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:

William Harrison Simms on July 16, 2017. Father of Samantha (Adam) Foodman, Jennifer (Kevin) Kolb, and Christopher (Kelly) Simms; Grandfather of Parker, Jack and Asher Foodman,
Rachel and John Kolb, Harrison Simms and Baby Simms expected any day. There will be a Celebration of Life at the home of Samantha and Adam Foodman on Saturday, August 12, 1:00 – 5:00 pm. (Please call the Temple office for the address).

Leigh Jacobson, wife of Robert Jacobson, mother of Lori Burdin and Thomas Alaksa (Jan), grandmother of Ryan Phillips (Erin), Madison Phillips, Lindy Mott, Michael Mott, and great-grandmother of Sullivan Phillips on July 11, 2017. Shiva Minyan will be Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 pm at Temple Israel.

Sheila Josefsberg Kasten, mother of Roni and Glenn Fishkin, Jodi Kasten and Jack Sussman, grandmother of Eric and Samantha Fishkin, Jason Fishkin, Andrew Fishkin, Rachel Sussman, and Emily Sussman, and sister of Robert and Marlene Josefsberg on July 10, 2017. The Funeral will take place in New York on Wednesday, July 12.

M. Fred Locke Jr., Father of Deborah Locke Denny, Grandfather of Charlotte Fletcher Denny (Charley), Jeffrey Burke Denny (Burke) on Friday, July 7, 2017. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 15 at 3:00 pm at Temple Beth El. 

Andrew O. Wilson, Sr., Father of Doug Wilson (Kelly), Debra Clancy-Yetto (George),
Andrew O. Wilson III (Sara), and Denise J. Albrizze, Grandfather of Andrew Michael Clancy, Colleen A. McMorland, Douglas R. Wilson, Jr. (Bailey Chu), Nicole L. Wells (Kenny), and Kaitlyn E. Albrizze, Great Grandfather of Alissa Clancy, Kailyn Clancy, Dominic J. Lennox, and Adelynn J. Wells on Thursday, June 27, 2017

Past President of Temple Beth El Robert “Bob” Yudell, Husband of Anne Yudell, Father of Nancy Yudell (Bill Gupton, OBM), Wendy Rose (Sandy), Sherry Yudell (Larry Raines, fiancé), and Emily Freudenberger (Ron), Grandfather of Adam Segal (Ashley), Mark Segal, Sarah Rose (Zack Schwartz), Nina Rose, Eve Freudenberger, and Max Freudenberger, Cousin of Dorothy “Dottie” Coplon, on Monday, June 26.

Ida Schenkel, mother of Richard Schenkel (Merril), Mark Schenkel (Elise), Wendy Blitz (David), and grandmother of Jonathan and Emily Schenkel, and Michael and Jeremy Blitz on June 22, 2017.

Tesiano Cagadas, Sr., Father of Gloria (Bill) Grifenhagen, Grandfather of Laura (Peter) Zhiss, Shara Grifenhagen-Ellenbogen (Eyal Ellenbogen), and Jonah (Jill) Grifenhagen on June 18, 2017 in the Philippines. A Memorial Service will be held locally at a later date.

Mazel tov to:

Michael Cohen and Dana Fortson who were engaged on Saturday, May 6 while hiking in the mountains of North Carolina. Michael’s proud parents are Steve and Kathe Cohen of Charlotte.

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:

Kathryn Goodfriend on June 13th. Wife of Jason Goodfriend; Sister of Ruthi (Dennis) Cohen Joyner, Harry Cohen, Sandy (Jeff) Cohen Persons, Robbie (Amy) Cohen; Aunt of Leah and Jenna Joyner; Payne Persons; Riley, Julianna, and Jake Cohen.


Mazel tov to:

Rebecca & Jason Dranove on the birth of baby girl, Eliza Sara, born on Sunday, April 23. Proud big sister is Leah; Proud grandparents include Heidi & Stephen Kramer (NC), and Heide & Paul Dranove (GA).