To register for  Casino Night, 

We would like to thank our current list of sponsors!

Venue Sponsor
Margaux's Restaurant

Pit Boss Sponsor
Ken & Di Romley

Dealer Sponsor
Chuck & Debrah Barish
Craig & Stacy Becher
BizCom Global
Steven & Lisa Feierstein
Foster Lake & Pond Management
Frankel Staffing Partners
Carole Guld
Sheldon Hayer
Bobby & Claudia Kadis
Craig & Anna Meddin
Rich Adelman & Jane Pinsky
Michael & Elizabeth Ross
David & Sharon Singer
Springdale Printing
The Wolborsky Family


Women's Philanthropy Reception 
with Judy Altenberg

On February 22, the Lions of Judah convened at the home of Claudia Kadis. Judy Altenberg, immediate past chair of JFNA National Women's Philanthropy came into town to inspire our Lions. Everyone enjoyed good food, great conversation,  and gathered wonderful ways Lions can impact our community.


Maimonides Society Reception
featuring Dr. Itzhak Brook


On March 1, the Tosky Family hosted a Maimonides Society reception for a talk by
Dr. Itzhak Brook. 

Author of 'In the Sands of Sinai: A Physician's Account of the Yom Kippur War', Dr. Brook said, "The physical and psychological traumas my soldiers had to cope with, the effect of religion on them, the cost of war in human life and suffering, the challenges of caring or wounded enemy soldiers, and the daily struggle for survival in the difficult war which threatened Israeli's existence."

The following day, the JCRC also welcomed Dr. Brook to the JCC to hear his talk.

Chaga ll's "The Story of The Exodus" 
at Methodist University

Our 13 Extraordinary Women continue to shine. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Carlos & Terri Union Zukowski Endowment Fund, "The Story of The Exodus," a series of 24 lithographs by Marc Chagall, will be on display at the David McCune International Art Gallery at Methodist University until April 6.  

This is the first time the exhibit has traveled to the United States from a private collection in Italy. Admissions are free, though donations are encouraged.

For more information on gallery hours and tours,  CLICK HERE


Terry Union Zukowski, one of our 2017 13 Extraordinary Women and recipient of the Eileen Schwartz Extraordinary Leadership Award, stands at the Chagall Exhibit (left),  "And Miriam the prophetesse, sister of Aaron, tooke a timbrell in her hande, and all the women came out after her with timbrells and dances" (right)
To register for the Cardozo Society Luncheon, CLICK HERE.
Meet the Faces of Federation Feeds!

Mark your calendars on  June 7 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  Rachel & Seth Cohen!

Welcome, Mindy!

The Federation is excited to welcome Mindy Haas, Financial Resources Development Director. 

Mindy has been an active volunteer in the PTA for over 25 years and is currently serving as the immediate Past President for Florida PTA. She began the Health and Wellness initiative with the Florida PTA. She was selected as the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2011 National PTA Convention and currently serves as the Chair of the National PTA Convention Election Committee. She developed programs that address bullying, the childhood obesity crisis, and child sexual abuse prevention in schools.

Throughout the years, Mindy has been an entrepreneur, one that has been invited to build leadership and assist in company growth and development. She has many talents and is always taking on new challenges.

Mindy was born and raised in New York and relocated to Boca Raton, FL in 1987. She now lives in Raleigh with her husband of over 30 years, Russell. They have two children two grandchildren--and a shared passion for martial arts.

When asked about why she wanted to work at the Federation, Mindy said:

"Being a Jewish daughter and mother, I have always embraced the Jewish community and its culture. As a business woman, the Jewish Federation and the JCC have been clients for many years. I have always felt a personal connection with the community and knew one day I would give of my talents and skills to the organization. When I moved to Raleigh, I felt very disconnected from the Jewish community. When faced with the opportunity to work here, I knew that this was the door I needed to open and now that I am here I will look at this as not only my job but my new lifestyle."
Responsible Growth

Protecting our environment is a serious priority, as crews clear the way for the next phase of our Greater Raleigh Jewish Community Campus.

Workers have been hard at work installing four retention ponds (two temporary, two permanent) designed to limit runoff, erosion, and flooding of adjoining properties and creeks!

Did you know that although they are called "ponds," they do not actually hold water? Retention ponds are covered with sod and layered below the surface, allowing water to slowly release into the ground.

