Category Archives: Israel

At Mount Sinai by Candace Naliboff, Director of Member Services

May 16

I am a Jew by choice, and also a Jew by birth. My ancestry and family history is very interesting and the road is quite curvy. When I tell my story, I like to say two things – I was definitely one of those souls at Mount Sinai and like the Jews, I wandered in […]

Putting the Sacred Into the Business Side of Synagogue Life by Laura Bernstein, Executive Director

May 10

Im ein Kemach ein Torah; im ein Torah ein Kemach. Where there is no bread, there can be no Torah; where there is no Torah, there will be no bread.  – Pirkei Avot 3:17 In a recent conversation with Rabbi Knight, he shared, “if Temple Beth El is a business, then we are in the […]

Welcoming a Rabbinic Intern in June by Rabbi Asher Knight

May 02

Dear Temple Beth El Family, I am excited to announce that from June 11th through August 8th, we will welcome Student Rabbi Hannah Elkin for a unique summer internship. Hannah is finishing her third year of rabbinical school at the Los Angeles campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). She is among […]

Baby Boomer and Empty Nester Update: Find Your People at Temple Beth El by Rabbi Asher Knight

Apr 30

It is customary for Jews to study one of the six chapters of Pirke Avot  – the Ethics of our Ancestors – on each of the six shabbatot between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot. Found within the Mishnah, Pirke Avot is a collection of rabbinic sayings and ethical teachings. One of my favorite maxims […]

Once a Camper, Always a Camper by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Apr 25

Once a camper, always a camper! It’s been many, many years since I was a camper at a Jewish sleep away camp but it’s in my blood.  I loved camp.  I loved the fact that everyone was Jewish which is a really big deal when you grow up in Charlotte. I loved singing Jewish songs […]

Celebrate Your Life. Be a Part of Mitzvah Day. by Jill Lipson

Apr 24

One Saturday morning after our Farber Leadership Group session in 2010, I was having brunch before services. Rabbi Judy took a seat beside me, and while in casual conversation popped the question, Would you like to co-chair Mitzvah Day next year? I had been in Charlotte only four years and really didn’t know anything about […]

Immeasurable Fulfillment on Mitzvah Day by Marissa Brooks

Apr 13

To be honest, I have lost count of how many actual Mitzvah Days our family has done. We started many years ago when our oldest daughter (now 19) could barely write her name on a paper bag. I was inspired by Kelly Gaines (also a physical therapist) who was in charge of the program for […]

Counting the Omer by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Apr 12

“Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who has made us holy with your commandments and commanded us to count the Omer**. Today is 12 days, which is one week and five days of the Omer.” Those of you who attended Friday night services this past week may recognize the above blessing […]

Do A Mitzvah for Our Community and for Yourself by Laura Lewin

Apr 11

OK, so I am not the most organized mom in the world.  Five years ago when my kids were 8, 9, and 11 I had “Mitzvah Day” written in ink on my calendar–I knew that we would be attending–but I sort of missed all of the email reminders to sign up for an actual project. […]