The second lecture in a series at Chapel Hill’s Kehillah Synagogue titled “Varying Perspectives on Israel 2014” is set Thursday, Nov. 13.
All lectures in the series begin at 7:30 p.m. and are co-sponsored by Kehillah with Durham’s Beth El Synagogue and Judea Reform Congregation.
Jeff Spinner-Halev, Kenan professor of Political Ethics at UNC, will discuss several of the challenges Israel now faces, from the rise of Post-Zionism to increasing emigration, to the growing ultra-Orthodox population, to the country’s relationship with the Palestinians.
Underlying all of these challenges, Spinner-Haley argues, is the struggle within Israel about its identity. Is Israel still engaged in the Zionist project of nation-building? Or is Israel now, no more and no less than, a Western democracy? And, what sort of nation should Israel aim to be?
Spinner-Halev was a Lady Davis Fellow at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and then a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies. He also has taught at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzilya, Israel.
Kehillah Synagogue is located at 1200 Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill.
The semi-annual store-wide sale is coming up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at One World Market, Durham’s only non-profit Fair Trade store.
Shoppers will receive 20 percent off all merchandise that can fit into the store’s largest shopping bag.
The store is at 811 Ninth St. and is stocked with gift items from developing countries around the world, places where artisans, many of them women, don’t always have a place to sell their hand-made products. That’s what makes this store so special. It’s not only a place to find unusual, moderately priced items, but when you choose from the massive inventory, you are helping someone who may be trying to educate or even to feed hungry children.
Holland Chapel AME Zion Church will honor its pastor, the Rev. Dr. Orlando R. Dowdy and First Lady-elect Marie Dowdy with an Appreciation Service Sunday.
The 2 p.m. event will include food and fellowship. The church is located at 360 Burgess Road, Apex.
Free parenting class
The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation is offering a free class on parenting, “How to Raise a Mensch,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 Cornwallis Road.
Rebecca Dingfelder, a licensed clinical psychologist, will lead the class on resiliency and positive parenting with Jewish values.
She has contributed to Parents Magazine, Carolina Parent and everydayhealth.com regarding parenting difficulties such as sleeping, potty training and coping with puberty.
RSVP by calling the federation office at 919-354-4924.
Integrity USA, an organization in the Episcopal Church that inspires and equips churches to embody God’s love for LGBTQ people, their families and allies, will host its 40th Anniversary Inaugural Eucharist Saturday at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 25 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh.
Bishop Michael B. Curry, 11th Bishop of North Carolina, will celebrate and preach at the service.
The Eucharist will be followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception.
LGBTQ families, allies and those who are questioning are invited to join the celebration and to share their passion for justice and honor the work toward making North Carolina a safe and welcoming home for all.
The event marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of the organization’s four decades of advocacy, outreach and fellowship.
Soup and sandwich
The women of St. Philip’s Episcopal Chuch, 403 E. Main St., will hold a Soup and Sandwich Luncheon and cutlery and bake sale from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the parish hall at the church.
The menu will be a choice of several soups served with grilled cheese sandwiches. Also, homemade cookies for dessert. The price is $8.
In addition to lunch, an assortment of homemade baked goods including pies, cakes, cookies as well as jams, jellies, and pickles will be sold as will Rada Cutlery.
Proceeds from the event will benefit several outreach programs such as the Durham Crisis Response Center, Senior PharmAssist, Thompson’s Child & Family Focus, Threshold and the Interfaith Food Shuttle.
Contact Flo Johnston at email@example.com or call 910-361-4135.