Israel Center

The mission of the Israel Center is to strengthen Jewish identity and community by promoting meaningful relationships between people and communities in Israel and those in the greater Durham and Chapel Hill region.

The Israel Center has a wide range of offerings throughout the year, which means many ways for you to get involved. If you love to read, consider participating in the Israeli Author book club, which meets approximately every 6 weeks and participants can read the chosen book in either Hebrew or English. If films are more your thing, then the Israel Center will welcome you at one of the Movie nights where Israeli films are screened.

Family-focused programming is another important feature of the Israel Center where events take place around the holidays such as Israel Festival/Yom Ha’Atzmaut and Yom Ha’Zikaron. Throughout the year the Israel Center offers children’s Hebrew classes for native Israeli speakers, and other activities.

Upcoming Community Programs 

May 7, 2019 – Yom Hazikaron

May 19, 2019 – Yom Ha’atzmaut

Support the Israel Center

Wish to support the work of the Israel Center through a tax-deductible donation? Log in HERE. Click “Donations” and choose Israel Center from the dropdown menu.

Bnai Bayit Program

Be a host to an Israeli Graduate student for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Bnai Bayit  (“Bet Bet”) matches Israeli graduate students in North America with host families in the local Jewish community for the academic year. Our goal is to create lasting friendships, foster mutual understanding and strengthen the bonds between Israelis and North American Jews.

If you are interested in participating, contact

Learn more about the program at:

Have questions, comments, or concerns? Please contact Lana Dennis at