Table of Contents

  1. Casino Night Pics
  2. 13 Extraordinary Women Nominations
  3. Host Families Wanted
  4. PJ Library Growth
  5. Faces of Federation Feeds
  6. Campus Buzz
  7. PJ Library News
  8. JFS News
  9. JCC News
  10. Cardozo Luncheon Pics
  11. Women's Seder Pics
  12. Melton Graduation
  13. Wanted: Lawyer
  14. Dear Dorit
  15. Throwback Thursday
  16. Jews in the News
  17. Save the Dates
  18. Preschool Registration
  19. Shalom Triangle
  20. Amazon Smile
  21. Congregation News

The annual Jewish Federation Casino Night really hit the jackpot at Margaux's Restaurant in Raleigh.  Thank you to our orgizers, sponsors, and guests for raising money to support programs at the JCC!

13X Nominations Now Open
Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary Lions of Judah

In 2017, we honored 13 extraordinary women from our community.  
Now it is time to pick the new cadre of honorees.  
Nominations are now open for 13 Extraordinary Women 2018!

To nominate your favorite extraordinary women, CLICK HERE.

Save the date!

13 Extraordinary Women 2018
Thursday, November 1, 2018 @ 7-9PM 
The Glenwood ( 3300 Woman's Club Drive, Raleigh)

HostFamShlichot Host Families Needed!

Camp JCC is excited to welcome two shlichot (Israeli counselors) to work as specialists this summer. Throughout the summer, these counselors teach our campers the history and culture of Israel through stories, games, songs, dance, music, and crafts. Camp JCC is looking for families to host one of these counselors for 3 week intervals between June 9-August 13.  

If you are interested in being a host family, CLICK HERE.

Tarboot (Israeli Culture) Specialist--Amit Paz
Amit lives with her parents and four siblings in Atlit, a coastal town south of Haifa.  Amit just finished her IDF service, where she served in a classified unit for two years. Amit loves to swim at the beach and hang out with her friends. In her spare time she listens to music, sings, and loves to watch Friends. Amit is looking forward to bringing her love for Israel to our campers.  
(Fun fact--Amit's sister, Maayan, was a shlicha at Camp JCC in 2010!)

Rikud (Israeli Dance) Specialist--Adva Cohen
Adva lives in Pardes Hanna near Caesarea with her mother and two brothers.  Adva served for two years in the IDF as a field observer on the Egyptian border as part of the Intelligence department. Adva loves camping, going to the beach, and dancing. In her spare time she listens to music and loves to watch Grey's Anatomy and The Big Bang Theory. Adva is looking forward to teaching campers new things about Israel.

PJGrowPJ Library:  
A Program on the GROW!

It's official--PJ Library Raleigh-Cary has exploded! 

In less than a year, we have become one of the nation's fastest-growing PJ communities, engaging 467 families with children ages 6 months-8 years, with Jewish ideas and conversations through the introduction of books, music, and other media.

We aren't the only ones who are proud of our PJ Library program--others are starting to notice, too! Thanks to the Leon Levine Foundation, we are hiring two "Parent Connectors" to engage families in Wake Forest and in the Cary/Apex/Holly Springs area. 

In May, PJ Library Program Coordinator Tina Schultz and Camp JCC Assistant Director Sari Rose-Brown will be attending PJ Library's annual conference in Springfield, MA. In September, we will be kicking off a new and enhanced series of Shabbat and holiday programming for PJ Families, thanks to a generous grant from the Jewish Federations of North America.

For many of our families, PJ Library serves as the entry point to Jewish life and involvement in the Jewish community. That is why we are so excited to be growing--and why we need your support.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can become a PJ Library Benefactor, e-mail Tina Schultz at

FeedsMeet the Faces of Federation Feeds!

Mark your calendars on October 4th  for Federation Feeds:  a fun "food-raiser" to benefit Jewish Family Services.  Three wonderful community couples are serving as event Chairs, and they are working hard to bring you this exciting new & delicious event. 

This month, meet co-chairs
Anna & Craig Meddin

First Things First!