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 PJ Passover Breakfast, 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
To register and pay for the Women's Seder of Raleigh online,
click the link below:

Save the Date--JFS Good Deeds Day is Coming!
Hundreds of Wake County residents are expected to turn out on JFS Good Deeds Day, Sunday, April 15 th to do good for the benefit of others and the planet, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do a good deed, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively impact the world.
Good Deeds Day is a global movement that unites nearly 1 million volunteers in over 60 countries around the world in doing good deeds. The Raleigh-Cary community has been participating in Good Deeds Day since 2013. JFS plans and coordinates projects for the entire community.
In 2017, over 450 volunteers from the Raleigh-Cary Jewish community participated in 24 projects in 11 locations to better the Triangle community. Volunteers packed diapers for  The Diaper Bank of NC , collected and sorted clothes for  Note In The Pocket , served meals in collaboration with The Islamic Association of Raleigh at The  New Bern House , groomed horses at  Horses For Hope , cleaned up parks and the  JCC , and much more.
To learn more about Good Deeds Day locally, to suggest a project, or to volunteer, contact Debbie Ross, JFS Program Coordinator at or Tracy Bennett, JFS Volunteer Coordinator at . You can also call JFS at 919-676-2200 ext 120 or 129.

Dear Dorit,

I got a wedding invitation for an old friend. Unfortunately, the wedding is on the night of the 2nd Passover seder.  How do I let her know that I can't go, while still making it clear that she's important to me?

Confused in Cary

Dear Confused,

Call your friend on the phone. Texting won't cut it.  

Say, "I got your invitation. I am so happy for your wedding, and I wish that I could be there to celebrate in person. That won't be possible because the wedding is the same night as a Passover seder. But I wanted to let you know that I will be with you in spirit, and I look forward to celebrating with you in person at another time.

Remember to send in the RSVP card and buy her a gift. If your friendship is solid, she will understand.

[When it comes to the guest list, your friend might have more problems than Passover--this year, Passover begins on the same weekend as Easter.]

Dear Dorit,

For the first time in years, my grown son is coming home for Passover, and he is bringing his girlfriend . . . who is vegan.  She is fine with the rest of the family eating meat, but how in the world do I make her a meal that is kosher-for-Passover, avoids kitniyot, and is vegan?  Help!

Baffled Balebousta
Dear Baffled,

You are doing the right thing by thinking about her needs. As you can imagine, a plate of boiled potatoes and karpas is not going to fly. Think about what you can do to elevate ordinary foods by adding contrasting textures or layers.

Here are some suggestions:
  • Veganize your seder plate by replacing the shankbone with a roasted beet and the roasted egg with fresh flowers.
  • Pâté:  caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms and carrots, and toasted walnuts blended in a food processor. Serve on a bed of lettuce.
  • Stuffed vegetables:  cooked vegetable leaves or zucchini with quinoa- or mashed potato-based stuffing.
  • Gratin:  Mashed cauliflower or squash, baked with topping of toasted matzah crumbs.
  • Shepard's Pie:  Cooked vegetables topped with mashed potatoes.
  • "Pasta":  Spaghetti squash or zoodles with tomato sauce.
  • Dessert:  dried fruit compote
Gentle readers, please don't flood my mailbox with requests for k-for-P versions of Keto or Whole30 diets. Even I have my limits.

This was an event for JCC Mommy, Daddy, & Me!  
Do you recognize any of these cute babies?  
We can't believe that they are now in their 20s!  
Sunrise, sunset . . .

Gearing Up for Camp!

Camp JCC Assistant Director Sari-Rose Brown and Camp JCC Counselor Emma Golomb flew to St. Louis this month to attend the national Songleader Boot Camp Conference. This three-day conference was a time for singing, prayer, and professional sharing, but also provided intense leadership training.  

Through a grant, JCCA provided Sari-Rose and Emma the ability to attend the conference on the JCCA Track. They not only enjoyed leadership sessions taught by the conference leader, Rick Recht, but also had small intensives with other JCC camps in North America.  

Specialized track sessions taught attendees how to make music at camp a strong vehicle through which Judaism comes to life for their campers and counselors.  Sari-Rose and Emma connected with other professionals, found inspiration, and had an amazing time!

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

-Kol ha'kavod to  Kobe Early of Cary, who won the NCHSAA 4A State Wrestling Championship! This is the biggest Jewish wrestling victory since Jacob wrestled the Angel!  

-Mazel tov to Dana Odrezin on her engagement!

-Congratulations to Leah Burns, for being named on Longleaf Politics' list of Top Young Political Stars of NC!  Leah was honored as one of our 13 Extraordinary Women for her work as Deputy Chief of Staff to the NC State House Speaker. Now the whole state knows how extraordinary she really is!

-Congratulations to Lion of Judah Chair, Amy Bush! Her commercial real estate team was #3 on Keller Williams' Tops List for the Carolina region!

-Congratulations to Federation Board member, Mark Wiener! He represented the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary on a U.S. Attorney's Office panel on protecting houses of worship. Over 1,000 people were in attendance!

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 15

Federation Feeds: A Fun Foodraiser for Jewish Family Services
Thursday, June 7

FRD Leadership Mission to Berlin & Budapest
July 13-19

October 22-24th
Preschool Registration Time!

The following preschools are open for registration:

Shalom 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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         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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