Author Archives: Torah Buzz

A Message from Temple Beth El’s Tzedek Council

Sep 13

Even as we enter 5782 with hopes for a sweet, new year, we have been carefully monitoring the various natural (and human-made) disasters of recent weeks. From last month’s earthquake in Haiti to Hurricane Ida’s impact both in the south and northeast, to the situation in Afghanistan and the refugee/immigration resettlement of Afghans to the […]

Sterling Elementary School Partnership: Contributions and Volunteering Update

Sep 03

First of all, a Big Thank You to: Kim Wilkoff and Frances and Ron Liss for coming into Sterling at less than 48 hours notice to sort papers and stuff a good portion of the parent envelopes! TBE Tzedek for sponsoring the teachers’ lunch. The boxes deli lunches from Jason’s Deli were really nice with […]

An Unexpected Turn by Emily Zimmern

Aug 30

This blog is part of Temple Beth El’s Elul Blog Project. Read more about this year’s project.  Back in April of this year (2021), after dropping off a bouquet of daffodils from our yard for a friend’s Passover table, I was headed home to finish preparing for our Seder.  It was a little after noon and I […]

Justice Begins with Listening by Phillip Schreibman

Aug 30

This blog is part of Temple Beth El’s Elul Blog Project. Read more about this year’s project.  So, you’re asked to write a reflection on the lessons you’ve learned during the pandemic. Easy, right? The traumatic desocialization of kids, educational disparities, healthcare access inequalities, science crisis, normalization of extremism…so many choices! But what I will remember most […]

Making our Compassion Practical: Lessons Learned from A Year of Online Teaching by Love Suarez

Aug 23

This blog is part of Temple Beth El’s Elul Blog Project. Read more about this year’s project.  I’m autistic and ADHD, with some nuisance-level chronic conditions. And I’ve taught (mostly first-year college Spanish) for half my life. As a result of the pandemic, my campus went online for a year. That change improved both my job experience […]

Choosing Compassion by Jimmy Collins

Aug 23

This blog is part of Temple Beth El’s Elul Blog Project. Read more about this year’s project.  Over the last year, many of us have navigated the balance of protecting our loved ones, leading through uncertain times and consistently choosing compassion for others in our Kehillah (community). As a father, husband, son, brother, uncle, friend and HR […]

Building Stronger Connections, Returning to Compassion: COVID’s Impact on My Teaching by John Small

Aug 23

This blog is part of Temple Beth El’s Elul Blog Project. Read more about this year’s project.  For the past seven years, I have been on the teaching faculty as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte, typically teaching two to three courses per semester as well as mentoring senior design projects and […]

Pause to Feel the Pain. Then, Repair the Rips by Natalie Conner

Aug 16

This blog is part of Temple Beth El’s Elul Blog Project. Read more about this year’s project.  Over the course of the pandemic and concurrent social unrest, I began to fear what had seemed previously benign enough symbols. A “Do Not Tread on Me” bumper sticker appended to a loud, giant pickup truck, for example, catalyzed my […]

Responding to the Pain in Our Own Temple Beth El World by Candace Naliboff

Aug 16

This blog is part of Temple Beth El’s Elul Blog Project. Read more about this year’s project.  I love our community. I love being with the people in our community – it’s what I loved best about being Director of Member Services…being with our congregants and helping them in any way I could. When the pandemic hit […]