L'Shanah Tovah! The Clergy & Staff of Temple Beth El wish you a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.
We look forward to welcoming the year 5778 with you at Rosh Hashanah services.

Temple offices will be closed on Wednesday,(9/20), Thursday, (9/21), and Friday, (9/22) and will reopen on Monday, (9/25).

Advocacy

Temple Beth El is committed as an organization to addressing issues of importance to our congregation, community, and world through advocacy.   As the same time, we are careful to respect the diversity of political and other opinions. We are currently engaged in advocacy in the areas of Domestic Abuse Awareness and in support of the LGBTQ community and the fight against House Bill 2 (See Temple Beth El Resolution HB2).

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCACY

Addressing domestic violence is an opportunity for all of us to examine how we conduct our personal relationships and to face how we deal with people who are in trouble. As a problem for adults, families, and teens, it is an issue that cuts across all committees and programs, just as domestic abuse cuts across all socio-economic, educational and religious groups.
Few synagogues, however, acknowledge that abuse happens in the Jewish community. In 2007 Temple Beth El not only formally acknowledged it, but resolved to address it by becoming a “safe haven” – a community that promotes safety, justice and healing; and by working to end it through education and awareness-raising activities (see Resolution on Domestic Abuse).

Click Here for a Domestic Violence Resource Guide

In working toward these goals Temple Beth El has initiated or collaborated in many ground-breaking efforts including:
• Dedicated weekend in October and throughout month to raise awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
• Dedicated activities in February for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
• Tailored educational programs for teens, women and men.
• Promotional materials including Resource Guide to programs and services

To become involved or for more information contact
Marsha Stickler at mstickler48@gmail.com.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

In 2010 the Temple Beth El Board passed a resolution authorizing institutional advocacy to address the underlying causes of homelessness and expanding affordable housing, recognizing the commitment of member families, the Reform movement and the tenets of our faith to this cause.

Empowered by this resolution, TBE has collaborated on education, advocacy and program changes in our community:

  • the award-winning documentary “Souls of Our Neighbors”
  • a community website for volunteers now adopted by the Homeless Services Network www.SolveThePuzzleCharlotte.org,
  • a pilot program moving families out of homelessness, resulting in the formation of the Moving Ministry at Crisis Assistance Ministry, and
  • A Way Home, a public/private endowment led by the Foundation For The Carolinas to provide rental subsidies.

Congregants interested in getting involved are invited to contact Judy Seldin-Cohen.

TZEDEK COUNCIL

The Tzedek Council is committed to inform, educate, and involve the members of Temple Beth El in the doing of ‘Good Deeds’, ‘Mitzvot’, in the Jewish Community, and in the greater Charlotte Community. This Council will raise the level of consciousness of our congregation and hopefully our children and make a difference.