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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

New Member Shabbat is on Friday, November 20, at 7:00 pm.

Come and greet our newest members!
The Beth-El Choir will sing.


MRJ Latkes for Sale

Time to Order Latkes from the Men of Reform Judaism

Time to order Latkes from MRJ!
$7.50 per dozen, or $20 for three dozen.
Traditional and Southwestern flavor.


Please click here to download the latke order form.

Please click here to email your order.


Chanukah Havdalah and Concert

Chanukah Havdalah and Concert

Saturday, December 5, at 7:00 pm

Please join us for an amazing Chanukah Celebration and Concert!

We will have havdalah, light our menorahs, and will be treated to a concert by Sababa.

RSVP to the Temple today! (817-332-7141)


Lifetime Learning Book Discussion

Lifetime Learning Evening Book Discussion

Wednesday, December 9, 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 chapters 5 & 6 of Herman Wouk’s book

See the book on Amazon.


Young Families Chanukah Party

Book Exchange and Fun at Pump It Up!

Saturday, December 12, at 3:30 pm, at Pump It Up in Fort Worth (click here for a map)

Join us for our second annual Young Families' Chanukah party at Pump it Up!  We will bounce, play dreidel, eat sufganiyot, and have a book exchange.

RSVP to the Temple by Thursday, December 10 by calling 817-332-7141.


Religious School Field Trip

Special Religious School Field Trip for Pre-K through 6th Grade

Sunday, December 13, 2016

This is required attendance for Pre-K through 6th grade

Time:  Pre-K - 3rd grades -- 11:00 am show
           4th - 6th grades --  2:00 pm show

Location:  Amphibian Theater, 120 S. Main St.

7th - 10th grades and Teachers’ Aides:  No class on December 13.  Instead, attendance is required at the Havdalah and Sababa Commuhnity Concert on
Saturday, December 5, at 7:00 pm at Beth-El.


Ticket Information:

  • Limited Seating.  Please buy your tickets to the play NOW by calling the theater at 817-923-3012 or click here.  Enter the code “BethEl2” for $2 off tickets.  Discounted ticket price is $10 for students, $18 for adults, and $15 for seniors.  If needed, please call Rabbi Ottenstein or Ilana for financial help.
  • Parents/grandparents are encouraged to attend, but they are not required to do so.  Please drop students off at the Amphibian Theater at least fifteen minutes before the showing.  Teachers will supervise the students if parents do not wish to stay.
  • If you have children in both age groups, please choose one show to attend and send both children to that showing.
  • If you have any questions, please call Ilana at 817-332-7141 or email her at


Play Information:

  • This play is an original adaptation of the Caldecott-honored book by Eric Kimmel.
  • This is Amphibian’s inaugural holiday production with an original klezmer score, feats of puppetry, and stunny visual effects.


Chinese Food and Trivia Contest

Chinese Food and Trivia Contest

Thursday, December 24, at 7:00 pm

Get Ready for Beth-El’s Christmas Eve Trivia Challenge 2.0!

Beth-El’s popular Christmas Eve Chinese food dinner and trivia night is back!  But this year, participants will see some changes from our previous festivities.

The 2015 MRJ Trivia Challenge will again feature a terrific buffet dinner provided by Szechuan Restaurant and have prizes for our winning team.  But the Trivia Challenge—hosted by a new Master of Ceremonies—will be similar to everybody’s favorite TV trivia contest.  There’ll be no need to set up your team in advance of the evening.  Teams will form when you get to the dinner—just meet your friends, grab a table, and come up with a team name.  And this year, questions will be organized into categories, with team leaders choosing the category of questions that will be asked of the group.  But be careful—the category name might not be exactly what you think it is.  For example, just what kind of questions would you hear in the category Famous Illegal Aliens?

It also might be helpful if your team has somebody who might be called a “young adult!”  Yes, this year, don’t be reluctant to ask your son(s) or daughter(s) to come along!  There will definitely be questions that will challenge and engage your kids, too

The price is $15 per person.  Click here for online reservations.  Please contact the Temple office if you have any questions.




Please join us on Wednesday, December 16, at 12:00 pm at the Temple for
our annual Chanukah Party!

Come join in the fun.  Enjoy latkes with sour cream, applesauce, and other traditional items.  The big screen and sound system will feature Theodore Bikel's album, "A Taste of Chanukah, a Celebration of the Joys and Music of the Holidays."  Come and schmooze, eat, drink, and make merry.

