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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.
Friday, December 8, 7:30 pm
Rabbi Mecklenburger and Cantorial Student Monica Braverman will lead the service. Torah Reading: Vayeshev
Selected Sundays at 9:00 am in the Board Room.
Sundays, December 10
Rabbi Seymour Rossell will speak on Myths of Christmas and Chanukah.
We may resist the idea that holy days can be connected across religions, even as we attempt to find ways in which “our” holy days are somehow loftier or more meaningful than “their” holy days. Actually the celebration of our holy days can be elevated and intensified by seeing how connected we really are. Give yourself a seasonal gift. Come and explore the secret nexus between Christmas and Chanukah. Be surprised.
Sunday, January 7The Order of the Books of the Bible in Christianity, Judaism and Islam: Why are they Different and Why that Matters, with Rabbi Susan Lippe.
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.
Priests, Prophets, and Kings with Rabbi Seymour Rossell
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.
Sunday, December 10
To welcome the “holiday season,” and most importantly, Chanukah, WRJ is hosting its second annual Latkes and Literature on Sunday, December 10, at Liz Manion’s home. Mulled wine, crispy latkes, sparkling conversation and a rather competitive book exchange are all on the docket.
I hope all ladies (members and non) will make plans to come. It is sure to be a veritable bestseller of an event! The cost is $5 for WRJ members and $10 for non-members.
Thursday, December 14, at 11:30 amMany 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 Thursdays, January 11 and 25, and February 8.
Thursday, December 14, at 7:30 pm, at the TempleYou 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.
Friday, December 15
5:30 pm - Tot Shabbat Chanukah Service
6:00 pm - Chanukah Family Dinner (RSVP Required) prepared by MRJ. Bring your Chanukiah and candles!
7:15 pm - Synaplex Shabbat Options
It’s Chanukah, it’s Synaplex—it’s Chanukahplex!
Come for the dinner, bring your menorahs, come for the programs, and come to be with your Beth-El family!
We have Synaplex programs for the whole family.
Rolling Oneg to follow. You must RSVP for the dinner to the Temple office at 817-332-7141. No charge for the dinner, but donations to the MRJ are always appreciated.
RSVP to the Temple by calling 817-332-7141 or emailing.
Sunday, December 24, at 6:00 pm
MRJ’s Christmas Eve Trivia Challenge and Chinese Food Dinner is back this year! After a year off, MRJ’s Trivia Master, Les Rosenthal, will once again bring a wide range of topics to challenge you and your friends.
Like the 2015 Challenge, this year’s affair will feature dinner from Szechuan on Camp Bowie. The trivia challenge will follow, and participants will be able to seat themselves at a table of their choice, making their own team of eight trivia challengers.
Trivia categories and topics will be wide ranging and challenging for everyone from young adults to experienced trivia veterans. So bring everybody who is at home on Christmas Eve and enjoy MRJ’s evening of fun and competitive trivia! Great prizes will be given to everyone at the winning table.
Space may be limited and reservations are an absolute must! Reservations will close at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 22. No reservations will be taken after the deadline.
If you’d like more information about the event, contact Les Rosenthal at 310-910-9505 or Howard Bellet at 817-937-4613.
The price is $15 per person. Click here to register online.
Monday, December 25
Join fellow Temple members and volunteers from B’nai B’rith in preparing a holiday meal and distributing gifts at Beautiful Feet Ministry on Hattie Street in Fort Worth. Shifts are available from early morning through early afternoon. Volunteers are welcome to bring gifts of clothing, especially women’s clothing in sizes L and XL and all sizes of socks, t-shirts, and underwear; small-size toiletries in a ziplock bag would also be appreciated. To volunteer or make a donation, please email Randee Kaitcer or call her at 817-377-0505.
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.
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.
Wednesday, January 3, at 6:00 pm
Meet your friends, catch up on old and new news, grab some pizza, ice cream and other treats and say hello to the new Rabbi! Stop by Beth-El on for our Winter Break Celebration.
Please RSVP to the Temple by Tuesday, January 2, at 817-332-7141 or email the rabbi so we can be sure to have lots of food for all.
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.
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.
Saturday, January 27, any time between 10:30 am and 1:30 pmYoga, 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.
The Texas Jewish Historical Society will gather at Beth-El April 13-15, 2018
Schedule for the weekend:
Friday, April 13 - Shabbat dinner catered by MRJ and services with Rabbi Zimmerman and the The Beth-El Choir
Saturday, April 14, 10:00 am - Presentation in the Great Hall: Gone 2 Texas: Two Waves of Jewish Immigration--Soviet and South African. Guest Moderator will be Dr. Mark Goldberg, Director of Jewish Studies at the University of Houston. Lunch will be sandwich platters from Yogi's Deli.
Saturday night - The Beat Goes On: Klezmer Havdalah. Local Klesmer musicians (The Klezzoup! troupe) will serenade during a barbeque dinner.
Sunday, April 15 - TJHS General Membership Meeting.
Would you like to volunteer for the Host Committee? Local volunteers will be encouraged to mingle with out-of-towners during dinner, bring homemade dishes for the oneg Shabbat, and help with Registration. Click here to volunteer. The weekend's musical theme is "Orchestrating Our Heritage."
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.
To continue reading about the Beth-El Life and Legacy Program, please click here