Author Archives: Andy Harkavy

New Member TriBE

Jun 21

The New Member TriBE is for congregants who have joined Temple Beth El over the past two years, as well as those who still feel new and seek a deeper, more meaningful connection with fellow congregants. The TriBE will remain open throughout the year, welcoming new members as they join TBE. We will meet monthly on the third Thursday, on […]

Shabbat Across Charlotte

Jun 10

Shabbat is a cathedral in time, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel famously said. It is a palace of moments set aside for reflection, study, introspection, family, friends, and seeking God. A sense of Shabbat can be found inside of our Temple Beth El building, but also in our homes, at our dinner tables, in the way […]

Find Your TriBE

Apr 13

  TriBEs are small groups of Temple Beth El Members that help make our big community feel small. They help every person be a part of something sacred. Through playing together, praying together, learning together, acting together, caring for one another, and being accountable to each other, a large Temple becomes a small community where […]

A Prayer for Receiving the COVID Vaccine

Feb 19

A Prayer for Receiving the Covid Vaccine by Rabbi Naomi Levy I have been praying for this day and now it is here! With great excitement, a touch of trepidation And with deep gratitude I give thanks To all the scientists who toiled day and night So that I might receive this tiny vaccination That […]

Welcome Rabbi Beth Nichols, Director of Lifelong Jewish Learning

Jun 30

We are excited to welcome Rabbi Beth Nichols as our new Director of Lifelong Jewish Learning. Rabbi Nichols will partner with TBE Clergy, staff, faculty, and lay leaders to create dynamic learning opportunities.  Name Beth Nichols Job Title Director of Lifelong Jewish Learning Birthplace Lexington, Massachusetts What drew you to working at Temple Beth El and […]

TriBE Update by Andy Harkavy, Director of Congregational Engagement

Feb 13

It has been an exciting journey to get to where we are today with our TriBEs (Small Groups) at Temple Beth El. We are fortunate to have received a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte to help us launch our inaugural cohort of TriBEs geared to Baby Boomers and Empty Nesters. TriBEs […]

Congregants Create Bonds at Temple Beth El

Jan 03

Engagement is a big buzz word in the Jewish world right now. Many Jewish institutions talk about engagement while some simultaneously struggle to truly engage their constituents. We create a warm welcome that makes people feel good when they walk in the door – that’s only if they make a choice to walk in the […]

Share the Warmth, Shine Bright by Andy Harkavy, Director of Congregational Engagement

Dec 12

This time of year always seems particularly tough. It gets darker earlier. The weather gets colder. Many things which I am excited to do outside become harder to do as a result of the unpredictable weather. Luckily, Charlotte, NC has warmer/shorter winters with many sunnier days than Cincinnati, OH and Baltimore, MD where I previously […]

Find Your TriBE by Andy Harkavy, Director of Congregational Engagement

Oct 17

TriBEs are small groups of individuals, couples, or families that help make our big community feel small. They help every person be a part of something sacred. They help to deepen your connection with other congregants who share similar interests or life stages. They enable you to share Jewish experiences, conversations, and celebrations with other […]