Clergy Message – Come Together This Shabbat


Join your Temple Beth El Family online for this upcoming Shabbat.

  • 5:30pm Shabbat SongFest
  • 6:00pm Family Shabbat Evening Service
  • 7:30pm Shabbat Evening Service
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Clergy Message

Almighty God, we ask for Your blessing upon our country, the United States of America. Our country was founded on the principles of freedom and democracy, and this week, we have exercised our democratic rights to vote for our leaders at every level of government.

This has been a difficult election season—more than ever, we are divided. On this Shabbat, we will come together, as a Temple family, bound together by Jewish values and traditions. We will come together as individuals who believe in one another’s goodness and find ways to build bridges, both within our Temple family and beyond.

We will come together as a community that, like the Talmud, values diverse opinions and the ability to learn from one another. As the prophet Isaiah said: My house shall be a prayer for all people. We will come together as a congregation with a long history of pursuing justice and being a leader in our Charlotte community. Our commitment to peace and justice remains unchanged.

Inside our sanctuary is the American flag, a symbol of our pride and commitment to ensure that America remains a place of liberty and justice for all. We are a community grounded in tikkun olam, repairing the world. We house the homeless, feed the hungry, and work in numerous ways to build a peaceful and just world that honors the values of our Torah.

This Shabbat, we will come together – to dedicate ourselves to doing the work of healing, unifying, and building. We pray that we all have the patience and strength to meet this moment with grace, compassion, curiosity, and understanding.