Clickers With a Cause at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, a group of women and men who knit and crochet items for those in need, has announced a new partnership that will expand its distribution network by some 500 clients.
Meals on Wheels is the newcomer to the partnership that already includes Housing for New Hope, Duke Hospice, Welcome Baby, TROSA, Threshold and Urban Ministries of Durham.
In November, Clickers delivered more than 69 knit and crocheted teddy bears so that Christmas could be merrier for homeless families served by Housing for New Hope.
Also, last year the group donated 12 full-size afghans to Threshold Inc. for Christmas gifts.
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For larger pieces, such as afghans, baby blankets and shawls, individuals make blocks that are assembled and sewn together by one volunteer. Another adds the crocheted border.
Scarves, hats and baby sets are made by individuals using their own creativity.
In 2015, the group produced 61 small teddy bears, seven large teddy bears, 20 adult hats, seven baby sets, 15 baby blankets, 77 sheets, 14 full-size afghans, 14 lap afghans and 17 scarves.
Meals on Wheels reports that nearly one in six seniors may not know where their next meal is coming from. They live in every neighborhood, often out of sight, restricted to their homes. For many, the only person they will see each day is the driver bringing their meal.
Let ‘Freedom’ sing
“Freedom Song,” a musical about addiction and faith, will be performed at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St., on Monday, April 11.
The musical shatters the myth of Jews being immune to addiction as it interweaves a Passover seder with personal stories of addiction.
It asks “What are you a slave to?” and offers audience and cast members a chance to answer. Cast members are in recovery from addiction and come to Durham from Ben T’Shuvah in Los Angeles, a transitional home for adults struggling with various addictions and behaviors.
The musical is appropriate for adults and high school age youth.
Tickets at the door are $10. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Rev. Heidi Neumark will be the guest preacher Sunday, April 10, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road, at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services.
At. 1 p.m., she she will read from her new book “Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory and Faith.”
Personal narrative, social history, theology and Biblical reflection are interwoven in her story that challenges the author’s identity, vocation and theology.
As this Lutheran pastor is shocked to uncover her Jewish roots and successive family loss through the Holocaust, readers are invited to consider for themselves how secrets, closeted identities and silence can shape their lives.
‘The Wanted 18’
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St., and the Coalition for Peace with Justice will host a showing of the film “The Wanted 18” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 in the Parish Hall. This film is a response to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
People from the town of Beit Sahour decide to buy 18 cows and produce their own milk as a cooperative. Their venture is so successful that the collective farm becomes a landmark and the cows local celebrities until the Israeli army takes note and declares that the farm is an illegal security threat, forcing the dairy to go underground.
Discussion will follow the film.
A three-day conference to explore the historical and present day resurgence of antisemitism in many parts of the world is set Sunday through Tuesday, April 10-12, at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.
The event will include two evening lectures and a series of in-depth panel discussions. Fifteen leading scholars from the United States, France, Germany and Israel will be featured. Stuart Eizenstat, a 1954 UNC graduate, who has held senior U.S. government positions in three presidential administrations, will give the opening talk on April 10. James Carroll, author of 11 novels and eight works of nonfiction, will give the keynote lecture on April 11.
The full schedule and online registration can be found at jewishstudies.unc.edu. The conference is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating, advance registration is required for panel discussions.
The conference is sponsored by UNC’s Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.
The Jewish observance of Passover this year begins on April 22, but Jewish older adults and other interested persons will gather for a Passover seder on Wednesday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lerner Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road.
This is the third time Jewish Family Services, part of the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill, has held this special seder.
This event seeks to reach Jewish older adults who could be living in a facility that does not offer seders or other persons who might have no family around to share the meal.
Jewish Family Services, guided by Jewish values of communal responsibility and social justice, offers a comprehensive range of services that help people meet life’s challenges.
Passover is a commemoration by Jews of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. It is celebrated in Jewish homes for eight days and begins with a Seder, a traditional meal where the story of the exodus from slavery is read.