If you have an event of particular interest to the Beth El community, send to:

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

Click links below for details on these community notices:4/26: JCC Yom Ha’Atzmaut Israel Festival

There's a brand new way to help at Urban Ministries of Durham!
Become a "co-worker" to a neighbor in need by working alongside your UMD partner at Durham Bull's games, selling concessions, and continuing to coach them through the employment process as he or she looks for work, lands a job and succeeds! Sign up for the info session Tuesday April 21st 5:30-6:30 PM to learn more. Email to RSVP."

This opportunity is ideal for someone or a group of people looking to help with clients directly. Their role as a "co-worker" would be to work a minimum of 5 Durham Bull's games in the month of May and August, selling concessions with their UMD partner and continuing that relationship as a job coach as their partner looks for work, lands a job and 6 months following successful employment.


Summer Hosting Opportunity
Would you be interested in hosting a French Jewish teen for three weeks this summer?

A note from David & JoAnn Rubin:

When our daughter Becca spent her junior year of college in Paris, Laurent's parents, Jacques and Monique, "adopted" her. Becca has remained close with Laurent and his parents ever since, and Jacques and Monique were at her wedding and at the 40th birthday party Becca's husband threw for her 4 1/2 years ago. They are genuinely lovely people.

Monique just contacted Becca and asked if she knew a family who might be interested in hosting Laurent's daughter this July. Ela is turning 16 in the spring. She speaks English well enough that there's no need for andone in the host family who speaks French. Ela has told me the following about herself:

I'd like to spend about 3 weeks in the US. The earliest day I could come is about the 3rd of July, and the latest day is about the 28th of July. I like to participate in many sorts of activities. I especially love piano and drama. I am not very good at sports. I think the most important in the family is that there is a child about my I could speak a lot, improve my English level and have fun!
If you'd be interested in hosting Ela this summer, please let us know and we can give you contact info for Ela and her parents, so you could investigate details.

David & JoAnn Rubin,





Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Memorial Commemoration
Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish community's annual Yom Hashoah Holocaust memorial commemoration will be held this year on Sunday, April 19th, at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St, Durham, NC, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The program features the personal story of survivor Zev Harel. Zev Harel was born in 1930 in Kis-Sikarlo, Transylvania, Hungary. Along with his family, Harel was deported to Auschwitz in 1944. There he was selected for labor and was sent to the Ebensee concentration camp in Austria where he endured fourteen months of forced labor. He was liberated at age 15 by soldiers of the U.S. Third Cavalry. After returning home and reuniting with his brother, he spent time in a displaced persons camp in Germany before joining the Palestine Jewish Brigade. He fought in the Israeli War of Independence as a member of the Palmach. Dr. Harel came to the United States to finish his studies in 1958. Now living in Greensboro, Dr. Harel is Professor Emeritus of Social Work at Cleveland State University.

The program also includes the recognition of the winners of the Durham-Chapel Hill Federation's Holocaust essay contest for young people, recognition of other local Holocaust survivors, and period songs performed by the Triangle Jewish Chorale. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Sheva Zucker at (919) 286-3628,


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)




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.



Monthly Dancing with the Hebrew Letters

We invite you to join us 4-5:30pm on the last Sunday of each month for Dancing with the Otiyot (Hebrew alphabet), an adventure with and exploration of the shapes, meanings, and energies of the aleph bet through movement and meditation with individual letters and prayers. All wisdom, curiosity, levels of skills and knowledge, and spiritual traditions are welcome. This is a newly forming group with the vision of growing & changing as this evolves. Our initial gatherings with a handful of folks were held in August, 2014 at a participant's home.

We welcome newcomers at any time with no committment necessary. Please contact Krisha Miller ( for additional information &/or if you intend to join us any given month so that we know to expect you & can contact you with any possible notices of a changes or cancellations. We are enjoying sharing this journey together & look forward to seeing where it may take us. As of March 2015, we are meeting in classroon the lower level of the main synagogue building at Beth El.

