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 Rabbi Dusty Klass to learn more about how you can participate in one of these volunteer opportunities.
- Volunteer with Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency to assist Afghan families moving to Charlotte
- Donate to the MeckMIN Faith Community Eviction Prevention Fund
- Bring warm clothing (in good condition) and school supplies to Temple Beth El to donate to the families of Sterling Elementary School
- Donate to Roof Above by purchasing an item from their Amazon Wish List
- Donate to the Shalom Green Community Garden Fund
Ways to Volunteer
- Get involved with Shalom Green on Shalom Park
- Volunteer with NC Med Assist, a statewide free pharmacy providing prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to uninsured and low-income individuals.
- Tutor students from Temple Beth El’s partner school, Sterling Elementary, through Heart Math Tutoring, HELPS Literacy Program, and the Augustine Literacy Project.
- Pack food boxes for distribution with Second Harvest Food Bank
- Loaves & Fishes: Clients served by the organization grew from 80K in 2019 to 120K in 2020, plus 40K through their food share program. They have many volunteer opportunities including food delivery and sorting. Purchase items from their Amazon Wishlist.
- Sign up to feed our frontline workers at the MEDIC Clinic. This is a great family-friendly opportunity as well. Great for students who need volunteer hours!
- Volunteer with Freedom School Partners, who provides summertime educational programs for lower-income students in our community.
- Stay informed about future volunteer opportunities with Abraham’s Tent: A Shared Muslim Community and Jewish Community Room in the Inn. Contact Patty Torcellini
Ways to Give
- Donate to the Temple Beth El Disaster Relief Fund (select “Disaster Relief Fund) in the “Type” dropdown menu)
- Donate most needed items to the JFS Food Pantry
- Make a donation to Freedom School Partners. To sponsor or support a summer site, contact Glenda Bernhardt.
- Donate much needed food and items to Refugee Support Services
- Donate much needed items to Block Love CLT
- Learn about and support feeding and housing efforts with Heal Charlotte
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.
Sign Up To Be A 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.
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 Amy Lefkof.
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. Information on upcoming opportunities are forthcoming.
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.
Our Discovered Traditions Gift Shop is located just inside the main doors of Temple Beth El and is open Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm and Friday at 5:30pm-6:00pm before Shabbat Evening Services when in person. Although it is professionally managed, we do regularly seek volunteers to help us staff for sales. Contact Dee Kridel, Gift Shop Manager to learn more!
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
If you’re interested in participating, please contact Karen Greenblatt.
- 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 Ruth Pordes or call (630) 788-7763 to volunteer or find out more!
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.
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.
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.
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 info@shalomgreenCLT.org.
Every year during the month of December, we organize a group of congregants to provide sustenance and support for staff and residents of various shelters around Charlotte. If you’d like to be involved please contact Merle Gottheim.
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.
Visit Urban Ministry’s website for more information.
Question? Contact Patty Torcellini.
Normal soup kitchen hours are on hold during the pandemic. If you would like to help during this time, volunteers are needed to distribute food at Roof Above sites for unsheltered people at high risk for Covid-19. Pick a Sunday from 4-6pm.
Questions? Contact Rabbi Klass.
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.
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).
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
Jewish Family Services is committed to assisting victims of domestic violence in finding resources to ensure their safety and stability. Our counselors quickly establish a safety plan. Once a safety plan is in place the JFS counselor works to connect the client to both JFS and community resources to ensure future physical and emotional healing. If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation, JFS can help. Call 704.364.6594 or call the National Domestic Violence 24/7 Hotline at 1.800.799.7233.
Contact Rabbi Dusty Klass to get involved or for more information.
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.