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

quick links:


at United Church of Chapel Hill, Dec.31, 7 pm

United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, will host a benefit concert for the Inter-Faith Council with the Road Home Band beginning at 7 pm on New Year's Eve. A free-will offering will be taken. As we go through this holiday season and enter a new year, you are invited to do so in the company of those who enjoy good music and in solidarity with those in need. The concert will conclude before 9pm for those who will be going to Watch Night Services or other festivities. For more information, or 919-942-3540.

The Road Home Band, covering titles by wonderful artist greats as Carrie Newcomer, David Wilcox, Alison Krauss, Bob Dylan, Nickel Creek and others, will play. This ambitious 4 piece band has emerged with a sound all its own – a mix of vocals, mandolin, guitar, bass and drums that is nothing less than acoustic music at its best: at once soulful and earnest, yet full of encouragement and gentle humor.

Nancy Maeder is a true standout as lead vocalist, with an edgy yet upbeat sound that speaks perfectly to the group’s search for a “road home”. David Langham is a fine counterpoint on lead guitar, lending his smooth melodies, along with a little spice of mandolin and vocals. Brad Kintner provides creative and innovative bass melodies with complimentary vocals. Robert Kintner brings the group together with a strong foundation on drums, drawing on years of experience of playing blues, jazz, gospel and rock music.

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
4th Sundays 4-6pm
$5 per session per participant

We invite you to join us 4-6pm on the fourth Sunday of the 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 & September of 2014 in participant's home. In October, we moved to the Beth El Freedman Center (across the parking lot from the synagogue (1004 Watts Street, Durham) & will remain there through the end of the year (perhaps beyond). The synagogue has generously offered us this space at a very reduced rate, but has requested a $5 fee per participant to help cover incurred costs.With the sun setting earlier during the winter months, we have also moved our gathering time to 4-6pm for November through early spring. Please contact Rinah Rachel Galper at for additional information &/or to be added to our email list. We look forward to sharing this journey together & seeing where it may take us.
Fourth Sundays: 11/23/14, 12/28/14, 1/25/15

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.

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:

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.




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.


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 December 1
“The Shpiel: Storytelling of Guilt and Redemption – Part 3” (CH, DR)
Triangle Jewish Chorale with The Magnolia Klezmer Band - Part 1 (RTN)

Week of December 8
Jeff Spinner Halev, “Conversations with Israelis During the War in Gaza – Part 1” (CH, DR)
Triangle Jewish Chorale with The Magnolia Klezmer Band - Part 2 (RTN)

Week of December 15
Jeff Spinner Halev, “Conversations with Israelis During the War in Gaza – Part 2” (CH, DR)
Triangle Jewish Chorale with The Magnolia Klezmer Band - Part 2 (RTN)

Week of December 22
Mrs. Maccabee's Kitchen – Hanukkah Songs (CH, DR)
Triangle Jewish Chorale with The Magnolia Klezmer Band - Part 2 (RTN)

Week of December 29
David Morken (CEO of Bandwidth) and Blair Levin (Executive Director of Gig.U) – Part 1 (CH, DR)
Jeff Spinner Halev, “Conversations with Israelis During the War in Gaza – Part 1” (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.



The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS)

“From the Shtetl to the Lecture Hall: Jewish Women and the Cultural Exchange”
Dr. Luise Hirsch

When: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Place: Erwin Mill, 2024 W. Main Street, Room A103

Until the 19th century, women were regularly excluded from graduate education. When this convention changed, it was largely thanks to Jewish women from Russia. Raised to be strong and independent, the daughters of Jewish businesswomen were able to utilize this cultural capital to fight their way into the universities of Switzerland and Germany. They became trailblazers, ensuring regular admission for women who followed their example. Author Luise Hirsch tells the story of Russian and German Jews who became the first female professionals in modern history. She describes their childhoods—whether in Berlin or in a Russian shtetl—their schooling, and their experiences at German universities.

Luise Hirsch is an independent scholar who was educated at Heidelberg University and at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She received her Ph.D. in Jewish history from the University of Duisburg in 2005.

REGSS is an affiliate of the Duke Consortium on Social Equity.


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
At the National Humanities Center in RTP


"New Discoveries in the Ancient Village and Synagogue
at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee"

Jodi Magness, Ph.D., Prof., Dept. of Religious Studies, UNC
Since 2011, Jodi Magness has been directing excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee.
In this slide-illustrated lecture, she describes the exciting discoveries from the excavations, including a monumental late Roman (fifth century) synagogue paved with stunning and unique mosaics.

“More Aspects of Israel and the UN”

Nir Schnaiderman, Duke Univ. and Bar-Ilan Univ.
More topics to explore in the relationship between Israel and the UN General Assembly,
Security Council, etc. The lecture will continue looking at the issues involving Israel at the UN.

"Crystal Night 1938: As Experienced Then and as Seen Now."

Gerhard Weinberg, Ph.D, Prof. Emeritus, UNC
Experienced as a boy not quite eleven years old in Hanover, Germany, and reflections
on the event from the perspective of a professional historian of modern Germany.

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 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!

Thursday, December 18, *Watts St. Band
(*the band of Beth El including may MKB members)
will give a Chanukkah performance
@ Carol Woods Winter Festival,
Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill, NC - 7pm


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.

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.

Sensational Sunday 2014-2015dates:
Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, *Feb. 8, March 8, April 12, & May 10


* BRIDGES and the Levin JCC invite you to an event
in observance of Jewish Disabilities Month.

