You are Invtied to a Special Event with Rabbi Miri Gold  WED 3/14 at 7 PM - Blooming Einsteins located at 2752 Pleasant Rd. #103 Fort Mill SC 29708. For more information call or write 803 619-9707 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This free event is open to both Jewish and interfaith friends and community members who would like to hear this dynamic Rabbi visiting from Israel coming to give us updates on the growth and acceptance of pluralism. The URJ announced increasing support and so are we through communication and education.
Rabbi Miri Gold was born in Detroit, Michigan, with family roots in Belarous. She graduated from the University of Michigan, cum laude in 1971, with a degree in Philosophy. She made aliyah to Kibbutz Gezer, located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, in 1977. In 1980 she and her husband went to the FSU to solidify contacts with refuseniks out of their belief in Jewish Peoplehood.
 
In March, 1999 became the third Reform woman rabbi to be ordained in Israel through Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem campus. She has served Kehilat Birkat Shalom since its founding in 1997.
 
Miri petitioned the Israel Supreme Court in 2005 demanding recognition as the rabbi of Gezer. In 2012, the Israel Attorney General decided that rabbis of non-Orthodox rural communities are entitled to salaries, setting an historic precedent. Rabbi Gold is the first non-Orthodox rabbi to be recognized by the State of Israel.
 
Rabbi Gold is a member of:
The CCAR
The WRN ( Women's Rabbinic Network)
MARAM
Rabbis for Human Rights
 
 

 Shelley Pawlyk

Shelley Pawlyk

President of Temple Solel

July 25, 2017

 

Profession

Vice President, Mainframe Storage (DASD and REPL) Manager at Wells Fargo

Family and Friends

My oldest daughter is a manager in Charlotte, NC and youngest daughter is a Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow in Houston, TX.  She and her husband had my first grandchild!  My parents are in California and the majority of our family live in 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.

Jewish Affiliations

Temple Solel President & Israel Committee Chair, Temple Bethel Sustainer, International Member of Birkat Shalom in Israel, IFOC licensed Jewish Senior Chaplain, becoming active in AIPAC.

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 seven 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 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, Michael Pleskoff and his wife Carol, through their daughter Amy 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.