A Message from Levine JCC CEO

Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017

To our Family of Levine JCC Members and our greater Charlotte Community,

We are so appreciative of your messages of support. We are so thankful that you are joining us in our choice to reject the recent rise in anti-Semitism by continuing to participate in programs and support your Levine JCC. For as Rabbi Hillel said: “Do not separate yourself from the community”

Without minimizing the impact or intent of the recent waves of hate crimes, in the form of phone calls and cemetery vandalism, it is important to remember that Shalom Park is prepared to offer a safe environment for everyone. When necessary, we will continue to institute our emergency procedures, and ensure for the safety of our members, guests, students, and families. We remain in constant contact with local and national security experts including the FBI, DHS, and CMPD; who have proven themselves our consummate partners in ensuring for our security daily.

We hope that you will join us in saying yes to including members of every faith, yes to including members of every race, yes to including members of every gender and gender orientation. We ask that you join us by inviting everyone to our facilities and invite you to bring your friends to gather here every day in opposition to hate.

We as a Levine JCC community say no to hate. We instead say yes to all the things that make us a strong community. We say yes to the quality Jewish education being offered by our JTots preschool and JTeam afterschool programs. We say yes to the inclusive community fitness, aquatics and recreation programs. We say yes to the comprehensive social services provided by our Oasis program for senior adults. We say yes to the Butterfly Project, which provides an opportunity for today’s youth to examine the past in order to understand what can happen when individuals and governments fail to take a stand against injustice, teaching the lessons of the Holocaust and what can happen when prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination are allowed to flourish.

We hope that you will join us in inviting our entire Charlotte community to be a part of the great programs being offered at the J and here on Shalom Park. Invite your friends to say NO to hate and YES to the J by taking out a membership, signing their child up for Camp this summer, swimming a lap in the pool, or volunteering for the Butterfly Project.

We find that we are stronger because of our diversity; we are stronger when we listen to different viewpoints, and we are stronger when we learn about one another from one another. We are stronger together.

B’Shalom (in peace),

Peter Blair
Levine JCC CEO

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