Rabbi Barbara ‘s latest Adrenalinedrash: Hope (in Humanity) in the Book of Ruth
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. Formal services are held in the main building of McGill Baptist Church in Concord NC (5300 Poplar Tent Rd.).
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.
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Rabbi's Blog (updated June 10)
Hope (and Humanity) in the Book of Ruth
A family has been decimated. Father and sons have died, leaving only their widows behind. Naomi, the matriarch, cries out in her grief and rage. She comments sardonically: she is far too old to bear and raise children for her adult daughters-in-law to marry. She has no more sons in her body. The obvious solution is impossible. She cannot imagine another. Cut off from any foreseeable future, without children or grandchildren, Naomi is, on some level, dying. God, she says, has stricken her; there is nothing more to hope for.
But the Holy One knows what we must learn again and again: Human beings are responsible for creating the perfect world on this earth, not God.