Congregation Beth El Binah

Congregation Beth El Binah


An exceedingly rare occurrence for all denominations and most of the organizational Jewish infrastructure to sign on to one statement. Shows how critically vital this issues is to us as Jews and simply as human beings.

"The Honorable Jeff Sessions
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20530

The Honorable Kirstjen Nielsen
Secretary of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528

Dear Attorney General Sessions and Secretary Nielsen,

On behalf of the 27 undersigned national Jewish organizations and institutions, we write to express our strong opposition to the recently expanded “zero-tolerance” policy that includes separating children from their migrant parents when they cross the border. This policy undermines the values of our nation and jeopardizes the safety and well-being of thousands of people.

As Jews, we understand the plight of being an immigrant fleeing violence and oppression. We believe that the United States is a nation of immigrants and how we treat the stranger reflects on the moral values and ideals of this nation.

Many of these migrant families are seeking asylum in the United States to escape violence in Central America. Taking children away from their families is unconscionable. Such practices inflict unnecessary trauma on parents and children, many of whom have already suffered traumatic experiences. This added trauma negatively impacts physical and mental health, including increasing the risk of early death.1

Separating families is a cruel punishment for children and families simply seeking a better life and exacerbates existing challenges in our immigration system. It adds to the backlog of deportation cases and legal challenges in federal courts, places thousands more immigrants in detention facilities and shelters, endangers the lives of more children, and instills additional fear in people seeking safety in our country. In addition, those seeking asylum or other legal protection face numerous obstacles to making a claim, especially from detention. Separating family members at the border would force families into two or more immigration cases instead of a single case for each family, harming their ability to present a successful case.

Our Jewish faith demands of us concern for the stranger in our midst. Our own people’s history as “strangers” reminds us of the many struggles faced by immigrants today and compels our commitment to an immigration system in this country that is compassionate and just. We urge you to immediately rescind the “zero tolerance” policy and uphold the values of family unity and justice on which our nation was built.


American Conference of Cantors
American Jewish Committee (AJC)
American Jewish World Service
Anti-Defamation League
B’nai B’rith International
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc.
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Jewish Labor Committee
Jewish Women International
Men of Reform Judaism
National Association of Jewish Legislators
National Council of Jewish Women
Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies
NFTY – The Reform Jewish Youth Movement
Orthodox Union
Rabbinical Assembly
Reconstructing Judaism
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
The Workmen’s Circle
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Union for Reform Judaism
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Uri L’Tzedek, The Orthodox Social Justice Movement
Women of Reform Judaism"

Thank you Danielle Rugoff for posting.
I love our President. He does all he can to help all Americans and not only if it helps him. You sick people should go see a shrink... Your brain has exploded.
Keshet Houston invites you to join us for our annual weekend of relaxation and fun on Galveston Island. We are providing Friday night Shabbat dinner, light breakfast on Saturday morning, refreshments at the beach on Saturday, and wine and dinner on Saturday night. (Saturday lunch and Sunday brunch are at local restaurants.)

We have reserved a beach house about 5 miles west of 61st St & Seawall. There is a limited number of spots available at the beach house. The cost for the weekend if staying at the beach house is $100. Reservations are first-come, first-served and are not complete until payment is received. (Other narby lodging options are available too.)

Go to for details and reservations. Please RSVP before October 9.

Beth El Binah is a Reform Jewish Congregation welcoming people of all backgrounds. And we have plenty of parking.

Operating as usual

[09/12/21]   A Forgiveness Prayer for Yom Kippur

God, someone has sinned before You. They have done wrong and unjust acts. I have felt anger, resentment, pain, and bitterness. I have held onto my demand that they should have said or done something differently. I choose no longer to hold onto the tension and hurt that accompanies my memory of what was said or done. Therefore, I hereby cancel and annul all demands, expectations and conditions I have placed on this person. They are totally responsible for their own actions and deeds. It is my prayer that they never do anything like this again. Accordingly, I forgive them and ask You to do the same.

