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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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Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Dear Beth-El Family,
 
Our prayers are with all the residents of Houston, South Texas and Southwestern Louisiana.  As we watch the events unfold on our television screens, we are mesmerized by images of flooded homes and highways, people escaping on rafts, a city submerged and silent. As the rains cease and people begin to assess the incredible damage, our thoughts turn to action. How can we help to alleviate this suffering in some meaningful way? Initially, emergency responders will be dealing with an overwhelming situation. As the full picture of the damage and the need becomes clear, there will be much we can do in the months and even years to come to help in the rebuilding of lives and sacred places.
 
In the meantime, amidst the chaos we know that there is a strong desire to do something to help. There are many organizations mobilizing at this moment. We have included a number of links for opportunities to donate, house, even restock shelves right here in our local community. Please scroll down and consider some of these possibilities.
 
Donations of Time and Money
Our own Tarrant County Food bank has received many food donations that need to get to Houston quickly to help with emergency relief efforts. Jane Nober will bring a team of volunteers to the food bank next week. Click here to email Jane ASAP to help with these efforts. 
 
Our own Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County has worked with other Jewish Federations across the country to set up a special fund that will send 100 percent of all collected to organizations committed to Hurricane relief and rebuilding efforts.  Click here to donate.
 
 
Donate Blood
There is a  great need for blood donations. Please contact your nearest Carter Blood Center or go to this link set up by the American Red Cross. Enter your zip code to learn of upcoming drives in the local area. This site will be updated daily.
American Red Cross
 
Housing Assistance
To assist the Greene Family Camp financially as they provide relief efforts, please click on this link.
 
To Offer Housing:
Our Jewish Federation working with the San Antonio Federation is creating a database of local families willing to house displaced people as the need may arrives in future weeks. Please click here to help in this area.
 
Local Resource Pages for those in need and those ready to help
Jewish Family Services has created a great resource page with information and phone numbers for those in need and addresses and links for many different ways to help.
 
Spiritual Assistance
While food and shelter are the immediate pressing needs, there are other spiritual necessities that cannot be met by dollars and meals. For those who find themselves in this area in the coming months, the displacement from the support groups of home communities will provide new challenges. Please know that any families or individuals who find themselves in the Fort Worth area for a week, a month or longer due to the Hurricane are invited to join us for any Shabbat, can receive High Holiday tickets, will be welcomed into our Religious School and can join us for classes, meals, conversations, fellowship, or an listening ear in a time of spiritual crisis. Please refer any of these requests to Rabbi Zimmerman or the Temple office staff and we will do our best to respond quickly.
 
We are taught that the month of Elul, the month that marks the end of the Jewish year and the transition into the new one, is a time for deep contemplation of the very nature of life and death. We are taught that powerful choices are in our own hands. This is never truer than it is today. Each moment between now and Yom Kippur and beyond will give us a clear choice to ease pain, offer life and hope. Let us choose life as a Beth-El, a community of God.
 
May God be with all those in need and may we be found worthy of inclusion in the book of life affirming choices.

 

High Holy Days

2017 High Holy Days

Drive-In Movie

High Holy Days Schedule:

Rosh Hashanah

Service Date Time
Evening Service Wednesday, September 20 8:00 pm
Children's Service Thursday, September 21 9:30 am
Morning Service Thursday, September 21 10:30 am

Kever Avot

Cemetery Date Time
Hebrew Rest Cemetery Sunday, September 24 11:30 am
Greenwood Cemetery Sunday, September 24 12:30 pm

Yom Kippur

Service Date Time
Evening Service Friday, September 29 8:00 pm
Children's Service Saturday, September 30 9:30 am
Morning Service Saturday, September 30 10:30 am
Music and Reading (Chapel Saturday, September 30 12:45 pm
Discussion (Board Room) Saturday, September 30 12:45 pm
Afternoon Service Saturday, September 30 2:00 pm
Concluding Service Saturday, September 30 4:00 am

Click here to purchase High Holy Day tickets, contribute to the Floral Fund and Break-the-Fast and more, all online; or download and mail in your booklet now.

