One of only two Judaic collections in a state-sponsored American Museum, the NCMA’s Judaic Art Gallery features Jewish ritual art spanning three centuries and four continents. Opened at the Raleigh museum in 1983, the Gallery was the inspiration of Dr. Abram Kanof, a physician who was a noted scholar and collector of Judaica. The Gallery, recently expanded, includes a Baroque Venetian Torah crown, eighteenth-century Torah finials from Amsterdam’s Great Synagogue, and a Torah case fashioned by Chinese craftsmen for an Indian synagogue.
Founded in 1994, The Triangle Jewish Chorale features Jewish music in a variety of languages including Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino. Under conductor Lorena Guillen, it premiered the cantata Down Home, which featured texts from the JHFNC’s oral-history interviews in a musical setting by composer Alejandro Rutty.
Jewish Heritage in Western North Carolina is an online resource employing photographs, documents, and oral histories held at the D. Hiden Ramsey Library at UNC-Asheville.
The Center sponsors interfaith and multicultural workshops and programs. It addresses issues such as affordable housing and advocacy for immigrants, criminal, restorative, and environmental justice. Its mission is to educate and inspire action, and it collaborates with community leaders and congregations to effect social justice change.
The Center promotes lifelong Jewish learning. Housed at Shalom Park in Charlotte, the CJE houses the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library and Resource Center and the Blumenthal Educator Resource Center. The Library holds 16,000 items as well as the archives of the Jewish Historical Society of Charlotte. It is a resource for area Jewish educators.
Wildacres Retreat, a North Carolina Conference Center is a nonprofit residential campus that hosts ecumenical programming in the sciences, music, art, religion, and writing. Located on 1,600 acres at an elevation of 3,300 feet outside Little Switzerland near the Blue Ridge Parkway, Wildacres was founded and endowed by Charlotte’s Blumenthal family for “the betterment of human relations.” It hosts the annual B’nai B’rith Institute of Judaism, now in its 73rd year, where the state’s Jews gather to hear notable Jewish authorities and enjoy Jewish companionship in a stunning mountain setting. Wildacres also hosts an annual Sicha Shabbaton and the Sicha Rabbinic Kallah which focuses on rabbinic enrichment through text study, contemplation, and modern literature.
The Rosenzweig Gallery, housed in Judea Reform in Durham, was established by the congregation’s founding rabbi, Efraim Rosenzweig, an artist, poet, and collector of Judaica. It hosts juried art shows on Jewish themes as well as the Rabbi’s collection of books and artifacts.