[09/04/21]   From my friend Ellen Nover

Once again, the Jewish New Year looms upon us. The recurrent theme of the Jewish High Holidays is and always will be, the concept of atonement and forgiveness. In order to truly atone for the wrongs you have done against another, ask for forgiveness and accept forgiveness from others, we must be willing to do some serious and honest self reflection and soul searching. We must be willing to take responsibility for the words that we said and behaviors that we used, which hurt or had a negative impact on others. We must also be willing to sincerely give and receive, apologies to and from others, to those who we have hurt and those who have hurt us, with an open mind and a forgiving heart. For any of this to occur, we must be ready to put our egos behind and our hearts at the forefront, throughout this process.

My yoga instructor/guru and friend now of 12+ years ( luv ya Barb), shared a reading with us last week, which really spoke to me and the current struggles I am facing. The reading was about the principle of SHAUCHA, letting go of the idea of right and wrong and sacraficing the ego, in order to learn to lead with your heart, when dealing with people and difficult situations that come your way. I admit, for me, this is a concept, I have in the past and still in the present, truly struggle with. I have let my pride overcome my heart, on many occasions and have become consumed with the premise of who is right and who is wrong, leaving my heart to trail behind and therefore leaving myself fewer and at times, even no options, for dealing with the situation at hand. After all, if we are steadfast in our belief that we are right and they are wrong, what more is there to talk about and/or do? What options do we leave open for resolving the situation? When we are unable to detach and let go of our egos and/or our need to prove and cling to the premise of right and wrong, we do not allow ourselves to lead with our hearts and in doing so, we close down our possibilities, opportunities and options for giving and receiving forgiveness.

I have chosen to make a goal of trying to learn and practice the principle of leading with my heart and it will be my focus for this upcoming New Year. It will not be an easy adaptation or learning process for me and I know there will be more failures at first, then successes, but this I know for sure and have proven to myself and others many times throughout my lifetime, there is no goal or aspiration that you cannot achieve, if you are committed to the process and remain determined to succeed.

My wish for all of us, is that we all find more compassion for each other, as well as for ourselves and may we all learn to lead more with our hearts and less with our egos. May we all be willing to talk, to hear and to listen, more from our hearts and less from our minds. By doing so, we allow ourselves the true ability to forgive and to be forgiven.

I am sharing my favorite mantra in closing below and wishing all I know, a New Year filled with open minds and most importantly open hearts.

L' Shana Tova Tikatevu - A healthy, joyful and peaceful New Year to all❣

AIDS quilts remain on display at Crow - Dallas Voice 06/23/2021

AIDS quilts remain on display at Crow - Dallas Voice

BEB President Don Weiner's AIDS Memorial Quilt panel is on display at the Crow Museum through July 1. Jeff Shaw and David Swid are part of the panel as well in the AIDS Mastery Workshop panel.

AIDS quilts remain on display at Crow - Dallas Voice The Crow Museum has three panels from the Names Project’s AIDS Memorial Quilt on display. One of them is a Dallas panel that is the most requested piece of the Quilt of the 50,000 panels. That panel contains the quilt for Duane Kearns Puryear. The powerful message on the panel reads, “My name is...


Carmarion Anderson, who participated in our last live Gay Pride Shabbat, did the closing prayer for the White House Easter service.

Carmarion Anderson, who participated in our last live Gay Pride Shabbat, did the closing prayer for the White House Easter service.

There’s a Proud Boys chapter in Israel 03/15/2021

There’s a Proud Boys chapter in Israel

From last fall, but just saw this. Horrifying.

There’s a Proud Boys chapter in Israel “What’s next, the Israeli KKK?”

Griffith, Linda Lou (Lennox) | North Dallas Funeral Home 03/09/2021

Griffith, Linda Lou (Lennox) | North Dallas Funeral Home

Very sad news of the death of Linda Lennox Griffith. Linda helped us prepare our Passover seder for a number of years and was a wonderful Resource Center volunteer.

Griffith, Linda Lou (Lennox) | North Dallas Funeral Home Linda Lou Lennox Griffith, of Tulsa, OK and Dallas, TX, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Linda's love and inclusion of all the people she knew led her through a life filled with love, laughter, music and friends. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Jim and Evelyn Lennox on November 21, 19...

A great Hanukah miracle didn't happen here this week - Dallas Voice 02/17/2021

A great Hanukah miracle didn't happen here this week - Dallas Voice

We didn't have a great Hanukah miracle in Dallas this week.

