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What’s New at TOO – Another Mother of All Hanukkah Parties on December 20…

Our Hanukkah celebration is fast approaching. We’ll be partying down with Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church in Charlotte for an afternoon and evening of revelry.  We’ll begin with Israeli dancing and continue with prayers, song, a Chassidic story, a gift exchange with Piedmont UU, a fantastic Hanukkah dinner and a comedy hour to top everything off!

  • 3:30-5:00 Israeli dancing with Penny
    5:00-5:30 Short service and storytelling; gift exchange with Piedmont and lighting of candles
    5:30-7:00 Great food and lotsa latkes…
    7:00-?   Jokes, comedy routines, skits, talent, etc.


If this is your first time visiting...

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:

Little ShulamitShe is one of the best gifts I have ever gotten. Naturally, she came home and immediately found herself a space on my desk, just to the side of the computer screen.

She was given to me by two of my congregants after Yom Kippur ended.

“She looks just like you!” he said.

“We couldn’t resist,” she added.

Indeed, the first thing I noticed about Little Shulamit (besides the Torah scroll she held in her arms) was the fact that she was clearly either smiling a really huge grin or singing her heart out.

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