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.


Cantor Bernard – A Gifted Conductor of Beth El’s Community by Rabbi Judy Schindler

The conductor's role is to know his community of musicians well: the ranges and skills of the voices in his choir and the qua...


Lead with Your Heart by Candace Naliboff, Director of Member Services

I am a people person – if you have met me then you know this already. I love meeting new people, hearing their stories, and...


A Message from Israel by Sam Swire

Our TBE group of 50 is having an incredible time here in Israel. This opportunity to fully immerse ourselves in the land that...

URJ Camps are Home Away from Home by Lindsay Rosenzweig, Incoming LIBERTY Youth Group President

Jun 08

A sea of white. Lying on a tennis court with your friends, looking up at the stars. Singing and dancing during services. This is a typical Friday night in the mountainous area of Cleveland, Georgia, at the beautiful URJ Camp Coleman. In less than 4 days, children from all over the Southeast (and beyond) will […]

Spiritual Shavuot Service Led by Confirmation Class of 5777; Michelle Miller Awards Announced by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Jun 01

After a year of studying and wrestling with and exploring what it means to be a Jewish teen and part of a Jewish community, this year’s confirmation class created and led a Shavuot service that honored and celebrated their Jewish journey and the collective Jewish people’s journey to Mt. Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments. […]

A Retrospective as We Move Forward by Cantor Mary Rebecca Thomas

May 25

  Some of you know this story, but I think it bears repeating at this time. Like the Reader’s Digest volumes on my grandparents’ shelf, I’m going to tell you the abridged version. I grew up in a small, Classical Reform congregation in Bayonne, NJ. Bayonne had a thriving Jewish community when my grandparents and […]

Counting the Omer Toward Torah by Rabbi Dusty Klass

May 17

“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 37 days, which is five weeks and two days of the omer.” Those of you who have been attending Friday night services in the past few weeks may […]

Mother’s Day by Cantor Mary Rebecca Thomas

May 11

  Mother’s Day is this Sunday and my social media is filled with friends sharing their Mother’s Day memories from years gone by. The memories shared are funny, frustrating, warm, or pained; they capture longing, they capture solitude and sadness, they capture profound joy. The New York Times Well section has had several articles and […]

Magic Words by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

May 03

I’m sitting at my computer scrolling through inspiring quotes to find the perfect one that will inspire all of our congregational families to volunteer on Mitzvah Day. If only I could find those magic words from someone far more eloquent than me that would touch our hearts and move us into action. Profound words from […]

Stories by Cantor Andrew Bernard

Apr 25

  When kids ask me whether some of the more fantastic or contradictory stories in the Tanach are true, I usually respond by asking them whether they go to annual family reunions. For those that do, I ask whether they hear the same family stories year after year, often told by their grandparents or their […]