For a calendar of Beth El events, see our Events Page

For a more complete community calendar, see the
Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation's Calendar

quick links:

Dear Beth El community,

Some of you know me personally, others know my husband Marc Moskovitz and/or our children Eve, Alyra, Leila and Adin, but for those of you who do not, I am a member of Beth El (since moving here from Boston in 2009) and I am asking for your support in a personal endeavor of mine and hope that you will be willing to help me out. After being on the waiting list since January, I found out at the end of May that I have an incredible opportunity to hike for 4 days over more than 50 miles of spectacular trails in Glacier National Park later this summer. I will join approximately 25 people for the inaugural Climate Hike, being organized by Climate Ride, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising awareness about climate issues, sustainability, and green solutions for transportation. The funds I raise will also be donated to the environmental group of my choosing – and I have chosen the National Parks Conservation Association as the beneficiary of my fundraising efforts and sponsored hike.

I am half-way to my goal, but am committed to raising the remaining funds by August 17. Would you please consider donating to help me achieve my goal of $2800 as I hike Glacier National Park to raise money for NPCA? - a worthy cause for everyone who loves our National Parks and who loves being outdoors. But I need your help to reach my goal – so please say YES and donate $25, $40, $50, $100, whatever you can! Any amount is appreciated!

You can use this link to donate to my site:
Just click on "donate" at the top, and put in my team name - barcarma - and it will take you to my page.
This link will also provide a snail-mail address, if you prefer to donate without using an electronic donation.

Thank you for your consideration,
Barb Carter


Member's Photography Exhibit
August-October, 2014
Artist's Reception: August 8

Henry Greene, Beth El member and founding president of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of NC (producer of the Down Home project) is also, along with his wife, Marilyn, a world traveler, having visited over 45 countries to date. An avid photographer, he dreamed of working for National Geographic as a child. Saladelia Cafe has finally convinced him to display some of his travel photos, many of faces, that depict both the diversity and commonalities among us all. The exhibit will be on display from August 1- October 31, with an opening reception on Friday, August 8 from 6-8 pm.

Saladelia Cafe is located at 4201 University Drive in Durham



Maccabi USA is seeking Jewish athletes and volunteer staff
Maccabi USA is seeking Jewish athletes and volunteer staff to represent the USA at the European Maccabi Games in Berlin, Germany, July 2015, and at the Pan American Maccabi Games in Santiago, Chile, December 2015. Applications will be available online at, beginning August 15th, 2014.

Maccabi USA is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that strives to Build Jewish Pride through Sports. For more information, email or visit us online.


Author Event
for Award-Winning Holocaust Novel, The Kiss
Wednesday evening, Aug. 13

Scott E. Blumenthal, an author of Jewish books, including The Great Israel Scavenger Hunt and A Kid’s Mensch’s Handbook. His debut novel The Kiss recently received the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal for historical fiction, and he's doing a series of readings around the Triangle, sharing his decade-long journey of reconstructing the book's setting through interviews with its few survivors.

The book—which is set in Rovno, Poland during the Holocaust—is about three extraordinary Jewish musicians who are forced to play during a massacre of their city. It's beautifully written and highly engaging, and it's a wonderful novel for anyone with an interest in Jewish history and/or the Holocaust.

Event Details:
Where: The Barnes & Nobel in Durham at New Hope Commons
When: Wednesday, August 13 at 7PM
The event is completely free and open to the public.

To find out more about Scott and The Kiss:


Jewish Meditation at the Levin JCC
1st & 3rd Sundays 10:45am-12:00pm
no charge

Peer-led meditation group. Always open to new participants. Meets the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. For more information, contact Miriam Brodersen at

Charlotte and Dick Levin JCC,
1937 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC, 27705,
Phone: 919-354-4936



Help Wanted:

Greensboro Jewish Family Services seeks a part-time Volunteer Coordinator:

Summer Job Opportunities at a Jewish Sports Camp:

Beth Meyer Synagogue is currently seeking a new Preschool Director:

Beth Meyer Preschool, a leading Jewish preschool in Raleigh, North Carolina, seeks a dedicated and skilled Director who is highly organized, self-motivated, and committed to helping maintain our high standards of early childhood education. We serve children from 18 months to six years of age with part-day and full-day programs.

