Blogs from the Greensboro Jewish Federation

70-Year-Old Bella Celebrates Her First Seder

This year is Bella’s first Seder.

As a child in occupied Odessa, Ukraine, 81-year-old Bella Yurash was forced to share sleeping space on the floor of a family’s friend’s basement with her mother and younger sister — and rats.

The most festive Jewish meal she can remember from that …

Safety Net for Flooded Holocaust Survivors: When Cherished Photos are Lost

Shawn Golan’s 80-year-old grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, was stranded on the island in her kitchen while the floodwater rose all around her. For nearly six hours, strong currents on the streets around her house made it impossible for rescuers to reach her.

“I would have put on my wa…

Monday, September 5, 2017

Yolanda Hairston [former UNCG Hillel Director] greets Robert and Shira Chandler as they arrive at Ben Gurion airport in Israel.

Yolanda wrote, "Tomorrow marks 11 years since I made aliyah, and it means so much to me that my Greensboro community, my extended family, makes it a priority to s…

Sunday, September 4, 2017

Photo and story by Ivan Saul Cutler

This morning a delegation from Greensboro's Jewish Federation embarked upon an intense week's journey to Israel.

Rabbi Fred Guttman provided a contextual-historical send-off blessing, declaring the mission participants represent the hopes, dreams, and wi…

Getting Ready for the Mission to Israel

September 4th seems so far away, and yet it is this coming Monday. Only four days away, and it feels like there is an insurmountable amount of loose ends to wrap up before Kendra and I leave for Israel on the 2017 GJF Mission.

I have to finish assembling a leadership team for this year’s …