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 at this stage in his career when he was ready for a new challenge,” said TBE’s Board President, Benjamin Benson. “He wants to apply his passion, business skills, and know-how […]

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, as well as music—especially, but not exclusively, music from our youth (mostly in the 1980s). It has indeed brought us together for those reasons, but has also done so for […]

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 event was unlike any other. The event, attended by 65 beautiful women from Temple Beth El and the greater Charlotte Jewish community, was an amazing success that will continue to […]

Never Stop Questioning

Sometime in our childhoods, many of us got the message that we should not ask too many questions; that we should accept what we are told and not bother people with our questions. As a Jewish educator, I find that I spend a lot of time trying to reverse that message. Because in fact, asking […]

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. For many, the pandemic has made this reality worse. After two years of living with the COVID long-emergency and trauma, we are, quite literally, alone – together. At home, alone […]

It’s All Coming Back to Me Now: Everything 90s is New Again

Early in the summer of 2021, I went to pick up dinner at Chopt in the Arboretum on the way to Temple to lead Shabbat services. While waiting in line, I did a double-take: there were two college-age young women in line ahead of me and, well, they could have been me and a friend […]

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 a nice discussion. Prior to our meeting, we sent out several questions for members to choose from and then share their answers with our group. The responses allowed us to […]

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 vinophiles? Certainly not I. However, since the 3+ years since its inception, our Geography & Wine TriBE gatherings have been an incredibly enjoyable and educational experience for even non-wine drinkers […]

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. Located in an area off Davidson Road, people called it Tent City – although only the lucky ones actually had tents. The presence of so many unhoused people compelled community […]