Rabbi Barbara ‘s latest Adrenalinedrash: A Text of Terror, a Torah of Hope
Who We Are…
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.
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A Text of Terror, a Torah of Hope
I was the one who honored and loved her, YHVH says. I gave her everything and she betrayed me. And now? Now, I will take back my grain and my wine. I will lay waste to her vines and her fig leaves. I will snatch away my wool and my linen and she will go naked. I will expose her before her lovers; I will end her rejoicings. Her festivals and new moons and Sabbaths – they will all cease.
Then YHVH suddenly, shockingly, begins to speak like the kindest of lovers.