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The Charlotte ‘DEWISH =NEWS
Vol. 6 No. 1
Charlotte, North Carolina
January, 1984
JCC Winter Class Schedule
Pages 9, 10. 11, 12, & 13
Ground Broken For
Community Project
Scott Edlein, Dr. Jon Bregman and Heath Prior start off the
ceremony with the call of the shofar.
Super Sunday
Soars To $44^000
Over $44,000 was pledged
on 1984 Super Sunday,
December 4, by 634 donors.
This was an increase of
$17,000 over the 1983 Super
Sunday. The number of donors
was also up by 137. Among
these responding so generous
ly were 159 new donors.
‘‘Super Sunday is far from
over, even now,” said Wendy
Rosen, one of the three
Women’s Division co-chairs
for the event. “Workers have
been following up, by phone
and by mail, those we were
unable to reach that day and
the results have brought the
total close to $50,000.” .
Almost 50 volunteers (see
photo feature page 14) worked
from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. By the
end of the day the pledges had
all been entered into the
Federation’s new computor
and acknowledgements had
been mailed to every contri
butor.
Geri Lit, Federation compt
roller, reports that 185 respon
ses were returned in the mail
in the first 10 days. Of these,
80% included full payment of
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Women*s Division To Host
SpeaKer From Greece
On Wed., Jan. 25th, the
Women’s Division of the
Charlotte Jewish Federation
will present a unique program
featuring Lydia Eskanazi
from Athens, Greece. Mrs.
Eskanazi, who heads the Joint
Distribution Committee in
Athens, will enlighten the
Charlotte Conununity about
the activities of the “Joint,”
and brings a special perspec
tive, as a survivor of the
Holocaust.
The Joint Distribution Com
mittee, supported by the
United Jewish Appeal, pro
vides a wide range of health,
welfare, rehabilitation, educa
tion and cultural services for
Jews around the world, in
cluding Israel. Through the
years, the “Joint” has
To the piercing sound of the
shofar, the Presidents of the
participating institutions
turned the first shovels of
earth for the new community
Education-Recreation facility.
The day had been called, in
the flyer, “a history making
event.” In the estimation of
those who attended, and some
400-500 were present, it lived
up to that claim.
Despite threatening clouds
bunched overhead, by 1 pm, a
half hour ahead of sch^ule,
the cars began to arrive at the
assembly point. L/yng lines
quickly formed as people hur
ried to sign the guest book and
to inscribe their family’s
names on clay tablets to be
fired and placed in the com
pleted facility.
' Promptly at 2 pm the band
from East Mecklenberg High
School struck up a lively
melody and marched out
across and down Providence
Road followed by two antique
autos carrying state, county,
city and Jewish community
dignitaries. They were follow
ed by the WBT Fun Bus and
Dinner To Honor Brothers
Senator Joseph Biden to Speak
On Saturday evening, Feb.
4, the Men’s 1984 F^edera-
tion/UJA Campaign wiU honor
the community work and ef
forts of Shelton and William
Gorelick. To be held at the new
Marriott Hotel on 1-77, the
evening will feature a speech
by Delaware Democratic Sena
tor Joseph Biden. The evening
is open to all donors to the
Men’s Campaign of $1200 or
above.
Honorary Chairman for the
evening, Alvin E. Levine,
foresees a great response,
“The Gorelicks have touched
so many facets of the com-
distributed approximately
$1200 million in over 70 coun
tries so that individual Jews
and Jewish communities
might survive. The very
young and the very old are the
most vulnerable members of
these societies and are the
ones most helped by the ac- ■
tivities of the “Joint.”
Charlotte is privileged to
hear Mrs. Eskanazi, as this is
the first time in recent years
the impcxtant programs of the
“Joint” have been presented
to community.
This prograi.:: ’s ^n to any
woman making a I^^’iJ^ution
to the 1984 Women’^Dirkion
campaign and invitations will
be forthcoming. Remember
the date - Jan. 25th.
'iX
Lydia Eskanazi
In The News —
Together We*ve Begun
P. 20
Academy News....- p. 5
Bar/Bat Mitzrahs- —p.l8
Book Review p. 8
Bulletin Board..~..~~...~~....p.l8
Oalendar p»l 9
Clasilfled....- p.l9
JCC Classes
p.9, 10, 11, 12, 13
* L..!*2vitcher Rebbe.............p. 7
Recipes p. 15
munity with their leadership
and support, that this should
be a momentous occasion.”
“This evening should be the
culmination of the Men’s 1984
Campaign,” said Stan Greens-
pon, Federation President and
1984 Major Gifts Chairman.
“With a successful Super Sun
day and extensive campaign
ing during December and
January, I look forward to an
nouncing a total in keeping
with our growing community
and our sense of responsibili
ty to the needs of Jews in
Israel and around the world.”
Joseph R. Biden, Jr., was
born in Scranton, Penn
sylvania, on November 20,
1942. He is a graduate in
history and political science
from the University of Dela
ware and received his law
degree from the Syracuse
University School of Law. He
was elected to the United
States Senate in 1972 and re
elected in 1978.
Since he was first elected to
the United States Senate in
1972, Joseph R. Biden, Jr., the
Democratic junior Senator
from Delaware has been close
ly associated with issues in
volving U.S. policy for the
Middle East, and he has been
one of the strongest support
ers in the Congress of the
American commitment to
Israel.
A member of the Foreign
Relations Committee since the
beginning of his first term in
the Senate, Senate Biden has
traveled widely in the Middle
East, including Israel. Uhiring
his nine years in the Senate, he
has met with most of the
heads of state in the Middle
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hundreds of participants car
rying blue and white balloons.
As the parade turned up Jef
ferson Drive it was greeted by
the residents who stood in
their driveways cheering it on
and then joined in with the
marchers.
At the corner of the former
“Armstrong Drive” a new
sign proudly proclaimed
“Shalom.” Alvin E. Levine,
Foundation President and
Master of Ceremonies,
repeated that word as soon as
the last of the marchers had
gathered at the groundbreak
ing site overlooking a small
pond and central area of the 54
acre tract.
“We had arranged for a
skywriter to spell “Shalom”
over our heads,” said Levine
looking up at threatening
skies, “so I ask you to imagine
those letters floating graceful
ly in the air because, truly,
over this site and this under
taking there is a mantle of
peace and welcome.”
Levine then called on Dr.
Jon Bregman, Scott Edlein
and Heath Prior to begin the
afternoon with the “mighty
sound of the Shofar.” Edlein is
a high school student and
Prior is 9 years old. Between
the three they sustained the
unique sound and sent it echo
ing across the water.
The invocation was given by
Rabbi Richard Rocklin of
Temple Israel. Accompained
by the East Mecklenberg
band. Rabbi Harold Krantzler
of Temple Beth El led the sing
ing of the national anthem and
Hatikvah.
Levin read letters of con
gratulations from the Council
of Jewish Federations who
called the Project “Un-
precented” and from Governor
Hunt who said in part, “This
facility will be a marvelous
focal point for the cultural,
civic, ^ucational and religious
life of the Jewish community.
I am very proud of what all of
you have accomplished, and I
look forward to visiting the
center.”
A telex from the Jewish
community of Caracas,
Venezuela referred to the
warm reception given their
youth in a visit to Charlotte
several years back and went to
say, “As you advance toward
the fulfillment of your dreams,
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