Israel Center

The mission of the Israel Center is to strengthen Jewish identity and community by promoting meaningful relationships between people and communities in Israel and those in the greater Durham and Chapel Hill region.

The Israel Center has a wide range of offerings throughout the year, which means many ways for you to get involved. If you love to read, consider participating in the Israeli Author book club, which meets approximately every 6 weeks and participants can read the chosen book in either Hebrew or English. If films are more your thing, then the Israel Center will welcome you at one of the Movie nights where Israeli films are screened.

Family-focused programming is another important feature of the Israel Center where events take place around the holidays such as Israel Festival/Yom Ha’Atzmaut and Yom Ha’Zikaron. Throughout the year the Israel Center offers children’s Hebrew classes for native Israeli speakers, and other activities.

Support the Israel Center

Wish to support the work of the Israel Center through a tax-deductible donation? Log in HERE. Click “Donations” and choose Israel Center from the dropdown menu.

Upcoming Programs

Bnai Bayit

Be a host to an Israeli Graduate student for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Bnai Bayit  (“Bet Bet”) matches Israeli graduate students in North America with host families in the local Jewish community for the academic year. Our goal is to create lasting friendships, foster mutual understanding and strengthen the bonds between Israelis and North American Jews.

If you are interested in participating, contact

Learn more about the program at:

Israel: The Global Water Superpower– December 7th at 7pm. Join Jewish National Fund for “Israel: The Global Water Superpower.” Featuring Guest Speaker Laura Salzer, JNF Makor Member. RSVP by Thursday, November 30th to

Fundraiser for Galei Alon– We are collecting donations for the Ganei Alon community in our sister city Hadera, Israel. Please make your donation before Friday, December 15th.

Yom Ha’ Zikaron – Save the date now for 2018

Yom Ha’atzmaut – Save the date now for 2018

Community Yom Hashoah – Save the date now for 2018


Have questions, comments, or concerns? Please contact Lana Dennis at