We are looking for a strong leader for staff and parents, who will be a primary educator of the youngest members of our community. With a background and understanding in Jewish values, culture and history, the Director will be a guide for families and teachers. The Director will have full responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the preschool program.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Steven Dmiszewicki – Preschool Search Committee Chair at 504 Newton Road, Raleigh, NC 27615 or via email at

Full-time Elder Care sought: Ms. Mania Drimer is wheelchair bound and seeking a live-in care provider.  She lives in Heritage Pines just outside of Chapel Hill.  If  interested,  please call her directly at 919-468-6086.

Lerner School seeks a part-time bus driver

The Lerner School is looking to hire a part-time bus driver for the 2014-2015 academic year for their route back and forth from North Raleigh. Hours of operation are from 6:45 – 8am & 2:45-4pm, Monday through Friday during the school year. The driver must be patient and good with children, reliable and punctual, and pass a background and driving record check. Please apply with resume and references to

Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Durham-Chapel Hill is hiring two part time positions. JFS empowers individuals, strengthens families and protects the vulnerable by providing counseling, programming and services for individuals in the greater Durham-Chapel Hill area.

JFS Job Description #1

JFS Social Worker: 20 hour per week position: Jewish Family Services of Durham-Chapel Hill
• Provide therapy services to individuals, couples, and families, including group session and crisis intervention as needed.
• Provide case management services, including information and referral, to individuals, couples, and families.
• Maintain food pantry and distribute food to those in the community in need.
• Facilitate support groups, which may include but are not limited to, caregiver support groups, Early-stage Alzheimer's support group for caregivers and those with the diagnosis.
• Oversee and facilitate multiple program-based support groups to meet the needs of older adults in the community including The Memory Café for those with memory loss issues and their loved ones, Chaverim program-a lunch and speakers series for frail older adults
• Compile adequate and accurate monthly statistic reports of all JFS staff
• Develop and manage education and outreach program, arranging and supervising.
MSW required; LCSW preferred

Please send cover letter and resume to Donna Rabiner, LCSW, Ph.D., Director of Jewish Family Services at

JFS Job Description #2

JFS Program Specialist: 10 hour per week administrative position: This position is designed to:

• Help staff manage a variety of administrative and programming responsibilities
• Serve as a detail-oriented, highly motivated, creative and knowledgeable staff person who can set up and implement programs and manage a variety of spreadsheets and data bases.

College degree necessary.

Please send cover letter and resume to Donna Rabiner, LCSW, Ph.D., Director of Jewish Family Services at




FREE Israel Trips this Winter for College Students and Young Professionals

Are you looking for an unforgettable trip to Israel this winter? On Taglit-Birthright Israel with Israel Experience, you'll spend 10 days witnessing Israel's natural beauty, networking with its innovators, examining its history, debating its politics, living it up in Tel Aviv, and participating in social action projects to leave your positive mark on Israel. We have trips for college students and young professionals. Registration opens on September 10th and lasts for only a few days.
Sign up here for important trip updates:

Please refer any trip related questions the Taglit-Birthright Israel hotline at 888-994-7723.


Jewish Sparks

Jewish Sparks is a local weekly TV program that broadcasts the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies lectures and also other important Jewish material.

Jewish Sparks can be viewed Weekly as follows:

Chapel Hill (CH) - Peoples Channel, Time Warner Cable Channel 8* (channel 4* in Carrboro): Tuesdays 9:00 PM
Durham (DR) - Durham Community Media, Time Warner Cable Channel 18*: Tuesdays 7:30 PM
Raleigh (RTN) - RTN, Cable Channel 10: Wednesdays 7:00 PM and Thursdays 8:00 PM
* Set Top Box is required which can be obtained FREE from Time Warner;
no box necessary with digital TV set: CH is at 97.5, DR at 97.3

Schedule online at: Schedule.htm

Week of July 7
Dr. Mordechai Kedar “Democracy in the Middle East? - Part 1 (CH, DR)
NC Raleigh Holocaust Observance - Part 1 (2014) (RTN)

Week of July 14
Dr. Mordechai Kedar “Democracy in the Middle East? - Part 2 (CH, DR)
NC Raleigh Holocaust Observance - Part 2 (2014) (RTN)

Week of July 21
"From Dachau to Durham": Burial of Ashes in the Durham Hebrew Cemetery (CH, DR)
NC Raleigh Holocaust Observance - Part 2 (2014) (RTN)

Week of July 28
Magnolia Klezmer Band at Southern Village - Part 1 (CH, DR)
"From Dachau to Durham": Burial of Ashes in the Durham Hebrew Cemetery (RTN)

Week of August 4
JCC “ignite series” Kevin McDonald – President of TROSA (CH, DR)
"From Dachau to Durham": Burial of Ashes in the Durham Hebrew Cemetery (RTN)

Program material is also archived on the Jewish Sparks Web Site located at
Questions? Email


World's largest video archive of shoah survivor interviews

Students, faculty and staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University have access to what is thought to be the world's largest visual history due to the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) deploying a 5.5-terabyte digital media cache of testimonies from the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute's Visual History Archive.

The general public may access the archives as well at Duke's Perkins Library, UNC's Davis Library at UNC, and NC State's D.H. Hill Library, where special listening/viewing areas have been set aside.



A Mitzvah Opportunity to help our Jewish Elderly: On the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, Jewish Family Services provides a program and lunch for seniors in our community. This is a wonderful opportunity for our elderly seniors to get together on a regular basis, spending time together chatting over a good lunch. We are looking for small groups of friends, such as a family or two, a Hebrew school class, a B'nei Mitzvah student to consider preparing or sponsoring ($100 donation) a lunch in honor or memory of someone or just for the fun of it, for between 15 - 20 seniors. This is an easy and wonderfully rewarding mitzvah opportunity. For more information please contact Michele Pas at or 493-3175.



University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A Portion of the People: Three Hundred Years of Southern Jewish Life (
It chronicles the story of Jewish settlers in the South and their descendants, from the late 1600's through the 21st century. The site includes portraits, maps, historical documents, ritual books and objects, photos, and oral histories. The accompanying text provides context and explanation. The library's web team, advised by the North Carolina Collection Gallery, programmed the site, which was based on a traveling exhibit developed by the College of Charleston.


The Inter-Faith Council food pantry is in urgent need of non-perishable food: for a complete list of what they need most please visit:

Please help them collect the following items for their pantry shelves.

Ramen Noodles
Can fruit
Macaroni and Cheese
Canned pasta
Can pinto beans
Dry beans (pinto, black and lentil)




Grillers' Pride

In addition to providing timely deliveries, they are donating 5% of their sales to Beth El. For more information, see
Delivery schedule:

Kosher Co-op Delivering to Raleigh: You can Register with the Kosher Co-op at It is free to register and you will be kept informed about ordering deadlines, specials, etc. Additionally there is NO delivery fee. All items are delivered for pick up to Shaarei Israel Synagogue in Raleigh at 7400 Falls of The Neuse Road, 919-847-8986. Kosher. com will donate 5% of sales through Beth El to our Synagogue. Just use this link or give the code TR=99. They ship groceries, wine, kitchenware, gift baskets, Israeli products, fish, beef, lamb, poultry, baked goods, travel meals and more. Phone - 1-866-KOSHER-X (1-866-567-4379) Fax - 1-866-456-8877




The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

For information on CCJS lectures and events go to:
Carolina Center for Jewish Studies Community Events

Lectures are free and open to the public,
no tickets or reservations required.

The full event schedule for 2013-2014 is posted on the NEW web site:

To view the events in a PDF document, visit:



Triangle Seminar for Jewish Studies Lecture Series
At the National Humanities Center in RTP

All sessions meet at the National Humanities Center in RTP
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Series Fee: $20.00 per person, full time students $5.00
Contact: Ronni Marblestone 848-3752
For updates see: or




N.C. Museum of Art Judaic Art Gallery

Visit for details on the Museum and Judaic collection. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free (aside from special ticketed exhibitions). Hours are as follows: Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-5pm; Friday, 10am-9pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Also, information on scheduling tours & Speakers bureau for the NCMA

Speakers Bureau on Judaic Art Gallery: To have a representative from the Museum speak at your organization’s meeting Phone: (919) 664-6846 or email
Adult Group Tours :
Student Group Tours :

NCMA Judaic Art Gallery
North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607-6494

Magnolia Klezmer Band

Sunday, May 11, Combined concert w/ Triangle Jewish Chorale and Magnolia Klezmer, Jewish Community Center, Cornwallis Road, Durham - 3pm

Sunday, June 1, Southern Village on the Green, 7-9pm, Chapel Hill

Sunday, June 8, Weaver St. Market Jazz Brunch, Carrboro - 11am to 1pm


What's New At JFS?

We Need You! Calling all current and potential volunteers –

We need your help and support in providing transportation to older adults who have difficulty getting to doctor’s appointments, running errands, and attending JFS programs. We also need your help in becoming a friendly visitor for persons in the community who could benefit from extra social support each month. In addition, please don’t forget to donate your canned and non-perishable items to the JFS Food Bank! Please contact Jenny Schwartz at 919-354-4923 for more information about these or other volunteer opportunities.

JFS Mitzvah Corps! JFS has received a grant through the Blumenthal Jewish Foundation for Senior Services to start its first Mitzvah Corps - a volunteer program that matches retirement-age adults (55+) with an older adult for volunteer friendly visiting. Training and support will be included! If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jenny Schwartz at 919-354-4923

Bubbes and Zaydes: We are seeking those interested in a pilot project matching families and older adults in our community.  Families will be matched with a “Bubbe” or “Zayde” (grandmother or grandfather) to get together for Shabbat dinner, a walk, a school play, anything you want to do!  We will make matches based on interests and will be available for ideas and support.  If you are an older adult willing to make a 6-month commitment of 2-3 times/month or 2-4 hours/month contact Jenny Schwartz at 919-354-4923

Jewish Family Services - Chaverim

"Chaverim" means "friends" in Hebrew. The Jewish Family Services Chaverim program is an opportunity for older adults to learn, meet new people, and schmooze over a meal . You can make new friends and connect with old ones. Programs scheduled monthly. Contact the Durham-Chapel Hill Federation for information.
Need a Ride to Chaverim? Transportation is provided. Call Ric (919-354-4925) or Lisa (919-354-4923)
by the RSVP date to schedule your ride.
Programs are subject to change. If, on the day of the program you are feeling cold or flu like symptoms, please take care of yourself and your community members by staying home. Thank you.



Memory Café

1st Thursday of each month from 10-12 pm
Come to enjoy a light activity, exercise and socialization with other people.
For individuals with memory issues and their caregivers
RSVP to Donna Rabiner at at JFS
no admission charge

Job & Networking Group
Monthly on Wednesday (dates & topics TBD)
Time: 5:30-7pm
Location: Levin JCC, JFS Meeting Room
Contact: Donna Rabiner at

JFS Women's Group - For women over 60

Interesting discussions and informal socializing - come schmooze with other ladies age 60 and older!

Alternating Fridays (call or e-mail for currently scheuled programs)

Time: 10:00-11:30am

Location: Senior Lounge

Cost: FREE, donation to JFS welcome

Contact: Donna Rabiner at



JFS Men's Group - for men over 60

Interesting discussion and presentations. Come schmooze with other fellows age 60 and older!

Alternating Fridays (call or e-mail for currently scheduled program information)
Some information is also listed here:

Time: 10:00-11:30am

Location: Israel Center, Jewish Community Center, 1397 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27705

Cost: FREE, donation to JFS welcome

Contact: Donna Rabiner at

JFS Men's Group programs listed here:



JFS Clinical Connections
Clinical Connections is a monthly educational program for mental health professionals. Programs provide the opportunity for learning, earning continuing education units (CEU’s) and networking with colleagues. All programs are worth two CEUs and take place at the JCC noon-2 pm.

Check JFS for dates

Time : 12-2pm (bring your own vegetarian or dairy lunch; drinks provided)

Location : Israel Center

Cost : Programs are $30 in advance, $35 cash or check only at the door.

Contact: Donna Rabiner at


Chronic Connections

This is a weekly drop-in emotional support group for social interactions, to exchange practical information, discuss current topics related to chronic illness, and promote better relations with the program community through group sponsored events.

Date : Thursdays

Time : 3:00-6:00pm

Ages : Adult

Contact: Donna Rabiner at

Cost : FREE



Caregiver Support Program
Jewish Family Services (JFS) is recruiting caregivers and individuals who are caring for a loved one who are in need of support or want a safe place to talk about the challenges and rewards of caring for a loved with dementia or a chronic illness.

The fourth Tuesday of each month, from 12-1:30 pm,

JFS licensed clinical social work staff help facilitate a group where people share ideas and strategies for managing their loved one and taking care of themselves. Meetings are confidential and held at the Levin JCC in the JFS Meeting Room.

For more information on this free support group program, please contact Donna Rabiner, JFS Director, at 919-354-4922 or or contact Jennifer Schwartz, JFS Social Worker, at 919-354-4923 or



Early stage Alzheimer's/dementia support group

Presented by Jewish Family Services, Levin JCC & Alzheimer's Association of Eastern NC

Pre-registration is Required
Facilitator Contacts:
Bobbi Matchar @ Duke 919.660.7509
Ally Kane @ Duke Memory Clinic 919.668.2981

Call 919.803.8285 or 1.800.272.3900, or Jenny Schwartz at JFS 919-354-4923
or visit us at
For information about this support group
To find a support group in another area
To learn about other Alzheimer’s Association programs and services
To access our services day or night
To volunteer your time and energy to achieve a world without Alzheimer’s disease

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Early Stage Support Groups are designed to provide
emotional, educational and social support for individuals with a diagnosis and their
support team through regularly scheduled weekly meetings. They provide a confidential forum of understanding after diagnosis and encourage participants to act/advocate on
their own behalf in the early stages as well as to develop methods and skills to
address challenges to come on the road ahead. Facilitators for these groups are licensed, clinical social workers.





For details on Levin JCC events & more, visit - for updates.

Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation

Visit for updates



BRIDGES (Belong, Reach, Imagine, Develop, Grow, Enjoy, Succeed) is a JCC initiative that provides social, recreational, educational and cultural programs and activities for individuals with special needs and their families in a welcoming Jewish setting. Activities are designed to suit a range of interests and abilities. Buddies will be on hand to ENSURE that EACH participant succeeds and has an enjoyable recreational experience.





JACS: Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent, and Significant Others

Are you currently battling compulsive overeating, alcoholism, or another addiction? Do you want a Jewish environment to help with your recovery? JACS is dedicated to: Encouraging and assisting Jewish alcoholics, compulsive overeaters, and chemically dependent people and their families, friends, and associates to explore recovery in a nurturing Jewish environment. JACS is meant to be a supplement to a 12-step group (such as AA, OA, NA, Al-Anon, etc) for Jewish individuals. For more information call 676-2200 x126 and leave a message on the JACS confidential mailbox and a JACS member will return your call.


