Author Archives: Torah Buzz

New Social Justice Outreach Coordinator

Mar 03

Temple Beth El is very excited to welcome Nicole Sidman to our staff team as Social Justice Outreach Coordinator. Nicole has been part of our Temple Beth El community since 2017 when her family moved to Charlotte from New York. Nicole graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a Juris Doctorate and has […]

Pivoting With Your TriBE by Kelly Markiewitz

Mar 01

PIVOT – The buzz word of 2020. Restaurants were hit hard by the pandemic, many closed either permanently or temporarily. However, many reinvented themselves. They converted their indoor areas into mini grocery stores, selling anything from the coveted toilet paper to cleaning products to farmers market items. They started packaging takeout as family meal deals, […]

Board of Directors – Application for Nomination

Feb 10

Dear Temple Beth El Members, Our Board nomination process is underway and we are looking for members who are willing to commit to be considered for nomination to our Board of Directors. Temple Beth El is run by and for our members.  Each year, in advance of our Annual Meeting and in accordance with Article […]

Tu BiShvat Resources

Jan 27

Tu BiShvat, or the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat, commemorates the Jewish new year for trees – it’s when we say happy birthday to all the trees of the world! Take some time today or this weekend to wonder at the beauty of nature, celebrate all things tree, and thank God and the universe […]

A Message from Temple’s Clergy and President

Jan 07

Dear Temple Beth El Family,  The events unfolding in Washington, D.C. this afternoon are deeply troubling. In times of difficulty, we seek comfort and wisdom from the words of our tradition: Rabban Shimon ben Gamaliel used to say, “On three things does the world stand: On justice, on truth and on peace” (Pirkei Avot). Judaism has long taught […]

Support Roof Above

Dec 08

Roof Above is the result of the recent merge of Urban Ministry Center and the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. They are always in need of donations and volunteers. Read on to learn how you can help! Project Snowflake Temple Beth El congregants have been supporting Roof Above for many years through Project Snowflake by serving […]

Wise Worldly Women Explores Systemic Racial and Economic Injustice

Nov 30

We appreciate your leadership and that of our clergy and board as our congregation grapples with racial injustice. Addressing systemic racism during a pandemic was and is a tall order. The tools Temple Beth El provides congregants to learn and to act are invaluable. Thank you for providing multiple learning opportunities and for offering new […]

Thanksgiving Prayers and Readings

Nov 22

A Prayer for Thanksgiving The Torah describes the harvest festival of Sukkot as a time to give thanks to God for the bounty and beauty of the world. Our Jewish holiday inspired the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony in 1623 to shape new rituals to express their timeless gratitude. Temple Beth El is also hosting the […]

TBE’s Civic Engagement Effort

Nov 10

Although it’s hard to measure the impact of our efforts, there are some numbers we can share.  Remember that all of the efforts were completely nonpartisan, designed to promote voting as a Jewish value and make sure all voters had good information. 34 – TBE congregants participating in Civic Engagement effort 2 – Temple Beth […]