Call Larry Steckler (817-927-2736) to make reservations.  The suggested donation is $5.


Beth-El Film Festival

Beth-El Film Festival

Saturday, January 23, at 7:30 pm, Beth-El Congregation

documentary film produced and directed by Erik Greenberg Anjou; the third work in his trilogy about Jewish culture. The principal guide of Deli Man is the effusive and charming Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation delicatessen man, owner and maven (as well as a Yiddish-speaking, French-trained chef) who currently operates one of the country’s top delis, Kenny and Ziggy’s in Houston.  “Texas?” you ask.   Shalom, y’all. Because the story of the American deli is the story of Jews —their immigration, migration, upward mobility, and western assimilation. New York may always be the most populous, celebrated and redolent Jewish node. But substantial and influential Jewish tides also flowed from Chicago to Detroit, San Francisco to L.A., and Galveston to Houston and Dallas.  RSVP by Wednesday, January 20.

Click here for more information about the film.

Saturday, February 6, at 7:30 pm, Beth-El Congregation

The second film is Above and Beyond, a 2014 documentary.  Would you risk everything—your future, your citizenship, even your life—to help a brother in need?  In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. As members of Machal—“volunteers from abroad”—this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride.
RSVP by Wednesday, February 3.

Click here for more information about the film.

Saturday, February 13, at 7:30 pm, Beth-El Congregation

The third and final film is Zero Motivation, an Israeli film subtitled in English.  A smash hit in Israel and winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, Zero Motivation is a unique, sharply observed, sometimes dark and often hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost. Playing out like M*A*S*H meets Orange is the New Black, the movie details the power struggles of three women with different agendas and very little to do. Pencil-pushers in the Human Resources Office, best friends Zohar and Daffi spend their time playing video games, singing pop songs, jousting with stationery and dreaming of Tel Aviv. Divided into three loosely connected stories involving the same players, “Zero Motivation” is strongest in its characters and its connection to an Israeli reality we can feel even if we’ve never experienced it. And Lavie’s gift for exploring the relationships among women is another area of strength.  This movie explores many dark paths and although unrated, is probably not suitable for young children.  RSVP by Wednesday,
February 10.

Click here for more information about the film.


Social Action - Syria Relief

The Social Action Committee Encourages You to Help Syrian Refugees

Many of us have wondered what to do to assist with the humanitarian crisis stemming from the conflict in Syria.

There are several Jewish organizations with boots on the ground, that have been working for months, if not years, to help people affected in refugee camps, on the border of Israel, and beyond. The Beth-El Social Action Committee encourages you to visit the following websites for additional information.

Western Galilee Hospital is situated near the borders of both Syria and Lebanon, and the staff have been providing medical care since the onset of the conflict.  Also visit American Friends of the Galilee Medical Center.

Our Union for Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center in Washington lists several Jewish groups doing Syrian relief. The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (JCDR) has been working at the border for two years, and the RAC puts them at the top of their list.  JCDR has long been involved with Syrian refugees in Jordan, and is now part of the effort to do more in Europe.  To make a contribution to the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, click here or mail a check payable to the “Jewish Coalition for Syrian Refugees” to: JDC, P.O. Box 4124, New York, NY 10163.


Save the Date - Beth-El Family Retreat at GFC

Beth-El Shabbat Retreat at Greene Family Camp

Save the Date for Friday-Sunday, April 8-10,2016, at Greene Family Camp.

Please put some time aside to join the community of Beth-El Congregation for an amazing Shabbat weekend away from home.


It’s for everyone!

  • Singles
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Friends
  • All Ages

More information will be available soon.


Save the Date - The Celebration Weekend

Weekend honoring the Meckleburgers for their years of service

Save the Date for Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, 2016, for a Celebration Weekend.

This is the weekend that we will honor the Mecklenburgers for their many years of service before Rabbi's retirement on June 1st. 

Friday, April 15:  Community-wide Shabbat at Beth-El, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 16:  The Celebration Dinner honoring the Mecklenburgers, 6:00 pm
Sunday, April 17:  Family FUNday Sunday at 11:00 am


More information on all of these events will be available soon.  For now, save the date so that yo won't miss them!


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.

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.