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The Charlotte Jewish NEWS Non-Profit Organization HUI.K KATK U.S. I'u8lu|(e I*A11) Charlotte, N. C. Permit No. 120H VOL. 1 NO. 4 Charlotte, North Carolina APRIL, 1979 Happy Passover to Yam from the Staff and Sponsors of The Charlotte Jewish News Happy Anniversary UJA JCC Installs Jaffa Bernstein Honored This year conimeinorates the 40th anniversary of the found- intj of UJA which as a response to KriX^aUitiacht, November 10, 1938, ^^ep4lie synagogues of Germaiy were burned and scores of Je^s" were beaten or killed. The leiders of American Jewry re^lia^ that only a,centralized funMising body could fully mobil\ze.the resources needed to me^Jhe criMs COD fronting. Jo.wh>3 fund raising orglniWf)Jl American Jewis tribution ConmiMS^JDC), ited Palestjra^Appeal ani National '(#^inating Coi mittee For I became a si for the won rehabilitation in Europe, forii migration and settlement il what was then Palestine and foi refugee aid in the U.S. The first^ fund raising campaign under the aegis of newly created UJA produced $11.5 million in cash in lt)39, almost double the amount raised by the three com ponent agencies. During 1977 UJA collected over $268 million. Since its founding, UJA has collt^cted $4.5 billion, expended $185 million and distributed over $4.;} billion. UJA proved funds could be raised effectively and administered efficiently not only to help our people but to save our people. Saving Jewish lives is one of the greatest mitzvahs in ouir tradition and UJA has done this with devotion, effectiveness and full responsibility. At this point I would like to share with you some pertinent data from the Feb. 5t)i issue of Forbes Magazine which featured a ma jor story about philanthropy. In a table covering ,37 philanthropic organizations, UJA ranked lowest in the proportion of its funds used for fundraising expenses (approx. 5%) and it was second highest in the percentage of its funds used to support the programs it was intended to help. We talk about the mitzvah of saving Jewish lives, of meaningful giving and tzedakah. .The Hebrew word “tz” is loosely translated in English as “charity.” Actually it means more than charity; it means justice and implies the fulfillment of a duty. “By giv ing” one discharges a debt to the community and to fellow human beings. One has not a choice to give or not to give. It is a sacred obligation that one j()wes to others. We should give recognition that every human is created in the image of and that we are bound to oi» another in a, human brotherhood. “Tz> should be a natural result of o, acknowledgenlint of tHe dign and the inflniL human being.VB^is^ofcity -but love, rjgt^j^irity buL^usfice. ' mitzvah th# people for littl 2rnd to wkm we are ![ated. Think f« a moment and share witrelme what happens if you do not give all . you can. There are y^ngsters in Israel capable of fiyishing high school who willjrot finish un- le^ we give Jme additional d/^lara of whi^ we are capable. We excuse om minimal giving Lby ^ointi^ to the high cost of lu'r iih^ren’s college career. ^re children in Israel who o%^t to be going to college and whose parents cannot afford it. We are not asked to sacrifice our children’s education for theirs, but only some of our extra luxuries. When you are approached to make a contribution to the UJA Campaign, just remember the solicitors are not asking for themselves, but they are seeking help for the entire Jewish people — Klal Yisrael. llie gift that they request will enable Jews all over the world to live more securely and more Jewishly. Equally important is the under standing that a gift to the Charlotte 'Jewish Federation enables the Jewish infra structure of this community not only to survive but to flourish and grow. I am often asked if I feel uncomfortable with my role as fundraiser. I think most of us would agree that fundrais ing is a painful and difficult . task. More often than not, it is not a pleasant task but yet it must be done if Judaism is to survive. When you . become directly involved in solicitations, there are also some pleasing and ’ positive results. You become a part of the action in the Jewish community structure. We all know that if we want a part of the action we have to be in the action. Some of the more exciting ac tion in the Federation is fund- (Continued on Page 4) “On a solid foundation he built a solid structure” was the inscription on the plaque Ben Jaffa, newly elected JCC presi dent, presented to Mark Berns tein on his retirement as presi dent at the March I9th annual membership meeting and elec tion of officers at the JCC. Also receiving plaques in honor of their service as they ended their terms of office on the board were: Sol Levine, Milton Tager and Dr. David Somers- tein. The officers and board for the new term were elected un animously by the members in attendance. Dr. l^ighton Horner, of UNCC, gave an informative and effective talk on the Middle East, reviewing the past history and the present situation. He pointed out that Iran’s relationship with Israel during Shah was a very .faiWM®e jne. Israel, during the reign, .was the only [^d west of Iran’s border. He explained the political, military, religious and economic con ditions of the middle east coun tries. KuAvoit has M; '• lilgliust per The Russians Are Coming ••• Arrangements are being made with HIAS to bring another Russian family to Char lotte. Many things will be need ed when they get here. Right now any household goods, es pecially furniture, lamps, a radio, and a television are need ed. They may be new or used items. If you have anything to give or wish to volunteer your, help in any capacity please call Sally Schrader (525-1569). May 27 New Date For Academy Dinner capata income (over $15,000 per capata per year), Iraq the lowest ($280 per capata). Dr. Horner ended his talk by stating that with the current developments Israel and Egypt together become the major force in keeping the Russians out of the middle east and the oil flow ing. Newly elected JCC President Ben Jaffa, presents plaque Temple Beth Shalom Welcomes New Rabbi Temple Beth Shalom is happy to announce a new arrival to their congregation. Don Cashman, a second-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College in New York City, is serving as their new rabbi. He spent last year in Israel. His first service was March 16 to a capacity crowd. We wish him much success in his new venture in Charlotte. ADL Enters Supreme Court Case Theodore Bikel In response to the lead article in last month’s Charlotte Jewish News, checks have already come in for the Hebrew Academy’s gala dinner featur ing Theodore Bikel. Due to an unavoidable con flict the date of his appearance has been changed to Sunday, May 27. The event, including hors d’oeuvres, dinner and entertainment, will be held at Temple Israel. Theodore Bikel will perform for patrons only. Everyone in the community is invited to be a patron. The cost is $125 per couple, tax deduc- A friend of the court brief has been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Brian Weber in the United Steelworkers vs. Weber case. The Court is expected to deter mine whether an employer, Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation, with no previous history of discrimina tion at its Gramercy, Louisiana plant, may legally institute a racial quota for entry into its on- the-job training program. The ADL brief maintains ADLs longstanding position which opposes racial or religious quotas for employ ment. The brief supports volun tary affirmative action by employers and unions to help racial minorities within the con text of equal opportunity for all. Philip Kurland, professor at tible. Checks should be made out to the “N.C. Hebrew Academy” Academy” and mailed to Dr. Stephen Hshman, 5841 Coat bridge Lane, Charlotte, 28210. Inquiries concerning the affair may be directed to Dr. Fishman (537-0220). limited seating is available at this year’s event. Last year’s Academy dinner featuring Abba Eban was a sellout. the Chicago Law School and one of the country’s foremost constitutional lawyers, was retained by ADL to prepare the brief. Working with Mr. Kurland was the ADL legal professional staff. The Anti-Defamation League, which has fought to crack quotas in college admission of minorities and illegal racially discriminatory practices in employment and housing, is currently involved in more than a half dozen cases of “reverse discrimination” around the country. Oral arguments in the case will begin March 28. Copies of the ADL brief are available by^ contacting the regional office at' 3311 West Broad Street, Rich mond, Virginia 23230 or calling (804) 355-2884. Center Closings For Passover Wednesday, April 11 — 5:00 P.M. through Satur day, April 14 — 12:00 Noon Tuesday, April 17 — 5:00 P.M. through Thursday, April 19 - 5:00 P.M. NO BINGO TUESDAY, APRIL 17th.