Monthly Community News from 
the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary
December 2018
The Board of Trustees, Professional Staff, and the beneficiary agencies of the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary wish you and your family a Happy Chanukah.
25 Days Left for the
Campaign for Jewish Needs!

Help us make The Levine Leap Forward!

The Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary is excited to announce that The Leon Levine Foundation has generously granted us a matching gift to allow us to grow our fundraising efforts. 
Make a gift by December 31 to have your gift matched dollar for dollar!  Every new or lapsed gift received  (i.e. have not made a gift since 2016 ) will go toward the match !  
The Foundation will also match the increased portion of any larger donations received this year compared to last year! (i.e. If you gave $1,000 last year, and $1,500 this year, $500 will be matched by the foundation!)

ALSO . . .

  • Did you know that you could donate your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) to the Jewish Federation of Raleigh to support the Annual Campaign
  • Did you know that you can sell stock to pay your pledge
  • Did you know the 2018 Annual Campaign will end on December 31?

Please make your gift today by clicking on the button below.

Hurricanes Hat Trick Sunday

Join us on December 16th at 1pm as we come together as a community to cheer on the
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Arizona Coyotes!

  • Upper Level: Shoot Twice Zone - $25 per ticket - (Box Office Price is $32).
  • Lower Level: Center-Ice, Section 120 - $80 per ticket - (Box Office Price $160! - 7-8 rows from the glass!
  • Discounted Parking Pass Add-on Option - $15 (Regularly $20)

Purchase Tickets by the end of TODAY,
Thursday, December 6th .
(Tickets make a great Chanukah gift for your family!)

  • FAN TUNNEL! Want to get a spot in the Fan Tunnel between periods and high-five the players?! - Be one of the first 50 tickets SOLD for this event!
  • ALL KIDS UNDER 16 are welcome to join the POST-GAME SLAP SHOT on the ICE!
Office Closures

The Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary and its beneficiary agencies (Raleigh-Cary Jewish Community Center, Raleigh-Cary Jewish Family Services) will be closed the following dates and times:

December 24--Closed at 2pm
December 25--Closed all day
December 31--Closed at 2pm
January1--Closed all day
Triangle Newcomers!

A wonderful group of Triangle Newcomers enjoyed coffee, cake and conversation while learning about life in the their new city. 

If you are new or know someone who is new to the area contact Terri Fishman at  for more information on Triangle Newcomers.

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
2018--A Year In Review

As another year comes to a close, The JFS Board of Advisors and professional staff wish you all a very Happy New Year.

2018 has been a fantastic year for JFS. With the support of our donors and volunteers, we have been able to serve more of our community in more ways than ever. Along with our ongoing services and programs, this year JFS served as the primary intake point for Jewish communities impacted by Hurricane Florence. While leading the case management charge in the aftermath of a natural disaster presents many challenges, the rewards of helping families and individuals recover and rebuild far outweigh the difficulties. We offer special thanks to those of you who donated to the local and national Federation Hurricane Florence Relief Funds. Your gifts are hard at work repairing homes and lives.

So far this year, your support has provided:

  • 1222 Therapy, Counseling, and Case Management services for 271 clients
  • $6,673 in Emergency Financial Assistance for rent, utilities, medical bills, and more
  • 3021 meals through the JFS Food Pantry and Mitzvah Meals
  • 1328 JFSGo rides for seniors to medical appointments, supermarkets, pharmacies, and Jewish community programs
  • Monthly Shabbat services at 12 senior living communities
  • Community volunteer opportunities, Good Deeds Day, the Senior Resource Fair, and more

Whether you are a family of one or many, with children or without, just starting out or approaching the end of your journey, JFS is here to help you navigate life’s challenges.

PJ Library®  program provides a free gift of a high-quality, age-appropriate Jewish book 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
-Carole Guld
-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
Covered court materials are here!

In the coming months, you will see crews hard at work constructing our state-of-the-art covered sports arena – this one has two full-sized basketball courts surrounded by various court games! Get ready to play basketball, tennis, volleyball and pickleball. The perimeter of the courts will have designated space for fun ball games like every kids’ favorite foursquare. Our brand new courts will have bleacher seating, bathrooms and climate control with cooling fans.  We can’t wait to get in the game!

Are you interested in getting involved with our growing Jewish Community Campus,
or a campus naming opportunity?  Contact  Tami Kirk  today!
Thanks to everyone who came to our Cardozo Society Networking Luncheon. We enjoyed eating delicious food at Sitti while engaging in a panel discussion with former law clerks for justices of the Supreme Court.
Triangle Chicken Soup Cookoff!

Do you think your chicken soup is the best? Prove it! Sign up to enter your soup in this tasty competition and spend an afternoon tasting the best bowls in the Triangle!

All proceeds from the Triangle Chicken Soup Cookoff will benefit the Raleigh-Cary Jewish Family Services Food Pantry. For more information on entering your soup or becoming a sponsor, click the button below.
Dear Dorit,
I am starting to get uncomfortable with the amount of clutter in my house. What are some gifts I can put on my Chanukah list that don't take up space?

Mari Kandowitz

Dear Mari,
Good on you for taking steps to prevent the endless stream of tchotchkes that just sit around and collect dust. Here are some ideas for gifts showing that, as my neighbor's bumper sticker says, "the best things in life aren't things.

  • Experiences: Restaurant gift cards, theatre and concert subscriptions, museum memberships, animal encounters at the zoo or aquarium, lessons in a hobby you've always wanted to try.
  • Services: Gift certificates for hair styling, mani/pedis, massages, housecleaning.
  • Consumables: A bit of a cheat, since these will take up some shelf space before you use them. Tasty things like fancy chocolates, jams, cheeses. Or, you could go for useful things you need to replenish, like hand soaps or stationery.
  • Charity: Ask your friends and family to give the gift of camp scholarships to Camp JCC, or a lifeline of care through Raleigh-Cary Jewish Family Services.

If you still end up getting pesky gifts you don't want, feel free to send them my way!
We at the Federation wish a hearty Mazel Tov and kol ha'kavod to our Director of Finance, Sherrie Auriene , as she begins her retirement. We are so grateful for your 12 years of service to the Jewish community.
If you have a bissel news, contact
to be added to the Jews In the News Section of our next newsletter.

Jewish Community
Hurricanes Hat Trick Sunday
Sunday, December 16th
PNC Arena

International Lions of Judah Conference 2019 in Florida
January 13th-15th

Triangle Chicken Soup Cookoff
to Benefit the JFS Food Pantry
Sunday, January 27th
Temple Beth Or

LGBTQ Mission to Israel
June 6th-13th
Triangle Newcomers

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. 
Shop 'Til You Plotz!

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Go to  Smile.Amazon.Com  and select "The Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary/JCC" as your charity of choice.
Raleigh-Cary Congregation News

Click the links below to see the upcoming events across the community!

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. 
No matter your stage in life,
the Federation has a way for you to find your crowd.
To see our calendar of upcoming events, click here: