Author Archives: Torah Buzz

Why I Fast by Louis Aiello

Aug 22

It all began in 2015 when I was still renting a room inside someone else’s home. I had just graduated earlier that year but by this time I had learned a lot of important things, such as spending my time wisely and making each and every minute count in order to progress. I also learned […]

Finding Balance by Julie Rizzo

Aug 22

As a Jew, a parent and the Director of Social Action at the Levine JCC, questions of responsibility and accountability are always on my mind. Feelings of responsibility for myself and my children come naturally. I’m not sure if it was the time I spent in religious school as a child or simply the role […]

The Impact of One Decision by Shayla Siegel

Aug 21

When I made the decision to become a pescetarian (like a vegetarian, but still eats seafood and fish) as my 2018 New Year’s resolution, I had to learn to be responsible for my body and accountable for my actions. For example, I knew I couldn’t eat mac n’ cheese and bread for the rest of […]

A Former Los Angelina finds Community and Jewish Connection in the South by Naomi McRary

Aug 17

I lived in L.A. for 12 years and I loved it. I met my husband there, in a bar of course. He was from North Carolina of all places, and he was Southern Baptist, although non-practicing. We got married in New York (yes, a Brooklyn Jewish girl and a Southern Baptist from the South). We […]

What Do You Want Your Jewish Experience to Look Like? by Dave Press

Aug 17

Have you ever been invited to try a new restaurant, only to take one look at the menu and realize that there’s nothing there that you want to eat? It feels as if the chef focused entirely on creating a menu she would like and forgot to ask the customers what would appeal to them. […]

A Place to Come Home To by Amy Cojac Andrews

Aug 15

I find it ironic that some of the very times I feel most connected to Temple Beth El are when I am physically farthest away from Charlotte. I grew up at this temple, but since college have spent significant stints in other places, some more far flung than others. I have come to realize that […]

Finding Myself In Community by Bryan Buckler

Aug 15

Growing up in rural Georgia, I thought being a minority meant you were either African-American or Catholic. Our family was one of only two that were Catholic, but fortunately I never experienced any intense prejudice other than an occasional joke about the pastor, the priest and the rabbi. In fact, I had never known a Jewish person until I was 22 years old, living […]

TriBEs: Community, Sprouted through Meaningful Relationships by Ellen Reich

Aug 14

I believe creating community embodies listening – listening with an intentional level of depth and patience that often does not come naturally. When I disagree with someone, I am usually confident I DO understand exactly what the other person is saying and am ready to barrel through to now insist they understand ME! Of course, […]

Communities Work When They Make Room for Everyone by Nick Montoni

Aug 13

My mother once said to me, “You can’t wash being Jewish off in the bath.” Growing up, I interpreted this to be a statement about the complexity of Jewish identity and the interconnectedness of ethnicity and faith for the Jewish people. As I grow older, I realize the statement means even more than that. On […]