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Community Lifecycles


Temple Beth El Lifecycle Events

If you are a member of Temple Beth El and have had a recent lifecycle event that you would like us to know about, please contact the Clergy office, 704-749-3043.

If you are a member of Temple Beth El who is need of pastoral support, please call our Clergy on Call line 704-576-5073. If it is a medical emergency, please dial 911.


We mourn the passing of:

Irwin Elliott Smolin, Husband of Vicki Smolin, Father of Randi (Jon) Eccleston, Grandfather of Hannah and Emma Eccleston on January 17, 2019. A graveside service will be held at the Hebrew Cemetery on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2:30 pm.

Devoted past president of Temple Beth El, Walter J. Klein, Husband of Elizabeth Goodman Klein (z”l), Father of Robert (Moira Quinn) Klein and Betsy Klein, Richard (Paula) Klein, and Katherine (Julius) Thiry, Grandfather of Devin (Heidi) Klein, David (Kate) Klein, Chad Levy (Amy Marshall), Elizabeth Thiry, Deborah (Andrew) Hammer, Rachel (Larry) Berendt, Ilana (Curtis) Martin, Andrew (Lucy) Klein, Great Grandfather of Max, Tori, Gillian, Devlin, Pasha, Yossi, Yishai, Yotam, Laya, Yoni, Aliya, Adlai, Avalyn. The funeral will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Temple Beth El followed by a graveside service at the Hebrew Cemetery. A reception will be held at Temple Beth El after the graveside service. Shiva Minyanim will be held on Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 pm at the Levine Jewish Community Center (please use the main entrance) in Gorelick Hall and on Sunday, January 20 at 7:00 pm at Temple Beth El. Donations in memory of Walter Klein can be made to the Elizabeth Goodman Klein Religious School Fund.

Richard Kahan, Husband of Sandra Kahan, Brother of Dr. Ronald (Betsy) Kahan, Father of Elliot (Gaya) Kahan, Eli Kahan, and Emily (Graham) Truluck, Grandfather of Marion and Greaber on January 10, 2019.

Adelaide Ryan Kerrigan, Aunt of Liam Stokes, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Ines Rosner, Wife of Leigh Rosner, Mother of Monica (Nick) Heath, Jennifer (Darius) Kisluk, Grandmother of Owen, Aaron and Sandra on January 7, 2019. A memorial service was held on January 9, 2019.

Ken Johnson, Husband of Jessie Johnson, Brother of Phil Johnson, Father of Chris (Melissa), Tim (Aruda), and Jess (Cameron) Johnson, Grandfather of  Ava Grace, Isla, Foster, Greylin, Dylan and Evan on January 4, 2019. The funeral will be held January 13, 2019 in Wilmington NC.

Jay Hickman, Son of Dr. Max and Shirley Hickman, Brother of Holly (Hal) Levinson and Lance (Janora) Hickman, Uncle of Adam Levinson and Taylor, Hayley and Jacob Hickman on December 31, 2018. A small private memorial service will be held in Columbus, Ohio on January 26, 2019.

Calvin Isralow, Husband of of Carole Isralow, Father of Jarett (Jody) Isralow, Candice (Ritchie) Blackmore and Suzanne (Aaron) Woland, Grandfather of Autumn, Rory, Danica, Addison, Netanya and Cassandra on December 19, 2018. The funeral was held on December 20, 2018 in Smithtown, New York.

Patricia Sauter, Mother of Laura Stein (Eric), Grandmother of Scott and Jack on December 28, 2018.

Anne Teicher, Mother of Ian Kutner (Steven Chastain), Grandmother of India Wren and Atticus Rohr on December 28, 2018. The funeral was held in New York on December 30, 2018.

James Turner Greenhill, Husband of Linda Greenhill, Father of Rebecca Greenhill Hollis; Brett (Megan) Greenhill and Geoffrey (Amanda) Greenhill, Grandfather of Donovan Hollis, Emma Hollis, and Jordan Greenhill.


Mazal tov to:

Jodi and Clark Warner on the birth of their son, Heath Dorian Warner on December 13, 2018. Proud Grandparents are Sheree and David Kanter, Proud Aunt is Corie McHugh, Proud Uncle is Jackie McHugh.

Jonathan M. Howard on the birth of his granddaughter, Lydia Jane on December 4, 2018 in San Francisco, CA. Proud parents are Susannah and Karl Anderson.

Fran and Matt Samarel on the birth of their granddaughter, Everly Rose. Proud parents are Katie and Ethan Samarel.


Other Community Lifecycle Events

Our community mourns the passing of:

Simon Wojnowich on Thursday, January 17th; Husband of Mary Wojnowich; Father of Pearl (Alan) Mann, Lyba (Harold) Rousso, and Rose (Alan) Zimmer; Grandfather of Tommy (Bethany), Amy (Evan), Garret (Sarah), Melanie (Eliot), Michael (Chelsea), Heather, Brittney, Brian, Genna, and Lindsey; Great-Grandfather of Dylan, Claire, Everett, Emma, Ryan, Caroline, Jordan, and Daniel. The funeral will take place on Sunday, January 20th at 11:30am at the Hebrew Cemetery Chapel. Shiva will be held on: Sunday, January 20th at 5:45pm, Monday, January 21st at 7:45pm, Tuesday, January 22nd at 7:45pm,  Wednesday, January 23rd at 7:45pm, and Thursday, January 24th at 7:45pm at the home of Mary Wojnowich: 925 Sumac Drive, Charlotte NC, 28211

Edward Dordick on Monday, January 14th; Father of Rob (Fran) Dordick and Nancy (Sam) Levine; Grandfather of Jacob & Elliot Dordick, and Adam, Scott, & Ellison Levine. The funeral and shiva will be held in Philadelphia, PA.

Doris Rousso on Friday, January 4, 2019.

Sybil Weingart on Wednesday, January 2nd; Mother of Donna (Rick) Greene.

Zelda Katz, on Thursday, December 27th; Mother of Susan (Paul Kronsburg) Webber.

Maxine Lenore Moore on Wednesday, December 26th; Mother of Stephen (Debbi), Bruce, and Thomas (Steven) Moore, Sister of Lela Gershon, and Grandmother of Alex Fabian.


Mazal tov to:

Rachel & Jared Peterson joyfully welcome the arrival of a baby boy, Robin Asher Peterson. Their son was born on Wednesday, January 9th. Proud grandparents are Cheri & Marc Titlebaum and Donna Epstein & Monte Peterson (NY).

Laura & Shawn Smith joyfully welcome the arrival of a baby girl, Pehliya Mae Smith, born on Wednesday, January 9th. Proud big sisters are Malaya & Aeralee; Proud grandparents are Susan & Henry Rabinovich, and ​​​​​​​Robin & John Sweigert.

Alicia & Micah Cooper joyfully welcome the arrival of a baby boy, Isadore Francisco Shammai Cooper on Friday, December 21st, 2018. Proud big brother is Emil; Proud grandparents include
Roz & Ivan Cooper and Diane & Neville Brown.

Tuvia & Hila Levin and their two sons joyfully welcome the arrival of a baby boy, Oriel Levin on Friday, December 28th, 2018. Proud grandparents are Rabbi Benyamin & Ilana Levin; Proud great-grandparents are Barbara & Jerry Levin.