An American Hanukkah

Hanukkah for us has become the Jewish Christmas, as Jews replicate the gift giving and seasonal cheer that mark the Yuletide holiday. Indeed, the public display of Christmas trees is legitimatized if a Hanukkiah is placed beside it.  Holiday choirs add a dreidel song to their repertoire of carols. Yet, in memoirs and oral histories…

May is Jewish American Heritage Month

Not widely known perhaps, but May is a time to celebrate our Jewish heritage in the United States. Our historian, Len Rogoff has written about the first Jewish person to settle in the English speaking colonies. The locale for this settlement was none other than North Carolina on Roanoke Island. This Jew, by the name…

Purim Spiels!

Purim is a holiday like none other in the Jewish calendar. It’s a time for costumes and creativity with skits and songs often creating a new twist on the Story of Esther. If your synagogue or community puts on a Purim Spiel, email us the link to the video on utube and we will download…

Seek Information on Gertrude Weil

Our historian, Leonard Rogoff is working on a book about the Goldsboro resident, Gertrude Weil, (1879-1971). She led the state’s suffragist movement and fought for social and racial justice while also serving as a lifelong advocate of Jewish and Zionist causes. Contact us if you have personal memories of her! Read the article here