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Welcoming Rabbi Soffer

The Judea Reform Congregation community is thrilled to be welcoming Rabbi Matthew V. 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.

Torah Study Meet & Greet

Saturday, July 6 at 9:00am (JRC)
Join Rabbi Soffer for his first Judea Reform Torah study and time to get to know our new Rabbi and enjoy a nosh. Contact Larry Marks at lawrence_marks@med.unc/edu. 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 Welcoming Rabbi Soffer events. By invitation. 

Board of Trustees Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, July 16 from 6:00-7:00pm (JRC)
Rabbi Soffer will meet the JRC Board of Trustees at a Jewish Journey Potluck before the first Board meeting of 2019/20. By invitation.

Tot Shabbat

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

Take 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. Tickets are $13 each and can be ordered from the Judea Reform website. All congregants welcome. (Please contact Heidi Tyson at for scholarship money to offset the cost of tickets.)  

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 (Allan Friedman, Music Director at


Sunday, August 18 from 5:00-8:00pm (JRC)
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. By invitation. For information, contact Becky & TC Morphis and Andrew Spector & Onyi Iweala

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 (Carrie and Jason Schreiber at

Getting to Know JRC Religious School Teachers

Saturday, August 24 from 7:00-8:30pm (offsite)
Havdalah, dessert, and socializing with Judea Reform Religious School teachers. By invitation (Rena Fraade, Director of Congregational Learning at 

For Families with Special Needs

Sunday, September 8 from 12:00-2:00pm (JRC)
The Inclusion Brunch will enable people with special needs (and their families) to meet Rabbi Soffer 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 (Iris Weiss at 

Past Presidents Meet & Greet

September 8 at 4:00pm (offsite)

Past Presidents will meet with Rabbi Soffer and share stories of key moments in the history of leadership at Judea                               Reform Congregation. By invitation (Stan Paskoff 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 our founders who joined Judea Reform Congregation in the 1960s! This is his opportunity to get to know the early members who are so important to our community. By invitation (Judith Ruderman at or Roxana Bossen at  

Annual New & Prospective Member Dinner

Friday, October 18 from 6:00-7:30pm (JRC)
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 (Lisa Josephs, Membership Chair, 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 10:30am: Religious School Installation Service in the Sanctuary, kid-friendly treats to follow in the Social Hall.

Anshei 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 (Pam Barth at 



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