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 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Lerner Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road, in Durham.
This is the third time Jewish Family Services (JFS), a social services agency of the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill, has held this seder. It is open to anyone interested in a cultural experience or learning more about Passover.
This event seeks to reach Jewish older adults who could be living in a facility that does not offer Passover seders or others who might have no family around to share the meal.
Jewish Family Services, guided by the 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.
Organist Alexander Anderson will perform music by J.S. Bach at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
There is no admission charge, but a free-will offering will support the church’s Chancel Choir Travel and Outreach Fund.
The concert will honor the memory of Gregory McCallum, concert pianist and teacher, who died suddenly in February at 52. McCallum, of Durham, performed across North and South America, in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
Anderson will perform Bach’s Clavier-Obung, Part III, with various preludes on the Catechism and other hymns for the organ, framed by the Prelude and Fugue in e-flat, the “St. Anne.”
Anderson, born in Scotland, studied music as a child and at 18 began organ studies mainly because of his love for Bach. He came to the United States on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in 1969 to become director of music at Rollins College in Florida.
In retirement, he lives in Carrboro with his wife, Jennifer Anderson, who is director of music at United Church of Chapel Hill.
Father Adrian Burke of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Ind., will lead a spiritual retreat from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Blessed Teresa Room at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St.
The retreat will explore the essential elements of a complete program for Christian living. Burke teaches that liturgical and sacramental worship, charity and service, commitment and community, study and prayer are not reserved for “professional religious” persons, but are part of the spiritual life to which all Christians are called.
The retreat is free and open to all. Lunch can be provided for $15 or participants may bring their own.
Church of Reconciliation Presbyterian, 110 N. Elliott Road, is inviting the community to a presentation, lunch and discussion Sunday, April 10, on the church’s role in peacemaking and nonviolence.
Special guests are Logan Mehl-Laituri Isaac, an Iraq war veteran providing training for leaders engaged in ministry with soldiers/veterans, and Steve and Lynn Newsome, co-directors of Quaker House in Fayetteville.
The adult education class is at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 11a.m. with lunch and discussion to be held after the service at about12:15 p.m. Child care is available.
A three-day scholarly conference to explore the historical and present day resurgence of anti-Semitism in many parts of the world will be held Sunday through Tuesday, April 10-12, at the Friday Center.
The event will include two evening lectures and in-depth panel discussions. Fifteen 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 conference schedule, updated event information 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 the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at UNC.
As part of a USA tour, the Christian Communications Institute’s Thai Dance and Drama Troupe will perform at New Hope Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10.
The eight-member troupe’s 90-minute performance will feature a cultural introduction to Thailand brought to life through dance, followed by a traditional Thai drama with live English translation.
Founded nearly 40 years ago at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the institute’s aim is to raise awareness of key social issues and to communicate the Christian message through Thai music, dance and drama.
The event is free but an offering will be taken to support the work of this ministry.
The church is located at 4701 NC 86, between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough.
Tyrrell’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 3419 Old Greensboro Road, will celebrate the third pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Claude Dunston during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, April 10.
The Rev. Kenneth Wormack, associate minister of North East Baptist Church, will be guest preacher.
The public is invited to the service.