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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.

Amazon Smile Wish List

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.

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Welcoming the Stranger to the Table – November 3rd, 2019 – 7pm – Temple Beth El

Partner agencies:  Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community, Jewish Family Services, Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, Levine JCC, Stan Greenspon Center for Peace & Social Justice, Temple Beth El and Temple Israel. 

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

2019 Shalom Park Community Garden Workdays - 9-11am -  March 24th, April 28th, June 16th, July 21st, August 18th, September 15th, October 20th –no rsvp necessary, just show-up ready to help – question? info@shalomgreenCLT.org

Horticultural Education Program – Summer 2019 -  Ages 12-18

Amazon Smile Wish List

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

Room in the Inn

The LJCC, Temple Beth El, Temple Israel and Foundation of Shalom Park are privileged to be a partner site with Urban Ministries Center for Room in the Inn, which provides shelter and food for homeless people in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County during the winter months to keep them safe from the cold.  Shalom Park Room in the Inn provides pick-up from uptown Charlotte, a warm, safe place to sleep and shower, three meals (dinner, breakfast and bag lunch), and then returns the guests the following morning to uptown.  In addition to volunteering, this is an opportunity to gain greater insight into the complexity of homelessness in our community.  For more information email mspattyh@gmail.com or visit urbanministrycenter.org/helping-the-homeless/ways-we-help/room-in-the-inn/

Thank you to everyone who volunteered this 2018-19 season.  Sign-up will resume in November 2019 for the 2019-20 season. 

Partner agencies: Foundation of Shalom Park, Levine JCC, Temple Beth El and Temple Israel. 

For questions or additional information, please contact Emily Russell


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