Author Archives: Rabbi Knight

Israel Statement by Temple Beth El Clergy

Jun 27

For many years, Temple Beth El has endeavored to establish a love for Israel in the hearts and minds of our members. We have done this through phenomenal congregational trips, ongoing education for every age, and advocating on Israel’s behalf through organizations like AIPAC, AJC, ADL, JStreet, and the Federation of Greater Charlotte. Even the […]

Strengthening the Pillars of our Congregation by Rabbi Asher Knight

Jun 27

In late April, Laura Bernstein and I sent a note to the congregation explaining that we were undertaking a reorganization of our systems, procedures and staffing. Retirements of key personnel, including Cantor Bernard and Steve Rosenauer, were concurrent with our lay leadership’s encouragement to realign the staff model to better realize Temple’s mission, vision, and […]

Engaging Baby Boomers by Rabbi Asher Knight

Apr 25

When I first arrived in Charlotte, I met hundreds of congregants through Welcome Events planned by Temple Beth El’s Transition Committee. During these events, I repeatedly heard similar stories from our members, particularly Baby Boomers and Empty Nesters. They told me that they felt deeply tied emotionally to our congregation and to Jewish life, but […]

A Special Message from Rabbi Asher Knight

Mar 01

Dear Temple Beth El Community, Over the last few months, Jewish communities across the United States have been targets of vandalism, bomb threats, and hate crimes. Our beloved Charlotte Jewish community has been affected by this wave of terror threats. One of the scariest aspects of the last six months is that these threats have […]

Why Refugee Protection Matters by Rabbi Asher Knight

Feb 22

I was recently in Dallas to attend a meeting of the Union for Reform Judaism. The meeting happened to be held at the hotel at the Dallas airport – in the very same terminal where the government was detaining 50 refugees who had received green cards and visas. I met a young man named Mohamed. […]

Celebrating Rabbi Dusty Klass by Rabbi Asher Knight

Feb 08

Exactly a year ago I met Rabbi Dusty Klass for the first time. I traveled to New York having been named Temple Beth El’s Senior Rabbi less than a month earlier. I joined Ginny Rosenberg, Cantor Bernard, and Laura Bernstein to interview soon-to-be ordained rabbis from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Prior to our […]

Six Months as Your Rabbi: Navigating Protests and Partisan Politics by Rabbi Asher Knight

Dec 27

New rabbis are often given advice. One sage suggestion: steer clear of divisive issues and partisan politics. To be honest, the last six months have not been easy for a new rabbi who is trying to learn the landscape of our congregation and Shalom Park. Between protests over the killing of Keith Lamont Scott, which […]

Our Jewish Future: We Need Your Help by Rabbi Asher Knight

Nov 17

On Rosh Hashanah, I spoke about a challenge of our modern society: We often fail to relate, face-to-face with family, friends, neighbors, and our fellow Jews in our congregation. Consider the effects of the geographic reality of the greater Charlotte area.  Temple Beth El’s 3,300 souls live in over 10 zip-codes, spread-out over large geographic […]

A New Year, New Opportunities by Rabbi Asher Knight

Sep 29

This New Year brings new faces and opportunities to Temple Beth El.  Rabbi Klass and I are thrilled to join Temple Beth El’s dynamic team of lay leaders, clergy, and staff. We are excited by the opportunity to serve both our congregation and the broader Jewish community.  And we look forward to meeting you and […]