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The Charlotte JEWISH *^NEWS
Vol. 6 No. 10
Charlotte, North Carolina
November, 1984
Paul Cowan To Highlight
Jewish Book Month
The Jewish Community
Center, B’nai B’rith and the
Charlotte Jewish Federation
are cosponsoring a series of
lecture programs for the com
munity. The first lecture is
part of the celebration of
Jewish Book Month. The
series will feature another
event some time this winter
and one also in the spring.
Author Paul Cowan will be
the guest speaker on
November 15, 8 p.m. at Tem
ple Beth El. His address will
focus on the subjects of
Jewish identity and Jewish
renewal.
Born in 1940, Paul Cowan
grew up on Manhattan’s East
side, living “among Jewish
WASPS.” His father, the
president of CBS-TV, and his
mother, a descendant of the
founders of the Speigel mail
order house, considered
themselves completely
assimilated and never discuss
ed their Jewish heritage. As a
result, Mr. Cowan, who at
tended Choate and Harvard,
was unaware that he was real
ly descended from rabbis. The
death of his parents in 1976
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Paul Cowan
sparked the search for his
roots chronicled in AN OR
PHAN IN HISTORY.
He and his wife, Rachel, a
convert to Judaism, conduct
workshops for interfaith
couples, their parents and
their children, and are current
ly at work on a book about
their findings. He lives with
his family in Manhattan,
where he founded the Havurah
School for Jewish education.
Tickets can be purchased for
this lecture at the door or in
advance from the Jewish Com
munity Center at $3 for
adults, $1 for those under 18.
Key
’85 Men’s
Superior Sunday-Nov, 18
From early morning until
late evening, teams of
dedicated volunteers will be
welcomed into donors' homes
where they will personally
thank the donors for past sup
port emd discuss the issues,
needs, and the donors’ 1985
commitment.
“This is our 2nd
SUPERIOR SUNDAY,” says
chair, Simon Estroff. “Last
year those we visited learned
that we keep our promise of
just one half hour of their
time. They also discovered
how much can be shared, in
that short time, between peo
ple who are committed to the
quality of Jewish life.”
Eyents Spark
Division Campaign
Medical/Dental/Health Event
Nov. 18
Dr. Julius Levy, surgeon, of
New Orleans will be the
featured speaker at this 2nd
Annual Dinner. Dr. Levy, na
tional cochair of the United
Together We Are...On WTVI
Wednesday evening, Nov
ember 21, 9:30 p.m., WTVI,
Channel 42, will present a half
hour special on the Founda
tion Community Project.
Over four months in the
making, the film features
representatives of each of the
institutions along with com
munity lay and professional
leadership. Together, they
weave the recent history of
Charlotte Jewry and how the
project came into being.
“Making the program was a
fascinating undertaking,” said
Mrs. Ellen Doyle, WTVI pro
ducer of the show. “All the
people we interviewed were so
committed and so clear in their
ideas that the script practical
ly wrote itself.”
The final product will also
show the present institutions,
children involved in current
programs and schools, and a
dream sequence contrasting
the visions and expectations
of campers from the JCC with
the current site as it appears
under construction.
Those interviewed for the
first half hour special include:
Alvin Levine, Mark Perlin,
Jerry Levin, Rabbi Richard
Rocklin, Rabbi Harold Krantz-
ler, Marvin Bienstock, Her
man Blumenthal, Harry
Swimmer, Peggy Gartner,
Harry Lemer, Harold Joseph-
son, Mark Bernstein, Morris
Speizman and Bill Gorelick.
Although each interview
and the shooting of scenes at
the site and the institutions
took almost seven hours of
film, the footage not used in
the program will not be lost.
WTVI has made arrange
ments for all its footage to be
copied and given to the Foun
dation fOT preservation as part
of the community archives.
Already in those archives are
priceless films made by Lloyd
Scher of the events in the life
of the Project including: The
original planting of fig trees on
the site, signing of the joint
venture agreements, the JCC
fire and the groundbreaking
on the site.
After it is shown as a
premier on WTVI, the pro
gram will be made available to
the National Jewish Television
Network for showing around
the country.
“We have learned valuable
lessons here in how any group
of farsighted, diverse,
autonymous institutions can
work and build together to
mutual benefit,” says Alvin
Levine, Foundation President.
“And WTVI has given us a
way to share this knowledge
with the world.”
Jewish Appeal Campaign
Cabinet, will have just return
ed from his 12th mission to
Israel.
Lawyers Event-Nov. 8
The speaker at this 2nd an
nual gathering is Professor
Sherman Cohen of Washing
ton, D.C. Dr. Cohen is presi
dent of the American Section
of the International Associa
tion of Jewish Lawyers and
Jurists. His topic will be
“Judaism and the Law.”
Super Sunday-Dee. 2
Now in its fourth year.
Super Sunday, under the
cochairs of Larry Gerber,
Frank Rosen, Wendy Rosen
and Linda Binnick, brings
together both Men’s and
Women’s Divisions tmd 70-*-
volunteers in a 12-hour-day of
more than 1100 phone calls.
Last year this mammoth
undertaking raised $44,000, an
increase of $17,000 over 1983.
For 1985 the goal has been set
at $60,000.
Major Gifts Dinner-Dee. 15
Donors of $1800+ will
gather for this eighth annual
event honoring a community
leader. This year, the event is
cloaked in secrecy.
“Hold the date!,” says Stan
Greenspon, Federation Presi
dent.” WTien the details are
released for this most unusual
evening, it will cause a sensa
tion. All we can say now is
that the plans are in keeping
with the unique qualities of
the honoree.”
$160,000 Already Raised
To Start Off Campaign
Ron Katz, Chair of the
Men’s General Campaign, an
nounced that the Fly-In held
October 2, raised $142^000
from 15 contributors who per
sonally came to the Adam’s
Mark and stayed from
breakfast through dinner.
Ron Katz
General Campaign Chrmn.
Richard Klein
Major Gifts Chrmn.
There they met with Israeli at
torney Akivah Baum, New
Orleans surgeon Julius Levy
and Charlotte’s campaign
leaders including Richard A.
Klein, Stan Greenspon, Harry
Lerner and the host for the
event, Ralph Kier.
The balance of the contribu
tions already in have come
from participants on Missions,
attendees at the National UJA
Young Leadership Cabinet,
and members of the communi
ty who have come forward
with their pledges because, as
one said, “this is the time of
year for good beginnings.”
In The News
Acadomy 5-6
Book Review 16
Bulletin Board 18
Candlelighting 2
Comnnunity Calendar 19
Editorials 2
Padaratlon 10
JCC 7
Lubavitcher Rebbe 9
Recipes 19
Social Service 6
This 'n That 8
World Beat 4
"To Life"
Jewish Book Month
'SSi aiy 10s.
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