Guest Artists and Scholars

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archie_rand_by_christian_hansen_for_the_ny_times.jpgArtist in Residence Archie Rand, artist and author of The 613*

Thursday, November 3     7:00 pm, "The Evolutionary Arc of Archie Rand's "The 613"
Friday, November 4       12:00 pm, "Specifics Of The Imagery's Development in "The 613"
                                                      RSVP for Lunch & Learn

Archie Rand's work as a painter and muralist is displayed around the world and his graphic works and books are in over 400 public collections. He also created the colorful mural displayed in the Oppenheimer Lobby. "The 613" was a culmination of investigations that Archie Rand had been conducting since the early 1970's. The history of how contemporary art resisted and then grudgingly had to accommodate this uninvited encroachment - and eventual habitation - of blatantly Jewish subject matter will be illustrated with numerous visuals and will be discussed by Mr. Rand. Click here to learn more about Archie Rand.
* Brought to Temple Beth-El by the generosity of the Jean and Jesse Wulfe Religious Enhancement Fund.    photo credit: © Christian Hansen, 2015, for the NY Times





Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl Lectureship

Tuesday, November 15, 2016        7:00 pm

Rabbi Ed Feinstein, A Brief History of Chutzpah**

Rabbi Feinstein is senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California and an instructor at the Ziegler Rabbinical School of the American Jewish University, the Wexner Heritage Program, and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. His most recent book, The Chutzpah Imperative, traces the history of Jewish humanism.
**Brought to Temple Beth-El by the generosity of the Rabbi Samuel Stahl Lectureship Fund




Dr. Andrea Weiss, Associate Professor of Bible HUC-JIR*

November 19, 2016        12:00 pm Lunch & Learn—God in the Biblical Imagination
Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Ph. D. is Associate Professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and Associate Editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary (URJ Press, 2008). Her current research interests include the book of Psalms and metaphors for God in the Bible.
* Brought to Temple Beth-El by the generosity of the Jean and Jesse Wulfe Religious Enhancement Fund. 



Saul Kaye Musician in Residence (Shabbat Shirah)*

Friday, February 10, 2017             6:30 pm Shabbat Shirah Services
Saturday, February 11, 2017         7:00 pm Jewish Blues Concert
Singer songwriter Saul Kaye mixes Jewish history, characters, and liturgy with the Blues. After the significant international success of Jewish Blues Volume One, Saul dug deep into the Torah, Psalms and Writings on his latests CD Jewish Blues Volume TWO.
* Brought to Temple Beth-El by the generosity of the Jean and Jesse Wulfe Religious Enhancement Fund.




Rabbi Jamie Korngold, The Adventure Rabbi*

Friday, April 21, 2017        6:30 pm Special Shabbat PM Presentation
The God Upgrade: Finding your 21st Century Spirituality in Judaism’s 5000-year-old tradition
Rabbi Jamie Korngold will share how she developed her own spiritual philosophy that inspired her to write this guidebook for 21st Century Jewish connection.​

Saturday, April 22, 2017

10:00 am – Shabbat AM Nature Experience for 4th-6th graders and their families. McAllister park (meet at the Turkey Roost Pavilion) 
Rabbi Jamie Korngold and Rabbi Yergin will lead an inspired Shabbat morning program for our religious school families.
RSVP to Iris Berman-Smith

6:00 pm – Havdalah Nature Experience at Hardberger Park (meet at the Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center, 8400 NW Military Highway) Join Rabbi Korngold and Rabbi Nathan in a nature experience followed by Havdalah and dessert in the Barshop JCC Chapel.

Rabbi Jamie Korngold has been nationally recognized for her innovative work combining Judaism and nature. Rabbi Korngold is considered an expert at reaching the unaffiliated Jewish population via cutting-edge, out-of-the-box Jewish programming and her use of technology.
* Rabbi Korngold’s visit is made possible through the generosity of the Jean and Jesse Wulfe Religious Enhancement Fund.


HIDDUR MITZVAH… Celebrating the beauty of artistic expression in our Jewish lives

Sunday, September 11, 2016        12:30 pm 
Dr. Judy Sobre shares the art and history of the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw

Saturday, December 10, 2016        7:30 pm
Discover your inner artist at Pinot's Palette, wine and snacks will be served

Wednesday, January 25, 2017        7:00 pm
Poetry workshop with Bonnie Lyons

Sunday, February 26, 2017        12:30 pm
Family Shabbat arts and lunch: baking challah and making challah covers

Sunday, March 26, 2017        12:30 pm
San Antonio arts bus tour


Sunday Series with Rachel Stern
Monthly, 9:30–11:00 am

September 18, 2016:   Adonai, Elohim—How We Experience God in the Biblical Text
October 16, 2016:   Adonai Echad? The Many Ways that Jews Think about God
November 13, 2016:   Where Does God Live? How to Talk to Your Kids about God
December 11, 2016:   Elohei Avraham, Elohei Sarah—God’s Evolving Role in the Siddur/Prayer Book
January 22, 2017:   “Go with the Flow”… How the Keva (structure) of a Prayer Service Gives Us Space for the Kavanah (intention) We Desire
February 5, 2017:   Avinu Malkeinu—A God of Justice and Mercy, Blessings and Curses
March 26, 2017:   Losing Faith—When Prayers Seem to go Unanswered
April 9, 2017:   God Talk—is there a Right Way to Pray to God?
May 7, 2017:   God Shopping—Finding a Theology of Our Own


November 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Temple Beth-El Students in Middle School and High School will present a concert which features each student on their own instrument. The concert will culminate with all participants playing a piece together.
February 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm
This concert will feature our very talented adult Temple members who sing or play instruments.  Join us to see what talents your peers are hiding.
March 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Temple Beth- El member David Pinansky is a prolific composer and has written many pieces for soloist, choir or orchestra. Mark your calendar and plan to spend an afternoon listening to the enchanting music of David Pinansky.