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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

Our Selichot Scholar-in-Residence Erev Shabbat Service will be on Friday, September 4, at 7:00 pm

Our Scholar is Alden Solovy, Liturgist and Author

Join us for our Scholar Weekend:

Friday, September 4, at 7:00 pm
Beth-El Congregation

Topic: Teshuvah (repentance), T’fillah (prayer), and Tzedakah (justice).

Saturday, September 5, at 10:00 am
Congregation Beth Shalom, Arlington

Topic: Prayer Drash, including poetry that introduces themes of the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe) with a focus on repentance.

Saturday, September 5, at 8:00 pm
Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville

Topic: Conceptual Prayer Map: Getting the Most Out of Prayers on the High Holy Days and Any Time That We Pray.

Tzedakah Study: Our tradition implores us not to stop at the internal work, taking action outside of ourselves.  Alden spreads the joy of prayer.  A poet and liturgist, he’s created nearly 550 new works, challenging the boundaries between poetry, meditation, personal growth, and prayer. He teaches prayer as a spiritual practice and personal connection with t’fillah. Alden is also a writing coach, an award-winning essayist, and a journalist. Alden’s poetic writing was transformed by the sudden death of his wife from traumatic brain injury. His work has been used by people of all faiths throughout the world, in private prayer and public ceremonies. It appears in a variety of anthologies in the Jewish, Christian, and secular press.

At its core, Alden’s teaching focuses on connection with an authentic internal voice of prayer and finding enthusiasm for prayer. He’s the author of Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing and Haggadah Companion: Meditations and Readings.  A native Chicagoan, Alden made aliyah to Israel in 2012.

 

High Holy Days

 

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, September 13, 8:00 pm

Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 14
Children's Service at 9:30 am
Adult Service at 10:30 am

Kever Avot Cemetery Memorial Services: Sunday, September 20
Hebrew Rest at 11:30 am
Greenwood at 12:30 pm

Erev Yom Kippur: Tuesday, September 22, 8:00 pm

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, September 23
Children's Service at 9:30 am
Adult Service at 10:30 am
Music and Readings at 12:30 pm (in the Chapel)
Discussion at 12:30 pm (in the Board Room)
Afternoon Service at 2:00 pm
Yizkor/N'ilah at 4:00 pm
followed by community break-fast

Click here to reserve childcare, contribute to the Book of Remembrance, donate flowers, purchase tickets, contribute to the Rosh Hashanah reception and Break the Fast, and more.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Reception

Sunday, September 13, after Erev Rosh Hashanah Service.

Please join us in the Great Hall for a Celebration of Rabbi Ralph and Ann Mecklenburger's 32 years of dedication.

For the last time before his retirement, we will honor Rabbi and Ann.  This reception will kick off the year of heartfelt events to honor the many contributions of the Mecklenburgers.  Enjoy the festive reception and a special treat of Appletinis to celebrate the New Year!

Please bring your favorite dessert, snack, or homemade challah for the reception.  Set-up will be that Sunday morning, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

 

 

First Day of Religious School - Sunday, August 30

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year

Sunday, August 30, at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm.

On our first day of Religious School, we will talk about Our Jewish Home: High Holy Days Family Eduation

There will aslo be Tinokot that day, so bring your children ages 0-3 for lots of play fun in a secure environment while parents can visit with each other.

There will be no Hebrew School on the first day of Religious School

 

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If you would like to register, please see Ilana Knust, Education Director.

 

 

Adult Hebrew Classes

Adult Conversational Hebrew Classes

Classes begin on Sunday, August 30, at 10:30 am.

Please join us for a Beginner and Intermediate Adult Hebrew Class and learn the Holy Language!

Please click the picture on the left for more information.

Classes meet at 10:30 am on each Sunday that Religious School is in session.  Click here for the Religious School calendar.
 


 

 

Young Families Pool Party

Young Families Pool Party

Sunday, September 6, at 10:00 am, at 6325 Warwick Hills Dr.
  • For all Beth-El Families with children age 7 and under (older siblings welcome!)
  • RSVP to the Temple by Friday, September 4. (Call 817-332-7141 or email)
Grab your sunscreen and a towel and come join us for a pool party at the home of Ilana Knust!  We will swim, have a lunch of hot dogs and veggie burgers, and have a lot of fun!

 

Daytimers

Daytimers

Please join us for our trip to the George Bush Presidential Library on Wednesday, September 9.

Every once in a while, a special opportunity opens a door. Thanks to a grant from B’nai B’rith we can ride a luxurious chartered bus, nonstop, to and from the front door of Beth-El to the Bush Presidential Library.

We have only 35 seats available on this bus!  You must register no later than Monday, August 17.

No additional seating will be available. When the seats are filled, you will be put on a waiting list. Do not miss this trip! Confirm your reservation ASAP!

The bus will depart Beth-El at 10:30 am. You must be on board no later than 10:20 am. Expected return time is 4:30 pm.  If you miss the departure time, you will not receive a refund.

The travel time should be less than 90 minutes each way.  There is a lavatory on the bus.  Walkers and wheel chairs can be accommodated.

Admission to the library, a box lunch, and a bottle of water is included for $19.  (The box lunch is broiled chicken breast, two sides, and a biscuit provided by KFC.)  You can bring your own lunch to eat on the bus if you wish for $14. There is a CafĂ© at the Library. Entrees start at $12.  Veterans get a discount.  See the online reservations form for detailed pricing information.

Click here for online reservations.

 

 

Lifetime Learning Book Discussion

Lifetime Learning Evening Book Discussion

Wednesday, October 14, at 7:30 pm

This is My God
by Herman Wouk

There are many Jews who do not observe the religion, yet who would like to know more about it.  There are non-Jews, too, who now and then grow curious about the old Hebrew faith.  But the literature is so vast, it is usually so scholarly in tone, and so much of it is not in English, that such readers are often at a standstill, not knowing where to begin. ~ Herman Wouk

Join us on the second Wednesdays of the month in the Temple Library to discuss the first two chapters of Herman Wouk’s book

See the book on Amazon.

 

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.

Trip to Israel with Rabbi Mecklenburger, October 2015

Interfaith Trip to Israel with Rabbi Mecklenburger

Rabbi Mecklenburger is planning an Interfaith Trip to Israel, October 19-30, 2015
 

Explore sites important to Jews and Christians from the North to the South.

Enrich your knowledge of ancient history.

Take a walking tour in Old Jaffa with two guides--one Arab, one Jewish.

Tour in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle.

All room and half-board included!

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Successor Rabbi Search

Successor Rabbi Search

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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