About Rabbi Judith Schindler

Rabbi Judy 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 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. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati.

Rabbi Schindler, co-chairs Restorative Justice CLT, a new organization that seeks to enact transparent, accountable, and sustainable projects to redress the history of discriminatory practices and policies in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, is a member of the Israel + Reform Zionism Committee (formerly ARZA), and the Israel Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. She is past co-President of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, former Trustee of the Reform Pension Board, served on the Board of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing, and as co-chair of the Clergy Council of MeckMin (Charlotte’s interfaith organization).

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. She co-authored Recharging Judaism: How Civic Engagement is Good for Synagogues, Jews, and America (CCAR Press, 2018) which focuses on recharging congregations through civic engagement and moving the religious community from volunteerism to advocacy. Recharging Judaism was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice. Rabbi Schindler was a consulting editor for Deepening the Dialogue: Jewish-Americans and Israelis Envisioning the Jewish-Democratic State (published in both English and Hebrew) and is currently leading the initiative to move the concept from book to project in order to strengthen partnerships between progressive Jewish Americans and Israelis.  She was a 2017-2018 contributing columnist for the Charlotte Observer and delivered a TEDxCharlotte talk in 2018 entitled “Mastering the Art of Loving your Neighbor.”

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 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.


Florence Crittenton Services’ (FCS) Lucille Giles Award, 2018
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



Deepening the Dialogue: Jewish-Americans and Israelis Envisioning the Jewish-Democratic State, Edited by Rabbi Stanley Davids and Rabbi John Rosove, Consulting Editors, Rabbi Judith Schindler and Rabbi Noa Sattath (New York: CCAR Press 2020) Published in Hebrew and in English.

Recharging Judaism: How Civic Engagement is Good for Synagogues, Jews, and America by Rabbi Judith Schindler and Judy Seldin-Cohen (New York: CCAR Press, 2018).

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).


“Cancel Culture, Billy Graham, and the Jews: Weighing Nearly Forty-Five Years of a Historical Record,” CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly (Fall 2021) – Pending Publication. 

“Parashat Eikev: Atoning for Our Broken Covenants: Righting America’s Racial Wrongs,” Social Justice Torah Commentary (New York: CCAR Press, 2021) – Pending Publication

“#JewishWomenToo: Rape and Sexual Harassment in the Bible,” co-authored with Micah Streiffer, CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly (Winter 2020).

“What Makes a Good Jew? For Many, It’s Tikkun Olam,” co-authored with Judy Seldin-Cohen, Hadassah Magazine (September 2019).

“Why Young Jews are Choosing Social Justice Over Religious Ritual,” co-authored with Judy Seldin-Cohen, Kolot: Living Jewish Values on a Daily Basis, Volume IV, (Phoenix, AZ: Valley Beit Midrash, 2019).

“An Unsung Hero of Black–Jewish Relations: Lessons Learned from Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum in Deepening Understanding and Relationships Across the Divide,” CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly Symposium on Politics and the Rabbinate (Summer 2019).

“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 Survivors, edited by Menachem Rosensaft (Woodstock, Vermont: Jewish Lights Press, 2014).

“On Our Humanity” in Lights in the Forest: Rabbis Respond to Twelve Essential Jewish Questions, edited by Rabbi Paul Citrin, (New York:  CCAR Press, 2014).

“The Journey to Judaism: Choosing Judaism, Choosing Mitzvot,” Mishkan Moed: A Guide to the Jewish Seasons (New York: CCAR Press, 2013).

“Be Present,”Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens (Woodstock, Vermont: Jewish Lights Press, 2012).

“Ethical Wills,” The American Rabbi (Fall 2010, Volume 2).

“Contemporary Reflection,” The Torah:  A Women’s Commentary by Dr. Tamara Eskanazi and Rabbi Andrea Weiss (New York: URJ Press, 2008).

“When One Door of Life Closes, Another One Opens: A Baccalaureate Address,” The American Rabbi (Spring 2006).

“Don’t ‘Show Me The Money’: The Rewards for Mitzvot,” Living Torah (New York: URJ press, 2005).

Essay in Rabbis: The Many Faces of Judaism by George Kalinsky (New York: Universe Publishing, 2002).

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