Volunteer Opportunities

The Giving Tree

Last year, it was amazing how our congregation came together to provide all the gifts for 25 families at Sterling Elementary, plus a $25 gift card to Food Lion and a $25 gift card to Walmart for each family.  This year, when the need is even greater, we hope to continue this act of tzedakah for the Sterling community.

There are two ways to give by December 11:

  • Purchase a gift from the TBE Giving Tree Amazon Wish List (This wish list will be fully updated by November 15.)
  • Purchase a $25 gift card online from Food Lion and/or Walmart and send it to TBE Giving Tree c/o Carrie Rocha, 600 Cedar Rose Ln. Charlotte, NC 28217.

Questions? Want to help or be a last minute shopper? Contact Carrie Rocha at tbegivingtree@gmail.com or 919-260-7654.

If You Can Help, We Need You

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 us to learn more about how you can participate in one of these volunteer opportunities.

We are looking for compassionate congregants to reach out to our Temple Beth El family during this challenging time, particularly those in our community who are isolated and vulnerable. Our goal is to continually check on all members to make sure they are okay and to gather information about those needing additional support or care. To help, please contact Candace Naliboff.

We know that many of our congregants are looking for ways to help. If you are interested in volunteering for a local organization,  read the compiled list from our Tzedek Council of organizations across the region that are helping those in need. Choose from a variety of projects to help our neighbors in need.

Charlotte Organizations Need Your Help
Motel Collaboration Meal Support




Participants in our 2015 Farber Leadership Development Program

2015 Farber Leadership Development Program

The Robyn Farber Leadership Development Program was created by Larry Farber in memory of his sister, Robyn, to ensure a continuous line of future leaders for Temple Beth El. The program sessions are led by TBE’s professional and lay leadership and cover a range of spiritual, educational, and social programming. If you are interested in a lay leadership position, this once-per-month commitment from October through May is a great way to meet peers and discover how your talents and interests can serve our congregation. Contact our Executive Director, to learn more about this program.



We are proud to welcome hundreds of congregants and visitors each week to our various Shabbat services, festivals, and other events.  Greeters and ushers serve an important role in welcoming everyone and helping people feel comfortable at our Temple.  If you are interested in sharing your friendly disposition by being a greeter, please contact Candace Naliboff, Director of Member Services. Please contact Brotherhood member, Howard Seidler if you would like to be an usher.


Our Discovered Traditions Gift Shop is open during the weekdays, on Friday nights, Sunday mornings during Religious School, and during special events.  Although it is professionally managed, we do regularly seek volunteers to help us staff for sales. Dee Kridel, Gift Shop Manager would love to talk to you about volunteering.


Temple Beth El congregants come together once a year, to perform mitzvot (good deeds) and help with Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). We work together on a variety of service projects to help the Charlotte community. There is a project for everyone; preschoolers, school age children, teenagers, and grown-ups. Find the project that works for you and your family!

Time Commitment: 1-3 hours

Click here for all the details for May 17 – Mitzvah Day 2020!


Tzedek Council by the Numbers, February 5, 2018

Tikkun olam and social justice can’t always be measured and evaluated by the numbers, but here’s a few numbers that provide a snapshot of social action and justice at Temple Beth El.

Giving Tree 2017
Total gifts collected:  285

  • Delivered to Jewish Family Services
    • Gift cards:  25
    • Presents:  11
  • Delivered to Sterling Elementary
    • 50 children from 41 different families received presents — a toy, a book, and an educational item.  Each of the 41 families received a Wal-Mart gift card and a toiletry kit/washcloths.
    • 6 children from other families received coats.

