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The Charlotte Jewish news. (Charlotte, N.C.) 19??-current, May 01, 1988, Image 2

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Page 2-THE NEWS-May, 1988 Editorial Focus on Federation By Rita C. Mond Part II How Important is Judaism to You? Some say that it won’t be too long before Judaism will cease to exist. Not today, nor tomorrow, but within the late 21st or early 22nd centuries. The reason; the assimilation of the Jews and a rapidly increasing rate of intermarriage. The cause: lack of a Jewish education, primarily the result of an increased apathy. Charlotte, though having a relatively small Jewish community, is blessed with a unique complex, Shalom Park, which has become a gathering place for most of the Jewish population as well as people from the general community. Many of our citizens recognize it as only the Jewish Community Center, where one can enjoy beautiful pools, a gynmasium and health club with all kinds of equipment, tennis and racquet ball courts, arts and crafts classes, bridge lessons, game room, etc. But how many people know that Shalom Park is also an educational facility? In it is housed the Speizman Art Galleries and Jewish Library, the religious schools of Temples Israel and Beth El V’Shalom, the Consolidated Jewish High School and the Temple Israel Preschool. Most importantly, the Charlotte Jewish Day School (K-6) is located there. The Charlotte Jewish Day School, formerly known as The N.C. Hebrew Academy, was founded in 1971. It has been one of the finest Judaic and academic schools of its kind. The only other school like it in North Carolina is in Greensboro. The student-teacher ratio is small, enabling the stu dent to get more individual attention. Each year the students score academically much Iiigher on their SATs than the Charlotte/Mecklenburg school system’s average. The teachers, highly qualified both in Judaica and core subjects, are carefully screened and are car* ing and dedicated. Each child after the 6th grade has no difficulty ac climating socially or academically to his/her new school. In most instances, they continue as excellent students and achievers. Many of the alumni have gone on to some of the finest universities in the country. However, the enrollment at the school has been gradually diminishing. Why we ask is this the case? When the students were crowded in a delapidated small house, the school was growing. At one time enrollment exceeded 50 children and no room was available for more. When Shalom Park became available, the school had everything it had hoped for — new and weU- equipped classrooms, use of the J’s gymnasium, out door playgrounds, Gorelick Hall where they could put on performances, etc. One would think that any Jewish- minded parent would avail themselves of this oppor tunity to give their children a good Jewish and general education. It is true that Hebrew and Judaica can be learned at the Temples’ religious schools, but only to a degree. Most of the Hebrew learned there is solely to get them through their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. And how many of our children are not even achieving that? By the time they attend regular school and peirticipate in various ex tracurricular activities, they do not have the attention span for more classes and the Sunday school classes are too short to leam much at all. I hear parents complain when their children associate only with non-Jews and eventually marry a non-Jew. How many of these offspring had a good Jewish educa tion and had Jewish friends when they were growing up? As long as we, as parents, do not avail ourselves of what is available for our children’s education, how can we say that we did what was necessary to keep Judaism alive? Our children should be enrolled in the Charlotte Jewish Day School. Start them off in kindergarten. Let them and the school continue to grow from strength to strength. Without your children, the school will cease to exist and what a loss that will be to all of us. I remember a great man with a great dream...the late Mr. I.D. Blumenthal. It was his hope that the school would go through 8th grade and its graduates and those from the Greensboro school might continue at a Jewish High School. At the time it was envisioned to be built in Clemmons, NC having a campus near the Blumen thal Jewish Home. I.D., there are many who shared your dream. Maybe it is still not too late! —Rita Mond This is the second part of a multi-series of articles to better understand the importance and functions of The Charlotte Jewish Federation. One of the primary func tions of Federation is to raise funds for its extensive list of local, national and interna tional recipients. How the funds are allocated and to whom will be discussed in