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The Charlotte Jewish NEWS Non-Profit UrRsniuiUon BULK RATE . U.S. i^iHtage FAIt> Charlotte, N. C. Permit No. 1208 VOL. 1 NO. 10 Charlotte, North Carolina November, 1979 Charlotteans Attend White House Briefing By Gail Green A special briefing at the White House and by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), publishers of the Near East Report, were parts of the Southern Seaboard Region of Hadassah’s board meeting attended by Gail (Mrs. Ekl) Green, Alice (Mrs. Sam) Schreiber and Judi (Mrs. f Leonard) Strause October 3-4 in Washington. (Jail Green is president of the Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah; Alice Schreiber is president of the Devorah Group; and Judi Strause serves on the board as parliamentarian for the Region. The White House briefing was conducted by Ambassador Wat T. Cluverius, Director of the Of fice of Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq for the State Depart ment; and Ekiward Sanders, Academy Best Kindergarten In Town On November 8th, an. infor- presented at the N.C. Hebrew Academy, 1006 Sardis Lane, at 8 p.m. The staff of the Academy will discuss the outstandingidn- dergarten curriculum in detail. Also discussed will be special aspects of the Academy’s ex cellent upper school curriculum. All interested parents of children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 1980 and also those with elementary school aged children are urged to attend. Come and find out what the Hebrew Academy has to offer that makes it the best school in town. Applications for kinder- garten through the sixth grade are now being accept ed for the school year 1980- 81. For application forms or more information please contact Rabbi Sanford Tucker at the Academy (366- 6390) or Sue Brodsky, recruitment chairman, at 364-5609. In The News Women’s Division - Federation page 4 Why 1 Teach at the Academy . page 4 Political Issues - Lecture Series page 6 What*8 Inside Bar/Bat Mitzvahs 9 Bulletin Board 8 Candlelighting 2 Classified 9 Community Calendar 9 Editorials 2 JCC Happenings 6-7 Random Thoughts 3 riiis ’n That 4 Senior Advisor to President Carter. Their remarks revealed that “peace process” is very much a part of the White House vocabulary. Our government feds that the progress of'the peace treaty is proceeding accor ding to schedule, and is especial ly encouraged by the growth of personal relationships as between Sadat and Begin. The administration feels that Sadat’s position is very, secure — that his policies are very pop ular with both the people and the army of Egypt.. It will be es sential, however, for other par ties (Jordanians, Palestinians, etc.) to be drawn into the peace process if it is to succeed, thus accomplishing the “comprehen sive settlement” so desired by this government. Despite the lack of success in this area to date, the White House is confi dent that others, with the excep tion of the Syrians, will be drawn into the negotiations within the next two years. Ambassador Cluverius ex pressed the belief that ninety per cent of the Palestinians sym bolically identify with the PLO, even though they do not agree with its policies, and that much progress toward peace could be made if the PLO could become a political, rather than a military factor. Mr. Sanders, in response to questions from the eighty women present, assured the group that the administration, as part of President Carter’s commitment to human rights, . closely monitors the situation of the J[ewish people in Iran and Russia. The Iranian Jews are at present' believed to be in no danger. Although our govern ment is receiving “mixed signals” regarding an official anti-semitic campaign by Rus sian government, it is en couraged by the July and August emigration figures, the highest ever. The AIPAC briefing was a brilliant, incisive review of American-Israeli relations by Aaron Rosenbaum, Etirector of Research. Mr. Rosenbaum repeatedly strjessed that the time has come for the United States government to define our national policy and protect our national interests. Our arguments in favor of support for Israel should be that it is in our nation’s best interest to do so. Ihis is the fundamental con cern that we, as American Jews, must stress. He described the peace treaty CHECKSI and the Iranian Revolution as “earthquakes” happening in the Middle E^ast year, neither effectively used by this country to act more decisively. Rosen baum criticized the ambiguous policies of this government, say ing that they create confusion and encourage exploitation. The Iranian revolution, which he defined as a people’s revolu tion against a totalitarian regime, is having a “ripple” effect, throughout the Middle East iand is closely watched by neighboring governments, none of whomi with the.exception of Israel, are democracies. 