Mitzvah Market is not just an event; it’s a testament to our community’s dedication kindness, service, and every Jewish value that guides us.
We are deeply grateful to the Lenora Stein Fund for Community Creative Learning for their generous support.
We are proud to have partnered with an array of organizations, each featured below:
Heart Math Tutoring (“Heart” or “HMT”) gives young students successful experiences in math through one-on-one, volunteer-delivered tutoring during the school day. HMT’s mission is to ensure that all elementary students develop the strong foundation in math and enthusiasm for academics needed for long-term success, by helping schools use volunteers as tutors.
Jewish Family Services is dedicated to strengthening and empowering individuals and families through professional counseling, programs and services that are inspired by Jewish values.
The mission of ALP is to improve the reading, writing, and spelling skills of young, aspiring readers in under-resourced communities by providing free, long-term, one-on-one instruction from highly trained tutors.
In 2008, the Charlotte Jewish community committed to joining The Butterfly Project, which was co-founded in 2006 in San Diego, California, by educator Jan Landau and artist Cheryl Rattner Price. The Butterfly Project was developed as a call to action through education, the arts, and memorial making, which uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate about the dangers of hatred and bigotry and cultivates empathy and social responsibility. Participants paint ceramic butterflies that are displayed as symbols of resilience and hope, with the goal of creating 1.5 million butterflies around the world—one for each child who perished during the Holocaust, and honoring the survivors.
Friendship Circle is a Jewish organization with a unique approach to supporting children and teens with special needs. Though their peers may enjoy regular play-dates, children with special needs often experience loneliness and isolation because of a lack of appropriate social opportunities. Our innovative programming is designed to fill this void by fostering enduring and meaningful friendships between those with special needs, our “Special Friends”, and typically-developing teens, our “Teen Friends”, in the Greater Charlotte community.
Our Temple “adopted” Sterling Elementary School as part of CMS’s Faith Community Partnership program. Our Sterling Elementary School TriBE works hard to support the hard-working teachers, students, and administrators at Sterling. We guarantee the time you spend with these bright, curious children and their teachers will leave you smiling and will make all the difference in their lives!
- Be a lunch buddy.
- Help a teacher as an assistant or tutor.
- Do busy work for teachers in the comfort of your own home (collating papers, stapling, sorting, etc.)
- Donate new or gently used books or student incentives for a classroom.
Interested in learning more or how to get involved? Contact Ruth Pordes, TBE-SES Partnership Liason, for more information.
With a focus on improving educational equity and promoting a more just society, Helping Education provides evidence-based programs and services that are free or low-cost and meaningfully advance student learning from birth through adulthood.
Oasis is a daytime enrichment program where independent adults 60+ come for physical, intellectual, and social stimulation. Oasis offers the opportunity for adults to be with others for programming, lunch, and special activities. The mission of Oasis is to enrich and prolong the quality of life for adults 60 and older from the greater Charlotte area, regardless of religious affiliation. Oasis is the only 60+ enrichment program in the area that provides transportation on a case-by-case basis.
At Hadassah, we have the power to heal our world. For us, that means bringing healing — in every sense of the word — where it’s needed most, in the US, Israel and around the world. Every day. As volunteers. As philanthropists. As changemakers.
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.
Questions? Contact Patty Torcellini.
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 questions or additional information, please contact Amy Lefkof.
The Giving Tree
A wintertime project in which we as a congregational community donate desired holiday gifts to a particular set of Sterling Elementary families identified by school administrators to help families celebrate their winter holidays.
Stay tuned for more information about getting involved as we get closer to the holidays.
Hineynu promotes a strong and sacred community through thoughtful and meaningful acts of kindness that connect, nurture, and sustain our Temple family. In doing so, we seek to embody the Hebrew concept of hineynu (“We are here”). We are here not only to console one another in times of hardship, but also to support each other in times of need and to celebrate together in times of joy.