President of Temple Solel
Family and Friends
Two wonderful married daughters in South Carolina, their husbands and two grandsons. The majority of our family live in California, British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. I feel very blessed to have such wonderful people in my life who live both near and far – who feel more like family than friends.
Temple Solel President and Israel Committee Chair, Temple Beth El Sustainer (Israel Committee and TriBE member), International Member of Birkat Shalom in Israel, IFOC licensed Jewish Senior Chaplain, AIPAC Congressional Club.
Favorite Jewish Holiday
Yom Kippur, the Holiest day of the year. It is a very special time we set aside for reflection, relationship, and worship to reset our soul and spirit before Adonai. One year my friend and I attended services and even fasted on a cruise! Another year I was able to attend via live-streaming from Charlotte services while in Australia staying with dear friends!
Most Memorable Personal Jewish Milestones
Traveling to Israel multiple times. Taking my parents one year was a very special experience for us together. The following year, after previous study and completion of my ACT Torah Studies Certification, I wrote and led an outdoor Kabballah-style service at Kfar Blum Pastoral Resort in Israel for an Anshei Mitzvah. It meant a great deal to be the point of communication to facilitate the transfer of a Torah from New Castle congregation, Temple Hadar Israel, to Temple Solel in 2016.
Ties to the Jewish Community
It has been an honor to be the leadership liaison to cultivate the Clergy Relationships between URJ Temples Solel in South Carolina and Temple Beth El in Charlotte, NC. Visiting Rabbi Miri Gold on trips to Israel and hosting her in the US is very special. Leading the Israel Committees at both Temples different years and being a member is a passion. Writing grants, engaging in Social Action through volunteerism, interacting with the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte and writing articles for the Charlotte Jewish News is important to communicate the accomplishments of our congregation.
Most Admired Jewish Leader
Rabbi Miri Gold, the first Reform Rabbi recognized by the State of Israel
Interesting Fact about You and Temple Solel
I met our first lay leader, and his wife through their daughter who I worked with in business. We shared a desire to start a South Carolina Synagogue even if we could start meeting in our homes as a Havurah. Soon, others who had the same passion joined together and now five years later there are actually two thriving synagogues in Fort Mill. It is remarkable!
Why have you chosen to devote so much time to Temple Solel?
It is a good question! Devoting time for most non-paid volunteers to lead a congregation, is choosing to do so for the greater good of the Jewish Community. Most of us are very busy professionally, with our families and have serious hobbies! However, as a small group, together we have had a huge opportunity to impact in the communities we live in by helping so many great organizations. Working together, these efforts enrich the lives of those who join in, because volunteering creates experiences and stories we hold in our hearts.
What would you like people to know about Temple Solel?
We are a group of welcoming people who share the same desire to have a comfortable place to enjoy a worshipful experience together with friends who feel more like family. We are very fortunate to have Russ Cobe as our spiritual lay leader.
What are your goals as President?
My goal is to welcome more couples, families and singles of all ages into our community to build relationships and connect people to each other so they feel a part of something valuable. Attending services, engaging in social action, participating in events and experiencing the relationships that start within committee groups are the ways people have helped form close friendships.