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COUNCIL OF JEWISH FEDERAnONS 57 th Gtntml AascmUy November16*20,1988 P.O. Box 13369 Charlotte, NC 28211 Address Correction Requested Non-Profit Organization BULK RATE U.S. Postage PAID Charlotte, NC Permit No. 1208 The Charlotte TEWISH ‘TNEWS Vol. 10 No. 10 Charlotte, North Carolina November, 1988 *89 Federation Campaign Launched: $1.4 Million to be Raised The Federation’s 1989 Cam paign received prompt en dorsement and higher levels of giving among major contribu tors in its first few weeks of ac tivity. Both campaign workers and those solicited early at tributed the enthusiasm and increases to a convincing case for giving this year. Federation’s Campaign com mittee attributes Harry Swim mer as being instrumental in early solicitation successes. Swimmer recently spoke with other major contributors ex plaining that he had personal ly attended all the allocation meetings. “I’m here to tell you, the numbers are right,” Swimmer said. The Campaign will have to raise at least $1,405,520, beised on the allocations committee recommendation. This figure represents an increase of $200,000 over that of last year’s campaign. Shelton Gorelick, a Federa tion vice president, noted that the allocations procedure this year was unusually thorough. “We wanted to be absolutely certain where every dime was going. We owe that to the community, and I’m convinced we did it.” Gorelick said that 38 people were involved in the allocations evaluations. The allocations committee and its sub-committees inter viewed representatives from most major, intermediate and small agencies. After careful scrutiny, the decision was to target $1,075,983 to the large recipient agencies (UJA, Fami ly Services and others), $33,000 to the intermediate agencies and $15,600 to the small agencies. Two meetings with mem bers of the Federation’s Leadership Circle, givers of $10,000 or more, gave every indication that there would be a positive response to the allocations report. “We’re off to an unusually fast start,” Bobbi Bernstein told indi vidual Federation board mem bers. Bernstein, Federation president, predicted the goal would be reached by late December with the help of over 65 volunteer workers. Kristallnacht’s 50th Anniversary to be Observed KRISTALLNACHT: Stores and synagogues were vandalized in Nazi Ger many and Austria. Photo from UJA. Jewish Book Fair Features Eli Evans , Southern Jewry can stand tall and proud when Eli N. Evans, noted Jewish North Carolinian, comes to Charlotte on Sunday, November 20. He will be the guest speaker in a program co-sponsored by the Charlotte Chapter of Hadas- sah, the Jewish Community Center and the Foundation of the Charlotte Jewish Com munity, as part of the celebra tion of Jewish Book Month. Mr. Evans will reveal his knowledge of another noted Southern Jew, Judah P. Ben jamin, who came to be known as the “Brains of the Con federacy.” The public is in vited to attend this event, be ing held at 8 p.m. at Shalom Park in Gorelick HaU. It is the highlight of the Jewish Book Fair that will run from Nov. 16 through Nov. 22 Mr. Evans currently serves as president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, an inter national organization head quartered in New York City, which makes grants for pro grams in urban affairs, educa tion and Jewish philanthropy. He was formerly an executive of the Carnegie Corporation of NY and has in the past served on the White House staff as a speech writer for President Lyndon B. Johnson and for political candidates in NC. Ad ditionally, he was staff direc- Eli Evans tor at Duke U. of a nationwide study of the future of the states that was headed by former Governor Terry San ford. Eli Evans was bom and raised in Durham, NC. He graduated from UNC-CH in 1958, spent two years in the U.S. Navy, and graduated from Yale Law School in 1963. Evans writes from experi ence, coming from a Jewish, as well as political southern fami ly. While it is well known that his father, Emanuel J. “Mutt” Evans, served as Mayor of Durham, 1951-1963, it is equally revealing to note that his grandmother, Jennie Bloom, organized the first NC chapter of Hadassah in Kinston. His mother, Sara Nachamson Evans, helped form the chapter in Durham and served as the President of the Eastern Seaboard Region as well as on the National Board. This past September Mr. Evans was guest of honor at a reception, hosted by Senator Terry Sanford, in the Senate Office Building in Washing ton, D.C. It was called “Judah P. Benjamin Returns to the Senate,” since it commem orated Senator Benjamin's pivotal role in the national political scene prior to the Civil War. Judah P. Benjamin has been termed “the Con federate Kissinger.” Sanford stated in a letter dated Sept. 2, 1988, “I have known Eli for more than 25 years and we have worked together on numerous projects over that period...I admire deeply the research and writ ing accomplishments and take special pride in the fact that the heeu-t of the research was done over the past nine years in the Southern CoUection at Duke University.” In Judah P. Benjamin, The Jewish Confederate, Evans probes the life of this major Jewish figure in American his tory. A Sephardic Jew, raised in Charleston, SC, Judah P. Benjamin moved to New Or leans, carved a law practice that turned into a political career, and as an elected Senator of Louisiana was the first acknowledged Jew in the U.S. Senate. After Secession, Benjamin became Jefferson Davis’s right-hand man, serv ing as Attorney General, Sec retary of War and Secretary of State to the Confederacy from 1861-1865. Offered a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1852, sixty years before Louis Brandeis, he achieved greater See EVANS page 9 Fifty years ago this month marks the beginning of the most horrifying chapter in Jewish history: Kristallnacht — the night of broken glass — which signaled the beginning of the Holocaust. The entire community is in vited to join together to observe the 50th anniversary df Kristallnacht on Wednes day, November 9 at 7:45 p.m. at Temple Israel. Beginning with the Nurem berg Laws of 1935, the syste matic legal, economic and social disenfranchisement of German Jews had become part of the social and political fiber of Nazi Germany. Kristall nacht, November 9-10, 1938, was the newest phase of the solution to the “Jewish Ques tion.” On October 27, 1938, al ready stripped of citizenship, Polish Jews were deported to Poland. However, anticipating this move by the Nazis, the Polish government had moved to close their borders to all Jewish immigration. This left nearly 18,000 Jews living in refugee camps at the border. Hershal Grynszpan, a 17-year- old student studying in Psiris, was so outraged by the treat ment of his family, that he shot a low-level German em bassy official, Ernst Von Rath. This tragic event gave the Nazi regime £J1 the excuse See KRISTALLNACHT page 5 In The News- Arts 10 Book Review 26 Calendar 27 Classifieds 27 Editorials 2 Family Services 8 JCC 17-19 Lubavitcli 13-16 Organizations 23 Recipes 27 Temples 24-25 This *n That 11 Women’s Division 6-7 World Beat 4 J«wlsh Book Wook at Shaloni Park 12 y DESTRUCTION AND RE-DEDICATION... The Community Joins Together to Observe THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF KRISTALLNACHT the infamous -NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS" when frenzied mobs throughout Germany destroyed synagogues, Jewish businesses, institutions and homes, and desecrated holy scrolls, books and sacred objects. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 AT TEMPLE ISRAEL — 7:45 p.m. The event will be commemorated by the dedication of a HOLOCAUST SEFER TORAH in honor of CELIA SCHER for her singular conmiitment to perpetuate the memory of the Holocaust — Candlelight Torah Procession from Holocaust Square — Charlotteans offer their personal witness to Kristallnacht — Prayers of Memorial and Re-Dedication SHOW YOUR SOLIDARITY WITH THIS UNIQUE MEANINGFUL COMMEMORATION!