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The Charlotte Jewish news. (Charlotte, N.C.) 19??-current, February 01, 2016, Image 1

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An Affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte A Vol. 38, No. 2 Shevat-Adar I 5776 February 2016 Through Federation You Can Do Good Everywhere from Anywhere 2016 Main Event Inspires Phiianthropy The Main Event, whieh is the offieial kiek-off to the Jewish Federation’s 2016 Campaign, was held Thursday, Deeember 17, 2015. Main Event ehair Larry Sehwartz weleomed over 400 people to the event whieh featured guest speaker Abigail Pogrebin, author of Stars of David: Jewish Identity in the 21st Century. After sharing her personal story, Ms. Pogrebin skillfully interviewed Charlotte’s own “Stars of David” - Larry Sehwartz, Holly Levinson, and Alan Kronovet. The audienee was absorbed in the personal stories they shared - Larry about his grandparents who survived the Holoeaust, Holly about finding her spiritual home within the Jewish eommunity, and Alan about his experienee growing up in Charlotte’s Jewish eommunity. Larry, Holly, and Alan eaeh linked their Jewish identity to their passion for the Jewish Federation and the great work Main event chair, Larry Schwartz; guest speaker, Abigail Pogre bin; Federation president Holly Levinson; and campaign chair, Alison Lerner Amy Vitner, Jennifer Collman, Valorie Bronstone, and Julie Rizzo it does throughout the loeal and worldwide Jewish eom munity. The audienee responded generously and pledged over $285,000 toward Federation’s 2016 Campaign goal of $3,700,000. The amount pledged was the highest amount in Main Event history. ^ Photos courtesy of ArtShots Photography For more photos from the Main Event, please turn to page 2 . Amy DeLoach and Cheryl Alley Support Teens: Wear OranQe on February 9 Teens: Attend “Forward4 Love” Event at Label on February 12 Everyone wants healthy and respeetful relationships for their kids. But violent, sexist messages in musie, the arts, sports, and games, eombined with the amount of teehnology now in the hands of teens, ean make that a tough goal. “Respeet Week,” February 8- 12, is being eelebrated during Teen Dating Violenee Awareness Month to eneourage teens to ere- atively advoeate for and promote healthy relationships. The Na tional Youth Advisory Board for loveisrespeet sponsors this na tional event and has made avail able a guide for teens offering information and adviee on every thing from using soeial media to awareness displays, pep rallies, t-shirt eontests, ehalking, posters, and ways to engage their sehools. Onee again this year the Jew ish Federation of Greater Char lotte and its affiliated ageneies are ON ‘31101NVHO 80ZI- #imN3d aivd 3ovisod s n aisidSdd pafsanba^j aoiAias aBueqj 9ZZ8Z ON ‘mopeqo ZU# mins ‘peo^ aouapiAOJd ZOOS joining forees to promote this ef fort. They are eneouraging every one to wear #orange41ove on Tuesday, February 9, and to at tend the free eommunity event on February 12 at Label. “We all want to see young peo ple have safe and healthy rela tionships,” says Stephanie Starr, Direetor of Jewish Family Serv- iees. “The reality is one in three young people will experienee abuse in their relationships, with 16 to 24 year olds eonsidered most of risk. What more impor tant work is there for us as Jews than promoting and helping se- eure healthy relationships for our youth and all young people,” she eoneluded. On Friday, February 12, join with our entire loeal eommunity and stand up and be eounted while having fun at the “Forward 4 Love” free event for youth and their families from 5-7 PM at Label. Our “eall to aetion” will be made with musie, free food from Pinky’s, and raffle prizes. Winners of the photo eontest, for those who posted pietures on soeial media using #TDVAelt of their projeets wearing orange ere- atively or with the most likes/shares, will be awarded prizes, ineluding dinners at loeal restaurants. Wateh the website for loeal updates on the photo eontest and events and to aeeess the Guide, and /teendvmonth nationally for in formation on Respeet Week. Questions and how to get in volved? Contaet Melissa. Siegel- BarrosiSjmeeklenburgeounty- or Marsha Stiekler at Spread the message #Orange4Love and help all of us to remember that love has many definitions, but abuse isn’t one of them.^ Teens at last year's annual youth event One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexnal, emotional, or verbal abnse from a dating partner, a fignre that far exceeds rates of other types of yontb violence. 30% of teens are text-messaged 10 to 30 times an bonr by tbeir partners asking where they are, who they are with, what they are doing. Nearly of them commnnicate honrly between midnight and 5 AM. One in five girls electronically sends nnde or semi-nnde photos or videos. 37% send sexnally snggestive texts. One in five recipients shares the photos or videos. In a 2009 snrvey, 3 ont of 4 parents said they had talked abont healthy relationships with their kids. The majority of kids said no one had talked abont abnse. Learn how yon can at or

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