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.
SEASON 2 Podcasts
Part 1: Rabbi Judy Schindler
Giving voice to the voiceless, and forming community partnerships to create positive change. Drawing on history to guide our way as we advocate for those who need a spark of hope to lead them out of despair.
Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
The selection committee whittled the films down from over 200 to their top 16. Jeff Turk, co-chair, previews the 2020 film festival. Comedy, Documentary, Politics, Basketball, Food and more there is something for everyone this year.
Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger - Director of International Relations and one of the founders of Roots and Shadi Abu Awwad - Founder of Roots Teen Group and United States Palestinian Representative share the work they do through face-to-face interactions, to build a pre-political movement of understanding, nonviolence, and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians, in a region fraught with anger, frustration and ignorance.
The only publicly celebrated Jewish holiday I can think of. There are many ways to celebrate this year all over the Greater Charlotte area, from Lake Norman to Uptown to South Charlotte to Sun City to SC. Light the candles, give a gift to JFS, teach your child's classroom and eat donuts.
Tali de Groot
JPOD’s first personal interest story about a home grown Jewish millennial advocate. Having spent her whole childhood immersed in the NC Jewish Community, Tali left for college excited for a more diverse experience. She found comfort in J Street, worked for J Street from August 2016 through November 2019 and recently moved to Texas to serve as Finance Director on a congressional campaign.
Using a diy style program from the Society for Humanist Judaism as her guide, Emily shares her personal journey of planning a Bar Mitzvah with and for her son. They benefited from and took advantage of the diverse Jewish Community here in Charlotte along the way.
Cantor Shira Lissek
Temple Israel's Cantor Lissek in partnership with Cantor Magda Fishman will perform Kavanah: The Heart and Soul of Barbara Streisand on December 15th. She also shares her love of liturgical music every week on Shira with Shira.
Anti-Defamation League: ADL
The ADL is focused on stopping the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. The JCRC brought the ADL and its Words to Action to Charlotte in September for students, teachers, educator and Jewish Professionals. They also talked to professionals in greater charlotte about ways to address hate in our community.
J Street organizes and mobilizes pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who want Israel to be secure, democratic and the national home of the Jewish people. Amos Gil, Capital-South Regional Director, shares details about their work and why they visit communities like Charlotte.
Israel Action Network: IAN
IAN builds a strong base of support for Israel and counters delegitimization in the context of two states for two peoples. On Oct 23/24 they will be in Charlotte for leadership and community training as part of Charlotte JCRC’s effort to help the community have more meaningful conversation about Israel.
Levine JCC Cultural Arts Fall Highlights
Jeff Turk and Susan Cherin Gundersheim talk about Fall Flicks, Surviving Birkenau: the Dr. Susan Spatz story, Oct 26th and Crossing Delancey-An Evening With Peter Riegert, Oct 27th. Plus, the Charlotte winner of the 2019 Jewish Playwriting Contest, the Sabbath Girl Performance, Nov 9th and 10th.
Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) Update Part 2: Israel
Laurel Grauer, Director of Community Relations and Israel Affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte talks about educational programming that helps the Charlotte Jewish Community have more comfortable and informed conversation about Israel.
Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) Update Part 1: Schools
Laurel Grauer, Director of Community Relations and Israel Affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte talks about the rise in anti-Semitism in our schools and how the JCRC helps build relationships with administrators and staff to support our Jewish Community students and their families.
With their East Coast Headquarters in Charlotte, Moishe House is what being Jewish in your 20s is all about. They provide a space for over 70,000 young adults around the world to create meaningful, welcoming Jewish communities for themselves and their peers.
Ballantyne Jewish Center
The Ballantyne Jewish Center is dedicated to serving all Jews throughout Ballantyne and surrounding areas with Ahavat Yisrael –unconditional love and concern for every Jew, regardless of background and affiliation. With unique programming, they offer Judaism with a smile and a home away from home for everyone who walks through their doors.
Chabad of Charlotte
Chabad of Charlotte exists to ensure the Jewish future of our community. Through authentic but loving educational and outreach programs, Chabad aims to touch and inspire every Jew in the Charlotte Metro Region. Don't miss their Grandest Opening of the Epstein Family Chabad Center for Jewish Life on September 15th.
Carolina Jews for Justice Greater Charlotte Chapter
CJJ CharlotteCommitted to creating a just, fair, and compassionate Charlotte through combining advocacy and education to organize non-partisan Jewish voices in the Charlotte NC area. “We build relationships where people help each other" firstname.lastname@example.org
Hebrew High reflects the vibrant energy of our Jewish teens by giving them a voice to explore their Judaism in a safe environment with passionate and skilled teachers who want to help our students make an impact on the world. Hebrew High is a supplementary Jewish program for students in grades 8-12, sponsored by Temple Beth El and Temple Israel, and open to ALL Jewish teens!
Charlotte and Eastern Region BBYO
BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. Charlotte is home to four BBYO Chapters, meeting every Tuesday evening during the school year, and the Eastern Region Office. All Jewish teens in 9th – 12th grade are welcome to join Charlotte BBYO at our Big Splash Kickoff, Saturday, August 17th - 6:45-9:00pm Levine JCC pool. Cost $10 online, $15 at the door https://tinyurl.com/
SEASON 1 Podcasts
Episode 50: Camp SOAR
Camp SOAR is a free three day camp for children and adults with special needs. It provides a fun and memorable experience for special needs campers and the same memorable experience for the volunteers.
