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.


Advocacy and Action by Cantor Andrew Bernard

The transition to retirement has been surprising. After years of working at 110% (on a slow week), I was looking forward to c...


TriBE Update by Andy Harkavy, Director of Congregational Engagement

It has been an exciting journey to get to where we are today with our TriBEs (Small Groups) at Temple Beth El. We are fortuna...


Repairing the World through Racial Justice by Jennifer Clark (Charlotte Jewish News Editorial, Feb. 2019)

Tikkun olam—repairing the world, often through social action—has long been a cornerstone of Temple Beth El’s mission an...

United in Purpose and Mission by Rabbi Asher Knight

Jan 28

On January 7th, Temple Beth El’s Board of Directors passed a new Core Purpose and Mission. The process of listening to our members, learning about their vision of congregational life, writing the new mission, editing, and considering the nuances of language took a year and a half. The process began under Ginny Rosenberg’s presidency with […]

Mending the Hole by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Jan 16

The death of a loved one is an inevitability in everyone’s life. It is tragic and painful, regardless of the age or circumstances. Most often, we know it is coming and thankfully, only on rare occasions, are we shocked by the sudden loss of someone who is central in our lives. One minute they are […]

Moving Forward Together – A Perspective on the Women’s March from Current and Past Senior Rabbis by Rabbi Asher Knight and Rabbi Judy Schindler

Jan 10

We are excited to participate in this year’s Charlotte Women’s March at First Ward Park on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Before the march, at 10:20 am, a Temple Beth El group will gather and start with a Shabbat morning prayer experience. Marching on Shabbat? Shabbat can be prayer in action, either at Temple or in […]

Congregants Create Bonds at Temple Beth El

Jan 03

Engagement is a big buzz word in the Jewish world right now. Many Jewish institutions talk about engagement while some simultaneously struggle to truly engage their constituents. We create a warm welcome that makes people feel good when they walk in the door – that’s only if they make a choice to walk in the […]

Asking…Not Always Easy by Candace Naliboff, Director of Member Services

Dec 19

If you are like me, you have had times in your life when people have said to you, “Why didn’t you just ask me?” I know I have. Asking is not always an easy thing to do. Especially if it has anything to do with money. In my job, I have to ask. It is […]

Share the Warmth, Shine Bright by Andy Harkavy, Director of Congregational Engagement

Dec 12

This time of year always seems particularly tough. It gets darker earlier. The weather gets colder. Many things which I am excited to do outside become harder to do as a result of the unpredictable weather. Luckily, Charlotte, NC has warmer/shorter winters with many sunnier days than Cincinnati, OH and Baltimore, MD where I previously […]

All is Never Lost: Chanukah Light by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Nov 26

December is the darkest month of the year. It’s no coincidence that Chanukah, a holiday in which we are commanded to increase light each night, occurs exactly as our days become shorter and our nights become longer. The holiday season is full of that contrast, of moments of light and darkness. It’s in the joy […]