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Getting Started


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Getting Started

North Carolina’s Jewish communities started small. Jewish tradition says that ten men constitute a quorum for a prayer community. The first spiritual leader was often an unordained “reverend,” a learned, observant man who taught children and slaughtered kosher meat and chicken. Jews worshiped in homes or in rooms above their stores, sometimes in converted churches. As communities grew, they built synagogues and hired ordained rabbis to lead them and educate their children. “Circuit rabbis” served multiple small communities into the 1950s.




Culturally Jewish

Many North Carolinians see themselves as Jewish even though they do not follow religious practice. Instead they identify with Jewish food, humor, literature, or art.

L'Argent-by-Emile-Zola Silver Dollar North Carolina Museum of Art's Judaica Gallery Menu Summer Camping Jewish Film Festival North Carolina Association of Jewish Women B'nai Israel Synagogue Synagogue Bus Hebrew Cemetery House of Jacob Sunday School The Jewish Church Jewish Community Center Flyers Rabbi Samuel Mendelsohn Rabbi Henry Hochheimer