 

 

Adopt-a-School Supply Drive

Support De Zavala Elementary School

School Supplies

Drop off supplies any time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

For over twenty consecutive years, Beth-El has collected school supplies for students at De Zavala Elementary, our Adopt-A-School partner.  It was in 1994 that Corrine Jacobson and Francie Klotzman spearheaded this partnership with the elementary school at 1419 College Avenue, a few blocks west of the Temple's old location.  In recent years, Faye Slater has invited the faculty to a luncheon at Beth-El.  On afternoon per week, congregant Amy Stien still tutors youngsters in reading.  If you have any spare time during the week, mentors and tutors are always needed to help read with students, be a judge for special school projects, or volunteer during Career Day.  The school can always use your help!

On Rosh Hashanah, teenagers in our FWFTY youth group will distribute plastic bags and lists of items that the youngsters at De Zavala need.  We request that on Yom Kippur, each of you either returns a bag filled with school supplies, or write a check made out to the school.  Now is the time that stores have school supplies on sale, so you can easily pick up a few extra items in your shopping cart.  The children will be so thankful that you did!

Click here for the Fort Worth ISD supply list.

Thank you for anything that you can donate!
 

 

Shabbat Services

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Ottensteins

Friday, September 22

5:45 pm Wine, Cheese, and Shabbat Candles
6:15 pm Shabbat Service

 

Shabbat Shuvah: Stories and Music of the Holidays

Angie Friedman will lead the music.

 

Sunday Morning Conversations

Sunday Morning Conversations

Kick-off Conversation: Sunday, October 1, 9:30 am, in the Board Room

Rabbi Zimmerman will begin the year of learning with "The Story of Dina: The Struggle Within Torah and Ourselves. An Introduction to a Year of Conversations."


Rabbi Seymour Rossell

Sundays, October 8 and 15, and November 5 and 12

Rabbi Seymour Rossell will speak on The Four Masks of God.

 

The Bible intimates that our ancestors were in direct contact with God.  How did they hear God speaking to them?  Does the Bible explain the mystery?  We will examine four ways God speaks through four "masks" (though there may be more).  Surprisingly, none of the ancient ways of "hearing" God are as valid for us today as they were for our ancestors.  With the Bible's clues in hand (and, perhaps, in heart), you can personally encounter God's words in a new and striking way.


Rabbi Mecklenburger

Sunday, October 22

Rabbi Mecklenburger will discuss the book The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered, a memoir by Fort Worth native Benjamin Taylor. (If you grew up with him, please join us!)


Susan Lippe

Sunday, October 29

Rabbi Susan Lippe will speak on "Quran and the Hebrew Bible: What Do We Have in Common? More Than You Think."

 

Brotherhood After Hours

The Brotherhood After Hours Social Event

 

Monday, October 2, at 5:30 pm

The location will be announced soon.  The Brotherhood will hold another one of its popular social events to discuss some very stimulating topics, to schmooze, and to nosh.

Join us!
 

 

Thursday Morning Kabbalah

Guest Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman

Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman

Thursday, October 5, at 11:30 am, in the Sukkah
 

We are excited to announce that Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman will teach twice a month!  He will teach a lunchtime course exploring the Zohar and the secret texts of Jewish mysticism.  Bring your own bag lunch to this first study session in the Sukkah.  We will provide drinks and dessert. 

 

Casual Sukkah Family Dinner

Family Dinner in the Sukkah

Sukkah

Friday, October 6,
5:30 is Tot Shabbat in the Sukkah

6:00 is Dinner in the Sukkah

MRJ will prepare a wonderful dinner of salad, spaghetti with meatballs or vegetarian, garlic bread and fruit salad
All Ages are invited to dine in the sukkah followed by a causal service of Shabbat songs and Sukkot celebration.  Reservations for dinner are required by Wednesday, October 4.  Cost is  $7 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.
Please remember to register in advance, MRJ members donate their time so that all MRJ funds above cost go to Temple projects and special scholarships.

Click here to register.

 

Gates of Chai Lecture

Dr. Charles Asher Small

Charles Asher

Monday, October 9, at 7:00 pm at the Brown-Lupton University Ballroom at TCU
Topic: "Global Antisemitism as a Strategic Threat to the United States."

Dr. Small is the founding Director and President of the institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (IS-GAP).  He is also a Visiting Professor at the Moshe Dayan Centre for Middle East and African Studies, Tel Aviv University.

He conveyed groundbreaking academic seminar series in the emerging field of contemporary antisemitism studies at Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale universities.  He is the author of books and articles including teh six-volume Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity, The Yale Papers: Antisemitism and Comparative Perspective, and Social Theory: A Historical Analysis of Canadian Socio-cultural Policies, 'Race,' and the 'Other.'  Dr. Small is committed to creating scholarly programming and research on contemporary antisemitism at top tier universities internationally, and establishing contemporary antisemitism studies as a recognized academic discipline.

