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The Charlotte Jewish news. (Charlotte, N.C.) 19??-current, June 01, 1979, Image 1

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The i Charlotte Jewish NEWS Non-l’rofit OrKHnization nUl.K RATK U.S. I’oHlage PAID Charlotte, N. C. I'ertn it No. I20B VOL. 1 NO. 6 Charlotte, North Carolina «June-»luly, 1J>7{) ICC Moves Ahead The JCC building committee, comprised of Harold Josephson (Chairman), Henry Ijerner, Bud dy Abrams, Brenda Meltsner, Paula Musler, Norman Max well, Mark Bernstein, Abe Luski, and Ben Jaffa, Jr. has made great strides. They are working under a real sense of urgency to put the building fund contributions into the kinds of changes desired by the com munity, and to fulfill the needs of a rapidly growing center. Several months ago the firm of Omni Architecture was retained to draft proposals. The resulting two approaches for the major changes are in the final stages, waiting for approval by the June Vioard meeting. Harold gta.tftat’.■'‘ We are committed (o creating a facility which the community c-an look at and w-alk into with pride.” In addition to a completely new physical appearance at comple tion, the JCC will house kitchen facilities which w'ill bo able to cater meals for 150 people, an auditorium which will comfort ably seat 200, and lounge and recreation areas. Also included will be multipurpose rooms for classes, special activities, board . and committee meetings, and CO m m u n i ty organization meetings. 'I’he committee extends its a p o 1 o g i e s for t ii e i n - conveniences that will occur during construction. In the meantime, with the busy summer season upon us, the JCC will undergo a short term face lift for the present facility. In addition to a paint job for the front of the building, the pool area is undergoing a com pletion of its transition, which began last year. What will be seen are crepe myrtle trees, plantings, additional lounges, tables, and umbrellas. What isn’t visible is a complete new water system serving the pools. The playa lake*, betw^een the drinking fountain and the stairs, has been permanently dessicated. I’he honeysuckle, which has been the cause of in- .sect annoyance during the past years around the pools, has already been eliminated. It is hoped that every member will have an enjoyable summer with the present facilities, and look forward to enjoying the new ones in 19M0. *Noie: A playa lake is a body of water which appears in a desert following a rainstorm. Holocaust Square "During the years 1939-1945 eleven million human beings, amongst them SIX million Jews, one-third of the Jewish population, were tragically slaughtered by the Nazis and their collaborators. We dedicate this square to their memory, and to our belief that a reminder IS necessary so history dare not repeat itself. The above quotation is the inscription on the monument that will be located on Holocaust Square, at Dilworth and Morehead, and dedicated on June 10th at 12:15 p.m. This is being done by Tem ple Israel in conjunction with Convenant Presbyterian Church which is also located at the Square. Participating in the program, which will be done simply but • with religious reverence, will be Mayor Ken Harris, Rev. Randy Taylor from Myers Park Presbyterian Church, who is the presi dent of the Charlotte Clergy Association, and Julian Hirschfield of Gas tonia. Mr. Hirschfield is a survivor of the brutality of the Holocaust. Also par ticipating will be the rab bis and Marvin Bienstock, director of the Charlotte F'ederation. All members of the Jewish community are urged to be present at this historical occasion. From Leningrad With Love Twins Attend Academy Genrietta, Isaac, Veronica and Mary Baikin. by Sally Schrader Our newest Russian family arrived in Charlotte from l^eningrad via Rome on April 24th. They are Isaac and Genrietta Baikin and their 8 year old twin daughters, Veronica and Mary. Isaac says that they are very happy that they came to the USA and are very grateful for the help and care they have received here. They were astounded by the high quality work done by HIAS. Isaac is a mechanical engineer with strong electrical training. Genrietta is an electrical engineer with some experience in com puter programming and in teaching computer science. Because of their limited knowledge of English they realize that they probably cannot begin working asengineers buthoptto find technical jobs in their field. Both have their N.C. learners permits and are presently taking driving lessons. They will be looking for a good used car soon. 'I'he girls are attending school at the Hebrew Academy and are thoroughly enjoying it and doing very well in their studies. Veronica and Mary have also participated in several events in the Dilworth community and school with Darcy Bienstock and made '’riends with a number of people there. This summer they will be attending camp at the JCC. The Haikins have met all the other Russian Jewish families here. They are also interested in meeting other people in the community. They live at the Yorktown Apts. (148 Tyvola IW., apt 4) and can be reached at 527-3411. They are most anxious to learn more about Charlotte and in becoming a part of the community. They have attended religious services at Temple Beth K1 and Tem()le Israel, (Continued on Page 11) NCCJ Implements Special Studies Under the auspices of the National Conference of Christians and Jews a Holocaust, atud^, tOsfijfi^im- system has been undertaken.. Several meetings have been had with definite goals established/ The-first of these goals Nvas to identify materials f^or teachers, form a learning packet and dis tribute a copy of that packet to each junior and senior high school. I’his task was ac complished in April, 'i'he com mittee involved received feed back that teachers in several schools were pleased and enthusiastic about receiving this material which will support their teaching activities. There was also a feedback about the attention being given in instruc tion to the Holocaust. 'I’he second goal was to ex- ami ne the social studies curriculum K-12and identify ap propriate inclusions of other historical events such as the (Continued on Page 4) Yiddish Leibt Fifty people from all over the south - N.C., S.C., (leorgia, and H^lorida - attended the recent Wildacres Yiddish Institute. l''hoy came from near and far not to talk about Yiddish but to tiilk about and lecture on topics of concern of people who “use” V’iddish. Workshops were held in basic and advanced Yiddish, J ewish culture and folklore, and Jewish theatre and music. In between there was time for ineals, snacks, and socializing. Speaher-in-Residence The group was privileged to liave with them Abraham Shulman as their guest lec turer. Mr. Shulman spoke on “'I’lie Life,'I'imes and Writings of Isaac liashevis Singer” and on “Jewish Humor". He was l>orn in Warsaw, l\)land, where lie lived until the outlireak of Workl War II. lie lived for ten years in Australia, and then ten years in Paris, Krance. He came to the United States in 1%I. in Australia Mr. Shulmnn edited a Yiddish monthly, (Jyf- a Yicl- i« presently a member ot the editorial slail’of the'y’«7sA /Jai- , ly Forward and writes for many V.Viddish and Knglish tnaga/.ines. He has written two books. The Old Conn try n\n\ The ('ountry {both in Knglish). 1 lis next l)ook i'unung H(tnie to y^mx has an introduction by (iolda iMeir and is just off the presses. A novel. 'V h r /\nt/ir)f)(tl()gist and the (iirl, will be publishefi this fall, in l-'rcnch, in I’aris. i le has written Viddish e.ssays andsevtM-al Vid- clisli plays, all music als which bave been produced in Canada tind New York. Dne of them./V/ f^intvl liricf, was produced Uist year as a showcase by a New Vofk oil-oH-Broad way theater. 1980 Yiddish Institute The interest and involvement (> I the Bluinenthalsand the staff (Continued on Page 1) Yiddish Institute Wildacres, May 1979 Planning Committee Front row I. to r. — Rose Luski, Estelle Hoffman, Sarah Ackerman, Baila Pransky, and Mae Goldman. Second row — Abe Luski, Leo Hoffman, George Acker man, Julius ' Goldman, John Pransky, and Herman Blumenthal. SUMMER EDITION - WELCOME NEWCOMERS Special Feature - Organizations Page 5-8

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