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

The Jewish meditation group is a participant-led meditation group that brings together mindfulness meditation with Jewish teachings and other practices. In this group, we combine silent practice with time for reflection and contemplation on a variety of Jewish themes. Leaders rotate throughout the year, so every meeting has a bit of a different flavor. We welcome people at all levels of experience with meditation, including no prior experience. This practice can be very beneficial in helping us manage stress and other difficulties, helping us feel happier and more relaxed.
Charlotte and Dick Levin JCC,
1937 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC, 27705,
Phone: 919-354-4936



Help Wanted:

If you have a job opening in the Jewish community you'd like us advertise to our congregation, we are happy to do at no charge. Send notices to When requesting publicity of a position please remember to let us know once it's filled.

Judea Reform Congregation Seeks Administrative Assistant
Judea Reform Congregation seeks part-time School Administrative Assistant (20 hrs/week).
For more information, and to apply, visit

Community Midrasha Seeks a New Director
The Community Midrasha of Durham-Chapel Hill, NC is seeking a dynamic Executive Educational Director. Midrasha is a program for the continuing education of Jewish teenagers within our beloved community. The program teaches Jewish culture, history, and religion. Our goal is to inspire a lifelong commitment to Jewish learning, practice, and community. The Midrasha program draws students and teachers from all Jewish traditions including: Conservative, Humanistic, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, and Secular.
Click here to read more and apply.

Rent-free furnished apartment to middle-aged woman in return for some help to able middle-aged woman with decreasing sight.
Please reply to



FREE Israel Trips for College Students and Young Professionals

Are you looking for an unforgettable trip to Israel? 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.
Sign up here for important trip updates:

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

Registration for the Summer 2015 round of
Taglit-Birthright Israel trips with Israel Outdoors
opens on February 3, 2015

90 projected trip dates have already been announced for May, June, July, and August. With departures from JFK, Newark, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Miami airports, Israel Outdoors is making it easy for people to plan their summers.

Registration is 100% risk-free. Learn how registration works and about Birthright's commitment to providing a safe and meaningful Israel trip.
202-537-0006 |


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

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.





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.


Triangle Seminar for Jewish Studies Lecture Series

All sessions meet at the National Humanities Center in RTP
7:30 –9:30 p.m.
Series Fee: $20 per person, full time students $5.00
Contact: Ronni Marblestone 919-848-3752

For session 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

and eat, drink, dance, clap, shake, or listen!

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.

Jewish Family Services Presents

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 Alzheimers 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 Alzheimers 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.

Run Boy Run film screening
as part of the J Film Series
Durham Arts Council in the PSI theater hall
April 19th

Screening of Award winning film Run Boy Run. Based on a true story, Run Boy Run is a rare Holocaust narrative that chronicles eight year old Srulik’s remarkable efforts to evade capture, ward off starvation and honor his father’s desperate plea to survive at all costs but to never forget that he is a Jew.

Ticket Prices:
Levin JCC members: $10
Guests: $12
Parking available in the parking deck located across Morgan Street.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at:

for more info, contact: Phil Seib, 919-354-4967,

Yom Ha’Zikaron Memorial Service - Israel Center
Levin JCC, Community Hall
April 21st at 7pm to 8pm

Free and open to the public

Yom Ha’Zikaron is Israel’s Memorial Day

Come listen and join in with prayers for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorist attacks. Light a candle to honor those slain and join in songs of peace, hope and redemption.
If you would like to volunteer to help please email Phil Seib at
Contact: Phil Seib, 919-354-4967,


Yom Ha’Atzmaut Israel Festival
Free and open to the public
Levin JCC, April 26th noon-3pm

There will be community performances, singing of the Hatikvah, Israel cuisine, actives for all ages, bouncy houses and a climbing wall. Official Rabbinical Ceremony supported by Rabbis from all parts of our community starting at 12:30pm.

If you would like to volunteer to help please email Phil Seib at


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.

