xt72bv79w056 https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt72bv79w056/data/mets.xml Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass Kentucky Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass 1978-09-25 Newsletter of the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass, previously named the Central Kentucky Jewish Association and Central Kentucky Jewish Federation. The Federation seeks to bring Jewish community members together through holiday parties, lectures, Yiddish courses, meals, and other celebrations of Jewish heritage and culture. They also host fundraisers and provide financial assistance for Jews in need, both locally and around the world. newsletters  English Yiddish Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass  Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information regarding rights and use of this collection. Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass records Jews -- Kentucky -- Lexington Jews -- History Central Kentucky Jewish Association newsletter, September 25, 1978, volume 2 issue 1 text Central Kentucky Jewish Association newsletter, September 25, 1978, volume 2 issue 1 1978 1978-09-25 2020 true xt72bv79w056 section xt72bv79w056 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 1 SEPTEMBER 25, 1978




In describing the purposes of the CKJA our organization By-Laws state in part ”one; and

to provide financial assistance to the State fo Israel, Jewish people in all countries and
selected charities ” Throughout many years it had been the practice in Central Kentucky to
allocate a portion of the money collected in the Annual UJA Drive to a selected group of
charities, designated as Federated Charitiesa The percentage of collected monies so allo-
cated varied somewhat from year to year, and in recent years was approximately 15%, The
CKJA has carried on this tradition, designating in the budget a portion of funds collected
in the HDHHGI Fund Raising Drive to a category initially called Other Jewish Charities.

Tho mflfllmi so designated from the first CKJA Annual Fund Raising Drive, I977, have now been
allocated; a total of $25,8lk was allocated to Other Charities, representing, as in past
years, about 15k of income from the drive. The complete list of these allocations is
printed elsewhere in this newslettero

Eel Lilflfl of recipients and designation of amounts was not a simple tasks First, after
CViLflHIVG discussion, the Board of Directors developed a set of guidelines, indicating the
procedures for allocation and the kinds of potential recipients. A copy of these guidelines
may be obtained by writing to the CKJAD In brief summary, the following kinds of activities
and organirations should be considered for allocation: organizations with national Jewish
activities; Israeli organizations; and Hillel at U.Ko Funds may also be used to support
Jewish non—profit groups providing a service to our community, non-Jewish or non-sectarian
organizations, and institutions supported by governmental (non-Israeli) entitiesn No capi-
tal or opwrating funds should be provided to the parent organization of any of our repre-
sented organizations or to the represented organization itselfo

Thv Budget Committee of the CKJA will solicit suggestions from the Jewish community and
develou recommendations for allocations of Other Charities moniesn Fund allocation will be
by the CKJA Board of Directors. Support of programs, activities, and organizations such as
those to which we have allocated funds is an important and continuing responsibility of our
Jewish community“ As in other aspects of CKJA activity, we invite and encourage your active
participation, If you wish to make a suggestion concerning Other Charities allocations
notify any member of the Budget Committee or the CKJA Board of Directors.

Charles we Gorodetzky
President, CKJA



 Ben Gurion University 3,000.00
Camp Young Judaea (Michigan) 1,500.00
Hebrew Theological College 200.00
Hebrew Theological College Library 200.00
Hillel of the University of Kentucky 500.00
H.U.C. Alumni Chair 500.00
HanC. Year in Israel 500.00
Jewish Braille Institute 300.00
Jewish Chautauqua Society 500.00
Jewish Welfare Board 500.00
Joint Cultural Appeal (Amer. Jewish Historical Soc.) 500.00
Lexington Public Library 300.00
L.N. Levi Memorial Hospital 500.00
ORT 1,000.00
Synagogue Council of America 500.00
Union Camp Institute (Zionsville) 1,500.00
World Union for Progressive Zionism 500.00




One of the Israeli programs separately supported by UJA donations contributed
through the CKJA is the Ben Gurion University. Dean Eli Aran of that institution has
written to report that these funds have been used this year to provide scholarships for
three students. One, an economics student, is from Argentina. Another, also an economics
student, was born in Poland and immigrated to Israel in 1969. The third recipient is a
geography major who was born in Israel. Her parents were from Holland and Indonesiao

Dean Aran writes: ”We are very proud of our role as a social integrator and are
pleased that you have decided to join forces with us.”



