Category Archives: Social Action

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 […]

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. […]

Special Message from Rabbi Knight

Jun 19

Members of our community have reached out in recent days in shock and horror that the administration is separating undocumented children from their parents. Rabbi Knight spoke about this issue last Shabbat. A portion of his sermon was published by the Washington Post. He also wrote an editorial to the Charlotte Observer. Tomorrow, leaders of […]

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 […]

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 […]