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On Faith: Duke Nobel winner to describe journey from the Bronx

February 4, 2014 


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In “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm,” Bob Lefkowitz will describe his journey from a middle-class Jewish upbringing in the East Bronx to receiving the Nobel Prize from King Carl Gustaf of Sweden in 2012 during a presentation at 11 a.m. Sunday at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St.

Lefkowitz has been a Duke University faculty member and a member of the Beth El congregation for 40 years. Currently a James B. Duke professor of medicine, professor of biochemistry and chemistry and investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, he received the National Medal of Science from President George Bush in 2008 and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2012 for his work on cellular drug receptors.

Lefkowitz will also speak to teens at 10 a.m. in the social hall.

The Men of Beth El will host a brunch for the entire congregation before the 11 a.m. presentation.

On Saturday at 11:45 a.m., Rabbi Daniel Greyber of Beth El Congregation and the Rev. Joe Harvard, retired First Presbyterian Church minister, will hold an interfaith dialogue on the morning's reading from the Torah, Exodus 27: 20-30 and 30:10.

This will be held in conjunction with a full morning of alternative prayer and study options called Synaplex Shabbat at the synagogue, 1004 Watts St.

Housing director leaving

Founder and executive director of Housing for New Hope Terry Allebaugh will leave his post at the end of May.

Now in its 22nd year, Housing for New Hope was founded in 1992 through the efforts of Allebaugh and numerous Presbyterian and Lutheran clergy and lay leaders, along with support from the city and county of Durham and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

During his tenure, Housing for New Hope has expanded to include two transitional housing programs, street outreach and engagement teams, an emergency assistance program, a housing development program resulting in 74 units of new supportive and workforce housing in Durham, and a rapid re-housing program.

The mission is to prevent and end homelessness through increased access to housing, health care and integrated services in the Triangle region.

To accomplish its mission, Housing for New Hope has developed a highly collaborative model that serves more than 1,000 households a year. It employs 25 people and has a budget of $2.3 million.

A transition team has been named to search for a new director, expected to be in place by early summer.

A community celebration to honor Allebaugh is being planed. He is not retiring, however, but simply moving to the next phase of his story, he said.

“After a break over the summer, I am hoping to have secured my next assignment. My hope is that it would include advocacy and policy work around poverty and homelessness, perhaps on a regional, or statewide, or even national basis,” he said.

‘The Rabbi of Worms’

Marie Hammond, a member of Durham's Epworth United Methodist Church, will read from her just-published second book “The Rabbi of Worms,” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road.

The Triangle Jewish Chorale will present a brief concert to celebrate the occasion

Dr. Eric M. Meyers, director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University, wrote in the book's foreword, “M.K. Hammond has written an extraordinary account of the eleventh-century-epochal events that have so greatly impacted the history of Jewish-Christian relations. In light of current developments, these events seem especially relevant.”

UU leader visits

The Rev. William F. Schultz, an international human rights leader, will visit the Triangle this weekend to speak at two Unitarian Universalist churches and participate in a “Mass Moral March on Raleigh” Saturday.

Former executive director of Amnesty International and now president and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Schultz will speak at a 6 p.m. potluck dinner Saturday in the fellowship hall at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Church, 4907 Garrett Road.

On Sunday, he will preach at the UU Fellowship of Raleigh and in the afternoon will be the main speaker at the ordination ceremonies for Nathan “Nato” Alan Hollister of Carrboro as a Unitarian Universalist minister. The event at 4 p.m. will be held in the sanctuary at Eno River.

Hollister, 33, is the son of Eno River members Alan and Susan Hollister and grandson of founders of the fellowship, Bill and Fran Hollister. A graduate of Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago, he lives in Carrboro where he leads the recently established Mutual Aid Carrboro, a social justice mission.

On Saturday, Schultz and the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, along with members of many Unitarian Universalist congregations, will participate in the “Mass Moral March on Raleigh” regarding social justice issues in North Carolina.

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