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An Affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte Vol. 37, No. 11 Kislev-Tevet 5776 December 2015 “Do Good Everywhere” at Jewish Federation’s Main Event Author and journalist Abigail Pogrebin will the guest speaker for the Jewish Federation’s Main Event “Stars of David: Jewish Identity in the 21st Century” on Thursday, Deeember 17 at 7:30 PM at Temple Israel. “This is the night when our eommunity will eome together for an event that will benefit our entire Jewish eommunity,” said Larry Sehwartz, 2016 Main Event Chair. Guest speaker Abigail Pogre bin has beeome a rare voiee among Ameriean Jews, as a jour nalist and an explorer who shares with refreshing wit and eandor her path to finding a meaningful Jew ish life. A former produeer for 60 Minutes and Charlie Rose, she is the author of Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish, in whieh sixty-one of the most aeeomplished Jews in Amer- iea speak intimately-most for the first time-about how they feel about being Jewish, the infiuenee of their her itage, the weight and pride of their history, the burdens and pleasures of observanee, the moments they’ve felt most Jewish (or not). In unusually ean- did interviews with Abi gail Pogrebin over the eourse of 18 months, eelebrities ranging from Sarah Jessiea Parker to Supreme Court Justiee Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from Larry King to Mike Abigail Pogrebin Niehols, reveal how being Jewish fits into their publie and most pri vate lives. At The Main Event, Abigail Pogrebin will share vivid, per sonal portraits of the eelebrities she interviewed and will reveal how the experi- enee of being Jewish is amplified by fame. And she will share how her own evolving Jewish identity ehanged by what she heard. During the evening, Ms. Pogrebin will also moderate a eon- versation about Jewish identity among distin guished members of the Charlotte Jewish eom munity. Several members of the 2016 Main Event ON ‘31101NVH0 80ZI #imhJ3d aivd 3Dvisod s n aisidSdd Flost Committee were asked, “If you had the opportunity to inter view a eelebrity about his/her Jewish identity, who would it be?” “Jon Stewart,” said Julie Shef- fer. “On his show, he often refer- eneed (and poked fun at) his Jewish baekground, so I would be eurious to learn how his Jewish values infiueneed his politieal views.” Leon Golynsky would inter view Larry David. “It would be interesting to learn how his Jewish baekground eontributed to his eomedie talent.” Jennifer Golynsky would like to interview Supreme Court Jus tiee Ruth Bader Ginsberg. “ I’d like to know what it’s like to have sueh an effeet on national publie poliey and how it is to work in a male dominated environment.” Jodi and Stuart Cohen would pose the following question to any Jewish celebrity: “Generally being Jewish can be known to have negative implications ... in your case, have you had any pos itive effects?” “Michael Bloomberg,” said Jen Schwartz, “so I could try to con vince him to run for president.” “Music is meaningful to me and I like to associate artists with the connections their life experi ences have had on the music they make,” said Debra Van Glish. “So, I would love to interview (Continued on page 3) Stars Da\ id I' > r r: It E II 1 > Advocacy and Social Justice Now Have a Place in Charlotte The Story of The Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University p9}S9nb9}J 90IAJ9S oBuBqQ 9ZZ8Z ON ‘moiJeqo ZU# 9}inS ‘PSOd aouapiAOJd 1009 By Amy Krakovitz There is a parable used by so cial activists: A villager saw a stranger thrashing in the current of the nearby river. Without stop ping to think, the villager jumped into the river and pulled the stranger to safety. Soon a schedule of lifeguards was established and every few days another villager would save another stranger and be hailed as a local hero. As more and more resources were devoted to rescues, finally someone stood up and said, “Maybe we should travel upstream and see why so many people are falling in the river.” So it is with Jews volun teering in the community. We can line the proverbial river with lifeguards, pulling out strangers who fall into the current of hard times. But we can also travel up stream, enlisting our syna gogues to advocate for changes that will prevent these accidents. And so it is in solving prob lems through social justice. As Rabbi Judy Schindler says, “There’s a spectrum of problem solving in social justice. From using your voice to call attention to something to ‘moving up stream’ and dealing directly with cause. ... We hope The Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens Univer sity will present opportunities to the people and organizations to solve these problems.” The Stan Greenspon Center will open in July 2016 and the story of its creation is one of co operation, understanding, profes sionalism, and serendipity. Without the collaboration of agen cies and professionals on Shalom Park, as well as a fortuitous align ment of events, it might never have come to be. Passionate About the Holocaust The spark of the Center itself one might say began as long as 30 Maureen O ’Keefe and Stan Greenspon years ago, when Stan Greenspon first heard about the Flolocaust. “Growing up in North Carolina,” he explains, “I never knew any thing about it. I didn’t study it in school; I didn’t know anyone who talked about it. ... When I finally heard about it, the sheer numbers shook me to the core. It was as tonishing. I have been captivated by it ever since.” This “captivation” has mani fested itself in Greenspon as a de sire to do something about the way people think that could allow such things to happen. Enter now, Talli Dippold, who, at the time, was Director of the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library and Resource Center. The library had been fielding an enormous num ber of calls and requests from scholars and educators for Flolo caust resources, a demand that the library at the time found difficult to fulfill. Because of her back ground as the granddaughter of Flolocaust survivors, Dippold was passionate about anything Flolocaust related. She had visited Eastern Europe and witnessed the devastating trail of death that included concentration camps, mass graves, and ghettoes. She was a member of the North Carolina State Council for the Flolocaust, where she chaired the committee that created The Suitcase Proj ect, a traveling exhibit that contains resources, arti facts, stories, pictures, and more. But what the callers were looking for seemed like more. Sue Worrel, the Executive Di rector of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, says, “These educators and students were seek ing more about Flolocaust studies; they needed resources to strengthen and develop their own education and curricula.” Commissioning a Study Worrel contacted Greenspon, who she knew aspired to make a meaningful impact against hate (Continued on page 17)

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