Rabbi Barbara ‘s latest Adrenalinedrash: A Letter to Mizzou

 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.  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.

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!

Rabbi's Blog (updated Nov. 09)

Whispering… With Trees



Every semester I spend at least one class session on a wide range of introductions. I introduce course goals, the syllabus and all its accompanying rules, assigned texts, and, of course, assessment tools. There will be so many exams or papers or quizzes, I explain. So much percentage will be awarded here or there.

Then I tell a story. About Debbie.

It was my very first semester. I was a teaching assistant for a large lecture course. I met with the students each week, went over their assignments, graded their quizzes and essay exams, ran study sessions, and the like. The professor lectured; I did the grunt work.

The campus was dominated by white students, though some foreign nationals attended various graduate programs. One hundred and twenty four of my students that fall were Caucasian. One was black: Debbie.

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