About Rabbi Judy Schindler…

Judy Schindler is a rabbi, wife, mom, professor, activist, and author.

Rabbi Judy is an innovator… leading the creation of three Telly award-winning social justice documentaries addressing diversity in schools, urban education and affordable housing. In recognition for her pushing boundaries, she was named Charlotte Woman of the Year in 2011 along with many other awards.

She is a professor… teaching courses on diversity and identity in the Hebrew Bible, the Holocaust, and on social justice as the Sklut Professor of Jewish Studies at Queens University of Charlotte.

Rabbi Judy is an activist… directing the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens, where she inspires advocacy and enables work for justice both on the Queens campus and in the greater Charlotte community.

She is a faith leader… In 2016, she was named Rabbi Emerita of Temple Beth El in Charlotte (the largest synagogue in the Carolinas) after serving as Senior Rabbi from 2003-2016 and as Associate Rabbi from 1998-2003. For nearly two decades, she has been engaged in interfaith work helping with the leadership of Meck Min and the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice.

She is a writer… having contributed chapters and articles to nearly a dozen books and recently co-authoring a book on recharging congregations through civic engagement and moving the religious community from volunteerism to advocacy. She was a 2017-2018 contributing columnist to the Charlotte Observer.

Rabbi Judy is a student who loves to learn. She is enrolled in the Doctor of Hebrew Letters program at the Hebrew Union College where she received her master’s in 1993 and was ordained in 1995.

Judy is a wife and a mom… who loves watching her two teenage sons play sports and traveling with her husband, Chip, to whom she has been married for almost 20 years.


Learn more about Judy’s Talk…

Title: Mastering the Art of Loving Your Neighbor
Description: We can build walls with our neighbors – those across tables, neighborhoods, or borders — or we can melt them away by uncovering our common humanity. Mastering the art of loving our neighbor requires vulnerability and breaking through personal barriers. It requires understanding our neighbor’s pain and advocating to keep them physically and psychologically safe.
What do you want people to learn from your talk? Loving your neighbor requires action and advocacy.
What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? I hope viewers will use their voices in small and large ways to help those who are vulnerable locally and globally.


Learn more about Judy…

Where is your hometown? Westport, Connecticut
What are your hobbies? Yoga, traveling and writing
What are you passionate about? Justice, equity, family, and faith
What is the best compliment you’ve received? I inherited my speaking abilities from my father. He was a great orator.
What do you want to be remembered for? For being tireless and fearless when it comes to lifting others’ lives.
How do you push the boundaries? From officiating at same-sex unions twelve years before it was NC law, to bringing an exhibit of Palestinian and Israeli children’s artwork to ImaginOn, to walking the streets of Uptown Charlotte after the death of Keith Lamont Scott, I have never hesitated to act on my beliefs in equality, address tough issues head-on, and work hard to create greater justice and peace.
What does your happy place look like? Hanging out on the couch with my family at the end of the day or strolling through the Old City of Jerusalem.
What is one thing that you’d like to share that is not commonly known about you? I have a twin brother whose wife was on three seasons of The Real Housewives of New York City.


Thoughts on Charlotte

What part of town do you live in? Cotswold/Eastover
What draws you to Charlotte? It is a small big city where our individual actions can make an immense difference.
Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? More diverse than ever – with a great mix of foods, music, cultures, and most of all leaders.


Our most important question…

What animal will most likely be our future overlords? Honey bees. They serve a societal function pollinating flowers (and making honey). They thrive on diversity and are well-organized pursuing self-interest while supporting community.