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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, although we're now meeting virtually to continue our community in a safe way.

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 Events:

Hazak Autumn Zoom: Date to be Announced

Join us for an entertaining zoom session after the High Holidays, where we will  "Show & Tell" to our Hazak friends. Let's banish cabin fever!

Voting 101:

Every Voice Every Vote - How to Vote Safely

                                                               Updated September 17, 2020
Confused about voting? Not to worry! “VOTING 101is for you. Let’s help Congregation Beth Israel achieve 100 percent voting among our congregants. Voting is a Jewish value. Every voice, every vote!

This election is different:
   • Safety and social distancing requirements, more voters
   • No straight-ticket voting, longer ballots

Registering to vote:

Not sure if you are registered to vote? Check your registration status here (A=Active, S=Suspended):
Texas overall: https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do (Try all 3 selection criteria if needed.)

Tarrant County: https://gisit.tarrantcounty.com/TCVL/?linklocation=Button List&linkname=Voter Lookup
Dallas County: https://www.dallascountyvotes.org/voter-lookup/#VoterEligibilitySearch
Denton County: https://www.votedenton.com/voter-lookup/#VoterEligibilitySearch

If you are not registered to vote, print out the form you will find on your county elections web site and mail it in. Note how you sign your application, because you will need this exact name information on the actual ballot. Joseph D. Rosenblum? or Joseph Daniel Rosenblum? Take a photo of your signature on your application so when you sign your ballot it will match.

Mail-in ballots:

  1. Anyone who will be 65 on the day of the election can apply to vote by mail.

  2. Anyone who has a disability that prevents them from going to the polls can apply to vote by mail.

  3. Anyone who will be outside the county where they are registered to vote on election day, and during the period for early voting, can apply to vote by mail in the county in which they are registered.

  4. Go to your county elections administration web page to apply for a mail-in ballot.
    For
    Tarrant County: http://access.tarrantcounty.com/content/dam/main/elections/EV/mail_ballot_application.pdf.
    For
    Dallas County: https://www.dallascountyvotes.org/wp-content/uploads/ABBM-5-15f-English-1.pdf
    For Denton County: https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/forms/5-15f.pdf and mail to 701 Kimberly Drive, Suite A101, Denton, TX 76208
    For Collin County:
    https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/forms/5-15f.pdf and mail to Collin County Elections Dept., 2010 Redbud Blvd. Suite 102, McKinney, TX 75069.

    You can request an application be sent to you by mail (if you don’t have a printer) at this website:https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrrequest/bbm.asp This will take longer so start now.

  1. The deadline for the application for a mail-in ballot to be received is Oct. 23 but the elections office emphasizes that you should not wait till the last minute.

Early voting schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 13 through Saturday, Oct. 17: 8 a.m. -5 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 19 through Friday, Oct. 23: …. 8 a.m. -5 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 24: ……………………..……..... 7 a.m. -7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 25: …………………….…  ..…... 11 a.m. -4 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30: …. 7 a.m. -7 p.m.

Election day:

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3. Tarrant County voters can vote at any polling place in the county from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Before early voting begins, a listing and map of all polling places will be available on the elections websites for Tarrant County, Dallas County, Denton County, and Collin County.

Avoiding long lines: Lines are likely to be long on election day, so vote early or by mail if you can. The first and last days of early voting are likely to be busy, so avoid those days. The first Saturday and Sunday of early voting are likely to be low-turnout days and good days to avoid lines.

Making your vote count:

  1. Sign the envelope: As many as 20 percent of people who vote by mail do not sign the envelope their ballot goes into. This automatically disqualifies the vote. Furthermore, your signature must match your name as it is written on your mail-in ballot request. Sign your mail-in ballot and make sure your signatures match. (This is why you take a photo of your signature on your mail-in application.)

  2. Returning your mail-in ballot Method #1:
    Make your selections and sign the envelope.
    The mail-in ballot may require extra postage. Add an extra stamp on the envelope. This is just
    a suggestion - Your vote is worth two stamps!
    Do not wait till the last minute to send in your mail-in ballot. Send it in well before the deadline to make sure it is not held up in slow mail.

  3. Returning your mail-in ballot Method #2:
    Make your selections and sign the envelope.
    Drop it off in person at the Tarrant County Elections administration office
    (for Tarrant County voters):
    2700 Premier Street, Fort Worth, TX 76111. map
    You must deliver it yourself and bring a photo ID that matches the name on your voter registration card and your signature on your mail-in ballot application. Parking is limited. You can deliver your ballot anytime after you receive it; this is a change from past procedure because of Covid-19.

