Our Temple office will be closed on Monday, May 29, Memorial Day, and on Wednesday, May 31 in observance of Shavuot.
Please join us on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm for Shavuot Festival Service and Confirmation and Wednesday at 11:00 am for Shavuot Morning Service with Yizkor.

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.

COMPARATIVE RELIGION SERIES

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.

2017
Temple Beth El’s 20th Annual Comparative Religion Series
“Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Roots of Ethical Responsibility”

The 2017 Series will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on five successive Tuesday evenings, January 31 through February 28. The final session will be held Thursday, March 9. All sessions are held at Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226.

Our Speakers:

  • January 31: The Biblical Roots of Tikkun Olam, Repairing the World
    Rabbi Asher Knight, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth El
  • February 7: Liberal and Conservative Christians’ Perspectives
    Reverend Dr. Joe Clifford, Myers Park Presbyterian Church
    Dr. John Munro, Senior Pastor, Calvary Church
    Sister Rose Marie Tresp, Director of Justice, Sisters of Mercy, Belmont, NC
  • February 14: Muslim Perspective
    Imam Atif Chaudhry, Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte
  • February 21: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Perspective
    Mr. Allen Bert Alexander, President, North Carolina Charlotte Mission
    Brother Dennis Ivan Kelly, High Priest and Young Single Adult Advisor, North Carolina Charlotte Mission
  • February 28: Hindu Perspective
    Mrs. Chidaabha Vyas, Former Secretary, Hindu Center of Charlotte
  • March 9: Creating Coalitions Across Lines of Difference
    Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Senior Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism
  • March 14: Snow Date

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.

MYERS PARK BAPTIST CHURCH DIALOGUES

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.

SPEAKERS BUREAU

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.

CHURCH VISITS

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.

IN OUR OWN BACKYARD

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.

COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE

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.