Author Archives: Rabbi Dusty Klass

Elul Blog Project by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Aug 10

Stories are the greatest gifts each of us has to offer. In the sharing of our lived experiences and the lessons gleaned from those experiences, we expand people’s understanding and perspectives. Stories widen people’s view of the greater world, the storyteller, and the listener’s (or reader’s) own sphere of influence. Elul propels us toward the […]

Register for a House Meeting

May 03

On Tuesday, April 27, Temple Beth El kicked off our 2021 listening campaign, “From Social Distance to Social Justice,” with an hour-long online meeting bringing together almost 150 congregants. For those of you who were able to attend, thank you for being part of an important and impactful evening. We asked everyone to share their experience of […]

Together at Sinai

May 01

It was Shavuot 2012. I was in my second year of rabbinic school, and Shavuot was still mostly a mystery to me.  I knew the basics: Shavuot means “Weeks” and comes seven weeks (seven times seven days!) after Passover. It commemorates the receiving of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai. It is connected to the […]

A ChallahDay Note of Gratitude

Mar 22

Over the past two weeks, we marked a year of living through the pandemic, coming together from afar to share a collective challah hug. It was heart-warming (and by all counts, delicious!) Thank you to all those who baked, whether you contributed one loaf or one hundred, whether you consider yourself an expert baker or […]

Celebrate Passover 5781

Mar 02

Crisis breeds creativity. While all of us sitting at our zoom seder tables last year hoped Passover 2021 would look different than Passover 2020, we will still gather over zoom for seder and services. However, a year of pandemic living has taught us all a couple of things, and we are excited to get even […]

For Wholeness, Go To the Woods and Seek Justice

Jan 03

Every year, MLK Jr Day and Tu Bishvat live near each other on our calendars. A holiday that celebrates trees and a holiday that honors a civil rights giant do not, on the surface, have much in common. Yet, Jewish text has a long history of connecting seemingly disparate topics, allowing for each topic to […]

Create, Transform, Adapt – Building Your Very Own Mikdash Me’at, Small Sanctuary

Aug 25

The moon is growing again as I sit down to write this article on July 28th 2020, on “erev erev” Tisha b’Av. While these words are due in the next 24 hours, you will not read them until the beginning of September. I have always struggled with the need to offer words that have a […]

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 […]

Organizations Across Charlotte Need Your Help!

Apr 10

Sterling Elementary School: The 2020-2021 school year is about to begin and TBE’s partner school could use your help! In addition to collecting donations to support Sterling, TBE congregants often volunteer for tutoring services through the following organizations: Read Charlotte: Children’s Literacy Heart Math Tutoring Roof Above (formerly Urban Ministry Center and Men’s Shelter of […]