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About Judea Reform

Judea Reform Congregation is a vibrant Reform Jewish community in the Durham-Chapel Hill region of North Carolina. With over 630 households, Judea Reform builds community by engaging our members in the central aspects of Judaism.

Our members are families with young children, singles of all ages, founders of our congregation, new arrivals to the area, people who have converted, interfaith families, people from all over the world, and even people who were born and raised right here in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. Our members live in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and surrounding counties, including Chatham, Alamance, Wake, and Vance counties. We welcome people from all backgrounds, recognizing the gift of diversity and inclusion in our community.

What we all have in common is a love of Judaism and a mission to cultivate Jewish life for everyone who walks through our doors.

Our values comprise compassion and justice, tradition and innovation, welcoming the stranger and including the neighbor.

Torah teaches us that we must remember, love, and protect the stranger among us because we have been strangers, ourselves. Further, Torah teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Therefore, we stand with all those, strangers and neighbors, who are victimized based on their identities, including members of the LGBTQ community, members of the Muslim community, disabled people, refugees, people of color, women, and, of course, ourselves, as Jews.

Who we are is who God is; we will treat each other with that in mind.

Central to our social action work is a commitment to bring into practice the core social justice values of Judaism and to pursue tikkun olam — 'repairing the world'— through individual and group action. The Social Action Committee offers projects in two important areas: Tzedakah, emergency relief for the most needy members of our community, and Tzedek, social advocacy projects which address root causes of injustice, inequality and environmental distress.

We are guided by the principles of Reform Judaism, the expertise of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, and the URJ's Commission on Social Action. We also work to build relationships with other faith communities in support of our common desire to create a more peaceful, more just world. The Social Action Committee welcomes new members and invites you to share ideas, know-how, and experiences to help us deepen and broaden our social justice work.

Our worship opportunities offer meditative quiet, group song and traditional Reform Jewish liturgy. We invite you to join us at a variety of services, each helping turn our attention to the gifts of creation, each helping renew our commitment to our covenant with God, each helping mix familiar language with the opportunity to see the world in new ways, and each helping us rise from prayer better persons.

Throughout the year, Judea Reform celebrates the Jewish calendar with dedicated holiday services. From the blowing of the Shofar and waving of the lulav and etrog in the Sukkah, to cheering for the parading children at Purim and recognizing our young adults’ studies at Shavuot, we joyfully observe the many holidays and festivals of our people.

Everyone learns here: the youngest children to the oldest mavens and the rest of us in between!

Judea Reform Congregation Religious School seeks to build within each child a positive and informed sense of Jewish identity and community to help our students enjoy and understand their Jewish heritage. We offer early childhood experiences, Religious School for our Pre-K through seventh grade students, partnership with Community Midrasha for our upper grades, and many adult education opportunities.

The Adult Education Committee’s mission is to foster the Jewish education of adults in our congregation. The committee organizes a variety of learning opportunities, among them speaker series, extended courses, and study groups, led by clergy, visiting lecturers, and lay members. We have a deep interest in welcoming learners to our offerings not only for educational enrichment but also to create a sense of community.

 

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