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JRC Community Partnerships

Judea Reform is a long-standing member of the following interfaith organizations involved in local relief efforts:

Inter-Faith Council for Social Services of Chapel Hill (IFC) is one of the primary providers of basic services to lower income families and individuals in southern Orange County. One of the ways IFC accomplishes this is through strong partnerships with local congregations. IFC offers emergency shelter for homeless men, women and children each day. The Community Kitchen serves hot meals to the public three times a day, every day. Project Homestart supports 33 homeless families with transitional housing and case management services. For more information on IFC, please visit their website.

Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA) is a consortium of 57 Durham churches and synagogues whose mission is to organize, implement and support a number of outreach activities and agencies in Durham. DCIA provides support, resources, and services to the homeless and hungry and offers interfaith networking opportunities to address the basic needs of Durham's citizens. For more information, visit their website.

Urban Ministries is a Durham-based organization that provides food, clothing, shelter, and counseling to our neighbors in need. Based on shared religious principles, Urban Ministries strives to create a welcoming, caring, and compassionate environment that affirms the dignity of our guests, donors, volunteers and staff. For more information on Urban Ministries, please visit their website.

Durham CAN Judea has long been an active participant in Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations, Neighborhoods), a grassroots advocacy group that aggregates 20+ organizations in/near Durham to push a very positive social agenda.

As a descendant & franchise of Saul Alinsky's IAF network, CAN first sets an agenda through cooperative sessions, then accumulates power through its members' relationships. Targeted institutions include all categories of local government and business (including non-profits).

CAN influences institutions to remarkable effect, almost entirely through populist requests, reminders and rewards. The occasional assemblies (with 300+ participants) are breath-taking moments of POSITIVE recognition for targeted officials to commit or be held accountable.

These paragraphs are to introduce CAN's list of astonishing achievements for just 2014! This doesn't even include its prior role in creating Durham's Project Access, coordinating donated specialty healthcare to support Lincoln's role as medical home.

As a founding member, Judea should take pride in these wins, with hope for more, including with CAN's developing sister organization, Orange County Organizing Committee taking on new, nearby challenges.

If you are interested in finding out more about some of our partners in Tikkun Olam and the many fulfilling social action opportunities in our community, please contact Marian Abernathy, Social Action Chair by emailing

Sat, January 19 2019 13 Sh'vat 5779