Charlotte Jewish Film Festival Fall Flicks will present two films and a special guest. First, on Saturday, October 26, at 7:15 PM, there will be a screening of Surviving Birkenau: The Susan Spatz Story, in Gorelick Hall. Tickets are $8 and are available at

On Sunday evening, along with a showing of Crossing Delancey, the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival will have as its special guest Peter Riegert, star of Crossing Delancey, Animal House, Local Hero, and many other films and television shows.

As a lead up to his arrival in Charlotte, Riegert spoke with The Charlotte Jewish News about his life and career. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

The majority of your roles have been playing obviously Jewish characters, yet each some seems so different from the others. How do you feel about portraying Jews and where do you get the inspiration to make… Continue reading

By Marissa Brooks

When Adrienne Gold Davis’ children were little, they loved to go the wrong way on the “down” escalators. If her children walked up, they hardly moved. If they stood still, they were carried to the bottom. “They had to run against the downward trajectory in order to get to the top,” wrote Gold Davis in an email.

Using those observations as a metaphor for growth, Gold Davis wrote, “If we are not actively choosing growth, meaning, and purpose, we lose even the level we are at.”

The dynamic, energetic, inspirational and international speaker Adrienne Gold Davis will be in Charlotte on October 27 to share her extraordinary words of wisdom in a lecture entitled “Up the Down Escalator: Maximizing


Before becoming an international speaker and trip leader for the highly subsidized women’s trips to Israel run by the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP), now Momentum, Gold… Continue reading

On Thursday evening, October 17 from 7-8:30 PM, in Gorelick Hall, Health Educator and Motivational Speaker, Scott Fried, will be speaking about “The ABC’s of GenZ Parenting – A Survival Guide for Raising Post Millennials.” The event is free and open to all parents in the community. Scott Fried has been a guest speaker for teens and parents in both BBYO and Hebrew High for the past twenty years. His talk offers specific ideas and techniques on parenting a teenager through this difficult time of adolescent against and their experiences as they travel through the stages of their teenage years. Scott always gets rave reviews from both teens and parents – mark your calendar for this incredible event.