A great Hanukah miracle didn't happen here this week - Dallas Voice Who would have thought to stock up on candles? But these days in Texas that seems to be a new necessity. So I searched the house and found one mostly-used-up candle and … Now people who know me know I hate Hanukah. And yes this has to do with our “rolling blackout” predicament. To celebrate [.... 12/10/2020

My annual Why I Hate (Virtual) Hanukah post - Dallas Voice

Chappy Chanukah Complaining about everything during this pandemic has become a national pass time. We can’t get together for Thanksgiving. We can’t depend on having football on Sunday, at least not with teams we care about. We can’t go to the state fair and eat fried crap. If I have to sit through another dam... 11/02/2020

STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO ANTISEMITIC VANDALISM IN DALLAS - Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is dismayed to learn of a recent crime involving antisemitic graffiti and hate speech in Dallas. Not far from the Museum, in the heart of downtown Dallas, a 27-foot swastika was painted on the roof of the former Reunion Tower Garage along with the message... 10/29/2020

Jon Ossoff's blistering attack on David Perdue at Georgia debate watched over 2 million times

Interesting race to watch. Former ETGAR teen Jon Ossoff running for the U.S. Senate from Georgia. The Georgia Democratic accused the Republican incumbent of trying to end health insurance protections for those with pre-existing conditions. 09/18/2020

The Stanky Brown Group - Masquerade - 5/21/1977 - Capitol Theatre (Official)

Rabbi Leynor was laid to rest this morning. His son, Austin, described him best when he said Jeffrey took a "cognitively dissonant approach to Judaism." After the service, rabbi was buried to the music of his band Stanky Brown. Here's a video of the band from 1977. Rabbi Leynor is the lead singer with the long hair. Enjoy. The Stanky Brown Group - Masquerade Recorded Live: 5/21/1977 - Capitol Theatre - Passaic, NJ More The Stanky Brown Group at Music Vault: http://www.musicvaul...

[09/18/20]   Rabbi Leynor's funeral is Friday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. To attend virtually:
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Our former rabbi, Jeffrey Leynor, passed away suddenly this morning, Sept. 16. Rabbi Leynor always brought joyous music to our services with his guitar and other instruments. May his memory be a blessing.


Why is this Seder different from all other Seders? 04/17/2020

Union Coffee brightens day for other non-profits - Dallas Voice

Union Coffee (next to Oak Lawn UMC) is doing a drive for the VOGEL ALCOVE on Saturday morning. They need diapers, wipes, toilet paper, detergent, things like that. We were among the founders of Vogel Alcove and our friends there are asking for our help. Also, donate and get 25% off an order at Union Coffee (at the walk up window). Safely serving at Union Coffee’s walk-up window.(Photo courtesy Union Coffee)   Founder Mike Baughman recovers from COVID-19 while keeping his family and staff safe DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer [email protected] Like other coffee shop and restaurant owners, Union Coffee’s Mike Baughm... 04/09/2020

Practicing safe seder - Dallas Voice

Watch Beth El Binah's seder online. Tonight is the second night of Passover. Members of Congregation Beth El Binah will be practicing safe seder, and everyone is invited to watch. The seder is when friends and family gather to read the Hagadah, which tells the story of the Exodus. Part of the ritual is to remember the 10 Plagues. This... 03/13/2020

COVID-19: Breaking news and updates - Dallas Voice In the wake of a public health emergency declaration issued by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins this evening, Dallas Voice will attempt to keep you updated on what events have been cancelled or postponed due to concerns over the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Check back here for more updates. CITY.... 01/28/2020

URJ President Responds to Trump Administration's Middle East Peace Proposal

URJ rejects Trump's and Netanyahu's unilateral "peace" plan Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154


Creating Change Shabbat takes place on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Dallas, 400 N. Olive St. (The Black Tie Dinner hotel.) Either take DART to Arts District Station or park in garage across the street or under hotel. Look for David Taffet on the second floor at the top of the escalator in the center of the hotel to get a guest badge for admission and directions to the room.

[01/11/20]   No service tonight (Jan. 10). Next week (Jan. 17) we'll hold our Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. at Creating Change with people from around the country at the Sheraton downtown. 12/30/2019

The Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year 2019: Holocaust survivor Max Glauben

The sweetest man in Dallas is named Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year. We might say Max Glauben started becoming the 2019 Texan of the Year in 1941 when he wriggled into a cramped smuggler’s space under the false bottom of a...


