Thursday, April 27, Temple Beth-El

The Spring Lecture is the signature campaign and outreach event benefiting the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte’s Women Division and the 2017 Annual Campaign. This multigenerational event brings together over 300 women for an inspiring and entertaining evening. Our past speakers have included bestselling author Jennifer Weiner and TV personalities Jill Zarin and Lisa Wexler from The Real Housewives of New York.

This year’s Spring Lecture will feature bestselling author Alice Hoffman. Hoffman, is the prolific author of thirty works of fiction, including The Marriage of Opposites, The Dovekeeprs and the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth. She is a master at forging miracles from the quotidian and the ordinary. While she explores life’s common struggles—people living in small towns in Massachusetts or Long Island puzzling through essential questions about relationships and intimacy, family and identity, love and survival—she sets her tales in a… Continue reading

Join the Shalom Park Freedom School (SPFS) for a screening of Underwater Dreams, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio and narrated by actor Michael Pena, on Thursday, May 4, from 7-9 PM, at the Sam Lerner Center for Cultural Arts. The film chronicles the inspirational story of four teenage boys, sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants, who entered a sophisticated underwater robotics competition, going up against the likes of engineering powerhouse MIT – and winning.

“The stories in this film are incredibly timely and speak to the mission of the Shalom Park Freedom School – that every child, no matter their background, deserves opportunities to reach their potential and experiences that ignite their passion for learning,” says SPFS Co-chair Lisa Garfinkle. SPFS serves 80 economically disadvantaged children every summer in our community, working to close the literacy achievement gap with a six-week literacy and character-building summer program. The scholars are… Continue reading

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By Inbal Ozeri

Two of the most significant days in Israel are coming up: the saddest day of the year and the happiest day. One followed by the other. These two days are attached not just by timing, but also by meaning. The two days are Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day in Israel) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day).

Independence Day, a day to celebrate the establishment of the Jewish state, comes right after Israel’s Memorial Day, a day to thank and remember the soldiers who gave their life for us to be able to enjoy and have this amazing Jewish state. It commemorates Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Starting the evening before with a national ceremony, memorial ceremonies are held everywhere throughout the day. Every school, city, and town has a ceremony, remembering its graduates or citizens who lost their lives.

Usually for every fallen… Continue reading