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.