- Year-end donations
- Lots of latkes - Yavneh Hanukkah celebration
- Hanukkah 101
- Upcoming worship services
- On the Yavneh calendar
- In the community
Please remember Yavneh when it comes time to make your end-of-the year donations. Send checks to Yavneh at 4030 Wake Forest Road, Suite 300, Raleigh, NC 27609 or donate online here.
Lots of latkes - Yavneh Hanukkah celebration
Shabbat/Hanukkah Congregational Pot-luck Dinner and party (with Jewish trivia!), Friday, December 19, 6:30 pm in the Community Life Center at St. Mark's. Please bring a dish based on your last initial: A – D, dessert (donuts supplied); E – O, main dish; P - Z, side dish. Yavneh will provide apple sauce, sour cream, wine, challah, donuts, and LOTS OF LATKES! As we will be celebrating the fourth night of Hanukkah, please bring your menorah and 5 candles to light up the night.
Upcoming worship services
- Kabbalat Shabbat, Friday, January 2, 7:45 pm, “Settling in to Exile: at Ease in Egypt.”
- Shabbat morning worship, Saturday, January 10, 10:30 am. Spiritual teacher Rinah Rachel Galper will offer a d’var Torah on the opening portion of the book of Exodus, “Sh’mot.”
Yavneh has prepared a "Hanukkah 101" booklet with a short explanation of the Hanukkah story and holiday customs, blessings and songs, and more. Contact Lewis Copulsky to request printed copies, or pick up on the literature table outside services.
On the Yavneh calendar
- Mitzvah Study Group meets tomorrow night, December 17, 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Contact Lewis Copulsky for information/RSVP.
- Yavneh “Erev Christmas” Dinner Social, Peking Garden (Colony Shopping Center, corner of Millbrook and Six Forks), Wednesday, December 24, 6:30 pm. Fulfill the mitzvah of eating Chinese food at Christmas time. Join us for a delicious meal in a private room with lively conversation – what’s not to like? Also, a two-screen movie theater is in the shopping center for after-dinner enjoyment. RSVP by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, December 23 to Reb Raachel or through Yavneh's new MEET-UP group.
- Reb Raachel to offer OLLI course at NCSU: “How Judaism Reads Scripture.” If you’re interested in how sacred text is read and understood within the Jewish tradition, these sessions will provide you with an appreciation of Hebrew scripture on its own terms, rather than through the lens of largely Christian Western culture. Questions addressed include: What is Jewish scripture? How do Jews read and interpret biblical text? What is the range of interpretive freedom? Who has authority to determine meaning? What are some of the principles governing how ethical and imaginative lessons are drawn from the text? How do we continue the tradition of wrestling with the words begun thousands of years ago? We will explore these questions in an informal, no-prerequisite, interactive learning environment. Course #: LLI-1-048-001; six sessions: 3:00 - 4:30 pm; Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; Limit: 58 Room: 11/12 Fee: $50.
In the community
- Jewish Cultural Festival - presented by The Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary, Beth Shalom, Chabad of Cary & The Town of Cary, Monday, December 22 4:30-8:00 pm at Cary Arts Center. Join us to celebrate Jewish culture! Come out to Cary and enjoy traditional Jewish and Kosher foods, Jewish crafts and family friendly entertainment including a Camp JCC style sing-a-long, a Klezmer band, performances by the Beth Shalom choir and puppet shows. The festival will be kicked off by the lighting of the a 9 foot menorah! We will also be a collecting hats and gloves to be donated to Note in the Pocket. For more information contact The Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary at 919-676-2200.
- The Real Surprising Talmud, a course taught by Rabbi Ariel Edery, starts January 7th.
- Award winning Israeli film "Fill the Void" on January 25th.
- The film "Six Days in June: The War that Redefined the Middle East" on February 15th.