TBE Blog

The TBE Blog is the space where Temple Beth El’s Leadership Team members reflect on relevant topics that are most meaningful to us. Here you will find musings on everything from prayer to politics, music to mysticism and history to current day life. From our iPads, smartphones, and laptops to yours, these are the things that inspire us, keep us up at night, and fuel our own Jewish journeys.

Confirmation Class of 5782

On Friday, May 13, congregants and guests were invited to a special Shabbat Service led by the Confirmation Class of 5782. During this service, Fred …

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20th Anniversary of the Michelle Miller Award by Fred and Joy Miller

Temple Beth El joins Fred and Joy Miller in remembering their daughter, Michelle, whose 20th yahrzeit was marked in April. We are honored that the Millers …

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In Moments Like These, Judaism and Your Clergy Are Here for You

Many members have reached out to us to share profound concern about the news that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, …

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TBE Hires Its First-Ever COO

Jonathan Friedman has been named Temple Beth El’s first-ever Chief Operating Officer (COO). He began work on April 25. “We were lucky to find Jonathan …

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TriBE Spotlight: Vino & Vinyl by Tracey and Josh Adams

Our TriBE, called Vino & Vinyl, began during the pandemic. The inspiration for our TriBE was to bring together people who enjoy wine and drink, …

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Spice Girls TriBE Hosts a Sweet Passover Seder by Beth Lewis

This past weekend, the Spice Girls TriBE hosted a Women’s Chocolate Seder. With an updated Haggadah and homemade chocolate treats as Seder plate items, this …

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Pesach: Boldly Facing the Spiritual Exhaustion of the Pandemic

The psychologist, Sherry Turkle, explained in her book, Alone Together, that we live in an age where we have sacrificed real relationships for superficial connections. …

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4th, 5th, 6th Grade Retreat

This past weekend, we held an amazing 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Retreat at Camp Thunderbird. We gathered together fifty 4th-6th graders, along with teen …

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TriBE Spotlight: Nosh, Schmooze, Explore & Soar by Linda and Ira Bass

Our TriBE, Nosh, Schmooze, Explore & Soar, met via Zoom on Saturday night, February 19th. We had a great time catching up and really had …

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Geography & Wine TriBE by Peter Benjamin

Who would have thought that taking virtual trips around the world and learning about a particular region’s wines was of interest to anyone but serious …

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Helping Our Unhoused Neighbors

It was hard to look away. For the first time, Charlotte’s homeless problem was gathered in one place and no one uptown could avoid it. …

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Search Committee Member Bios

ALAN KRONOVET (HE/HIM) CHAIR; TBE BOARD FIRST VICE PRESIDENT My wife, Cary Bernstein, and I have been married for more than 31 years and we …

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Fight Antisemitism by Building Interfaith Relationships

Last year our Chanukah was brightened by Glacier, our extremely large puppy. I’d like to say that I take Glacier on walks every day. But the …

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Choose to Engage: On Egypt, Exodus, and Marching Together

A few years ago, after a screening of the film “13th,” which explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States, I sat …

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Alternative Chanukah Nights

Ask a Jewish kid what their favorite holiday is, and most will tell you Chanukah. And it’s not surprising. After all, who wouldn’t like a …

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