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The Charlotte Jewish news. (Charlotte, N.C.) 19??-current, June 01, 2014, Image 19

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The Charlotte Jewish News - June-July 2014 - Page 19 Friendship Circle Launching Thrift Boutique and Young Adult Employment Center Our community is in need of programs that address the needs of young adults with autism and other special needs. Too many of these young people graduate high school without the skills required to continue their education or get and hold a job. While many of these individuals have unique tal ents, the majority of jobs avail able to them are janitorial positions and grocery bagging. Left with few alternatives these individuals spend most of their time at home or in programs that are little more than babysitting. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013, 69% of typical young adults ages 16-35, were pursuing a college career and/or held a job in an interest- based field. In contrast, 74.3% of young adults with special needs were living at home and were un employed or had stopped looking for work. Based on research done by the Mecklenburg Disability Action Collaborative there are currently 50,000 adults with spe cial needs in Mecklenburg County. Their unemployment rate is over 80%. ZABS Place is an eclectic re sale shop & employment training center for young adults with spe cial needs run by the Friendship Hebrew High - It’s Not Your Father’s Religious School Circle of Charlotte. We aim to create a customer-centric atmos phere with a diverse assortment of quality resale merchandise and one-of-a-kind creations, made by local young adults with special needs, all with thrift shop prices. Our product lines will include: clothing, furniture, books, and home decor. Through careful lo cation selection we will open in an area with easy access to public transportation and heavy foot traf fic. Our store layout will be both handicap-accessible and visually warm and inviting to create an en vironment that encourages cus tomers to look around and explore. We’re located at 3814 Monroe Road near Wendover. Come check us out. For more information call 704-366-5983 or visit ZAB- SPlace.org. ^ zabs place Every Wednesday, at Shalom Park, Jewish teens are busily en gaging in all sorts of Jewish learn ing. Some are studying from the ancient texts, some are listening to and translating Israeli rock music, some are creating culinary mas terpieces, and some are learning how to make ethical Jewish deci sions. There is something for every student and every learning style at Charlotte’s Hebrew High. We are beginning our third year of “Hebrew for Credit.” Due to a generous Impact Grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte and an agreement with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district, Hebrew High stu dents are learning conversational Hebrew and receiving language credit in their secular schools. The class was developed to help our young people deepen their con nection to the worldwide Jewish community through our common language. At Hebrew High, we are al ways developing new curricula to stimulate teens’ minds, get their creative juices flowing and strengthen their Jewish identity. We create the Jewish leaders of tomorrow, right here at Shalom Park every Wednesday evening. Don’t let your child be left out. For more information call Roz at 704-94-6782 or email rcooperl33@aol.com. Or check us out at www.Hebrew High.org. ^ Hebrew High students make hamentaschen for Purim. Matthew Rabinowitz is psyched to make hamentascjen with his Hebrew high friends. Registration form for next year’s Hebrew High is on page 27. When I qroui up, I'm qonnci be a pocbor To aek redciy, jps helps me: * strengthen fingers with beads * problem solve with puzzles * Memorize songs, and * Care for my friends'. Full Day S- part. Day options. Toqr Toc^ayl • info^p5on5qrtji&.or^ • JP5on5qrii5.or^

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