Sensational Sunday
a program for people of all abilities, their friends & family

Levin Jewish Community Center
1937 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham, NC

Register: Elaine Marcus -
Map and directions:
Phone # for the JCC: 919-354-4936

Come for the fun of it
do arts and crafts
play games and sports
make music
have a snack
chat with friends
and more…

No fee to participate.
Donations to cover costs are appreciated.
Pre-registration is strongly urged to ensure that
everyone has an enjoyable experience.
Elaine Marcus -

Sensational Sunday 2014-2015 dates:
March 8, April 12, & May 10






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

Triangle Jewish Chorale Concert--Songs of Lament, Love and Joy
Sunday, May 3 @ 3:00 pm, Levin JCC

The Triangle Jewish Choral, under the direction of guest conductor David Stuntz (music director at Blacknall Church and the NC School of Science and Math) presents its spring concert featuring songs in a variety of modes and languages (Ladino, Hebrew, and Yiddish among them).
A highlight is Eric Whitacre's Five Hebrew Love Songs, accompanied by a string quartet. Many of the pieces from the concert will be performed in Buenos Aires this summer, as part of the Chorale's first international singing trip. The concert is free to the public; donations are welcome at the door.
The concert will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W Cornwallis Rd, Durham, NC 27705.
For additional information, contact Bernie Most (919-493-1288), or see

-can sing in tune and listen to others at the same time;
-want to sing and perform in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino (among other languages)
-are willing to put in the time to learn their parts;
-are committed enough to attend rehearsals with great regularity!
-Rehearsals take place every Tuesday, 6:45-8:45pm at the Levin Jewish Community Center in Durham.

-You do need a rudimentary knowledge of musical notation
-You don't have to be Jewish
-You do need to set up a low pressure audition with our conductor

Contact Bernard Most at or (919) 493-1288 for additional information or to schedule an audition.

"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:

We hold auditions in the fall for each season, however new singers may be welcomed at any time during the year.

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:

Be sure to check the Sicha website often fo rupdates on program information, podcasts, essays, resources, and shared successes:

Updates on these events & more
are available through our website.


Torah of the Door Kickoff Event: Giving, Getting, Making, and Being a Blessing
May 3, 2015

Levin JCC, Durham, NC


Shabbaton in the Mountains
August 6-9, 2015

Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC

Register now!

This year's theme:
Here I am: Language of Humble Readiness

The great commentator, Rashi, said of the word, hineini: This is language of humility, language of readiness.

Time and again, hineini is the response of biblical characters who reach within themselves to address a need beyond themselves. Do we act in a similar way? For what moments in our Jewish lives are we ready to respond, Hineini?

High above the Blue Ridge Mountains, enjoy a weekend of learning and relaxation. Learn more about the Sicha Shabbaton in the Mountains, including pictures and testimonials from previous years:

Podcasts: Listen to Rabbi Sager and Frank Stasio of NPR discuss Yehuda Amichai’s poetry.

Attention Amazon Shoppers! If you make purchases on Amazon, please sign up for AmazonSmile! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchase to Sicha if you choose it as your designated charity!



68th Annual Wildacres B’nai B’rith Institute of Judaism

WHO: Wildacres B’nai B’rith Institute of Judaism
WHAT: The 2015 Annual Institute
WHEN: August 10-13, 2015
WHERE: Wildacres Retreat Center in Little Switzerland, NC
WHY: Learning is a lifelong adventure

The B’nai B’rith of the Southeast is pleased to announce that the dates for the 2015 Wildacres B’nai B’rith Institute of Judaism will be August 10-13, 2015 at the Wildacres Retreat Center in Little Switzerland, NC.

The Institute is a three day set of lectures and discussion groups, plus entertainment in the evenings. Time is allotted in the afternoon for those who wish to hike, play tennis, or relax outdoors or indoors. The Wildacres Retreat is up in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Lodging and meals are included in the fee. Attire is very casual. As soon as the three Scholars in Residence for 2015 are selected, a follow up press release with more details will be released.

