Marshall & Faylinda Lindner
We arrived in Charlotte in 2005 and are deeply grateful to the Charlotte Jewish Community for welcoming us so warmly with open arms and open hearts. Although we lived a somewhat “nomadic” life for 22 years while Marshall served in the U.S. Air Force, we had established roots in Dallas, Texas. We lived there for 20 years before moving to Charlotte. While it is never easy to move to a new location, it is even more challenging when you are in your late sixties, but that’s exactly what we did! We were understandably apprehensive about moving, but after six weeks we knew we had made the right decision. From the moment of our arrival we have been blessed with wonderful friends, spiritual and educational support second to none, and a vast array of activities and stimulating programs conducted by our Jewish community.
We both developed strong social consciences at an early age. We were active volunteers during the Civil Rights era, participating whenever and wherever we were needed. As the years passed we became volunteers for a broad array of nonprofit agencies. This work came to us naturally as part of the fabric of our lives and as part of the Jewish community to which we belonged.
Our backgrounds were very different. Originally from Pittsburgh, Marshall grew up in poverty, the son of an immigrant laborer who was an invalid at age 39 and died at the age of 46. He remembered his father’s plea: “If ever you get to college and become successful, never forget where you came from – and never forget to help others.” A daughter of a successful dentist in Pittsburgh, Faylinda was also taught to reach out to help others of less fortunate means. We have both tried to live our lives believing that we have a role in “Tikkun Olam,” repairing the world.
Although we were not born and raised in this Jewish community, it has welcomed us as one of its own. We consider it an honor and a privilege to be here and to be able to help maintain a strong, vibrant Jewish community in Charlotte. We have been as active as possible and can think of no better way to say “thank you” than to leave a legacy of caring for our fellow Jews by leaving a gift which will continue to give long after we are gone.
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