Rabbi Judith Schindler

Event Details

Title: “On Being a Jew in South”
Date: Nov 13, 2012 
Time: 7:00 PM
Description: Southern Jews live in a different environment than Northern Jews. In the North, there are large self-contained communities in which Jews maintain a cultural identity, and in some localized communities they are even a majority. In the South, it is a different climate for Jews. Their communities are primarily Christian, and Jews always are in a minority here. In this changed context, what does it mean to be a Jew in the South?
Location: Leonard Auditorium


Rabbi Judith Schindler received her bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Tufts University, her master’s from the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in New York in 1995. She has done additional coursework at York University in England, Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the Jerusalem campus of the Hebrew Union College.

Schindler is past co-chair and a current member of the Clergy Advisory Board of Mecklenburg Ministries, an interfaith organization that promotes racial and ethnic understanding and addresses social needs of Charlotte. She is on the Interfaith Advisory Council of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and on the board of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing. She serves on the President’s Rabbinic Council of the Hebrew Union College and is chair of the Clergy Advisory Board of Camp Coleman, the Reform movement’s regional summer camp.

She also is a past co-chair of the Women's Rabbinic Network, a national organization of Women Reform Rabbis, and founding co-chair for the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health.

Schindler envisioned and led the creation of “Souls of Our Students,” an award-winning documentary on diversity that is being used in businesses, congregations and schools throughout Charlotte and at independent schools across the country. She helped to create “Souls of Our Teachers,” an award-winning documentary on urban education with the goal of inspiring the community to advocate for and support public education in Charlotte and beyond. Her newest project, titled “Souls of our Neighbors: Fears and Facts on Affordable Housing,” uses film to help educate the Charlotte community on the value of creating affordable housing with supportive services in a diversity of locations around our city. All three documentaries received Telley Awards.

Schindler was named Charlotte Woman of the Year in 2011. She was named Charlotte Jewish Woman of Strength in 2004, was a recipient of the 2008 Humanitarian Award from the Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice, the 2008 Mecklenburg Ministries Interfaith Clergy Award the 2008 Charlotte Business Guild Don King Community Service “Bridge Builder” Award, and was selected as one of Charlotte’s USA 20: Celebrating Dynamic Women in 2010. She is the only woman in Charlotte leading a congregation of more than 1,000 families, and is one of a small group of women rabbis in the United States country leading synagogues of that same size.