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Welcome to Beth-El Congregation

A Reform Synagogue Serving Metropolitan Tarrant County

Building the Jewish Future

At Beth-El Congregation, we strive to meet the spiritual, educational, social, and religious needs of our members through the teachings and practice of Reform Judaism.  Our community supports the life events of our congregants and demonstrates diverse ways of caring and sharing.  We invite you to come to our Temple and join us for worship, study, tikkun olam (repair of the world) and friendship.


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Shabbat Services

WRJ Shabbat Service

Ottensteins

Friday, May 26, at 7:30 pm

The Beth-El Choir will lead the music.

 

People of the Book

People of the Book

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Tuesday, May 30, at 10:00 am

eting on Tuesday, May 30, at 10:00 am.  Vivien Benjamin will lead a discussion on The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.  This book tells the story of two sisters in WW II France and is based on the real-life story of a woman who led Allied soldiers on foot over the Pyrenees. The book is described as “a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.”
 

See more about the book here.

 

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

What is Tikkun Leil Shavuot?

Torah

Find out on Tuesday, May 30, at 7:00 pm

Presenting: A special night study session to celebrate the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

Come all evening and stay as little or as long as you like!
7:00 pm Shavuot Service with Yizkor
8:00 pm until who knows???
Special study sessions with Cantor Sheri Allen, Rabbi Ottenstein, Rabbi Zimmerman and more!
Bring your best kugel, cheesecake and blintzes for a dairy show down!

 

Family Activities Pool Party

End-of-the-Year Pool Party

Jewish War Veterans Awards Ceremony

Jewish War Veterans Installation and Awards Ceremony

Torah

On Sunday, June 4, Jewish War Veterans Post 755 will be holding its installation and annual Morton Herman awards ceremony at a breakfast at Temple Beth-El.

Councilman Jungus Jordan will be receiving the Morton Herman Service to Veterans Award, and Hollace Weiner will be receiving the Service to the Post Award for preserving the history of Fort Worth Jewish servicemen and women for many, many years.  Post Commander Peter Levy will turn the reigns over to Bill Landy, Nana Atkins will be Senior Post Commander, Mike Bumagin, Junior Vice Commander, Phil Kabakoff will be Judge Advocate, Rabbi Sidney Zimmerman, Chaplain, and Will Kutler, community liaison officers.

 

Parshat Hashavuah

A Weekly Dialog with the Torah Portion to prepare for Shabbat

Parshat Hashavuah

Thursdays, June 22, July 6, and July 13, at 12:00 pm

Join Rabbi Zimmerman this summer to prepare for Shabbat with the study of timely sections from the weekly Torah portion.  This dialogue with Torah goes back through hundreds of years of Torah conversations.  Each session, Rabbi Zimmerman will pick an ancient or modern commentary as our study source to seek new insight into Torah and its role in our lives.  Prepare for Shabbat as you engage with our sacred texts.

 

 

Special Shabbat Service

Special Shabbat Service

Curt Thompson, founder of Mimir Chamber Music Festival

Join us on Friday, June 23, at 7:30 pm for a special Sermon-in-Song with Mimir Chamber Music Founder Curt Thompson

Mimir Chamber Music Festival, now celebrating its milestone 20th season, June 26 to July 7, makes its annual return to our Friday night service on June 23, with founder and creative director Curt Thompson performing several selections, accompanied by Michael Schneider on piano.

The Festival, which has grown to become one of the most celebrated annual music events in Texas and the Southwest, features outstanding musicians from the world’s leading orchestras, music schools and concert halls. All performances are at TCU’s PepsiCo Recital Hall, except the Sunday, July 2 matinee performance at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion. Click here for more information.

Richard Baratz, Artist

Immediately following the Shabbat Service, meet our Artist-in-Residence, Richard Baratz at an Oneg Reception.

Diverse, creative and eclectic aptly describe his decades of artistic creation, including scenes of New York, cowboys in the Old West, and Judaic art, both cultural and religious, executed in watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, and various types of mixed media.

In addition to his primary career as a currency engraver for the U.S. Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Baratz has served for more than 40 years as the caricaturist for Sardi’s, a 90-year old New York City institution, which he describes as “a magnetic and exciting mecca for stage and theater professionals.”  And, since 1995, he has also been the artist for the Bob Hope Cultural Center’s McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, California.

His artwork is on display in the Temple Board Room.
 

 

Jewish Movie Night in Dallas

Join us for Dinner and a Jewish Movie

Denial Movie

Wednesday, July 5

5:00 pm - Dinner at Northpark Mall
7:00 pm - Movie at Temple Emanu-El
Price - $5, popcorn included

We will see Denial, a movie based on a true story starring Rachel Weisz as Dr. Deborah Lipstatdt, followed by the Oscar-winning short, Toyland.

There will be a post-movie discussion with David Patterson, Hillel Feinberg Chair of Holocaust Studies at the UT Dallas.

Please RSVP to Rabbi Zimmerman if you plan to join us for dinner before going to the movie.

 

 

MRJ Summer Social

Men of Reform Judaism Summer Social

Summer Social

Saturday, July 15 at 6:00 pm at the home of Alan and Loretta Feinberg

For all current Beth-El MRJ members, prospective members, and their significant others.

Great food!  Great Fellowship!  More!

Limited Seating.  Reservations required.  Don't be left out!  Make yours today!  RSVP to 817-591-8045.  Click here to email your questions.

 

Havdallah at the Drive-In

Havdallah at the Drive-In

Drive-In Movie

Saturday, August 26 at Coyote Drive-In Movie Theater (click here for map)

Drive to the screen of the movie you picked
Meet at the playground area near the snack bar any time after 7:00 pm to meet new friends from the Temple.
Join the rabbi at the playground area for Havdallah at 8:00 pm right before the movies begin.
Price:  $8 per adult, $5 for kids ages 5-11, kids under 5 are free.

 

You can buy your tickets that night, but we recommend getting tickets a couple of days in advance to guarantee your choice of movies.  Click here to purchasse advance tickets and to get more information about the Drive-In.

Don't love movies?  Then come hang out at the bar area with friends and watch a sporting event.  Remember, this is a family event.  No unsupervised children allowed at this event, since there will not be chaperones.

 

Register for Religious School

First Day of Religious School - September 10, 2017

Religious School Logo

The first day of Religious School is Sunday, September 10, 2017!  School starts at 9:00 am.
 

Click here to register your child(ren) for the Beth-El Religious School!

 

Life & Legacy Program

BETH-EL CONGREGATION LIFE & LEGACY PROGRAM

 

Beth-El Congregation’s Life & Legacy Program is a platform to steward donors and promote after-lifetime giving to benefit Beth-El Congregation or other Jewish entities in the local community. Beth-El Congregation has, to this point in time, recognized individuals and families who have included the congregation in their estate planning as Pillars of Beth-El. Through their generosity, they have planted seeds for those who will come after them, helping ensure that the congregation will remain a strong home of worship, education, and service. Life & Legacy continues and builds on the Pillars of Beth-El.  A legacy gift will not only continue your financial support of the congregation, it will signify to your loved ones and the entire community the importance of the passage of values from one generation to the next.

 

To continue reading about the Beth-El Life and Legacy Program, please click here

College Outreach Program

Are Your Students Enrolled?

Our new College Outreach Program allows parents and students to Stay Conncted while studying at their Colleges and Universities. Click here to fill out the enrollment form or stop by the Temple today!

For more information, please contact Rabbi Zimmerman at rabbiz@bethelfw.org

Click here for the Beth-El Live Streaming Worship Services

Streaming is available on a periodic basis; check this site for announcements.

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