Here, we offer a variety of ways to learn and evolve.
You’ll find social clubs meeting in homes, serious study groups grappling with heavy topics, or larger gatherings involved in social action.
Learn to read and understand Hebrew—mastering the language of the Jewish people. Or, attend scholarly lectures by acclaimed intellectuals about current global issues.
At Kehillah, you’ll find multiple ways to connect with, and make a difference, in your community. From that comes the best part: enduring friendships.
Adult Ed Opportunities:
REEL Israel Film Festival
*Will return Spring 2022 at the Chelsea Theater
Through five incredible documentary films, Duke Associate Professor Shai Ginsburg will take participants on a unique tour of Israel. Several film screenings will be followed by evocative, honest discussions. Tugging at your heart and your mind, these films are not to be missed.
Classes & Lectures
Introduction to Judaism
Wednesdays, September 2, 2020 – January 27, 2021 7-8:30 PM
Always been curious about Judaism? Never paid attention in Hebrew school? Thinking about joining the Tribe? This class, using the Miller Program, is an open and engaging 18-week experience geared towards both Jews and non-Jews who want to learn more. Bring your questions and explore the wisdom, depth, and joy of Jewish living. No classes will be held on 9/23, 11/25, 12/23, and 12/30. Makeup dates reserved on 2/3 and 2/10. Follow this link for more information or to register.
Adult Beginner’s Hebrew
Prayer-book Hebrew-Date Change!
We are now meeting on Tuesdays starting on January 13 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. We will meet via Zoom. This course will be taught by Rabbi Robin Damsky. The fee for the course is $54. We need 5 students in order to offer the class. We have 4 students & we need 3 more. Please RSVP by January 11 to Sherri for Zoom info.
Heart-Mind & Soul Series
The Torah of Reopening with Rabbi Jen – May 11, 2021 at 7:30 pm via Zoom
Like the Israelites emerging from Egypt, we are starting to feel a bit more freedom. We may be sensing joy and excitement. And we may also be coping with fear, anxiety and grief as we emerge from our isolation. Based on her learning with Rabbi Tali Adler of Mechon Hadar, Rabbi Jen will share insights from Torah and the Hasidic masters to help us find our way through this complex time.
The Kehillah’s Twenty-fifth Anniversary! June 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm via Zoom
This year marks the Kehillah’s twenty-fifth anniversary. Although Jews have resided in Chapel Hill for more than a century, not until 1996 did a congregation organize. Why then and how did it happen? Leonard Rogoff, founding president of the Kehillah, will recall those early, exciting days when a “mixed multitude” of local Jews gathered in a parlor with the avowed purpose to create a Jewish community in the town where we lived. We’ll recall the trials and errors that moved us from home hospitality to a synagogue, from Shabbat potlucks to High Holiday services, and from lay worship to rabbinic leadership. And when and why did we become Reconstructionist?
Leonard Rogoff has taught at UNC, Duke, and NC Central. Former president of the Southern Jewish Historical Society, he is currently historian and president of Jewish Heritage North Carolina. He is a frequent lecturer and contributor to journals, anthologies, and encyclopedia on Southern Jewry. His books include Homelands: Southern Jewish Identity in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina (2000); Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina (2010); and Gertrude Weil: Jewish Progressive in the New South (2017). Leonard was the founding president of the Kehillah Synagogue, 1996-2000, and co-chaired the capital campaign to purchase the synagogue.
Owning Up to Our History and Facing Our Future: A Covenant of Anti-Racism (open to Kehillah members only)
While we often describe our town as progressive, we know that racial injustices of disparity in educational opportunity, health, employment, income, housing and criminal justice persist in Chapel Hill and Orange County. We know, also, that in order to do the work of being anti-racist, we need to know and to own the history that brought us here.
Since early March, Rabbi Jen has been meeting weekly with an interfaith, interracial group of ministers to jointly plan responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. This same group is seeking ways for our communities to work together to confront racism and work toward racial justice. This minister forum will be meeting weekly for six weeks with scholar Chris Faison to learn the histories of race and racism in Chapel Hill that shape our present moment. Then each faith community will gather to watch and discuss these 6 recorded sessions. At the conclusion of the six sessions, we’ll join across our faith communities to meet with Chris Faison and forge future actions. The six sessions are listed below.
Session 1: Town Founding – Civil War, 6/25
This introductory session will start by discussing the concept of individual racism during the town’s beginnings, while acknowledging the Indigenous American populations through the end of the Civil War.
Session 2: Reconstruction – Pre-World War I, 7/2
The second session will consider the idea of interpersonal racism during the Reconstruction era through the lead up to World War I.
Special Session: Conversation with local student activist, 7/9
Session 3: World War I – Pre-Brown v. Board of Education, 7/16
The third session will account for the abstraction of institutional racism from the World War I epoch through the time frame ahead of the landmark Brown decision.
Session 4: Modern Civil Rights Movement, 7/23
The fourth session will look upon the notion of structural racism in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
Session 5: Multiculturalism 7/30
The fifth session will regard the impression of antiracism in the 1980s and 1990s.
Session 6: Post-racialism in 21st Century 8/6
The sixth and final session will imagine the thought of being an antiracist from 2000 to present.
Session 7: Interfaith discussion across our communities TBD
All faith communities come together for a moderated ZOOM discussion with Chris and to plan next steps.
For more information about our engaging Adult Education programs contact: sherri AT kehillahsynagogue.org