Triangle Jewish Chorale


"Down Home: The Cantata"

In April & May of 2013, the Triangle Jewish Chorale presented three performances of a newly composed piece, “Down Home: The Cantata”, exploring the Jewish immigrant experience in North Carolina. Jewish Sparks has been very fortunate to be able to record several of the major movements of the Cantata. There is a link to "Down Home - The Cantata" on the main Jewish Sparks webpage - - at the top center of the page.

The premiere of this original composition by composer Alejandro Rutty, Associate Professor at UNCG, and performed by the Triangle Jewish Chorale, soloists and orchestra took place in Goodson Chapel at Duke University. "Down Home: The Cantata" weaves world, folk music and Jewish liturgical melodies with text inspired by oral histories of North Carolina Jews. The score features audio recordings from the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina archives. Singer and choral conductor Lorena Guillen lead the performaces of this new piece, commissioned by Eric Meyers, religion professor and director of the Duke Center for Jewish Studies.

"Down Home: The Cantata" is a musical complement to the Jewish Heritage Fouondation of North Carolina's multimedia project, "Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina," which consists of a book, film, school curriculum, archive, website (, and digital exhibition. The cantata is sponsored by the Bernice and Morton Lerner Endowment in Judaic Studies at Duke.

For more information on the TJC contact Gayla Halbrecht,: or Bernie Most:

Triangle Jewish Chorale Seeks Singers

The Triangle Jewish Chorale (TJC) performs vocal works in concert, for special occasions, and in celebration of community events. If you enjoy singing and wish to reap the psychological and physiological benefits as well as just plain fun of entertaining yourself and others, please consider joining us under the leadership of our talented conductor Lorena Guillén (

* can sing in tune and listen to others at the same time;
* want to sing and perform Jewish music in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino;
* are willing to put in the time to learn their parts; downloadable mp3 files of the parts are provided and fellow chorale members are available to help in the learning process. You may also bring your personal tape recorder to rehearsals. Rehearsals of new pieces include going over each voice part individually;
* are responsible and committed enough to attend rehearsals with great regularity!! Our regular rehearsals take place every Tuesday, 6:55-8:55pm at the Levin Jewish Community Center in Durham.

* You do not have to be able to sight read but rudimentary knowledge of musical notation is required;
* You do not need to be affiliated with any Jewish organization;
* You don't have to be Jewish;
* You do need to set up a low pressure audition with our conductor (see below);
* You do need to enjoy the process of group creation of wonderful performances along with affable, fun-loving, and erudite individuals.

We hold auditions in the fall for each season, however new singers may be welcomed at any time during the year. Contact Bernard Most at or (919) 493-1288 for further general information on membership or to get audition information.

More and possibly redundant info at the following sites: (Triangle Sings website)


Sicha, Hebrew for "conversation," is an organization that promotes the vital ongoing dialogue between classical Jewish texts and modern life. Essays engaging modern and classical texts in conversations can be found on our website:

Sicha Shabbaton in the Mountains 2014 will take place August 7-10. This year’s theme will be “AMEN: The Final Word In Faith.Amen comes from the Hebrew meaning faith. It is the final word of declaration and celebration in Jewish religious language. What does it mean to declare faith? Is faith the same as belief? Do we say amen too freely--or not often enough? High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, during a peaceful weekend of Shabbat rest and mountain beauty, join the conversation with ancient teachings and modern poetry that explore faith and its final word, amen. Register now at

B'nai B'rith Institute of Judaism
AUGUST 11 - 14

at Wildacres in Little Switzerland, NC

Now in its 67th year, the B'nai B'rith Institute of Judaism provides an opportunity for the individual to confront, explore, and clarify questions about Judaism in an individual, national, and global context. Our faculty provides four lectures daily, and there is entertainment each evening. Additional activities include patio discussions with the faculty, religious services, athletic pursuits such as hiking and tennis, enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, or just relaxing.

