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THE CHARLOTTE JEWISH NEWS
Published monthly by:
Charlotte Jewish Federation Marvin Bienstock. Director
Foundation of Charlotte Jewish Community
Jewish Community Center
N.C. Hebrew Academy Eleanor Weinglass, Director
Lubavitch of N.C Rabbi Yossi Groner, Director
Editor Rita Mond
Advertising Blanche Yams
Copy deadbne the 10th of each month
P.O. Box 13369. Charlotte. N.C. 28211
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On The Issues •••••• By lraCiMen,Va/NC Director ADL
Greeting The New Year
No doubt by the time this issue of the “CJN”
reaches you, many New Year resolutions have been
made, and many have already been broken. I, for one,
stopped making them years ago, except the commit
ment that I would try to follow through in getting
the paper out as close to the first of each month as
possible. At times, this task has been almost imposs
ible, mainly because of a continuous lack of coopera
tion of people adhering to the deadline date and the
lack of cooperation of the post office. Starting as of
now, I will enforce the deadline for this paper... with
no exceptions! I hope, you, our faithful readers, will
understand and cooperate.
The beginning of the new year can not go by
without some mention of the “New Year of the
Trees,” Tu B’Shvat or Jewish Arbor Day, which this
year falls on Jan. 25. It is a minor holiday, but one
which should be remembered. When the Jews were
farmers in Palestine, they planted new trees on the
fifteenth of Shevat and blessed the standing orcheirds.
Fruits which ripened after this date might be offered
at the Temple.
The trees have always meant a great deal to the
Jewish people, not only for fruit, but for shade and
beauty. In the days when the Temple stood, there was
a beautiful custom of planting a tree before the house
at the birth of a child, a cedsir for a boy, a cypress
for a girl. Sometimes boughs from these trees were
used for the framework of their meirriage ceuiopy,
when they grew up.
When we reclsdmed the land, which we now know
as Israel, trees were again planted to save the land.
Eucalyptus trees were planted in the swamps and
helped to drain them; as the swamps had caused a
great deal of medaria, these trees saved m£uiy lives.
Wood was used for the making of orange boxes, as
orange trees proved to be one of the best trees to
plant. In the desert areas more trees were planted
with the help of irrigation ditches £ind this turned
much of Israel into a verdant land.
Jewish children celebrate this holiday by eating the
fruits that grow in Israel: oranges, figs, dates 2ind
bokser (the dried fruit of the carob tree). It is an ideal
time to send money to the Jewish charity of your
choice to plsint trees in Israel, helping to meike the
land more beautiful 2md fertile. Trees may be purcheis-
ed locally through B’nai B'rith, B’nai B’rith Women,
Hadass^, the Temples, and the Jewish National
Fund. Trees don’t really “grow dollars" but “dollars
grow trees.” And some of these trees do produce
fruits which eventually bring “dollars to Israel.”
The Jewish Calendar
Jan. 10 -
Jan. 17 -
Jan. 24 -
Jan. 31 -
Feb. 7 -
Jan. 25 -
Tu B’Shvat (Jewish Arbor Day)
Meetings That -Matter
I’m sure that my readers
know that a large part of the
work of the Anti-Defamation
League involves meetings.
What may be less well known
is the variety of ways in which
we participate in meetings and
how they relate to the ongoing
priorities of the ADL. Here are
some examples that illustrate
the importance of this work.
^‘Hitlerism and the Holocaust"
A Holocaust Education Pro
gram at High Point College,
N.C. was enriched by the
presence of two of our N.C.
Regional Board Members,
Morris Kiel and Lewis Wol-
berg. At the request of the col
lege, they presented and inter
preted ADL literature to the
students attending the college.
Student interest was so in
tense that all of the ADL
publications were taken before
the program ended.
Christian Israel Fellowship
A volunteer ADL observer
attended a session of the
“Christian Israel Fellowship”
taking place on a recent Sun
day in a Richmond motel. A
pamphlet sold at the meeting
carried the title, ‘‘The Arabs,
the Jews and the Anglo-Sax
ons in Bible Prophecy." This
strange little pamphlet con
tained an extensive alleged
quotation from Benjamin
Franklin which began with the
sentence: “There is great
danger for the United States
of America, this great danger
is the Jew.” Many lines later
it concluded: “The Jews are a
danger to this land and if they
Children Learn What They Live
IF A CHILD LIVES WITH CRITICISM,
HE LEARNS TO CONDEMN.
IF A CHILD LIVES WITH HOSTILITY,
HE LEARNS TO FIGHT.
IF A CHILD LIVES WITH RIDICULE,
HE LEARNS TO BE SHY.
IF A CHILD LIVES WITH SHAME.
HE LEARNS TO FEEL GUILTY.
IF A CHILD LIVES WITH TOLERANCE.
HE LEARNS TO BE PATIENT.
IF A CHILD LIVES WITH PRAISE.
HE LEARNS TO APPRECIATE.
IF A CHILD LIVES WITH FAIRNESS,
HE LEARNS JUSTICE.
IF A CHILD LIVES WITH SECURITY,
HE LEARNS TO HAVE FAITH.
IF A CHILD LIVES WITH APPROVAL.
HE LEARNS TO LIKE HIMSELF.
IF A CHILD LIVES WITH ACCEPTANCE
HE LEARNS TO FIND LOVE IN THE WORLD.
Letters to the Editor
The Charlotte Jewish
News encourages its readers to
submit articles and letters ex
pressing their opinions on mat
ters 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 13369,
Charlotte, N.C. 28211.
are allowed to enter they will
imperil our institutions — they
should be excluded by the
Constitution.” The statement
is an anti-Semitic hoax in
vented by an anti-Jewish pro
pagandist which has cir
culated since the 1930s. Com
monly called “The Franklin
Prophecy,” it was first
published in February 1934 by
the late anti-Jewish propagan
dist. William Dudley Pelley. In
1942 Pelley was convicted by
the government of sedition
and given a 15-year sentence.
On a recent Sunday morning
I traveled to Charlottesville.
Virginia to speak before the
B ’nai B 'rith Lodge meeting in
the Hillel Foundation building
at the University of Virginia.
An overflow attendance was
present to hear my remarks on
“Louis Farrakhan — Messen
ger of Hate.” The question
and answer period was
thoughtful and provocative,
demonstrating the seriousness
with which we treat Far-
rakhan’s anti-Jewish hate-
The drive through rain and
over the fog shrouded moun
tain into Hfu-risonburg was
dispelled by the wfirmth of the
congregation which welcomed
my guest sermon. It was my
privilege to share the pulpit
with their inspiring and
dynamic Rabbi Lynne Lands-
berg. Again I spoke about
Louis Farrakhan. Considering
how popular Farrakhan has
been as a guest speaker in
vited by university student
organizations, I considered it
essential to share ADL’s
knowledge and expertise. Har
risonburg being the home of
James Madison University,
there were a number of people
from the university in the
Dynamics of Holocaust
The United Jewish Federa
tion of Tidewater invited me to
be the featured speaker at a
special meeting of the Holo
caust Commission, the Tide
water Board of Rabbis, of
ficers of the United Jewish
Federation and commission
chairs of the Community Rela
tions Council. The challenge
that I was handed was to ad
dress this special session on
issues relating to Holocaust
education, Holocaust Memor
ial Center and special projects.
The meeting was sch^uled to
last three hours. Interest was
so great we ran an hour