Welcome to the Sandhills Jewish Congregation, an egalitarian Reform Jewish community serving the Sandhills region of North Carolina. We are a warm and welcoming congregation that comes together for worship, Jewish celebrations, religious education, social action, as well as social activities.
We welcome all who seek knowledge about, or a relationship with, the Jewish faith and people. Our membership is diverse, with members coming from all over the globe and including members from the entire spectrum of Jewish backgrounds.
Please join us at our next Shabbat Service at our Temple: Beth Shalom.
May 5: 9:30 AM: Religious School
May 5: 2:00 PM: Book Club discussion "The Fifth Servant" by Kenneth Wishnia (check emails for further information)
May 6: 1:00 to 2:30 PM: C.A.L.L.
May 9: Newsletter deadline
May 10: 6:00 PM: Family Shabbat
May 13: 1:00 to 2:30 PM: C.A.L.L.
May 15: 7:00 PM: Board Meeting
May 17: 7:00 PM: Shabbat Service
May 18: beginning at 6:00 PM: Pleasures of the Palate" fundraiing dinner (check emails for flyer)
May 19: 9:30 AM Religious School
May 20: 1:00 to 2:30 PM: C.A.L.L.
May 21: Family Promise
May 23: Family Promise
May 25: Family Promise
May 26: 9:30 AM: Religious School
Here are just a few of the recent stories from across the webosphere that speak directly to (and about) Reform Jews. What Jewish stories have you been reading recently? Leave a comment and let us know! “Modern-Day Rabbi Must Be CEO, Teacher, and Spiritual Leader at Once,” Forward Are rabbis the new CEOs? Anne Cohen reports that “expectations have changed.” Rabbis are now required to read a spreadsheet as well as the Gemara. They need to be accessible, media-savvy public speakers; business-oriented entrepreneurs; fundraisers; program generators, and in touch with popular trends. To prepare rabbinical students for the challenges ahead, [...]
By Rabbi Richard Sarason In the traditional liturgy, the special character of each holiday is particularly conveyed by the piyyutim (hymns, liturgical poems) that are recited or chanted on that day. Most of these piyyutim have been omitted in Reform liturgies since the nineteenth century, out of a sense that their Hebrew diction is too arcane and their theology too medieval. Yet, some of these poems have routinely been retained in Reform High Holy Day prayer books, particularly for Yom Kippur.1 Probably the best known of the piyyutim for Rosh Hashanah, which over time has come to be recited on Yom Kippur as well, is Un’taneh tokef (“Let [...]
Here are just a few of the recent stories from across the webosphere that speak directly to (and about) Reform Jews. What Jewish stories have you been reading recently? Leave a comment and let us know! “His Father’s Murder Drives a Rabbi’s Pursuit of Gun Control,” New York Times This piece is actually a couple of weeks old, but it deserves ongoing attention. Rabbi Joel Mosbacher’s father was shot to death in a petty robbery in 1999. “I’ve carried this story with me, this anger, every day for the last 14 years,” says the rabbi, who serves Beth Haverim Shir [...]
For a long time the common refrain has been that “religious values” meant “conservative or traditional.” With the decline of the so-called Religious Right the monopoly on terms like “Values Voters” or descriptions that equate religion with only one set of beliefs and values about some contentious issues in civil society. So, when I saw this video from the Center for American Progress, I wondered if there’s a rising set of religious leaders who are asserting their values in the public sphere. Take a look after the jump.