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Israel Center

The Israel Center Mission

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.



Want to read great Israeli literature and get to know community members who share a love for Israel?  Then come join the Israel Center's Israeli Writers Book Club! Don’t worry if you don't know how to read Hebrew, because every book chosen will be available in both Hebrew and English (and the discussion will be in English).  Interested?  Contact Eila at the Federation:


Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis Program

launch multimedia show

Contact Us

Find out what's happening at Israel Center. Email Shoshana Israel or call 919-886-7076.

The Israel Center and Israel Center Fund Display

In recognition of the importance of the Israel Center and the Israel Center Fund to the Jewish communities of Durham and Chapel Hill, Dr. Stan and Marion Robboy made a generous donation to dedicate in the new JCC Israel Center an Israel Center Fund Display that will be a permanent fixture in the Community Atrium of the JCC.

The Israel Center Va'ad

Shula Bernard
Zalman Bluming
Geoff Brown
Matt Diamond

Barry Ferris
Bob Gutman
Laura Gutman
Shelly Katz, staff
Hillel Koren, chair
Nancy Laszlo
Rose Mills
Dale Pahl
Bitia Puderbeutel-Guttel
Orit Ramler Szulik
Marion Robboy
Perri Shalom-Liberty
Ofra Sheetrit
Shoshana Israel, staff



Bob & Laura Gutman

Announcing the Israel Center

Bob and Laura Gutman care about Israel and they care about the relationship of Diaspora Jewry with Israel, so it is not surprising that their support of the Partnership for a Jewish Center would include support for the creation of an Israel Center. Read more

Israel Center Fund