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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

Kabbalat Shabbat Early Service will be on Friday, October 31, at 5:45 pm.

Candles, Kiddush, and Snack at 5:45 am
Service at 6:00 pm
Cantorial Soloist Linda Hoffman will sing.


Open Dor Event

Boomers Group is now Open Dor Group

Saturday, November 1, at 2:00 pm

The Boomer Group has a new name and a new aim. We are now The Open “Dor” group and include all ages of adults.

Our kickoff event for fall is a New York comedy play, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy, which is at the Scott Theatre in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. We will meet in the lobby on Saturday, November 1, before the 2:00 pm show.

We have a block of twenty seats reserved at a price of $43.50 per ticket. This is a discounted rate for our group.  Your check is your reservation and must be received by October 21.  Mail your check to the Temple.

After the play, if you are interested, please stop by Gloria’s Restaurant, 2600 W. 7th Street, in Montgomery Plaza for appetizers and drinks. Hope to see you there!


Jewish Parents' Support Group

Jewish Parents face Tough Questions

Sunday, November 2, at 9:30 - 11:30 am, Beth-El Congregation

Shabbat Candles or Friday Night Lights?

Come experience the vast knowledge of Vivien Benjamin, LCSW DCSW.  She will facilitate a discussion of how to raise children in a non-Jewish world.  She brings a wealth of knowledge as a Jewish family life educator.  All families are welcome.


Introduction to Judaism Class

Introduction to Judaism Class

The 2nd of 16 classes -- Monday, November 3, at 7:00 pm.

It's not too late to join!  If you are interested in conversion or if you need a refresher on the basics, contact Rabbi Ottenstein and join the class. Cost is $20 for books and supplies.


Shira Kline Concert

Shira Kline Concert - our Artist-in-Residence

Sunday, November 9, at 3:30 pm, Beth-El Congregation

Join us for a community concert with our Artist-in-Residence, Shira Kline, aka ShirLaLa.
Shira is an award-wining, New York-based performer and Jewish music educator.  She
travels across the
country and internationally delivering a
dynamic, interactive program of joy and spirit, story and
 She blends words, story, and music to
create a rich
experience for
and adults alike.




Wednesday, November 12, at 12:00 pm.

Daytimers presents the Gold Tone Senior Showtime Choir.  The choir is made up of people age 50 and older who love to sing and perform.  They will bring us 1 1/2 hours of songs from Broadway musicals.

We will have all-beef hot dogs with all the fixin's plus chips, cookies, coffee, and tea.  Lunch and program is $9 per person, the program only is $5 per person.

Click here to register.


People of the Book

People of the Book

Tuesday, December 2, at 10:00 pm

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book
by Peter Finn

Lora Goldin will lead our discussion.

Drawing on newly declassified government files, this is the dramatic story of how a forbidden book in the Soviet Union became a secret CIA weapon in the ideological battle between East and West.

In May 1956, an Italian publishing scout visited Russian poet Boris Pasternak. He left carrying the original manuscript of Pasternak’s first and only novel, Doctor Zhivago, which authorities regarded as an assault on the 1917 Revolution. Beginning in Italy, Doctor Zhivago was widely published in translation throughout the world.

From there the book entered the realm of the spy novel. The CIA published a Russian-language edition of Doctor Zhivago and smuggled it into the Soviet Union. Copies were devoured in Moscow and Leningrad, sold on the black market, and passed surreptitiously from friend to friend. The example that Pasternak set launched the great tradition of the writer-dissident in the Soviet Union.


92nd Street Y

92nd Street Y

Thursday, December 4, at 7:15 pm

America and Israel: The Way Forward
Dalia Rabin and Dennis Ross, with Ethan Bronner

Join Dalia Rabin, the former Israeli Deputy Minister of Defense and current chairperson of the Yitzhak Rabin Center, and Ambassador Dennis Ross, who played a leading role in shaping US involvement in the Middle East peace process, for an enlightening discussion on the future of Israel.  Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with the parties in negotiations. He was the U.S. point man on the peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. He was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach the 1995 Interim Agreement.  Ethan Bronner is the deputy national editor of The New York Times and the paper’s former Jerusalem bureau chief.

92nd Street Y costs $19 per ticket in New York, but we ask for a $3 contribution to help defray expenses and give you dessert!  This program is made possible by grants from the Jewish Federation and our Endowment #2.


Chinese Food and Trivia Contest

Chinese Food and Trivia Contest

Wednesday, December 24, at 7:00 pm

With mirth and trivial knowledge in the offering, we are happy to announce that Open Dor and MRJ will once again sponsor our annual Christmas Eve Trivia Contest with a catered Chinese dinner and adult beverages.  There will be prizes for the winning team and friendly fun for all.

All adult Beth-El members and friends are invited.  Create your own eight-person team or we will place you with a team. 

The price is $15 per person.  Click here to make your reservations.


Our Religious Brains

Our Religious Brains

Check out Rabbi Mecklenburger's book at

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