Online Brochure:
phone: 919.781.4207





Lerner School

Shmooze n'Play
(all ages)

A Jewish Play Group for families of preschoolers and kindergarteners! Schmooze with other parents while your children play on Lerner School’s beautiful playground!
10:30am – 11:30am at the Lerner School in Durham. RSVP at
2014-2015 dates to be ann. soon

Shabbat Together
(ages 18 months - 4 yrs old)

Celebrate Shabbat with songs, movement and homemade challah at the Lerner School!
For parents and their children, ages 18 months – 4 years old.
9am in the Lerner School library most school year Fridays.
Free! RSVP at

Jewish Story Time   
Ages 18 mo - 4 years old.  
Celebrate Jewish holidays with hands-on fun! Join us for stories, crafts and a light snack on the dates listed below at 10:30am (held at various locations.)
Sponsored by the Lerner School. Free! RSVP at
2014-2015 dates TBA


Chapel Hill-Durham Hadassah:

Hadassah Fund Raiser At Chico’s

Chico’s at Eastgate in Chapel Hill has graciously offered to sponsor a fund raising event before regular store hours on Sunday, June 29th, 2014 from 9am to noon. Chico’s will generously donate 10% of your purchase before tax, to Hadassah.

For more information, please contact Karen Betman at 919-533-6464 or

If you are not currently a Hadassah member,
you may join at
We are the Chapel Hill/Durham Chapter.




Libi Eir Mikveh Art Gallery

One of Libi Eir's seven founding principles is Hiddur Mitzvah / Beautifying the Mitzvah. Exhibiting the work of local artists is one of the ways they take this mandate seriously - and joyfully. Exhibits change every three to four months.

Artists: If you'd like to feature your work at Libi Eir, please contact Rabbi Jenny Solomon at

Beth El is a partnering synagogue of our community mikveh, Libi Eir, which opened in September of 2011.





Duke Center for Jewish Studies

Updates and event info can be found at:



The Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina

Have you ever wondered what's happening in our Jewish circle in another part of our state? The Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina has a website which lists Jewish events occurring from the mountains to the coast. Check us out at .


American Guild of Judic Art online exhibition

The American Guild of Judic Art (AGJA) has now launched their inaugural online exhibition featuring Beth El members Galia Goodman, Sol Levine, & Alice Levinson!

You can find the exhibition by visiting their Home Page at and clicking the online exhibition link on the left hand side, just under the Menu bar.



Join Ramah Darom for fun and inspiring programs and retreats!
for more information and to register
for any of year-round programs for all ages.







Who We Are: A group of single Jewish people who meet quarterly for the purpose of performing mitzvot and attending social, cultural, or religious events while providing an opportunity to meet other Jewish Singles in a pressure-free environment.

Join the listserve by contacting:

Gail Bretan, Volunteer Coordinator, Greensboro Jewish Family Services
(336) 852-4829 x 227,





Community Midrasha

Registration is now open for the 2014-2015/5775 school year!

Community Classes, events & programs for grades 8th -12th



Carolina Jews for Justice
A Jewish, grassroots advocacy network for NC citizens.

For more information including how to join us, visit us at







Yiddish classes
Sheva Zucker is offering 3 Yiddish classes this year:

Advanced: For students who are ready to read Yiddish literature in the original. Monday mornings and Thursday evenings.
Intermediate/Advanced: (for students who have studied approximately 2-3 years):
10:30-12:00 on Sunday mornings.
Beginner: If you are a beginner and interested in learning to read, write, speak and understand Yiddish, please contact Sheva Zucker.

Courses are held near Beth El.
For information on all Yiddish courses call 919-286-1641 or email

Instructor: Sheva Zucker
Sheva Zucker is the author of two Yiddish textbooks which are widely used in adult and university classes throughout the world. She has taught Yiddish on five continents. She is the editor of the periodical Afn Shvel.


