Category Archives: General

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 […]

For Wholeness, Go To the Woods and Seek Justice

Jan 03

Every year, MLK Jr Day and Tu Bishvat live near each other on our calendars. A holiday that celebrates trees and a holiday that honors a civil rights giant do not, on the surface, have much in common. Yet, Jewish text has a long history of connecting seemingly disparate topics, allowing for each topic to […]

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 […]

Reimagining our Rededication

Nov 23

It is hard to imagine the emotions that the Maccabees felt as they stepped back on to the Temple grounds. Perhaps they felt joy to be returning to a sacred space, perhaps they felt sadness for the years of worship missed or perhaps they felt anxiety at the work still to be done. These possible […]

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 […]

Donate to Room in the Inn

Nov 10

Roof Above would love the assistance of our Room in the Inn sites to help provide lunches, cookies and in-kind donations for our 130 winter overflow nightly guests. These opportunities are not only great for groups but also great for families or individuals as well! Lunch Bag and Cookie Donations: Please sign up via the link below […]

Jewish Community Refugee Initiative Update – November 2020

Nov 10

At its 3rd Annual Welcoming the Stranger to the (Virtual) Table event on Sunday October 25, the Jewish Community Refugee Initiative (JCRI) raised over $10,000 for the Immigrant Justice Program of the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, with the help of a dollar-for-dollar donor match by TBE members Gary and Stephanie Starr. The Advocacy Center’s […]