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Permit No. 1208
Vol. 4 No. 2
Charlotte, N.C.
February 1982
Tu B^Shvat Celebration
The Foundation will be holding
its first community event on the
Providence Road side of the Pro
ject site, and you are urged to at
tend. It will be in commoration of
Tu B’Shvat (Jewish Arbor Day) on
Sunday, Feb. 7, from 11 a.m. to 12
noon.
Tu B’Shvat is a time for renewal
and a time for beginning. The
highlight of the brief program will
be the planting of two fig trees at
the front of the property. Between
the trees will be the location for the
eventual sign identifying the Pro
ject. We hope to have a sign which
will incorporate a living grape vine
thus reminding us of the Biblical
lesson:
“Everyone neath their vine and
fig tree shall live in peace, and none
shall make them afraid." (Isaah)
All our religious school children
will be joining us. We do hope your
family will participate in this
memorable first event.
Rain/Snow date is February 14.
Schedule of Events
11-11:15 a.m. Arrival on the Foun
dation site with parking arranged
along Providence Road.
1. Children attending Temple
Israel will be picked up early by
parents and brought to the site.
2. First session children at Tem
ple Beth El will be brought by bus
to the site. Parents should meet
them there at 11:15, attend the pro
gram and then take first session
children home.
3. Second session Beth El
students will be brought to the site
by parents. Parents should remain.
Children, following the program.
will go to Beth El by bus and be
picked up there, as usual, by
parents at the regular time.
4. Those children who attend the
Academy, Temple Israel Hebrew
School (but not on Sunday) and
those who attend Beth Shalom are
invited and encouraged, to come
with their parents to the program.
11:15 a.m. Welcome and remarks by
the Rabbis.
11:30 a.m. Planting of the two fig
trees. All those present arie invited
to add soil to the planting of the
trees.
11:45 a.m. Departure.
Super Sunday
ON SUPER SUNDAY 51 VOLUNTEERS COMPLETED 683 CALLS. THE GRAND
TOTAL RAISED WAS $44,632.50! THIS FIGURE REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF
$11,700 OVER LAST YEAR FROM THE SAME CONTRIBUTORS. PICTURED ABOVE
ARE SUPER SUNDAY COCHAIRPERSON, STU SCHWARTZ CONGRATULATING
VOLUNTEER MIKE SCHREIBMAN WHO OBTAINED THE LARGEST SINGLE
PLEDGE. ALSO SHOWN IS PHYLLIS (MRS. STU) SCHWARTZ WHO DELIVERED
DINNER FOR THE WORKERS.
“Hold Onto Your Shoes — It*s
The KlezmorUn,
Temple Israel
Plans Special
Weekend
The first Ben Adam or
Mensch Award sponsored by
Temple Israel will be
. presented on Friday even
ing. February 19 at Shabbat
services. The entire com
munity is invited to join in
on this occasion; a beautiful
O'neg Shabbat will be held
directly after services.
The Saturday night dinner
has been cancelled.
Coming
in April
Special Edition
r~ In The News
Acad«myNews p. 5
Book Review p. 10
Bulletin Board p. 14
Calendar p. 16
Candlelii^ting p. 2
CltMified Adt p. 16
Editorials p. 2
FortheR«cord p. 3
LubavitcherRebbe ..p. 2
Random Thoughts... p. 3
Thif’nThat p. 5
World Beat p. 4
Super Sunday
Review ... p«o«i
Federation
News Paget
The Klezmorim, a musical
group which plays a special
kind of Jewish music that
dates back to Eastern
Europe of the 16th century,
will be appearing at Spirit
Square on April 18 at 8:15
p.m. This performance will
be sponsored through the
cooperation of Temple Beth
El, Temple Beth Shalom,
Temple Israel, Federation,
JCC and the Hebrew
Academy. The $7 tickets
may be obtained at any of
the Temples, the Academy or
the JCC.
Sergei Prokofiev, New
Orleans Jazz, Kurt Weill,
Benny Goodman, George
Gershwin and Betty Boop
soundtracks have one thing
in common — all were in
fluenced by klezmer music.
A Yiddish folk tradition
which flourished for cen
turies throughout Eastern
Europe, klezmer music was
renowned for its unorthodox
tonalities, complex ornamen
tation, and wildly interlock
ing rhythms. Immigrant
musicians brought klezmer
music to the New World at
the turn of the century where
it exchanged influences with
ragtime and vaudeville to
become an important
historical component of
American jazz and popular
music. Klezmer music — it’s
been underground for 50
years. Now it’s back!
Though often unschooled,
the klezmorim frequently
reached extraordinary
heights of virtuosity. These
musicians, making music on
whatever battered in
struments they could get
hold of, travelled from town
to town entertaining at
cabarets, weddings, fairs
and festivals. Serving as a
cultural bridge between the
ghetto and the world outside.
they amalgamated the tunes
collected on their travels into
their own distinctive musical
idiom. Wedded to Yiddish
folk tunes and Jewish can-
torial tradition are waltzes
from the Austro-Hungarian
Empire, military marches
from the Czar’s army band,
and rhapsodic solo im
provisations inspired by
Gypsy fiddlers whom the
klezmorim met in their
travels.
Klezmorim played by ear,
passing, down modes and
melodies from generation to
generation. It is not surpris
ing that they seldom wrote
down their tunes - conven
tional musical notation can
not do justice to the unor
thodox tonalities, complex
ornamentations and crazily-
interlocking rhythms of
klezmer music.
(Continued on Page 13)
Project Update
In December of 1980, the
Foundation Board retained
architects to prepare possi
ble site plans. At the same
time, the Board became
aware that, in addition to the
Beth El property 124 acres)
and the 17 adjoining acres
being donated by a group of
Jewish businessmen, an ad
jacent parcel of 13 acres
might Tje available ^or pur
chase.
The architects were asked
to include this additional 13
acres in their considerations.
They did so, and they
reported to the Board that, in
their opinion, this additioal
land was essential in order to
fulfill the needs of the Pro
ject at the most reasonable
cost for construction.
The Board accepted the ar
chitects’ report and authoriz
ed them to draw up the site
plan to include the 13 acres.
At the same time, the Board
began negotiations to obtain
this land. Of necessity, these
negotiations had to be con
ducted as unobtrusively as
possible.
In September, your reac
tions told the Board how
pleased you were with the ar
chitects’ preliminary site
plan which included this ad
ditional acreage.
Negotiations have been
successfully completed and
the Foundation has purchas
ed the property from Dr. B.
W. Armstrong, prominent
Charlotte physician and
founder of the Charlotte
Eye, Ear and throat
Hospital. Included on this
land area is a small lake and
the doctor's home.
Our most recent ac-
(Continued on Page 5)
366-0358
is the number for
Federation
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