Triangle Area FAQs

New to the area? This list of FAQs may help!
How many congregations are there in Wake County?
Is there a Federation in Wake County?
Is there a Jewish Community Center?
What types of Jewish educational opportunities exist?
"I want to live in a Jewish neighborhood. Are there any areas in Raleigh that are more Jewish than others?" "Should I use a Jewish Real Estate agent if I am relocating to the area?"
Can I buy Kosher food in Raleigh? Is there a Kosher caterer?
Is there a Jewish cemetery in Raleigh?
Is there a local mohel available?

How many congregations are there in Wake County?
There are six congregations in Wake County:

  • Beth Meyer (our synagogue) located in North Raleigh is Conservative.
  • Temple Beth Or located in Northwest Raleigh is Reform. [visit website]
  • Sha’arei Israel located in North Raleigh is Orthodox. [visit website]
  • Beth Shalom located in Cary is Reform. [visit website]
  • Chabad of Cary is Orthodox. [visit website]
  • Yavneh is a Renewal congregation [visit website]

Is there a Federation in Wake County?

  • The Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary has been a part of Wake County's Jewish community since 1987. The mission of the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary is to bring richness and vitality to every aspect of Jewish life in our community. Through Jewish Family Services, the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Community Foundation, The Federation provides programs and services for community members across Wake County.
  • To be included in mailings about the Jewish Community, please call or email us.

8210 Creedmoor Road, Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27613
919-676-2200
info@shalomraleigh.org

Is there a Jewish Community Center?

  • The JCC is located in North Raleigh, approximately 15 minutes from area congregations and 25 minutes from Cary. On 30 acres, the JCC is in a beautiful, park-like setting with boating on a small lake stocked with fish, social hall/multi-purpose room, competition-sized outside swimming pool, amphitheater and sports facilities. The JCC is open to everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or religious affiliation.
  • The Raleigh-Cary JCC is the home of Camp JCC, athletic programs for adult and children and a host of other programming for adults, seniors and children. For more information, call the JCC at 919-676-6170 or visit www.shalomraleigh.org for more information.

What types of Jewish educational opportunities exist?
The Lerner Jewish Community Day School in Durham is a co-educational community day school. 

For our younger students, there are currently three Jewish preschools in Wake County: Beth Meyer Preschool located at Beth Meyer Synagogue, Temple Beth Or Preschool, located at Temple Beth Or and Hillel Preschool, located at Congregation Sha'arei Israel.  These programs take toddlers through preK and also run summer camp programs.

All the congregations in Wake County offer adult education programs. 

"I want to live in a Jewish neighborhood. Are there any areas in Raleigh that are more Jewish than others?" "Should I use a Jewish Real Estate agent if I am relocating to the area?"
These are probably two of the most frequently asked questions people have when considering relocating to the Raleigh area. Three of the four area synagogues, three Jewish preschools and the Raleigh-Cary Area JCC are all located in North Raleigh. Thus, combined with the geographic desirability, other area amenities, excellent Wake County schools, and the conveniences North Raleigh offers, a majority of the Jewish population chooses to live in North Raleigh. There are no Jewish neighborhoods, but given their locations, Northridge, Stonebridge, Stonehenge, Greystone, and Bedford seem to have a larger number of Jewish families than other neighborhoods. One of the wonderful attractions to this area is the successful integration of all faiths, nationalities, and races in each community/subdivision.
It has been very helpful for Jewish families relocating from other states or areas to use a Jewish real estate agent to assist them in their home searches. While real estate agents cannot direct clients to "Jewish neighborhoods," they have knowledge and expertise in all areas of Raleigh life, and can help newcomers feel more comfortable and welcome. Below is a list of real estate agents who are Beth Meyer congregants - each would love to work with you to help welcome you to the Jewish community.

Ron Aronson                     Jamie Eliahu 

David Glass                       Stacey Horowitz             Judi Margulies                

Mindy Oberhardt             Susan Reinhard             Brian Wolborsky              

Jennifer Wolborsky          Kevin Wolborsky           Phyllis Wolborsky

Can I buy Kosher food in Raleigh? Is there a Kosher caterer?
There are now several choices for kosher meat in Wake County. You can purchase Empire and Hebrew National products in supermarkets including Harris Teeter, Kroger, and Fresh Market. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s carry kosher products as well. While there are no kosher restaurants or kosher catering halls, several caterers are approved to provide kosher catering at Beth Meyer:

Is there a Jewish cemetery in Raleigh?
The Raleigh Hebrew Cemetery is located in downtown Raleigh. We currently use Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in preparing for Jewish funerals. The Chevra Kadisha of Raleigh/Cary (Jewish Burial Society) engages in the sacred task of preparing the deceased for proper burial according to Jewish tradition. Members of the Chevra Kadisha are congregants from Beth Meyer, Beth Or, Chabad of Cary Learning Center, Beth Shalom and Sha'arei Israel synagogues. When a death occurs the Rabbi of the synagogue affiliated with the deceased’s family will contact the coordinator of the Chevra Kadisha to make arrangements for preparing the body for burial. The Raleigh-Cary Chevra Kadisha will prepare the deceased body according to Jewish law. 

Is there a local mohel available?
Yes, there are local mohels. Please contact Dr. Richard Adelman at (919) 846-9292 or Dr. George Tosky at (919) 467-2249.