A letter of acknowledgement and thanks has been received from the Midwest Camp Young
Judaea for the recent contribution made by CKJA. The letter states: ”You will be glad to
learn that your donation helped us in the purchase of our new camp van, which we have
affectionately named 'The Lexington Express.'”



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Dear Friends,

A few days ago we were visiited by a group from your community that
at the time were visiting in Israel. Among them was Mr. Steven Caller
who was at that time celebrating his sons Bar—mitzvah in Israel.

Unfortunately we were not informed of their coming visit, and although

I was not personally present in school, they were guided around the
school by Mr. Yitzhak Pahter, one of our teachers. Unfortunately, their
visit fell during the summer vacation and consequently most of the
children were not in school, except for the graduation class who are

now doing their metriculation exams.

I would like to thank you very much for your kind donation to the sum

of $5.514 presented to the Anne Frank Haven during your members visit.

With your permission I would like to put your donation towards helping
equipping the living quarters, by adding individual cupboards above each
child's bed. (I enclose herewith a photograph of such a cupboardin one

of the bedrooms). These cupboards have been found very useful and practical.

We would like very much to strengthen the contact between your association
and our school' so please do not hesitate to let us know if any information
is required.

We would be most happy to accomodate any of your members on any of their
future visits to Israel.

Thanking you sincerely,
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Copy/ Mr. N. Katz. Jerusalem



The Scholarship and Israel Stipend Committee announces the awarding of Israel stipends
to two Central Kentucky teenagers: Lauren Wekstein, daughter of Merle and David Wekstein,
and Larry Barr, son of Barbara and Martin Barr.

Laurie, I6, attended the Young Judaea Summer Course in Israel. This is a AA-day program
sponsored by the Hashachar movement of Hadassah and includes two weeks in Jerusalem, two
weeks on a kibbutz, five days in Tel Aviv and eleven days in the Sinai areao Laurie enjoyed
the home hospitality of Israeli Tsofim and a’sa participated in klbbutz living at Kibbutz

Laurie has been a member of Lexington Young Judaea for five yearso She has been a co-
leader and leader of the Tsofim group and Senior Programmer for Bogrim. Next year she will
serve as Regional Programmer for the Ofarim groups in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. She
attended the Hashachar national convention in Barryville, NY, in August as one of six dele-
gates from the Central States region.

Laurie is a senior at Henry Clay High School where she is active in Student Council and
the German Club. She had her bat mitzvah at Ohavay Zion Synagogue in October, I973, and was
graduated from religious school in May, 1977, Laurie is a life member of Hadassah.

Larry, also Eb, moved to Lexington approximately two years ago from Mahopac, NY. He is
vice president of the Temple Youth Group and a member of Young Judaea where he will be the
co-leader of the Ofarim group when he returns from Israel.

Larry will attend the High School Program in Israel, which is an NFTY-sponsored program.
Although the primary focus of the course is on the history of the area, Larry also expects to
learn about Israel's modern culture and present social aspects. He will spend approximately
six hours a day in class and participate in many field trips.

Larry is a senior at Tates Creek High School. He left Lexington September 3 for Israel
and will return October 29 to resume his studies at Tates Creek.

Both students are enthusiastic about their programs and have volunteered to share their
experiences with the Central Kentucky community upon their return. CKJA feels fortunate to
participate in the enrichment of our community by assisting these two young people in their
pursuit of knowledge of their Jewish heritage and Israeli culture.


