Social Justice & Action

"We are not required to complete the work of repairing the world,
but neither are we free to desist from it."
                                                                       - Pirkei Avot               

Mission Statement
The mission of the Social Justice and Action Committee is to inspire our Temple Beth El congregants to assist those in need, to fight for social justice by providing volunteer opportunities and information regarding social concerns of our world, and to foster partnerships, cooperation and collaboration among the various groups of Temple Beth El congregants engaged in acts of tikkun olam.

Vision Statement
Our vision is to be a congregation where repairing the world is second nature, where young and old alike work side by side to assist our neighbors in need, and where social justice and action are integrated into allaspects of Temple life. Congregants will have opportunities to participate in diverse social justice programs through various committees and the religious school. Temple Beth El will be known within the Charlotte community and the Jewish community at large, as a powerful force for fostering social action and fighting for social justice.

For more information, visit the Get Involved link.

2013-2014 co-chairs: Shannon Alpert and Lisa Moreland

2013 Social Justice and Action Year in Review

To submit a project or issue proposal, complete the Project/Issue Proposal form.

Room in the Inn 2013-2014

Once again we will be faced with a cold winter. As we have done for the last 17 years, Temple Beth El, Temple Israel and the Jewish Community Center will be hosting homeless “neighbors” from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. To find out how to get involved in Room in the Inn, click here or contact Herm Ziegler at or Larry Leibman at

Shalom Park Freedom School is looking for books
Shalom Park Freedom School has a new home for your gently worn books!  If your New Year’s Resolution is to discard some gently used children’s or adult books to make room on your bookshelves for some new books, please consider donating these books to Shalom Park Freedom School.  Each summer we send books home with our 50 summer scholars from Sterling Elementary and Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School to help grow their home libraries, and this coming summer we will also send adult books home with their parents at three parent evenings.  Please bring your books in bags or boxes to Levine Sklut Judaic Library with a note on them that they are for Shalom Park Freedom School. (Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are in high demand, and we would also love any children’s books featuring people of color.)  Any questions?  Please contact Debby Block, Librarian and Assistant Director of Levine Sklut Judaic Library and Resource Center, at

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Donating an Old Cell Phone Can Save a Life

Our Temple, in conjunction with Shalom Bayit and Safe Alliance’s Victim Assistance Program, is collecting cell phones for victims – or potential victims - of domestic violence.  Unwanted cell phones will be reprogrammed to call 911 and used in the event of an emergency. Simply bring the cell phone and battery charger (in a bag or box, if possible) and bring it by the office for collection. For more information check  

Community Clinic Needs Your Help!

Volunteer your time in a non-profit health clinic, and help your neighbors with their medical needs. Temple Beth El is forming a healthcare team to work on the second Tuesday evening of each month for 2.5 hours. We especially need MEDICAL PROVIDERS, NURSES, AND SPANISH/ENGLISH INTERPRETERS.

Jill Lipson (TBE Member/CCHC Employee)       Susan Abroms (TBE Member/CCHC Volunteer
c.704-936-9808                                        h. 704-449-4795                     


Save The Date
Mitzvah Day 2014 will be on Sunday, May 18th.
Proposals for new projects are currently being accepted.
Please contact Lisa Moreland at

Sterling Elementary Partnership
Volunteers Needed for School Year 2013-2014

There are many needs at Sterling Elementary. First and foremost are classroom volunteers. Sterling's Principal has asked our congregation to consider volunteering, if only once a week for a few hours at Sterling. Our goal is to connect each teacher with a classroom volunteer. Linda Hindel will be making the volunteer matches and would be happy to discuss these opportunities with anyone who might be interested. Email Linda Hindel at, or call 704-543-9190.

Donate Supplies
Please donate hand sanitizer, band aids, lysol wipes, tissues, and all sizes of zip Lock bags. Items can be dropped off in the Sterling Elementary barrel in the Temple lobby. Thank you!

Have you ever wondered how Temple Beth El got involved with Affordable Housing?  Learn about our journey of the past and our vision for the future in a conversation with Judy Seldin-Cohen, past Co-Chair of our Social Justice and Action Committee and our leading Temple Beth El voice on this issue. Read "Conversations with Judy Seldin-Cohen" HERE  For more information, contact Judy Seldin-Cohen at


35th annual CROP Hunger Walk in Charlotte 2013

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Beth El Reaches Out to Sterling Elementary
Faith communities partner with needy students
Charlotte Observer
May 26, 2010

Mitzvah Day Devoted to Social Justice, Service
Charlotte Observer
May 5, 2010

Temple Beth El Approves Resolution on Affordable Housing
April 6, 2010