More roadways and parking are in progress! Groundwork is already complete for one of our new parking lots, designed for 80 spots. Soon enough, you'll be able to park here if you are headed to the playing fields or sports complex. When finished, the campus will have 5 times more parking than it does now!

Are you interested in getting involved with our  growing  Jewish Community Campus? 
Contact Tami Kirk today!

If you are interested in a campus naming opportunity,
please contact 


To register for Reading & Tea Party, CLICK HERE

PJ L ibrary┬«  program  provides a free gift of a high-quality, age-appropriate Jewish b ook or CD mailed to the home every month. 

PJ Library was brought to Wake County with generous funding from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and our  PJ Library Benefactor Circle.

-Susan and Steven Reinhard
-Jane Pinsky and Richard Adelman,  in memory of Ellen Adelman  
-Stacy and Craig Becher  
-Sarah Fuerst, in memory of Bob Fuerst
-Ann and George Tosky
-The Jewish Federation Lions of Judah

Want to be a part of PJ Library? Want to get the PJ Newsletter? Sign up here'Like' our PJ Library Facebook page to get news of PJ Library programs in the community. Interested in becoming a member of the PJ Library Benefactor Circle? Contact Tina Schultz

Doing Good on Good Deeds Day
Good Deeds Day is an annual tradition of social action. All over the world, millions of people volunteer to help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something to improve the lives of others and positively change the world.  Since its origin by an Israeli NGO in 2007, this tradition has grown from 7,000 in Israel alone to 2.5 million participants in 93 countries, uniting people all over the world!

The Raleigh-Cary community has been participating in Good Deeds Day since 2013.  JFS plans and coordinates projects for the entire community. Last year, over 450 local volunteers participated in 24 projects in 11 locations.

This year, projects are available to benefit organizations such as Diaper Bank of NC, Safe Haven for Cats, Dress for Success, A Place at the Table, Rise Against Hunger, American Red Cross, and much more. From ages 3 to 103, there is a project for everyone!

Are you ready to participate? To sign up for a project that is near and dear to your heart, CLICK HERE.

If you cannot volunteer but still want to help, please consider donating needed items to assist Safe Haven for Cats and Saving Grace Animals for Adoption. To see a list of needed items, CLICK HERE. Items can be dropped off at JFS offices until 4/15, and at the JCC on 4/15.

For more information about this day, contact the JFS Program Coordinator at 919-676-2200 ext. 129 or


Celebrate Israel!

Join us to celebrate Israel's independence with family fun for all ages!

Yom Ha'Atzmaut commemorates the declaration of independence of Israel in 1948. We celebrate this day each year with food, dancing, and song.  Activities include:
  • Boating on the lakefront
  • Bounce house
  • Climbing wall
  • Face painting & fairy hair
  • PJ Library activities
  • Gaga pit
  • Kona Ice for purchase
  • A lecture on "Israel & Us" presented by Ken Romley from 2:30-3:30pm
Sunday, April 22nd
2-5pm, Raleigh-Cary JCC
FREE to the public

The Raleigh-Cary JCC strives to create an atmosphere of support 
and community engagement at all of our programs.  More information about the JCC and upcoming programs can be found at

CardozoCardozo Spring Luncheon
Thirty members of the Cardozo Society had their Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, March 27th, at Oak & Dagger Public House. The speaker was Steve Hammel, the Vice President and General Manager of WRAL-TV since 2008. He shared stories illustrating ethical issues that come up when planning local news, as well as other personal anecdotes.  The Cardozo Society is an affinity group run by the Jewish Federation for Jewish lawyers, judges, and law students in Wake County.  

SederWomen's Community Seder 

The Jewish Federation was delighted to support the Women's Community Seder of Raleigh, held this year at Beth Meyer Synagogue. Thank you to ev eryone who made this a fun evening of sisterhood for all ages!

MeltonCelebrate 17 Years of Melton Learning

After 17 years and over 500 students, the Raleigh Melton School is having its final graduation ceremony on April 30th at 7pm at Beth Meyer Synagogue.

We will recognize our final class of graduates and reminisce about the programs and events offered by Melton through the years.

Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public, but we need to know how many people to prepare for in advance. To RSVP, please e-mail Janis Zaremba at

Article about the beginning of Raleigh Melton, circa. 2001

LawyerWanted: Legal Help

Temple Beth-El in Rocky Mount is closing. They are seeking an attorney who is willing to handle a pro bono corporate closing. 

A few years ago, the incorporation was allowed to lapse. An attorney is needed to wind down, help dispose of the assets, and help with an uncontested closing.

For more information, contact Sarah Fuerst at 919-847-4512 or


Dear Dorit,

I want to engage in more Jewish learning, but I don't have a lot of spare time for reading or attending a class. My commute is pretty much the only time I get to myself. Got any recommendations for Jewish podcasts I can listen to in the car?

Tentative Talmudist

Dear Tentative,

Podcasts are a great option for Jewish learning when you are isolated from in-person opportunities by time, distance, or energy. These podcasts have Dear Dorit's official seal of approval:
  • #YourTorah:  A "by women, for women" podcast that gives a summary of each book of the Mishnah.
  • Israel Story:  The "official Israeli ripoff" of This American Life presents human interest stories about Israel.
  • Responsa Radio:  A rabbi answers questions about how to apply Jewish Law to modern life.
  • The Joy of Text:  A look at relationships and sexuality through a Jewish perspective. NSFW!
  • Unorthodox:  An irreverent look at Jewish topics in the news.
  • Vaybertaytsh:  A feminist podcast    . . . entirely in Yiddish!
Yours truly has not yet started a podcast, but if you send enough fan mail . . . nah, I still won't.

Dear Dorit,

I am going on my first trip abroad in a few weeks--Iceland, Denmark, and Germany. I keep kosher and only eat fish, dairy, and vegetarian food outside the house. How do I make sure I don't starve in treyf-heavy countries?

Globetrotter from Garner
Dear Globetrotter,

Meat-free travel is getting easier, but some parts of Europe can still be difficult. Here are my tips for making sure you don't eat like a bird while migrating:
  • On an index card, write out your needs in each of the local languages and have it ready to show waiters. "I am a vegetarian. I do not eat beef, pork, or poultry. Eggs and dairy are OK."
  • Make some of your meals picnics using foods purchased from a grocery store or farmers market.
  • Keep healthy snacks in your backpack.
  • Before your trip, browse online for vegetarian or veggie-friendly restaurants in your destination.
  • When in doubt, go to ethnic restaurants that are likely to have veggie options (Middle Eastern, Indian, Italian)
While you are traveling, say "shalom" to Reykjavik's new rabbi!


Anya Gordon and Doug Kahn show their Israeli pride!
What year is this?
-Mazel tov to Chuck & Debrah Barish on the marriage of their son, Jacob, to Hannah Lewis! (right)

-Kol ha'kavod to Tyler White, Eric Swenson, Shane Freedman, and Dana Shulman for their election to the BBYO Eastern Region North Carolina Council Board!

-Congratulations to Andrew Kaplan , who will be receiving the rank of Eagle Scout at the end of the month!
-Mazel tov to  Michael & Elizabeth Ross  on the engagement of their daughter, Emily, to Michael Mims! (left)

-Congratulations to Federation employee Jorie Slodki, who was selected by public vote to direct a play for the Women's Theatre Festival! Look out for her production of Melanie Marnich's These Shining Lives this summer.

I f you have a bissel news, contact
to be added to the  Jews In the News Section of our next newsletter.

JFS Good Deeds Day
Sunday, April 15th

FRD Leadership Mission to Berlin & Budapest
July 13-19th

Federation Feeds: A Fun Foodraiser for Jewish Family Services
Thursday, October 4th

October 22-24th

Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary Lions of Judah
13 Extraordinary Women Share the Secrets of their Success

November 1 at the The Glenwood
PreschoolPreschool Registration Time!

The following preschools are open for registration:

ShalomShalom Triangle!

Have you recently moved to Wake County?  Is there a new Jewish family on your block? 

Let us know so that we can send information about community resources. 

Fill out the form-  CLICK HERE.
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Raleigh-Cary Congregation News
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         Miriam's Tent is now available by mail!

Some of our community members have requested a paper copy of Miriam's Tent be mailed to them as well. Click here if you would like to be added to that list. There will be a $36 annual fee. 
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