Programs in Action


BRIDGES is an initiative of the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation, committed to enhancing the lives of people with special needs and their families by promoting inclusion, increasing public awareness, and facilitating mutual support in a welcoming Jewish setting and in the broader community.


Ignite is a networking and educational forum targeted to local members of the professional community. Through talks and interviews with business and community leaders who have ties to the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish community. The Jewish Federation hopes to provide a unique venue to promote corporate social responsibility, community building, and continuing education.

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 JCC provides cultural and recreational activities for the Jewish and local community.  While there had been programs offered by a “JCC without walls” since the 1990s, the Levin JCC opened in June 2011. “Bridges” is a unique program of the JCC serving people with special needs.


The Durham Chapel Hill Jewish Community Relations Council serves as the convening network to mobilize the Jewish community (individuals and organizations) to:

  • establish strong coalitions within the Jewish and the broader community
  • work to safeguard the rights of the Jewish people and our local community regarding issues such as anti-Semitism, racism, LGBTQ, and
  • advocate for Jewish values such as Tzedakah (justice & charity), Chesed (kindness), and Tikkun olam (repairing the world).


Jewish Family Services has been in operation since the 1980s and provides social service support to the Jewish and local community.

Mitzvah Fair/Mitzvah Day

Mitzvot, doing good for others, is a core Jewish value the Jewish Federation works to infuse into all of our program areas. Mitzvah Corps is intergenerational programming that occurs throughout the year, bringing the community together, to do short, one-day service projects. Mitzvah Day is when we gather as a large community on December 25th to do many service projects for the broader community. Join us in doing good!

PJ Library

PJ Library is a Jewish philanthropic program that donates books each month to Jewish children and their families about some aspect of Jewish culture or tradition. The books are a gift from many generous philanthropists and Jewish community organizations in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The Jewish Federation of Durham Chapel Hill, in partnership with Beth El Synagogue, Judea Reform Congregation, Kehillah Synagogue, and the Lerner Jewish Community Day School are excited to bring this special gift to your home!