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The Charlotte Jewish news. (Charlotte, N.C.) 19??-current, January 01, 1985, Image 1

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Winner of Five ggr Awards Address Correction Requested Non-Profit Organization BULK RATE U.S. Postage PAID Charlotte, N.C. Permit No. 1208 The Charlotte •TEWISH'NEWS Vol. 7 No. 1 Charlotte, North Carolina January, 1985 J€C Winter Class Schedule pages 10, 11 Outreach Exposes Serious Problems Cooperative Effort Begun To Meet The Needs If you, as a Jew, feel or have ever felt: Less than personally welcome at a Temple— uncomfortable, ignorant or even ashamed about your level of Jewish knowledge—concerned about the feel ings of families involved in inter-faith marriages,,,. Then you should know that you are in the majority among Jews in Charlotte. Moreover, this article and those on pages 6 and 7 tell how the Temples, JCC, Academy, Federation and Social Services are working together to respond to your feelings. So, read on, because it could change your life! For the past six months a quiet revolution has been go ing on. It began with the start ling discovery that 40% of Charlotte’s Jews, some 800 in dividuals, do not belong to any of the Temples. In a commun ity, which just nine years ago could claim 85-95% affiliation with Temples, this revelation caused a considerable stir and raised the key questions: Who are the unaffiliated? Why haven't they chosen to join? To answer these questions the Federation, in cooperation with three Temples, Jewish Conmiunity Center, Lubavitch and the Hebrew Academy, organized a special Outreach Committee. Ruth Goldberg was appointed chairperson and the Committee was charg ed with making contact with the unaffiliated to not only un cover the answers to these questions but also to recom mend programs and services which could reverse this trend. Months were spent design ing a questionnaire-mailer aim ed at both demographic data and attitudes. The final form was approved by all the par ticipating institutions and the mailer went out with a return address showing “The Experi ment in Jewish Community Planning.’' Recipients were told that this was an oppor tunity to change the commun ity. Considering the response, they took fuD advantage of the opportunity. Some 135 responses were received. The Committee followed up with phone calls and an additional 137 responses were obtained, mak ing a total of 272 or 34% of all the known unaffiliated. In ad dition, the Committee asked 91 affiliated Temple leaders and members to fill out the at- titudinal questions so their feelings and opinions could be contrasted with those of the unaffiliated. The results were striking and dramatic, and they will change your life and the life of the community! In the various articles and stories in this issue concerning the results, you will read a pat tern with which you can very easily relate.. You will be shocked at times and, hopeful ly, feel warmed by other information. But, remember, the true bot tom line will be your decision to risk yourself in the plans, programs and changes that are coming. If you will accept the personal challenge to grow and become involved, then it will all have been worth it. Yes, it will have been worth it for just YOU — the YOU who is reading these words this very minute. JCC Pool Arrangements Made For Summer The JCC is pleased to report that they have reached ten tative agreement with Idle- wild Olympic Club (on Idlewild Road approximately one mile from Independence Blvd.) to provide our members unre stricted use of their pools. The agreement would include ar- *‘Kick Off’* For Israel Bonds Met **Goal*’ Over $190,000 in State of Israel Bonds were purchased in this year’s campaign, it was announced by Sam Lerner, Chairman of the Charlotte Israel Bond Conunittee. The campaign was kicked off with an enthusiastically attended dinner honoring Hugo and Helga Rosenberger on Oc tober 28, 1984. At the dinner Morris Speiz- man presented the Ben Gurion Award to Mr, and Mrs. Rosen berger on behalf of the Israel Bond Organization. Wolf Blitzer, Washington corres pondent for the Jerusalem Post, was the keynote speaker. “At this time, when Israel is beset with economic problems, our Charlotte Jewish com munity responded with its traditionally generous sup port," said Mr. Lemer. “Our Israel Bond dollars helped Israel achieve economic (Continued on Page 17) rangements covering the J’s Day Camp and Swim Team programs. In regard to the Day Camp, there is a large recreation room adjacent to their pool which we could use for a portion of the camp day. While the “J" already has a tennis agreement with Cedar Forest Racquet Club, which will be in effect until the new courts are available, there is a chance that “J” members may also be able to utilize the ten nis courts at Idlewild Olympic. As many of you know, there has been a great deal of uncer tainty surrounding the open ing date of the outdoor pools at the new Center. The JCC, recognizing the unpredictabil ity of construction timetables, explored with a number of swim clubs the possibility of Center members utilizing the facilities of another club by virtue of their “J" member ship. 'Though a formal agreement has yet to be signed and a number of details still need to be worked out, the JCC is con fident that a satisfactory agreement will be finalized in the near future. Of course, if the JCC pools are completed, we will all be out at the new site this summer. Thank you Super Sunday Voluntaors: (L. to R.) F. Rosen, L. Gerber and W. Rosen, cochairs; M. Schneer, JCC Director; S. Scher, trainer; L. Binnick, cochair. For more on this see page 14. Work Has Begun On Educational>Recreational Facility Visitors to the site are now treated to a view of Laxton Construction Company at work building the Joint Edu- cational-Recreational Facility. While still in its earliest stages, the work on the rest of the sight, the outdoor facilities, has greatly progress ed. The forest of poles repre senting the fences for the ten nis courts are in place as are the concrete edges to the courts. 'The entrance from Pro vidence Road has been widen ed and the huge conduit pipe has been set in place creating a bridge crossed over by the entrance road as it e^proaches the parking area. The p€u*king areas, them selves, have seen considerable changes. The concrete edges to the roadways have been poured and stand in place in long arching rows. For some, the most drama tic development occurred when tiny green shoots began to sprout from the hay-cover ed playing fields, but they have gone dormant for the winter. The running track, on the other hand, is far from dor mant. In fact, within a half hour of its completion, the Foundation staff was startled to see it in use. One of the neighbors, an avid jogger, came trotting by waving a cheery greeting as she started out on another lap. Perhaps the most eagerly awaited progress is the com pletion of Shalom Drive, off Jefferson, leading to the Arm strong House. Preliminary work has already eased some of the terrible mud problems, but until it is totally surfaced, getting to the offices in incle ment weather wiU still be quite an adventure. In The News Acadamy 3 Book Review 16 Bulletin Board 18 Calendar 19 Candlelighting 2 Classified 19 Editorials 2 Fadaratlon 8 JCC 9-12 Lubavitcher Rebbe 16 Special Features Recipes Social Services. This 'n That Women's Div.... World Beat .19 . 5 . 5 .15 . 4 New Joint Adult Institute Outreach to Unaffiliates Social Services Job Applicants. . 7 . 6 .17

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