Shalom from Kol Haskalah

November 2015 


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Sunday, November 8th,10:00 am
Murphey Hall
UNC-CH Campus

Come and enjoy the first film in Kol Haskalah's Jewish Film Festival. Thanks to our volunteer facilitators, who will present films on five Sundays, from October through February.  

Each film revolves around a topic of Jewish interest and each has been selected for its entertainment value as well as its validity as a basis for discussion of Jewish themes.  Comedies, dramas, musicals, animation, classics and contemporaries, there's something for everyone  Showings are during Sunday School, and are free to all. Bring your own popcorn!
       Nov. 8th     THE CHOSEN                     Presented by Karen Schinsky
   Dec. 6th    THE COBBLER                    Presented by Robin Betts
  Jan. 10th    CROSSING DELANCY        Presented by Burt Rauch
                     Feb. 7th       A WALK ON THE MOON     Presented by Susan Davis  
Saturday, December 12th, 10:00 am 
Home of Ev Glatt 
Carolina Meadows Retirement Community 
Chapel Hill, NC

The book group will discuss The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World, by Lucette Lagnado. For more information, contact Lynne Kane (919-960-0983) or

Saturday, December 12th, 5:00-8:00
ERUUF Fellowship Hall
4907 Garrett Road,
Durham, NC
Celebrate Hanukkah with Kol Haskalah! Participate in a Havdalah/Hanukkah service and enjoy eating latkes, a holiday music singalong and an olive oil tasting.
Bring your own menorah for a joint candle lighting moment. Make a menorah at home to enter our annual homemade menorah art exhibit and/or participate in the contest to create your own menorah on site. Bring whatever odds and ends of craft supplies, i.e. paper scraps, popsicle sticks, shoe boxes, glue etc. for others to share in making their creation. Each person who displays their "menorah" will get to pick from a prize bag.

A potluck dinner will finish off the evening. Please bring a dish to share with at least 6-8 people and plan to either come early to help set up tables or stay late to help clean up. Many hands make light work!   Also, if convenient, bring your own plates and cutlery to help the environment.  

We will be collecting winter coats in all sizes for children as well as non-perishable food items for local food pantries. 
We look forward to celebrating with everyone! Open to the public. Bring your friends!
RSVP to Karen Schinsky at or 919-370-9887. 

Suzanne Lehavot for organizing the successful High Holiday services and to all those who participated in this effort: Bonnie Axelrod, Marv Axelrod, Susan Davis, Barbara Flink, Sara Gordon, Sylvia Gordon, Frank Gross, Lynne Kane, Naomi Lehavot, Carol Minton, Burt Rauch, Renee Rauch, David Sennett, Rosemary Rancer-Betts, Jenn Sessler, Karen Schinsky, Abby Zachary, Dan Zachary.

Everyone who contributed to the success of the Niskor Memorial Service: Marv Axelrod, Burt and Renee Rauch, Barbara Flink, Sara and Sylvia Gordon, Jenn Sessler and especially Frank Gross and Dan Zachary.
~ Carol

Kurt and Tierney Grandis and daughter Keely and son Gabe
Frank Gross
Lanya Shapiro and sons Joshua and Ari
Rena and Jim Zito and daughter Mira

We are pleased you chose Kol Haskalah and are excited to have you as a part of our community. We look forward to getting to know you better at future holiday celebrations and programs.

We always have volunteer opportunities. Please let us know if you have a skill, talent or pair of willing hands to become more active in our  congregation.


Things have been hopping at 
Sunday  School, with activity for everyone from our 4 year olds to adults!

THE JUNIORS have been creating marvelous art projects, including paper fruit which decorated our "chapel" for the Sukkot program, and Torah puppets which expressed their individual interests. They continue to enjoy their music time with Frank, Dan, and Tate, and did a great job sharing what they'd learned about Simchat Torah during Family Time at our last session.

THE SENIOR S are continuing their unit on Comparative Religion and have gotten a lot from their guest visitors, Zackari Merdi, a Humanistic Muslim and Bradley Oberi, who spoke on Christianity. The Seniors also did a great job leading our Sukkot celebration.

The MITZVAH CLASS is focusing on Humanistic Jewish values, especially tzedakah, mitzvot, and tikkun olam, and exploring social action as a method for putting those values into play. We're proud of all our kids and the work they're doing!

Many of our adults attended the first offering of the KH Film Festival, Annie Hall, hosted by Paul Bogus (popcorn graciously provided by Wiley Betts!). Be sure to put our next film, The Chosen (based on the remarkable Chaim Potok novel about the Hasidic and Orthodox communities of Brooklyn in the 1940's) on your calendar. The showing will be at 10:00, Sunday, Nov. 8, in Murphey Hall, hosted by Karen Schinsky.

A big thank you to the parents who've done so much to support for our school! The kids, the faculty, and I really appreciate the role parents and volunteers play in making Sunday School effective, meaningful, and fun. Special shoutouts to Sara Gordon and Jess Schinsky for volunteering with the Juniors, and to Lena and Scott Wegner, Rena and Jim Zito, and Dan Zachary and Becky Frank for the snacks!



Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill
Chabad of Durham - Chapel Hill/UNC & Duke
Thursday, October 29th, 7:00 pm
Levin Jewish community Center
1937 West Cornwallis Road
Join Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf  for an evening where we will study the
Seven Habits of Stress-Free People: The Keys to YOUR inner Peace & Serenity! Rabbi Wolf draws upon contemporary positive psychology side by side with ancient spiritual wisdoms to create a unique synthesis of past and present, reshaping people's lives and values and aiding them with the skills to live a more relaxed and intentional life.

