JHFNC is happy to announce the birth of Down Home: A Virtual Museum on its web site: http://sites.duke.edu/downhome/ .

While hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians saw the exhibit in person at one of its several venues, Raleigh, Charlotte, or Wilmington, mounting our interactive site means that Down Home will live on for many years to come on the internet. All of the images are taken either from the original installation at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh or from the last iteration of the exhibit in Charlotte, at the Levine Museum of the New South, where it was featured at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. We hope that you enjoy seeing the exhibit in this new format and will share it with friends and recommend it to public schools for use in the classroom and to local synagogues for use in their respective communities and congregations. And please note that significant parts of the Down Home exhibit are on display at the Levine JCC in Charlotte.

JHFNC is also proud to report that Down Home: The Cantata is a huge success.

The first performance at Duke’s Goodson Chapel was sold out and met with a rousing standing ovation along with good reviews. Our own historic audio tapes, which are an essential part of the performance, proved to be the inspiration for the composer, Alejandro Rutty, Professor of Composition at UNCG. JHFNC is collaborating with the Triangle Jewish Chorale to produce a high quality video/DVD for purchase in the near future. If anyone would like to assist in planning a performance in a local venue please contact Eric Meyers (emc@duke.edu) at Duke/JHFNC or the conductor of the Triangle Jewish Chorale, Lorena Guillen (lorenaguillen70@hotmail.com).