Explore Jewish Life in Pinehurst North Carolina
Pinehurst in the coastal plain is known internationally as a golfing and retirement center, site of some forty courses. The local Jewish population consists almost entirely of recently arrived northerners. Beyond retirees, professionals are also settling in the area, many drawn by the local medical center. Military families from nearby Fort Bragg are also attracted by the lifestyle and schools. Historically, Pinehurst was regarded as a restricted resort unwelcoming to Jews, but nearby towns like Carthage had Jewish merchants and industrialists. Robbins was named for Jewish mill owner, Karl Robbins. The Sandhills Jewish Congregation’s synagogue, located in Jackson Springs, serves surrounding communities.
The Sandhills Jewish Congregation is affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism. A growing community, its synagogue is served by a visiting rabbi while lay leaders run an active religious school program for children.
The Institute of Southern Jewish Life traces community origins to the 1970s when retirees founded the Sandhills Jewish Cultural Group. In the 1990s newly arriving families created the Sandhills Jewish Organization with services and a religious school. In 1999 they merged into the Sandhills Jewish Congregation and three years later dedicated a synagogue.