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The Charlotte Jewish News - August 2015 - Page 9 Communiiv News A Legacy of Giving: Bill Gorelick “I’ve always had a love for Charlotte and for the Jewish eom- munity,” shares Bill Goreliek, one of Shalom Park’s founders, a busi nessman and a devoted philan thropist. “I often say, the best thing that ever happened to me was that my parents moved to Charlotte before I was bom.” His parents, Annie and Israel Goreliek, were ehildhood sweet hearts in their shtetl in Russia dur ing the pogroms. Bill’s parents emigrated separately, and were married in Guatemala, where his father supplied people working in the silver mines. After moving to New York City, and then to Gaffney, SC, his parents settled in Charlotte, where they ran a shoe store on E. Trade Street (where Time Warner Arena stands today.) “It takes an adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit to go to a eountry where you don’t know the language,” says Bill. There were 75 Jewish families and one syna gogue in Charlotte in 1933 when Bill’s parents arrived with their son, Shelton. Bill, born a year later, would attend Elizabeth (Tra ditional) Elementary, Alexander Graham Junior High (where the Dowd YMCA now stands), and Central High. There were only two Jews in his high sehool grad uating elass of400. Bill studied at Chapel Hill, and then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a degree from Wharton Business Sehool. Bill maintains that the values his parents passed on were family first, then edueation, and a strong work ethie. Bill met his b’shert, his destiny, Patty, through mutual friends. Six years his junior and studying at Women’s College in Greensboro, Patty tried to get Bill to date her older friends, but Bill demurred. He finally eonvineed her to go out with him. Bill suggests that b’shert also deseribes the eonfluenee of events that brought about Shalom Park. In the early 1980s, Temple Israel was seeking to move to the sub urbs, Temple Beth El needed new faeilities, the Hebrew Day Sehool needed a permanent home, and the Amity Club (the predeeessor to the JCC) had just suffered a Patty and Bill Goreliek ealamitous fire. Morris Speizman from Temple Israel and Mark Bernstein from Temple Beth El had a vision that, as Bill puts it, “the Jewish eom- munity should be together.” By ehanee, Sam Lemer, in the apart ment business, identified land ad- jaeent to undeveloped land on Providenee Road that Temple Beth El already owned. On June 11, 1979, twenty-two Shalom Park founders met at Leon Levine’s offiees to unify support for Shalom Park. Herman Blumenthal, one of the first major donors to Shalom Park, asked Bill Goreliek to serve as the Phase I Shalom Park Building Chair. Bill, already aetive in eivie and religious life, was helping to grow CMC Finanee Group, a fam ily business offering eonsumer eredit when eredit eards were in their infaney. With dozens of briek and mortar offiees. Bill under stood finanee and eonstmetion. “There were a lot of politieal obstaeles to founding Shalom Park,” says Bill. “Organizations were afraid of giving up their in- dependenee. Some individuals said we were trying to form a ghetto. It took the strength of a good team, pulling for the same purpose, with the talent and finan- eial wherewithal to get it done,” explains Bill. “Don Dixon, a re tired exeeutive from Arthur An derson, is an ‘unsung hero’ who, along with Mark Bernstein, KareD YaDoMg, qd attorDeg from WasbiDgtoD, DC, came to Park Poad Books Id Charlotte to promote her Dew collectioD of essags, “Good Lack with That TbiDg Yoa re DoiDg.” She read a selectioD aboat sammers od the beach Id North Caroliaa. The hook is available at Park Poad Books or OD AmazoD. Foundation Of Shalom Park ir^ONWFCTINfi FAWII IFS • SUSTAINING TRAr>ITION played a large part in building eonsensus.” Bill stayed engaged through Phase II, when an additional 150,000 square feet was added in the mid-1990s. Buteh Rosen, for mer Exeeutive Direetor of the Foundation of Shalom Park, re marks, “Bill’s legaey to Shalom Park will be his passionate input about the look and feel of the plaee.” Todd Goreliek, Bill’s eld est son, eoneurs. “Dad feels a deep sense of pride in what the founders ereated, and wants to see Shalom Park always shine.” “Bill has been absolutely un selfish with his time and energy,” adds Harry Lemer, fellow Temple Israel eongregant and Shalom Park founder. “He never suggests anything that he will not baek 100%. He has set a beautiful ex ample for his own family and for the Jewish eommunity.” “Bill is ineredibly generous fi- naneially, but also with his time and ereativity. We all benefited greatly from his devotion to Shalom Park,” refieets Hal Levin son, Building Co-Chair of Phase II. Today, the work of the Founda tion of Shalom Park eontinues. The Foundation maintains the fa eilities (exeluding the temples) and the grounds and provides se- eurity for the entire Park. Through their legaey giving. Bill and Patty Goreliek are investing in the long term sueeess of Shalom Park and of other organizations integral to our eommunity. “To go from here to there, you need to put gas in the tank,” quips Bill. On a more seri ous note, he adds, “Aeross all gen erations, we need to eome together to sustain the future of Shalom Park.” We hope that, like Bill and Patty Goreliek, your eommitment to Shalom Park remains strong. For more information about how to make a legaey gift that will not impaet your eurrent finanees, please eontaet H. 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