Beth-El Congregation

Affiliations

The Union for Reform Judaism provides vision and leadership to Reform Jews and congregations on spiritual, ethical, social justice and management issues. It provides programmatic support to Reform Jewish congregations and offers opportunities for individual growth and identity that few congregations could provide by themselves, such as camps and Israel programs for youth, study kallot and North American and regional biennials.

The Reform Movement is the largest Jewish religious movement in North America, with 1.5 million Reform Jews and more than 900 congregations that are part of the Union for Reform Judaism. Although each congregation is autonomous and very individual in its programs, worship style, and culture, all are characterized by the same core values:

  • A God-centered Judaism that combines respect for Jewish law and Jewish tradition with a progressive religious outlook designed to remain relevant and meaningful to contemporary North American Jews
  • A commitment to Torah (lifelong Jewish learning), Avodah (worship of God through prayer and observance), and G’milut Hasadim (the pursuit of justice, peace, and deeds of loving kindness) – expressed in lifelong study of the sacred Jewish texts, creativity and spirituality in worship, and social action fulfilling the vision of the Prophets
  • A commitment to klal Yisrael, the entirety of the Jewish people, with special focus on the people and the state of Israel, and on world Jewry, particularly on the needs of Progressive congregations everywhere
  • A community-focused religion that honors the personal autonomy of the individual and the institutional autonomy of the congregation, within a framework of egalitarianism and inclusiveness

 

Serving multiple generations, the Jewish Federation is the central coordinating agency for the Tarrant County Jewish community. It acts as the umbrella organization through which the community’s fund-raising, community programs, leadership development, community relations, and Jewish continuity needs are met.

With funds raised each year, a network of 47 organizations devoted to education, revitalization, social services, humanitarian aid, and poverty relief for Jewish populations in Tarrant County, the United States, Israel, and around the world are supported by the Federation. Sixty percent of these funds are used locally to provide vital support to Tarrant County institutions.

 

Since 1976, Greene Family Camp has served all of the Reform congregations of Texas and Oklahoma. It provides an unforgettable religious, cultural, recreational, and emotional experience for people of all ages.

It is the goal of Greene Family Camp for each person to grow while at camp, not only sharpening skills brought to camp, but introducing new areas to learn and master. They also try to balance “physical” and “intellectual” activities. The Camp schedule is set up to require certain amounts of exercise and outdoor time each day. Campers being offered electives are encouraged to sign up for a selection of different kinds of activities. The daily schedule reflects this attempt at balanced programming. Campers are organized into units by age groups. Each unit has its own daily schedule, which includes a number of activities, both “physical” and “intellectual”, resulting in fun and busy days and nights. As campers progress through the units, they are given more and more choices in the selection of their daily activities.