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Vol. 33, No. 1 Tevet-Shevat 5771 January 2011 An Affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Chariotte A Home Away from Home, the Levine JCC Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary “What does the Levine JCC mean to you?” This question was posed to Levine JCC members in a video that pre miered at the 2010 Annual Meeting. The answers were surprisingly consistent...com munity, connection, belong ing, and family. This year those traditions continue as the Sandra and Leon Levine Jewish Community Center celebrates its 25th anniversary. In the spring of 1986, the Levine JCC opened its doors on Shalom Park. When the Amity Club, the forbearer of today’s LJCC located in Cotswold, was destroyed by fire in August 1983, community leaders developed plans for a new community center off Providence Road. The result was what many refer to as their “home away from home.” At a recent gathering, a found ing Levine JCC member, Harry Lerner, urged the community never to forget “the Levine JCC’s cru cial contribution to our families and that it is ‘the core of our Jewish lives here in Charlotte.’” Raising his daugh ter here inspired Harry to help cre ate a “place called home in which we can all take tremen dous pride.” ¥ ON ‘3110iyVHO 8031 #lll/\iy3d aivd 39visod s n ais lysyd pejsenbey eojAjes sBublio 93383 ON ‘sHO|jbl|o 21,1,# aims ‘peoy eouepjACJd ZOOS And thanks to 25 years of com munity support, that won’t be changing anytime soon. The year 2010 was a tremendous one for the Levine JCC. Camp Mindy, the Levine JCC’s premier summer day camp, created fun, friendship (Continued on page 30) Anne Sinsheimer teaches a small group Pilates sessions that create strength and flexibilty through specific controlled move ments. That pride continues in the hearts of many families. Stacey Slomka, who grew up in Charlotte and returned in 2004, shared in the recent video, “1 marvel every time 1 see my kids walk in and know that they have a place to go, where they are safe, where there are friends, where there’s just the warmth and haimish that the J offers.” Leon and Sandra Levine's cornerstone gift of $550,000 to the 2011 Annual Campaign kick starts the Jewish Federation's effort to raise $2,950,000 on behalf of our Jewish community at home and around the world. The Levine Challenge: Ihe Leon Levine Foundation has also pledged an additional $50,000 if we reach our $2,950,000 campaign goal! Leon and Sandra Levine know what being Jewish feels like. Whatever being Jewish means to you, chances are the Annual Campaign makes much of what you care about happen. Please consider a new or increased gift and help our community meet The Levine Challenge! It's what being Jewish 2011 Campaign: It's What Being Jewish Feels Like www.jewishcharlotte.org J] m EWISH^ FEDERATION^ OF GREATER CHARLOTTE Dennis Prager to Headline Federation 2011 Main Event Kate Vassallo, Ian Briggs, and Elissa Levine give a thumbs up for the Levine JCC’s new program, JForce. Fitness professionals encourage and challenge partici pants every step of the way. “What’s Your ‘Ish’?” What makes you feel Jewish? That’s the question being asked to campaign ers, board members and donors alike as we gear up for the 2011 Annual Campaign. “It’s What Being Jewish Feels Like” is the theme of the 2011 Federation Annual Campaign and the responses have been as varied as Kiddush And Knishes, Tikkun 01am, Family, A Strong Sense Of Community, Jewish Geography and even brisket. No matter what makes you feel Jewish, you’ll have the opportuni ty to get involved this year with a wide variety of Federation events and initiatives that will pique your interest. The most widely attended cam paign event of the season is The Main Event which will be held on Thursday, February 24 at 7:30 PM at Temple Israel. Co-Chairs Gale Osborne and Rich Osborne have assembled an amazing Steering Committee to help promote this year’s event “An Evening with Dennis Prager.” Dennis Prager is one of America’s most widely respected radio talk show hosts, columnists, authors and speakers. He has been broadcasting 25 years in Los Angeles, and nationally for the last ten. He has lectured in 45 states, nine of Canada’s ten provinces, and on six continents. He is a Jewish theologian who regular speaks at both Christian and Jewish institutions and has recorded over 300 CDs of biblical commentary. Called by Toastmasters “one of America’s five best speakers,” Dennis Prager is one of America’s most respected thinkers. As New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote in a column, “Dennis Prager is intelligent 99% of the time.” The Los Angeles Times described him as “an amaz ingly gifted man and moralist whose mission in life has been crystallized - ‘to get people obsessed with what is right and wrong.’” Dennis Prager is the author of four books. His first book. The Nine Questions People Ask about Judaism, co-written with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, has been trans lated into nearly a dozen lan guages and is one of the two or three most widely used introduc tions to Judaism in the English language. Dennis Prager During Mr Prager’s talk which will focus on Jewish Identity, you will be sure to ponder what makes you feel Jewish. Tickets are $36 and can be pur chased online at www.jewishchar- lotte.org or by phone 704-944- 6757. A dessert reception and book signing will follow the pro gram. To leam more about the Main Event or any Federation’s events or initiatives, please contact the Federation office. ^ JEWISH^ FEDERATION $ JnEATEFl CHAFJLOTTg Local, Global, Eternal

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