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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

Shabbat Services

Kabbalat Shabbat Early Service and Tot Shabbat is on Friday, October 9, at 5:45 pm.

Candles, Kiddush, and Snack at 5:45 pm
Tot Shabbat in the Chapel at 6:00 pm
Adult Service in the Sanctuary at 6:00 pm
Cantorial Soloist Genie Long will sing.


Adult Hebrew Classes

Adult Conversational Hebrew Classes

Classes began on Sunday, September 13.  It is not too late to sign up!

Please join us for a Beginner and Intermediate Adult Hebrew Class and learn the Holy Language!

Please click the picture on the left for more information.

Classes meet at 10:30 am on each Sunday that Religious School is in session.  Click here for the Religious School calendar.



Roller Skating Party - 3rd-5th Grade

3rd thru 5th Grade Youth Group ~ Roller Skating Party

Sunday, October 11, at 2:30 pm at Rollerland

For more information, email Stacie Goldman.


People of the Book

People of the Book

Tuesday, October 13, at 10:00 am

The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.
by Gina B. Nahai

This book is a sweeping saga that tells the story of the Soleymans, an Iranian Jewish family tormented for decades by Raphael’s Son, a crafty and unscrupulous financier who has futilely claimed to be an heir to the family’s fortune. Forty years later in contemporary Los Angeles, Raphael’s Son has nearly achieved his goal—until he suddenly disappears, presumed by many to have been murdered. The possible suspects are legion: his long-suffering wife; numerous members of the Soleyman clan exacting revenge; the scores of investors he bankrupted in a Ponzi scheme; or perhaps even his disgruntled bookkeeper and longtime confidant. (Synopsis from


See the book on Amazon.




Please join us on Wednesday, October 14, at 12:00 pm at the Temple for
Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis, who will present "Vampires and Witches and Commandos, Oy Vey!"

Many of the early comic book superheroes, starting in the 1930s, and continuing into the 1960s, are the bearers of Jewish tropes, mostly of a sociological nature, but also religious.

There are multiple “Jewish” subtexts that have been identified in association with these characters and their stories.
Rabbi Goeffrey Dennis, who has committed himself to sharing the spiritual power of Judaism with the widest possible audience, will be our speaker.  Growing up in New Mexico, Rabbi Dennis was a spiritual seeker who sampled and appreciated many paths to wisdom. He studied in Jerusalem and earned a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters and ordination from Hebrew Union College. He is Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in Flower Mound, Texas. He is also a Lecturer in Rabbinics at the University of North Texas.

This is truly a very different presentation you won’t want to miss.  And it is just in time for Halloween.

Lunch, which will be catered by Mideast Market, includes coffee, tea, chips, a cookie, a piece of baklava, and one of the following gyros: lamb and beef, chicken shawarma, or falafel and hummus.  The Sylvia Wolens Daytimers is a program of Beth-El Congregation, with support from the Jewish Federation.

Call Larry Steckler (817-927-2736) to make reservations or click here to reserve online.



Lifetime Learning Book Discussion

Lifetime Learning Evening Book Discussion

Wednesday, October 14, at 7:30 pm

This is My God
by Herman Wouk

There are many Jews who do not observe the religion, yet who would like to know more about it.  There are non-Jews, too, who now and then grow curious about the old Hebrew faith.  But the literature is so vast, it is usually so scholarly in tone, and so much of it is not in English, that such readers are often at a standstill, not knowing where to begin. ~ Herman Wouk

Join us on the second Wednesdays of the month in the Temple Library to discuss the first two chapters of Herman Wouk’s book

See the book on Amazon.


Matzo Ball Golf Tournament

MRJ Matzo Ball Golf Tournament

Sunday, October 18, at 1:00 pm, at Hawks Creek Golf Club

Join the MRJ for thier annual Golf Tournament!

  • $99 Entry Fee
  • $150 Hole Sponsorship
  • $750 Silver Sponsor - special recognition and 4 golf entry fees
  • $1,000 Gold Sponsor - recognition as dinner sponsor and 4 golf entry fees

Each player receives a round of golf with cart, bag, and delicious grilled meal.  Prizes for the longest drive and closest to the pin.

Click here for the registration form.


Cuisine of our Heritage

Cuisine of our Heritage Shabbat Dinner

Friday, October 30
Blessing at 5:45 pm

Dinner at 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service at 7:00 pm
Oneg Shabbat at 8:00 pm

Price is $8 per member and $12 per non member if you RSVP by October 28.
After October 28, the price is $12 per member and $15 per non member.