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When President Carter announced his plan to sell jet fighter-bombers to Saudi Arabia,
and to tie those sales to jet sales to Israel, a number of unpublicized efforts were mounted
by members of our local Jewish community who contacted our representatives in Washington to
express opposition to the President's decision. Some members of the community thought that
a more coordinated community response was needed and this concern was brought to the atten-
tion of the CKJA Executive Committee. After discussing the various additional efforts that
could be made to let the decision makers aware of our views, the Committee sponsored the
preparation of a letter concerning this ISSUL. That letter was signed by the two rabbis and
by the presidents of the Synagogue, the Temple, Hadassah, B'nai B'rith and the CKJA and was
sent to Senators Ford and Huddleston and Congressman Breckinridge as well as to several other
members of Congress and the Administration. A copy of the letter was mailed to the Jewish
Community with a request that individual letters, cards and mailgrams be sent to Washington
as well.

Although the accelerated timing of the Senate action on the issue caused the vote to
come earlier than we anticipated, many received the CKJA communication in time to be prompted
to send off their own messages to Washington.

Senator Ford voted for the blocking resolution (against the jet sale) and a thank you
letter was later sent to him by the signers of the initial letter. Senator Huddleston did
not participate in the Senate vote on this issue.

We can only speculate as to the impact of our community effort in this matter. Certainly
it did not hurt. Very likely it helped. Perhaps it could have been even more effective. In
any event, the CKJA can serve an important role in assisting our community to make itself
heard on such matters. The Board welcomes suggestions for improving these efforts and en-
courages any member of our community to come forward with such a call for action whenever it
appears to be needed.



The Mailgram Project was instituted by our local B'nai B'rith Lodge several years ago

to assure better communication by our community with our legislative representatives regard-
ing matters of special concern to Jews. Each year, participants in the project individually
pledge $10 to be expended for mailgrams sent to our Congressional delegation and other public
officials concerning issues of vital importance to the Jewish Community. For example, as a
result of the Mailgram Project, several dozen individual mailgrams were sent to Senators Ford
and Huddleston and Congressman Breckinridge in recent months expressing opposition of Central
Kentuckians to the jet sale to Saudi Arabia.

Any member of the Central Kentucky Jewish community can participate in the Mailgram Pro-
ject. For further information, contact Terry Wilson at 277*0979 or Alvin Goldman at 269-6OA9.



A Nominating Committee, chaired by Harriet Cooper, has been designated to submit nomina-
tions to fill the four impending vacancies on the CKJA Board of Directors. In accordance
with the CKJA Constitution, the committee shall make its report at the Board's October meet-
ing, anda copy of the report shall be sent to the membership not less than ten (10) days
prior to the November general meeting of the Association. Additional nominations can be made
in writing at the general meeting if seconded by four members.

The Nominating Committee invites recommendations from the membership. These can be
submitted by contacting Harriet or Ernie Cohen or Alvin Goldman, the other two members of
the Committee.



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How would you like lo make yourself feel real good? It won't cost much money and
there's no pills to take, no diets to follow. And...it only costs an hour and a half 0f
your tine each week”

Meals~on~Whesis is a community program that supplies nutritional hot lunches and suppers
to people in their own homes who cannot shop and cook for themselveso Regular meals are pre-
pared in the kitchens of Gardenside Christian “hurch and the Second Presbyterian Church and
special diets come from the Good Samaritan ‘ ,"tal and are sponsored by Christ the King
Church. The program can be only as large n , volunteer crew that packs and delivers the
meals daily. Unfortunately, the need in Le; . 'on far exceeds the volunteers.

If you are willing to serve as a driver or visitor you can remove 10 names from that
waiting list. Think of it! Where else can you do so much in an hour and a half a week and
have such a good return. Call 253u223A for details.



Ellie Goldmanls gummirtee (Lou Boyarsky, Ken Germain, Susan Gerstel, Esther Veil, William
Leffler and Bernard R-nvnh) lies been busy se ecting and recruiting program talent. Although

the contracts have no; yet been signed, a most exciting Forum series has been booked!

