UPCOMING SCHEDULED LOTTE MEYERSON TIKKUN OLAM PROJECTS:
- 1st Friday each month from 1-3 PM @ MANNA– CBHT volunteer team. Contact Sandra Layton to help.
- 3rd Friday each month @ noon – CBHT Vets shelter meal serving. Contact Hilary Paradise to help.
- Monday, April 29th @ 4:30 PM—next L.M. Tikkun Olam meeting.
- Friday, May 24th, @ 7:30 PM—Tikkun Olam Shabbat
- Our next RITI host week will take place at CBHT July 14th – July 21st. To volunteer or for more information, Contact Sherrill Zoller, RITI liaison for CBHT.
Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee Updates
Tikkun Olam Shabbat Friday, May 24th Honoring our Teens and Life-Long Service Award.
Please come celebrate with us at our special service during which we will recognize our B’nai Mitzvah students for their mitzvah projects. The B’nai Mitzvah students honored for 2018-19 will be
Sophie Feinblatt, Eli Sponder, Arielle Senzon, Elijah Seligman, Leanna Edelman, Lexi Spaziani, Ella Morgan, Ella Henegan, and Keira Ward. In addition, we will give out our annual ‘Lotte Meyerson Lifelong Service Award’ to Sherrill Zoller for her many contributions to the CBHT Tikkun Olam Committee and her continuing pursuit of social justice and repairing the world—a tenet of Reform Judaism. The Lotte Myerson Tikkun Olam Committee will provide the oneg for this special evening. There will also be a table set up featuring our many upcoming projects as well as display panels on some of the organizations our B’nai Mitzvah students have supported.
Homeward Bound: the key to ending homelessness in Buncombe County.
Homeward Bound is a non-profit organization which has worked for 30 years to end homelessness in our area. Since its inception, more than 2,000 individuals have been housed and 89% have not returned to homelessness. We participate in
one of the Homeward Bound programs, Room in the Inn, which partners with 64 area faith communities and organizations to provide a warm safe space for up to 12 women, a week at a time. CBHT shares the responsibility of accommodating and feeding the RITI women 2 or 3 weeks each year with volunteers from Congregation Beth Israel, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville. Our congregation’s commitment to the RITI has been going on for over ten years. It also includes an annual financial pledge of support to help keep the program going which comes out of our L.M. Tikkun Olam Fund. Thanks to all of you who help support our efforts through volunteering for the many tasks involved in hosting the women during our assigned weeks and through any contributions made to our L.M. Tikkun Olam Fund.
Another way you can benefit Homeward Bound is by donating your new and gently-used items to furnish new homes for their clients who are moving out of homelessness. Most of these people have little to no possessions when they get into housing and are starting from scratch. There is now a Welcome Home Donation Center for collection of much-needed household goods, furniture and supplies to help out people when they get housing. The ‘wish list’ includes unopened cleaning supplies, unopened toiletries, linens, kitchen supplies and some furniture (dressers, couches, chairs, lamps, dining tables, box fans, air mattresses). The Donation Center (828.412.5322) is located at 201 Elk Park Dr., Woodfin (I-26 Exit 24 Elk Mt. Rd.) and is open 10 AM – 2 PM, Mon., Thur. and Fri. and Wed. from 1 PM – 4 PM. You can schedule pick-up for large items. Check out the Homeward Bound website for more details. Sherrill Zoller, RITI liaison for CBHT.
Holocaust Education Bill
(Please note: The status of this bill may have changed since this article was written on April 10, 2019. ) The North Carolina House of Representatives is currently considering House Bill 437 introduced by Linda Johnson of Cabarrus County, along with bi-partisan co-sponsors including Susan Fisher of Asheville, which will require all middle and high school public school students be taught about the Holocaust and genocide along with other related concepts. The bill has passed the Education Committee unanimously without any changes to how it was originally introduced.
As of April 10th, the status of the bill was as follows
according to Michael Abramson, Chairman of the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust: “Right now, the best possibility is that the bill will be coming out of the Rules Committee next Monday or Tuesday, and then set on the House calendar for a vote on Wednesday, April 17th. All is going well, and there are no problems. The delay is primarily due to the obvious personal impact on Representative Johnson from the loss of her son. Richard Schwartz spoke with her last night and she is hanging in there. She is very invested in this legislation and is optimistic about it. She wants to be present to make sure this is handled properly, in the House. She is an amazing supporter of ours!” So hopefully, when the May Menorah arrives in your mailbox, this bill has already been passed or is continuing to move on through the legislative process.
Please let your representatives know how you feel by writing to them. The passing of this bill is an important step in making sure we all remember and that the stories of the survivors are forever taught. To read the version of the bill after passing the Education Committee go to: www.ncleg.gov/Sessions/2019/Bills/House/PDF/H437v1.pdf