Raleigh Cary JCC

RC-JCC Book Club
Tote a non-meat lunch, drinks & dessert provided.
Raleigh Cary JCC Member: FREE / General Community: $3
Info: 919-676-6170 x212 or


RC-JCC Brown Bag Speaker Lunches
General Community: $3 /RC-JCC Members: FREE
Tote a non-meat lunch, drinks and dessert provided.
Info: 919-676-6170 x212 or


Jewish Film Series at the RC- JCC
one Sunday a month
General Community: $5 in advance, $6 at the door /RC- JCC Members: FREE
12804 Norwood Road, Raleigh 27613
919-676-6170 x 212 or


Visit Israel this summer with North Carolina Hillel

North Carolina Hillel has brought over 300 students from 19 NC campuses on free, 10-day Birthright Israel trips in the last three years. Would you like to be one of the 80 students joining us this summer for this incredible experience? If you're age 18-26 and Jewish, you may be eligible! (New eligibility rules now allow those who've visited Israel on an organized trip before age 18 to apply.) Our trip is open to both students at NC schools and native North Carolinians studying out-of-state. Online registration begins February 19. For more info, visit More questions? Please contact NC Hillel Israel Fellow Liat Srur at or (919) 942-4057.



The Rosenzweig Gallery
Judea Reform Congregation – 1933 W. Cornwallis Road – Durham, NC 27705





ADF’s 2014 Season
Mini-Israeli Festival within the Festival

More at:

Vertigo Dance Company with the US Premiere of Vertigo 20
Thursday, June 12 and Friday, June 13 at 8pm

Durham Performing Arts Center
ADF Fête at Parizäde will follow the opening night performance

ADF and the Nasher Museum of Art co-present Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor
Tuesday, June 17 at 7pm and 9pm

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Pilobolus featuring an ADF-commissioned world premiere of new collaborative work with Israeli writers and filmmakers Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen
Thursday, June 26 - Saturday, June 28 at 8pm

Durham Performing Arts Center

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet featuring the world premiere of a
new work by Emanuel Gat (he will be at ADF) and Violet Kid by Hofesh Shechter
Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6 at 8pm

Durham Performing Arts Center

Footprints features an ADF-commissioned world premiere of a new work created
by Netta Yerushalmy for ADF students during 6 ½ week residency at ADF
Thursday, July 24 - Saturday, July 26 at 8pm

Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University

In addition to all of the performances, Tom Weinberger, former dancer with Batsheva Dance Company, will be at ADF from July 6-26 teaching Gaga technique classes and setting Ohad Naharin's repertory on students.


Seeking Jewish participants for online
survey/doctoral dissertation exploring Jewish Identity!

Dear members of the Jewish community,

I am a Counseling Psychology doctoral candidate at the University of Louisville and I have always been interested in the intersection of psychology and religion, especially as it relates to my own Jewish foundation. There is a lack of psychological research that includes sizable and representative Jewish samples and I am writing to ask for your help in completing my doctoral dissertation with a strong community response.

Below is a link to an online questionnaire that explores how you define your current Jewish Identity, influences of your Jewish community, and its connections with overall personal characteristics. The only requirements for participation is that you are at least 18 years old and self-identify as Jewish, ranging from non-practicing to Orthodox. The survey will take around 30 minutes to complete and remains completely anonymous. To thank you for your time and effort, you will be given an opportunity to enter a raffle for one of three prepaid Visa giftcard for the amount of $100 (1) or $50 (2). Only your e-mail address will be required, and it will not be connected to your survey responses.

Simply go to to access the survey. If you have any questions or concerns, or you would like a results summary when the project is completed, please contact me at This doctoral dissertation is conducted under the supervision of Dr. Mark M. Leach ( at the University of Louisville Department of Education and Counseling Psychology. Thank you for your time and hopeful participation.


Jason Goldstein, M.Ed.