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The Charlotte Jewish news. (Charlotte, N.C.) 19??-current, May 01, 1983, Image 1

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Address Correction Winner of FourQ^Awards The Charlotte 'JEWISH Vol. 6 No. 6 Charlotte, North Carolina May, 1983 Requested Non-Profit Organization BULK RATE U.S. Postage PAID Charlotte. N.C. Permit No. 1208 Alvin Levine To Cliair Foundation ^ Buitding Mores Rapidly Ahead Alvin Levine After completing two highly suc cessful years as the first President of the Foundation, Herman Blumen- thal will step down at the May 16 meeting. The new President will be Alvin Levine. Morris Speizman, who has served for two years as Treasurer will also be going out of office to be followed as Treasurer by Shelton Gorelick. Other officers of the Foundation will be: Vice Presidents, Leon Levine and Mark Bernstein; Secretary, Harry Lemer. “Herman Blumenthal has done an outstanding job as President,” said Alvin Levin. "These first two years required the delicate touch of a master Leon Levine Mark Bernstein Harry Lemer statesman, and he met that challenge magnificently. I am rely ing on him to continue to be the statesman for the community” Building Committees In Close Working Tie With Architects Bill Gorelick, Building Committee chairperson, described the current process of planning and develop ment of the facilities as “unbelievably exciting.” More than 50 community members/leaders ap pointed by the participating Institu tions are involved in reacting to the architectural plans. Divided into such groups as Activities, Educa tion, Athletics, Administration and Special Activities, these dedicated groups of workers are meeting to document the needs of the institu tions and to compare those needs to the plans being presented by the ar chitects. The chairpersons of these commit tees, Brenda Meltsner, Sam Lerner, Bob Speizman, Don Bernstein and Marc Silverman constitute, under the leadership of Bill Gorelick, the Building Executive Committee. Their task is to assemble all the reactions and recommendations of their committee members and pre sent them in working form to the ar chitects, Don Lee and Rob Jolly. The completed work of the Ex ecutive Committee and the ar chitects is then submitted for review Shelton Gorelick and approval to the Advisory Board consisting of two representatives from each of the participating in stitutions and two representatives chosen collectively by the organiza tions. Chairperson for this commit tee is Morris Speizman. In a final step, plans are submitted to the Board of the Foundation for ap proval. “Many people are involved,” said Gorelick, “and that is good because it allows for ideas and for seeing the need for changes. In our prelimia»ry meetings I was very pleased at the way in which each of the par ticipants viewed the Project from a total community point of view.” Fedei *93 Campaign Exc—dt SjgOfOOO Many Remember The Holocaust “We are still on our way toward $800,000 for 1983, but it is time to begin plans for next year’s drive,” said Richard A. Klein, Federa tion President. Included in those plans are a $1 million goal for 1984. “In order to reach that goal people have to unders tand in a very personal way what Federation means and does for them,” said Klein. “We are planning a two year campaign of public relations and education built around the theme ‘Can You Im agine.’ We know that when each and every member of the Jewish community understands the importance of Federation they will res pond from their hearts and their funds.” Two key programs will be emphasized in 1984: Mis sions and Project Renewal. The recent successful mis sions to Israel taken by 16 Charlotteans in the past 6 months have sparked the organizing of a large Charlotte mission next spr ing under the direction of Rabbi Richard Rocklin. Ben Massachi and Bennet Lyons, both recent mission par ticipants, have accepted cochair positions for publicizing and recruiting participants. “There are many missions during the course of the year,” said Massachi, “and we encourage people to go whenever they can. But, we are going to put our major ef forts into a large spring mis sion from Charlotte. If we go together, we can return to share the memories and to work together.” (Continued on Page 14) In The News Together We Are... f P. 16 Academy News.... ..p. 6 Bar/Bat Mitzvahs . ..p. 16 Book Review Bulletin Board*.... ..p. 14 Calendar ..p. 15 Classified Editorials ..p. 2 Focus on Israel.... ..p. 3 JCC .p. 8-9 Jewish Lexicon ...p.6 L'Chaim .... 6 Lubavitcher Rebbe ..p. 6 This ’n Th«t World Beat ..p. 4 Women’s Division p. 7 Local — National Observances M«ld By Rita Mond The American Gathering of the Jewish Holocaust Sur- vivors took place in Washington, D.C. from April 11-14. Dr. Susan Cemyak-Spatz and Henry Hirschmann, accompanied by his wife, Blanche, two of Charlotte’s survivors, at tended this 1 arge st assemblage ever in the United States of Jewish sur vivors of resistance to Nazism. Also in attendance was Walter J. Klein. It was three days of “reliv ing and remembering” those horrible days of World War II. Over 10,000 participants were there, the majority hop ing they would be reunited with a relative or friend who had been considered “lost,” “dead” or “missing.” In some cases this dream became a reality, but for many more, it was a fruitless quest. There were a series of deeply moving events and ceremonies marking the 40th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1942 and other ghetto uprisings. Many of the events had limited capacity (they had underestimated the number of people who would attend) and because of this only 7,000 could witness these, ac- cording to Henry The ‘^Memorial at Holocaust Square. Hirschmann. He and Blan che registered late so they were amongst those who could be present at only a few of the ceremonies. He was thankful that they did go and found it to be a deeply moving experience. Many of the survivors went to Arlington cemetery to give homage to our military who gave their lives during World War II the liberators. Local Events A series of local events took place in connmemora- (Continued onPage 10) State Observes The Holocaust By Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz The State Holocaust Memorial Service was held on April 10 at the First Bap tist Church, Raleigh, N.C. It was very well attended. Un fortunately, I was the only representative from Charlotte, because there seemed to have been a lack of communication from the chairman to the various com munities concerning the ser vice. After his opening remarks, Dr. Elmo Scoggin, chairman of the Holocaust Council, stressed the fact that there were 11 million victims of the Holocaust. Six million were Jewish victims who were the most viciously and mer cilessly persecuted. Rabbi Arnold Task of Temple Emanuel, Greensboro, gave the invocation. The main speaker. Brig. Gen Francis J. Roberts, ret., spoke of his experience as the liberator of a small con centration camp in the western part of Germany in the spring of 1945. Among his remarks, one stood out in my mind. He mentioned a quote from Gen. Eisenhower’s memories “Crusade in Europe” in which the general described (Continued on Page 10)

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