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Rothermel Lecture April 17, 2016I Shall Not Hate: A Message of Hope, Faith, and Courage 

2:00 pm First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish

 
 
A Harvard-trained Palestinian doctor who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and "who has devoted his life to medicine and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians" (New York Times), Abuelaish has been crossing the lines in the sand that divide Israelis and Palestinians for most of his life - as a physician who treats patients on both sides of the line, as a humanitarian who sees the need for improved health and education for women as the way forward in the Middle East. And, most recently, as the father whose daughters were killed by Israeli soldiers on January 16, 2009, during Israel's incursion into the Gaza Strip. His response to this tragedy made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, Abuelaish called for the people in the region to start talking to each other. His deepest hope is that his daughters will be "the last sacrifice on the road to peace between Palestinians and Israelis."

 

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Tu BiSh'vat - Update

A great big Toda rabah to all who contributed. Thanks to you we collected $450 and with the Men's Club match we contributed a total of $900 which with multiple trees returned a total of 60 trees to be planted in Israel.
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Larry Weiss' D'var on New Bern History

 

This is the time of year when New Bern becomes fascinated by its past. Last week it was Ghost Walk, with hundreds of people walking through the streets of our fair city in search of ghosts and spirits from our past. This weekend of course brings Halloween, when our fascination with the spirit world comes to the fore. We all know that Halloween is not a Jewish holiday, and as such it would not normally be the subject of a Dvar Torah.

And truth be told I will not really be speaking about Halloween per say tonight. However the fascination with spirits and ghosts at this time of year, combined with the publication of a new volume of New Bern history by the Historical Society reminded me that our city was blessed for many years with a thriving community of Jewish merchants located on the 200 block of Middle Street, between Front and Pollock Streets, back in the days when downtown New Bern was the retail center for our entire eastern region including Jones and Carteret Counties. This is the time of year when New Bern becomes fascinated by its past. Last week it was Ghost Walk, with hundreds of people walking through the streets of our fair city in search of ghosts and spirits from our past. This weekend of course brings Halloween, when our fascination with the spirit world comes to the fore. We all know that Halloween is not a Jewish holiday, and as such it would not normally be the subject of a Dvar Torah. And truth be told I will not really be speaking about Halloween per say tonight. However the fascination with spirits and ghosts at this time of year, combined with the publication of a new volume of New Bern history by the Historical Society reminded me that our city was blessed for many years with a thriving community of Jewish merchants located on the 200 block of Middle Street, between Front and Pollock Streets, back in the days when downtown New Bern was the retail center for our entire eastern region including Jones and Carteret Counties. Read full D'var

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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 The Shofar

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