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Page 11-THE NEWS-November, 1988
The following is a poem written for this past New Year by Linda Calabrese.
Unfortunately, it arrived late, but we feel that its message is befitting any
time of the year. Lynda was educated in New York City at The New School.
Art Students League and The School of Visual Arts. She has worked as a
fabric and clothing designer, but her real love is painting (large detailed
acrylics). She has taught art to children on an independent basis. She and
her husband Vinny and son Jason have been living in Charlotte for 14 years;
daughter Emily, almost 10, is the "true southerner.”
Happy New Year 5749
By Lynda Calabrese
You see the polished ram’s horn
Resting on embroidered blue velvet.
The Rabbi lifts it solemnly
And blows the Shofar to the tune
Of an ancient prayer.
Years of cobwebs are slowly
Swept from your heart.
It’s a calling for sleepy souls to awaken.
Especially those like you
Who feel the tugging of
Deep pulsing roots a few times each year
Yet ignore how they twine
Through daily life.
Your mind goes back to Mouseketeer days
And that old weeping willow tree
In the yard.
Sometimes you sat there
On your hidden seat in the arms
Of that mighty giant
Wondered if the folks that didn’t
Go to pray on High Holy Days
Were any different
Or if you were among the counted
Even though you spent most of the time
In the ladies room
With lipstick, friends and teasing comb.
When the Shofar sounded on Rosh Hashana
It called you back to a place
You didn’t know you had forgotten.
Before the tree grew so taU
And leafy tendrils that once tickled your face
With Fall’s crisp wind, now rotted the roof.
Its roots tearing through cement foundations.
They cut that wiUow down
Many years ago.
Planted pale green saplings.
Making sure to leave plenty of room
For searching limbs.
You reflect on that place where
New growth began.
Standing in the sunlight
Is new hfe.
Shaded by ancient teachings
Rooted in tradition.
Reform Temples Stay Lit All Kristallnacht Night
(Reprinted from The Jewish
Post & Opinion - New Year
NEW YORK - Reform
temples will remain ablaze
with lights all the night of
Nov. 9 and hold services com
memorating the 50th emniver-
sary of Kristallnacht’s 50th
anniversary. On that night,
not only in every German city
and hamlet but also in Austria
bands of Nazis set fire to
synagogues and Jewish-owned
businesses wherever they
could find them.
Also on Nov. 9 an oratoria
will premiere in 12 cities
across the nation and the
Voice of America will beam it
worldwide in 42 languages.
Entitled, “Stars in the Dust”
and with music by Samuel
Adler and text by Cantor
Samuel Rosenbaum, the
oratorio will be heard in con
cert in Atlanta, Baltimore,
Columbus, Danbury, Des
Moines, Houston, Long
Beach, Newton Centre,
Philadelphia, Rochester, St.
Louis and South Orange, N. J.
Although the number of Jews killed by the Nazis is staggering, each
of these victims was a person — a man, woman, child. Representing this
(act is this sampling of the shoes of some of the victims, for shoes are
shaped to the person who wears them. This single person...the one human
victim six million times...is the tragedy of the Holocaust.
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Carl Rosen, singer-comedian, and son of Murray and Estelle
Rosen, has been nominated for a 1989 Campus Entertainment
Awsu’d from the National Association for Campus Activities.
Rosen is among eight nominees in the coffeehouse entertainer
Larry Farber, vice president of Charlotte’s East Coast Enter
tainment, recently presented Charlotte musician Maurice
Williams a platinum album from RCA Records in honor of the
more than 13 million copies sold of the “Dirty
Dancing” sound track which included his clas
sic song “Stay.” Williams is represented by Leirry’s company.
Arthur Perschetz has been elected to the board of trustees of
the Mint Museum of Art for 1988-89.
Elizabeth Rosenkrantz, niece of Milton and Judith Tager, is
currently serving as President of Hillel at Wellesley CoUege.
Dr. Joseph Steiner has been selected for promotion to the rank
of Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Dr. Steiner is the com
manding officer of the reserve unit;, Naval Hospital, Camp Le
Jeune. He has been an officer in the Naval Reserves since 1970.
He is a practicing dentist in Charlotte.
Richard Sterling, a 1988 graduate of East Mecklenburg High
School, received his Eagle Scout Award. The son of Mr. and
Mrs. Alan Sterling, he is a member of Troop No. 164.
Elaine Lyerly has been named a vice chairman for 1988-89 of
the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross.
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