future articles. Each year the needs increase; 1988’s Cam paign passed $1 million. These funds were secured from mem bers of our Jewish community through the tireless efforts of our Campaign Cabinets. You will note that it states Cabi nets — Men’s Cabinet and Women’s Cabinet. The Wo men’s Division is comparative ly new and has had a dynamic impact in the raising of funds. Today, National Women’s Division raises approximately $112 million. The Men’s Cabinet is com prised of chairmen of various categories: Campaign chair; Leadership Circle ($10,000 plus); Major Gifts ($3,000- 10,000); Conununity Division (overall $500-3,000); $1,000- 2,900 division; $500-999 divi sion; New Gifts; Super Sun- day. The Women’s Cabinet is comprised of a Campaign chair and the following divisions: Lion of Judah ($5,000 plus); Pacesetters ($1,250-4,999); $365-1,249 division; $125-364 dvision; Super Sunday. Both cabinets sponsor spe cial events for the various categories, which include prominent speakers, musi cians and members of the arts. The men sponsor special din ners and the women have spe- cisd luncheons. All of which not only help to secure the needed funds but serve as an educational tool. Both the Men’s Division and the Women’s Division have the same common goal. They provide an important source of recognition for com petence and leadership. They are comprised of a group of dedicated volunteers. Many people have asked why is it necessary to have two divisions, since many of the women are married and their husbands contribute to v/TA© Graduates * Graduates * Graduates Before we know it graduation will be here for our high school seniors and college students. As has been the practice of the CJN these many years we “salute” them in our June/July edition. Please send in the following information (deadline is May 10): name of student, parents’ names, school graduating from and college to attend. For college graduates, the degree conferred and future plans should also be included. Please mail this information, typed and double spaced, to “CJN,” P.O. Box 13369, Charlotte, NC 28211. If there are any questions call 366-6632 or 366-5007. Federation. The answer is two fold. Although it is important to keep in mind the amount of money raised (and we do have a number of “single” women who will contribute only to their own division), we need to remember that American aid to Israel is influenced not on ly by the amount raised by American Jews, but also by the number of Jewish givers. (A family gift counts as one giver. Individual gifts from both husband and wife count as two givers.) Women’s Division also looks ahead. There is a new type of woman getting involved in volunteer work. She is a wo man who gains a sense of pride in her competence and in dependence. She is a woman with professional and finemcial skills, who works full or part- time, runs a family (sometimes on her own) and has limited time to volunteer. It has been found that many women move into and out of the labor force, taking time off to have chil dren. At that time, they may do volunteer work on a part- time basis before they return to full-time employment in their respective professions. Women’s Division has a chal lenge today to create oppor tunities for the many talents of a variety of women, what ever their age or their respon sibilities to their families and/or jobs. Women’s Division also sponsors a unique committee, Shalom Y’all. It is often described as the Jewish “welcome wagon” and the Jewish “new neighbors league.” In essence it is a group of volunteers who wel come the newcomers into our community. Shalom Y’all baskets are delivered to all newly arrived Jewish resi dents. Among the items in them are wine, challah, candles and a Hadassah director^' (our Jewish telephone book.) Month ly wine and cheese parties are held to introduce them to one another and to the repre sentatives of the various Jewish institutions and or ganizations. Many a strong friendship has begun at these get-togethers and in fact, many of the “newcomers” eventually get on the Shalom Y’all committee to welcome in the constant stream of other new people. There are so many things the Federation can do for you and so many reasons why you are asked to contribute to Federation. These will appear in next month’s article. Deadline for June/July issue is May 10th. There will not be a July paper. THE CHARLOTTE JEWISH NEWS Published monthly by: Charlotte Jewish Federation Michael L. Minkin, Director houndation of Chariotte Jewish Community & J^sh Community Center Barry Hantman. Director Charlotte Jwsh Day School Berta Straz, Principal ^bavitdi of N.C Rabbi Vossi Gronei, DIrecfor Rita Mond Advertising deadline the 10th of each month P-O* Box 13369. Chariotte. N.C. 28211

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