The Teddy Bear Party collects teddy bears for children who will be undergoing a procedure at Children’s Hospital. Admission is $75 and one teddy bear.
Brian loved The Teddy Bear Party. The first time we went, we stopped at Walgreens on Cedar Springs to pick up a teddy bear.
Brian filled a shopping cart with them. Then he filled a second shopping cart. I said, “Let’s pay for these.”
“But there are more bears,” he said.
“But the shopping carts are full,” I said.
“But there are more bears,” he said.
“But the shopping carts are full,” I said.
“But there are more bears,” he said.
So I suggested we pay for what he have and see if there was still room in the car. There was. So Brian filled another shopping cart. When I suggested we pay for them, he said, “But there are more bears.”
That went back and forth a few times until he said, “But what if one child going through chemotherapy doesn’t get a bear because we didn’t buy it?”
So we bought the rest of the bears in the store. And then went to the Walgreens on McKinney Ave.
This year, the Brian Fund bought 80 bears and Brian would be proud. We found a wholesaler right near my office, got a discount on wholesale and didn't pay tax. - David

[12/11/19]   The annual congregational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 before Shabbat service. At our service, we will celebrate David Faulkner's conversion.

[10/25/19]   Shabbat service this evening, Oct. 25, has been canceled. While there was no tornado damage at Northaven, neighborhoods surrounding us were severely damaged and Mindy said travel to our building has been difficult all week. Shabbat shalom. Our next scheduled service is on Nov. 8 and please remember our neighbors whose lives have been so severely affected.

[10/21/19]   Damage at Northaven is limited to downed branches so Shabbat service this Friday will be at our regular time and place. The tornado crossed Preston Road a few blocks south and damaged Preston Royal Shopping Center. Royal China had some minor water damage. Central Market, which catered High Holidays, suffered major damage and is closed. The JCC had some damage, but North Haven Gardens right next door was destroyed.

[09/27/19]   Shana Tova Y'All


Delivered school supplies to Rusk Middle School on Inwood this morning to Principal J. Cordoba (left) with guys from Rainbow LULAC. Backpacks went to Promise House last week. 08/16/2019

Rainbow LULAC and Beth El Binah donate school supplies - Dallas Voice

School supplies collected. We'll let you know when the distribution takes place. For at least the sixth year, Rainbow LULAC and Congregation Beth El Binah joined forces to hold a school supply drive for school in Oak Lawn and collect backpacks for Promise House. They groups met at Havana on Cedar Springs Road on Thursday, Aug. 15, to collect the supplies. Rainbow LULAC also anno...


Time once again for the Brian Cross school supply drive that we coordinate with Rainbow LULAC. School supplies go to Oak Lawn area schools. This year we're also collecting backpacks that will go to Promise House. Either drop off at services or at Havana on Aug 15 at 7 p.m. or make a donation. When we buy in bulk, we get great rates. For more info, contact David Taffet.

[06/14/19]   Tonight (June 14) we celebrate the ancient Jewish holiday of Gay Pride Shabbat with Cantor Croll, Rev. Ray Jordan, Rev. Carmarion Anderson, Cantor Sherri Allen, Rabbi Andrew Paley and Rev. Andria Davis. Everyone is welcome. 06/09/2019

Friends and Family Interfaith Pride Shabbat - Event - Congregation Beth El Binah Presented by Congregation Beth El Binah In Partnership withTemple Shalom LGBTQ PrideRainbow Roundup andThe UNA-USA Dallas Committee on Refugees 06/09/2019

Friends and Family Interfaith Pride Shabbat - Event - Congregation Beth El Binah Presented by Congregation Beth El Binah In Partnership withTemple Shalom LGBTQ PrideRainbow Roundup andThe UNA-USA Dallas Committee on Refugees


Beth El Binah member Jeff Shaw's AIDS Memorial Quilt quilt panel was hanging at the Pride Festival on Saturday.


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11211 Preston Road Dallas
Dallas, TX

General information

Reform synagogue with an outreach to the LGBT community. Member of the Union for Reform Judaism. President Joshua Manes services held at Northaven UMC 11211 Preston Road (at Northaven) Dallas TX 75230 The mailing address is: Congregation Beth El Binah PO Box 191188 Dallas TX 75219
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