JOSEPH HISEMAN — distinguished actor in a program of dramatic
readings from Jewish literature both classic
and modern

noted author of The Chosen, The Promise and
by Name is Asher Lev whose new work Story of

the—dews—lel be released this fall


THE PAVARid ~ ”"4 most celebrated folk-duo

Ticket ;a‘z will th; next item of business and volunteers are invited to call

Goldman a: 269=6059_


CAMPAZGN CDMMETTEE REPORT (as of August 27, 1978),..Susan Caller 8 Mike Ades, co-chairpersons

The i978 Campaign has reached pledges of slightly over $95,000; This represents an in-
crease of over 227 from the pledges of the same persons of last year. The campaign is
focusing upon completing all solicitations by mideeptember: Last year's total pledges were
$l78,882 and hopefully the campaign this year will near $T003000C

The committee is also beginning to plan for the l978 israel Bonds campaigno The Bonds
dinner is tentatively scheduled for mid-November.



Over the summer this committee, composed of Harriet Cooper, Sue Friedman, Alberta Gerson,
Judy Levine, Charles Schwartz, Larry Sherman and Charlie Stern, has met to continue work on
a community iesources file” Anyone seeking consultation or information regarding personal,
family, vocational or health-related problems may contact Charlie Schwartz or Sue Friedman
for services available in this or surrounding areas.

Applications for interest free emergency small loans may be made by contacting Sue
Friedman. These applications will be handled in a confidential mannera

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Funds for these programs and others soon to be announced are available through the
annual fund drive of CKJA. ideas for services needed in the Jewish community may be dis-
cussed with any member of the committeen If we want Central Kentucky to continue being a
good place to live, raise our children in and retire to then we need to be sensitive to
those around us who have Special needs which, for various reasons, are not being met within
the larger community. Please look around you and see, feel and listen to your Jewish friends
and relatives. Bring to the social service committee's attention problems and situations
where you think some kind of education, assistance or support could be usedo You do not
have to have ”the answer,” just help us identify the problems which add unnecessary stress
to people‘s lives. You will find each committee person responsive to your suggestions.




The CKJA Social Service Committee is in the process of organizing a voluntary service
that focuses on a need of many members of our community - transportation.

Within greater Lexington there is a growing group of people - some elderly, some un-
able to drive because of poor health, some who cannot drive in bad weather or at night, some
who can no longer afford to maintain a car - who must depend on friends or relatives to take
them to various civic, social and religious events. The CKJA Social Service Committee is in
the process of organizing a voluntary service that focuses on these folksa its called
“Share-a-Wheel” and we are asking you to do just that - if you go someplace regularly and
wOuld be willing to pick up someone in your part of town, let us know. We will have a phone
number to call for people needing rides to that someplace you are going and will arrange a
pick-up time and place. You won't have to go out of your way very much. To you it will
mean leaving a few minutes early, but to someone who must be dependent on others it may
mean the difference between staying home and muttering to four walls and spending a few
hours in stimulating social contact. This project can be effective only if those of us
who are constantly I'on to go“ will give a few minutes and show that we care and are willing
to share. Please take a minute to fill out the questionnaire.

The second part of the questionnaire is for those of us who have some extra time and
would be willing to ”drop off and pick up“ a few time a month. We have listed general
transportation needs but you may know of some special needs that we have overlooked.
Please write those in. If you cannot help with the second part of the questionnaire,
complete the first part and send it in.

We ask that you tear off the questionnaire and send it in NOW. We would like to have
the project rolling by early Fall, but we cannot if you don‘t help us now, Until we know
the type of volunteer response we have from the community we cannot advertise the availa-
bility of this service. If there is more than one driver in your family who wishes to
participate please use an additional sheet of paper. If you have any questions please
call Harriet Cooper, 269-1136, or Sue Friedman, 266-5321.

(questionnaire on reverse side)







(please include zip code)

I. Please check: Attend Willing to
Regularly Pick up

B'nai B'rith meetin s
Hadassa meetin s
K Forum Series
Temp e
Frida Ni ht Services
Ho a Services
rot er oo meet ngs
S ster oo meet n s
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Frida Ni ht Services
atur ay rn ng Serv ces
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Iia Please check those activities/excursions to which you would be willing to take someone:

bank (give location) doctor's office

barber shop general shopping (state which

beauty shop malls
Central Kentucky Lecture Series other (please specify)




III. What is the best time of day to reach you at home?


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