2016 – 2022 Program Series

2016 – 2022 Program Series

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No Programming for July and August. Fall Programming Information Forthcoming.

Unless otherwise specified, the evening meetings begin with refreshments at 7:00 pm at The Gathering Place and the programs begin at 7:30 pm.  Check each program below to check whether one may begin earlier. Guests are welcome at program events. All Fearrington and Galloway Ridge residents are welcome to become annual members of Fearrington Havurah at $25 per person.

 Programs for the recent 2022 Season


Fearrington Havurah will celebrate Black History Month with a leading civil rights attorney, Leslie Winner, speaking at The Gathering Place at 7 pm on February 21. Leslie argued a case to ensure fair representation of black communities in the North Carolina legislature. After winning the case in the North Carolina courts, that decision was later upheld by the US Supreme Court. She will share her passion and experiences for civil rights laws, which continue to be challenged, and her thoughts about what we need to do to continue to protect voting rights.




FIRST FALL PROGRAM – September 13, 2022

SECOND PROGRAM – October 11. 2022 Program

Last PROGRAM IN THE 2022 Season Was on DECEMBER 13th

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the November 2022 meeting & PROGRAM haVE been cancelled.  Look for emails announcing the details of our December 13th event

Magnolia Klezmer Band Dec. 13th at 7PM 

A festive Hanukkah celebration with the Magnolia Klezmer Band at the Fearrington Village Gathering Place. They have been performing for 27 years throughout the Triangle. They brought their unique mingling of traditional eastern European Jewish music, Jazz, brass with Yiddish theater tunes. It was a special celebration complete with latkes and other goodies.

Additional Club 2022 Activities News from Eleanor Cornog, Board Secretary / August 24, 2022

Hooray to our Fearrington Havurah!

Our members donated a dozen (a trunk full) of backpacks, each filled to the brim with school supplies for students of immigrant families, and several gift cards as well. Thanks to Barbara Gilbert and Arlene Labenson for their successful outreach to Judea Reform Congregation and to all our members who donated. (Special kudos to Catherine Garland who donated four backpacks.). We’ve been told by Marian Abernathy, chair of JRC Refugee Resettlement Initiative that our total donations were equal to 1/3 of all collected. We should all be quite proud. See images below..


Recent 2021 Programs

  • Tuesday, February 02, 2021 at 7:00 PM via ZOOM Webinar | “Equal Justice in Chatham County” | Our speakers were: W. Robert (Bob) Pearson, retired Ambassador to Turkey. Ambassador Pearson currently serves as Co-Coordinator, Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Coalition Chatham and Chair, Education Committee NAACP Chatham Community (East) Branch Ms. Mary Nettles, President, Chatham Community NAACP Branch, Pittsboro 

  • Sunday, February 21, 2021  Time TBD  Baking Hamentashen with Nina Alperin on Zoom. Nina will share her recipe for her exceptionally yummy Hamentashen and guide us in a bake-along (ingredients list will be sent ahead of time).

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 10:30 AM  Quarterly Birthday Celebration. Members celebrating December, January. or February birthdays were invited to join us for a COVID safe coffee and pastries at the Sheep in Camden Park.


  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 at 7:00 PM Jan Doolin “Mindfulness and Meditation” Via Zoom Webinar

  • Friday, March 05, 2021 at 4:00 PM New Members Virtual Happy Hour

Programs From the 2019-2020 Season

Havurah Meet and Greet.Sept 2019[Completed] TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM in THE GATHERING PLACE.

Enjoy sweet and savory treats and a sparkling toast to the new HAVURAH season. Meet the new board and catch up with friends and neighbors. Hear about our programs, special events, outreach projects, classes, Ladies’ Book Club, and so much more. Join or renew your membership. GUESTS ARE WELCOME.


