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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.

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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 aflefkof@carolina.rr.com

Save the date - 3rd Annual Welcoming the Stranger 
October 25, 2020

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 

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Monthly challenges connected to Jewish values to live more sustainably at home.

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.

2020 Dates: 2/8, 2/22, 2/29, 3/21
Sign up for the 2020 Season Here
For questions or additional information, please contact Emily Russell


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.

Margaret Mead


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