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A Foundation is Made for Jewish life at Charlotte's Shalom Park

By S. Mathur

Founded over thirty years ago, Shalom Park has become a center for Jewish life in Charlotte. Operations Manager Jay Parton says that it met the need for a common gathering place for the community.

"It is a viable community hub where children can get to know each other, share experiences and build relationships. It also provides a central location where children can receive Jewish education, attend worship services, enjoy Jewish culture, and have a place where they feel at home."

With a range of community services including the educational, religious, recreational, entertainment, and cultural fields, he says that "Shalom Park provides a welcoming environment, not only for the local Jewish community, but for the entire Charlotte metro area."

The 54-acre campus is managed by the Foundation of Shalom Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency. The central campus of Shalom Park is home to many different organizations, including: Temple Israel, Temple Beth El, the Levine Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, Jewish Family Services, Temple Israel Religious School, Temple Beth El Religious School, Consolidated High School of Jewish Studies, any many more.

The Levine Jewish Community Center hosts family-oriented events and facilities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, athletic fields and courts, sports programs for youth and adults, and arts activities.

There's also a day camp for children and teens, parent/child classes, toddler enrichment, & afterschool programs. Other organizations on the campus include the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, which uses education and community building to fulfill the mission to preserve Jewish values, goals, traditions and connections for current and future generations.

Temple Israel, a Conservative synagogue, is located at Shalom Park, as is Temple Beth El, which is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. The Margaret & Lou Schwartz Butterfly Garden Holocaust Memorial honors the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. Associated with the project are volunteer efforts to educate the community about the Holocaust and tolerance. Educational workshops have covered sixty schools as well as civic and religious groups in Mecklenburg County and beyond.

With a wide range of family, cultural, religious and educational facilities, the Shalom Park campus is well placed to fulfill its mission of connecting families and sustaining tradition. The campus offers over 12,000 square feet of space for private events such as B'nai Mitzvahs, weddings, birthday and anniversary parties, music and dance recitals, dances, and family and school reunions.

The various spaces are also ideal for hosting business and educational events like corporate meetings, seminars, continuing education classes, training sessions, workshops, board or staff retreats, networking events, teambuilding programs, and holiday parties.

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