This weekend in Durham, a Hanukkah festival and a choral concert celebrate the Jewish experience. Saturday in Cary, a choir of Ugandan orphans make a joyful noise, while a Sunday afternoon program at City of Raleigh Museum focuses on the history of the Indian sari.
▪ The 18 children that make up the Watoto Children’s Choir are all orphans from Uganda. Their six-month tour of the U.S. swings through North Carolina this week, with a concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Church in Cary. One of the missions of this traveling choir, per watoto.com, is that these orphans develop confidence and expand their worldview. Visit pgc-cary.org.
▪ Levin JCC’s Hanukkah Festival is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. There will be traditional food and food truck eats, klezmer and Yiddish music, and a musical story time for the kids. The young can also enjoy Toddler Town Crawl Zone. Visit levinjcc.org to learn more about this Durham community’s Hanukkah celebration.
▪ For those celebrating Hanukkah, the experience doesn’t have to stop when Sunday’s Hanukkah Festival ends. At 3 p.m., the Triangle Jewish Chorale performs at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Durham. Two of the pieces are original works by North Carolina composers, and the program explores Jewish immigrants’ experiences arriving in new lands. Visit trianglejewishchorale.org.
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▪ Learn about the history and evolution of the iconic sari 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the City of Raleigh Museum. This is part of the larger “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” exhibit, which highlights and honors the Indian community of the Triangle and the U.S. Visit cityofraleighmuseum.org to learn about this program and others surrounding the “Beyond Bollywood” exhibit. The museum is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, although a $5 donation per adult is recommended.
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