Upcoming Events/Tikkun Olam: November 2014-January 2015

Wednesday, December 3rd, 7:00-9:00
Home of Susan Salzberg
414 Ridgefield Road
Chapel Hill, NC
All members of the congregation are invited to attend. Thoughts, suggestions and feedback are always welcome and appreciated.
Saturday, January 10th, 10:00 am
Carol Woods Retirement Community
150 Weaver Dairy Road
Chapel Hill, NC

The Humanistic Jewish Book Group will be reading “The Sisters Weiss” by Naomi Ragen and will meet at Carol Woods, courtesy of Wuz Beloff.

Those interested in books of Humanistic Jewish content are welcome to join us. We alternate between fiction and nonfiction titles. For further information and to RSVP to January’s meeting, contact Lynne Kane at batya.etel@gmail.com or 919-960-0983.


 World Religions: Spotlight on Judaism
Sunday, November 9th, 7:30 pm
Levin JCC
1937 W. Cornwallis Road
Durham, NC
Carolina Theatre
309 W. Morgan
Durham, NC 27701
Can religion be defined? Join our award-winning scholars Jack Miles Susannah Heschel with David Biale, as they tell a new story: Traveling from prehistory to the present day illuminating how world religions came to be acknowledged and studied, with a focus on Judaism. How has this great civilization been absorbed and altered, understood and misunderstood?
The series will be presented live-via-satellite by the Levin JCC and Carolina Theatre and will include interviews with notable figures in a broad range of fields.

Kehillah Synagogue
November, 13, 2014, 7:30 pm
1200 Mason Farm Road
Durham, NC

The second in a series co-sponsored with Belth El Synagogue and Judea Reform Congregation, Jeff Spinner-Halev, Kenan Eminent Professor of Political Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will speak on “Conversations with Israelis During the War in Gaza: Reflections on Hamas, Settlements and Anti-Semitism amidst a Changing Middle East”.

Duke-UNC Jewish Studies Seminar
Monday, November 17th, 7:30-9:00
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
Shaul Stampfer, professor at Hebrew University will point out the history and hidden symbolic meaning behind two classic modern Jewish foods: bagels, an iconic food of american Jewish cuisine, and falafel, which has a similar role as an Israeli Jewish food. In his talk, he will highlight the process of how bagels and falafels became a national food, which illuminates not only the history of food but also the societies who created the food.
 An Eli N. Evans Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies.

CUPCAKES (Bananot)

JCC Film Series
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, 7:30 pm
Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell Street, #101
Durham, NC

When a group of best friends in Tel Aviv gather to watch “UniverSong”, they are less than impressed by the official Israeli entry. Believing that they can do better, they spontaneously create and record their own song on a mobile phone. Little do they know, their performance is seen by the “UniverSong” judges and soon they are reluctantly thrown into the spotlight as Israel’s next official entry.

After initial reservations about their new found celebrity status, they decide to just go for it and find themselves on the road to international stardom. They embark on a flamboyant journey that brings about hilarious end results as they go head to head with the Russian entry in the “UniverSong” finals.

Presented in partnership with the Israel Center of The Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill. JCC Member Ticket: $10.00  Guest Ticket $12:00

JCC Film Series
Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 7:30 pm
Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell Street #101
Durham, NC
It seemed like a good fit. Canada sought new immigrants to settle the land, and the Jewish Colonization Society, a project of Baron Thede Hirsch, needed new venues for its able-bodied recruits. And so Jews from  Eastern Europe seeking a better life and relief from anti-semitism settled in Canada to till the soil in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Dov Okouneff’s informative documentary focuses on Jewish agricultural settlements in these provinces and in Quebec and Ontario. There will be a talkback following the film. JCC Member Ticket: $10.00 Guest Ticket: $12:00

Thursday, December 25th, 9:00-5:30
Levin JCC
1937 Cornwallis Road
Durham, NC

Join us for an exciting day of volunteerism, activism and unity that benefits the entire community. This annual event is a community outreach effort coordinated by the jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill in conjunction with local synagogues and Jewish organizations. With many people off work and school, it’s the chance to come together and do something meaningful.

Mitvah Day kicks off with a community breakfast at 9:00. After breakfast, volunteers depart for their vaious assignments aroung the community-cooking meals at local shelters, cleaning parks an trails, delivering gifts to the underprivileged, making blankets for the homeless, and more. Come back together in the evening for Chnese dinner and a family movie! To sign up, go tohttp://levinjcc.org/volunteer-mitzvah day/


Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

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, Friday, November 21st or take supplies directly to the shelter on Sunday, November 23rd. Please let me know what you can donate so I can coordinate with the other congregations. Contact Francis Presma at presma@law.duke.edu 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 presma@law.duke.edu 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 twomedium 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