Jewish Heritage Foundation Projects

Down Home is a multimedia project that could not have come to fruition without the leadership of former Governor Jim Hunt, Jr.  as honorary chair. “The Down Home project will acquaint millions of our citizens, both children and adults, with Jewish values and beliefs…. It will help to develop acceptance, tolerance and respect amongst our citizens.”

The Down Home Project

For more than three centuries North Carolina has welcomed Jews with hospitality and opportunity. And Jews, often escaping poverty and persecution, have brought their energy and talents to their new homelands. As peddlers in the countryside, storekeepers in small towns, and industrialists in emerging cities, Jews helped create the prosperity that has made North Carolina a leader of the New South. Committed to faith, family, and community, Jews have endowed hospitals, educated our youth, and led the struggle for racial and social justice.

Along the way, they themselves were transformed as Jewish culture and traditions encountered Southern customs and manners. North Carolina Jews grounded their lives in timeless values– family, community, faith, learning—but here these values took on new meanings and inflections that blended past and present. Yet, despite their remarkable contributions to our state, the Jewish story remains little known and largely untold.

All this and more is detailed in a lively informative style with personal stories and humorous tales. Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina, is a hallmark  multimedia project of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina and has woven these stories to create  a traveling museum exhibit, documentary film, heritage book and school curriculum.

The Down Home Project: History of Jews in North Carolina

Digital Exhibit

Jews in North Carolina have built lives around contradictions—rooted in Carolina soil yet tied to a global community, embracing the here and now yet reaching back to ancient traditions.

Down Home Film

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed.

Down Home Book

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed.

Down Home Cantata

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed.

School Curriculum

JHFNC created  4th and 8th grade public school curriculum materials. Videos explore immigration, ethnic differences, tolerance and integration into the North Carolina populace.

Connect NC

Connect NC is a web app that shows you Jewish synagogues and temples, education programs, camps, federations and JCCs in North Carolina with an easy “click for directions.”