  4. If you have a mail-in ballot and decide to vote in person, take your mail-in ballot with you to the polls. Tell the poll-worker you want to vote in person, and follow the poll-worker's instructions. Photo ID needed! You may need to forfeit your mail-in ballot at the polling location to ensure that your in-person vote is not classified as "provisional." This is a safeguard to prevent a voter from voting twice.

  5. There is no straight-ticket voting. You need to vote separately for each office. The down-ballot elections are important, too, so be sure to take the time to consider all the offices on the ballot. The party affiliation is listed on the ballot for each candidate.

  6. Know the candidates you are going to vote for before you get to the polling place. You're not allowed to look at your cell phone, so don't record things there.

  7. For those voting in person in Tarrant County, unless you voted in the primary earlier this year, you will be using a new machine. When you finish making your selections, you will be asked to review your vote. Be sure to review your vote on the machine. This is the time to correct any errors. Once you print out your ballot, it is too late to make changes.
    A paper version of your ballot will print out after you finish voting. Don't walk off with it. You need to feed the paper record into another machine before you leave the polling place.

  8. You must bring a photo ID with you when you vote in person. Texas driver’s license, US military ID with photo, Texas handgun license with photo, and US passport are among the acceptable forms of ID. Bring a photo ID on which your name exactly matches your name on your voter card, if possible. If your voter card says Joseph D. Rosenblum, then bring an ID that says Joseph D. Rosenblum, not Joseph Daniel Rosenblum, if possible.

Staying safe:

Bring your own mask and hand sanitizer to use after you vote.

Polling places :

Tarrant County polling places: https://www.tarrantcounty.com/content/dam/main/elections/2020/1120/election-maps/11_03_20_Vote_Center_Locations.pdf

Dallas County polling places: https://www.dallascountyvotes.org/election-results-and-maps/voting-precincts-maps/

Denton County polling places: https://www.votedenton.com/voting-precincts-maps/

Collin County polling places: www.collincountytx.gov/elections/election_information/Pages/early_voting.aspx

Phone numbers for more information:

 

Tarrant County Elections: 817-831-8683

Dallas County Elections : 214-819-6300

Denton County Elections: 940-349-3200

Collin County Elections:   972-547-1990

 

Questions? Contact Stuart Yarus 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. at 817-656-5896 or email: dfwuug@gmail.com

ADL Voting Resources:  https://www.adl.org/voting-rights-resources

Many thanks to RAC-Texas (a project of the Religious Action Committee of Reform Judaism) for support on ways to vote safely. https://rac.org/take-action/rac-your-state/rac-tx

 

Recent Events: 

Hazak August Scavenger Hunt via Zoom on Sunday, August 9, 2020. We had so much fun at our Scavenger Hunt! Many thanks to Nancy and Howard Weinberg for being our host and scorekeeper. The competition was close, and when it came down to 2 finalists (the Leeds and Cyndy), we had to go through several tie-breakers to get a winner. There was quite a story behind some items. For example, why would you have tickets to box seats at the 1971 World Series? Because your husband wore the wrong jacket that day and the tickets were in the pocket of the jacket back home! You ended up watching the series on a TV set in a bar. We saw such a variety of travel souvenirs. There were 19 people on the Zoom. Before the Hunt began, we schmoozed and talked about voting by mail and how important it is to mail the ballot in quickly and sign with your usual signature, because we would love for CBI to be a 100% voting congregation.

Hazak July Schmooze via Zoom on July 12, 2020: Amazing variety of topics with 22 participants! We shared: where you can drive to view 2 camels in a field, an adventure getting lost in a gated community under construction (with security guard escort to the exit), a visit to a peach farm, doctor-hopping, playing rummy tile, finally getting a car delivered from Florida, shops re-closing in Mexico, a cat named Miss Dior, advocating for nursing home Covid tests, Covid impact on wedding plans for 2 sons, tutoring online 5 hours per day, how Covid has changed our dreams, and congrats on a grandchild being a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

Hazak June Schmooze via Zoom on June 14, 2020: It was great to see the faces of 20 Hazak friends. We shared joys and sorrows from our recent experiences: playing bridge with friends sitting far apart outdoors while wearing masks, celebrating grandchildren's graduations, navigating a spouse's non-Covid hospitalization during a pandemic, experiencing the death of an elderly parent overseas and not being able to travel there, and some unexpected and not entirely delightful aspects of being a medical expat in Mexico when the situation changed due to Covid-19.

Hazak Virtual Gathering with the Rabbi on May 17, 2020: There was a tremendous turnout, with 29 people sharing their sequester experiences. We learned that some of us have had immediate family members come down with Covid-19. Many of us are appreciating nature and the birds in our yard and even the road work crews. Rabbi Charlie fielded all questions, which ranged from Hakol vs. Meitim, why some of the Shema is whispered in some congregations and not in others, the beauty of the Plum Street Synagogue in Cincinnati, and a question about the Jameh Mosque in Isfahan in central Iran.

Hazak Shabbat and Oneg on March 20 in the CBI Sanctuary:  Due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, this service was not held as planned. We regret this but made this decision out of respect for the health of our members. We need to act responsibly in accordance with Jewish values.

Seussical Musical Play:  Our February 2020 event was a cheerful one: Seussical is a rollicking, high-energy musical which had all eleven of us laughing, a fun show with a serious message. (Did you know that Theodor Seuss Geisel worked with Mel Blanc making hilarious army training films during World War II?) After the play, we enjoyed a meal together at the Black Walnut Cafe, where we learned that one of us has taken to heart the advice to eat dessert first.

Dr. Max Spindler and Carol J. Levy: Max and Carol spoke about Max's Holocaust experiences as a child hidden in Catholic facilities in Belgium, in a moving and engaging presentation on January 26, 2020. Max was shuffled from orphanage to orphanage during World War II, and finally moved to Israel and later to the United States after the war. We had the rare privilege of hearing the first-person account of a child who survived the Holocaust, pieced together his history over many years of research, and reclaimed his Jewish identity. At the end there were many questions; 43 people were present. Delicious refreshments were enjoyed before and after the talk.

Who is Dr. Max Spindler?

Dr. Spindler was a Jewish Hidden Child in Belgium. His parents placed him in hiding for protection in 1943 when he was only 4-½ years old. Max remained in various Catholic orphanages until 1949. He was introduced to his younger brother in December of 1947, the first inkling that he had relatives in this world.

Max Spindler rejoined the Jewish community in 1949. He was taken to Israel when he was nearly 11 years old, and then went to live with an aunt in New York City in 1952, just before his 14th birthday.

After completing his formal education, Max came to Dallas in 1967 to take a job. He has reared two sons within the Jewish faith and is retired from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he was an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

Hazak Hanukkah Celebration:  Our hosts Christine and Gene Posnock made us feel so welcome December 8, 2019. From Christine's potato latkes to the ever-popular White Elephant Gift Exchange, we had a great time together, enjoying a meal and conversation together. It was one of our most joyous gatherings ever, with 35 attendees.

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame:  We had a great visit November 3, 2019, with 13 attendees! 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 2019, the ever-popular "Ask the Rabbi" session. We had a good turnout of 21, 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, 2019. We had so many attendees (22) 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 2019. We had a great turnout of 20 people, and enjoyed a meal together afterwards at the Black Walnut Cafe.

Annual Luncheon: We had a wonderful time at our annual luncheon May 5, 2019, at Howard Wang's China Grill with 18 attendees. The Millimets made us feel so welcome at the dessert and conversation afterwards in their home.

Havdalah and Movie Night: The Israeli film The Green Dumpster Mystery was featured at Hazak's "Havdalah and Movie Night" on March 16, 2019.

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 felt that the movie 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.

Hazak provided a family tree handout to help us follow the story. The subtitles were clear. As an added bonus, one attendee who is totally deaf could follow the film without assistance. There were 19 attendees.

Hazak Events 2012-2020

Oct 2012: “Ask the Rabbi” open learning session with Rabbi Charlie

Nov 2012: Get Acquainted Game and Planning Session

Dec 2012: Hanukkah Celebration and Tzedakah Gift Basket

Jan 2013: Hazak Luncheon, Bellisimo’s

Feb 2013: Charley’s Aunt play by Onstage in Bedford

Mar 2013: Speaker: Diana Staples on “Synagogues in Thailand and Taiwan”

Apr 2013: “Chagall: Beyond Color” exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art

May 2013: Fiddler on the Roof play in Grapevine

Jun 2013: Hazak Annual Luncheon, From Across the Pond

Sep 2013: Sukkah, Planning meeting and blessings with the lulav and etrog

Oct 2013: Ask the Rabbi: “Did that really happen? Archaeology and the Bible,” Rabbi Charlie

Nov 2013: “Israel Visit: An Ultra-Orthodox Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem,” Judith & Stuart Yarus

Dec 2013: Hanukkah Celebration: home of Carol Hammock & Rich Morris

Jan 2014: Smokey Joe’s Café musical at the Artisan Center Theater

Feb 2014: Speaker: artist Richard Baratz, Sardi’s caricaturist and U.S. currency engraver

Mar 2014: Dallas Holocaust Museum visit & film: “BESA: A Code of Honor: Muslim Albanians Who Rescued Jews during the Holocaust”

