can really identify with the search, the conflicting information, dead ends, and frustration, especially when he couldn't find the baby girl's name."

People are still talking about the movie, especially how it shows the aftermath of the Holocaust in a way that "shocks slowly," as it reveals the families to be remnants of a lost, murdered world. The filmmaker's decision to frame the story around his discovery process added to our experience because we could feel his curiosity and persistence as he followed clues and leads.

A handout helped us follow the story. The subtitles were clear; as an added bonus, one attendee who is totally deaf could follow the film without assistance.


Financial support is provided by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth & Tarrant County and the Dan Danciger/Fort Worth Hebrew Day School Supporting Foundation.

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