Serving the Charlotte community for more than 70 years
How did the JCC evolve?
It all began as an early social club called the "Progressive Club," which was formed in the mid 1930s. Located on the southeast corner of East Morehead Street and South Tryon, the club was later moved to the second story of a building at East Morehead near Harding Place.
Still needing a place to "roam," ground for the future Amity Country Club was purchased on Sharon Amity road, shortly after World War II, with the original plan of having a place for the Jewish War Veterans of WWII to gather with family, play tennis and picnic. The "Amity Club" developed into a "Southern style country club" that had a restaurant, card rooms, two outdoor handball courts, a swimming pool, baseball diamond, and tennis courts. It was a place where individuals and organizations could gather and socialize. They could rest, play, meet and always feel welcome.
In August of 1983, a tragic fire destroyed the Amity Club's main building. Though the pool, tennis courts and bathhouse were intact, Community leaders vowed to step up plans that were already under way for a new $5.1 million dollar community center off Providence Road.
In the spring of 1986, the Blumenthal Education Building and the Sandra and Leon Levine Jewish Community Center Building (the present JCC) opened at Shalom Park.
Shalom Park represents a unique joint venture of the Sandra and Leon Levine Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Services, Temple Beth El and Temple Israel, where all these agencies are located on a beautiful 54-acre wooded site in southeast Charlotte.
For more information on Jewish history in Charlotte, see the website for the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte.