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The Charlotte Jewish news. (Charlotte, N.C.) 19??-current, June 01, 1988, Image 3

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Focus on Federation This is the third part of a multi-series of articles to better By Rita C. Mond understand the importance and functions of The Charlotte Jewish Federation. Page 3-THE NEWS-June/July, 1988 Part III Special program held for children at Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park. 4s. Adrienne Rosenberg is 5 Family Services Director d may be contacted at 364-6599. Blumenthal Jewish Home The Blumenthal Jewish Home began as a dream to provide a place for the Jewish elderly to come to live in digni ty, a home dedicted to the highest standards of resident care and quality of life. The dream of a medically-oriented, continuing care complex be gan to shape into a reality when an 118-acre site in Clem mons, NC (outside of Winston- Salem) was chosen. The Associations of N.C. Men and Women spearheaded the drive to raise the money and to build a nursing wing for 46 residents (1965). From the moment one en ters the tree-lined drive, it is noted that this is an extraor dinary place to live. Expansion in 1974 increased the capacity to 134 beds. The 1987/88 reno vation and expansion project extended care to 46 older i i'm . League Volleyball at the *J’. The staff is professionally trained to supervise its various departments. Mem bership is open to the com munity. Barry Hantman is ex ecutive director; Scott Snyder, program director; Larry Ger ber, president. Jewish Family Services The Department of Jewish Fgimily Services, a constituent agency of Federation, has an extremely capable professi onal casework staff. It pro vides a full range of social work services to the Jewish conmiunity in the areas of older adult, vocational, and marriage and family counsel ing issues, and adjustment to adults who require an assisted living environment, FAIR OAKS. A Commons building, housing the central kitchen, synagogue, chapel, auditorium and meeting rooms, sepeirate FAIR OAKS from the nursing wing. A two-story addition to the B-Wing nursing units, added large dining rooms and pan nursing, social services, dietary, and resident acti vities, assures that the needs and abilities of each resident are addressed with the ap propriate plan of care. This holistic view is aimed at the physical, mental/emotional and spiritual well-being of the residents. One of the big dif ferences in BJH is that resi dents are up and dressed dai ly, unless totally incapaci tated. A wide variety of ac tivities are offered both for cultural enrichment and thera peutic effect. Increased volunteer involvement and a bus have made it possible for more residents to make out ings more frequently. An en dowed concert and lecture series provides a diversity of programs in-house, assuring that even the most debilitated have the opportunity to at tend. Staff and volunteers lead discussion groups from cur rent events and contemporary issues to “remembering when ” The Craft Shop is always a beehive of activity. It is a meeting place for social inter change as well as having pro duced numerous Dixie Classic Fair prize-winning crafts. The majority of the resi dents of the Home amd FAIR OAKS are Jewish, but those of other faiths are welcomed, and in recent years have con stituted 40% of the resident population. The Laws of Kashnith are observed in the kitchen for all. Sabbath services are held on Fridays and Saturdays in the Synagogrue, and major Jewish holidays are observed throughout the year. Inter faith services are held weekly in Friendship Chapel and ma jor religious holidays are observed with special pro grams. FAIR OAKS is another step toward the goal of providing a comprehensive and progres sive service delivery system to View of the Commons of FAIR OAKS; A-wing nursing unit BJH in foreground. The Charlotte Jewish Federation is a part of the North American Council of Jewish Federations (CJF) and the national allocation of Cam paign monies is extensive with respect to its recipients. Local ly, our Federation is com prised of constituent agencies to which funding is given ac cording to need and budget. There is a strict and detailed system whereby every assur ance is given that these funds wiU be properly administered through the Federation’s Allo cation Committee. This com mittee consists of community members well versed and knowledgeable of the Char lotte Jewish community and having an expertise in busi ness practices, accounting and budgetary responsibilities. Each group requesting funds must appear before the Com mittee with a carefully docu mented request for funds which includes an estimated budget. The representatives of the various groups must be prepared for extensive ques tioning by the Committee. It is a painstaking and demand ing schedule to ensure that the entire needs of the communi ty are met and each group has displayed financial respon sibility in requesting their respective needs. Based on a proposed 1988 Allocation of approximately $1.25 million, $715,000 is to go to the constituent agencies and $525,000 to UJA. Some of the agencies and the amounts being allocated to them this year are: Jewish Community Center, $190,000; Foundation, $150,000; Jewish Family Ser vices, $63,000; Blumenthal Home, $51,000; Charlotte Jewish Day School, $38,000; Hillel, $9,000; Lubavitch, $5,700; Hebrew Cemetery, $5,000; BBYO, $4,000; ADL, $2,000; plus various local and national small agencies, $9,000. The Federation re ceives an operating/program budget of $200,000. Michael Minkin is the Federation ex ecutive director; Bobbi Berns tein is president. The Foundation The Foundation of the Char lotte Jewish ConMnunity, Inc. was chartered October 8,1980 as an independent organiza tion consisting of represen tatives of the autonomous in stitutions of the Charlotte Federation: The Jewish Com munity Center, Charlotte Jewish Day School (formerly the NC Hebrew Academy), Temple Israel and Temple Beth El (now known as Tem ple Beth El V’Shalom). Its purpose was to spear head the planning* fundraising and construction of Shalom Park and its facilities. In May 1986, Shalom Park, Phase I of which includes the Blumenthal Education Build ing and the Leon and Sandra Levine Jewish Community Center Building, became a reality and opened its doors for service. Since that time the Foundation has become the property management institu tion for Shalom Peu*k. It also provides the administration and support services for all of the participating partners functioning within this 54-acre site. The Foundation functions through nine (9) working com mittees made up of represen tatives of each of the five par ticipating institutions who are partners in this joint venture. These committees are: man agement, space utilization, religious practices, personnel, support services, public rela tions, visual arts, food services and library. Through these committees, space coordina tion, centralized telephone, production and office support along with maintenance, housekeeping and grounds upkeep are all provided for the benefit of the participants at Shalom Park. The Foundation also makes facilities available to other Jewish organizations, civic groups and outside non profit organizations thereby offering conmiunity service and maintaining a bridge into the general community. Phase I of Shalom Park in cludes the sharing by the in stitutions of the following facilities: classrooms, craft room, library, music room, lounges, art gallery, meeting rooms, offices, auditorium, gymnasium, indoor and out door pools and tracks, ball- fields, tennis courts. Health Club, racquetball courts, playgrounds, etc. Future plans are for Phase II which will be the building of the sanctuary- social hall of each of the temples, Beth El V’Shalom and Israel, on their respective acreage at Shalom Park. The Jewish Community Center The Charlotte Jewish Com munity Center provides the recreational, cultural and educational needs of the Char lotte Jewish community. It is located on the campus of Shalom Park and has out standing facilities: indoor and outdoor athletic activities, in cluding swimming, basketball, track, tennis and racquetbaU courts; a health club for men and women, with weight rooms, saunas, hot tubs and steam rooms. The ‘J’ offers programs and activities for all ages: an ex tensive schedule of classes programmed throughout the year for seniors, adults (both married and single), children and families. It has an ex cellent summer day camp for pre-kindergarteners, K-6, and teenagers, with a variety of programs; adult softbaU and tennis teams; youth soccer, basketball and swimming teams; Mother’s Morning Out (ages 6 months to 2 years); Chai-lites (senior adults.) Adrienne Rosenberg with Passover packages for needy and elderly in nursing homes. changes. It is involved with in terfaith support groups, bar rier awareness, parenting ado lescents and has a Substance Abuse Task F(xt:e which meets monthly. It is involved in starting a support group for Jewish single adult women. Recently JFS added to its staff Dr. Byron Wilkenfeld, psychiatrist, as its first m^cal director. tries, and much needed ele vators. Connecting this area to the Conmions is a wide pas sageway that houses a new craft shop, complete with of fice, bath and kiln room. Concern for the quality of life of each individual has always been paramount in pro gram planning. Few homes in the country can boast of a full time medical director on staff. In addition, two other physi cians are on call and make rounds twice a week. The Director of Nursing oversees a nursing staff of 18 other RNs, 11 LPNs, and 62 Nursing assistants covering both the nursing home and FAIR OAKS. The Home maintains its own pharmacy. A team approach involving meet the needs of older adults. In years to come, it is planned to add apartments, condomin iums, and possibly private homes. BJH serves and participates with the entire community en compassing North and South Carolina, dreaming, building, caring, to make life better for older adults in its charge. Donald Morris is the execu tive vice president. For further information call 919-766-6401. (Editor's note: Thanks go to Mike Minkin (CJF), Barry Hantman (Foundation}, Scott Snyder (JCC), Ellen White (BJH) for contributing to this article. August's "Focus " will be on the other constituent agencies of Federation.)

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