About Rabbi Judith Schindler

Rabbi Judith Schindler is the Sklut Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte. She was named Rabbi Emerita of Temple Beth El in Charlotte, North Carolina after serving as Senior Rabbi from 2003-2016 and as Associate Rabbi from 1998-2003. Prior to coming to Charlotte, she was an Associate Rabbi at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York. She is a contributing editor for the Charlotte Observer.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University in 1988 (magna cum laude), her Master’s from the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles in 1993, and her rabbinic ordination at the Hebrew Union College in New York in 1995.

Rabbi Schindler serves on the Executive Committee of the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, is co-chair of the Clergy Council of MeckMin (Charlotte’s interfaith organization), is co-chair of the Rabbinic Council of the Association of Reform Zionists of America and is a Trustee of the Reform Pension Board. She is past Co-Chair of the Women’s Rabbinic Network and served on the Board of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing.

On behalf of Temple Beth El, Rabbi Schindler envisioned and led the creation of four social justice documentaries being utilized across the country. “Souls of Our Students: Appreciating Differences” and “Souls of our Students: A Transgender Focus” address diversity in schools. “Souls of Our Teachers” addresses urban education and “Souls of our Neighbors” explores the value of creating affordable housing. Three of the documentaries earned Telly Awards. Rabbi Schindler has contributed chapters and articles to more than ten books and is currently researching and co-authoring a book on recharging congregations through civic engagement and moving the religious community from volunteerism to advocacy which is expected for publication in December 2017 by the CCAR Press.

Among the many awards she has received, Rabbi Schindler was named Charlotte Woman of the Year in 2011. She received the 2008 Humanitarian Award from the Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice, the 2008 Mecklenburg Ministries Interfaith Clergy Award, was selected as one of Charlotte’s USA 20: Celebrating Dynamic Women in 2010, and was recently named the 2017 Outstanding Champion of Diversity by the Association of Fundraising Professionals NC Charlotte Chapter.

Rabbi Schindler is married to Chip Wallach, who works for Bank of America. They have two sons, Maxwell and Alec. She is the daughter of the late Rabbi Alexander Schindler who was president of the Union for Reform Judaism 1973-1995.


Association of Fundraising Professionals NC Charlotte Chapter Outstanding Champion of Diversity, 2017
General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina Women of Achievement, 2014
Charlotte Woman of the Year, 2011
Charlotte’s USA 20: Celebrating Dynamic Women, 2010
Charlotte Business Guild Don King Community Service “Bridge Builder” Award, 2008
Mecklenburg Ministries Interfaith Clergy Award, 2008
Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice Humanitarian Award 2008
Charlotte Jewish Woman of Strength. 2004


A Book of Chai: A Book of Life – A Collection of Rabbi Judith Schindler’s Sermons by Rabbi Judith Schindler (Charlotte, North Carolina: Temple Beth El, 2016).
“Weaving Webs of Sacred Connection: Women Rabbis and Congregational Culture” written with Cantor Mary Thomas in The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate, edited by Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr and Rabbi Alysa Mendelson Graf (New York: CCAR Press, 2016).
Essay in God, Faith, and Identity in the Ashes: Perspectives of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust


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