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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 Services

Shabbat Family Service is on Friday, April 24, at 7:30 pm.

8th and 9th graders will participate.
Guitar-accompanied music.

 

Beneath the Helmet

Beneath the Helmet

Sunday, April 26, at 9:45 am, in the Beth-El Great Hall.

Join us for an amazing movie showing the human face of Isareli soldiers and the realities facing Israel.

All teens and adults are invited to see this movie.

Refreshments will be served.

 

Community Yom Ha'atma'ut Observance

Community Yom Ha'atma'ut Observance

Sunday, April 26, at 12:30 am, at the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Celebrate Israeli Independence Day at the Jewish Federation building (4049 Kingsridge Road, accross the street from Beth-El and behind Ahavath Sholom).

 

Trip to Israel with Rabbi Mecklenburger, October 2015

Interfaith Trip to Israel with Rabbi Mecklenburger

The Rabbi 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!

Please attend an informational meeting at the home of Rabbi Mecklenburger on Monday, April 27, at 7:30 pm.  Please call 817-332-7141 to RSVP.

 

Baby Naming of Kaden Ottenstein

Baby Naming of Kaden Ottenstein

Sunday, May 3, at 11:30 pm, at the Temple

Rabbi Ottenstein and Marni Phon invite you to join the congregation for a baby naming and blessing of Kaden Elijah Ottenstein on Sunday, May 3, at 11:30 am in the Beth-El Sanctuary.  A lunch will follow cooked by MRJ.  Please RSVP to Beth-El at 817-332-7141 or bethelofc@bethelfw.org by April 30.

 

Open Dor Event

Texas Rangers vs. the Oakland Athletics

Sunday, May 3, at 2:05 pm, at Globe Life Park.

The game starts at 2:05 pm. We have 20 seats reserved on the “All You Can Eat” porch which includes grilled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos and soft drinks. Food service begins when the gates open and ends at the end of the 7th inning or 2.5 hours after the first pitch. The seats are located on the upper home run deck.

Our group rate ticket price is $42 per person. There is a $15 parking charge per car. Our group could rally at the Temple parking lot for carpooling, if you are interested.

To get your ticket, send checks to Sandra Hollander at 6921 Laurel Valley, Fort Worth, Texas, 76132.  For more information, call Sandra at 817-235-6227 or 817-294-9773.

 

Annual Dinner and Meeting

Annual Dinner and Meeting

Sunday, May 17, at the Temple

Come join us as we honor the people and committees that keep our congregation thriving.  We will vote in our new president, officers, and board members.

    5:45 pm  --  Wine and Hors d’oeuvres
    6:15 pm  --  Dinner
    7:00 pm  --  Annual Meeting

The price with reservations (and payment in advance) is $18 per person.  The price at the door is $23 per person.
Free to attend the meeting only.

A roast beef dinner, with mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad, and dessert, will be catered by Men of Reform Judaism.

Babysitting will not be provided.

Please click here to register.

 

Erev Shavuot Service, Film and Blintzes

Erev Shavuot Service, Film, and Blintzes!

Saturday, May 23, at 7:00 pm, at the Temple

We will have a brief service for Erev Shavuot, “the time of the giving of our Torah,” on the Saturday evening of Memorial Day Weekend. Members of Beth Shalom and Beth Israel will join us.

As we have done and enjoyed from time to time in the past, we have a film that should be enjoyable as well as instructive, and since dairy dishes are the traditional fare for the festival, the Oneg will feature blintzes and cheesecake, but will also include some fruit and other goodies. 

The film is When Comedy Went to School, which recalls nothing less than “the birth of modern American standup comedy” in the Catskills, and includes clips and appearances by Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Larry King, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, and Jerry Stiller, among others. 

The film will be followed by an optional study session led by Rabbi Mecklenburger, Rabbi Ottenstein, and Rabbi Cytron-Walker.

 

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.

Beth-El's 8 over 80 Celebration

 

Our 8 over 80 was a huge success!  We raised more money for the Temple than in any other year in the past, and we honored 8 remarkable people.

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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!

 

Click here for the Beth-El Live Streaming Worship Services

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

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