Programs Completed During the 2018-2019 Season

[Completed] Tuesday, September 4, @7PM: Meet and Greet
A new event for Returning and New Members. Enjoy sweets and savories and a toast to the new Havurah season. Learn about our upcoming programs, projects, and special events. Meet our Board members, renew your membership and get involved. We have waived our usual $5 guest fee for this event.

[CompletedTuesday, October 9, @7PM: “Joachim Gans: “North America’s First Jewish Settler.”  Presenter: Dr. Leonard Rogoff PhD., research historian and author.

[CompletedTuesday, November 13, @7PM: “The Holocaust: My Family’s Story.”  Presenter: Rose Mills, Holocaust Speakers Bureau.

[CompletedSunday, December 09, @10AM: Bagels and a Movie “Beaufort”  Join us to view the first great Israeli war film about troops before the withdrawal from Lebanon. This film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film in 2008.

[CompletedTuesday, January 08, @7PM: “Duplicate Nationalism in a Single Territory.” Presenter: Dr. Charles Kurzman PhD., Professor Sociology UNC at Chapel Hill, Co-Director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and author.

[Completed] Tuesday, February 12, @7PM: “Being a Jew in Cuba.” Presenter: Dr. Rosa Perelmuter PhD., Professor Spanish American Literature UNC at Chapel Hill, Director Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP), and author.

[Completed] Tuesday, March 12, @7PM: “Loving the Stranger.” Presenter: Rabbi Jennifer Feldman, Kehillah Synagogue, Chapel Hill, NC.

[Completed] Tuesday, April 09, @7PM: Contemporary Israeli Dance Movement & the American Dance Festival. Presenter: Jodee Nimerichter, Executive Director of the American Dance Festival, will discuss the Contemporary Dance Movement in Israel. Please contact Hospitality Chair Catherine Garland cgar613178@aol.com if you are willing to bake and/or bring refreshments to our meeting. Your RSVP and check for the May 14th Annual Meeting & Dinner will be collected at this April meeting. If you will not be at our April meeting and wish to attend the Annual Meeting and Dinner please contact President Beryl Sherman at bisherman3@gmail.com

[CompletedTuesday, May 14, @7PM: Annual Meeting and Dinner. We will have a BBQ catered by City BBQ. There will be a variety of delicious main dishes and sides. Soft and adult beverages will be served. Several Vegetarian options will be available. The cost will be $20 per person for members and $25 per person for guests. For more information and to RSVP, please contact President Beryl Sherman at bisherman3@gmail.com.

[Completed] Tuesday, June 11, @7PM: “The Ingredients for Great Jewish Worship.” Presenter: Dr. Alan Friedman PhD., Music Director at Judea Reform Congregation in Durham, N.C., and Artistic Director, Women’s Voices Chorus.

The Completed 2017-2018 Program Series

[Completed Program] Tuesday, September 12th, 7:00 PM at The Gathering Place.  Kosher Wine Tasting and Presentation. Renowned Wine Expert Stuart Greenwald will lead the tasting and discuss the origins and history of Kosher wines. Fruit, Cheese & Crackers, and Chocolates will be served. New Members Welcome!  Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge Residents are welcome. $5.00 guest fee.

[Completed Program] Tuesday, October 10th | 6:00 pm. at The Gathering Place. Pot Luck and Program Topic: Research in Judaic Studies. Program by UNC Students. Further details forthcoming.

[Completed Program] November 14, 2017 | 7:00 pm at The Gathering Place. Jewish Pirates of Caribbean, Leigh Sherman Havurah Member.

[Completed Program] Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 10:00 am. Brunch and a Movie:  The Longest Ride [2015]A $5.00 entrance fee will be appreciated. Bobbi Foster, Havurah Member Naomi Echaus, actress in the “The Longest Ride.”

