By Larry Luxner, October 21, 2021 (JTA)
In the late 1930s, Jewish clarinetist and jazz bandleader Benny Goodman, known as the King of Swing, invited two Black musicians — Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton — to play in his orchestra.
It was a watershed moment that marked the beginning of the end of racial segregation in the music business in America.
“That was unheard of,” said Greg Thomas, CEO and co-founder of the Jazz Leadership Project, based in Stratford, Connecticut. “It’s all part of a long tradition of Black and Jewish Americans working together, starting with the father of jazz, Louis Armstrong, who got his first instrument from a Jewish family in New Orleans, and who wore a Star of David all his life in honor of that family.”
Capitalizing on that shared history, Thomas, along with Israel-based educator Aryeh Tepper, will be hosting an upcoming online event meant to bring together Jewish and Black Americans in the fight against bias.
Moishe House Celebrates Importance of Flexibility in Global Community Building With Second Virtual Training Conference
By Loán Lake, Moishe House Senior Communications Manager
On August 22, Moishe House, the world’s leader in engaging Jewish young adults around the world, recognized the achievements of its global community builders during their annual resident training conference, currently dubbed CouchCon because of its virtual nature for the second year in a row.
The Pajama Walk on November 14 is a community walk to raise awareness and funds for Friendship Circle and ZABS Place, two local nonprofits that help children and young adults with special needs and special talents realize their dreams of living purposeful lives. Friendship Circle provides social opportunities and peer mentoring
Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn By Michelle Rusgo, LJCC Youth Programs Coordinator In a first-of-its kind-partnership, JCC Association of North America and the BBYO Center for Adolescent Wellness (BBYO-CAW), with support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, will collaborate to assess and support mental, emotional, and social health among adolescents. The pilot initiative comes as
By Amy Lefkof Jewish Community Refugee Initiative This July 28 will mark the 70th anniversary of the signing of the 1951 International Refugee Convention, which is the key legal document (along with its 1967 Protocol) that defines a refugee as a person with a well-founded fear of persecution “because of
By Cnaan Liphshiz, Amsterdam (JTA) A Dutch museum will compensate the rightful owners of a Nazi-looted painting the government said it could keep because displaying it would benefit the public interest. Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle has agreed to give $240,000 to the descendants of Jewish Holocaust victims who under
By Loán Lake, Moishe House Senior Communications Manager Members of the Moishe House community welcomed the opening of Moishe Pod Charlotte-South End and celebrated the ongoing community building of Moishe House Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 11 with a spirited panel discussion on the importance of belonging and
Thank you to our advertisers
For easier viewing, read in full screen by clicking the icon
in the lower right corner of the viewer.
The Charlotte Jewish News is a monthly (except July) publication dedicated to informing, representing, and engaging the Greater Charlotte Jewish community. The CJN reports on news and upcoming events of the local Jewish agencies, accomplishments of the members of the local Jewish community, and stories about Jewish holidays and events in Charlotte, the U.S., and Israel.
The CJN is affiliated with the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte and operates as a nonprofit organization under the Federation’s 501(c)(3)