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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

Cuisine of our Heritage Shabbat Dinner and Shabbat Service

Friday, February 12
Candles, Kiddush, and Snack at 5:45 pm

Tot Shabbat is in the Chapel with Rabbi Ottenstein and Ilana Knust at 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service is in the Sanctuary with Dr. Michael Ross at 6:00 pm
Dinner is at 7:15 pm
The Beth-El Choir will sing.
Price is $8 per member and $12 per non member until February 10.  After 4:00 pm on February 10, the price is $12 per member and $15 per non member.

Join us for our second Cuisine of Our Heritage dinner, a tribute to our delicious history! Our theme for the dinner will showcase the Jewish-Sephardic community of Greece, specifically the community of Salonika, now called Thessalonica. Learn some interesting facts and find out about a prominent congregant who can trace her roots there.  Chef Adam Siegel will design a meal worthy of the term “a tribute to our delicious history.”  There will be non-meat options.

Open seating will allow dining with friends. Be sure to bring your favorite adult beverage.

Paid reservations are important.  The Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ), led by Chef Adam Siegel, advance the funds to purchase the food, ingredients, and spices necessary to offer a first-rate meal. Everyone can be accommodated, but we have to know how many will be joining us.  Register early to get a reduced rate.  Everyone must RSVP.

Click here to RSVP.


Dance Group

Jewish/Israeli Community Dance Group

Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, in the Great Hall at Beth-El

A night of dancing, friends, and healthy food--what could be better for your body and soul?

"Praise God with drum and dance." ~Psalm 150:4

It's free and no dance experience is needed!  All ages are welcome, so bring your family and friends.  Funded by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.


Lifetime Learning Book Discussion

Lifetime Learning Evening Book Discussion

Wednesday, February 10, 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 chapters 13 & 14 of Herman Wouk’s book

See the book on Amazon.


Beth-El Film Festival

Beth-El Film Festival

Saturday, February 13, at 7:30 pm, Beth-El Congregation

The third and final film is Zero Motivation, an Israeli film subtitled in English.  A smash hit in Israel and winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, Zero Motivation is a unique, sharply observed, sometimes dark and often hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost. Playing out like M*A*S*H meets Orange is the New Black, the movie details the power struggles of three women with different agendas and very little to do. Pencil-pushers in the Human Resources Office, best friends Zohar and Daffi spend their time playing video games, singing pop songs, jousting with stationery and dreaming of Tel Aviv. Divided into three loosely connected stories involving the same players, “Zero Motivation” is strongest in its characters and its connection to an Israeli reality we can feel even if we’ve never experienced it. And Lavie’s gift for exploring the relationships among women is another area of strength.  This movie explores many dark paths and although unrated, is probably not suitable for young children.  RSVP by Wednesday,
February 10.

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Young Families Clowns and Cookies

Bake Cookies with a Special Guest!

Saturday, February 13, at 3:30 pm, at Beth-El Congregation

Come to the Temple to have a great time baking cookies and hanging out with a special guest.

RSVP to the Temple by Wednesday, February 10 by calling 817-332-7141.


Tinokot and Parents Discussion

Tinkokot and Parents Discussion

Sunday, February 14, at 9:30 am.

Topic will be announced soon!

Children age 0 to 4 will play in a secure, loving environment, while parents have the opportunity to participate in a discussion about the needs of young families.

Join us for the enlightening program!

9:30 - 10:00 am - Children and parents together in the Bride's Room.
10:05 - 10:30 am - Parents schmooze and nosh in the Great Hall.
10:35 - 11:00 am - Parents meet in the Library for discussion with Rabbi Mecklenburger


Brotherhood After Hours

The Brotherhood After Hours Social Event

Monday, February 15, at 5:30 pm, at Frankie's Sports Bar and Grill near downtown Fort Worth

The Brotherhood will hold another one of its popular social events to discuss some very stimulating topics, to schmooze, and to nosh.

Join us!




Please join us on Wednesday, February 17, at 12:00 pm at the Temple for a free program!

Please join us for a talk from Jane Pawgan about “Jews and the Revolutionary War.”
This program will be FREE. Invite your friends, neighbors, and family to join us for this program. There will be a $5 fee to cover lunch if you wish to order it. And if you would like to bring your own lunch, just sit down and enjoy!

Lunch will be tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich prepared by Rich Hollander.  Please call Larry Steckler (817-927-2736) to make reservations.  The Sylvia Wolens Daytimers is a program of Beth-El Congregation, with support from the Jewish Federation.

Online reservation will be available soon.


WRJ Donor Brunch

WRJ Donor Brunch - The Art of Giving

Sunday, February 28, at 9:30 am, Beth-El Congregation

The theme for this year's Donor Brunch is "The Art of Giving."

The minimum donation required to attend the brunch is $50, but we welcome any amount.

Click here to register online.



This artwork is titled "Amsterdam Canals" by Julie Lazarus, 2012.


Mickey Goldman Spaghetti Supper

Mickey Goldman Spaghetti Supper

Sunday, March 20, at 6:00 pm.

Please join us for the MRJ's annual Mickey Goldman Spaghetti Supper!

This year's honoree is Faye Slater.

-Please RSVP to the Temple at 817-332-7141.


Beth-El Retreat at GFC

Beth-El Shabbat Retreat at Greene Family Camp

Save the Date for Friday-Sunday, April 8-10,2016, at Greene Family Camp.

Please put some time aside to join the community of Beth-El Congregation for an amazing Shabbat weekend away from home.


It’s for everyone!

  • Singles
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Friends
  • All Ages

Please click here for more information.

Click here to register online.

If you would prefer, you may print and mail this form.


The Celebration Weekend -- Honoring the Mecklenburgers

Weekend honoring the Mecklenburgers for their years of service

Save the Date for Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, 2016 for a Celebration Weekend.

This is the weekend that we will honor the Mecklenburgers for their many years of service before Rabbi's retirement on July 1st. 

Friday, April 15
Community-wide Shabbat at Beth-El, 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 16
The Celebration Dinner honoring the Mecklenburgers, 6:00 pm
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Click here to make your online donation.

Sunday, April 17
Family FUNday Sunday at 11:00 am


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, 2016.  Click here for more information.