Hurricane Relief
Money donated by TBE congregants in 2017:  $2,250 divided equally among:

  • Hurricane Harvey relief:  Houston Jewish Federation
  • Hurricane Irma relief: Fort Myers Federation
  • Hurricane Maria relief:  Temple Beth Shalom, Reform synagogue in Puerto Rico

Jewish Community Refugee Initiative (JCRI)

  • Jewish Federation Impact grant awarded to create Welcoming the Stranger to the Table event later in 2018:  $1,800
  • Winter coat drive
  • Coats received:  119
  • Cold weather items (hats, gloves, scarves) received:  43

Mitzvah Day 2017

  • Number of projects:  23
  • Number of participating congregants:  Over 450

Navigating Aging programs

  • Attendees at December 2017 program:  Approximately 35
  • Attendees at January 2018 program:  Approximately 50

Purim Bags

  • Bags delivered in 2016 to seniors, shut-ins, & TBE staff in 2017:  190
  • Expected number of bags to be delivered in 2018:  200

Project Snowflake

  • Number of TBE volunteers serving breakfast/lunch at Men’s Shelter: 13
  • Number of casseroles provided by TBE volunteers: 10
  • Number of children’s pajamas donated to Women’s Shelter:  32
  • Number/amount of gift cards donated to Women’s Shelter:  28

Room in the Inn (RITI):

  • Estimated numbers for 2017-2018 season still in process
  • Number of Jewish volunteers serving neighbors.
  • Number of homeless neighbors served:  84

Shalom Green
In 2017:

  • Volunteers maintaining community garden:  Over 60
  • Pounds of food produced by garden and donated to local charities:  Over 200
  • Children visiting garden for educational programs:  Over 600

Shalom Park Freedom School
In 2017:

  • Number of scholars benefitting from program:  75
  • Number of volunteers:  180
  • Number of TBE volunteers on 2018 steering committee:  14

Sterling Elementary

  • Congregants volunteering on weekly basis:  23
  • Giving tree — see above

Urban Ministry Kitchen
2017 numbers (Note – TBE serves only on months with a 5th Sunday)

  • Number of times Beth El responsible to make lunch on Sunday:  4
  • Number of Beth El volunteers participating:  48


Our Temple “adopted” Sterling Elementary School as part of CMS’s Faith Community Partnership program. We need volunteers to get involved. What can you do?

  • Teach a child to read. Learn more.
  • Help a child improve math skills. Learn more.
  • 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, and the like).
  • Donate new or gently used books or student incentives for a classroom.
  • Donate a computer to a needy family.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!
    Email Kim Wilkoff or call (610) 639-4705 to volunteer or find out more!



Are you passionate about aiding seniors – and looking for a way to make an impact in a short time?  We’ve got a satisfying volunteer project with your name on it.

Every year, Temple Beth El volunteers deliver 200 Shalach Manot Purim bags to seniors and homebound congregants.  Gifts of food are part of the Purim tradition.  Recipients love receiving their bags and seeing a friendly face from temple.

There are lots of ways to get involved:

  • Shop, assemble, and deliver the bags – and maybe grab a few friends to join you!
  • Donate cash, which we’ll use to buy hamantaschen, fruit, and candy. Send a check payable to Temple Beth El and put Purim Bags in the memo line.

Email Karen to volunteer or learn more.


The Tzedek Council is committed to inform, educate, and involve the members of Temple Beth El in the doing of ‘Good Deeds’, ‘Mitzvot’, in the Jewish Community, and in the greater Charlotte Community. This Council will raise the level of consciousness of our congregation and hopefully our children and make a difference.



Since 2011, kindergarten through fifth grade scholars from Huntingtowne Farms and Sterling Elementary, the two schools in faith-based partnerships with Temple Israel and Temple Beth El, have been attending Shalom Park Freedom School.  This six-week Literacy Summer Enrichment Program provides scholars from economically disadvantaged households an opportunity to prevent summer reading loss and build character through afternoon enrichment programs.  “Summer slide” is the largest contributor to the achievement gap for low-income children. With eight Shalom Park Partner agencies engaging in tikkun olam (improving our world), we are helping children in our community become self-sufficient through closing the literacy achievement gap.   Flexible volunteer opportunities available for tweens, teens, and adults from reading buddies, to a teen advisory board, afternoon enrichment leaders, and board positions.  For more information visit Shalom Park Freedom School’s website.

Shalom Park Freedom School is now accepting application for Teen Board Volunteers (rising 10th and 11th graders).

Save the Date: Shalom Park Freedom School’s Annual Movie Night is May 9 at 7:00 pm

Partner agencies:  Charlotte Jewish Day School, Foundation of Shalom Park, Jewish Family Services, Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, Levine JCC, Levine-Sklut Judaic Library, Temple Beth El and Temple Israel.

