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The Charlotte Jewish News - September 2012 - Page 17 A Magical Camp Katan Experience By Stephanie Freedman, Early Childhood Program Supervisor Camp Katan, the preschool summer camp at the Levine JCC, finished its very successful six- week session on Friday, July 27, but there is no reason for the fun and excitement to end now - be on the lookout for fun programs all year long. Our theme this year was “Let the Magic Begin” and boy was it magical. Each week 177 children were nurtured in a way that they were able to grow, make new friends, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Our campers learned to swim through group swim lessons, soaked their counselors on the splashground, attended a magic show complete with white doves. pretended to be animals with our Drama Specialist, laughed and lis tened to Ms. Debby’s stories in the Levine-Sklut library, made sci ence come alive with Ms. Marcie, celebrated Shabbat with Ms. Patty and the list goes on and on. Each day gave me nachas to witness the sheer joy, excitement, and nurtur ing that the staff shared with their campers. Many of our staff spends the rest of the year in CMS schools or local preschools, which makes them the perfect fit for Camp Katan. My own child (camper) came home each day from Camp Katan excited to tell me about his day - what fun it was to experience it through his eyes after I had spent months planning. I will miss seeing the smiling faces of our campers each day and even though the magic of Camp Katan has come to a close, I am looking forward to seeing you all throughout the year in our pre school programs at the LJCC. For those of you who have younger siblings, be sure to register for our JTots Playschool Program. For more information, do not hesitate to contact me directly at Stephanie. freedman@charlotte- jcc.org or 704-944-6891.^ Fun at Camp Katan includes swimming and other special activities. Charlotte Levine JCC Cares about... Flere at the Levine JCC, we believe we have a responsibility to the world around us. Because of that spirit of giving, we want to provide our members with pro gramming that involves social action. Under the banner of “Levine JCC Cares,” we will bring our community together to perform Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Gemilut Flasadim (acts of loving kindness). Through Levine JCC Cares we will provide opportunities for families, seniors, young adults, and teens to serve the Greater Charlotte community and beyond in ways that connect us with others and are motivated by the pressing issues of the day. Current Opportunities: For the past several months, JCC Cares volunteers have been volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, whose mission is to provide the families of children being treated in area medical facilities with a safe, affordable, and caring “home away from home.” Come help out at the fol lowing upcoming events: Cookie Crew: September 12, 10 AM-12:30 PM. Come in and help the House smell like home. Prepare home-baked treats for families to enjoy. Sign up limited to four people. Meal Preparation: October 7 4:30-7:30 PM. Meal preparation teams plan a menu, purchase sup plies, and prepare a home-cooked meal at the House for the families staying there. Each person who volunteers will be asked to donate towards the purchase of groceries. Sign up limited to seven people. Future Opportunities: We are seeking LJCC members to take on volunteer leadership roles within our program. Specifically, we would like volunteers to chair or head some of the programs that we would like to pursue. At this time, these include the following: * Ronald McDonald House * Bright Blessings * Military Care Packages at Jewish Holidays * JFS Hanuldcah drive * Christmas Eve/Day event(s) If you are interested in volun teering at the Ronald McDonald House, taking on a leadership role and/or have questions or would like additional information, please contact Julie Rizzo, Director of Development and Social Action, at julie.rizzo@charlottejcc.org or 704-944-6730. ^ Refugees (Continued from page 16) Soviet Union), and the other, from Ecuador, became practice buddies. “They encouraged each other after they met in class. They were delightful.” One became a citizen in April; and the other in May. The Ecuadoran woman returned to class to act as a mock examiner for the next class cycle. Citizens are sworn-in with about 100 people from dozens of countries. They sing the national anthem and recite the pledge of allegiance. They view a video address from the President and they pledge their loyalty and alle giance to the U.S. and its constitu tion. CRRA hopes to serve as many of the 15,000+ legal permanent residents in Mecklenburg County who are eligible to become natu ralized citizens. For more informa tion about the citizenship classes, contact Dottie Shattuck at dottie. shattuck@carolinare fugee. o rg. If you know green card hold ers, please let them know about CRRA’s citizenship classes and application services. August has been a very busy month for arrivals. At press- time, CRRA was set to resettle 55 refugee clients from August 1 through August 16 alone, a num ber approaching the largest previ ous influx of 62 in a month. CRRA needs cash donations to serve all of these clients and con tinues to need furniture and house- wares for the many apartments the agency must prepare. Call 704-535-8803 to donate or volun teer. ^ Julie Rizzo iniittiniiiLniMMiiLLLiiiitiiiirrrm Yours Truly Needlepoint and Knitting Handpainted Needlepoint Canvases All New Canvases ■— Free lessons — Unique Gift Ideas — New and Old Customers Very Welcome Best Selection in Charlotte All Proceeds Go to Local Charities 3802 Columbine Circle 704-366-6765 Open Thursdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in AJC AJC ON THE ISSUES: THE 2012 ELECTION A Democratic National Convention roundtable discussion series featuring Members of Congress, policy experts and opinion leaders Updating the Black-Jewish Coalition Tuesday, September 4, 2:30 - 4:00pm Advancing Indian-Jewish Partnership Tuesday, September 4, 5:30 - 7:00pm Latinos and Jews in the Fabric of our Nation Wednesday, September 5, 10:00 - 11:30am Diplomatic Reception Wednesday, September 5, 3:30 - 5:30pm U.S. Values and Interests in a Changing Middle East Thursday, September 6, 10:00 - 11:30am All events will take place at The New Gallery of Modern Art 435 South Tryon Street, Charlotte For details or to RSVP contact: blumem@ajc.org Global Jewish Advocacy www.ajc.ord AJC Mission: To enhance the wellbeing of the Jewish people and Israel; To advance human rights and democratic vaiues around the worid. AJC is a non-partisan 501(C)C3) organization; we do not endorse or oppose candidates for office.

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