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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 Service

Shabbat candles

Friday, January 12, 7:30 pm
 

Songs of Redemption

The Beth-El Choir will lead the music.

 

Sunday Morning Conversations

Sunday Morning Conversations

Selected Sundays at 9:00 am in the Board Room.


Rabbi Seymour Rossell
Six-Part class beginning on January 14, and continuing January 21, February 11, 18, April 8, and 15

Priests, Prophets, and Kings with Rabbi Seymour Rossel

The Book of Samuel lays bare the politics, checks, and balances in early Israel. For our part, we will read it with modern analysis, archaeology, and criticism. How much is history and how much is propaganda? Why did our ancestors not “clean up” the stories of Saul, David, and Solomon? What can we take away from this engaging and shocking book that adds to the richness of our modern lives? Out of politics, kings, prophets, and priests comes a sacred text bearing a sacred message.


Rabbi Seymour Rossell

Sunday, January 28

20th Century Jewish American Literature: The Very Quick Concise Version Part I, with Bob Goldberg


Bob Goldberg, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, earned his Master’s Degree in literature. We are excited that Bob will bring his love of Jewish literature to our adult morning conversations on several Sunday mornings.

 

Introductory Torah Trope

Learning to Leyn with Monica Braverman

Monica Braverman

Thursday, January 18, at 7:30 pm, at the Temple

You can still join Student Cantor Monica Braverman for a 10-week adult class on Torah Trope. Trope is the melodic punctuation system that teaches us how to chant sacred Jewish text from Torah.  This class will focus on understanding the names and melodies of the t’amim (trope signs). Together we’ll learn the melodies for reading Torah on Shabbat, and you won’t believe how much easier it makes reading Hebrew and pronouncing it correctly! If you can read Hebrew even a little, you can do this! Guaranteed to be fun and interactive!  It is NOT singing, so don’t say, “Oh, I can’t sing.”  It is chant!  Try it out Thursday nights at 7:30 pm.

 

Social Action Events

Volunteer at Beautiful Feet Ministries on Christmas Day

MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 15

Temple members of all ages may join with volunteers across Fort Worth for service projects around the city. Visit Tarrant Churches Together to sign up. The day starts with an interfaith service celebrating the legacy of Dr. King and concludes with a luncheon where volunteers can meet one another. Area schools are generally closed so this is an opportunity for teens and perhaps even younger children to spend part of the day volunteering.
 


Planned Parenthood Speaker at Shabbat Service

Planned Parenthood

Friday, January 19, 6: 15 pm

A representative from Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Virginia Braly, will speak at Friday night services about the organization’s work and will also discuss ways to support its mission. Come and learn, too, about the Jewish perspective on family planning and health care.
 

 

Religious School Family Day

Family Day Flyer

 

People of the Book

People of the Book

After the Fire

Tuesday, January 23, at 10:00 am

Rebecca Cristol will lead our discussion on After the Fire: A Novel, by Lauren Belfer. Per BBC.com, this National Jewish Book Award winner is “finely written historical fiction layered with richly detailed characters and moral complexity.”  For more information, contact Marla Parvey.

See more about the book here.

 

Thursday Morning Kabbalah

Kabbalah: The Journey of the Jewish Soul

Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman

Thursday, January 25, at 11:30 am

Many people have turned today to the study of Jewish mysticism sometimes called “Kabbalah.”  We have tried to renew this study especially when many of us are seeking meaning in our faith and tradition.  Many non-Jews as well have turned to these ancient teachings to find meaning for themselves.  We shall begin with an attempt to gain an understanding of these teachings and what we can learn from them about faith, life’s purpose and our own role in bringing about the redemption of the world.

The class will continue on Thursday, February 8.

 

Shabbat Shira Musical Scholar-In-Residence Weekend

Shabbat Shira Musical Scholar-In-Residence Weekend

John Kaplan

January 26-28, 2018

Friday, January 26, at 7:30 pm: Sermon-in-Song with the Beth-El Choir, Klezzoup!, and all interested Temple musicians
Saturday, January 27, at 11:30 am: A Service of Renewal
Saturday, January 27, at 7:00 pm: Havdallah Kumsitz Sing-Along.  Bring your guitar, your voice, or your enthusiasm for a celebratory end to Shabbat.
Sunday, January 28, at 9:30 am: Morning prayer and song experiences with our Religious School students.

We are delighted to welcome Rabbi Cantor John M. Kaplan as our first Shabbat Shira guest scholar. Rabbi Kaplan currently serves Congregation B’nai Israel in Jackson, Tennessee, and is the Cantor Emeritus for Temple Israel where he served as a member of the clergy team for over three decades. Rabbi Cantor Kaplan works with all voices, all instruments and all ages to bring creativity, passion and joy into the traditions of our sacred musical past.

This event is made possible in part by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

 

Shabbat out of the Box

Join us for Shabbat Out of the Box

Shabbat out of the Box

Saturday, January 27, any time between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Yoga, Drum Circles, Meditation, Musical Services of Reflection, Improv Torah study; each Shabbat Out of The box will offer multiple opportunities to experience Shabbat in ways that engage the senses, body and soul in unique and different ways. Each morning will offer special guests who share expertise and help us unlock the nature of the day of rest. Come for one session or more and stay for a community Shabbat lunch experience.

 

Young Families Tu B'shvat

Families with Young Children, ages 0-4, Tu B'shavat Celebration

Tu B'shvat

Sunday, January 28, 10:00 to 11:30 am
At the Temple

Join Cantor Kaplan for a special interactive “Family and me” music program with songs, dance, art & fun activities related to Tu B’shvat and Shabbat.  RSVP to Erica Bekerman.

 

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.

 

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