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.


Engaging Baby Boomers by Rabbi Asher Knight

When I first arrived in Charlotte, I met hundreds of congregants through Welcome Events planned by Temple Beth El’s Transit...


Chag Pesach Sameach by Candace Naliboff, Director of Member Services

Words I wait all year to say and to hear...Happy Passover. It is the story of our passing from slavery to freedom, but it is ...


DAYEINU! by Dr. Laura Bernstein, Executive Director

Like tens of thousands of Jews around the world, my family and I recounted the story of Exodus this week as we participated i...

Passover is coming! Are you prepared? by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Apr 05

Passover is coming! Are you prepared? (Imagine an encouraging smile from me. Take a deep breath, and keep reading.) Don’t worry, I’m not ready yet either! There are so many ways to celebrate, and so many options for how we might choose to make the seder “our own.” Below, a definitely NOT exhaustive of some […]

TBE Youth- Impressive! by Sam Swire, Director of Youth Engagement

Mar 29

When I would attend NFTY events as a high school student I had the feeling that when I was at a NFTY event I was able to be my best self. The weekend of 3/24 through 3/26 showed the same was true for the youth of TBE attending our youth programs. Here in Charlotte, 30 […]

Saying Goodbye by Cantor Andrew Bernard

Mar 27

It started off like any other vacation. A crazy week of Shabbat prep mixed with a crazier week of travel prep. Friday night services and then rushing home to pack. Several pre-dawn cups of coffee on Saturday while wrapping up things at home and loading the suitcase into the car. An early morning swim before […]

More Than Enough by Cantor Mary Rebecca Thomas

Mar 20

Parashat Vayakhel, Shabbat March 24-25, 2017 In this week’s Torah portion, men and women of special skill are called upon to craft objects for the Tabernacle. Those who weave or work with metals, among other skills, are entreated to use their talents to make magnificent the place in which God will dwell, the place where […]

Join us March 31st for Teen-Led Shabbat by Cantor Andrew Bernard

Mar 15

One of the things I love most about Temple Beth El is the degree to which our teens assume responsibility for the work we do as a congregation. They are highly skilled and dedicated teachers and worship leaders. They are an integral part of many projects that benefit the community and are proud representatives of […]

Zachor – We Remember by Susan Jacobs

Mar 08

This week’s Torah portion is Zachor or Remembrance. It is the portion that is always read the Shabbat preceding Purim when we are commanded to remember the evil of Amalek and to eradicate it from the face of the earth. Haman was thought to be a descendant of Amalek and the holiday of Purim celebrates Queen Esther’s bravery […]

My Rainbow of Friendships by Candace Naliboff, Director of Member Services

Mar 01

In June, 2012, when I moved to Charlotte, I knew only my husband and my daughter…a daunting beginning to a new chapter of my life, especially if you know what a people person I am! I tell this story to all the new members that I meet- about how I threw myself into the temple […]