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Making a Difference: World Refugee Day 2017

Written by Marian Abernathy on Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Posted in Refugee Resettlement, Social Action

Today the calendar marks World Refugee Day. This week, Judea Reform Congregation led the furnishing of an apartment for a family arriving in Durham later this week. It feels really great to be part of a community of congregants, friends, neighbors and friends of friends who have come together so quickly and generously to


An Invitation to a Father’s Day MItzvah

Written by Julie Farkas, Member of Refugee Resettlement Initiative on Wednesday, 14 June 2017. Posted in Refugee Resettlement, Social Action


How do you plan to celebrate Father’s Day on June 18th? How do you plan to honor World Refugee Day on June 20th? Please join us to honor our fathers and forefathers by preparing a warm welcome for Durham’s newest family of refugees, set to arrive on June 22nd.

The JRC Refugee Resettlement Initiative is excited to announce preparations in conjunction with our partner, Church World Service, for the arrival of a family of six from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They are two parents, an 18 year old daughter and three sons ages 15, 12 and nine. They will bring only the clothes on their backs and few personal possessions, so we have the joyous opportunity to fulfill a mitzvah by providing furniture, household goods, clothing and a first meal. Think about your father or grandfather or great-grandfather who may have immigrated to this country a century ago, or a decade ago, or more recently. Think about our forefathers, refugees from Egypt, who immigrated to the Land of Milk and Honey. What inspires you to welcome the stranger?

Follow this link (http://bit.ly/JRC-apt2) to the Sign-Up Genius to sign up to contribute time, money, muscle, household goods, furniture, or a warm meal in honor of a special father figure in your life or history. Your contribution will be gratefully appreciated by Durham’s newest residents. Please sign up now, as all preparations need to be completed in less than two weeks, and thank you for your generosity!


Written by Julie Farkas, Member of Refugee Resettlement Initiative on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Posted in Refugee Resettlement, Social Action

You Can Make a Difference and Heal the World

ssstlouisOn Tuesday, the 6th of June, 78 years ago, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, bureaucracy, and indifference sealed the fate of the passengers on the S.S. St. Louis.  Most of them Jewish, many of them children, they were turned away from the United States despite having sailed within sight of the beckoning lights of Miami, Florida.  

The rise of the Nazi Party, fueled by anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, belligerence and nationalism 


on Wednesday, 29 March 2017. Posted in Refugee Resettlement, Social Action

by Stanley Friedman

Our Refugee Resettlement work shows the very close connection of our own story to that of present day refugees, fleeing persecution in their homelands for freedom wherever they can find it. We asked fellow congregant and committee member Stanley Friedman to help us frame this Passover with four questions 


Written by Megan Valentine on Thursday, 09 March 2017. Posted in JustJRC

A D’rash on T’tzaveh

IMG 0212Parasha T’tzaveh is a fairly straightforward primer on the attire of the High Priest; the designation of Aaron and his male lineage as those who may be high priests; and a description of the rituals and responsibilities of the high priest with respect to sacrificial offerings.  With its detailed directions for the construction of the ephod, the breastplate, the gown, the belt and the headpiece and the references to the “dashing of blood” against the altar, there is absolutely an anachronistic feel to this portion.  More so for Jews, perhaps, because the role of high priest became essentially irrelevant once the Second Temple was destroyed and we were empowered to engage directly with God through prayer.

Transforming Lives: Overcoming Stigma in Mental Illness

on Tuesday, 14 February 2017. Posted in Caring Community


Judea Reform Congregation is pleased to join the Faith Connections on Mental Illness program called "Transforming Lives: Overcoming Stigma in Mental Illness."  If you are interested in attending this day-long seminar on March 31st, please contact Heidi Tyson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


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