Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways that we, as Jews, embrace giving to others. And giving of ourselves – our time and our commitment – is very important. Giving back to our temple and local community by volunteering your time and your heart is personally rewarding and considered a mitzvah. At Temple Beth El, we have many volunteer opportunities. Please let us know what you’re interested in and passionate about!

Contact Nicole Sidman, Director of Congregational Life, to learn more about how you can participate in one of these volunteer opportunities.

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Abraham's Tent

Each year Temple Beth El, Temple Israel, the Levine JCC, and the Muslim community partner with Roof Above to provide shelter and food for the homeless during the winter months. The goal is to keep homeless people from freezing on cold winter nights. We will be hosting 5 nights.  We need your help providing food and your time. They sleep overnight and get a hot meal for dinner and for breakfast. We supply goody bags for guests to take with them as well as a bag lunch, socks, hats, and coats for the winter. 

Questions? Contact Patty Torcellini.

Sterling Elementary School (SES) Partnership

Our Temple “adopted” Sterling Elementary School as part of CMS’s Faith Community Partnership program. Our Sterling Elementary School TriBE works hard to support the hard-working teachers, students, and administrators at Sterling. We guarantee the time you spend with these bright, curious children and their teachers will leave you smiling and will make all the difference in their lives!

  • Be a lunch buddy.
  • Help a teacher as an assistant or tutor.
  • Do busy work for teachers in the comfort of your own home (collating papers, stapling, sorting, etc.).
  • Donate new or gently used books or student incentives for a classroom.

Heart Math Tutoring

Help elementary students build math skills and confidence with just 1 hour per week!

  • 1 hour per week commitment
  • No math expertise or teaching experience required
  • Flexible weekday volunteer times
  • Multiple school locations available

The Giving Tree

A wintertime project in which we as a congregational community donate desired holiday gifts to a particular set of Sterling Elementary families identified by school administrators to help families celebrate their winter holidays.

For more information about getting involved, please contact Beth Lewis. 

Shalom Green

Shalom Green is a group of Jewish community volunteers dedicated to promoting an understanding of Jewish environmental values. Shalom Green is united in its commitment to sustainability and is energized to take meaningful action to preserve and protect Creation through its three primary goals: to REDUCE the carbon footprint of Shalom Park facilities, to MAINTAIN the Shalom Park Community Garden, and to EDUCATE the community about environmental issues.

Jewish Community Refugee Initiative (JCRI)

The Jewish Community Refugee Initiative (JCRI) is a lay-driven initiative whose mission is to educate the Charlotte Jewish community about refugee issues and to encourage the community to volunteer with local refugees and the agencies that resettle refugees. Many refugees have fled violence and threats of persecution.  Volunteers working with young or adult refugees help provide stability, continuity, and assistance to those adjusting to life in a new country.  While these refugees are not Jewish, it has always been a tenet of Judaism to help the stranger and welcome the refugee.  JCRI brings volunteer, donation, education and advocacy opportunities to you and your family.

For questions or additional information, please contact Amy Lefkof.

Sign Up To Be A Shabbat Greeter

We need your assistance to help create a warm, welcoming, and friendly experience for congregants and guests who enter our spiritual home. Creating a positive Temple experience supports our continuing engagement efforts where every person, whether they walk through our doors or attend an event in person, feels safe, welcome, and at home. Please sign up for all timeslots that you are available to volunteer. You must complete the Greeter Training to volunteer.

Questions? Contact Nathalie Friedlander, Operations Manager.