For questions or additional information, please contact Emily Russell.


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.  For more information visit Shalom Green’s website or email here.

Celebrate Tu BiSh’vat or the “New Year of the Trees” with Shalom Green by donating items to the Shalom Park Community Garden to make this harvest season a success. Click here for a list of items needed.

Partner Agencies:  Foundation of Shalom Park, Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, Levine JCC, Temple Beth El and Temple Israel

For questions or additional information, please contact Emily Russell.


You can be an “angel” for those who need a well-deserved night off during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Volunteers are needed to relieve staff members in men’s and women’s shelters, hospitals and social service centers. Contact Merle Gottheim.

Time Commitment: About 3 hours


Abraham’s Tent Room in the Inn: A Muslim Community-Jewish Community Partnership at Queens University of Charlotte

The Muslim community and the Jewish community have partnered to created Abraham’s Tent Room in the Inn. We will 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 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 them to take home as well as a bag lunch, socks, hats and coats for the winter. This will also be an opportunity to get to know your Jewish and Muslim neighbors while building bridges and relationships within the communities.

Sign-up for 2020 Season: 1/11, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 2/29, 3/21

For more information email here or visit Urban Ministry’s websiteSign up to help Room in the Inn here.

For questions or additional information, please contact Emily Russell.


Volunteers gather at the Urban Ministries Center on the 5th Sunday of appropriate months (four times a year) to prepare and serve soup and sandwiches for Urban Ministries Center’s homeless clients. Contact Gloria Peper.

Time Commitment: A 3-4 hour time commitment is typically needed on these Sundays.


Once they begin preparing for their simcha, all Temple Beth El students are expected to complete a b’nei mitzvah project. B’nei mitzvah students will:

  • spend 13 hours on this project.
  • pick a project enjoyable enough for them to want to continue even after their big day.
  • have contact with the people they are assisting. For example, if there is a donation collection, the b’nei mitzvah student will personally deliver the donations to the people in need.

Peruse this Action and Justice Project section for some b’nei mitzvah project ideas. Contact Rabbi Dusty Klass for more information.


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 more information visit the JCRI website.

Partner agencies:  Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community, Jewish Family Services, Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, Levine JCC, Stan Greenspon Center for Peace & Social Justice, Temple Beth El and Temple Israel.

For questions or additional information, please contact Emily Russell.


Addressing domestic violence is an opportunity for all of us to examine how we conduct our personal relationships and to face how we deal with people who are in trouble. As a problem for adults, families, and teens, it is an issue that cuts across all committees and programs, just as domestic abuse cuts across all socio-economic, educational and religious groups.
Few synagogues, however, acknowledge that abuse happens in the Jewish community. In 2007 Temple Beth El not only formally acknowledged it, but resolved to address it by becoming a “safe haven” – a community that promotes safety, justice and healing; and by working to end it through education and awareness-raising activities (see Resolution on Domestic Abuse).

Click Here for a Domestic Violence Resource Guide

In working toward these goals Temple Beth El has initiated or collaborated in many ground-breaking efforts including:
• Dedicated weekend in October and throughout month to raise awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
• Dedicated activities in February for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
• Tailored educational programs for teens, women and men.
• Promotional materials including Resource Guide to programs and services

To become involved or for more information contact
Marsha Stickler at mstickler48@gmail.com.


In 2010, Temple Beth El’s Board passed a resolution on affordable housing,  authorizing institutional advocacy to address the underlying causes of homelessness and expanding affordable housing, recognizing the commitment of member families, the Reform movement and the tenets of our faith to this cause.

Empowered by this resolution, TBE has collaborated on education, advocacy and program changes in our community:

  • the award-winning documentary “Souls of Our Neighbors”
  • a community website for volunteers now adopted by the Homeless Services Network www.SolveThePuzzleCharlotte.org,
  • a pilot program moving families out of homelessness, resulting in the formation of the Moving Ministry at Crisis Assistance Ministry, and
  • A Way Home, a public/private endowment led by the Foundation For The Carolinas to provide rental subsidies.

Congregants interested in getting involved are invited to contact Judy Seldin-Cohen.