Working to Preserve Jewish Tradition

The mission of this congregation is to cultivate the tenets of Reform Judaism through prayer, worship, study, fellowship and good works. In pursuit of this, we commit ourselves to ongoing innovation, seeking new challenges and continually evaluating our progress and results while building and sustaining an environment necessary to realize our mission.

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Tu BiSh'vat - January 24-25, 2016

Tu BiSh'vat or the "New Year of the Trees" is Jewish Arbor Day. The holiday is observed on the 15th (tu) of the Hebrew month of Sh'vat. Scholars believe that originally Tu BiSh'vat was an agricultural festival, marking the emergence of spring. In the 17th century, Kabbalists created a ritual for Tu BiSh'vat that is similar to a Passover seder. Today, many Jews hold a modern version of the Tu BiSh'vat seder each year. The holiday also has become a tree-planting festival in Israel, in which Israelis and Jews around the world plant trees in honor or in memory of loved ones and friends.

 

Consider planting a tree at home, or donating a tree to be planted in Israel by the Jewish National Fund.  If you donate before January 31 and send in a copy of the form, the Men's Club will match your donation.

Update 1/28/2016 To date, 21 trees have been donated by our congregation. With the M'en's Club match, there will be 42 trees planted in Israel.

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Larry Weiss' D'var on New Bern History

 

This is the time of year when New Bern becomes fascinated by its past. Last week it was Ghost Walk, with hundreds of people walking through the streets of our fair city in search of ghosts and spirits from our past. This weekend of course brings Halloween, when our fascination with the spirit world comes to the fore. We all know that Halloween is not a Jewish holiday, and as such it would not normally be the subject of a Dvar Torah.

And truth be told I will not really be speaking about Halloween per say tonight. However the fascination with spirits and ghosts at this time of year, combined with the publication of a new volume of New Bern history by the Historical Society reminded me that our city was blessed for many years with a thriving community of Jewish merchants located on the 200 block of Middle Street, between Front and Pollock Streets, back in the days when downtown New Bern was the retail center for our entire eastern region including Jones and Carteret Counties. This is the time of year when New Bern becomes fascinated by its past. Last week it was Ghost Walk, with hundreds of people walking through the streets of our fair city in search of ghosts and spirits from our past. This weekend of course brings Halloween, when our fascination with the spirit world comes to the fore. We all know that Halloween is not a Jewish holiday, and as such it would not normally be the subject of a Dvar Torah. And truth be told I will not really be speaking about Halloween per say tonight. However the fascination with spirits and ghosts at this time of year, combined with the publication of a new volume of New Bern history by the Historical Society reminded me that our city was blessed for many years with a thriving community of Jewish merchants located on the 200 block of Middle Street, between Front and Pollock Streets, back in the days when downtown New Bern was the retail center for our entire eastern region including Jones and Carteret Counties. Read full D'var

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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Fourth Annual Latke Cook-off

And the winners are:

Bragging Rights: Irv Joffee

Lesser Bragging Rights: Eric Weissman

Minor Bragging Rights: Kathy Ketchum

 

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 The Shofar

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