[Completed Event] Sunday, December 24, 2017 | 5:15 pm. Chinese Dinner and Movie. Our third annual Christmas Eve Dinner and a Movie will be held at Red Bowl Chinese Restaurant, followed by a movie of your choice at the theater a few doors away. There will be more information about this as we get closer to the date.  We will also have a list of movies and times just before the dinner date. We just wanted you to hold the date, and also hope that you let me know if you will be attending. We have had about 45 in previous years, but we are hoping for 60 and we will NOT be in the little back room if our numbers are high enough! So let me know by responding to this address.  Just your name and number of people….and guests are welcome!

[Completed Program] January 09, 2018  | 7:00 pm. Jewish Life in the South: Southern Foods / Food Tasting, Dr. Laura Lieber, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Duke University, where she directs the Duke Center for Jewish Studies as well as the Duke-UNC Center for Late Ancient Studies. Dr. Lieber’s research focuses on Jewish life and culture in the Roman world but her teaching spans from the biblical period to the present day.

We look forward to an interesting discussion and speaking of food, please contact Barbara Cies at harriscies@gmail.com or Catherine Garland at cg613178@aol.com to let them know if you can bring baked goods or fruit to the meeting.  Member input is ALWAYS appreciated!

[Completed Program] February 13, 2018  | 7:00 pm. Purim Celebration, Cabaret Entertainment, Cabaret Group of Four.

[Completed Program] March 13, 2018 | 7:00 pm. “Terefu and her Children,” A documentary written and directed by Lowell Handler depicting one family’s journey from Ethiopia to Israel. Introduction and discussion by Enid Handler, Havurah Member.

[Completed Program] April 10, 2018 | 7:00 pm. Ottoman Sanctuary for Spain’s Jewish Community, Ambassador Bob Pearson, Former Ambassador to Turkey and Havurah Member.

[Next Program] May 22, 2018 | 6:00 pm. Gala information and registration form is located HERE.

June 11, 2018 | 7:00 pm. Topic to be Announced. Dr. George Lankevich, Fearrington resident, Professor, author.

The Completed 2016 – 2017 Annual Program Series

Tuesday, September 13, 2016:  [Completed7:00pm at the Gathering Place, featuring Marisa Galvany (Myra Kornbluth), well known retired opera soprano, who had an active international career performing in operas and concerts up into the early 2000s. Known for the great intensity of her performances, Ms. Galvany particularly excelled in portraying Verdi heroines.  Her program will include arias, popular music from our era, and a few Yiddish numbers. Ms. Galvany, from Patterson, NJ, made her professional debut with the Seattle Opera in 1968. She debuted with the New York City Opera in 1972 opposite Beverly Sills, and performed with them until 1983. In 1989 she toured with the Metropolitan Opera, and until the early 2000’s with the New York Grand Opera. Most recently, Ms. Galvany performed a tribute to her late husband at the Duke Center Patient Support Program. Those who have heard her say she is magnificent! We request bakers for this meeting: please contact Jan wilsonrj@slu.edu or Catherine cgar613178@aol.com.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016: [Completed[Note the date change to the third WEDNESDAY] 7:00pm at The Gathering Place. Pot Luck Dinner with speakers from the Jorden Matthews High School (Siler City, NC) about their 2016 trip to the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. See the related story on our News tab.

Sunday, November 13, 2016: [Completed] 10:00am. BRUNCH & FILM — Bagels and a Movie

Tuesday, December 13, 2016: [Completed7:00pm at The Gathering Place.  Hanukah Party with potato latkes and other traditional items

Saturday, December 24,  2016: [CompletedChristmas Eve Chinese Dinner Out & A Movie

