Category Archives: General

From Social Distance to Social Justice: Bringing Congregants Together

Jul 06

Jill: In the early days of the shutdown in March through May 2020, most Friday nights I found myself logging onto Zoom around 7:30 pm.  In those first few weeks of adjusting to working and isolating at home, cut off from my usual routines and the people I interacted with every day, it was a […]

New Member TriBE

Jun 21

The New Member TriBE is for congregants who have joined Temple Beth El over the past two years, as well as those who still feel new and seek a deeper, more meaningful connection with fellow congregants. The TriBE will remain open throughout the year, welcoming new members as they join TBE. We will meet monthly on the third Thursday, on […]

Shabbat Across Charlotte

Jun 10

Shabbat is a cathedral in time, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel famously said. It is a palace of moments set aside for reflection, study, introspection, family, friends, and seeking God. A sense of Shabbat can be found inside of our Temple Beth El building, but also in our homes, at our dinner tables, in the way […]

Counting Our Blessings and Summer Reading

Jun 01

As I write this article, we are in the midst of counting the S’firat Haomer. So often, we count down – the days to a birthday (especially for our children), the minutes until the half-time or the seconds before the launch of a rocket or when a new secular year begins. 10-9-8-7…. There are even apps on our phones that can count down for […]

Grateful for Our Community by Jessica Auslander

May 20

Our family just celebrated our daughter’s bat mitzvah. It was an amazing milestone for our family for multiple reasons. As I reflected on her journey, I became even more grateful for our TBE community.   I did not have a good religious school experience, and my parents did not force me to continue. Most of my Jewish […]

TriBE Spotlight: The Spice Girls by Beth Lewis

May 17

The Spice Girls TriBE is a great group of women, diverse in our stages of life. We all enjoy cooking and baking and sharing our love of food, our families, and an interest in the deeper questions of our personal relationship with Judaism. We open every meeting by stating our purpose, which is “A place […]

A Message from Clergy About Israel

May 12

Dear Temple Beth El Community and Friends, We write to you with sadness and grave concern as we read and watch the news reports of what is happening in Israel and the Palestinian territories. We grieve the loss of life. We also write with the full recognition that facts on the ground are changing quickly. […]

Register for a House Meeting

May 03

On Tuesday, April 27, Temple Beth El kicked off our 2021 listening campaign, “From Social Distance to Social Justice,” with an hour-long online meeting bringing together almost 150 congregants. For those of you who were able to attend, thank you for being part of an important and impactful evening. We asked everyone to share their experience of […]

Together at Sinai

May 01

It was Shavuot 2012. I was in my second year of rabbinic school, and Shavuot was still mostly a mystery to me.  I knew the basics: Shavuot means “Weeks” and comes seven weeks (seven times seven days!) after Passover. It commemorates the receiving of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai. It is connected to the […]