Community Relations

Temple BethIOOB.TBE-Cantor.and.Torah.for.web El takes pride in its active role in the Charlotte interfaith and broader community.  Our Temple was selected by Mecklenburg Ministries as the 2008 Interfaith Congregation of the Year.  We have a vibrant Community Relations Committee that is dedicated to providing forums to learn about other faiths, as we educate the broader community about our own. For more information please contact our Community Relations Chair, Martin Multer.


The Community Relations Committee sponsors an annual Comparative Religion Series which runs on Tuesdays in the winter and draws upwards of 300 people each week to learn about Judaism, Christianity, Islam and many more faiths and their respective views on pertinent issues in our lives and in the world today.

Temple Beth El’s 21st Annual Comparative Religion Series
“What Does God Want? and Who Speaks for God?

The 2018 Series will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on five Tuesday evenings, January 30 through March 6. (Snow Date of March 13) All sessions are held at Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226.

Click through to our calendar for more information.

The Ted and M.E. Hessberg Endowment supports community outreach programs. Donations may be made to these funds by making checks payable to: Temple Beth El -Ted and M.E. Hessberg Endowment. Thank you.


Beginning in 1996, this Christian-Jewish Dialogue has been a collaborative effort between Myers Park Baptist Church and Temple Beth El, striving to foster mutual study and conversation on topics of interest to our faith communities and to the community at large. Through the past eighteen years, many internationally renowned Biblical scholars have participated in our dialogue and in some years, our conversation has broadened to include Masjid Ash Shahhed, a local mosque.


As one explores the depth of Temple Beth El’s educational opportunities, one becomes not only a proficient student of Judaism but a teacher as well. Many of our congregants participate in this program by lecturing to school classes, church groups, senior homes and more about the Jewish faith.


Temple Beth El has wonderful relationships with an abundance of religious houses of worship in our community. From visits to African American churches on Martin Luther King weekend, to visits to Myers Park Baptist when our clergy speak at services there, to simply visiting other house of faith as Temple Beth El representatives, you can help us to build bridges to the community beyond.


Temple Beth El is proud to participate in the In Our Own Backyard teen interfaith experience, sponsored by Mecklenburg Ministries. The program brings together young people from all backgrounds to explore social issues in Charlotte and explore each other’s religious traditions, including visits to various houses of worship.


This committee is responsible for:

  • explaining Judaism to the non-Jewish community.
  • liaison work with churches and schools.
  • preparing explanatory guides.

In addition, a subcommittee on Comparative Religion organizes a 6 week annual community series on varied religious and ethical issues.


In support of the LGBTQ community, we have passed a resolution regarding House Bill 2 (See Temple Beth El Resolution HB2).


In 2007 Temple Beth El not only formally acknowledged that abuse does happen in the Jewish community, 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 (see Resolution on Domestic Abuse).