Adult Engagement, Cultural Arts and Israel Center

At the Jewish Federation of Durham Chapel Hill, we strive to provide programs and services that help those in need, provide opportunities for people to engage, and offer a sense of belonging to a vibrant community. We engage the community by organizing events that captivate all ages and interests, we express our love of Jewish culture – whether it’s learning, playing or just noshing. Joining this vibrant community that’s open to all deepens our connections to each other — and creates bonds that last a lifetime.

Shalom Hartman Course: Engaging Israel – Foundations for a New Relationship

Through video lectures, text study, and lively group discussion, we are pleased to bring the world-renowned faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute into our community this fall.  What are the benefits of Jewish sovereignty?  How should a Jewish state exercise military power ethically?  How do we create and maintain a Jewish democracy?  Why should American Jews care about Israel?  What values should a Jewish state embody?  What can Israel offer the world?  Explore the Jewish values and ideas at the foundation of our relationship with Israel.  Classes will be taught by Beth El Rabbi Daniel Greyber.

Classes will be held on 10/27/19, 10/31/19, 11/24/19, 12/5/19, 1/5/20, 1/26/20, 2/13/20, and 3/22/20 at the Levin JCC.  Thursday classes will be held from 6:30-9:00pm and Sunday classes will be held from 9:30am-noon.

$72 member price per person; $118 non-member price per person

This course has been subsidized by the Jewish Federation of Durham Chapel Hill, Beth El Synagogue, Kehillah Synagogue, and Judea Reform Congregation.

Register Here!

Introduction to Judaism Class

Always been curious about Judaism?  Never paid attention in Hebrew school? Thinking about joining the Tribe? This class using the Miller Program, is an open and engaging 18-week experience geared towards both Jews and non-Jews who want to learn more. Bring your questions and explore the wisdom, depth and joy of Jewish living.

Class will be held on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm — September 4, 2019 through February 5, 2020 (No class will be held on 10/2, 10/9, 11/27, 12/25, or 1/1).

For more information contact Jill Madsen at

Registration closed for this year!


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