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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 Events:

Saturday February 22, 2020: Seussical musical play, Artisan Center Theater, 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, TX 76053

  • Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza centered around the stories of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss. Join us to see one of the most performed shows in America.
  • In addition to authoring The Cat in the Hat and other well-known children's books, Geisel was a political cartoonist whose war cartoons targeted anti-Semitism and racism.

Friday, March 20, 2020: Hazak Shabbat and Oneg, CBI Sanctuary

  • Join us for our warm and welcoming Hazak Shabbat and Oneg, as we come together for this special service led by Rabbi Charlie.

Recent Events: 

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.

Hazak Hanukkah Celebration:  Our hosts Christine and Gene Posnock made us feel so welcome December 8. 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, 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, 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. 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. 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 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.

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 2016-2019

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

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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