Who We Are
Charlotte Jewish Preschool began in the 1950s as Temple Israel’s nursery school. In 1988, Temple Beth El joined with Temple Israel to formally create CJP. The school naming and partnership are noteworthy because CJP was one of the first preschools in the country to be jointly owned by two differently affiliated synagogues. CJP’s ability to successfully bring together different religious traditions continues to make our school distinct. In 2002, The Levine Jewish Community Center joined the synagogues as a partner in CJP to strengthen and enhance community resources.
As a result of our educational approach and strong community connections, our students thrive at school, at home, and in the community. We are proud that our students move confidently and successfully to their next level of education, while always remembering the lessons of family and community first learned here at CJP.
Charlotte Jewish Preschool (CJP) provides high quality half- and full-day early childhood education programs within an enriched Jewish environment. We are dedicated to providing a secure and loving atmosphere so that young children can develop a positive self-image and grow intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially. We welcome children of all religions, and we are dedicated to instilling within each child an excitement towards learning and a joyful attitude toward Judaism.
We benefit from the Shalom Park community, especially our partners, Temple Israel, Temple Beth El, and the Leon and Sandra Levine Jewish Community Center. Our location on Shalom Park enables our students to take advantage of opportunities unavailable elsewhere, such as afternoon specialty classes at the LJCC, Shabbat services at Temple Israel and Temple Beth El, access to the Center for Jewish Education, the Sandra & Leon Levine Playground, and much more. We are also generously supported by our parents, grandparents, alumni and friends, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte.
As a result of our educational approach and strong community connections, our students thrive at school, at home, and in the community.
B'tzelem Elohim- Created in God's Image
No two people think or act the same. We are all unique, and each person is worth the entire world.
With respect at the core of every interaction, we develop trusting relationships and a safe atmosphere in which we can grow.
We are part of a unique community that shares values, which deepen the meaning of everyday experiences for our families.
Learning inspires growth and reflection, which leads to discovery. As life long learners, our minds remain open and we are empowered.
Tikkun Olam- Repair the World
Our work to repair the world is the responsibility of our whole community, from our youngest to our most senior stakeholders. we can all strive to make our world a better place.