Monthly e-newsletter - August 2015


We hope you are enjoying your summer! This month's VOICE has several articles about how Temple Beth El members are having an impact on congregant lives and making a difference in our community. If you would like to get involved in any projects or Temple committees, please contact our executive director, Dr. Laura Bernstein.

Building Community
Operation Understanding DC

For more than ten years, TBE has hosted an extraordinary group of teens from the Washington D.C. area known as Operation Understanding DC.


Operation Understanding DC's mission is to build a generation of African American and Jewish community leaders who promote respect, understanding and cooperation while working to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination. This year they visited the Shalom Park Freedom School, and met one of Charlotte's most celebrated Civil Rights activists, J. Charles Jones.

Earlier this month, CMS tweeted this photograph of John Graves, a seventh grade student at Quail Hollow Middle School. This summer, he made his own uniform and name badge to organize others to get meals to hungry kids. This inspiring young man was once a struggling reader at Sterling Elementary, where TBE tutors mentored him (see next article).
Making a Difference: Linda Hindel

For five years, Linda Hindel has led our Temple Beth El-Sterling Elementary School PartnershipLinda has coordinated volunteers to assist in each classroom, facilitated teacher appreciation events, performed clothing drives for homeless students and more. The hundreds of hours given by Linda and by dozens of our TBE volunteers ensure that we are doing our part to support Charlotte's public schools.


Now it's your turn! Your help is greatly needed to assist our Sterling Elementary friends! One upcoming opportunity is their teacher retreat, to be held at TBE on Monday, Aug. 17. If you would like to provide a snack for the teachers' morning break or a side dish for their lunch, contact Debora Gluick.   

Gratitude for Gifts

Sacred Giving: It's in our hearts. It's in our hands. 

Don't forget to make your annual Sacred Gift commitment! For your convenience, an online form is now available.


If you did not receive your Sacred Giving packet in the mail, please contact Candace Naliboff, Director of Congregational Engagement.

Announcing the New Sacred Study Fund

The Temple Beth El Sacred Study Fund has been established through the generosity of lovers of learning like Barbara Stoner and Kent Novell. The Fund will further experiential learning in and around Shalom Park and Charlotte.


This fund will provide support to Jewish study programs and events for adults at TBE. Study opportunities include engaging and innovative programs such as scholars-in-residence; regular programs of Talmud Lunches, Jolts of Judaism, Book Clubs, and Mondays with Martin Buber; Temple Beth El University; and Entering Kabbalah classes. These opportunities will be considered in consultation with any committee that helps facilitate learning for adults. 

Giving in Their Own Words: Sera & Marvin Callif

When Marv and I found out about the Legacy Program we immediately decided to create a legacy in our name. We have always been supportive with our volunteering and time, but being retired and on a fixed income, we have been unable to contribute as much as we would really like. 


When we found out about the Legacy Program and that we could authorize a set amount to go to Temple Beth El from our estate which could be increased or decreased at any time, we immediately knew this was our way of contributing to the synagogue.


Out of our six grandchildren only one is Jewish, so it is left to us to help as much as we can with the continuation of Judaism. Marv and I now feel that we will have a small part for years to come in the growth of Temple Beth El. 


Thanks to the Callifs for their gift. Read more on the TBE website to learn more about planned giving.

Rabbi Search Update by Adam Bernstein and Moira Quinn Klein

Your rabbinic search committee is on task and on schedule to find our next senior rabbi. The 14-member group has reviewed resumes from several candidates referred by the Rabbinic Placement Commission (RPC), a joint effort of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Union for Reform Judaism and Hebrew Union College.

Due to vacation schedules and other factors, the number of responses slowed in July after the initial flurry when the opening posted in June. RPC representatives expect the rate to increase again as fall approaches. For more information on the timeline and to see a complete list of committee members, visit the TBE Inside News webpage

In This Issue
Get Involved!
We Need Your Help!

View volunteer opportunities or contact our Executive Director to learn more about how you can help. 

Change the World: Social Action

Interfaith Pride Service "Love Leads the Way"
Sunday, Aug. 9
4:00 pm
Caldwell Presbyterian Church, 1609 E. 5th St

Inclusion Shabbat Service "What's next for inclusion?"
Friday, Aug. 14
6:00 pm
Blumenthal Sanctuary, Temple Beth El
Join the TBE team for the 37th Annual Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk.

Sunday, Oct.18
2:30 pm  Independence Park

Questions? Email 
Jill Blumenthal.
Featured Events:
Family Cookout & Havdalah in the Park
Saturday, Aug. 15
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Col. Francis Beatty Pk. 4330 Weddington Rd.
Upcoming Events:
Save the Date:
Wildacres Retreat
for the Wildacres Retreat Weekend!
Each year we escape to the mountains, where we eat, drink, learn, play, pray, and eat some more. Reservation and a deposit is required. Learn more online.
Life events:

Clergy Message: Pride by Rabbi Jonathan Freirich

This year TBE's Keshet Committee leads our celebration of Charlotte Pride with a number of events highlighting our communal commitment to equal rights and inclusion.  In this effort, Keshet and TBE adhere to central teachings of Judaism about compassion and righteousness. We can find such lessons in almost every Torah reading.  Pride weekend in Charlotte is on August 14-16, 2015, and during that Shabbat we will read this line from the Torah:


...You are not to toughen your heart, you are not to shut your hand to your brother... (Deuteronomy 15:7)


While this section focuses on those in need, the Jewish focus on softening our hearts and opening our hands to one another, reminds us that compassion requires both attention to our minds and our internal lives, as well as attention to the actions of our external lives. All of the activities of the week around Pride will emphasize our efforts to consistently develop our open hearts and minds, and put them into action as we create a more just and welcoming community in TBE and throughout Charlotte. Read more here

Registration is Now Open for Students of All Ages
Online registration for the following opportunities is easy and secure:

2015-16 Religious School     2015-16 Hebrew High     High Holy Day Youth Choir 

Finding Peace at the Hebrew Cemetery

As the summer draws to a close, take a moment to experience the peace and beauty of the Blumenthal Memorial Garden at the Hebrew Cemetery, located on Statesville Avenue. If it's too hot to venture out for a visit, check out the popular #ThrowbackThursday posts on Hebrew Cemetery's Facebook page. For other information, visit

Save the Date!
Join us Sunday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m., when Rabbi Judy Schindler leads the community's clergy for our annual Community Memorial Service. 


GoPlaySave and Benefit Jewish Family Services!

Pre-Order your GoPlaySave Coupon Book and Start Saving in August! To get your copy, stop by JFS Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm or order online at