Is the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians a tragic dispute over land, part of a global battle against Islamist terror, or both?

Two well-known Jewish journalists — one on the political right, the other on the left — will debate that question and others about the future of Israel, for the JCRC Fall Lecture as part of our Israel @ 70 festivities on Sunday, October 15.

It is universally accepted that if you get two Jews in the same room, you’re going to hear three opinions. At the same time, though, the Talmud records numerous disagreements between the sages Shammai and Hillel, describing them as disagreements for the sake of heaven. Jews with dramatically different points of view have some core disagreements. That can make for a lot of heat. But thankfully, it can also make for a lot of generative, rewarding conversations.

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Join us for a special afternoon with the Levine JCC Butterfly Project. We will begin in the Margaret & Lou Schwartz Butterfly Garden to dedicate the completed work on the sculpture, followed by a screening of the movie NOT the Last Butterfly, the inspiring tale of The Butterfly Project, a grass roots art and education initiative that memorializes the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust through global displays of ceramic butterflies.

Sunday, October 15

3:30- 5 PM

Sam Lerner Center for Cultural Arts

Free … but please register at LJCC’s Customer Service Desk

Questions? Call Lori Semel, 704-944-6833,

For the fourth time in five years, the Charlotte Torah Center sponsored a one of a kind women’s trip to Israel. It was part of the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP), an international organization dedicating to empowering women in every area of their lives. We left on June 26th and met up with over 400 women from 25 cities throughout North America and South Africa. All of us were a bit nervous about leaving our husbands and children at home. Would they survive without us for nine days? As for us, we were traveling 6,000 miles away to a foreign country that, according to the news and much social media, is a hotbed of peril and unrest. Why were we embarking on this journey? Would we discover about our homeland—and ourselves? The JWRP mission is bold and unambiguous: “To empower women to change the world through Jewish values that transform… Continue reading