Monthly e-newsletter - December 2015
We hope you have noticed the changes in our monthly newsletter.  Rather than using our space to promote all upcoming events, our goal is to highlight how our community is connecting, building relationships, and making a difference. Our full calendar of events can be found on our website by clicking the Calendar menu above, or check out upcoming events by clicking the link in the right side column below.  We hope you will find this edition of The Voice to be a great read. We value your feedback, so please email suggestions to our Executive Director, Laura Bernstein.
Wondering what the latest update is on our search for a new senior rabbi?  Visit TBE Inside News now.
Global Day of Jewish Learning - Success!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Global Day of Jewish Learning. Seventeen organizations and congregations came together to pray, learn and enjoy each other's company on Sunday, Nov. 15. More than 400 people of all ages participated from TBE and gave the event rave reviews:

It was wonderful to see the people of all backgrounds connected to the Jewish community come together to learn Jewish topics, pray, eat, listen to Jewish music and socialize. 

 I am glad we had the opportunity to be a part of this and that my kids were able to volunteer and put forth effort towards other people during the lunch activities. 

Wonderful program! Keep it up annually!

TBE raises more than $2,000 for CROP Walk

1 beautiful fall day + 11 LIBERTY teens + 3 TBE Religious School Kids + 25 adults + tikkun olam = 1 amazing Temple Beth El CROP Walk Team!

On Sunday, Oct. 18, TBE joined others in walking 3.6 miles, raising awareness and helping fight hunger. The team raised an impressive $2,049. If you weren't able to make it to the event, it's not too late to make a donation online! Contact Jill Blumenthal for more information.
Thanks to all walkers and TBE supporters!
Making a Difference
Leading by Example: Larry Farber
This month we recognize TBE past president Larry Farber, who is using his resources to secure TBE's future through the Robyn Farber Leadership Development program. 
Larry established the program in 2005 to give current and potential leaders the background, knowledge and skills needed to be effective leaders within TBE. The group meets monthly and learns everything from TBE's history to how we manage our operations to the principles of Relational Judaism, priorities, challenges, and more. He founded the program in memory of his sister, Robyn. 
"I wanted to provide a structured and more formal opportunity for congregants to come forward as future leaders," said Larry, "and to expand our leadership base within our Temple community." 
Giving in Their Own Words: Barbara & Herm Ziegler

When we came to Charlotte in 1978 for a "look see," the first place we stopped was TBE. We were warmly welcomed by those attending a TBE Board meeting and invited to have coffee with Dr. Mark Perlin and his family the very next day. We knew this was the Temple for us, a place our boys could have their Bar Mitzvah and be confirmed.

Over the years, we have been active as TBE Board members, officers in TBE Brotherhood and Sisterhood, but our real passion has been Social Action/Social Justice and this is where most of our volunteering has been focused. We feel it is important to invest in our Temple, to make sure it continues to offer many opportunities for the members and their families. We are so happy to see the Temple teaming with activities for young children and older adults. There is something for everyone. 

This is why we feel it is important to include TBE in our estate plans as part of the Create Your Jewish Legacy initiative, to make sure that this wonderful house of worship continues to have its doors open and continues to grow.
Room In The Inn

Since 1996, the Urban Ministry Center has partnered with colleges and congregations of many faiths (including TBE) to open their facilities to provide shelter and food for homeless people during the winter months through March 31.

The basic goal is to keep homeless people from freezing on cold winter nights. A greater goal is to provide a more personal relationship to our homeless neighbors, and to foster a deeper understanding of the complexity of the issue.

Help is needed to honor TBE's commitment. Click here for more information.  Email Patty Torcellini to help.
Donations needed for Sterling Elementary 

Sterling's Clothing Closet is in need of some essential items. As you shop this holiday season, please consider purchasing a few items (boy's underwear, unisex socks and/or sweatpants) and leaving them in the Sterling Bin located just inside the front doors of the TBE. Thanks for your support!
In This Issue
Get Involved!
Click on the links below to view more from the many groups that make up the TBE Community.
We Need Your Help!

Contact our Executive Director to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Sacred Study with Rabbi Jonathan:

From the Sacred Study Squad that plans it all, to Talmud on Wednesdays; from Jolt of Judaism at Amelie's to a book about a hitman who becomes a rabbi, there are plenty of great conversations to bring light into the short, dark days of the season. See December's Sacred Study offerings online.
Featured event:
Hanukkah Family Concert 

Sunday, Dec. 13
5:00 pm
McGlohon Theater

Enjoy outrageously Hip Jewish Rock with Shira Kline. Get your tickets now!
Upcoming Events:
Life events:

Fall services:
We have a variety of services to meet the many needs of our congregants. Check the Fall Service Schedule to determine which worship experience is best for you and your family.  
Need a break ? 
Our goal is to make worship accessible to everyone.  Have a child who needs to move about?  Our Casual Zone is open each Friday.  Tables, chairs, and service-friendly activities available.  Want to be a part of services but need a change of venue?  The Archer Chapel is open and you can watch the service via live streaming while you take a break.
Stuck in traffic? Bookmark our streaming services so you can listen to the start of worship in your car - and when you arrive, join us!
Rabbi Search Update:  

One candidate down and two to go! Don't miss your chance to meet the person who could be our next leader. Visit TBE Inside News for upcoming opportunities and updates from our Rabbi Search Committee.
Why are the Temple doors locked?
For everyone's safety, the Temple doors may be locked during normal office hours. If you need to get in, ring the bell and a staff member will be with you as soon as possible. Keeping the doors locked is a general safety measure practiced by congregations across the country. If you have questions, email Executive Director 
Clergy Connection: 
BIENNIAL: A personal reflection 
by Cantor Andrew Bernard
In early November, 18 Temple Beth El members joined 5,000 Reform Jews from all over the world in Orlando for the URJ Biennial. I have been attending Biennials since the 1997 convention in Dallas when I was still a cantorial student at HUC. I've been honored to be a presenter at workshops and lead worship services over the years. But whether I'm "working" or a "civilian," I always find Biennials to be uplifting, inspiring and energizing.
Cantor Bernard
One of the things I love the most about Biennial is the sense of belonging to something so vast. We are a relatively isolated Reform community here in Charlotte and it is easy to forget that we are part of such a large movement. To listen to and speak with Reform Jews from all over the world, and to participate in Shabbat worship services with 5,000 engaged and enthusiastic congregants from across the movement is to have a sense of belonging to something that is both awesome and sacred. 

Read more... 
It's almost Chanukah Time! Grab your gifts in the Chanukah Room!
Chanukah starts Sunday, Dec. 6! Visit Discovered Traditions Gift Shop and find everything you need to make your family celebration complete, like these crystal embellished Menorahs from JET.
Visit us Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, Fridays before services and Sundays during Religious School.