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Temple Or Olam’s membership is inclusive and diverse. Some of us are intermarried. Some are not. Some of us grew up in secular households, others in observant ones. Our members bring experience and knowledge to our community that ranges across the Jewish spectrum.

Our community is affiliated with ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal. The Jewish Renewal movement is committed to a holistic Judaism that creates sacred community by valuing the vibrant variety of its members, by infusing our spiritual and ethical practice with depth and meaning, and by fulfilling responsibilities to tikkun olam, healing the world.

We stand for inclusiveness. We support the full participation and empowerment of everyone in religious expression and in human and community relations, regardless of denominational background, financial means, age, or sexual orientation. We encourage heartfelt, easy access to all things Jewish.

Temple Or Olam seeks to strengthen Jewish community and help secure its continuity for future generations. Our ethics define our behavior; our members help sustain each other. Numbers and size do not define our congregation.  Heartfelt and joyous commitment does.

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Temple Or Olam is a fully egalitarian, Jewish Renewal congregation.  We are fans of great music, Shabbat services with soul, and tikkun olam.  We are affiliated with ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal.  Rabbi Dr. Barbara Thiede leads our services with boundless (and infectious) enthusiasm.

Singles, couples and families – Jewish and interfaith alike – are part of our community.  Temple Or Olam welcomes all persons equally, no matter their age, gender, race, life status, beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Temple Or Olam’s members hail from Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Davidson, Huntersville, Mooreseville, Statesville, and Charlotte.  We meet in Charlotte’s University City area at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church.

Our membership is inclusive and diverse. Some of us are intermarried. Some are not. Some of us grew up in secular households, others in observant ones.  Wherever we came from, and whatever we bring, we know what we want: a lively, joyous, and spiritually open community.

Check out our blog.  It contains a list of upcoming events and services, past shmoozeletters, and occasional words from the rabbi.

If you would like information on our congregation, services, or religious school feel free to request it via our handy contact page, where you can also subscribe to our mailing list.

We hope to see you soon!


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Rabbi Barbara’s latest blog post:

 

dancing_figuresI know it didn’t happen that way. It may not have happened at all.

Instead of a grand Exodus, there may have been a release of Semitic slaves from Egypt – that, after all, is attested in Egyptian annals. Or a small group of slaves may have escaped the horrors of forced labor.

We have no proof that Moses existed, that any larg(ish) number of Israelites won their freedom or made their way through the wilderness. There is no archeological record to prove that a mass number of people trekked through the landscape between Egypt and Canaan.

Neither is there any historical corroboration for the actual existence of Joseph. Or Abraham, Isaac, and the rest of our patriarchs and matriarchs.

These stories are literature. They are myth. They are folktales. Though they are certainly attached to the experience and time of their composition, they are not history.
This fact has never prevented them from telling us truths.

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