Rabbi Dr. Barbara Thiede
Whether she’s leading a joyous service, facilitating a Torah discussion, or planning a class on tying tzitizit, Rabbi Thiede delights in demonstrating the rich beauty of Jewish culture, tradition, and heritage. “It’s not about what you know,” she says, “it’s about what you want to know.”
In addition to serving as Temple Or Olam’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Thiede also teaches for UNC-Charlotte’s Department of Religious Studies. Her courses include explorations of the roles of various West Semitic goddesses in very ancient cultures (from about 4,000 years ago) to the study of Jewish women in more modern periods (the last 2,000 years). She also teaches Hebrew Bible, Judaism, the history of European anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust. She was UNC-Charlotte’s Hillel Director from 2007-2009 and currently serves as the advisor for UNCC’s Interfaith Alliance. She regularly delivers lectures on Jewish history, culture, and religion for area colleges, religious, and secular institutions. She blogs at adrenalinedrash.com.
Rabbi Thiede was ordained as a mashpiah (spiritual director) in January 2012 through ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal.