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:



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

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

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



Help Wanted:

Elon University is seeking a new Hillel Director

Elon University seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial Hillel Director to continue building and sustaining our diverse and rich Jewish community. The Hillel Director is a full-time university employee, reports to the University Chaplain, and supervises the Assistant Director of Hillel. The top candidate will be a consummate relationship builder, invested in pluralism and comfortable with sharing Hillel’s message with multiple stakeholders. They will be responsible for building and sustaining a Jewish community of excellence on campus. The Hillel Director is an indispensable partner with multiple divisions at Elon, serves on the Student Life staff, is a member of the staff of the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, and serves as a representative of Elon’s Jewish life at the local and national level.

Jewish life at Elon University (, where the Jewish student population has grown from 76 to almost 500 students in the past dozen years, is burgeoning. The last three years alone have seen the addition of a minor in Jewish Studies, the founding of the Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) Jewish fraternity, the opening of the Sklut Hillel Center building, and being named a “Top School Jews Choose” by Reform Judaism. A residential liberal arts university, located in central North Carolina with a student population of 6,300 students (5600 traditional-aged undergraduates) from 40 states and 20 countries, Elon has been recognized as the nation’s leader in engaged learning. The university owns and maintains the beautiful Sklut Hillel Center and has just opened a vegetarian/kosher dining venue on campus.

Position begins June 1, 2014. Applications should be received by March 28 to be assured of consideration. Apply online at Include a letter of application, resume/CV, list of references, and a one-page statement of philosophy about building a dynamic and pluralistic Jewish community.


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




FREE Israel Trips this Winter for College Students and Young Professionals

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

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


Jewish Sparks

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

Jewish Sparks can be viewed Weekly as follows:

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

Schedule online at: Schedule.htm

Week of April 7
JCC Baby Boomers 101: Financial Planning as your Parents Age with Julie Kelly, Part 1 (CH, DR)
Triangle Jewish Chorale “Getting Theatrical – Part 2” (RTN)

Week of April 14
JCC Baby Boomers 101: Financial Planning as your Parents Age with Julie Kelly, Part 2 (CH, DR)
A Jew's Guide to Dying, Death and Mourning, Part 1 (RTN)

Week of April 21
Down Home, An Exhibit of Jewish Life in North Carolina, Part 1 (CH, DR)
A Jew's Guide to Dying, Death and Mourning, Part 1 (RTN)

Week of April 28
Down Home, An Exhibit of Jewish Life in North Carolina, Part 2 (CH, DR)
A Jew's Guide to Dying, Death and Mourning, Part 2 (RTN)

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


World's largest video archive of shoah survivor interviews

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

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



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



University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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


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

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

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




Grillers' Pride

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

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




The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

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

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

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

To view the events in a PDF document, visit:



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

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




N.C. Museum of Art Judaic Art Gallery

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

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

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

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

Magnolia Klezmer Band

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

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

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


What's New At JFS?

We Need You! Calling all current and potential volunteers –

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


Jewish Family Services is launching a four-part lecture series to provide information for older adults and families. Free and informative!

Lecture 1 – January 16, 2014
Planning for Long Term Independence with Martha Grove Hipskind, Eldercare Consultant and In Home Services Coordinator, The Center for Volunteer Caregiving
Lecture 2 – February 20, 2014
Financial Planning As Your Parents Age with Julie Kelly, Financial Advisor
Lecture 3 – March 20, 2014
Downsizing, Decluttering and Relocating with Jodi Bakst and Susan Morris, Senior Real Estate Specialists
Lecture 4 – April 17, 2014
Financing Long Term Care with Janett Greenberg, Retired LTC Executive, NY Life

All lectures are at the Levin JCC, 1937 W. Cornwallis, Durham
7-8 pm. Free admission, Light Refreshments will be served

Please RSVP to Donna Rabiner, 919-354-4922, or email by the Monday prior to each event.


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.

Passover with Rabbi Daniel Greyber
April 9th

$5 contribution toward lunch
RSVP to Donna Rabiner at



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/Sandwich Club
Caregiver Support Group facilitated by Lynne Kohn (2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month)

Bring your lunch and share with other caregivers
in a confidential and supportive environment.
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Donna Rabiner at



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

Giving Voice to the Mother Tongues:
Yiddish and Ladino Songs and Music
from the Triangle Jewish Chorale
and the Magnolia Klezmer Band

The Perfect Musical Recipe:
Yiddish and Ladino with a Generous Touch of Klezmer

The Magnolia Klezmer Band and the Triangle Jewish Chorale will join together for a performance of music from the wide worlds of Yiddish and Ladino on Sunday, May 11 at 3 pm in the Community Hall of the Levin Jewish Community Center in Durham. The Yiddish songs reflect a cultural connection running from central and eastern Europe to the New York theater scene. The sound of Ladino reflects roots in Spain even though the language is widely dispersed around the Mediterranean. The music chosen for May 11 captures moments of faith, love and loss while adding the ebullience of klezmer. The performance is open to all without charge, but donations will be welcome. The Jewish Community Center is located at 1937 W. Cornwallis Road in Durham NC. For further information, please contact Bernie Most by email at or by phone at 919-493-1288.

"Down Home: The Cantata"

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

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

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

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

Triangle Jewish Chorale Seeks Singers

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

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

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

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

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


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

Sicha offers a few short conversation starters for your Passover preparation (links below):
The Perfect Search
Telling and Being Told By the Story
Elijah, May He Be Remembered for Good

• Beyond Belief: Join Rabbi Sager and Sicha for the next in a series that explores Jewish identity. The poet, Amichai, asks: Who will remember the rememberers? Is a sense of belonging to a people that remembers sufficient to preserve the institution of memory? Or does memory require a commitment that can only come from belief? The Ethics of Remembering will take place on Sunday, May 4 at 3:30-5:00 @ Levin JCC. More details are available on the Sicha website.

B’almah:The last in the series of B’almah programs will be: Eulogy: Beautiful Truth, May 20 at the Levin JCC & June 11 at Beth Meyer at 7:30pm. An ancient Jewish eulogy begins, Weep for the mourners, not for the soul that is gone...This is the beginning of a beautiful truth. Eulogies speak about departing, but also about lasting and enduring. Join Sicha in a conversation about beautiful truths that deserve to be spoken.
Resources for each B’almah topic can be found here:

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





Lerner School

Lerner School’s Annual Mishloach Manot Fundraiser
Participate in the mitzvah of Mishloach Manot by sending special gifts to family and friends this Purim. Order your gift bags and greetings Feb. 6-Feb. 21 to be sent friends and family on Purim. Visit

Our Chai Year Gala & Live Auction
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 7:30pm at the Levin JCC.
Honor those who have enabled Lerner to reach its Chai Year, celebrate Lerner’s accomplishments since its founding, and share in our joy as we head into our next 18 years. Student art and other items will be sold in the live auction. Purchase tickets online:!18th-year-events/cs5m

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
September 15
October 13
November 10
December 8
January 12
February 9
March 9
May 11

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 in Durham. Free! RSVP at
October 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 22
December 13, 20
January 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 28
March 14, 21, 28
April 4, 25
May 2, 9

Jewish Story Time   
Ages 18 mo - 4 years old.  
Celebrate Jewish holidays with hands-on fun! Join us for stories, crafts and a light snack on the dates listed below at 10:30am (note various locations.)
Sponsored by the Lerner School. Free! RSVP at
Aug 25 – Jewish New Year, Barnes & Noble, New Hope Commons
Sep 18 – Sukkot, Durham Library, Shannon Road Branch
Nov 24 – Chanukah, Barnes & Noble, New Hope Commons
Jan 15 – Tu B’Shevat, Durham Library, Shannon Road Branch
March 16 – Purim Costume Parade, Barnes & Noble, Southpoint
Apr 6 – Passover, Barnes & Noble, Southpoint


Chapel Hill-Durham Hadassah:

On Sunday January 12th we will have a meeting at the JCC at 12:30pm. At this meeting we will discuss the open board positions and there will be an opportunity for members to provide feedback and ideas for the future. We still need more volunteers to serve as VP’s on the executive board and we need to organize the remaining board positions.

Janice Bernstein, our Southern Seaboard Region President, will be coming from Charlotte to install our newly appointed Executive Board.

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




Libi Eir Mikveh Art Gallery

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

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

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





Duke Center for Jewish Studies

Updates and event info can be found at:

Jeremy Ben-Ami: "Paving the Path to a Two State Solution"
March 3, 2014 at 6:30PM, Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Reception to follow

The annual Rudnick lecture and the Duke Center for Jewish Studies is proud to welcome, Jeremy Ben-Ami, President and founder of J Street, the pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby.

Jeremy has nearly thirty years of experience in government, politics, and communications, here and in Israel. His political resume includes serving as President Bill Clinton’s Deputy Domestic Policy Adviser in the mid-1990s and as Policy Director on Howard Dean’s Presidential Campaign in 2004. He was the Communications Director for the New Israel Fund and started the Israeli firm Ben-Or Communications while living in Israel in the late 1990s. He also spent nearly a decade working in New York City government on homeless housing development and helping to manage a Mayoral campaign in 2001.

Jeremy received a law degree from New York University and is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Relations at Princeton University. His father was born in Tel Aviv, and much of his family lives in Israel.

Jeremy was named one of the Forward’s 50 most influential Jews in America for 3 years in a row from 2007 to 2009, and The Jerusalem Post named him one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world in 2010 and 2012.

This event is free and open to the public and is made possible by the Rudnick endowment, and the efforts of the Duke Center for Jewish Studies and Office of Global Strategy and Programs. A public reception will follow the event.

The Duke Center for Jewish Studies & Duke Human Rights Center presents:

The Jewish Tradition & Human Rights, a lecture series

These lectures each occur at 5:30pm in Westbrook Building Room 0016 (West Campus)

Monday, December 2, 2013: Evyatar Marienberg of UNC Chapel Hill, “The Rabbis and Human Rights: The Ancient Period”

Monday, February 3, 2014: Kalman Bland of Duke University, “Medieval Jewish Perspectives on Human Rights”

Monday, April 7, 2014: Zachary J. Braiterman of Syracuse University, “What’s Human? Whose Right: Moses Mendelssohn and the Jewish Enlightenment”

Contact Duke Center for Jewish Studies for more information: 919-660-3504

Israeli Movie Month at Duke University

All members of the Beth El community are invited to attend "Israeli Movie Month" at Duke University. Thursday evenings throughout February join us for a movie followed by a discussion and refreshments. Please RSVP at

February 13: Brave Miss World
5:00 - 8:00pm (refreshments provided)
Ctr for Multicultural Affairs- Rm 0010
Collaboration: DFI, Jewish Life, Jewish Studies, AMES, EMBRACE
This documentary tells the story of Miss Israel Linor Abargil who was abducted, stabbed and raped in Milan, Italy, at age 18, only six weeks before the Miss World. To her surprise, she was crowned the winner and vowed to change the face of rape.

February 20: Yossi and Jagger
6:00 - 8:00pm (refreshments provided)
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Collaboration: Jewish Life, DFI, CSGD
Romance blooms between two gay soldiers stationed in an Israeli outpost on the Lebanese border.

February 27: Shadow in Baghdad
6:00 - 8:00pm (refreshments provided)
Freeman Center for Jewish Life
Collaboration: Jewish Life, DFI, Human Rights Department
Shadow in Baghdad is a documentary film that traces the story of the Jewish community and its disappearance from Baghdad. A young journalist from Baghdad sets out to write about Linda Abdul Aziz, who escaped Iraq to Israel in the early 70's and about her father, who decided to stay in Iraq, only later to disappear and his fate remained unknown. The physical barrier between Linda who is in Israel and the Iraqi journalist is broken by the internet and suspicion converts into trust. Slowly they uncover the tragic end of Linda's father, as well as that of a whole Jewish community that thrived in Iraq for over 2000 years.


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 these programs.

Passover Vacation
April 13-23, 2014

During this all-inclusive Passover Vacation guests enjoy the rare opportunity to spend time learning and exploring Jewish life, culture, texts and history with a diverse mix of distinguished scholars, leaders and thinkers. And you won’t believe it’s Passover when you taste our food! Our Communal Seders are led by engaging, scholarly rabbinical leaders. You may also choose to enjoy your own semi-private Seder with space reserved just for your group. And of course, throughout the week your family can choose from hundreds of programs, trips, activities and lectures, including everything from woodworking and fly fishing to waterfall hikes and campfires!







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


Midrasha Open House - Twice as Nice!
Our open house last month was so successful - we decided to do it again!
Join Community Midrasha on Sunday, May 4, for your choice of class and community dinner! All participants will enjoy pizza dinner with our dynamic community!

Come explore the new Midrasha, and enjoy dinner while doing it!

RSVP to 919-695-3868 or
so we can get the proper count for dinner.

Sunday, May 4, 5:30-7:30pm
Kehillah Synagogue (1200 Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill)

Join us for:
· Community Classes, Sunday evenings, 5:30-7:30pm, with dinner included
· Bogrim 8th/9th grade class, Sunday mornings, 9:30-11:30am (twice monthly)
· Kabbalat Torah/10th gradewinter/spring seminars with area rabbis
· 11th/12th grade quarterly programs
· Other special events monthly

Community Midrasha is celebrating its 25th anniversary!
Sunday, May 18
(note new date)

Join us on the last night of the Midrasha school year - MAY 18 - to celebrate Midrasha's 25 years of inspiring teens in the Durham and Chapel Hill community!

We will celebrate the end of the 2013-2014 school year with presentations from each of our spring classes, enjoy dinner together, and have the opportunity for some fun(d)-raising with a raffle and prizes! More details to follow, but prizes will include 50% off Midrasha tuition for next year and Shabbat dinner with me and my family!

Stay tuned...more details soon!!



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

Monday, January 6th, 12:30pm All Other Nights by Dara Horn
RSVP by Friday, January 3rd: 919-676-6170 x212 or

Monday, February 3rd, 12:30pm The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
RSVP by Fri, Jan. 31 919-676-6170 x 212 or JCC

Monday, March 3rd, 12:30pm The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
RSVP by Fri, Feb 28 919-676-6170 x 212 or JCC

Monday, April 7th, 12:30pm The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
RSVP by Fri, Apr 4 919-676-6170 x 212 or JCC

Monday, May 5th, 12:30pm And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
RSVP by Fri, May 2 919-676-6170 x 212 or JCC


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

January 15th, noon – 2:00 pm

Great Decisions 2014 topic, "Energy Independence"

Dr Vikram Rao, Executive Director of Research Triangle Energy Consortium and Duke U.
Dr. Vikram Rao, Senior Advisor of BioLargo, Inc. since 2010, also advises Global Energy Talent Ltd., and Integro Earth Fuels, Inc. As Chief Scientist of Global Resource Corp. since January 2010 he also serves as their Senior Science Advisor. Previously as the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Halliburton Inc., Dr. Rao was responsible for Halliburton's technology effort. He is the author of more than 50 publications and is the author of the book, Shale Gas: the Promise and the Peril. Awarded 30 patents in the fields of non-ferrous metal refining, alloy formulations, and oil and gas technology, Dr. Rao holds a Ph.D. and MA in Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India.
RSVP by Friday, January 10th: 919-676-6170 x212 or

Wednesday February 19th, noon – 2:00 pm
Great Decisions 2014 topic "China's Foreign Policy"

RSVP by Feb. 13
China emphasizes the peaceful nature of its meteoric rise. Yet this dominant Asian power has recently begun to flex its muscles regionally to promote its strategic interests. What does the rapid rise of this new superpower mean for its neighbors? Are there potential points of conflict with the U.S. as it “pivots” to Asia?

Dr. Roger Cliff, is an adjunct senior political scientist at RAND, whose research focuses on China's military and implications for U.S. strategy. Previously Dr. Cliff served as assistant for strategy development in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and as a defense systems analyst for VERAC, Inc.
Dr. Cliff received his Ph.D. in international relations from Princeton University, his M.A. in Chinese studies from University of California, San Diego and his B.S. in physics from Harvey Mudd College.

Wednesday March 12th, noon – 2:00 pm
Great Decisions 2014 topic, Israel and the US
RSVP by March 6
The Arab Spring, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, failed peace talks, and Israel’s own decision to give Washington the cold shoulder have put new strains on the 65-year-old relationship.

Dr. Gerhard Weinberg is the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, serving on the history faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill since 1974. Dr. Weinberg has been a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, a Fulbright professor at the University of Bonn, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Shapiro Senior Scholar in Residence at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 2009, Weinberg was selected to receive the $100,000 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for lifetime excellence in military writing.

Wednesday April 30th, noon – 2:00 pm
Topic to be announced
RSVP by April 24
Eliot Sefrin, author of Blood in the Promised Land

Wednesday May 21st, noon – 2:00 pm
Topic to be announced
RSVP by May 15
Dr. Leah Kinberg, visiting professor at Wake Forest University was born and raised in Israel. Her BA in Biblical Studies and Arabic Language and Literature and her MA in Islamic Studies are from Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Her Ph.D. is from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Kinberg's research and writing include Classical Islam in relation to contemporary issues, modern Islamic rhetoric, Islam and Gender, the issue of Jerusalem in Islam, Muslim minorities in the West, and the function of dreams in Medieval Islamic literature.


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

Sunday March 16 2:00 Hava Nagila
Rsvp by 3/13 919-676-6170 x 212 or

Sunday April 6 2:00 The Flat
Rsvp by 4/3 919-676-6170 x 212 or

Sunday May 18 2:00 Avalon
Rsvp by 5/15 919-676-6170 x 212 or


Annual Community Yom Hashoah Holocaust Memorial Commemoration
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 6:30 PM

The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish community's Yom HaShoah commemoration will be held this year on Sunday, April 27, at the Kehillah Synagogue in Chapel Hill, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The program features the personal story of Abe Piasek. Abe Piasek grew up in the small Polish town of Bialobrzegi, just south of Warsaw. In 1940, when he was just 12 years old, most of the 1500 Jews in his hometown were either killed outright or deported to the concentration camps of Maidanek and Treblinka. It was the last time Abe saw his family; even today, he does not know what happened to his mother or his younger sister, Anna. Over the next five years, Abe was held by the Nazis in the camps at Radom, Auschwitz and Weinhausen (Germany), among other places, before being liberated by American troops near Dachau in 1945. In 1947, Abe came to the United States, where he married and became a professional baker. He has lived in California and Florida, and now makes his home in Raleigh.

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.

This event is free and open to the public.

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

Kehillah Synagogue is located at
1200 Mason Farm Rd. in Chapel Hill

Beth El annually co-sponsors this event along with Generation to Generation: Triangle Area Sons and Daughters of Holocaust Survivors, Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation, Durham Orthodox Kehillah, Chapel Hill Kehillah Synagogue, Durham-Chapel Hill Chabad, Judea Reform Congregation, and Triangle Congregation of Humanistic Judaism

32nd annual state of North Carolina's Holocaust Commemoration
Sunday May 4, 3:00-5:00 pm

"Resistance and Heroism in the Holocaust"
is the theme of North Carolina's annual Holocaust Commemoration,
Sunday, May 4th, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at Meredith College -
Jones Auditorium, 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.
Featured speaker Barbara Rodbell, formerly from Amsterdam and a courier in Amsterdam's Jewish underground, was a friend of Anne Frank and her family. Mrs. Rodbell has appeared on TV and on National Public Radio to tell her extraordinary story. She will be available after the program for an informal Q&A.
"Resistance and Heroism in the Holocaust" features dramatic vignettes, choral pieces and videos depicting ways in which Nazi persecution was resisted.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome. More information is available at

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 Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle
in cooperation with
Orange-Durham Americans United

proudly present
Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director,
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
speaking on

“Religious Liberty:
The Good, The Bad, and the Truly Ugly”

This is a Free Event Open to the Public
Sunday March 9th at 2pm

Extraordinary Ventures – 200 S. Elliot Rd, Chapel Hill

Rev. Barry Lynn is a nationally known leader and expert on the First Amendment right of the separation of church and state. Lynn has appeared frequently on television and radio broadcasts to offer analyses of First Amendment issues and comment upon school vouchers, prayer at public events, and the current actions of church/state separation by the courts. He has served as lawyer for the AU and ACLU at the Supreme Court Level. Lynn launches the new Orange- Durham chapter of Americans United with this talk in Chapel Hill on March 9th.

• Presentation to be followed by Distinguished Panel and Audience Discussion:
- Gregory C. Malhoit , emeritus NCCU Law professor 2005-2013, director of Rural Education Finance Center 2001-2005, Exec.Dir., of N.C. Justice Center, 1996 -2001.
- Rev. John L. Saxon, lead minister of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, emeritus Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC, CH School of Government;
- Judge Beverly Scarlett, district court serving 15B Judicial District, Orange and Chatham.
- Rev. Dr. Rollin O. Russell will facilitate (conference minister emeritus, United Church of Christ Program Associate for Christian Unity, with the N.C. Council of Churches)

Co-sponsored by the following local organizations:
Beth El Synagogue
Hillsborough Presbyterian Church
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Durham/Chapel Hill Jewish Federation Judea Reform Congregation
Kehillah Synagogue
Kol Haskalah, A Humanistic Jewish Congregation
Olin T. Binkley Baptist Church
Peace and Reconciliation Mission of Watts Street Baptist Church
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Hillsborough
United Church of Chapel Hill

More at:

Americans United is a nonpartisan non-profit organization dedicated to preserving church-state separation to ensure religious freedom for all. Further biographical info about Reverend Barry Lynn can be found at people/barry-lynn-0 and info about Americans United at


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

“Celebrations of the Jewish Spirit”
Sunday, March 2, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

In conjunction with the celebration of AGJA’s “Jewish Arts Month”, see

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the Official Opening of the American Guild of Judaic Art (AGJA) exhibit, “Celebrations of the Jewish Spirit”, held in The Rosenzweig Gallery at Judea Reform Congregation March to May, 2014.

The word “spirit” has many meanings; however, by adding the word “Jewish”, we can narrow the meaning to include the work of artists that create art inspired by traditions that connect to Jewish history, culture, values and identity. The “Jewish Spirit” within us heightens our sense of God’s presence in our lives.

Our special guests for the Opening event are Rabbi Suri Friedman, who will present a brief talk on the Biblical roots of Jewish interest in the Visual Arts, and Dr. Allan Friedman, Director of Music for the Synagogue, who will lead a lively, Judaic “Sing-a-Long”.

The AGJA Artists in the Exhibit includes Beth El members Galia Goodman & Sol Levine
ISRAEL: Asher Kalderon, Oren Loloi, Rachel Rowen
ALABAMA: Shoshanna Rosenthal
CALIFORNIA: Sandra Lee Wollin, YoHana bat Adam
GEORGIA: Ellen Filreis, Lynette Joel, Flora Rosefsky
MARYLAND:Rabbi Joanne Heiligman
MASSACHUSETTS: Frann Addison, Michael Bogdanow, Dena Bach Elovitz, Fay Grajower, Iris Sonnenschein
MISSOURI: Jeane Vogel
NEW YORK: Karla Gudeon, Howard Vichinsky, Renne Vichinsky
NORTH CAROLINA: Galia Goodman, Sol Levine, Kitty Sherwin, Simone Soltan
OHIO: Gabrielle Mizrache-Mallin
OKLAHOMA: Donna Matles
TENNESSEE: Mildred Schiff
VIRGINIA: Ronni Jolles


Beth El member Joel Fleishman will be honored at the American Hebrew Academy

The American Hebrew Academy
in Greensboro, NC
invites all Beth El members
to join them for an 80th birthday
celebratory luncheon honoring
Joel Fleishman
April 3, 2014 at 12:00pm

There is no charge for Beth El members to attend this luncheon.
The school will gratefully accept donations in Joel's honor.
rsvp by March 23, 2014 to

American Hebrew Academy
An International Jewish College Prep Boarding School
4334 Hobbs (Tanger) Road
Greensboro, North Carolina 27410
(336) 217-7070, (855) 855-4334 toll free



Mental Health Workshop for Clergy, Individuals, & Professionals

The Faith Connections on Mental Illness 4th Annual Conference will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Harold Koenig, noted mental health expert, author, psychiatrist, and Duke University Medical Center professor. Also speaking, and participating in a panel discussion on spirituality and mental health care, is Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD, assistant professor of psychiatry and pastoral and moral theology at Duke University Medical Center and Duke Divinity School. Tonya Armstrong, PhD, MTS, will speak on “Establishing an Effective Congregational Mental Health Ministry.”

Professional Continuing Education credits are available from Wake Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Anyone who wants to learn more about mental illness and the community’s role in recovery is encouraged to attend.

Registration is $25/person by 3/7/14 and $35 thereafter. CEUs are optional for an additional $20 via Wake AHEC. Register online at or call 919-942-6227 for a mail-in registration form. Faith Connections on Mental Illness is an inter-faith coalition of faith communities whose mission is work with all faith communities to welcome, include, support, educate, and advocate for individuals and families who are living with mental illness. Beth El is a co-sponsor of the 2014 conference. Visit to learn more.


Women’s Voices Chorus Performs
“ The Long Bright” in partnership
with UNC and Duke Cancer Centers

As part of their 20th anniversary celebration, Women’s Voices Chorus proudly presents “The Long Bright.” The concert will take place on May 16 at 8 p.m. at Hill Hall Auditorium on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill and is produced in partnership with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Duke Cancer Institute.
The program includes Andrea Clearfield’s “The Long Bright,” a cantata tracing one couple’s journey through cancer diagnosis and treatment. The piece showcases poetry by David Wolman, whose wife, the soprano Anni Baker, succumbed to breast cancer. Wolman commissioned this piece, which premiered in Philadelphia in 2004. This performance will feature a chamber orchestra and soprano soloist Susan Hellman.
Additionally, the chorus will perform Lana Walter’s “I Am Not Here,” commissioned by the chorus in 2010, Abbie Betinis’s canon “Be Like the Bird,” and other works exploring themes of illness and mourning, joy and triumph.
WVC is committed to performing high quality women’s choral music for Triangle audiences. To learn more or purchase tickets, please visit


Inter-Faith Council for Social Service

invites you to attend the
Groundbreaking Ceremony for
the New Community House

Monday, May 5, 2014 8:00 am
1315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Continental Breakfast immediately following the ceremony.

Please RSVP by April 28th at or 919.929.6380 x15

Parking available at United Church, Orange United Methodist Church (rear lot only)
and the UNC parking lot adjacent to the site off Homestead Road