We Can All Bow Our Heads
A Discussion about Inclusion in Your Place of Worship

Sunday, February 8, 2015
3:00-5:00 pm

Levin Jewish Community Center
1937 West Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC 27705

The program will explore ways that people with special needs and their families can be fully included in prayer services and participate in traditional life-cycle events. Relevant scenes from the movie “Praying with Lior” will be jumping off points to trigger the discussion. Two local religious leaders and a parent of a young adult with special needs will guide a discussion to help participants identify hurdles and concerns and share information and ideas about the varied ways congregants who have special needs and their families can participate fully in their places of worship.





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

Fall Auditions

The Triangle Jewish Chorale is holding auditions for what promises to be a very exciting season. We are fortunate to have two very talented and charismatic guest conductors this ear: for the fall, Susan Klebanow, and for the spring, David Stuntz. We are also in the early planning stages of a possible concert tour in Argentina in May. If you enjoy singing and want to experience the pleasure of performing Jewish music with a congenial group, please consider joining us.

-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:

Sicha is planning many new events and programs for the coming year. Check the Sicha website, a repository of program information, podcasts, essays, resources, and shared successes:

Believing in Belonging: From The Book of Ezra to Brother Daniel

Beyond belief there is belonging. But how do we measure belonging? In this 3-part discussion, starting Sunday, November 23, we will converse with prophets, poets, and Israeli Supreme Court Justices on the question: In what ways do we believe in belonging?

Nov. 23, 2014 3:30-5:00 @ Levin JCC
Dec. 7, 2014 2:00-3:30 @ Levin JCC (note time difference from other Sundays)
Jan. 11, 2015 3:30-5:00 @ Levin JCC
More details at:

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

Sicha Interfaith Conversation: “Water: Stillness, Depth, Reflection, and Purity.” This program will take place at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh on February 9.

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!



Lerner School

Open Houses
The Lerner School is now enrolling students - Age 2 through Grade 5 - for the 2015-2016 school year. Please join us for one of our upcoming Open House events to learn more about our integrated, values-based curriculum. Nov 13th & Dec 2nd, 8:30am - 9:30am. For more information, please visit our website at

Lerner School's First Annual Kindergarten Round-Up
12/7/14, noon-1:30pm
Join us for an authentic Kindergarten experience, where students will enjoy morning meeting, centers and "specials" while parents learn about our engaging hands-on curriculum. Sunday, December 7th, 12pm - 1:30pm. Complimentary bagel brunch provided. Limited space is available -- please RSVP at, or visit our website 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.  
Celebrate the Jewish New Year with hands-on fun!
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 more 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.







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

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.

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



Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Durham ERUUF invites submissions for 2015 for solo art exhibits from local artists in its Gallery.
Deadline is Monday, September 29.
Email Pamela George (
or Becky Russell ( for full details.





Intensive Weekend for
Intermediate-Advanced and Advanced Students
February 13-February 16, 2015

Registration deadline January 9, 2015.

Dr. Sheva Zucker will be offering an intensive Yiddish weekend for intermediate-advanced and advanced Yiddish students. This will be a total immersion experience with one of the foremost Yiddish teachers in America. The weekend will consist of grammar, conversation and readings from Yiddish literature. (The exact curriculum will be decided based on the applicants.)

When: Friday evening, February 13, 2015 through Monday, February 16, 2 P.M.
Shorter Friday to Sunday evening option available. Register by January 9.
Where: Durham, NC
Cost: $280 - Friday to Monday; $230 - Friday to Sunday.

Price includes the following meals: Friday night dinner
Breakfast: Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Bagel Plus lunch: Saturday and Sunday
Snack: Monday

Some home hospitality is available.
Reasonable hotel rates in nearby hotels.

There are very reasonably priced flights (if booked sufficiently in advance) from New York, Boston, and other cities.

Minimun: 6 students
Maximun: 13 students

For information and registration: Contact Sheva Zucker
Deadline January 9, 2015.

Yiddish classes

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

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

Sheva Zucker is the author of two Yiddish textbooks which are widely used in adult and university classes throughout the world. She taught Yiddish and Jewish Literature for a number of years at Duke University and is on the faculty of 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.


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

All I Love and Know

Monday, December 8, 12:30pm - 2:20pm
We will be discussing All I Love and Know by Judith Frank.
Click here for more details.


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 Jewish Cardinal"
Sunday, December 7, 2:00 pm - 4:15 pm

2012 French Docudrama. The amazing true story of Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, Paris born son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who kept a life-long Jewish cultural identity even after Catholic conversion at 13, after becoming a priest and eventually becoming Archbishop of Paris.
RSVP by Thursday, December 4 to 919-676-6170 x212 or
Click here for more details.


Triangle Jewish Genealogical Society
meeting & program on Holocaust Research
12/7/14, 1:00-3:00PM

The Triangle Jewish Genealogical Society (TJGS) will hold its next meeting on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Educator and society president Deborah Long will provide a program titled “A Holocaust Story: Two Cousins, a Roommate, and an Obsession; or How to Conduct Holocaust Research and Find Your Missing Family.”

The meeting will be from 1-3PMat 6905 Fayetteville Road, Suite 204, Durham, NC. A business meeting and election of 2015 officers will take place before the program. First-time attendees may participate for free. All are welcome.

To register for the meeting or for more information, contact Deborah Long at

Contact: Deborah Long
Phone number: 919.968.3742
E-mail address:




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