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Rabbi Barbara ‘s latest Adrenalinedrash: Silence, and the Wor(l)ds that Emerge

High Holy Days

In Genesis, we read of two trees: The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad, and the Tree of Life. In Proverbs we read that our Torah is “a tree of life to all who grasp it, and whoever holds on to it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all it paths are peace” (Proverbs 3:17-18). Torah is our source of wisdom and understanding, a source of life itself.

This year at Temple Or Olam’s High Holy Days, we will explore ways in which we can dedicate ourselves to planting and nourishing wisdom and life in ourselves, in our community, and in our world. If we were blessed with a single tree of life and wisdom, what kind of revelation could we expect to receive? What kind of spiritual fruit could it bear for us and for our congregation?  more…

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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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.  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

Silence, and the Wor(l)ds that Emerge

 

View of Jordan

In just weeks, the scroll will be rolled to the last column. We will turn the last page in the Chumash. The cycle will end and this year, too, will die.

Moses ascends Pisgah and looks into the future. I have let you see the land, YHVH tells his prophet. But, YHVH adds: v’shama lo ta’avor – you shall not cross over there. Consider: These are God’s last words to Moses.

Should we be silent? Moses is.

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