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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.
Our Selichot Scholar-in-Residence Erev Shabbat Service will be on Friday, September 4, at 7:00 pm
Our Scholar is Alden Solovy, Liturgist and Author
Join us for our Scholar Weekend:
Friday, September 4, at 7:00 pm
Topic: Teshuvah (repentance), T’fillah (prayer), and Tzedakah (justice).
Saturday, September 5, at 10:00 am
Congregation Beth Shalom, Arlington
Topic: Prayer Drash, including poetry that introduces themes of the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe) with a focus on repentance.
Saturday, September 5, at 8:00 pm
Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville
Topic: Conceptual Prayer Map: Getting the Most Out of Prayers on the High Holy Days and Any Time That We Pray.
Tzedakah Study: Our tradition implores us not to stop at the internal work, taking action outside of ourselves. Alden spreads the joy of prayer. A poet and liturgist, he’s created nearly 550 new works, challenging the boundaries between poetry, meditation, personal growth, and prayer. He teaches prayer as a spiritual practice and personal connection with t’fillah. Alden is also a writing coach, an award-winning essayist, and a journalist. Alden’s poetic writing was transformed by the sudden death of his wife from traumatic brain injury. His work has been used by people of all faiths throughout the world, in private prayer and public ceremonies. It appears in a variety of anthologies in the Jewish, Christian, and secular press.
At its core, Alden’s teaching focuses on connection with an authentic internal voice of prayer and finding enthusiasm for prayer. He’s the author of Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing and Haggadah Companion: Meditations and Readings. A native Chicagoan, Alden made aliyah to Israel in 2012.
Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, September 13, 8:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 14
Children's Service at 9:30 am
Adult Service at 10:30 am
Kever Avot Cemetery Memorial Services: Sunday, September 20
Hebrew Rest at 11:30 am
Greenwood at 12:30 pm
Erev Yom Kippur: Tuesday, September 22, 8:00 pm
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, September 23
Children's Service at 9:30 am
Adult Service at 10:30 am
Music and Readings at 12:30 pm (in the Chapel)
Discussion at 12:30 pm (in the Board Room)
Afternoon Service at 2:00 pm
Yizkor/N'ilah at 4:00 pm
followed by community break-fast
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.
Classes begin on Sunday, August 30, at 10:30 am.
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.
Please join us for our trip to the George Bush Presidential Library on Wednesday, September 9.
Every once in a while, a special opportunity opens a door. Thanks to a grant from B’nai B’rith we can ride a luxurious chartered bus, nonstop, to and from the front door of Beth-El to the Bush Presidential Library.
We have only 35 seats available on this bus! You must register no later than Monday, August 17.
No additional seating will be available. When the seats are filled, you will be put on a waiting list. Do not miss this trip! Confirm your reservation ASAP!
The bus will depart Beth-El at 10:30 am. You must be on board no later than 10:20 am. Expected return time is 4:30 pm. If you miss the departure time, you will not receive a refund.
The travel time should be less than 90 minutes each way. There is a lavatory on the bus. Walkers and wheel chairs can be accommodated.
Admission to the library, a box lunch, and a bottle of water is included for $19. (The box lunch is broiled chicken breast, two sides, and a biscuit provided by KFC.) You can bring your own lunch to eat on the bus if you wish for $14. There is a Café at the Library. Entrees start at $12. Veterans get a discount. See the online reservations form for detailed pricing information.
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
The Archives Committee has placed an amazing exhibit in the Hall of Remembrance, which will run until June, 2015. Click here for more information.
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!
Click the photo to learn more!
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.
Check out Rabbi Mecklenburger's book at www.OurReligiousBrains.com.
It is also available at Beth-El's Judaica Shop!