L'Shanah Tovah! The Clergy & Staff of Temple Beth El wish you a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.
We look forward to welcoming the year 5778 with you at Rosh Hashanah services.

Temple offices will be closed on Wednesday,(9/20), Thursday, (9/21), and Friday, (9/22) and will reopen on Monday, (9/25).

Lifecycle

We are extended family at Temple Beth El and like any family, we want to share your major milestone events. Our clergy is here to assist with every stage of life, from beginning to end. We mark these occasions with Jewish ceremonies that address these important lifecycle events.

Current Life Events in our Community                        Current B’nei Mitzvah at TBE

BIRTH

Baby Naming, Brit Milah, and Brit Bat ceremonies are available to Temple Beth Members and unafilliated as ways to welcome children into the Jewish people. Temple Beth El celebrations honor our Jewish traditions and families, and bring the joy of beginnings to all who participate. TBE celebrates families of all sorts and includes parents from different heritages, same-sex parents, adopted kids – your family is our family. TBE clergy will help you to create a meaningful ceremony either public or private at home or at TBE.

CONSECRATION

On Simchat Torah, we welcome our new kindergarten and first grade students into Religious School and celebrate the beginnings of their formal Jewish education at the opening of our festival service. To learn about the beginning of children’s Religious School experience, please contact Tracey Lederer, Executive Assistant to the Director of Education.

B'NEI MITZVAH

Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth El is an exciting and meaningful opportunity for the entire family. Students prepare to lead the Shabbat Morning service, chant or read Torah and Haftarah and offer words of teaching about their readings and the prayer service with our cantors, rabbis, and Teen Madrichim. B’nei Mitzvah dates are typically assigned in the late winter and early spring to our 5th graders and older 4th graders. Dates are regularly given to new families. For more information on becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth El contact Julie Dalli, Executive Assistant to the Cantors.

CONFIRMATION

In Tenth Grade at the Consolidated Hebrew High School of Jewish Studies of Charlotte our students share an intense and elevated year of learning with TBE clergy that solidifies their connections to Judaism, the TBE community and each other. The year includes:

  • A special trip together over a long weekend focusing on Jewish communal life.
  • Multiple interfaith visits and experiences to broaden their understanding of Judaism in a multi-religious context.
  • The creation and leading of our Shavuot Festival Service.

CONVERSION

Temple Beth El warmly welcomes and encourages non-Jews to learn about and explore Judaism. Through informal meetings, Taste of Judaism classes, our weekly FIJI (Finding Inner Jewish Identity) conversion class and one-on-one discussions with our clergy and staff, we make becoming Jewish a meaningful, spiritual, and communal experience.

WEDDINGS

Temple Beth El helps couples celebrate their weddings in authentically Jewish, joyous, warm and welcoming ways all year long. In our premier synagogue facility and at locations around Charlotte, TBE clergy and staff will partner with you in creating a vibrant and beautiful celebration. Couples with partners from different backgrounds, interfaith couples, same-sex couples – we want to sanctify your relationships as you become a unique Jewish family.

MARRIAGE

Temple Beth El’s clergy and staff celebrate our married couples at every age and stage of life. From Milestone anniversary blessings at a Shabbat Evening Service to discussions about partnering and parenting with clergy and staff, our synagogue family supports your family.

HEALING

Temple Beth El’s entire community family is dedicated to caring compassionately for every one of our members as we struggle through health issues and support family members who struggle, too. Our Caring Committee reaches people in need of hospital and home visits, meals, prayers for healing at services and a monthly service devoted to healing and comfort, all which reflect our devotion to the care and support of every TBE family member.

DEATH & DYING

Temple Beth El clergy and staff provide support and care for end-of-life issues. We help our families with the Jewish priorities of caring and comforting for those near the end of life, honoring our dearly departed loved ones and helping mourners commemorate our losses and cope in their wake. TBE maintains a volunteer pool to support Chevrah Kaddishah, the holy society that provides traditional Jewish preparation for burial, and works closely with local funeral homes and Charlotte’s Hebrew Cemetery.

BEREAVEMENT

Our Temple Beth El community comforts and supports all our extended family members through our losses. Monthly services of Healing and Comfort (a network of supportive widows, widowers and other compassionate members) and regular access to clergy and counselors are just a few of the ways Temple Beth El aims to ensure that no one faces mourning and coping with loss alone.

Memorial Opportunities