Episode 48: The Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community
Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community is the Nonprofit organization in the greater Charlotte region dedicated to raising and managing long-term charitable resources to sustain the quality of Jewish religion, life and culture by linking our donors' philanthropic intent with the needs of the community.
Episode 47: The Mikvah at Temple Israel
Temple Israel's Mikvah is open to anyone in the community for monthly woman visits, spiritual healing, conversions, and marriage transitions. Rabbi Ezring shares traditions on the use of mikvah and his own story of being a Rabbi.
Episode 46: Live, Laugh, Give benefiting Jewish Family Services
Orny Adams headlines this years Live, Laugh, Give Comedy Night benefitting Jewish Family Services, for all the social services they provide for our Jewish Community.
Episode 45: Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration Program
Rabbi Murray Ezring shares the importance of the Jewish Community Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Commemoration Program on May 5th at Temple Israel from 4-5pm.
Episode 44: Maccabi Games
Jewish Charlotte area youth (ages 13-16) can participate in their favorite sport or art this summer in Detroit, Aug 4-9th, at the JCC Maccabi Games - the second largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world.
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Episode 43: LJCC Sports Specialty Camps
Offering 5 additional weeks of specialty sports camps the LJCC has a little of something for every young sports player. Stephanie Garner, Director of Sports, shares the details about camp and the regular season sports programs.
Episode 42: Rock Steady Boxing at the Levine JCC
In Rock Steady Boxing, Parkinson’s disease is the opponent. Jenny Crow and Suzanne DiOrio share their journey of being Rock Steady Coaches and the impact it has made in their clients lives and their own.
Episode 41: The 13th Annual Sam Strause LJCC Invitational Golf Tournament
On April 15th, members and supporters of the LJCC will come together, for a day go golf, to celebrate the life and legacy of Sam Strause and raise funds to benefit the Levine JCC Oasis senior enrichment program.
Episode 40: Upstream Arts
Upstream Arts is returning for its third residency, April 1-5th, to change mindsets about ability and disability and activate and amplify the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities in our charlotte community.
Episode 39: 3rd Annual Charlotte Jewish Playwriting Contest
Don’t miss this opportunity to see a different side of theatre and vote on your favorite play. Susan Cherin Gundersheim shares the history and importance of this program and Dusty Klass shares her reading committee experience and why she loves this program.
Episode 38: Community Purim Carnival
On March 17th our Jewish community comes tog ether to celebrate Purim with storytelling, Kosher lunch, games, prizes, shopping, moon bounces and more. This community collaboration is a family favorite and brings out everyone in the community young and young at heart.
Chabad YP - https://www.facebook.com/events/253679345545022/?active_tab=about
Hamantash Bake - https://www.facebook.com/events/530332060796364/
Episode 37: Camp Mindy
The Mindy Ellen Levine Day Camp, located on a lush 54-acre campus in the heart of South Charlotte, is the Levine JCC's premier traditional day camp for preschoolers thru teens. Through making friends, participating in an array of activities, learning new skills, being outdoors, and experiencing Judaism, camp becomes a magical place where campers have fun, grow and develop positive self-esteem.
Episode 36: On the Same Page: Chapter II with Martin Fletcher
This twice yearly community book read hosted by the Center for Jewish Education is an opportunity for readers and book clubs to gather and hear directly from the author. On March 24th Promised Land author Martin Fletcher will be here to speak.
Episode 35: Bernstein Leadership Group
Following three pillars, jewish identity, community, and leadership skills, BLG is developing leaders for the future Charlotte Jewish Community.
Application due March 11
Episode 34: Chantal Otelsberg: LJCC Staff Registered Licensed Dietitian
Chantal Otelsberg, MS, RDN, LDN is a registered dietitian and licensed dietitian nutritionist on staff at the LJCC to help with your dietary needs for overall wellness or a pre-existing condition. http://www.charlottejcc.org/
Episode 33: The 2019 Main Event for the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte
The Main Event featuring Bari Weiss, a New York Times editor and writer, was organized by Emily, Sam, Bill and Angie Zimmern, a multigenerational effort.
Episode 32: Temple Beth El 22nd Annual Comparative Religion Series
Spirituality: How do you connect with your higher power? Join Religious Leaders for a lecture and discussion at Temple Beth El, Starting Jan 29th for six Tuesday evenings.
Episode 31: The Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
The Charlotte Jewish Film Festival is the longest running film festival in the area and has grown from an innovative idea of screening 2 jewish films into a 4 week long festival with 13 screenings this year. Susan Cherin Gundersheim, Judy Laxer and Jeff Turk highlight some of this years films.
Episode 30: Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte’s Annual Campaign
Raising the funds needed to grow every part of the Jewish community in Greater Charlotte, in Israel and around the world.
Episode 29: Joined in Education JIE
Gale Osborne, Development Director at CJDS talk to us about JIE: an opportunity for parents, to dig in deeper with current trends or philosophies on growing educated, well-adjusted, thoughtful whole people no matter how old they are.
Learn more about JIE
Episode 28: Charlotte Jewish Preschool
With a mission to provide young children with a secure and loving atmosphere in which to grow, develop a positive self-image and learn the joy of Jewish life, Brooke Amo, Director, shared all the ways CJP works to be its best each year.
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 Laurel.Grauer@JewishChar
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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.
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Wasted: The Story of Food Waste Event Info
Winterizing Your Garden
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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. http://www.charlottejcc.org/
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.
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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.
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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.
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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 Julie.Rizzo@charlottejcc.org 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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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.
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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
freshlist.com: 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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