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Welcoming Rabbi Soffer

The Judea Reform Congregation community is thrilled to be welcoming Rabbi Matt Soffer upon his arrival July 1, 2019. Over the coming months there will be a variety of opportunities for congregants to meet and greet Rabbi Soffer and his family. There are events for ALL: Rabbi Soffer’s first Shabbat Service & Oneg; a Durham Bulls baseball game; JRC Summerfest; and an Installation weekend. And there are many events planned to introduce Rabbi Soffer to representative groups of congregants. Question about Rabbinic Transition events? Contact our Transition Team Leaders Heidi Tyson at and/or Gary Tyson

First Shabbat Service & Oneg

Friday, July 5 at 7:30pm at Judea Reform
Please join Rabbi Soffer as he leads his first  Shabbat Service at Judea Reform Congregation. To be followed by an enhanced Oneg. All congregants welcome.

Transition Committee Gathering

Wednesday, July 10 from 6:00-8:00pm (offsite)
The Transition Committee will gather to meet Rabbi Soffer and to introduce all the transition events. By invitation. 


Board of Trustees Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, July 23 from 6:00-7:00pm (Levin Social Hall)
Rabbi Soffer will meet the JRC Board of Trustees at an informal Board dinner before first Board meeting of 2019/20. For Board of Trustees.

Gesher-2nd Grade Meet & Greet

Saturday, July 27 from 10:00-11:30am (Judea Reform)
Families with children 0-7 years of age (older siblings are welcome) will welcome Rabbi Soffer by spending a Shabbat morning in song, learning, and snacks and celebration with other families with young children. By invitation – contact Rena Fraade, Director of Congregational Learning at

Rabbi Soffer Out to the Ball Game

Sunday, July 28 at 5:05pm (Durham Bulls Park)
Enjoy an evening at the Durham Bulls stadium as we take Rabbi Soffer's family out to the ballgame! Come be part of the crowd, mingle with your fellow Judea Reform congregants and welcome the Soffer family to Durham. We will cheer on the Durham Bulls in the beautiful downtown open air stadium as they take on the Buffalo Bisons. Tickets are $13 each and can be ordered at: Please contact Heidi Tyson at for scholarship money to offset the cost of tickets. All congregants welcome.  

Lay Cantor Corps Musical Introductions

Wednesday, July 31 from 6:30-9:00pm (offsite)
The Lay Cantor Corps, along with Allan Friedman and Rick Keena, will provide musical introductions to Rabbi Soffer with a Salon of personal favorites. By invitation – contact Allan Friedman, Music Director at


Sunday, August 18 from 5:00-8:00pm (Judea Reform)
Come one and all for a summer spectacular Food Truck Rodeo & Musical Revue. Food, games, and activities for the whole family, followed by a musical revue and a concert with special JRC guests. All congregants welcome. 

3rd-6th Grade Meet & Greet

Tuesday, August 20 from 5:30-7:30pm (offsite)
Families of rising 3rd thru 6th graders are invited to a casual evening to meet Rabbi Soffer and his family as well as catch up from the summer break. More details to follow. By invitation – contact Laura Levin at and Kersten Biehn at

Getting to Know B’nai Mitzvah Families

Wednesday, August 21 from 5:30-8:00pm (offsite)
Enjoy a fun interactive evening getting to know one another and Rabbi Soffer. Dinner will be provided. By invitation – contact Carrie and Jason Schreiber at

Getting to Know JRC Religious School Teachers

Saturday, August 24, time TBD (offsite)
Havdalah, dessert, and socializing with Judea Reform Religious School teachers. By invitation – contact Rena Fraade, Director of Congregational Learning at 

For Families with Special Needs

Sunday, September 8 from 12:00-2:00pm, Levin Social Hall
The Inclusion Brunch will enable people with special needs (and their families) to meet the rabbi in a calm environment. It will be structured to allow the rabbi to circulate in a deliberate fashion,and give him information beforehand that will allow him to better recall these congregants, as well as understand what a "joyful and supportive connection to Judea Reform" looks like for them. Members of the inclusion committee will help facilitate. By invitation – contact Iris Weiss at 

Judea Reform Founders Brunch

Thursday, September 12 from 12:00-2:00pm (offsite)
Come meet Rabbi Matt Soffer at a luncheon prepared especially for you, the “elders,” who joined Judea Reform Congregation in the 1960s! This is your opportunity to meet our new Rabbi, and his opportunity to get to know the founding members who are so important to our community. By invitation – contact Judith Ruderman at or Roxana Bossen at  

Next D'or 20s & 30s in the Sukkah

Wednesday, October 16 from 5:00-7:00pm (Judea Reform)
Next D’or members are invited to come meet Rabbi Soffer and enjoy a pot luck dinner in the sukkah. By invitation – contact Alex Peroff at

New & Prospective Member Dinner

Friday, October 18 from 6:00-7:30pm (Levin Social Hall)
New & Prospective members are invited to join us to mix, mingle, and share a meal with Rabbi Soffer, staff, the Board of Trustees and our Membership Committee, followed by a Shabbat Service with a special blessing from Rabbi Soffer welcoming the newcomers. Open to New & Prospective Members - contact Lisa Josephs, Membership Chair, at

Legacy Donors Meet & Greet Brunch

Thursday, October 24 or Sunday, November 17 (offsite)
Members of Judea’s L’Dor V’dor Society or Grinspoon Life and Legacy are invited to one of two events to meet Rabbi Soffer and to share why you chose to invest in Judea Reform with an after life gift. By invitation – contact Lisa Brachman at

Post-B'nai Mitzvah Familes Share All Things North Carolina

Sunday, October 27 from 3:30-5:00pm (Levin JCC)
Join post b’nai mitzvah families as we introduce Rabbi Soffer to all the great things North Carolina has to offer from playing basketball to drinking Cheerwine to getting to know our wonderful Jewish Community, and all the food and fun in between. Wear your favorite North Carolina gear proudly. By invitation – contact Stacy Abramowitz at

Rabbi Soffer Installation Weekend

November 1-3 (Judea Reform)
All congregants are invited to join Judea Reform Congregation in a weekend of celebration, worship,
community, and study, as we come together for a meaningful and joyful installation of Rabbi Matt Soffer. All congregants welcome.

  • November 1 at 7:30pm: Erev Shabbat Service, Oneg to follow in the Social Hall
  • Saturday, November 2 at 11:00am: Morning Shabbat Service, Luncheon to follow in the Social Hall
  • Saturday, November 2 at 7:00pm: Havdallah, Desserts, and Dancing in the Social Hall
  • Sunday, November 3 at 10:00am: Religious School Installation Service in the Sanctuary, kid-friendly treats to follow in the Social Hall.

Anshe Mitzvahniks Class of 2018

Saturday, December 7 from 6:00-8:00pm (offsite)
The 2018 Anshe Mitzvah Class will share an evening of noshing, catching up, and remembering their journeys with Rabbi Soffer on their one-year anniversary. By invitation – contact Pam Barth at

Torah Study Meet & Greet

Time & Date TBD (Bossen Family Library)
Join Rabbi Soffer for his first Judea Reform Torah study and time to get to know our new Rabbi and enjoy a nosh. All congregants welcome.  

Past Presidents Meet & Greet

Time, Date, and Place TBD

Sat, June 15 2019 12 Sivan 5779