Belief Briefs

Jan. 08, 2014 @ 11:12 PM

New gathering at Braggtown Baptist
DURHAM -- Braggtown Baptist Church is hosting a new gathering called The River, based on John 7:38. It “provides an opportunity to learn about God and meet other people in a casual worship setting,” according to the church. Braggtown Baptist is at 3218 N. Roxboro Road in Durham.
The River will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights. For information, call Pastor Eric Burmahl at 919-220-1166.

Yiddish concert, Lithuanian talk at Beth El 
DURHAM – “Yiddish Songs from the Jazz Age and Beyond: Jane Peppler in Concert with Roger Lynn Spears” will be performed at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Freedman Center at Beth El Syngague,1004 Watts St.
Peppler is a member of the high-energy acoustic ensemble Mappamundi and was previously director of the Triangle Jewish Chorale. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5.
Also, author Ellen Cassedy will speak about her book, “We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust” at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Freedman Center at Beth El. She will be joined by Duke University music professor Stephen Jaffe, who will speak on the young democracy’s search for understanding about the past, and cultural pluralism since 1990. Cassedy is a former columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and now lives in the Washington, D.C., area. Admission is free, with a suggested donation $5.

Late-night service for campus ministry
DURHAM -- Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, will hold a late-night service supporting Christian campus ministry at 10 p.m. tonight. The UNC Chapel Hill Gospel Choir will render the music. Campus communities are invited. For information, call the church at 919-544-1319. The Rev. Percy R. Chase is pastor.

DCIA annual meeting Jan. 28
DURHAM – Durham Congregations in Action will hold its annual banquet meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 W. Chapel Hill St. Reservations for the dinner are $14. For information, email or visit

Judea Reform to host Israel synagogue excavation talk  
DURHAM -- “Israel: Multiple Realities,” a special exhibit featuring ancient and contemporary Israel, is on display in The Rosenzweig Gallery of Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Road in Durham.
Jodi Magness, an archeologist and Judaic scholar at UNC Chapel Hill, and her husband Jim Haberman, a photographer, participated in the excavation and documentation of a 1,600-year-old Jewish synagogue found in Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Northern Israel on the west side of the Sea of Galilee. Excavations that began in 2010 have revealed scenes on the mosaic floor including Samson and the foxes (Judges 15:4) and another that shows Samson carrying the Gate of Gaza (Judges 16:1-3).
Magness and Haberman will present a talk and slideshow at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and include a viewing of the exhibit.

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