Inclement Weather Update:
The LJCC will delay opening hours to 7:30am on Tuesday, December 11th due to forecasted overnight freezing and the high likelihood of poor pre-dawn driving conditions. We recognize the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.
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With so much programming going on within the Jewish community JPOD CLT aims to educate and inform you each week, so you can get involved in programs that you feel passionate about.  Episodes will cover topics ranging from social action opportunities, holiday and community events, or personal stories, and how they make our Jewish community stronger and more visible to the greater Charlotte region.  This started as a lightbulb idea when I realized just how much time it took to keep up with every email, FB post and CJN article about events in the community.  Listen on your way to work, school or the gym once a week for just a few minutes to learn about the opportunities and stories available in your Jewish backyard. 

Episode 27: The Charlotte Jewish Day School:
Since 1988 the Charlotte Jewish Day School has been serving elementary age children and their families for an intertwined Jewish and General Studies Education. 

Episode 26: The Jewish Preschool on Sardis - JPS:
For the last 32 years JPS has provided the opportunity for children to grow and learn through play while also instilling a love of Judaism to its students and their families.  I spoke with Devorah Weiss Gorkan, Director, and Leah Levin, Advisor at Large, to learn more.  

Episode 25: Room in the Inn at Shalom Park: 
Each year Temple Beth El, Temple Israel, Levine Jewish Community Center and the Foundation of Shalom Park partner with Urban Ministries to provide shelter and food for the homeless during the winter months.

Episode 24: Healing Ourselves Healing the World:
A yearlong once a month program to help educate us about ways we can help ourselves and in turn help the world.

Episode 23: JStage:
In the last 12 years,  Susan Cherin Gundersheim and Kayla Piscatelli, have grown JStage into a thriving performing arts program bursting at the seams and always looking for more ways to make a greater impact on the young and young at heart performers. 

Episode 22: Moishe House Charlotte:
Learn about how Jewish Young Professionals are building community through creative monthly programs at Moishe House Charlotte with current residents, Debrah and Ari. 

Episode 21: Pajama Walk Benefiting Friendship Circle and ZABS:
Come out to Freedom Park on Nov 11 for a Walk in your favorite Pajamas. Make Dreams Come True and Celebrate Special Friendships, Abilities, and Talents with the Pajama Walk, Dreamland Festival, and Ability Craft Fair. 

Episode 20: Global Day of Jewish Learning: 
On November 11th, communities around the world will share Jewish dialogue and exploration, celebrating all that unites us.  This is a free event but registration is requested and babysitting must be reserved in advance.

Episode 19: Irving Bienstock:
Irving was kind to share part of his Holocaust story with me as the Jewish Community Commemorates the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass, at Temple Israel on November 7th at 7pm in partnership with Jewish Family Services of Greater Charlotte, The Butterfly Project, and The Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice. 
Learn more about the Butterfly Project

Episode 18: On the Table with Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte:
Learn how to share, listen, learn with our neighbors about issues that impact our Greater Charlotte Community.  This year's On the Table topic is segregation.  Join the JFGC at the Simmons YMCA for lunch on Oct 24th. email for more information
Learn more about On The Table CLT.

Episode 17: Shalom Green
Shalom Green is doing their part through a planned builder, education events and the community garden to make a positive impact on our environment.  Join them at their free movie (Wasted: The Story of Food Waste) night followed by a panel discussion on Oct 17th. 
Learn more about Shalom Green
Wasted: The Story of Food Waste Event Info
Winterizing Your Garden
Learn more about Fresh List

Episode 16: Jewish Community Refugee Initiative (JCRI)
Learn more about JCRI and their upcoming Welcoming the Stranger to the Table dinner on Oct 7th, 6pm, Temple Israel. JCRI is one of four Shalom Park Joint Social Action Programs.

