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 or

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We mourn the passing of:

Judith Marks, Wife of Samuel Marks (z”l), Mother of Michael (Joanne), Harry and Gregory (z”l) (Lorna) Marks, Grandmother of Lauren (Doug), Caryn (Marc), Kyle, Abigail (Ian), Michelle, Nicole and Justin, Great Grandmother of Alexis, Sloane, Paxton, Sawyer and Jaden, Sister of Carol Behr on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

William Michael Humphrey, Father of Noah (Linda), Max and Molly Humphrey, Grandfather of Miles, Reid and Frida Humphrey on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Gerald “Jerry” Greenspan, Husband of Joyce Greenspan, Father of Karen (John) Ange, Richard (Laurie) Greenspan and Mollie (Michael) Cohen, Grandfather of Rebecca, Benjamin, Julia, Nicholas, Justin and Anna on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Bernice Ritz Sherman, Wife of Dr. Joseph Sherman (z”l), Mother of Merridith Glazer (Howard) and Randall Sherman, Grandmother of Chad Glazer (Orlee), Seth Glazer, and Marissa Deziel (Jackson), Great Grandmother of Lana and Liza, Sister of Irving Ritz (z”l) and Janice Ritz Fiske (David), on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

Ruth Binder, Mother of Cheri Wolff (Phil z”l), and Deborah McNulty (Thomas z”l), Grandmother of Laurie Kaplan (Andrew) and Josh Wolff (Kelly), Great Grandmother of Vivienne Kaplan, Luke Wolff, and Julia Wolff, on Sunday, January 28, 2018. A private Memorial Service will be held.

Elayne Hirschfeld, Wife of Harold Hirschfeld, Mother of Jill, Bruce and David Hirschfeld,
Grandmother of Kameron Lesovsky, Hailey and Hillary Hirschfeld, Sister of Sandy Schey (Naomi), Aunt of Darren, Wayne and Ilissa Schey on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

Bette Rosenbush Wallerstein, Mother of Sandra W. Friend (Jim), Richard S. Wallerstein Jr. (Leah), and Susan Wallerstein, Grandmother of Jonathan (Mandy), Scott (Robyn), Ashley, Adair and Mimi (z”l), Great Grandmother of Madelyn, Emily, Jordan, and Joshua on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Shiva Minyan to be held in February. Details will follow.

Milton Ecker, Husband of Marlene Ecker (z”l), Father of Robert (Christine) and Douglas (Mary) Ecker, Grandfather of Roswell, Thomas, Daniel, and Sara on Monday, January 15, 2018.

Brandon Reed Fabes, Grandson of Peggie Rovman on January 10, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Mazel tov to:

Michael Cohen and Dana Fortson who were married at Temple Beth El on January 7. Parents, Kathe & Steve and the rest of the family are as thrilled as could be!

Eliza Lieberman, daughter of Katya Lezin and David Lieberman, who was elected as next year’s NFTY Religious and Cultural Vice President. Being a NFTY North American Board member is an incredible honor that comes with many responsibilities and duties. The Board works to both maintain and progress the Reform movement from generation to generation.


Other Community Lifecycle Events

Our community mourns the passing of:

Scott Alan Gutstein on Sunday, February 4th. Father of Hannah, Jordan, and Zachary; Son of Roberta Gutstein; Brother of Joanna (Joel) Barman; Uncle of Jacob and Emma. Funeral services and shiva will be observed in Massachusetts.

Chana Kesselman, Chana bas Yehuda Leib, of blessed memory. 7 Year old Daughter of Rabbi Leibel and Musie Kesselman of Greenville, SC. The funeral was Wednesday, January 17 in NYC. Shiva will be observed in Brooklyn, NY (last days possibly in Greenville).

Mazel tov to:

Julie & Michael Levy on the birth of baby girl, Sophia Renee Levy on Monday, December 25th. Proud grandparents include Lois & George Schneider.