Torah Buzz Blog

The TBE Blog is the space where Temple Beth El’s Leadership Team members reflect on relevant topics that are most meaningful to us. Here you will find musings on everything from prayer to politics, music to mysticism and history to current day life. From our iPads, smartphones, and laptops to yours, these are the things that inspire us, keep us up at night, and fuel our own Jewish journeys.


At Mount Sinai by Candace Naliboff, Director of Member Services

I am a Jew by choice, and also a Jew by birth. My ancestry and family history is very interesting and the road is quite curvy...


Putting the Sacred Into the Business Side of Synagogue Life by Laura Bernstein, Executive Director

Im ein Kemach ein Torah; im ein Torah ein Kemach. Where there is no bread, there can be no Torah; where there is no Torah, t...


Welcoming a Rabbinic Intern in June by Rabbi Asher Knight

Dear Temple Beth El Family, I am excited to announce that from June 11th through August 8th, we will welcome Student Rabbi...

What We Learned (Community Organizing Report Back Session)

Apr 30

What we learned (words written and shared by Andrea Cooper): As you might guess, we saw a range of experiences among congregants about race. If you haven’t yet, take a moment to look at the quotes on the wall. These are the very words we heard from congregants in our Listening Circles. We heard that […]

Baby Boomer and Empty Nester Update: Find Your People at Temple Beth El by Rabbi Asher Knight

Apr 30

It is customary for Jews to study one of the six chapters of Pirke Avot  – the Ethics of our Ancestors – on each of the six shabbatot between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot. Found within the Mishnah, Pirke Avot is a collection of rabbinic sayings and ethical teachings. One of my favorite maxims […]

Once a Camper, Always a Camper by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Apr 25

Once a camper, always a camper! It’s been many, many years since I was a camper at a Jewish sleep away camp but it’s in my blood.  I loved camp.  I loved the fact that everyone was Jewish which is a really big deal when you grow up in Charlotte. I loved singing Jewish songs […]

Celebrate Your Life. Be a Part of Mitzvah Day. by Jill Lipson

Apr 24

One Saturday morning after our Farber Leadership Group session in 2010, I was having brunch before services. Rabbi Judy took a seat beside me, and while in casual conversation popped the question, Would you like to co-chair Mitzvah Day next year? I had been in Charlotte only four years and really didn’t know anything about […]

Generations Care for the Hebrew Cemetery by Brian Yesowitch

Apr 19

Mitzvah Day is a very special day for our family.  Each May, we look forward to wrapping up the school year and eagerly await the warmth and freedom that summer brings. On Mitzvah Day, our Temple does a great job of putting together opportunities for everyone to get outside of the Sunday School classroom and […]

Immeasurable Fulfillment on Mitzvah Day by Marissa Brooks

Apr 13

To be honest, I have lost count of how many actual Mitzvah Days our family has done. We started many years ago when our oldest daughter (now 19) could barely write her name on a paper bag. I was inspired by Kelly Gaines (also a physical therapist) who was in charge of the program for […]

Counting the Omer by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Apr 12

“Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who has made us holy with your commandments and commanded us to count the Omer**. Today is 12 days, which is one week and five days of the Omer.” Those of you who attended Friday night services this past week may recognize the above blessing […]