A new program created by our Lifetime Learning Committee, “Cuisine of our Heritage Dinner,” will feature a themed meal inspired by Jewish culture and tradition.  The first Shabbat meal will showcase a menu of foods mentioned in the Bible and prepared by MRJ under the supervision of Chef Adam Siegel.

We will have adult beverages available, but feel free to bring your own. With registration, there will be an opportunity to request seating with friends, and we will do our best to accommodate. The Worship Committee has provided valuable assistance and support. Be sure to be a part of this Shabbat experience.

Please click here to RSVP.


Open Dor Event

Bad Jews - Stage West Theater

Sunday, November 1, at 3:00 pm, at Stage West Theater.
$25 per person

Open Dor invites all of our good Beth-El Jews to see the final performance of a wonderfully reviewed play, Bad Jews, at Stage West Theatre (821 W. Vickery Boulevard). Our community’s own Richard Allen, a professor at the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at T.C.U., will direct the play. Following the play, Richard will be available for a discussion and a question-and-answer session.

You are also welcome to go with us to Shaw’s Patio Bar and Grill (1051 W. Magnolia Avenue) where an area has been reserved for us to eat, drink, and continue the conversation after the show.  All reservations must be made and payment received no later than Wednesday, October 21.

If you have Stage West season tickets, please call Stage West and ask them to seat you near our group rather than reserving seats through the Temple. This will allow as many of us as possible to attend the performance. If you reserve seats in this way please contact Sandy Hollander or Hollace Weiner to let them know if you will join us at Shaw’s Patio after the play. If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Hollander before October 16 or Hollace Weiner after October 16.

Please click here to RSVP.


A Time to Talk

A Time to Talk ~ A Jewish Community Conversation about Advance Care Planning

Sunday, November 15, from 8:30 am to 2:15 pm at Beth-El Congregation

It’s time to plan for tomorrow so you can live life to the fullest today.  The Advance Care Planning Committee of Ftor Worth and Tarrant County invites you to attend this groundbreaking symposium about Advance Care Planning.

Advance Care Planning is about making important health care decisions for ourselves and our loved ones now, so we are prepared for the future.  Guest speakers and clergy who specialize in a variety of issues relating to advance care planning will help us learn about writing advance directives, making medical decisions within a Jewish framework, financial and estate planning, patient and caregiver support, and how Jewish ritual can help us navigate this journey.  This is a sacred conversation about quality of life and what we can do to maintain it under any circumstances.  Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

Registration fee includes light breakfast, boxed lunch, workbook, and resource guide.  Click here to register.  Or send in a check with the invitation that you received in the mail.  If you have any questions, email Cantor Sheri Allen or call her at 817-229-5140.


92nd Street Y

92nd Street Y

Sunday, November 15, at 6:30 pm at the Temple

Politics and Pundits: Congressman Steve Israel with Chris Matthews

Sunday, November 15, 2015, 6:30 pm

We always knew Rep. Steve Israel had a funny side, but last December he “revealed his inner Jon Stewart,” according to the New York Daily News, with his novel The Global War on Morris.

A Buckleyesque satire on the Bush Cheney era, it’s now in development for a comedy series for cable. Israel is joined by MSNBC host Chris Matthews to discuss the absurdities of Washington—as only insiders like these two can.

Dessert will be served.  A $3 donation is requested.


Hall of Remembrance Exhibit

Hall of Remembrance Exhibit

The Archives Committee has placed an amazing exhibit in the Hall of Remembrance, which will run until June, 2016.  Click here for more information.

Trip to Israel with Rabbi Mecklenburger, October 2015

Interfaith Trip to Israel with Rabbi Mecklenburger

Rabbi Mecklenburger is planning an Interfaith Trip to Israel, October 19-30, 2015

Explore sites important to Jews and Christians from the North to the South.

Enrich your knowledge of ancient history.

Take a walking tour in Old Jaffa with two guides--one Arab, one Jewish.

Tour in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle.

All room and half-board included!

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Successor Rabbi Search

Successor Rabbi Search

Rabbi Mecklenburger announced his retirement plans on January 20, 2015.  In an effort to keep the congregation informed about the search for a successor rabbi, we have created a web page that will be immediately updated when new information is available.

Click here for the Successor Rabbi Search web page.