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

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Address Correction Requested The Shalom Y’AU brochure inserted in this issue is a New Year's gift from the Federa tion to the entire Jewish community. The brochure, originally intended for newcomers, we feel will be useful to everyone. NonProfit Organization BULK RATE U.S. Postage PAID Charlotte, N.C. Permit No. 1208 The Charlotte JEWISH TEWS Vol. 7 No. 8 Charlotte, North Carolina September, 1985 Buildings Named After Benefactors Entrance to the Blumenthal Jewish Educational Building. In a dramatic move honoring the two benefactors whose dona tions of $1 million dollars each have brought the Foundation in sight of completion, the two halves of the Shalom Park Phase 1 facilities, the Jewish Education and Community Center, have been named in their honor. Blumenthal Jewish Educational Building Both the Blumenthal Foun dation and its president, Her man Blumenthal, are well known in philanthropic circles, being responsible for the establishment and conti nuance of such outstanding projects as the NC Home for the Jewish Aged, Wildacres Retreat, Circuit Riding Rab bis, Carolina Association of Jewish Education and numer ous grants to institutions and programs in the general community. The Blumenthal Jewish Education^ Building will con tain all classrooms needed by Temples Beth El and Israel, Hebrew Academy £ind Jewish Community Center. It will house offices for the Federa tion, Social Services, Founda tion, JCC, “CJN” news room, and provide office and record storage space for the Jewish organizations. An adult lounge, meeting rooms, library, music room and arts and crafts rooms are located around the multi-purpose room which lies in the center of the building. Capable of seating 450 for a lecture or performance, it can be divided into 3 sections for smaller groups. The adjoining kosher kitchen will be able to serve 300 at one time. Leon and Sandra Levine Jewish Community Center Building Family DoUju Stores zind its founder, Leon Levine, are outstanding examples of American business success. They have both acquired a na tional reputation for quality of service and for phenomenal growth and development. Despite the demands of such an enterprise, Leon Levine has maintained an active leader ship role in both the Charlotte Jewish community and the general community. In this, he has been matched by the ac tivities of his wife, Sandra. Leon’s concerns, involvement and support have been given to Temple Israel, the Federa tion and the Hebrew Acade my. Sandra is past president of Hadassah and involved with Women’s Division of Federation. The Leon and Sandra Levine Jewish Community Center Building is that h^f of the facility built around the massive gymnasium. This complex of specialized rooms includes three racquetball courts, a dance/excercise room, full locker facilities, large indoor pool, a youth lounge and game room. An ex tensive health club, with separate facilities for men and Federation Focuses On Local Needs For *86 Leon Levine Sandra Levine Herman Blumenthal women, including saunas and whirlpools and massage rooms and a jointly used Nautilus workout center, is also located there. Inside, the entire building is circled by a running track. Those hungered by exercise can visit the snack bar which includes an outdoor, screened area overlooking the outdoor pool complex. Mayor Gantt To Speak To Jewish Community Mayor Gantt The Conmiunity Relations Committee of the Charlotte Jewish Federation is pleased to announce that Mayor Harvey Gantt will speak at a joint Oneg Shabbat on Friday, Sept. 13 at Temple Beth El, 1727 Providence Rd. Services begin at 8 p.m. with the Oneg following about 9 p.m. Mayor Gantt was recently sponsored by the CRC to at tend the “Mayor’s Con ference” sponsored by the American Jewish Congress. He was one of approximately 40 mayors from throughout the world who visited Israel under the auspices of the AJC. His trip through Israel pro vided him with an insight of the land and its people. He will share his feelings and thoughts on this trip with our community. The completion of Shalom Park Phase I, early in 1986, poses a challenge to the Federation and every com munity member. Expanded facilities for the JCC, Academy, Social Services, Federation/Foundation mean expanded budgets. In some cases the need is for additional staff: in others, it is dollars for maintenance, “In all, $250-300,000 more will have to be raised — not by increasing institutional membership and fees so they are out of reach. The answer lies in an increased Federation Campaign where everyone can share in securing the future of Shalom Park,” stated Ron Katz, Men’s Campeiign Chair, characterizing the enthusiasm and intensity with which the ’86 Campaign will be conduct ed. A full calendar of campaign events, including educational, social and entertainment, begins with a community-wide kick-off at Spirit Square on Nov. 12. Featured will be an evening of Israeli popular music performed by the 15-person-troupe, ‘‘Chassidic Festival.” The name is from the annual musiceil competi tion held yearly in which the words to the songs must come from the Hebrew Bible. When this ensemble performed two years ago at Temple Israel. 450 people crowded in to clap, sing and even to dance. “In this case,” says Katz, ‘‘the word ‘Chassidic’ means ‘joyous’ rather than ‘religious’. That is just the way the ’86 Campeugn should be run, with a sense of joy and wonder for what we have ac complished here in Charlotte Ron Katz and how we want our ac complishments to flourish for us and our families.” The ’86 Campaign will be conducted between Sept. and Dec. 31, 1985. Dollars raised during the campaign will be for the ’86 budgets of the reci pient agencies for whom Shalom Park will be home, the JCC being the major recipient. Receiving allocations from the campaign will be the Blumen thal Home, Hillel, BBYO, ADL, To Life and 31 other local, state, national and inter national organizations and institutions. The single largest overall recipient will remain the United Jewish Appeal through which pressing social, medical, educational and hous ing needs of Israel’s lower economic groups are met. “We have struck a balance between maintaining our obligation to Israel and world Jewry and meeting our in creased needs here in Charlotte,” says Katz. “In a compromise, UJA will receive the same dollar amount it received from the ’85 Cam- p£ugn. Every new dollar will be (cont’d on page 7) JCC **Toasted** Membersliip The Jewish Community Center sponsored a highly suc cessful membership apprecia tion event on August 10 at Idlewild Olympic Club Pool. Over 125 members and new comers to the Jewish com munity gathered for a barbe- que dinner hosted by leader ship and staff of the “J”. The evening, which included music and water volleyball, was pro vided at no cost to all. The JCC Board took this oppor tunity to thank the Center’s membership for their un wavering support during this transition year. The success of this event clearly reflects the desire of Center members to come together for social pro grams. The “J” looks forward to greatly increasing oppor tunities for socied program ming when it finally has a home of its own. in The News JCC Fall Class Schedule — Pgs. 9-11 Book Review 8 Bulletin Board 18 Calendar 19 Classifieds 19 Editorials 2 JCC 9-13 Lubavitcher Rebbe 6 Recipes 19 Social S«rvicos 3 This 'n That 17 World Beat 4 Special Faaturo New Year Supplement

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