September 17, 2016, 220 Jewish women from all over Charlotte gathered together to bake challah. It was a beautiful, inspiring and uplifting experience. This year, join over 300 Jewish women and bake challah together just in time for Rosh Hashanah. We will be baking for ourselves plus one extra for Jewish Family Services to distribute.

The halachic definition of challah is a reference to a positive mitzvah. It entails separating a section of dough from your kneading and giving it to a kohen. This piece of dough is called “challah.” Any dough which is made of wheat, barley, spelt, oat or rye is obligated in this mitzvah.

Biblically speaking, the mitzvah of challah is observed only in the Land of Israel. Furthermore, according to most halachic authorities, the mitzvah of challah was a requirement only in the times of the Temple. Today, no Temple, no challah. But the rabbis reinstituted the… Continue reading

By Mike Littauer, President, Hebrew Cemetery Association

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Hebrew Cemetery. In 1867 the Hebrew Benevolent Society, serving a community of more than 20 Jewish families purchased 11 acres on Statesville Avenue for the Hebrew Cemetery.

Now the Hebrew Cemetery Association of Greater Charlotte serves between 13,000 and 15,000 Jews and provides for the on-going maintenance, renovation, and management of our holy burial grounds.

Our mission to provide a dignified, peaceful, and beautiful resting place for our departed is as true today as it was in 1867.

We are excited to announce our 150th Anniversary celebration on Thursday, August 24 from 7-9 PM at The Levine Museum of the New South. Please come celebrate this historic milestone in the life of our oldest Jewish institution in Charlotte. Together we will honor our past and look toward our future. We will also honor our past presidents… Continue reading

World War II Vets Are the Focus of Locally Produced Film

By Amy Krakovitz

More than 500,000 Jewish people served in the armed forces in World War II. An estimated 8,000 were killed. The remainder have lived their lives with honor, members of “The Greatest Generation.” But soon these voices will be gone. And yet, a small group of Charlotteans was determined not to let the voices of our local Jewish War Veterans be lost to the ages. They have joined forces to create a documentary that features the stories of our local Jewish World War II veterans.

It began in November of 2013, when Iraq/Afghanistan war veteran Barry Ross was determined to breathe new life into the local Jewish War Veterans’ Post. He sent out notices to local vets to start meeting again and by February 2014 they had their first meeting. “Veterans’ Posts are not supposed to be… Continue reading