Monthly Community News from 
the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary
January 2019
A Look Back At 2018—And Excitement For 2019

I want to use this space to thank every person who contributes in every way to the vital work of our Federation.

Our programs and services rely on the many individuals who give time, resources, in-kind contributions, and financial support. Without you there is no way our staff could achieve what we did this past year. And it has been a tremendous amount of activity:

  • JCC camp and track-out programs
  • JFS senior connections and food pantry
  • Community-building events such as Casino Night, Federation Feeds, and 13 Extraordinary Women
  • Exciting improvements to our North Raleigh campus
  • The North Carolina legislature’s recognition of the celebration of Israel’s 70th birthday
  • Community responses to disasters here and throughout the world
. . . and much more.

The demonstration of enthusiasm and engagement in community activities has been wonderful to see.
We couldn’t do all this great work without our staff. We are fortunate to have staff across our agencies to carry on the Federation’s mission—to serve as a force that connects generations, congregations and the unaffiliated alike.

But we also couldn’t do it all without people in the community. So I encourage you to get involved in whatever activity feels most important to you:

  • Are you most interested in serving people in need in our community? Jewish Family Services has volunteer opportunities for you.
  •  Are you looking for a location where you can meet with old friends—and make new friends—in a culturally Jewish environment? Look to our Jewish Community Center.
  •  Want to ensure the continuation of Jewish values? Consider supporting our rapidly-growing PJ Library.
  •  Do you support advocacy for the Jewish people here and throughout the nation and world? Our Jewish Community Relations Council has areas where you can greatly contribute.
Again, thank you for supporting your Federation. I am tremendously excited to build on our momentum. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of the Federation, I hope your new year is full of joy, full of meaning, and full of Jewish life.

L’Shalom ,
Robert Hubal
President, Board of Trustees
Calling All Realtors!

The Federation will be starting a new affinity group--the Jewish Residential & Commercial Realtors Group!
Events will include networking opportunities, educational Lunch & Learns, and more!

To get on the contact list for updates, please e-mail  Laura Sokol-Meade  at 
Chagall Society of NC

Visual Artists Happy Hour

Calling all Jewish visual artists in Wake County! Join us at our inaugural event for the Chagall Society of North Carolina. Our mission is to provide a space where Jewish artists can support each other as they create their work.

February 21st
The Outpost
306 E. Hargett St., Raleigh

Mingle at a happy hour with fellow creative Jews and learn more about this new opportunity to combine your heritage and the visual arts.  

What counts as a visual art? Painting, sculpting, mixed media, fiber and textile arts, woodworking, metalwork, jewelry-making . . . and many things we haven't thought of yet!

[Are you in music, theatre, or dance? Stay tuned for information about future events!]

This event is open to people who create art--whether you are doing it as your day job, or as a passionate hobby. This event is FREE to attend (buy your own drinks), but please register by clicking the button below to provide us with a headcount.
Interested in learning more? Contact Jorie Slodki or Laura Sokol-Meade !
Jewish Community & Carolina Hurricanes--
A Winning Combination!

Our Jewish Community Hurricanes Hat Trick night was a resounding success! The 'Canes beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-0, and we think it was because of our fans!
Get Ready for Summer!

Is your child ready for their best summer ever? Then Camp J is the place for them. We are celebrating our 25th summer with 9 weeks that will be filled with friendship, fun and adventure. 

Be sure to check out our Last Blast specialty camps on August 12-16 and our  Sayarim Aleph  (rising 5th-6th) and  Sayarim Bet  (rising 7th-9th) travel schedules. 

JCC Members Priority Registration opens on January 15 
General Community Registration opens January 23

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
Welcome New JFS Therapist!

Raleigh-Cary Jewish Family Services is pleased to welcome our newest therapist, Carla Huff, MEd, MSW, LCSWA to our staff. Using a person-centered approach, Carla works through her clients’ challenges to provide them with a sense of control over their lives. Carla sees children, adolescents, teens, and adults for therapy on an affordable sliding-scale.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Carla, she can be reached by telephone at (919) 676-2200 x123 or by email at
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
Entrance, sports court, TreeRunner Welcome Center (right), athletic fields (back right)
Inside view of sports court--basketball, bleachers, and foursquare
Look at what’s coming in 2019!
As you can see, our new state-of-the-art covered sports arena will feature two full-sized basketball courts, bleacher seating, bathrooms and climate control with cooling fans. These spacious courts can also be used for tennis, volleyball, pickleball, and more. The perimeter of the courts have designated space for other fun games like shuffleboard and foursquare. 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!
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.
2019 Raleigh Women's Seder

Share in ritual, ruach, friendship, and dinner at a special inter-generational Passover seder for women and girls. Explore the Haggadah with an emphasis on the role of women.

A traditional Passover dinner will be served.

Final deadline for registration is Sunday, March 10, 2019.
Space is limited!

Sponsored by Temple Beth Or Sisterhood, Beth Meyer Sisterhood, Beth Shalom Sisterhood, Raleigh Hadassah, and Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary.
Dear Dorit,
My daughter (a 2nd grader) is excited about the idea of doing a Tu B'Shevat seder this year. I never heard about this growing up, and I feel way out of my depth. What are some good resources out there?

Not a Tree Hugger

Dear Not a Tree Hugger,
Living in a climate where Tu B'Shevat happened in the dead of winter, the New Year for the Trees always got the short shrift. In our more environmentally conscious times, it is finally getting some attention. The Tu B'Shevat seder, an idea originally developed by 16th Century Kabbalists, is giving people a way to infuse more spiritual meaning in this minor holiday. Here are some online resources for developing a seder for your family:

Once you have looked through a few different versions, you might even create a seder of your own, which could provide a powerful lesson to your daughter on making traditions her own.
Mazel tov to Rabbi Yisroel & Chana Cotlar on the birth of their baby boy, Sholom! He arrived on the 5th night of Chanukah, and his smile can light up the room!
Congratulations to 13 Extraordinary Women honoree Aliza Bricklin! On January 27th, she will be installed as the President of Hadassah Southern Seaboard!
If you have a bissel news, contact
to be added to the Jews In the News Section of our next newsletter.

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

Chagall Society
Visual Artists Happy Hour
Thursday, February 21st
The Outpost (306 E. Hargett St, Raleigh)

Raleigh Women's Seder
Sunday, March 31st
Beth Shalom of Wake County

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. 
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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.
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