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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.
Kabbalat Shabbat Early Service will be on Friday, November 21, at 5:45 pm.
5:45 pm: Candles, Kiddush, and Snack.
6:00 pm: Adult Service in the Sanctuary, Shir Hallelujah will sing.
6:00 pm: Tot Shabbat in the Chapel
The 4th of 16 classes -- Monday, November 24, 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.
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.
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.
Following the broadcast, Gil Elan of the Texas Jewish Congress will share some reactions and lead a discussion.
Wednesday, December 10, at 12:00 pm.
Come join us for a fun Chanukah Party! Enjoy latkes, sour cream, applesauce, and other traditional foods. The big screen and sound system will feature classic holiday music and videos. Come and schmooze, eat, drink, and make merry.
Call Larry Steckler (817-927-2736 or 520-990-3155) to make reservations. You may also call Beth-El Congregation at 817-332-7141. The Sylvia Wolens Daytimers is a program of Beth-El Congregation, with support from the Jewish Federation.
Wednesday, January 14, at 12:00 pm.
We are going to have a surprise program from the Cliburn International. A speaker will tell us how a competition is created, from the beginning idea through the eliminations to the end result. There will also be an opportunity to hear some great music. Cliburn International does not usually send speakers to groups, so this is a special treat.
Watch this space for reservation information.
Are you ready...
To PUMP IT UP!?
That’s right—it’s time for our next Young Families program.
Come celebrate Chanukah with all of your friends that are 7 and under from Beth-El at Pump It Up (older siblings and parents/guardians are welcome too).
Make sure to wear socks!
Sunday, December 14, at 10:00 - 11:30 am, Beth-El Congregation
We all know how difficult it can be to be Jewish in a non-Jewish society, especially at this time of the year. Please join your rabbis for a candid discussion of these issues. This discussion will be part of both our Tinokot program for parents and our weekly adult education class.
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.
Sunday, January 25, at 9:30 am, Beth-El Congregation
The theme for this year's Donor Brunch is FOOD. You will not want to miss this year's auction! There are a few surprises!
Watch this space for more information and to register.
Saturday, February 28, at 8:00 pm
Don't let this special night pass you by! The Temple has reserved the entire theatre!
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 between December 1 and December 31. After that, we will open reservations to the Jewish community.
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.
Check out Rabbi Mecklenburger's book at www.OurReligiousBrains.com.
It is also available at Beth-El's Judaica Shop!