Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is celebrated March 25 to April 2 this year. The origins of Passover centered around ancient Israel spring celebrations of the first grain harvest and the birth of the first lambs. The multi-faith theme of this holiday is redemption. It is a remembrance of the night when God passed over the homes of the Israelites during the tenth plague and the exodus out of slavery in Egypt to freedom. The focus of Pesach is the Seder. It is a symbolic-rich meal completed in 15 steps that tells the story of God’s grace from bondage to freedom. In Charlotte, Passover will be celebrated in homes, community gatherings, temples and churches:
Most grandparents love to spend time with their grandkids and believe it’s the most fulfilling thing in life. While many grandparents live near the kids and see them weekly, others wish they could live even closer. Whether they live nearby, under the same roof or across the country, here are five places in Charlotte to help create bonding experiences between the generations.
Economic growth is expected to remain at a low ebb for 2013. According to the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), the U.S. economy will expand by a mere 2.1% this year. Those with jobs will see their paychecks diminish from burgeoning tax increases. The NABE says the number of workers without a job will remain high, around 7.7%. Whether a seasoned professional making a career transition or a college graduate, here are five Charlotte job-seeker resources and tips:
Be prepared for these adverse conditions, whether it’s snow, ice, tornado-strength winds, flash flooding, accidental disasters or terrorism.
Homeschooling in North Carolina continues its upward trend, and South Charlotte is a hotspot for home educators. Likewise, growing resources are available to homeschooled students.
Chef Valerie Lamie promises cooking with kids is easy. Just keep it simple, and have fun, she says. Patience and time are valuable assets when letting the kids loose in the kitchen. Buy them an apron — for fun and for your sanity — and watch them learn about food and math as they follow these simple recipes, courtesy of Lamie herself.
As Halloween winds down, and the weather turns chilly, thoughts of which charity to donate come to mind. You decide whether your donation goes to a child, a senior or other adult, perhaps a family. Possibly, your preference is to donate on a weekly basis during the holiday season or for the whole year. Making the time to shop for gifts not only gives you the opportunity to make a positive contribution in someone’s life, but allows you to give back to the community in which you live, work or play in.
The Festival of Lights celebrates the rededication of the Temple. Legend has it that when the Jews lit the menorah, there was only enough oil to last one day. The miracle of the story is that the little bit of oil they had, burned for eight days. Lighting a candle each night on the menorah commemorates this miracle, but there is so much more to this fun holiday in Charlotte. These are the five best ways to celebrate Hanukkah in the area.
This year, let the kids deck the halls with a handmade holiday gift infused with creativity and love. Here are five Charlotte locations to get the family’s creative spirit brewing.
These volunteer opportunities promise to teach children compassion, empathy and perseverance. When looking for a group or association to volunteer with, keep in mind your family’s interests.
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