Dr. Eric Meyers, a renowned archeologist and biblical scholar, and Dr. Racelle Weiman, an innovator in conflict resolution, diplomacy, and advancing minority rights, will speak at this year’s North Carolina B’nai B’rith Institute of Judaism at Wildacres Retreat Conference Center, August 13–16. The annual event, now in its 71st year and held near Little Switzerland in the Blue Ridge Mountains, welcomes all who want to confront and clarify questions about Judaism and issues affecting Jewish life.

Dr. Meyers, professor emeritus in Jewish Studies at Duke University, whose research has focused on the Second Temple and Greco-Roman periods, will discuss how the Babylonian exile helped Judaism prevail, examine the challenge of Hellenism, and look at the impact of archaeological discoveries.

Dr. Weiman, currently a Charlotte resident, was director of Global Education at the Dialogue Institute of Temple University. In her long career in Holocaust studies and interreligious and interethnic dialogue, she… Continue reading

After 23 years of service to our community, Cantor Elias Roochvarg will retire from Temple Israel on June 30. Cantor Roochvarg has been a member of Temple Israel’s Clergy Team since 1995, when he moved to Charlotte from Maryland with his wife Linda and young son Aaron. Cantor Roochvarg served as the Cantor at Congregation Beth Israel in Owings Mills, Maryland, for 15 years prior to joining our community. Cantor Roochvarg and his family (including Miriam and Michael, who were both born in Charlotte on Sisterhood Shabbat in 1996) have been fixtures of the Temple Israel and greater Charlotte Jewish community and his retirement will bring with it a significant transition for the congregation.

During Cantor Roochvarg’s tenure at Temple Israel, he and Rabbi Murray Ezring have shared the pulpit for hundreds of life cycle events and thousands of Shabbat and holiday services. Rabbi Ezring remarked, “It has been an… Continue reading

No Suits and ties, no cocktail dresses or ball gowns. Just a come as you are, jeans, and comfort-wear type of night. No, this is not your everyday fundraising gala. It is Greater Charlotte’s Live Laugh Give Comedy Night, to benefit Jewish Family Services. The event is being held on Sunday, June 3 at Temple Beth El, and features Gary Gulman, one of only a handful of comics to perform on every single late-night TV talk show.

Live Laugh Give Comedy Night is being touted as a night of food, fun and philanthropy. It benefits Jewish Family Services, an organization dedicated to helping everybody, especially those who need a helping hand with mental health challenges and food sufficiency. An organization that outreaches to seniors and Holocaust Survivors, and provides educational forums, workshops, and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for everyone in the community.

So, why a Comedy Night… Continue reading