Author Archives: Torah Buzz

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 […]

Discovering The True Meaning of Community Involvement by Howard Olshansky

Aug 13

I have often grappled with the challenge of community involvement. This is an inherent conflict for me. I tend to be a pretty private person, while working and living in an environment that necessitates lots of engagement. In my positions as Director of non-profit organizations, I have frequently taken on community leadership positions, as they […]

Turn! Turn! Turn! by Ross C. Levin

Aug 01

Pete Seeger’s scripture based “Turn! Turn! Turn!” made popular in the 1960s by The Byrds, is open to a myriad of interpretations.  For me, it brings to mind the turning of the last twelve seasons at Temple Beth El and our future outlook as a result of that time period. During our history we have […]

A Message from our President, Evan Wilkoff

Jul 26

My Friends and Fellow Congregants, In recent days we have received questions and comments regarding our latest announcements about changes at Temple. Change is inevitable in any organization. As the new Board President, I wish they weren’t happening so soon and in such quick succession. Please be assured that our synagogue remains on solid operational […]