Our JCOB Community

OBX Room in the Inn is a faith-based organization providing hospitality, food, and shelter, to homeless adults in the Outer Banks during the winter months and support services year-round. 

For the holidays this year, JCOB partnered with UUCOB to provide meals for Room In The Inn from December 18th to 24th. It was a huge success thanks to JCOB’s Anne Lyons and UUCOB’s Nancy Byrne and at the helm, organizing and guiding the project.

The North Dare Minister’s Association has prepared a local statement on Antisemitism: Read it here. 

Yom Hashoah Annual Essay Contest 2022

Yom Hashoah is observed as a day of commemoration for the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its collaborators.

JCOB sponsors a Yom Hashoah Annual Essay Contest for students in Dare County Schools. George Lurie presented the awards. The photo below shows this year’s winners from Steve Hanf’s FFHS Journalism class.

left to right, shows winner Maggie McNinch, 2nd place Emmy Benton,
3rd place Samuel Smith, 4th place Emma Braithwaite,
and journalism teacher, Steve Hanf.

Bringing the Jewish community together

JCOB is featured in an article by Maggie Miles
in the Coast/OBX section of the Virginia Pilot.
CLICK HERE to read the article

Yom Hashoah Remembrance

In May of 2019, the Jewish Community of the Outer Banks and the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Outer Banks held a joint memorial service for Yom Hashoah, which commemorates the Holocaust in World War II.

JCOB sponsors an essay contest for students in both the Dare and Currituck County high schools and middle schools. The students were invited to read their winning essays.

Joachim Gans honored

Marc Samuels is standing in front of the recently dedicated plaque to Joachim Gans, the first Jewish (and Czech) person in the English New World.  Gans was asked by QE1 to go on the first trip with Sir Walter Raleigh and comment on the mineral wealth in the area.  England was a major science center at this time.  Gans may have found some traces of a copper ore, but little else, as he returned in 1586 and did not come back with the 1587 expedition.  75 people were at the dedication, including JCOB members Marc Samuels, Marsha Riibner-Cady and her husband Lyle, Miriam Fauth and her daughter, and my wife Karen and I.

The effort behind the marker came from Brent Lane with UNC’s School of Business, Dr. Leonard Rogoff of the Jewish Heritage Foundation, and Steven King, the US Ambassador to The Czech Republic and the President of the Roanoke Island Historical Society.  All 3 spoke at the dedication ceremony on Friday, August 30th.

Jewish Calendar, including Torah portions, candle lighting, Jewish Holidays…Click here.
Jerusalem Post …Read it here.
Ha’aretz (Israeli newspaper)…Read it here.