Torah Buzz Blog

The TBE Blog is the space where Temple Beth El’s Leadership Team members reflect on relevant topics that are most meaningful to us. Here you will find musings on everything from prayer to politics, music to mysticism and history to current day life. From our iPads, smartphones, and laptops to yours, these are the things that inspire us, keep us up at night, and fuel our own Jewish journeys.

07/10/2020

TBE Building Opening and High Holy Day Update

More information coming soon!...

06/30/2020

Welcome Rabbi Beth Nichols, Director of Lifelong Jewish Learning

We are excited to welcome Rabbi Beth Nichols as our new Director of Lifelong Jewish Learning. Rabbi Nichols will part...

06/29/2020

Every Ending is a New Beginning

I spent the past week cleaning out my office. Twenty years of files, books, projects, and clutter. It took me such a long tim...

Judah P. Benjamin Monument Bearing the Names of Temple Beth El and Temple Israel

Jun 17

Dear Temple Beth El and Temple Israel, Over seventy years ago, our congregations were approached by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to support the placement of a monument dedicated to Judah P. Benjamin, a Southerner and a Jew, who played an important role in the Confederacy. While our respective Boards voted to participate, there […]

The Blessing of Transitions

Jun 01

The Mishnah’s Tractate Berakhot starts with a discussion about how and when we sing of the Shema, the foundational prayer of our faith. The rabbis ask a question about whether a person can interrupt one’s singing of the shema – a prayer to God – to acknowledge and greet another person. The tradition is clear […]

Going Beyond Thoughts and Prayers – Racial Justice

May 31

Dear Temple Beth El Family, The coronavirus pandemic has magnified and exacerbated the inequalities in our society. While we are in the same storm, we are not all in the same boat.  The stark contrast between armed white militia safely protesting in a capitol building and unarmed black men and women being killed highlights the […]

Resources to Watch, Read, Listen, & Notice

May 31

Resources to Watch, Read, Listen, & Notice Watch This is Us – Dr. Eddie Glaude explains why blaming current racial tensions on Donald Trump misses the point. (3 minutes) Racism is Real – A split-screen video depicting the differential in the white and black lived experience. (3 minutes) Confronting ‘intergroup anxiety’: Can you try too […]

The Dance and the Dimmer Switch: Our Plan to Reopen the Building

May 18

Dear Temple Beth El Family, I write this letter to you having just visited the Blumenthal Sanctuary. I went to record a video, check-in on our building, and retrieve a few books from my office. It is in our sanctuary and sacred spaces at Temple where we pray, where b’nei mitzvah lead our congregation in […]

Caring for Our Communities and Neighbors Together

May 18

The Charlotte region has thousands of diverse faith communities impacted by the persistent and serious threats associated with COVID-19. Each faith community has found creative ways to express our core beliefs and spiritual practices under the social distancing guidelines. We yearn for connection and the chance to worship together. We understand and respect Governor Cooper’s […]

Hotel Collaboration Meal Support

May 07

As a proud member of MeckMIN (Mecklenburg Metropolitan Interfaith Network), Temple Beth El is involved in a variety of interfaith efforts throughout greater Charlotte. In collaboration with Mecklenburg County, Roof Above (formerly Urban Ministry Center/Men’s Shelter of Charlotte), Salvation Army, and Supportive Housing Communities, MeckMIN is helping coordinate and support the use of hotels to […]