Choose from a variety of projects to help our neighbors in need.
Choose from a variety of projects to help our neighbors in need.
Temple Beth El congregants come together once a year, to perform mitzvot (good deeds) and help with Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). We meet at 8:30 am in the David Silverman Social Hall for a bagel breakfast and then break off to work on our community service projects, There is a project for everyone; preschoolers, school age children, teenagers, and grown-ups. Find the project that works for you and your family!
Time Commitment: 1-3 hours
Save the Date: Mitzvah Day- May 19, 2019
Tzedek Council by the Numbers, February 5, 2018
Tikkun olam and social justice can’t always be measured and evaluated by the numbers, but here’s a few numbers that provide a snapshot of social action and justice at Temple Beth El.
Giving Tree 2017
Total gifts collected: 285
Money donated by TBE congregants in 2017: $2,250 divided equally among:
Jewish Community Refugee Initiative (JCRI)
Mitzvah Day 2017
Navigating Aging programs
Room in the Inn (RITI):
Shalom Park Freedom School
Urban Ministry Kitchen
2017 numbers (Note – TBE serves only on months with a 5th Sunday)
Our Temple “adopted” Sterling Elementary School as part of CMS’s Faith Community Partnership program. We need volunteers to get involved. What can you do?
Are you passionate about aiding seniors – and looking for a way to make an impact in a short time? We’ve got a satisfying volunteer project with your name on it.
Every year, Temple Beth El volunteers deliver 200 Shalach Manot Purim bags to seniors and homebound congregants. Gifts of food are part of the Purim tradition. Recipients love receiving their bags and seeing a friendly face from temple.
There are lots of ways to get involved:
Email Karen to volunteer or learn more.
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.
The Shalom Park Freedom School (SPFS) is a collaboration of eight Shalom Park agencies working together to combat summer learning loss by providing a six-week literacy, character-building summer program for 80 low-income elementary school students. The first Jewish-sponsored Children’s Defense Freedom School® in the country, SPFS serves scholars from Sterling and Huntingtowne Farms elementary schools, the two schools in faith-based partnerships with Temple Beth El and Temple Israel. The camp runs from mid-June to late July. For more information or to volunteer, visit our website or email us.
The Levine JCC, Temple Beth El, Temple Israel, the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte and the Foundation of Shalom Park have teamed up for the Shalom Park Environmental Initiative – SHALOM GREEN. Together we are working to reduce the Carbon Footprint of Shalom Park facilities and operations, educate the community about Jewish environmental values, and operate the new Shalom Park Community Garden. For more information, check out these links or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can be an “angel” for those who need a well-deserved night off during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Volunteers are needed to relieve staff members in men’s and women’s shelters, hospitals and social service centers. Contact Merle Gottheim.
Time Commitment: About 3 hours
Sponsored by Urban Ministries Center, Room in the Inn provides shelter and food for homeless people during the winter months. Temple Beth El, Temple Israel and the Levine JCC join together to host our homeless “neighbors” from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The RITI volunteers, help as:
This is a great opportunity to include your teenagers so they can get a glimpse of the difficulties our less fortunate neighbors face on cold nights on the Charlotte streets. You can find out more information through the Urban Ministry Center. Contact Patty Torcellini to volunteer.
Time commitment: Varies (can be as quick as preparing food or as long as overnight)
Volunteers gather at the Urban Ministries Center on the 5th Sunday of appropriate months (four times a year) to prepare and serve soup and sandwiches for Urban Ministries Center’s homeless clients. Contact Gloria Peper.
Time Commitment: A 3-4 hour time commitment is typically needed on these Sundays.
Once they begin preparing for their simcha, all Temple Beth El students are expected to complete a b’nei mitzvah project. B’nei mitzvah students will:
Peruse this Action and Justice Project section for some b’nei mitzvah project ideas. Contact Rabbi Dusty Klass for more information.
The Jewish Community Refugee Initiative (JCRI) a lay-driven project supported by several Shalom Park agencies, empowers members of the Jewish community to assist refugees in Charlotte. The goal is to educate the Charlotte Jewish community about the plight and needs of the refugees so that we can help these families adjust and thrive here in their new home of Charlotte, North Carolina.
As this effort is an “initiative” rather than an establishment of a non-profit organization, JCRI is partnering with two well-regarded and successful organizations here in Charlotte: Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency (CRRA) and Refugee Support Services (RSS). Our partnership with CRRA & RSS will bring volunteer, donation, education & advocacy opportunities to the Jewish community for those interested in learning about and helping our community’s refugees.
Time Commitment: There are a variety of ways to help. You may volunteer only an hour or two of your time, or make a weekly, monthly or long-term commitment. Many, but not all, volunteer opportunities involve direct interaction with the refugees.
Donating Clothes, Toys or Furniture: We can always find a home for gently-used goods you no longer need or your kids have outgrown. Think of us for donations from basketballs to beds. Contact Linda Hindel.
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).
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 email@example.com.
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:
Congregants interested in getting involved are invited to contact Judy Seldin-Cohen.