Our Rabbi

Welcome Message from Rabbi Eric M. Solomon

“The world rests on three things: Torah, Avodah (Prayer) and Gemilut Hasadim (Acts of Lovingkindness). “ Pirke Avot

If I had to sum up Beth Meyer Synagogue in a word, I would say that we are a family---a hamish (warm), spiritual, socially-conscious, welcoming and growing family. Why would I compare our sacred community to a family? Because Beth Meyer is much more than a physical building or a set of programs and prayer services---we are a community that aims to treat its members as if they were our very own flesh and blood. We are not interested in judging you; we are interested in welcoming you as a fellow seeker. If you are Jewish, partnered to a Jew, or simply interested in exploring Judaism as your spiritual path---we have a place for you here.

And what are our family’s values? There are three, as noted above in this famous statement from the Talmud: Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Hasadim. At Beth Meyer, we study the Torah in an effort to refine our souls and become greater moral human beings. We pray with heartfelt intention and seek ever greater ways to connect with God. We care for each other in times of need and celebrate with each other in times of joy. Lastly, we act to make the world a better place---here in Raleigh, in America, in Israel, and throughout the world.

-L'shalom, Rabbi Eric M. Solomon