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.


Introducing the 2019 Elul Blog

Two years ago, we experimented with a project that now, three years in, has become a beautiful tradition. Our #ElulBlog invit...


Abraham’s Tent: A Shared Muslim Community and Jewish Community

Changes at Room in the Inn: An Update  Shalom Park Room in the Inn has made a change which promises to broaden all of our...


High Holy Day Choir

It's time to register for our High Holy Day (HHD) choirs! I hope that you will lend your spirit and your voice to make our Hi...

Paper Clips

Jun 25

Last Friday, the rabbis and I had the privilege of welcoming six beautiful souls to the Jewish people as they reached the conclusion of their conversion process. Each completed their own journey, some over the course of decades, to affirm their Jewish identity. There are another six or so who will also convert in mid-July. […]

Thank You Sterling Elementary Volunteers!

May 31

Many years ago when the CMS superintendent called on houses of faith to partner with high-poverty public schools, Temple Beth El answered the call. Ever since then, we have been paired with Sterling Elementary School in Pineville, and we support them in multiple ways — school supply collections, Mitzvah Day projects (including packing and delivering […]

Mitzvah Day Thank You

May 21

Days like Sunday make me proud to be a part of our Temple Beth El community. One of the privileges of being me on Mitzvah Day is that I get the opportunity to move from project to project on campus, dropping in and seeing all of the beautiful cards, journals, bags, and pillows being decorated, […]

Something for Everyone on Mitzvah Day by Karen Greenblatt

May 13

There’s something for everyone on Mitzvah Day.  We started in 1998 when our sons were just two years old, coloring paper bags that older kids would fill with toiletries (for the women’s shelter) or lunches (for the Salvation Army).  We also baked cookies, before someone realized, fortunately for the recipients, that toddlers handling cookie dough […]

Why I am Participating in Mitzvah Day by Jennifer Golynsky

May 08

I was contacted last year by Charlotte Family Housing and asked to provide some pro bono human resource consulting.  After researching the organization, I quickly agreed.  I held focus groups with the dedicated employees to gauge job satisfaction and learn about the population they serve. Due to the lack of local, affordable housing, Charlotte Family […]

Mitzvah Day – It’s About the Bagels by Rachel Choffin

Apr 22

I first got involved in Mitzvah Day as a little kid. My first memory of this event was the giant pile of bagels in the middle of the room – and then we (as a family) helped decorate bags for meal prep items/food to go home with the students at The Freedom School. When I […]

Sacred Ground by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Apr 16

On Sunday, April 7th, Temple Beth El Religious School third grade students and their parents took a field trip to The Hebrew Cemetery of Charlotte. Our third graders have been learning about Jewish life cycle events all year and the rituals around death and burial are part of their studies. This is not an easy […]