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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

Ottensteins

Friday, November 17, 7:30 pm

Torah Service: Toldot
The Beth-El Choir will lead the music.

 

Sunday Morning Conversations

Sunday Morning Conversations


Rabbi Seymour Rossell

Sundays, November 12

Rabbi Seymour Rossell will speak on The Four Masks of God.

 

The Bible intimates that our ancestors were in direct contact with God.  How did they hear God speaking to them?  Does the Bible explain the mystery?  We will examine four ways God speaks through four "masks" (though there may be more).  Surprisingly, none of the ancient ways of "hearing" God are as valid for us today as they were for our ancestors.  With the Bible's clues in hand (and, perhaps, in heart), you can personally encounter God's words in a new and striking way.

 

Introduction to Judaism Class

Intro to Judaism

Judaism

Tuesdays, November 14 and 28, at 7:30 pm

Come explore the customs and culture, festivals and philosophy of Judaism. The class is open to all those interested in conversion, those who are Jewish and want to keep up with their children in religious school and those who might just want a grown-up refresher course. No prior knowledge of Judaism or Hebrew is required.

This year, the course will be taught in three five-week sessions linked to seasons in which the holidays and related concepts take place. The first five-week class will focus on themes related to Chanukah, Jewish History and Shabbat and begin on Tuesday, November 7th
A complete schedule will be handed out at the beginning of the first session. Please contact Rabbi Zimmerman with any questions about this ongoing class.

 

Thursday Morning Kabbalah

Guest Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman

Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman

Thursdays, November 16 and 30, at 11:30 am

There is still time to join Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman for an Introduction to the Kabbalah.  He will teach a lunchtime course exploring the Zohar and the secret texts of Jewish mysticism at 11:30 am every other Thursday. Please buy and bring your own copy of The Essential Kabbalah, the Heart of Jewish Mysticism, by Daniel Matt.

 

Daytimers

Dr. Jim Riddlesperger

Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman

Wednesday, November 15, at 12:00 pm, at the Temple

$11 per person for lunch and program.  Register online here.

November, here in the United States, is noted for the elections that set the pattern for the political scene for the year to come. We have asked Professor James Riddlesperger, a leading political science professor at TCU, to join us and bring us up to date on what to expect from our government in the coming year.
His lively and fascinating insights are likely to be especially noteworthy considering the current political scene we see unfolding around us day by day.


Lunch for this gathering will take you “out to the ballpark.”  We will have jumbo all-beef hot dogs and all the fixings: sauerkraut, mustard, ketchup, potato salad, cole slaw, cookies, snacks, coffee, and tea.  Call Larry Steckler (817-927-2736) to make reservations. You may also call Beth-El Congregation at 817-332-7141, or make your reservations online at www.bethelfw.org. The Sylvia Wolens Daytimers is a program of Beth-El Congregation, with support from the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
 

 

An Evening with and Author

Guest Rabbi Dayle Friedman

Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman

Wednesday, November 15, at 7:00 pm, at the Temple

Topic: Finding Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife:Wisdom from Jewish Tradition

Beth-El Congregation is excited to host an evening with Rabbi Dayle Friedman. Rabbi Friedman has devoted her rabbinate to issues of pastoral care and aging. She runs Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism in Philadelphia, has written many books on caregiving and aging, and was an instructor at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College for over 20 years in the area of  Rabbinic Pastoral Care.  She has a special website dedicated to graceful aging at www.growingolder.net.  This lecture is made possible by the Louis and Frieda Cristol Endowment for Academic Programming in Jewish Studies at Brite Divinity School.

 

Introductory Torah Trope

Learning to Leyn with Monica Braverman

Monica Braverman

Thursdays, November 30, at 7:30 pm, at the Temple

You 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.

 

Texas Jewish Historical Society

Save the Date

Drive-In Movie

The Texas Jewish Historical Society will gather at Beth-El April 13-15, 2018

Would you like to volunteer for the Host Committee?  That will entail joining the group for Friday night dinner (catered by MRJ) and/or for a Saturday night BBQ at which Klezzoup!, the Fort Worth's homegrown Klezmer musicians, will perform.

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."

 

Adult Hebrew Class

Adult Hebrew flyer

 

Life & Legacy Program

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

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