Click here to purchase tickets for the Gates of Chai lecture.

 

Simchat Torah and Consecration Service

Simchat Torah and Consecration Service

Simchat Torah

Wednesday, October 11
Dinner for Consecration Families at 5:15 pm
Consecration and Simchat Torah Service at 6:15 pm

Contact Ilana for more information.

 

Matzo Ball Classic Golf Tournament

Matzo Ball Classic

Sunday, October 15
Rockwood Golf Course

Join us for the Annual MRJ Matzo Ball Classic Golf Tournament!  More information and registration will be available soon.  Keep checking this space!

Click here for a map to Rockwood Golf Course.

For more information, contact Howard Bellet or Mike Kalpin at 214-533-0931.

 

 

B'nai B'rith Person of the Year Dinner

Featuring Guest Speaker State Representative Craig Goldman

Craig Goldman

Sunday, October 22, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm in Beth-El's Great Hall
$25 per person, catered by Risky's BBQ

Craig won his first term as Texas State Representative in 2012.  He represents House District 97, which encompasses southwest Tarrant County.  He serves on the Transportation Committee, the Committee on Liscensing and Administrative Procedures, the Committee on House Administration, and the Select Committee on Texas Ports, Innovation, and Infrastructure.

Send your nomination for Jewish Person of the Year to: Isadore Garsek Lodge, 4420 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107

For tickets and information, contact Rich Hollander, Alex Nason, or Marvin Beleck.

Kosher plates will be offered upon advance notification.

 

Art Exhibit and Reception

A Celebration of the Art of Barbara Goldstein

Self Portrait, Barbara Goldstein

Friday, October 27, during the Oneg Shabbat after services in the Board Room
Share memories with her children, Red Goldstein, Tere Goldstein, and GeGe Goldstein Meunchausen.

 

Barbara Goldstein was an "unsinkable Molly Brown."  She was a successful Texas artist for more than 40 years, and was driven to see the world and develop her artistic talent.  A dynamic and pioneering artists, she overcame personal obstacles, championing and advising women on successful, independent travel.

Her creativity, outgoing style, and desire to draw antyhing at any time led to her first published work.  While sitting at the Fort Worth Zoo, creating ape and orangutan images, she met an Australian man gathering information about monkeys and apes for a children's book.  He was looking for an artist who could illustrate the book with humorous and imaginative drawings.

Seh began to study Spanish in the early 1960s and decided the following summer to take her children, GeGe, Tere, and Red, to a place where they could learn Spanish and art and become acquainted with another culture.  For the next four years, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico became their summer adventure.  And in 1993, the year after the death of her beloved husband, Dore, she took up residence in San Miguel.

One of her proudest accomplishments in Fort Worth was becoming a "Signature Member" of the Southwest Watercolor Society.  Beyond Fort Worth, she became a world traveler, exploring, making friends, teaching, and capturing scenes in Israel, Kenya, Bali, Paris, and Brazil, among others.  As an accomplished teacher and artist, her pastels, watercolors, and unique multimedia panintings became prized possessions.  In her early years, portraits were her main focus.  As she grew in her craft, her subjects became primarily Judica and flowers.

Goldstein's youngest, her son Red, once asked her about creating a show of her work in Fort Worth for the first time.  Her plan was to travel to Paris to create new paintings just for the Fort Worth show.  She was worried about being productive in a change of atmosphere, but during the four months in Paris, she created 22 paintings.

Selections from her wonderful Paris collection and many other works can be seen in the Temple Board Room starting this month.

 

 

Texas Jewish Historical Society

Save the Date

Drive-In Movie

The Texas Jewish Historical Society will gather at Beth-El April 13-15, 2018

Would you like to volunteer for the Host Committee?  That will entail joining the group for Friday night dinner (catered by MRJ) and/or for a Saturday night BBQ at which Klezzoup!, the Fort Worth's homegrown Klezmer musicians, will perform.

Local volunteers will be encouraged to mingle with out-of-towners during dinner, bring homemade dishes for the oneg Shabbat, and help with Registration.  Click here to volunteer.  The weekend's musical theme is "Orchestrating Our Heritage."

 

Adult Hebrew Class

Adult Hebrew flyer

 

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?

Beth-El's 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 or Michelle Hartmann.

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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