Category Archives: General

A Modern Lament by Student Rabbi Hannah Elkin

Jul 18

Tishah B’Av, the holiday that commemorates the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem and other tragedies in Jewish history, can seem removed from our modern lives. Our ancient texts and rituals speak to the themes of trauma and injustice. This Saturday we will come together for a creative havdalah and evening service, followed by […]

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! by Dr. Laura Bernstein, Executive Director

Jul 12

Have you had the privilege of reading about Humphrey the Hamster? Brought to life by author Betty Birney, Humphrey lives in the fictitious Longfellow School and is an engaging, wise, humorous, caring friend to all of his classmates in Room 26. He is endlessly entertaining and makes it his business to learn something new every […]

Immigration Rally Speech 6/30/18 by Rabbi Asher Knight

Jul 05

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” Inscribed over the entrance of the Statue of Liberty, Emma Lazarus’ poem illuminates some of our country’s best values. We are descendants of the women, men and children who came here looking for rights, liberty, security, and hope. Our ancestors came here […]

President’s Remarks by Evan Wilkoff

Jun 28

Annual Congregational Meeting Speech – 2018 Izzy Cohen was the president of his synagogue and wasn’t feeling well. He checked himself into a hospital and was laid up in bed for a few days. One day his friend and fellow temple Board member, Moishe, surprised Izzy with a visit. Izzy’s eyes lit up when he […]

Vigil and Call to Action- This Saturday

Jun 27

Members of Temple Beth El have diverse perspectives on immigration. We value laws, rules, borders and security. Judaism also teaches us that every human being is created b’tzelem Elohim – in the image of God. The Torah commands us to protect and care for refugees and strangers because of our experience of slavery in Egypt. […]

Transformation at Temple Beth El by Andy Harkavy, Director of Congregational Engagement

Jun 21

This past week, my wife and I bought new patio furniture off of NextDoor. We immediately thought about how nice it will be to enjoy sitting outside over the summer having dinner with the amazing friends we have made since we moved here. We have created new relationships and deepened relationships with people whom we […]

How I Spend my Summer Vacation by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Jun 14

School is over for the year and as I reflect on the past year, I can say that Religious School had a great year. The Camp Thunderbird retreats were highlights and the Tuesday Hebrew option helped many families solve their scheduling issues. We took field trips, celebrated holidays and lifecycle events, experienced the Butterfly Project, […]

This, Too, is Torah by Rabbi Dusty Klass (from Charlotte Jewish News Editorial June-July 2018)

Jun 06

At the annual Shalom Park Freedom School fundraiser this year, the program began with a short video outlining just how far behind a kid in a low-income setting can end up by 3rd grade when not given the same opportunities afforded middle-and-upper class kids. But wait – isn’t summer for running through sprinklers and eating […]

1998 was 20 Years Ago by Cantor Mary Rebecca Thomas

May 29

I had quite a few conversations last week about time. There was a conversation with my mom about whether or not she or I qualified as “old,” a conversation with a congregant about whether or not 5 years is a lot of time, and two conversations very similar in character, in which we discovered that […]