Shabbat Shalom

GRACE CEO Shonda Schaefer makes a strong point about the growing need for expanded community services during the Shabbat Services on December 13 at Congregation Beth Israel.

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and the Congregation Beth Israel bid all “Shabbat Shalom” last Friday, December 13.

A day of rest was welcomed by all including GRACE chief executive Shonda Schaefer and Jewish Family Services director Carole Rogers.

Shonda and Dr. Rogers joined Rabbi Charlie in a deep discussion on the community needs they witness in their agencies. Topics ranged from hunger, homelessness, and domestic violence to collaborations with other agencies, corporations, and public organizations.

Much like GRACE, Jewish Family Services (JFS) provides financial assistance for those in need, counseling and case management, information and referrals, a program for seniors, and holiday assistance.

And also like GRACE, JFS is a beneficiary of the annual Casino Night held by the CBI Brotherhood. The seventh annual casino night is set for Saturday, January 11, at the Good Shepherd Parish Hall, 1000 Tinker Road in Colleyville. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Ticket and sponsorship information is on their Facebook page here. For questions or more information, call 817-581-5500, or email

To all of our wonderful friends at Beth Israel a very hardy Happy Hanukkah!