Who We Are

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Here in the Outer Banks, we are about 2 hours away from the nearest mainstream Judaic community in the Tidewater area of Virginia. In our remote location, we want to serve the needs of Jewish people who reside in, visit, or vacation in the Outer Banks. We know we need to offer a flexible program in which Jewish people of different backgrounds will feel comfortable.

On a ritual level, this means offering a reform/conservative-themed Shabbat and High Holiday Services. Our monthly Friday night or Saturday morning services take place even if a minyan is not present.  For our Saturday service we combine our Friday night service with a Torah service to create a unique Saturday morning experience. In the event of a weather emergency, we merge or reschedule services so that our members (and guests) will be able to participate in the event to its fullest.  This model seems to have worked quite well since we began holding services in early 2004.

Flexibility means that the JCOB is unaffiliated but uses Reform prayer books for Shabbat and High Holiday services.  We invite you to join us at our casual Friday night or Saturday morning service, held the third Friday or Saturday of each month, or at any of our other activities and celebrations. We are proud to have held a Second Night Community Passover Seder and a Yom Hashoah Memorial service for the past 12 years.  

George Lurie, our lay leader, has been in charge of all of our religious activities since 2004…more

Current JCOB Officers
President – Frank Lacher
Vice President – Robert Jacobs
Secretary – Karen Blose
Treasurer – Marc Samuels
Lay Leader – George Lurie

We look forward to meeting you. Shalom.