Category Archives: Community

WE CAN ALL BE SHEPHERDS: WHAT MAKES A JEWISH LEADER? BY DR. LAURA BERNSTEIN

Oct 19

WE CAN ALL BE SHEPHERDS:  WHAT MAKES A JEWISH LEADER?  The Torah offers abundant lessons for leadership for today.  As we turn the scroll through the opening chapters of Genesis and later into Exodus, we see how Noah, Abraham, and Moses each face the challenge of corruption in their day and respond in different ways. […]

Turn It and Turn It Again by Cantor Mary Rebecca Thomas

Oct 11

Chag Samei’ach and welcome to the last official day of the holiday season of 5778! We have made it up the mountain of Jewish time that transitions us each year from one to the next. We started this summer with Tisha B’av, the day of collective Jewish mourning. Then we went through the introspective month […]

Sukkot is a Time for Rebuilding by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Oct 03

There’s a Grey’s Anatomy episode in which the main character Meredith says something along the lines of, “when the world gets really terrible, I go down to the nursery and stare through the glass at the tiny new babies, just coming into the world.” I thought about that yesterday afternoon as I watched our religious […]

The Journey Through Grief – A Yom Kippur Yizkor Reflection by Rabbi Judy Schindler

Oct 02

Gmar chatimah tovah – may you each be sealed for a good year. It is great to come home to Temple Beth El. You are my family. Yom Kippur is about return and Yizkor is about return. This hour is about giving us time and space to return to our cherished memories of those we […]

Israel’s Complexity: Climbing Down the Ladders of Inference by Rabbi Asher Knight – Yom Kippur 5778

Sep 30

In June, I met a recent college graduate named Brooke Davies.  Brooke grew up here in Charlotte, graduated from Hebrew High, was a leader in her youth group, and traveled to Israel with her Jewish summer camp. After matriculating to UNC, Chapel Hill, she remained active in the Jewish community. During Brooke’s senior year, she […]

Shmirat Hanefesh and Tikkun HaGuf: Cultivating Mental Health by Rabbi Dusty Klass – Erev Yom Kippur 5778

Sep 30

Shmirat Hanefesh and Tikkun HaGuf:  Cultivating Mental Health Erev Yom Kippur 5778 Co-writers: Rabbi Dusty Klass, Rabbi Leah Citrin Editing Team: Rabbi Asher Knight, Rabbi Paul Kipnes, Tim Klass “The journey you are embarking is sacred, and holy, and hard. Find two people as soon as possible. A good masseuse, and a great therapist.” These […]

Sh’ma Koleinu: Hear Our Voice by Rabbi Asher Knight – Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5778

Sep 22

We Do Not Need To Face This World Alone Rosh HaShanah Sermon – 5778 Something crumbled inside of me as I watched Charlottesville’s beautiful streets fill with hate-spewing marchers.[1] Protesting for the preservation of a confederate statue of Robert E. Lee, they carried swastikas and banners that read, “Jews are Satan’s Children”. And they chanted […]

Rosh Hashanah President’s Speech by Ginny Rosenberg

Sep 21

Bishop and I had the good fortune to visit Spain this summer. As our tour guide led us through the cobbled streets of the old Jewish quarters, time and time again, she repeated her remarks. “We are entering the Jewish quarter. No Jews live here now.” In fact, we didn’t see any evidence of Jewish […]

On Race and ReHumanization by Rabbi Dusty Klass – Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5778

Sep 21

Rosh haShana 5778: On Race and ReHumanization by Rabbi Dusty Klass Think back for a moment, To a year ago. A year ago, I was still learning the full extent of southern hospitality. A year ago, I still began each drive by turning on my GPS. A year ago, I had only been uptown once […]