Rabbi Wolf was senior lecturer in Jewish spirituality at Melbourne University and most recently founded Spiritgrow - The Josef Kryss Centre, a cutting edge personal growth training facility and has lectured in over 500 cities across the globe. 
$7 per ticket. Students Free of charge. Reservation required.

Thursday, November 5th, 2015, 7:30 pm 
Sonja Haynes Stone Center 
UNC-Chapel Hill

North Carolina Hillel welcomes Ari Shavit, a leading Israeli columnist and author of critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestseller My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, to UNC-Chapel Hill for a free public lecture for students, faculty, staff and community members!

A member of the editorial board of Israeli newspaper Haaretz, and a prominent commentator on Israeli public television. Ari Shavit has become one of the strongest voices in the nation's public arena. He challenges the dogmas of both right and left with his unique insights into the roles of Israel and Zionism in the 21st century.

Shavit hopes that his presentation "will promote a deeper, better-informed and far more balanced discussion of Israel and the Middle East. As the great American democracy and the frontier Israeli democracy face dramatic challenges, we should all be engaged in a profound, free and civilized discussion of the past, present and future of the Promised Land."

Free tickets for students and community members will be available at the door first-come, first-served.

This event is hosted by NC Hillel and cosponsored by UNC Global, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Global Initiatives, Curriculum on Peace, War and Defense, School of Media and Journalism, Heels for Israel, J Street UNC, the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary, Beth David Synagogue, Beth El Synagogue, Beth Meyer Synagogue, Beth Shalom, Judea Reform Congregation, Kehillah Synagogue, Temple Beth Or, Temple Emanuel and Hillel International. Sponsorship list still in formation.

Click here for information about parking at and arounc the  Sonja H. Stone Center.
The Jewish Record Collection on  
Sunday, November 8th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm 
6905 Fayetteville Road, Suite 204
 (Elevator access to second floor) 
Durham, NC

Ancestry has more than 16 billion total records online and millions more are being added each month. Join Crista Cowan for a look at what record collections specifically will benefit you in your research into your Jewish ancestry. We will include a look at the millions of immigration records available through Ancestry. Crista will also share some of her best tips and tricks for successfully searching these records.

Crista has been employed by since 2004; her involvement in family history, however, reaches all the way back to childhood. From being parked under a microfilm reader at the Family History Library in her baby carrier to her current career as a professional genealogist, Crista has spent thousands of hours discovering, documenting and telling family stories.

We have 15 seats available for nonmembers 
(or join us for 13 months of membership for $26) 
RSVP to 
Seats are limited

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Sunday, November 22nd, 4:15 pm 


This month, please consider helping Kol Haskalah, along with Judea Reform and Beth El, provide dinners to homeless and hungry people in Durham. We serve over 200 people each month and the number keeps growing. We feed all ages, all backgrounds, all religions.


We need donations of 10 tuna casseroles, cookies, 14 large cans of green beans (Costco size),  2 large cans of sweetened iced tea mix, 12 cups of shredded cheese and peanut butter and jelly (there are so many kids now!) and 3 large bottles of Ranch or Italian salad dressing. 


You can drop off the food at Judea Reform by Friday, November 20th or take supplies directly to the shelter on Sunday, November 22nd. Please let me know what you can donate so I can coordinate with the other congregations. Contact Francis Presma at or 919-451-6207. We would love to have more participation from Kol Haskalah in this mitzvah. 


Also, please consider joining the prep crew to prepare and serve meals to help the needy and hungry; it's fun and a minimal time commitment. We begin at 4:15 p.m. and are usually finished by 5:45. Children over 13 (and Pre-Bar and Bat Mitzvah) may use time to participate in making or buying food for these dinners as part of their community service activities. What better way to teach what Humanistic Judaism really means. Contact Frances Presma at if you would like to sign up.



Tuna Casserole Recipe


2 bags of noodles (any kind)

3 carrots and 3 celery stalks, chopped

2 large cans of cream of mushroom soup (Food Lion has their own brand)

6-7 cans of chunk light tuna, drained


Cook noodles, blend all ingredients together, put in disposable tin (one really big or two medium ones). You can deliver anytime to Judea Reform for them to freeze in advance or deliver fresh on Sunday to the Community kitchen. So easy! Prepare when you have



We continue to collect non-perishable foods for the food banks and old towels/blankets for the animal shelters. We also collect soaps, shampoos, etc. (all those samples that we get and never use) and donate them to the Durham Women's shelter. Please bring to any congregation event. We will deliver for you!   

Renee and Burt Rauch  

    Joshua Shapiro 11/11
    Robin Betts 11/17
    Max Gray  11/22







I f you have, or know of, member life events that you would like to share with your Kol Haskalah community, let me know at

 ... AND  IN  YOU ~


To all our members: If you or someone in your family could use community support, please contact us at to let us know what we can do or If you're in a position to offer some help.




Tributes are greetings,  thank yous, or other messages from members to members acknowledging celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries or other events with a donation to Kol Haskalah in that person's name. We ask that a minimum donation be $10 per greeting.

Please send tribute notices and checks, made out to Kol Haskalah, to:
Barbara Flink, Kol Haskalah Treasurer, 10100 Rock Hollow Road, #108, Raleigh, NC 27617


Unless otherwise noted, events occur at
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

  4907 Garrett Road

Durham, NC 


    6/10 mile east of 15-501, on the left 


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  Seder and large celebrations are in the Fellowship Hall at the front of the complex  


Shabbat celebrations are in Classrooms 4 & 5 at the back of the Care Building, at the rear of the campus.