'Rie signing of the peace trea ty, he felt, polarized the Arab world and showed the limits of Arab .moderation. In view of .this, he, questioned the ad- (Continued on Page 91)' Sally (Mrs. Robert) Schrader, chairperson of the Russian Resettlement Program, and Marvin Bienstock, executive director of the Charlotte Jewish Federation, are reviewing a check for $2000 recently received as part of a federally funded grant to assist in the resettlement of Soviet Jews. Because of its long and outstanding work in this field, Charlotte’s application for grant assistance was readily ap proved. This grant enables Charlotte to settle greater numbers of Soviet Jews at substantially lowered costs. Since October 1,1978,12 new arrivals have been processed. In the year beginning October 1,1979 it is hoped that 20 in dividuals will be brought into our community. An Afternoon of the Arts Miss Bessie Fagan of th« CHAI group (rt.) presents Use (Mrs. Fred) Bergen of the JCC Board of Directors with a check for $1462 for the Building Fund. This is the proceeds from the CHAI (senior adults) annuiil t'affle. Prizes for this year were an afghan created by MrsV ^Ivia Sadoff and a painting by Beverly Howard. Miss Fagan has completed her second year as chairperson for this project, r > Did You Know? Closed For Yom ^Kippur A concert of Spanish guitar music by Jose Beato will highlight a festive art display to be held on Sunday, December 2nd from 2 to 5 p.m. at the JCC. Paintings by members of CHAI and ceramics by C!athy and Patrick Seiderman will be featured. ([^thy and Pat are well known ceramists in the Clharlotte area. Cathy is also well known at the JCC where she has instructed children’s classes in ceramics for over a year. She also taught at the JCC’s day camp this past summer. The Seidermans will be displaying and selling their full range of ceramics. Noted for their fine quality, exquisite colors and outstanding crafts manship, Cathy and Pat’s booth at this year’s “Festival in the Park” was filled with spec tators and buyers. A complete new collection of ceramics is now being crafted in time for the JCC show and just in time for C^hanukah. Part of the proceeds from the ceramic sale \^1 go to pay for new ceramic equipment for the “J.” The afternoon will also feature the paintings and drawings of the members of CHAI, the JCC Senior Adult Group, Beginnmg four years ago a group of more than a dozen CHAI members have studied art under the teaching of professors from CPCC. In that time they have spent countless hours perfecting their talents, and the products of their labors (d^ntinued on Page 10) North Carolina has become the first, and only, state in the country to declare Yom Kippur a legal holiday. A bill to make Yom Kippur a legal holiday was introduced into the state legislature by Representative Ted Kaplan and unanimously passed in February, ratified in ■ April and signed by the state’s governor. Speaking for his brother, who was travelling dn business, Hal Kaplan told the Baltimore Jewish Times that the bill was worded to make Yom Kippur a state legal holiday so that “teachers and state employees have the option of calling in to work and saying they are going to take the day off a s a legal holi day in the state. Their time and pay is not docked. They don’t have to take the day off as a sick day.” However, he added, “the state does not close down on Yom Kip pur.” North Carolina has two other religious holidays which by law .are state holidays: Christmas Day and Easter Monday. These two holidays, have ‘*long been recognized as state legal holidays,” Mr. Kaplan said. **When my brother introduced the bill regarding Yom Kippur, he was told it was the first bill like it iii 80 years.” Mr. Kaplan estimated that the new law would affect perhaps 1000 people in the state, teachers and state employees who are Jewish. Ted Kaplan is the represen tative to' the North Carolina legislature from Forsyth 0>un ty, which includes Winston l^lem and its environs. A Democrat, he is now in his se cond term as a representative.