The Wildacres B’nai B’rith Institute of Judaism has the most longevity of any of the B’nai B’rith Institutes in the United States, being year #68.

For more information, please call Karen Shectman in Pittsboro, North Carolina at (785) 554-88078 or send an e-mail to



Lerner School

Lerner School Passover Workshop for Preschool Families
Join us for Lerner School's 1st Annual Passover Workshop for Preschool Families - Sunday, March 29th, 1pm. Preschoolers will learn about Passover by traveling though engaging, sensory activity stations, like musical matzah, frog jumping, parting of the Red Sea and more! ?All are welcome, and the program is free! Lerner School, 1935 West Cornwallis Road, Durham. ?Click here for more information. RSVP at

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.
Contact the school for dates:

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.  
Join us for songs, stories, crafts and a light snack
Sponsored by the Lerner School, for preschool age children and their families.
Contact the school for dates & locations:


Chapel Hill-Durham Hadassah:

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

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




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.

Camp Ramah Darom
Tikvah Program
Camp Yofi
Gesher Leadership Development Institute
Grandparents Weekend
Kallah for Clergy and Educators
Ramah Israel Seminar
Summer Family Camp
Taste of Ramah
Year-round Programs

New this summer:
4 week camp for children 12 to 17 years old diagnosed with social and communication difficulties, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Social Anxiety, OCD, PDD, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Non-Verbal Learning Disorders.







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

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


In collaboration with Beth El Synagogue, Judea Reform Congregation, and Kehillah Synagogue, Community Midrasha launches a new
Community-Wide Madrichim Training
9 Habits of "Chai-ly" Effective Teachers

Are you a madrich/ah at your home synagogue?
Are you thinking about being a madrich/ah?

Check out Community Midrasha's NEW Madrichim training programs this year!
Our series of three Sunday afternoons are as follows:
10/26: 9 Habits of "Chai-ly" Effective Teachers
2/22: Safety in the Classroom
4/19: Lesson Planning & Leadership

The session will take place at Judea Reform in the Mirkaz Limud, and a snack/light lunch will be served.

Meet other madrichim around the Durham/Chapel Hill area, make new friends, and learn what it takes to be a great madrich! This session is open to all current madrichim, or anyone over 13 who is considering becoming a madrich/ah next year. You do not need to be a Midrasha student to participate.

The cost is $10 per session, or $25 if you register for all three at once! You can register here. Questions? Email Rachel at



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

Carolina Jews for Justice Cafe on Medicaid Expansion in NC
Tuesday, April 21st @ 7:00-8:30pm, Judea Reform Bossen Library (Durham)
Thursday, April 30th @ 7:00-8:30 pm, Beth Meyer Synagogue (Raleigh)
Adam Linker, Co-Director of the Health Access Coalition at the NC Justice Center will talk about the campaign to expand Medicaid in North Carolina and we'll discuss action Carolina Jews for Justice can take to support this important effort. CJJ will be conducting a Week of Action on Medicaid Expansion following the event.

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





Yiddish classes

Dr. Sheva Zucker offers Yiddish classes for several levels.
Call 919-286-1641 or email for registration and information.
Classes are small and informal, serious and lots of fun!

Register now for Yiddish classes Spring Semester, 2015

Learn to read, write, speak and understand Yiddish.
No reading knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet is necessary.
Time: Wednesday evening, beginning January 28.
Cost: 10 sessions for $180.

For students who have studied 3 or 4 semesters. Continuation of grammar study, literature and conversation.
Time: Sunday morning 10:30-12:00, beginning January 25.
Cost: 10 sessions for $180.

This class meets on a bi-monthly basis, meeting times are flexible.

Intructor: All classes are taught by Dr. Sheva Zucker.

Where: Classes are held at Sheva's home in Durham near the NC School of Science and Math.

All classes are 1 1/2 hours long.
For information on all Yiddish courses call 919-286-1641 or email for registration and information.

