Donate Today to the 2020 Annual Campaign

The Greater Charlotte Jewish community has a strong culture of philanthropy and as the 2020 Annual Campaign continues, it is a time to think about Rabbi Hillel’s famous quote, “If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?” The time is now to think of our collective identities as Jewish people and our need to support each other. These last few months have seen an incredible outpouring of support for our Jewish community. Thanks to many of you, we have been able to sustain our beneficiary agencies through the challenges they are facing. However, there is more work to be done as the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign continues on the Road to $5 Million.

As our community begins to reopen, we will be looking to you to provide the support our community needs as the recovery process ensues.… Continue reading

From Long Island via Louisville, Rabbi Michael Wolk Will Come to Charlotte in July

By Amy Krakovitz


Michael Wolk recognizes the uniqueness of Shalom Park. As the new senior pulpit rabbi at Temple Israel, he is looking forward to working in a community that is already accustomed to working together. “There’s a great deal of value for a smaller community to recognize that our way of being Jewish is not the only way, and that we have so much in common with other Jews.”

Born and raised in Plainview, NY, he grew up in a household where his father was the Cantor of the local Conservative shul. “My Jewish upbringing was very intense,” he admits. “We were Shomer Kashrut and Shomer Shabbes. I attended a Jewish day school till I graduated high school and I spent many years visiting relatives in Israel.”

After receiving dual Bachelor’s degrees from Columbia… Continue reading

By Rabbi Judy Schindler

We wash our hands for protection,

in preparation, in prayer …

for ourselves and our health,

for our families and those we love,

for the wellness of those providing

healthcare services and other essential

needs, for the world and its wellbeing.

God, source of life, grant a complete healing

(r’fuah shleimah) to all.