Rabbi Judith Schindler
Photo By Robert Klein
Rabbi Judith Schindler came to Temple Beth El as an Associate Rabbi in 1998 and was named Senior Rabbi in 2003. Prior to coming to Charlotte, she was an Associate Rabbi at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University in 1988 (magna cum laude), her Master's from the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles in 1993, and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in New York in 1995. Rabbi Schindler has done additional coursework at York University in England, Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the Jerusalem campus of the Hebrew Union College.
Rabbi Schindler is past Co-Chair and a current member of the Clergy Advisory Board of Mecklenburg Ministries, an interfaith organization that promotes racial and ethnic understanding and addresses social needs of Charlotte. She is on the Interfaith Advisory Council of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. She serves on the President's Rabbinic Council of the Hebrew Union College and on the Clergy Advisory Board of Camp Coleman, the Reform movement's regional summer camp. Rabbi Schindler is a past Co-Chair of the Women's Rabbinic Network, which is a national organization of Women Reform Rabbis and founding Co-Chair for the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health. She served on the Board of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing.
Rabbi Schindler envisioned and led the creation of "Souls of Our Students," an award winning documentary on diversity that is being used in businesses, congregations and schools throughout Charlotte and at independent schools across the country. She helped to create "Souls of Our Teachers," an award winning documentary on urban education with the goal of inspiring the community to advocate for and support public education in Charlotte and beyond. To complete the trilogy, she envisioned, "Souls of our Neighbors: Fears and Facts On Affordable Housing," which uses film to help educate the Charlotte community on the value of creating affordable housing with supportive services in a diversity of locations around our city. All three documentaries received Telley Awards.
Rabbi Schindler was named Charlotte Woman of the Year in 2011. She was named Charlotte Jewish Woman of Strength in 2004, was a recipient of the 2008 Humanitarian Award from the Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice, the 2008 Mecklenburg Ministries Interfaith Clergy Award the 2008 Charlotte Business Guild Don King Community Service "Bridge Builder" Award, was selected as one of Charlotte's USA 20: Celebrating Dynamic Women in 2010, and was named a General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina Women of Achievement in 2014. Rabbi Schindler is currently the only woman in Charlotte leading a congregation of more than a thousand families, and is one of a small group of women rabbis in our country leading synagogues of that same size.
Rabbi Schindler is married to Chip Wallach, who works for Bank of America and is responsible for bringing her to Charlotte. They have two sons, Maxwell and Alec. She is the daughter of the late Rabbi Alexander Schindler who was president of the Union for Reform Judaism from 1973-1995.
"The Journey to Judaism: Choosing Judaism, Choosing Mitzvot”
Mishkan Moed: A Guide to the Jewish Seasons (New York: CCAR Press, 2013)
“Be Present,” Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens
(Woodstock, Vermont: Jewish Lights, 2012)
"Ethical Wills" The American Rabbi (Fall 2010, Volume 2).
"When One Door of Life Closes, Another One Opens: A Baccalaureate Address," The American Rabbi (Spring 2006).
"Don't 'Show Me The Money': The Rewards for Mitzvot" Living Torah (New York: URJ press, 2005).
Essay in Rabbis: The Many Faces of Judaism by George Kalinsky (New York: Universe Publishing, 2002).
Rabbi Judith Schindler