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Jews Spend Day of Atonement in Church

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RALEIGH — Saturday marked Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews. Butwith the Triangle's Jewish population skyrocketing, there just isn'tenough room at Temple Beth Or for everyone to worship. On this Day ofAtonement, Beth Or's membership spent the high holiday in anothercongregation's church.

Like the rest of the Triangle, the Jewish community is growing and manycongregations are finding it a tight fit. That's why Temple Beth Or isholding their service at White Memorial Presbyterian Church.

"The Jewish community here is growing faster proportionately than almostany jewish community in the United States," explains Rabbi Lucy Dinner."

Dinner says the growth can be attributed to more people moving into thearea and more people finding religion. She believes that as people moveto the area, they are searching for roots and community, and naturallyfind that in a congregation.

"I think it's wonderful showing of solidarity from everyone living in theRaleigh," says Ilene Nelson. "It also means that we have a place to sitwithout sitting on top of each other."

The church says no problem. It's glad to help. Rick White of the WhiteMemorial Presbyterian Church says the church is just being good neighbors.When Temple Beth Or asked to use the church, White and the congregationwas happy to oblige.

People who attended Saturday's services felt that warmth.

"I had reservations thinking, 'how is it going to be coming to thischurch,'" admits Debbie Rothstein. "But when I got here and sat updstars,and I was able to see the whole congregation and the Rabbi. I lookedaround and saw no signs of any religion except Judaism. I felt so welcome."

Temple Beth Or is building a new sanctuary. It will be completed in twoyears.

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