Shalom Park Joint Social Action Programs
The Shalom Park Campus offers a unique opportunity for Jewish Agencies to jointly support childhood education, refugee assistance, environmental concerns, and the homeless through the following programs:
Shalom Park Freedom School
Since 2011, kindergarten through fifth grade scholars from Huntingtowne Farms and Sterling Elementary, the two schools in faith-based partnerships with Temple Israel and Temple Beth El, have been attending Shalom Park Freedom School. This six-week Literacy Summer Enrichment Program provides scholars from economically disadvantaged households an opportunity to prevent summer reading loss and build character through afternoon enrichment programs. “Summer slide” is the largest contributor to the achievement gap for low-income children. With eight Shalom Park Partner agencies engaging in tikkun olam (improving our world), we are helping children in our community become self-sufficient through closing the literacy achievement gap. Flexible volunteer opportunities available for tweens, teens and adults from reading buddies, to a teen advisory board, afternoon enrichment leaders, and board positions. For more information visit www.spfreedomschool.org.
Save the Date: 10th Birthday Celebration - May 7th – 7-9pm – Sam Lerner Center
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Partner agencies: Charlotte Jewish Day School, Foundation of Shalom Park, Jewish Family Services, Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, Levine JCC, Levine-Sklut Judaic Library, Temple Beth El and Temple Israel.
Jewish Community Refugee Initiative
The Jewish Community Refugee Initiative (JCRI) is a lay-driven initiative whose mission is to educate the Charlotte Jewish community about refugee issues and to encourage the community to volunteer with local refugees and the agencies that resettle refugees. Many refugees have fled violence and threats of persecution. Volunteers working with young or adult refugees help provide stability, continuity, and assistance to those adjusting to life in a new country. While these refugees are not Jewish, it has always been a tenet of Judaism to help the stranger and welcome the refugee. JCRI brings volunteer, donation, education and advocacy opportunities to you and your family. For more information visit charlottejcri.org.
JCRI is looking for committee members. This is a 1-2 hour commitment per month. Email Amy for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Shalom Green – Shalom Park Environmental Initiative
Shalom Green is a group of Jewish community volunteers dedicated to promoting an understanding of Jewish environmental values. Shalom Green is united in its commitment to sustainability and is energized to take meaningful action to preserve and protect Creation through its three primary goals: to REDUCE the carbon footprint of Shalom Park facilities, to MAINTAIN the Shalom Park Community Garden, and to EDUCATE the community about environmental issues. For more information visit shalomgreenclt.org or email info@shalomgreenCLT.org
Spring 2020 Shalom Park Community Garden Workdays | 9:00 - 11:00am
March 15, April 19, May 17, June 14, July 19, August 16, September 13, October 18, November 15
No rsvp necessary, just show-up ready to help – question? info@shalomgreenCLT.org
Tu BiShvat Plant a Fig Tree Event: Shalom Park Community Garden
February 9, 2020, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Stop by the Shalom Park Community Garden and get your free fig tree cutting. Plant one in your own garden in celebration of Tu BiShvat, the New Year for Trees! Planting and care instructions will be provided.
Save the date - 3rd Annual Welcoming the Stranger
October 25, 2020
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Monthly challenges connected to Jewish values to live more sustainably at home.
- Appreciating & Caring for the Earth
- Reducing Waste, with an emphasis on Food Waste
- New Year's Resolution to reduce carbon footprint
- Reducing Water Pollution and Conserving Water
- Eating Green, Growing Green
- Spring Clean, Green Clean
Partner Agencies: Foundation of Shalom Park, Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, Levine JCC, Temple Beth El and Temple Israel
Abraham’s Tent Room in the Inn
A Muslim Community-Jewish Community Partnership at Queens University of Charlotte
The Muslim community and the Jewish community have partnered to created Abraham's Tent Room in the Inn. We will provide shelter and food for the homeless during the winter months. The goal is to keep homeless people from freezing on cold winter nights. We need your help providing food and your time. They sleep overnight and get a hot meal for dinner and for breakfast. We supply goody bags for them to take home as well as a bag lunch, socks, hats and coats for the winter. This will also be an opportunity to get to know your Jewish and Muslim neighbors while building bridges and relationships within the communities.
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