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Several people have approached me recently in
quiring why we do not have a column devoted to
wishes/special anniversaries/deaths. Since the
“CJN” staff is limited primarily to the editors,
this would become an additional onus for them.. We
would be more than happy to initiate such a col
umn if one or several of our readers would
volunteer to write it. Unfortunately, we get very
little correspondence, even for the much read
“This ’n That” column which I do monthly by
gleaning it from every niche that I can. I know that
many of you have items which are of interest and
could be contributed to it.
The same difficulty prevails when the “Salute to
the "Graduates” is done. This year you will note
that there are a goodly number, but only 4 parents
wrote to us about their children. This information,
too, was “scrounged” from every conceivable
area. Several students graciously became my
“spies.” A special thank you goes to Cheryl
Jankowitz, Lisa Adelman, and my daughter, Jodi
Mond for this.
We have always given our readers the opportuni
ty to “speak out,” but alas, our “Across the
Editors’ Desks” has not appeared in several mon
ths. Don’t tell Ann or me your ideas, criticism, etc.
when you see us at Temple, at the grocery store, at
a Mitzvah, etc. WRITE! Anybody can be a
writer.... basic tools needed are paper and
typewriter, ideas, and maybe sometimes a little
“The Charlotte Jewish News” has grown a great
deal in the 4V2 years of its existence and we
sincerely hope that it will continue to do so. We
can only do this with your help. If you have a few
free hours a month and would like to do some
reporting, editing, proofreading, lay-out, advertis
ing, etc., let us know. We’ll be happy to put you to
work. We’ll even train you. We proudly welcome
Blanche Yarus to our staff this month.
Ann joins me in wishing ya’ll a nice summer.
Our next issue will be in August (remember
deadline for it is July 5).
- Rita Mond
By Richard A. Klein
Are you ready for that
long-awaited, overdue visit
If so, your Federation is
prepared to provide you with
details on the best ways to
see the country. You would
visit many of the most im
portant sites, meet top
government and military o^
ficials, enjoy first-class
accommodations and experi-
ence the best guides
United Jewish Apfpeal mis
sions are the single best way
to see Israel, and they are
financially affordable. There
are missions for couples,
singles, families and profes
sionals scheduled through
out the year.
Charlotte is discovering
UJA missions. In 1980, no
one from our community was
on a mission. By 1981, two
people went. And, in 1982,
four local people traveled to
Israel on missions.
Happily, we are now pro
jecting that at least 18 people
from our community will go
on missions in 1983. Four
teen have already gone. Two
others were given a special
UJA tour on their arrival in
Almost everyone to date
has managed to pay his own
way on these missions. The
costs generally run between
$1600-$2000 per person,
depending on time of year
and length of stay.
A few people have taken
advantage of a one-time
Federation offer to amortize
payments. A smaller, but
number have requested par
Your Federation’s finance
and budget committee has
set aside a limited amount of
money for subsidies. Here is
the procedure for subsidy
consideration for those who
apply to go to Israel on
1. Applications should be
made at least 60 days prior to
the mission or convention.
2. Submission should be in
writing to the Federation's
Executive Committee, Char
lotte Jewish Federation,
P.O. Box 220188, Charlotte.
3. Only UJA approved
missions will be considered
and qualify for subsidies.
4. The Federation’s Ex
ecutive Committee will
recommend on requests
directly to the Federation
Board if funds are available
in the budget.
5. When funds are not
available, the Executive
Committee will recommend
to the allocations committee
special consideration before
presenting the request to the
Your Federation has more
details ready to share with
•Pamphlets and literature
telling more about missions
•A videotape of a recent
•Names of individuals who
have been on missions and
can share personal insights
•Dates and information
about upcoming missions
Please call Marvin
Bienstock at 366-0358—and
let’s see how to get you to
Israel in 1983!
Remarks By T.L. Odom At Holocaust Square
On this solemn occasion I bring you the
greetings of the people of Mecklenburg County.
It is not only appropriate but also mandatory
that we remember the Holocaust, when 11 million
people, 6 million of them Jewish, were murdered
by the Nazis of Germany. It was the most horrible
tragedy in the history of mankind.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the sur
vivors among us who suffered and lost members of
We mourn the millions who lost their lives.
Among them there could have been future Albert
Einsteins, Sigmund Freuds, and Jonas Salks. So,
in consequence, all of mankind suffered an im
We condemn those misguided individuals who
say it was all a fiction, and we condemn those who
misuse the words “Holocaust” and “Genocide” to
describe incomparable minor events.
We shall all pledge to keep the memories of the
Holocaust alive because of the monumentally im
portant lessons for mankind and its governments.
Those lessons are:
First, to remind governments that humanity and
compassion require that they come to the rescue of
and furnish a place of refuge for those whose lives
are threatened. When the Holocaust was in the off
ing, millions could have been rescued, but the
governments, except for small exceptions, turned
their backs. There was no place of refuge.
The second lesson is paramount. The Holocaust
was an incredible event. Germany was a land of
music, art, culture, science, universities and
churches. Yet its government committed the most
uncivilized acts since the dawn of man. So it can
happen and it did happen in our days. People can
not and should not stand by and permit others to
be oppressed and killed.
A sage once said: “All that is necessary for evil
to prevail is for good people to do nothing.”
Pastor Martin Niemoller, the famous German
theologian, put it best when he said:
“First the Nazis went after the Jews, but I was
not a Jew, so I did not object. Then they went after
the Catholics, but 1 was not a Catholic, so I did not
object. Then they went after the trade-unionists,
but I was not a trade-unionist, so I did not object.
Then they came after me, and there was no one left
So the admonitions of the past are clear. Let us
pledge to constantly remember the Holocaust, its
victims, and its important lessons for mankind.
And above all let us remember in the words of the
Holy Scriptures: “How good and pleasant it is for
brethren to dwell together in unity,” and that all of
us are “our brother’s keeper.”
THE JEWISH NEWS en-
couragas its readers to sub
mit articles and letters ex
pressing their opinions on
mstters of Interest to the
Jewish community. Such
submissions should be typed
and double-spaced. They
may be edited in order to fit
the available space. Mail to
CJN-P.O. Box 220188,
Chariotte. N.C. 28222.
- 8:34 p.m.