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[Stained Glass Window Pane of an Italian Sabbath Lamp]

[Stained Glass Window Pane of an Italian Sabbath Lamp]

Date: 1999
Creator: Lauer, Ralph
Description: Photograph of a stained-glass window pane depicting an Italian Sabbath lamp hanging from a hook; this kind of lamp would cast a shadow in the shape of a six-pointed Jewish star when lit. It is one of more than two dozen circular stained-glass discs created for the sanctuary of Fort Worth's Temple Beth-El; most of the images were copied from a book on Jewish treasures to represent a collection of Judaica in miniature. This pane was located in one of the stairwell windows of the building that the congregation occupied 1920-2000. This circular pane is presently stored in the Temple Archives.
Contributing Partner: Beth-El Congregation Archives
[Stained Glass Window Pane of an Olive Tree]

[Stained Glass Window Pane of an Olive Tree]

Date: 1999
Creator: Lauer, Ralph
Description: Photograph of a stained-glass window pane depicting an olive tree. It represents the Tribe of Asher, one of the wealthiest tribes of Israel. It is one of more than two dozen circular stained-glass discs created for the sanctuary of Fort Worth's Temple Beth-El; most of the images were copied from a book on Jewish treasures to represent a collection of Judaica in miniature. When the congregation moved in the summer of 2000, this pane, and all the others that represent one of the 12 Tribes of Israel, was removed and placed in a smaller window in the new synagogue's Hall of Remembrance.
Contributing Partner: Beth-El Congregation Archives
[Stained Glass Window Pane of City Gates]

[Stained Glass Window Pane of City Gates]

Date: 1999
Creator: Lauer, Ralph
Description: Photograph of a stained-glass window pane depicting city gates for the Tribe of Simeon. It represents the city of Shechem, where Simeon led his brothers to avenge dishonor to their sister, Dinah. It is one of more than two dozen circular stained-glass discs created for the sanctuary of Fort Worth's Temple Beth-El, When Beth-El moved in the summer of 2000, this pane was placed in a small window in the new building's Hall of Remembrance.
Contributing Partner: Beth-El Congregation Archives
[Stained Glass Window Pane of Hanukkah Menorah]

[Stained Glass Window Pane of Hanukkah Menorah]

Date: 1999
Creator: Lauer, Ralph
Description: Photograph of a stained-glass window pane depicting an 18th century German Hanukkah menorah. The candelabra's branches are curved like the flowering branches of a bush. It is one of more than two dozen circular stained-glass discs created for the sanctuary of Fort Worth's Temple Beth-El; most of the images were copied from a book on Jewish treasures to represent a collection of Judaica in miniature. This circular pane is presently stored in the Temple Archives.
Contributing Partner: Beth-El Congregation Archives
[Stained Glass Window Pane of Military Tents]

[Stained Glass Window Pane of Military Tents]

Date: 1999
Creator: Lauer, Ralph
Description: Photograph of a stained-glass window pane depicting a field of tents. It represents the military camp of the Tribe of Gad, which was known for its warriors. It is one of more than two dozen circular stained-glass discs created in 1947 for the sanctuary of Fort Worth's Temple Beth-El; most of the images were copied from a book on Jewish treasures to represent a collection of Judaica in miniature. When the congregation moved to a new building in the summer of 2000, this was among the panes reframed and placed in a window in the Hall of Remembrance.
Contributing Partner: Beth-El Congregation Archives
[Stained Glass Window Pane of Outstretched Hands]

[Stained Glass Window Pane of Outstretched Hands]

Date: 1999
Creator: Lauer, Ralph
Description: Photograph of a stained-glass window pane depicting two hands outstretched and positioned to deliver a priestly blessing. It is one of more than two dozen circular stained-glass discs created in 1947 for the sanctuary of Fort Worth's Temple Beth-El; most of the images were copied from a book on Jewish treasures to represent a collection of Judaica in miniature. This image was copied from details on a decorative wall in St. Petersburg, Russia. Beth-El moved to a new location in the summer of 2000 and removed each of the symbolic panes. This circular pane is presently stored in the Temple Archives.
Contributing Partner: Beth-El Congregation Archives
[Stained Glass Window Pane of the Scroll of Esther]

[Stained Glass Window Pane of the Scroll of Esther]

Date: 1999
Creator: Lauer, Ralph
Description: Photograph of a stained-glass window pane depicting the scroll of Esther (called a Megillah), a one-armed scroll that is read on the holiday of Purim. It is one of more than two dozen circular stained-glass discs created in 1947 for the sanctuary of Fort Worth's Temple Beth-El; most of the images were copied from a book on Jewish treasures to represent a collection of Judaica in miniature. This image depicts a Megillah that has a Baroque-style silver case with a crown and dove of peace on the top; it is also embossed with a scene from the Book of Esther. When the congregation moved to a new building, this disc was removed and placed in the Temple Archives.
Contributing Partner: Beth-El Congregation Archives
[Stained Glass Window Pane of the Ten Commandments]

[Stained Glass Window Pane of the Ten Commandments]

Date: 1999
Creator: Lauer, Ralph
Description: Photograph of a stained-glass window pane depicting two stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments; each of the lines contains the opening words of a commandment. It is one of more than two dozen circular stained-glass discs created for the sanctuary of Fort Worth's Temple Beth-El; most of the images were copied from a book on Jewish treasures to represent a collection of Judaica in miniature. When the congregation moved to a new building, this disc was removed and placed in the Temple Archives.
Contributing Partner: Beth-El Congregation Archives
[Façade, Beth-El Congregation, 1949]

[Façade, Beth-El Congregation, 1949]

Date: 1951
Creator: Lawrence Thomas-Allen Co.
Description: Exterior photograph of the facade of the Beth-El Congregation synagogue at 207 W. Broadway Avenue in Fort Worth. The building was restored after a fire. The congregation occupied the building from 1920 until 2000. It is still standing.
Contributing Partner: Beth-El Congregation Archives
[Menorah Sculpture]

[Menorah Sculpture]

Date: 2002
Creator: Owens, Gene
Description: Menorah Sculpture cast in bronze by artist Gene Owens. The sculpture was created in 1962 for the Galveston Street entrance to the new religious-school wing of Beth-El Congregation. In the summer of 2000, the sculpture was moved to the congregation's new building at 4900 Briarhaven Rd., where this picture was taken in 2002. Beth-El's archivist, Hollace Weiner, stands behind the sculpture.
Contributing Partner: Beth-El Congregation Archives