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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 is on Friday, July 3, at 5:45 pm.

Candles, Kiddush, and Snack at 5:45 pm
Service at 6:00pm
Cantorial Soloist Angie Friedman will sing.

Interfaith Prayer Service

Interfaith Prayer Service for Charlston's Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Pray for Charleston

Tuesday, June 30

7:00 pm

Broadway Baptist Church – 305 West Broadway 76104


Interfaith Prayer Service for Charleston’s Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church:  Everyone is invited  to join the interfaith partners of the Multicultural Alliance to collectively stand against religious and racial violence at a Prayer Service honoring the lives of the nine victims who were slain while worshiping at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church June 17.  Dr. Brent Beasley, Rev. Walter McDonald, Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger, Dr. Keri Day, Rev. Charles Robinson, and Mayor Betsy Price welcome worshipers to remember and reflect on lives lost and pray for healing.



People of the Book

People of the Book

Tuesday, June 30, at 10:00 am

All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

Marla Parvey and Judie B. Greenman will lead our discussion.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.


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Wednesday, July 15, at 12:00 pm.

Movie and Ice Cream Social

From Romania comes a breath of fresh air, far above the usual action film Hollywood keeps churning out with pointless abandon. Closer to the Moon, filmed in English with a wonderful cast of American and British actors headed by Vera Farmiga and the great London stage star Mark Strong, is a unique and unbelievable yet totally true footnote to history set in 1959 Bucharest about five intellectual Communist Jews who form a gang during a New Year’s Eve party in a whorehouse to rob the National Bank of enough money to send thousands of Jews to Israel. You don’t get a plot like that every day

If you require some special variety of Ice cream, be sure to let us know when you make your reservation and we will do our very best to match your request.


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New Pre-K and K Parents - Open House

Open House for Pre-K and K Parents for the 2015-2016 School Year

Sunday, August 16, at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Please join us for an Open House!  We will show all perspective parents of Pre-K and Kindergarten-age children the wonderful things that happen in our Religious School!


Please join us!  We would love to see you there!


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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, 2015.  Click here for more information.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Reception

Erev Rosh Hashanah Reception

Sunday, September 13, after Erev Rosh Hashanah Service.

Please join us in the Great Hall for a Celebration of Rabbi Ralph and Ann Mecklenburger's 32 years of dedication.

For the last time before his retirement, we will honor Rabbi and Ann.  This reception will kick off the year of heartfelt events to honor the many contributions of the Mecklenburgers.  Enjoy the festive reception and a special treat of Appletinis to celebrate the New Year!

Please bring your favorite dessert, snack, or homemade challah for the reception.  Set-up will be that Sunday morning, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Additionally, for the second year, we will host a separate reception that evening for young professionals who are in their 20s and 30s (post-college).  Beverages and snacks will be served in the Beth-El cafĂ©.  If you can help with this event, please contact Alice Pritchard.



Trip to Israel with Rabbi Mecklenburger, October 2015

Interfaith Trip to Israel with Rabbi Mecklenburger

The Rabbi 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.

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Our Religious Brains

Our Religious Brains

Check out Rabbi Mecklenburger's book at

It is also available at Beth-El's Judaica Shop!


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

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