Author Archives: Torah Buzz

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 […]

A Reflection on Yom HaShoah

Apr 01

My grandmother, Erika, who I called “Nana,” was born in Vienna, Austria in 1924. She was a survivor of both the Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps and passed away in September of 2013, just shy of her 89th birthday. There are so many questions I wish I had asked her. Then 23, I was certainly […]

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 […]

President’s High Holy Day Message by Evan Wilkoff

Sep 30

April 1970, ten months after the first two people stepped foot on the moon, NASA launched Apollo 13.  Just two days into the mission, an oxygen tank onboard the spacecraft exploded putting the crew’s lives in jeopardy and set Mission Control on edge to try and figure out how to get the three astronauts safely […]

A Lesson in Ritual from My Five-Year-Old Grandson by Joy Miller

Sep 20

My journey into Judaism started 40 years ago through marriage to my husband, Fred. I had no idea when I decided to convert how much the religion would impact my life… from lighting the Sabbath candles to celebrating the holidays with my family, these rituals have given my life meaning and purpose. When I was least expecting it, […]

Finding Spirituality Every Single Day by Alan Kronovet

Sep 20

Although my Jewish identity has always been strong, I never thought of myself as an observant, learned or spiritual Jew.  Like most I wondered – still do, at times – about the existence and nature of God. Sometimes I found services formulaic or the sermons stilted and wondered why I was going to another  Shabbat […]

Creating My Spiritual Nest by Amanda Innerfield

Sep 20

In 2018, I completed my conversion to Judaism. Much of my 2017 and 2018 was spent researching and attending Jewish events, attempting to fill my mind with all things involving Judaism. I participated in Elements of Judaism and the Choosing Judaism course. Temple Beth El and Shalom Park became my second home during this period. […]