Episode 15: JSTAGE presents PlayPlay!
Learn more about this intimate theatre experience for ages 0-3 years and enjoy playing with your babies after the show.  PSSHH Oct 4-7, WEE Nov 29-Dec 2, SHALOM March 28-31. 
Purchase PlayPlay! tickets here

Episode 14: Celebrate the Tata's
Painting Days, A Soccer Tournament, Mobile Mammography Unit and The Big Reveal all help raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Research, all brought to you by the hard working progressive woman of Hadassah Charlotte.
Learn more about Celebrate the Tatas's 
Learn more about the Hadassah Charlotte Chapte

Episode 13: Levine JCC Kosher BBQ Championship 
Learn more about all the ways to be involved from entering a team, being a people's choice judge, volunteering or just enjoying the community fun at this years Kosher BBQ Championship at the LJCC on Labor Day September 3rd from 11am-3pm.  
Learn more about the Kosher BBQ

Episode 12: The Levine JCC Butterfly Project
In the last 10 years the Levine JCC's Butterfly Project has grown into one of the most impactful programs in our community.  With 6000 students attending annually, butterflies being used in schools for awareness and plans for a virtual future this is my favorite program in the Jewish Community.  
Learn more about the Butterfly Project

Episode 11: JCARES Social Action Fall Programs
Find Social Action Mitzvahs to participate in this Fall through the LJCC Cares Program.  All options are open to anyone in the community. Click the sign up links to get involved or email to learn more about LJCC Social Action Opportunities throughout the yea

Episode 10: Levine JCC JTOTS
If you are looking for a half-day play school option for your 12 month old and walking then JTOTS is the place for you.
Learn more about JTOTS

Episode 9: PJ Library Connectors
If you live in Matthews, Waxhaw, Weddington or Lake Norman PJ Library is bringing fun activities for young jewish children and parents to you.  Find out more about weekly programming in your area.  Email Gabby Star

Episode 8: Mikvah
Charlotte has one of the most beautiful Mikvah's in the country.  Learn more about how and when to use it.  Sorry men, this Mikvah is for woman only.  Dish dipping is open to all.
Learn more about Mikvahs

Episode 7: Hebrew Cemetery 
Don't let your family decide what is best for you after death, make that plan for them.  Learn about the history and options for Jewish burial in Charlotte.  
Learn more about The Hebrew Cemetery 

Episode 6: Freshlist
An online local farmers market, will be delivering to the LJCC Main Entrance every Friday morning from 8-10am.  Shop for the items you like and need by Tuesday at 8am, starting 7/13/18 Note - the delivery details have been changed since recording

Episode 5: JFORCE
Hear how Susan Kent has been fighting breast cancer through functional fitness routines and friendship at JFORCE.
Learn more about JFORCE
Learn more about Celebrate the Tatas

Episode 4: Shalom Baby
An opportunity for parents with new babies to meet and start networking in the community.  Plus you can start an early love for story time and reading with your new baby.
Learn more about Shalom Baby

Episode 3: Shalom Park Freedom School
An opportunity to learn about the importance of education over the summer for children who are most susceptible to summer slide in our Charlotte community and ways you can make an impact on this Jewish community social action program.  
Learn more about Shalom Park Freedom School

Episode 2: Shabbat 108
Learn about Chabad Young Professionals, why they play an important role for unaffiliated young Jewish professionals, why Shabbat 180 is going to be a fantastic event and where to buy tickets. 
Learn more about Chabad Young Professionals 

Episode 1: Thursday, May 24th
Learn about why the LJCC hosts this event every year, what it means to the competitors, how to get involved and the impact it makes on the greater Charlotte community.
Learn more about the LJCC Kids Triathlon 

Meet Emily Russell 

Emily Russell grew up in Winston-Salem, NC and visited Charlotte as a teen for BBYO conventions.  Fast forward many years, add a stop in Washington DC and Greenville SC, and she currently finds herself engaged in the 

Charlotte Jewish Community.  Her curiosity about who we are and how we work together to make a bigger impact in our community has led her to the front door of the LJCC.  With 4 years of local food related newsletter writing, she is excited to bring this modern day Jewish newsletter version to life in JPOD Charlotte.  One topic at time, she will tackle social action programming, community events, places of worship, the arts, jewish schools and so much more.  Now you can be informed in the comfort of your own commute.  

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