Congregation Beth El Binah

Congregation Beth El Binah


#MyJewishRoots 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. Sincerely, 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. HIAS 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.

Mission: Beth El Binah is a Reform Jewish Congregation welcoming people of all backgrounds. We recognize that all men and women are created in b’tselem Elohim, in the image of God. In Hebrew, Beth El Binah means “house of an Understanding God.” Beth El Binah was founded as a synagogue with an outreach to the LGBT community. We became a havurah in 1984, a congregation in 1989 and joined with the Union of Reform Judaism in 1992. Today we have a very diverse membership which reflects the evolution of our community.

Operating as usual

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?

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...

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...

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....

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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.

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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.

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.

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

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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Omar Suleiman

Our friend Imam Omar Suleiman delivered the prayer from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. He's introduced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and he did us all proud.

Imam Omar Suleiman delivers the invocation this morning from the House floor.

“We pray for peace; not war. Love; not hate. Benevolence; not greed. Unity; not division. And we commit ourselves to not betraying our prayers with actions that contradict them.”

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Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Hey, What About a Both Mitzvah? The Jewish coming-of-age ceremony stretches to accommodate the new gender fluidity.

Our second night Passover seder is something old, something new. It takes place at Deli News. That's the old. But new location: 3685 Preston Rd Suite 185, Frisco, TX 75034.

[04/02/19]   Congratulations to Lex and Sunny, our school supply drive partners from Rainbow LULAC, on the birth of their daughter Genavi.

Northaven Church rainbow sign vandalized - Dallas Voice

And he left Beth El Binah's sign with our rainbow star alone. But this is why we love our friends at Northaven. When they're right, they're not backing down. A rainbow flag covering “United Methodist” on the Northaven Church sign was stolen on Wednesday, March 20. The Rev. Marti Soper said a bearded, middle aged, white male driving a 2008 white Lexus parked in the Northaven parking lot and removed the rainbow flag covering. She filed a police report,...

From our friend Imam Omar Suleiman

[03/16/19]   Congregation Beth El Binah joins the rest of the Jewish community in condemning the attacks on two mosques in New Zealand. We send special condolences to our friends in the Muslim community here in Dallas.

Trans Jews Are Here: A Convening

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Northaven’s having none of it | Dallas Voice

We support our friends at Northaven and have offered that if Marti is brought up on charges of performing a same-sex wedding, she should just blame it on us. Northaven UMC altered its sign to show solidarity with its LGBT membership. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice) Northaven United Methodist Church covered “United Methodist” on the large sign facing Preston Road with a Pride flag to protest the decision made last week by the church to discriminate agains...

Not your grandma’s square dance - Dallas Voice

Story about Alan Josephson's group Pegasus Squares dance at Grace United Methodist Church. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice) Pegasus Squares hosting Scoot Back to Big D event this weekend DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer [email protected] Square dance, explained Pegasus Squares’ former president Alan Josephson, is “not a set dan...

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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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