18th ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE
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The 2016 Annual Spring Lecture will be held on Thursday, April 7 at Temple Beth-El and will feature Jennifer Teege.
The Spring Lecture is the signature campaign and outreach event benefiting the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte’s Women Division and the 2016 Annual Campaign. This multigenerational event brings together nearly 300 women for an inspiring and entertaining evening. Our past speakers have included bestselling author Jennifer Weiner and culinary icon Ruth Reichl.
This year’s Spring Lecture will feature Jennifer Teege, bestselling author of “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Women Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past”. The book was born of a shocking discovery: At age 38, married with two children, Jennifer picked up a book by chance at Hamburg’s main library and discovered that her grandfather was the brutal Nazi commandant of the Plaszow concentration camp, portrayed so memorably by Ralph Fiennes in the film Schindler’s List.
Born to a German mother and a Nigerian father, Jennifer was placed in an orphanage and then foster care before being adopted by her poster parents at age 7. Already coping with the trauma of rejection by her birth mother, Teege now faced other cruel facts: that she had to learn about her biological family’s secret from a book; and that a monstrous man, Amon Goeth, reviled for decades as “the butcher of Plaszow,” was her biological grandfather. The chilling discovery about her ancestry sent Jennifer into a profound confrontation with her past, her family and her sense of self, topics she explores in her memoir, written with award-winning journalist Nikola Sellmair, who also supplies historical and other context in a separate, interwoven narrative.
Jennifer will share her emotional pilgrimage with our community on April 7th, and we invite you to live this journey with her. The evening will begin with a strolling dinner at 6:30 PM in the Main Hall at Temple Beth El and the lecture will take place at 7:30 PM in the temple sanctuary. A dessert reception and book signing will follow the program.
Spring Lecture tickets are $45 for the Dinner and Lecture, or $25 for the Lecture Only. There is a minimum donation of $50 to the 2016 Jewish Federation Annual Campaign to attend the event. Pledges are payable through December 2016.
The Jewish Federation’s annual campaign funds and supports a broad network of organizations here in Charlotte, in Israel and in over 70 countries around the world.
2016 Spring Lecture Co-Chairs
Mallory Miller & Sara Kulbersh
Friendly Neighborhood Dental
Aviva Stein, MD: Charlotte OB/GYN
BeautyCounter - Jen Schwartz
Carolinas Healthcare Foundation
Fisher Law Group, PLLC
Hampton Inn & Suites at Philips Place
Jewish Life Initiative
Laxer, Long & Savage
Levine Hearing of South Charlotte
Novant Health Urogynecology, William Porter, MD