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The Charlotte Jewish news. (Charlotte, N.C.) 19??-current, April 01, 1986, Image 14

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Page 14-THE NEWS-April, 1986 This *11 That Student From East Berlin Studying To Be Rabbi Siegel Goldman Kaplan Karp Charlotte poet Judy Goldman’s first book of poems. “Small Town Dancer,” will be out next year from St. Andrews Press. • Among the 15 Charlotte-Mecklenburg high school students honored at the Fifth Annual Brother/Sisterhood Awards lunch eon sponsored by the Mecklenburg Chapter of the National Con ference of Christians and Jews was Leslie Kaplan. She is a stu dent at Charlotte Country Day and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Kaplan. She was selected because of her leadership in community and school activities that promote understanding among diverse groups of people. • Jennifer Levenson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A1 Levenson, won a Gold Key Blue Ribbon award for a mixed media entry in the Scholastic Art Competition in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. • Five new members have been appointed to the advisory com mittee of Total Care Inc. Among them is Adrienne Rosenberg, Jewish Social Services Director. Total Care is a home health care agency serving 15 counties in N.C. and one county in S.C. • Edward Karp, president of Pic ’N Pay Stores, Inc., has been named head of the American shoe operation of Bata Shoe Organization (BSO), Pic ’N Pay’s Toronto, Canada-based parent company. In addition to becoming president and general manager of BATA USA, Karp also assumes the post of chair man and chief executive of Charlotte-based Pic ’N Pay, suc ceeding Alvin Levine, who retired in December. • Samuel Siegel, vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer, secretary and director of Nucor Corp., Charlotte, has been nam ed executive vice president, Nucor Corp. board of directors. • James J. Bedrick, M.D., has been appointed Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina. Dr, Bedrick is an opthal- mologist in private practice in Charlotte and has been active in the University’s teaching program of medical residents since 1982. , David M. Pliner was one of the recipients of the Ch£u*lotte Sales and Marketing Executives Inc. Distinguished Sales Award. This is the third consecutive year that he has received this honor. MARION WALLACE Realtor Trust me to help with every aspect of selling your home and buying a new one. Office: 527-0660 Home: 364-6212 or 364-2325 ni MIS Sootl 1). Qoof/mfiii *T)'T)S. to onnouwrp (lip oprning oj Ills p»nr(icp Cl^ifdiipn'Q ^pntisl^y in (llp o^ v^nllfcru/s 101 £. .^ul{r 400 ^nllliPu/s. 28105 704-847-4717 “Though Winston Churchill is credited for coining the term “Iron Curt£iin” in one of his post World War II speeches, the Talmud preceded him by many centuries when it taught that, “Even an iron partition cannot separate the people of Israel from the Father in heaven” (Psachim 85:). Rabbi Moshe Herson, dean of the Rabbinical College of America, Morristown, New Jersey, stated the above in conjunction with the arrival of David Lindenberg, 32, from Communist East Berlin, to study at the college in its New Direction Program (Tiferes Bachurim). Lindenberg, whose parents were born in pre-war Berlin and still reside there, paints a gloomy picture of Jewish life in the divided city. “There are less than 200 Jews presently members of the East Berlin Temple. Most of them are past 65 years-of-age, having come to Germany after the war as survivors of Nazi concentra tion camps. The temple is open only on Saturdays and holi days. There is no rabbi to per form a Jewish marriage or burial. There is only a ‘loose tie’ between the two sectors of the city and only older people can travel freely between the two cities.” About his own path to Juda ism, Lindenberg speaks very freely. “I was graduated from the Technical University, Dresden, one of three top schools in East Germany, with an engineering degree and had a good job when I began pondering about my being Jewish. I was aware that my grandparents and their entire generation were annihilated by the Nazis. My non-involve ment in anything Jewish caus ed a void in me and made me wonder ‘How am I Jewish’? “I began studying the Hebrew language and Torah with other young people who were also groping their way towards authentic Judaism and began to read books in German, English and Yiddish about Judaism. I obtained Yiddish newspapers from Roumania, the only country behind the iron courtain where there is an active Jewish life to some extent, which contained a wealth of knowledge about my religion. “In 1981 I began to observe mitzvos, the laws of the Torah, and a year later I was circum cised by a Jewish physician and the East Berlin Jewish community presented me with Tefilin.” Lindenberg read about the Lubavitch movement in the Roumanian newspaper. When he was released from behind the iron curtain, leaving East Berlin in 1985, never to return again, he was fortunate to meet Fajvel Kogan, a Luba- vitcher Chasid, who lives in West Berlin. Mr. Kogan en couraged Lindenberg to enroll in the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown. Lin denberg traveled to London where he met Avrohom Gluck, a London businessman, who accompanied him to the U.S. where they arrived in time for a “Farbrengen,” gathering conducted by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Sch- neerson. “Seeing and hearing the Rebbe speak to the thousands assembled was most inspir- David Lindenberg ing,” recounts Lindenberg. “Since then I have heard the Rebbe speak on several occas ions and each time I am able to understand more, thank G-d. I am very happy here studying Mishnah, Talmud, Chassidic Philosophy and Jewish Law. I know what it means to be a Jew. I pray that the other young people whom I left behind, who so eagerly seek to return to their roots, will be able to join me soon.” When asked about his future plans, Lindenberg resp>onded, “I hope to study at least one year. Afterwards, I plan to get married and study more, f>erhaps. 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