Author Archives: Torah Buzz

Thank You Sterling Elementary Volunteers!

May 31

Many years ago when the CMS superintendent called on houses of faith to partner with high-poverty public schools, Temple Beth El answered the call. Ever since then, we have been paired with Sterling Elementary School in Pineville, and we support them in multiple ways — school supply collections, Mitzvah Day projects (including packing and delivering […]

Something for Everyone on Mitzvah Day by Karen Greenblatt

May 13

There’s something for everyone on Mitzvah Day.  We started in 1998 when our sons were just two years old, coloring paper bags that older kids would fill with toiletries (for the women’s shelter) or lunches (for the Salvation Army).  We also baked cookies, before someone realized, fortunately for the recipients, that toddlers handling cookie dough […]

Why I am Participating in Mitzvah Day by Jennifer Golynsky

May 08

I was contacted last year by Charlotte Family Housing and asked to provide some pro bono human resource consulting.  After researching the organization, I quickly agreed.  I held focus groups with the dedicated employees to gauge job satisfaction and learn about the population they serve. Due to the lack of local, affordable housing, Charlotte Family […]

Mitzvah Day – It’s About the Bagels by Rachel Choffin

Apr 22

I first got involved in Mitzvah Day as a little kid. My first memory of this event was the giant pile of bagels in the middle of the room – and then we (as a family) helped decorate bags for meal prep items/food to go home with the students at The Freedom School. When I […]

Why I Participate in Mitzvah Day by Jennifer Clark

Apr 15

Tikkun olam, the call to repair the world, is not only what drives me to click on the registration link and sign up for Mitzvah Day every year, but these words (and the sentiment and actions behind them) are an undercurrent of what connects me to the Jewish community in Charlotte and beyond. The many […]

Why My Family Helps Levine Children’s Hospital on Mitzvah Day by Michelle Siegel

Apr 08

My niece Catherine was born in November 2012 with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). We experienced the tremendous strain a child’s medical condition can take on a family. We watched as my brother and sister-in-law spent weeks at a time with her in the hospital. We witnessed doctors, nurses, therapists, […]

Mitzvah Day is Important by Stella Traw

Apr 01

I think that Mitzvah Day is important because it gives people opportunities to help people in need. It also gives people a chance to help organizations that help people who don’t have homes, water, or food. One of those organizations is Safe Alliance. They help women and children who have to leave home to have […]

The Power of Volunteering: Our lives changed because of you! by Eileen Schwartz

Mar 05

I reached out to the TBE Caring Committee (now called Hineynu) in December 2015. I was my Mom’s caregiver. I was feeling isolated, exhausted and unsure about Mom’s future health. She was 95 and I realized that I could no longer manage alone. I contacted the Caring Committee and suddenly had one or two weekly […]

About Chevrah Kadisha by Courtney Rosenthal

Mar 05

Rabbi Dusty Klass once told me that as Jews, we just “get death right.”  As someone who wrestles with considering her own mortality and the mortalities of those around her, I was hungry to experience this peace. I had only been to one Jewish funeral my entire life, and I was young and overwhelmed. I started asking […]