May 2014: Hazak Annual Luncheon, Bellissimo's & dessert at the Millimets’

May 2014: Sponsor and host the Oneg after the Friday night service

Oct 2014: IMAX film Jerusalem at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, with Sisterhood

Nov 2014: “Ask the Rabbi” open learning session with Rabbi Charlie, and refreshments

Dec 2014: Hanukkah Celebration and Tzedakah basket: home of Carol Hammock & Rich Morris

Jan 2015: “Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay” at the Kimbell Art Museum

Feb 2015: Speaker Dr. Max Spindler, The Yiddish Language

Mar 2015: Hazak luncheon, Italianni’s

Mar 2015: Havdalah & Israeli Film The Dove Flyer, Ruth Levitz hosting Q&A, Iraqi refreshments

May 2015: "SIX13" Jewish A Cappella Group, Congregation Ahavath Sholom, lunch at Charleston’s

Jul 2015: Sponsor and host the Oneg after the Friday night service

Sep 2015: Hazak Aliyah on Yom Kippur morning

Oct 2015: “Ask the Rabbi” open learning session with Rabbi Charlie, and refreshments

Nov 2015: “A Time to Talk--A Jewish Community Conversation about Advance Care Planning," Beth-El Congregation, Fort Worth

Dec 2015: Hanukkah Celebration, home of Claudio & Elena Man

Jan 2016: Forever Plaid musical play & meal at Ti Amo’s

Feb 2016: Perot Museum of Nature & Science and lunch at the museum

Mar 2016: Havdalah & Film Yidl Mitn Fidl, Yiddish-themed refreshments

Apr 2016: Dallas Holocaust Museum visit & lunch

May 2016: Hazak Annual Luncheon, Bellissimo's, Dessert at the Millimets’

Jun 2016: Bureau of Engraving & Printing visit & lunch at Tom+Chee

Aug 2016: Modern Art Museum “Frank Stella” exhibit & lunch at Milano’s

Sep 2016: “Ask the Rabbi” session & refreshments

Nov 2016: George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum visit, with lunch

Dec 2016: Hanukkah Celebration, home of Claudio & Elena Man

Jan 2017: Havdalah & Film Carvalho's Journey & Q&A, with refreshments

Feb 2017: “Pablo Picasso:Ceramics” Arlington Museum of Art, Babe’s lunch

Mar 2017: Hazak Shabbat and Oneg

May 2017: Hazak Annual Luncheon, Palio’s Cafe, Dessert at the Millimets’

July 2017: On the Town musical play

Aug 2017: Amon Carter Museum of American Art visit, Terra Mediterranean

Oct 2017: Ask the Rabbi” session & refreshments

Nov 2017: Application Pending play at Circle Theater, lunch at Corner Bakery

Dec 2017: Hanukkah Celebration, home of Claudio & Elena Man

Jan 2018: Bob Goldberg, Jewish Federation & refreshments

Feb 2018: Moon over Buffalo play & lunch at Big Fish Seafood Grill

Mar 2018: “Posnocks in Africa” presentation and refreshments

Apr 2018: Havdalah & Film Theodore Bikel:In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem, Oneg

Jun 2018: Hazak Annual Luncheon, Tio Carlos, Dessert at the Millimets’

Jul 2018: The Wedding Singer musical play & lunch at Terra Grill

Oct 2018: “Ask the Rabbi” session & refreshments

Nov 2018: Kimbell Museum lunch & “Balenciaga in Black”

Dec 2018: Hanukkah Celebration, home of Claudio & Elena Man

Jan 2019: Journalists Kerry Gunnels & Marice Richter

Feb 2019: Hazak Shabbat and Oneg

Mar 2019: Havdalah & Israeli Film The Green Dumpster Mystery, snacks

May 2019: Annual Luncheon, Howard Wang’s, Dessert at the Millimets’

June 2019: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat play, Black Walnut

July 2019: Dallas Holocaust Museum: Life Story of Anne Frank & lunch

Sept 2019: “Ask the Rabbi” session & refreshments

Nov 2019: National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame visit, Gloria’s Cuisine

Dec 2019: Hanukkah Celebration, home of Gene & Christine Posnock

Jan 2020: Max Spindler & Carol Levy: Holocaust Experience as a Child Hidden in Catholic Facilities

Feb 2020: Seussical musical play, meal at Black Walnut Cafe

May 2020: Virtual Gathering and "Ask the Rabbi" session

June 2020: Hazak June Schmooze via Zoom

July 2020: Hazak July Schmooze via Zoom

Aug 2020: Hazak Scavenger Hunt via Zoom

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

Mon, September 28 2020 10 Tishrei 5781