Tuesday, January 10, 2017:  [CompletedProgram was canceled because of an ice storm and was moved to February 14th.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017: [Completed]7:00pm at The Gathering Place.  Local Klezmer Band.  The Band which will give a short history of Klezmer music and then will play a medley of traditional and popular Jewish music. $5.00 Extra fee each member / $10.00 fee each guest. Note: The board has recently instituted a policy that when we have elaborate entertainment or food service, we ask members attending to pay $5.00 and guests to pay $10.00.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017:  [Completed7:00pm at The Gathering Place. The evening will be a celebration of PURIM, and will feature a presentation by Rabbi Larry Bach of Judea Reform, Durham, NC. The Rabbi will discuss involvement in our communities as it relates to Purim. Please bring food for CORA.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017:  [Completed7:00pm at The Gathering Place. The program will be a presentation by Dr. Jonathan Wieler, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in Global Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Weiller received his Ph.D. from UNC, has expertise in many academic disciplines, including Russian and European Politics and Human Rights. He has authored Human Rights in Russian and co-authored Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics among other writings. His expertise extends far past his academic pursuits. This topic at our meeting will be “Jews and Sports in 20th Century America.” He will share with us intriguing, little-known stories about your favorite professional athletes. Prof. Weiler has spoken to Havurah in the past and we know this will be a thoroughly enjoyable and informative evening.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017:  [Completed7:00pm at The Gathering Place. HAVURAH COFFEE HOUSE featuring a local group with a presentation of Bob Dylan music performed by regulars Peter White, Marie Vanderbeck, Tokyo Rosenthal, Mike Chrzanowski.

We walk the earth with a modern Shakespeare and Nobel Prize Winner 2016!  Since the start of his professional career in 1961 in Greenwich Village, considered “the great folk scare,” Bob Dylan has written over 500 songs, released 37 albums, several books and is now in his 75th year. Besides Grammies, Golden Globe and an Oscar, he has received honorary degrees, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Pulitzer Prize, and the Polar Music Prize. And now, in March 2017, he finally claimed his Nobel Prize for Literature!!!

We celebrate this event through songs (and singing along!), combined with brief academic notes from all phases:  Folk, Protest, Introspection, Rock and Roll, Country, Mid-life Changes, Christian, and on-going search for wisdom and meaning.

Peter White, the prime mover of this program, is a Bob Dylan specialist and a Bob Dylan Regular. He is an ecologist and a Professor in the Department of Biology at UNC, who has been known to quote Dylan in his lectures, and posts Dylan quotes for studying, exams, and graduation on his class website.

Please contact Jan Wilson wilsonrj@slu.edu, to help with the preparation of baked goods.  It is always appreciated.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017:  [Completed6:00pm at The Gathering Place. As this is the final meeting of the season, we will also have an election of officers for next year, an introduction of new members, and a wonderful dinner.  Reservations for this dinner must be made by June 1, and if you need a form, please contact Bobbi Foster at bfoster44@outlook.com for this and all information. This has been a wonderful year for our organization, and we look forward to capping it off with a great dinner.

The Completed 2015 – 2016 Annual Program Series

Tuesday Sept 8, 2015: [Completed] 7:00pm Refreshments/Social and 7:30pm Program — Rosalyn Benjamin Darling, Ph.D., Havurah member, Professor Emerita of Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania & Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill will present “How I Traced my Family Back to Adam and Eve With the Help of ‘The Unbroken Chain.’”

Tuesday October 13, 2015: [Completed6:00pm  Please join us in The Gathering Place for our Discussion Program and Pot Luck Dinner. Several Havurah members will participate in a moderated panel discussion on their Jewish Journey. Whether a Jew by Birth or by Choice, each participant will share unique experiences as a Jew living in a small town, a large city or a foreign country. We expect the discussion to be lively and informative. We will be joined by several Jordan Mathews High School students and their teacher to discuss their Holocaust Memorial Trip to Washington D.C. this past Spring. See a related story on our News page.  Your dish to serve 8 people is your RSVP. We welcome new members. Dues are $25 per person. If you wish to attend the Pot Luck Dinner on 10/13 or the Welcome Newcomers’ Coffee on 10/18 and have not yet signed up yet, please contact Jan Wilson, <wilsonrj@slu.edu> or Catherine Garland, <cgar613178@gmail.com>, 919- 533-6329.

Tuesday November 10, 2015: [Completed] 7:00pm Refreshments/Social and 7:30pm Program — Dr. Gabrielle A. Berlinger, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Folklore and Tanenbaum Fellow of American Jewish Studies UNC will explore the material diversity of a shared tradition of Jewish ritual performance. The Sukkah is a temporary architectural form built to stand during the annual weeklong festive of Sukkoth. Inside this ritual shelter, observant Jews eat, pray, socialize and sleep. Builders and users of these “booths” construct them according to formal religious prescription and informally-learned custom, but their decoration and interpretation are shaped by individual experience and creativity. Professor Berlinger will consider the construction, re-construction, and deconstruction of historic, current, and future circumstances through this ancient and dynamic Jewish material practice.

Tuesday December 8, 2015: [Completed] 7:00pm Refreshments/Social and 7:30pm Program — Triangle Jewish Chorale Musical Performance. The Triangle Jewish Chorale performs songs of there Jewish people through the ages in Hebrew, Ladino and Yiddish and their repertoire includes a wide range of traditional folk and composed music.

Tuesday January 12, 2016:  [Completed] 7:00pm Refreshments/Social and 7:30pm Program — Debbie Goldstein, Executive Vice President at the Center of Responsible Lending and one of the founding members of Carolina Jews for Justice. Debbie will speak about this grassroots statewide network that encourages the Jewish community to publicly advocate for a more just and fair North Carolina.

Tuesday February 9, 2016: [Completed] 7:00pm Refreshments/Social and 7:30pm Program — John Coffey Deputy Director for Art and Curator of American and Modern Art will speak about the newly expanded gallery housing the Judaica Collection at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The North Carolina Museum of Art is one of only two general art museums in the country with a permanent gallery devoted to Jewish ceremonial art. This past December, a menorah from this collection was used at the White House Hanukah celebration.

Tuesday March 8, 2016: [Completed] 7:00pm Refreshments/Social and 7:30pm — Film “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Directed by Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz. An Israeli woman seeking to finalize her divorce from her cruel and manipulative husband finds herself effetely put on trial by her country’s religiously-based marriage laws.

Tuesday April 12, 2016:  [Completed] 7:00pm Refreshments/Social and 7:30pm Program — Havurah member,  Harvey Himberg, Ph.D., former Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia, will present “The Jewish Heritage of North Africa:  An Historical and Cultural Tapestry.”  The Jewish communities of North Africa,  also known as the “Maghreb”,  date from between the Babylonian and Roman diasporas,  as well as the more recent Spanish Inquisition. Dr. Himberg will draw on his personal experience and secondary sources to provide an overview of these communities in their historical and cultural contexts.

A short presentation will precede the program and be given by Mr. James Brooks of the Jordan Matthews High School, Siler City, NC regarding the Student Trip to the Holocaust Museum.  STUDENT HOLOCAUST TRIP for Jordan Mathews High School, Siler City, NC Students, May 2016

The trip is sponsored in part by the Fearrington Havurah. This has been a major fund raising effort for our group, and one that has created much good will and gratitude in the community. Jordan Mathews High School offers a very significant program to its students regarding the Holocaust. With our generosity covers the cost of one of the three buses, so that the entire class studying the Holocaust can visit the museum in Washington DC. If you wish to donate, please make your checks out to the Jordan Mathews High School Holocaust Trip 2016, and send them to Warren Ort, 515 Fearrington Post, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

NEW DATE: May 15, 2016:  [Completed] The May meeting had been changed from May 10th at 7:00 PM to SUNDAY, May 15th at 10:00 AM. The reason for this change is the movie, THE GHET, was shown at this time. There was a bagel brunch set up along with the coffee and cake.

Tuesday June 14, 2016: [Completed] 6:00pm Closing meeting (for this program season) and Gala event. See List of proposed 2016-2017 officers on the home page.