Author Archives: Torah Buzz

Social Justice “State of the Union”

Jul 24

Community Organizing Core Team: Congregants who have been trained in organizing; focus on visioning & leadership development. Interested in joining? Please email lisatzedek@gmail.com. Issue Teams: Criminal Justice Issue Team – Held first Fair Driving Clinic in early 2020 (15+ TBE volunteers, 7 clients), held a clinic via phone in July (10 TBE volunteers, 15 clients). […]

TBE Building Opening and High Holy Day Update

Jul 13

Dear Friends, Temple Beth El’s Clergy, Staff, and Board have been vigilant about upholding Judaism’s highest priorities of sustaining life and health during COVID-19. Through phone trees, Zoom social gatherings, online worship, education, and community offerings, you have warmly embraced and supported each other through this pandemic.  We thank you for supporting Temple with your […]

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 […]

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 […]

Make a Donation this Mitzvah Day!

May 07

In addition to participating in the various Mitzvah Day projects taking place at home this year, we invite you to make a donation to any of the agencies we partner with annually, listed below. The following agencies will also be receiving monetary donations from generous congregants and funds collected in advance for Mitzvah Day: Jewish […]

A Different “Hatikvah” By Sydney Abeshaus

Feb 26

When my family first joined Temple Beth El in 2011, I was shy, apprehensive, and an overall introvert. Beginning religious school in the middle of the year, along with a new elementary school, was a difficult adjustment for me. I remember having a hard time making friends and becoming accustomed to life in Charlotte. Fast […]

From Strength to Strength – Educator and Business Manager Updates

Jan 22

Education In July of last year, Susan Jacobs, our Director of Education, announced that she will retire in June of 2020. Susan’s work ethic is unparalleled and has inspired countless Jews and members of our community. Susan is a kid whisperer, a team builder and team player. She is a role model for Jewish living […]

TBE Bends Toward Justice Recap

Nov 15

It was cold on the evening of Wednesday, November 13, but the Temple Beth El congregants who showed up for the “TBE Bends Toward Justice: Congregational Report Back” were warmed not just by the coffee and tea they drank but by the Community Organizing team’s presentation of the work they have been doing.  Rabbi Klass […]