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The Charlotte 5007 Providence Road Chariotte. NC 28226 Address Correction Requested Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage Paid . Charlotte, NC Permit No. 1208 JEWISH Vol. 17No.11 Tishrei 5756 December 1995 CHARLOTTE JEWISH COMMUNITY PILGRIMAGE TO ISRAEL The Shalom Park partners - Temple Beth El, Temple Israel, The Jew ish Community Center and The Jewish Federation Of Greater Charlotte, are pleased to announce their joint sponsorship of a Charlotte Jewish Com munity Pilgrimage To Israel. This precedent setting venture marks the first time all the Shalom Park partners have come together to jointly pro mote an Israel trip. It indicates their commitment to, and understanding of Israel as both a central and vital Jewish experience. The Pilgrimage will be led by Rabbi James Bennett (Temple Beth El), Rabbi Murray Ezring (Temple Israel) and Alan Feldman (JCC Ex ecutive Director) and is scheduled to leave Charlotte on Sunday, June 9 and return on Thursday, June 20. Trip arrangements are being managed by Charlotte’s own Mann Travels, with Israel coordination provided by Da’at Travel Services (Jerusalem). The trip is designed to reveal Israel as a vibrant center for the devel opment of Jewish religion and culture and to provide opportunities for families and individuals to personally touch the Land and the People of Israel. The itinerary provides “connections” for l)oth the first time visitor and for the those who have previously enjoyed the Israel experience. Some trips “highlights” include: • Shabbat at the Western Wall • Family roots seminar at Beit Hat'futsot - • The Museum of the Diaspora at Tel Aviv University • Celebrations of Jerusalem 3CXX) • Encounter the mystical city of Safed • Study sessions with your own Rabbi • Archaeological seminar in the Old City of Jerusalem • Special programs with leaders of the Reform &’ Conservative religious movements • Dialogues with representatives of various political streams in Israeli society • Ascend Masada - understand its historical significance and its role as a modem day symbol of Jewish defense. • Travel the Golan Heights by jeep to gain first hand understanding of the critical issues in peace talks between Israel and Syria • Visit the ancient Roman amphitheater at Caesarea • Special Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies at the Western Wall • Visit Mount Scopus and Hebrew University campus • Dig and uncover pottery from the Greek period, over 23(X) years ago at Beit Guvrin Caves • Travel to Haifa, Tiberias, the Dead Sea and more! • Visit the ancient port city of Jaffa ^ •Experience the culture and night life of Tel Aviv, from the Mediterranean beaches to Dizengoff Street • Walk through the Banias Nature Reserve, one of the tributaries of the Jordan River • Visit Yemin Orde - a Youth Aliya Village • A commemorative visit to Yad Vashem - the Museum and Menxnial of the Holocaust Please watch your mailbox for your full-color brochure about the Charlotte Jewish Community Pilgrinuige to Israel. For more information please contact either Alan Feldman at the JCC, 355-5007, or Shelly Mendel or Maxine Silverstein at Mann Travels, 556-8311. Rabbis Bennett and Ezring also invite you to speak with them. 1996 Federation Campaign Goal Set At $1.45 Million The goal of the Jewish Federa tion of Greater Charlotte’s 1996 campaign has been set at $1.45 mil lion, the highest ever in the history of the local community. “It is an ambitious goal, more than we’ve ever aimed for. But the needs of Jews locally and through out the world are greater than they have ever been,” said Bill Gorelick, campaign chair. “It is our responsi bility to meet this challenge.” The campaign’s theme - - “For Ourselves, For Our Children, For Is rael, Forever...” embodies our hopes, goals, and dreams for Char lotte, Israel and the worldwide Jew ish community said Jill Newman, campaign co-chair. “Consistent with the Federation mission, the money raised in 1996 will be allocated to a wick range of services and programs which are essential to support the continued growth and demands of the Jewish community here,and abroad,” she said. Among the more than 30 orga- nizations and programs that re ceived Federation funds last year were the Jewish Community Cen ter, The Blumenthal Jewish Home, Jewish Family Services, and The Anti-Defamation League. “Campaign funds touch the youngest to the oldest members of our community and have a lasting and positive impact on our lives as Jews,” Gorelick said. “I hope that everyone will take part in this all important effort.” The campaign calendar is be- divisions almost completed the telepledge divisions for the men will begin their work in mid-December. Women’s division activity will be gin with the Lions Luncheon ($5,000 +) which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 4th. The Women’s Pacesetter ($1,250 - $3,999) and $365 event Bill Gorelick, Campaign Chair and Jiti Newman, Campaign Co-Chair ginning to take shape with several key events scheduled for the up coming months. With solicitations in the Men’s Major Gifts ($10,(XX) +) and Chazak ($3,600 - $9,999) is planned for January 23rd. The campaign will culminate with Super Sunday which is sched uled for Sunday, February 25th. Temple Israel Celebrates Centennial Temple Israel, the oldest and largest Conservative congregation in the Carolinas, concluded the year-long celebration of its l(X)th anniversary in November. The month’s celebrations were high lighted by the Centennial Luski Family Concert featuring TAMID, Israeli Army performers. The con cert, attended by hundreds of Charlotteans, presented musical se lections representing the best of Jewish folk music, hazanut (cantonal music), modem Israeli music and Yiddish melodies. The concert was greatly enjoyed by all who attended. Temple Israel’s Shabbat Gala Weekend took place November 17 and 15. The Temple Israel family was joined by dignitaries who rep resent the major arms of the Con servative Movement. Speakers for the weekend included Mr. Justin Weininger, President of the South east Region of the United Syna gogue, Rabbi Jerome Epstein, the Executive Vice-President and spokesperson for the United Syna gogue of America; and Rabbi Morton Leifman, Vice-Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the central institution of the Conservative Movement. Shabbat services were attended by local dignitaries and officials including Lloyd Scher, County Commissioner, and A1 Rousso, the newly elected City Councilman. During the course of services, proc lamations were read from Represen tative Sue Myrick, Governor James Hunt aiKl President of the United States, Bill Clinton, honoring Temple Israel on this very special Shabbat. The weekend’s festivities be gan with a l)eautiful Shabbat din ner attended by more than 200 members of the Temple Israel fam- See Temple Israel pagel4 Royal Insurance To Sponsor "Celebrate The Children” Tom Chapln- In Concert m The Jewish Community Center of Charlotte is proud to announce that Royal Insurance will sponsor the "Celebrate the Children" inaugural event - Tom Chapin in Concert- Januaiy 7. at Spirit Square. See story on page 20

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