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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

WRJ Interfaith Shabbat Service will be on Friday, January 30, at 8:00 pm.

Members of St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church will attend.
The Beth-El Choir will sing.

 

 

Introduction to Judaism Class

Introduction to Judaism Class

The 8th of 16 classes -- Monday, February 2, 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.

 

People of the Book

People of the Book

Tuesday, February 10, at 10:00 am

Second Person Singular
by Sayed Kashua

Leigh Schultz will lead our discussion.

The book follows two men, one a successful Arab criminal attorney and the other a social worker-turned-artist, whose lives intersect under curious circumstances. The lawyer has a thriving practice in the Jewish part of Jerusalem, a large house, a Mercedes, speaks both Arabic and Hebrew, and is in love with his wife and two young children.

To uphold his image as a sophisticated Israeli Arab, the lawyer makes weekly visits to a bookstore to pick up novels. On one evening, he decides to buy a copy of Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata, a book his wife once recommended. To his surprise, inside he finds a small white note, a love letter, in Arabic, in her handwriting. Consumed with suspicion and jealousy, the lawyer first considers murder, revenge, then divorce, but  then he decides to hunt for the book’s previous owner—a man named Yonatan, a man who is not easy to track down, whose life is more closely aligned with his own than expected. In the process of dredging up old ghosts and secrets, the lawyer tears the string that holds all of their lives together.

 

 

Daytimers

Daytimers

Wednesday, February 11, at 12:00 pm.

The Daytimers will visit the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.  We will see the exhibits, visit the Planetarium, and see a show at the Omni Theater.

12:00  pm - Lunch at the Temple (catered by Subway)
1:00 pm - Leave the Temple (carpool to the Museum)

To eat lunch and visit the museum, the cost is $21 per person.
To skip the lunch and carpool to the museum from the Temple, the cost is $15 per person.
 

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Presentation on Jewish Genetic Disorders

Presentation on Jewish Genetic Disorders

Sunday, February 22, at 9:30 am, at the Temple

A number of genetic disorders can be found more commonly in the Jewish population. For example, 1 in 5 Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier for at least one of these disorders: Tay-Sachs Disease, Canavan, Niemann-Pick, Gaucher, Familial Dysautonomia, Bloom Syndrome, Fanconi anemia, Cystic Fibrosis, and Mucolipidosis IV.  Carriers are healthy individuals, unaffected by the disease, but they may have an affected child if their partner is also a carrier.

This presentation will cover genes, inheritance, common Jewish genetic diseases, and preconception carrier screening that Jewish and interfaith couples should have.

 

Beth-El Night at the Circle Theatre

Beth-El Night at the Circle Theatre

Saturday, February 28, at 8:00 pm

 

Don't let this special night pass you by!  The Temple has reserved the entire theatre!

  • A world-class PLAY, My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok
  • Metroplex-EXCLUSIVE
  • A JEWISH audience—Beth-El has the entire theater!
  • A panel of RABBIS for a discussion after the play
  • AND, a dessert and wine RECEPTION
  • The PRICE: $30 per person


Are you intrigued?  Good!  The story behind Asher Lev is that of a Chasidic boy prodigy who must be a painter—at all costs. In post-war Brooklyn, artists were not exactly valued by the Chasidic movement.

What  you need to do:  We have the entire theater—all 125 seats reserved for us.  Call the Temple or click here to make your reservations.


If you are already a member of Circle Theatre, call them and reserve your seats, and tell them that you are part of Beth-El Congregation.  Then, email Trudie Oshman or call the Temple at 817-332-7141 and let us know that you have your seats reserved.  Circle Theatre will credit the Temple, but we need to know for the number of spaces remaining.

 

ADL Presentation

Civil Rights and Jewish Values—the ADL in Action

Sunday, March 1, at 10:00 am

The Anti-Defamation League understands that the fate of all Americans is intertwined and that safeguarding the civil rights of all groups is imperative. This session will examine ways in which the ADL helps “secure justice and fair treatment for all,” as well as Jewish values which emphasize our individual and collective responsibilities to strive to make the world one where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

 

Adult Purim Party

The Nathan and Marie Cedars 2015 Beth-El Purim Celebration

An Adult Erev Purim evening to remember

Wednesday, March 4, at 6:45 pm

$20 per person.  Click here to register.

You are encouraged to wear a costume!

The cost includes

  • A catered Mediterranean dinner
  • Dessert
  • Adult beverages

We will have a very unusual Megillah Reading with the participation of the Frisco Improv Players.

Babysitting will be provided for free when reservations are made by Wednesday, February 25.
All Reservations must be received by Wednesday, February 25.

 

Beth-El Film Festival

Beth-El Film Festival

Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 pm, Beth-El Congregation

The first film is The Third Half, an unrated, subtitled film based on a true story.  Determined to build the best football club in the country, Dimitry hires the German coach, Rudolph Spitz, to galvanize his ragtag team but—when the first Nazi tanks roll through the city and Rebecca, the beautiful daughter of a local banker, elopes with his star player—all Dimitry’s plans must change.

Click here for more information about the film.

Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 pm, Beth-El Congregation

The second film is One Small Hitch, rated PG-13.  On a flight home to Chicago for a family wedding, childhood friends Josh and Molly innocently agree to fake a wedding engagement to make Josh’s dying father happy. Things quickly get out of hand with their two boisterous families, and a series of events causes them to pretend to be a couple and start planning a phony wedding.

Click here for more information about the film.

Saturday, March 21, at 7:30 pm, Beth-El Congregation

The third and final film is Glickman, and HBO documentary about Marty Glickman.  Before Marv Albert and Bob Costas, there was Marty Glickman. A gifted Jewish-American athlete, he was denied the chance to represent the U.S. at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He went on to become one of the most revered and influential sportscasters in history, a pioneer in the field.

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Beth-El's 8 over 80 Celebration

 

Saturday, April 18, at Beth-El Congregation

Join us for an evening honoring eight remarkable people.

  • Kenneth Baum
  • Edwin Cohen
  • Edythe Cohen
  • Corrine Jacobson
  • Marcia Kurtz
  • Rosalyn Rosenthal
  • Paul Schwartz
  • Evelyn Siegel

This is a celebration of eight people for their lifetime commitment to Beth-El Congregation.

Benefitting Beth-El Congregation and continuing their legacy for the next generation.

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Click here to donate online.

Click here for Tribute Book as samples.

 

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, 2015.  Click here for more information.

Successor Rabbi Search

Successor Rabbi Serach

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.

Our Religious Brains

Our Religious Brains

Check out Rabbi Mecklenburger's book at www.OurReligiousBrains.com.

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

 

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Streaming is available on a periodic basis; check this site for announcements.

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