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Vol. 34, No. 1 Tevet-Shevat 5772 January 2012 An Affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte 2012 Main Event Features Rabbi Brad Hirschfield What do Jena Coen, Andrew Klein, Staey and Todd Gorelek, and Seott Menaker all have in eommon? They’ve all been touehed by the words of Rabbi Brad Hirsehfield, speaker for the 2012 Main Event. Aeeording to Seott Menaker, eo-ehair of The Main Event, “I had the privilege to learn and study with Rabbi Hirshfeld when he was Seholar in Residenee for the JCC Assoeiation. He was engaging, entertaining, and brought a sense of meaning to his message that was applieable to our everyday lives. I am very exeited that he is eoming to Charlotte and I know he will attraet a large audi- enee with his message for Jews from all walks of life.” Jena Coen and Andrew Klein, native Charlotteans and members of the Bernstein Leadership Group, reeently had the opportu nity to study with Rabbi Hirsehfield, seholar-in-residenee for their Bernstein Leadership Retreat held at Wildaeres. “Rabbi Hirsehfield teaehes the impor- tanee of an individual’s Jewish identity as well as the importanee of a united loeal and worldwide Jewish eommunity. I was person ally inspired by Rabbi Hirsehfield to define what Judaism means to me and to live a Jewish life that honors and enriehes that defini tion. I am exeited that Rabbi Hirsehfield will be baek in Charlotte, as the Main Event speaker, to share his words of tol- eranee and aeeeptanee with our entire eommunity,” said Jena Coen. Andrew Klein deseribed his experienee by saying, “When it eomes to appreeiating one’s Jewish identity. Rabbi Brad Hirsehfield taught me more about myself in 28 hours than perhaps anything I learned during my 28 years on this planet. As the guest speaker at our Bernstein Leadership Group’s Shabbat Retreat, Rabbi Hirsehfield deeon- strueted our Jewish identities, bringing to light the eore values, traditions, and eolleetive memo ries that our seemingly diverse group of Jews has in eommon. Rabbi Hirsehfield taught me that we ean ehoose to aeeept everyone equally, and that a pluralistie view of Judaism is the right approaeh. Rabbi Hirsehfield leads by exam ple, and his love for all Jewish people, regardless of affiliation or baekground, is highly eontagious. He has so mueh wisdom to share, and the opportunity to hear him should not be missed.” Rabbi Hirsehfield was seleeted as the seholar-in-residenee for the Bernstein Leadership Retreat and ultimately The Main Event speak er beeause of his enthusiastie endorsement by Staey and Todd ON ‘311O1HVH0 802f #lll/\IH3d aivd 39visod s n aisidSdd Goreliek. In Israel last year as part of a seleet group of young leaders ehosen by JFNA, Staey and Todd learned with Rabbi Hirsehfield who was the seholar-in-residenee for their week long experienee. “Our friend. Rabbi Brad Hirsehfield, ehanges lives. He ehanged ours. Brad helped us to think about the world, and our Jewish plaee in it, in new and dif ferent ways. He taught us to look “Rabbi Hirschfield leads by example, and his love for all Jewish people, regardless of affiliation or background, is highly con tagious. He has so much wisdom to share, and the opportunity to hear him should not be missed!” — Andrew Klein petsenbey eojAjes efiueqQ 9ZZ8Z ON ‘9HO|Jeqo ZU# suns ‘Peoy eouepjAOJd Z009 at every situation, whether thorny or hopeful, through the eyes and life experienees of others. We learned from Brad that differ- enees, even deep differenees, when built on shared moral val ues, ean be the Jewish People’s greatest strength. If you hear Brad’s message, you eannot help eoming away a more thoughtful Jew and a better person. Brad’s friendship reaehes our hearts, and his wisdom nourishes our souls,” explained Todd. The most widely attended event of the season. The 2012 Main Event, eo-ehaired by Seott Menaker and Steve Menaker, will be held on Thursday, January 26, at 7:30 PM at Temple Israel. Tiekets are $36 eaeh and ean be purehased online at www.jew- isheharlotte.org or by phone 704- 944-6757. A book signing and dessert reeeption will follow the program. Rabbi Hirsehfield will talk on the topie “Celebrating Diversity and Creating Unity in the 21st Century.” Listed four years in a row in Newsweek as one of Ameriea’s “50 Most Influential Rabbis,” and reeognized as one of our nation’s leading “Preaehers and Teaehers,” by Beliefnet.eom, think tank President, talk show host, interfaith aetivist, and diver sity expert Brad Hirsehfield is the author of You Don’t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism. The only rabbi featured on ABC’s “Nightline UpClose,” Hirsehfield offers a unique per- speetive on the Ameriean spiritual landseape and politieal and soeial trends to audienees nationwide. A popular media guest on sueh shows as “The Dennis Miller Show” and “Lars Larson,” he has appeared on CNN, PBS, MTV, and NPR. He is a regular eom- mentator for The Huffington Post, a frequent eontributor to Fox News Opinion and a eolumnist for Newsweek/Washington Post.eom Rabbi Hirsehfield is the President of CLAL - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leadership training institute, think tank and resouree eenter eommitted to religious plu ralism and the healthier use of religion in Ameriean publie life. At the Main Event, you will have the opportunity to make your pledge to the 2012 Annual Campaign “Doing a World of Good.” Every single day the Jewish Federation saves lives, builds eommunity and makes the world a better plaee. With one gift, you ean make a world of differ- enee. Please visit our website to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield Jena Coen, Arlene and Milton Goldstein, Staey and Todd Goreliek, Bari and Jeff Goreliek, Roz and Marty Husney, Jenn and Miehael Koss, Cary Bernstein and Alan Kronovet, Randi and Justin Lan, Alison and Jaek Levinson, Elise Menaker, Risa and David Miller, Jill and Ed Newman, Rhonda and Andy Nieholson, Wendy and Lee Pake, Susan and Bemie Sandler, Larry Sehwartz, Karen and Jeff Turk, Eleanor and Morton Turk, Debra and David Van Glish and Judie and Miehael Van Glish. The mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte is to raise and distribute funds to Rabbi Hirschfield (front row, far left) with the Bernstein Leadership Group. learn more about the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte. For more information about the Main Event, please eontaet the Federation offiee at 704-944- 6757, Seott or Steve Menaker, or any of the members of the dynam- ie Steering Committee: Lee and Jeff Bierer, Lisa and Barry Blau, support and enrieh the lives of Jews loeally, nationally, in Israel and worldwide. Through eduea- tion, planning and eommunity building, the Federation’s mission ensures that Jewish values, goals, traditions and eonneetions are pre served for eurrent and future gen erations. ^ DOING A WORLD OF GOOD

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