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:


Mikveh, Men, and Mimosas
September 7, 2014

Libi Eir (Awakened Heart) Mikveh at Beth Meyer Synagogue invites men in the Jewish community to participate in the inaugural “Mikveh, Men, and Mimosas” on Sunday, September 7, 10:00 a.m. This event offers an opportunity to learn about immersion as part of your spiritual practice in preparation for the Days of Awe. Rabbi Eric Solomon will offer a short teaching on repentance, and there will be nosh and drinks (of course!). RSVP



Yiddush Songs of the Jazz Age
Monday, September 15, 7:30-9 pm

Jane Peppler and Roger Spears will giving a concert at Carolina Preserve, 107 Arvind Oaks Circle, Cary, NC called "Yiddish Songs of the Jazz Age," that is to say, funny, cosmopolitan songs in Yiddish from the Roaring 20s and 30s. Subtitles on the wall so you don't miss any of the jokes. This is the show they will be presenting at the Library of Congress in October.

TO ORDER: Tickets are only $5, available in advance by PayPal to - for more information see


9/11: Reading by author & former Beth El member, Stuart Rojstaczer, "The Mathematician's Shiva"

Stuart Rojstaczer reads from his new book, "The Mathematician's Shiva"
September 11

Former Beth El member Stuart Rojstaczer will be reading from his new book, "The Mathematician's Shiva" at the Regulator Giftshop (720 Ninth St., Durham, NC) on September 11th, 7:00 PM. A link to the event can be found here:

A review of the novel with a synopsis can be found below. Stuart will be interviewed in the next issue of Jewish Book World and will be traveling around the country promoting this novel throughout the next couple of months.


Photography Exhibit
by Member Henry Greene
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


Community Support for the People's Climate March
September 21, 2pm

Chapel Hill Peace & Justice Plaza
Join other people of faith, neighbors and friends to support the United Nations Summit to address climate change that begins on September 23 by gathering on Sunday, September 21, 2pm, at the Peace & Justice Plaza (in front of the old Post Office on Franklin St. in Chapel Hill). Simultaneously, the People's Climate March will mobilizing in New York City. Save on carbon and gather with us in Chapel Hill -- September 21, 2 pm, on Franklin Street at the old Post Office.
Questions? Contact Richard Edens <>



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.


Free Monthly Dancing with the Hebrew Letters
4th Sundays 5-7pm

We invite you to join us 5-7 pm 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 intitial gathering with a handful of folks was held in August, 2014 in participant's Hillsborough home. We plan to stay in this location until we outgrow the space, then seek other options. 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.
Fouth Sundays: 9/28/14, 10/26/14, 11/23/14, 12/28/14

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.



Production Assistant-Student Intern Position

The Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education of North Carolina is looking for a competent Production Assistant. The Center is filming 13 local survivors/liberators of concentration camps to be used as part of an educational project which will serve NC students in grades 6-12. The films created will be posted on the Center's website, the UNC Program on Humanities' website and on YouTube. Additionally, the videos will be used as the basis of 3 annual teacher training seminars where educators from around the state will learn methods of teaching the Holocaust using survivor testimony and primary resource material.

The student intern will serve as a liaison between the executive producer, the 3 film editors, the photo researchers and our curriculum design team.
The intern will assist the executive producer in making the educational film project run efficiently. This includes
being responsible for organizing our image bank and making it accessible to the team working on a survivor's video.
The intern will need to have a basic level of knowledge in film production and editing. Communication with the filmmakers is an important aspect of the position.
Basic knowledge of WWII history and the Holocaust is a plus.
10 hours minimum/week.

We have enough work to accommodate 2 Production Assistants. These are unpaid positions.

We are also looking for photo researchers. This job (also unpaid) requires skills in archival document/primary source retrieval.

More information is available on our website:

A project work plan and proposal for the educational film project, entitled Witnessing the Witnesses: A unique educational film project for grades 6-12, is also available upon request.

Sharon Halperin, Executive Director
Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education of North Carolina, Inc.


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 September 1
Triangle Jewish Chorale & Magnolia Klezmer Band: “Yiddish, Ladino Songs, and Klezmer - Part 2” (CH, DR)
Dr. Mordechai Kedar “Democracy in the Middle East(?) - Part 2” (RTN)

Week of September 8, 2014
What's Not to Like? A Yiddish Songfest” - Part 1 (CH, DR)
Magnolia Klezmer Band at Southern Village (RTN)

Week of September 15, 2014
“What's Not to Like? A Yiddish Songfest” - Part 2 (CH, DR)
Magnolia Klezmer Band at Southern Village (RTN)

Week of September 22, 2014
Robert Lefkowitz (Beth El member & Nobel Prize Recipient) “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Stockholm” - Part 1 (CH, DR)
Magnolia Klezmer Band at Southern Village (RTN)

Week of September 29, 2014
Robert Lefkowitz (Beth El member & Nobel Prize Recipient) “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Stockholm” - Part 2 (CH, DR)
A book by Eliot Sefrin, “Blood in the Promised Land - 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.



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 Center’s event schedule for 2014-2015 is kicking off on September 15 with an academic lecture with Menachem Fisch. Visit our web site for event details:

Academic Lecture: The Talmud’s Great Dispute of Religiosity

The Morris, Ida and Alan Heilig Lectureship in Jewish Studies
September 15, 2014 from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Hyde Hall, University Room
MENACHEM FISCH, professor and director of the Center for Religious and Interreligious Studies Project at Tel Aviv University, has published on the history of science and mathematics, confirmation theory and rationality, and talmudic literature and legal reasoning. In his talk he will explore the Talmud’s dispute of religiosity, the dispute about the very moral perfection of God and his Word. But what can it mean to be religiously obligated, faithful or committed, it asks, to a morally flawed deity and religious system? Free lecture, no tickets/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!

Sunday, September 28th, 17th Carrboro Music Festival,
Arts Center-Wynn Theater, Carrboro, NC - 8pm

Sunday, October 12th, Watts St. Band (including some members of the MKB)
will play (noonish) at
Beth El's Pizza in the Hut Sukkot Celebration for the entire community!


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

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:

Beyond Belief: Join Rabbi Sager and Sicha for the next in a series that explores Jewish identity on Sunday, September 21 at 3:30-5:00 @ the Levin JCC in Durham. The holiday theme, The Year is Hesitant This Year ...A conversation about words and images
that we can use to renew the year. More:

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,we will converse with prophets, poets, and Israeli Supreme Court Justices on the question: In what ways do we believe in belonging? More:

Oct. 26 3:30-5:00 @ Levin JCC
Nov. 23 3:30-5:00 @ Levin JCC
Dec. 7 2:00-3:30 @ Levin JCC* (note time change)

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

Essays: Read Rabbi Sager’s essay on Raising Voices At The New Moon – Rabbi Sager’s personal conversation with an ancient story about prayer and expectation.

Sicha Shabbaton: Find the resources from this year’s Shabbaton on the theme, AMEN: The Final Word In Faith.

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

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 the Jewish New Year with hands-on fun!
Join us for songs, stories, crafts and a light snack
on Sunday, September 14, 10am - 10:45am at Barnes & Noble, New Hope Commons. Sponsored by the Lerner School, for preschool age children and their families.


Chapel Hill-Durham Hadassah:

Durham-Chapel Hill Hadassah first fall meeting
September 7, 2014 1-3PM
at the Wellness Center in Meadowmont in Chapel Hill
Durham-Chapel Hill Hadassah will hold its first fall meeting with a DVD presented by National Hadassah regarding women and heart disease.
The program is entitled "Every Beat Counts".
We are pleased to have Dr. Beth Rosenberg, a cardiologist at Chapel Hill Internal Medicine speaking to us about women and heart disease.
Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women?
Learn about the differences in symptoms for men and women with heart disease.
Please join us on Sept.7 at the Wellness Center at Meadowmont.
RSVP Margaret Weinstein at

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



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.