Beth El member Sheva Zucker is the author of two Yiddish textbooks which are widely used in adult and university classes throughout the world. She has taught and lectured on Yiddish and Yiddish literature on five continents. She taught Yiddish and Jewish Literature for a number of years at Duke University and in the Uriel Weinreich Intensive Summer Yiddish Program sponsored by Bard College and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City. She is the editor of the Yiddish periodical Afn Shvel and the executive director of its publisher, the League for Yiddish.

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


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


From Dachau to Durham
May They Rest With Dignity and Peace
Sunday, April 26, 2015
3:00 pm
Durham Hebrew Cemetery

The community is invited to the unveiling of the
memorial sculpture honoring the buried ashes of
victims of the Dachau concentration camp.

On April 26, we will be unveiling a permanent memorial for the Dachau concentration camp ashes which were buried last May at the Durham Hebrew Cemetery. The unveiling is open to the public and will be held rain or shine. The cemetery is located on Kent Street in Durham (located across the street from 840 Kent Street, cross street is Morehead Ave.).

Please join us to remember the victims of the Shoah but also to recognize the importance of standing up against intolerance and hatred, all too present in our world today. "Remember (zachor) & do not stand idly by (Leviticus)". Mike Roig, noted local sculptor, was commissioned to design and create the monument which will stand at the site of the burial. A historic marker describing the journey of the ashes, from Dachau to Durham, will be hung beside the monument.

More information regarding the ashes
& last year's burial service is available here


Jewish Community Relations Council Immigration Seder

On April 19th, 5pm- 8pm, the Community Relations Council of the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation is hosting a Seder at the Jewish Community Center, 1937 West Cornwallis Road, Durham. The traditional Seder is a communal meal during the Jewish holiday of Passover, celebrating the story of the Exodus, Moses leading the Jews in ancient Egypt from slavery to freedom. We are reaching out to members of the Triangle’s various Asian and Southeast Asian immigrant communities to invite their participation in this Passover Seder, based on the theme of liberation from oppression and injustice.

This is an event where members of the Jewish community and immigrant communities can informally get to better know each other and learn about each other’s immigrant story and struggle for freedom from injustice and oppression. Everyone attending is encouraged to prepare a vegetarian dish to be shared that will serve 5-6 people.

The Jewish community hopes this event can be a starting point to also begin to learn about other issues and problems being experienced today by our immigrant friends and use this event to build a bridge for possible future work together on immigration reform and other issues of mutual interest.



Sam Glaser Concert
Sunday, May 17th @ Beth Meyer Synagogue

Beth Meyer is bringing Sam Glaser to Raleigh!

Glaser has captivated the Jewish world with his unique vision, exuberant music-making and insatiable appetite for Jewish outreach. He has gained a devoted following of fans of all ages for his distinctive blend of Pop, Jazz and Rock coupled with timely Jewish concepts.

The concert begins at 7 pm at Beth Meyer Synagogue, 504 Newton Road, Raleigh. Doors will open at 6:30. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students (under 18). Tickets can be purchased online at For more information, please contact the Beth Meyer office at 919-848-1420, or


James Whitbourn: Annelies

With choirs of Riverside High School and Durham School of the Arts

Baldwin Auditorium

Saturday, May 2, 2015 8:00 p.m.

James Whitbourn's Annelies, written in 2004 using a libretto by British author Melanie Challenger, is the first authorized musical setting of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. It has won praise as a “devastatingly beautiful and restrained treatment” of the poignant subject. It has been performed around the world, serving as a musical memorial for Anne Frank and all those who died in the Holocaust. This concert will be especially compelling, not only because this is the 70th anniversary of Anne Frank's death, but also because many of those singing will be the same age as Anne. We will perform the chamber version, scored for soprano soloist, choir, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. Soprano Lynn Eustis performed at the US premiere of Annelies in 2007 and joins chamber players Eric Pritchard, violin; Nate Leyland, cello; Andrew Warrick, clarinet; and Derison Duarte, piano. For a review of this piece, click here. Ticket available at