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Deep Jewish Family Roots in Asheville Pave the Future for the Green Family



“Temple Beth HaTephila holds such a significant place in our family history that we both wanted to help continue the tradition of giving and provide an example to our children. We both felt and continue to feel that it is important for this community to have a beautiful and state-of-the-art center for Jewish worship and education.”   Darren and Marissa Green

Hailing from St Petersburg and Maitland, Florida, Darren and Marissa Green met at a Bar Mitzvah of one of Darren’s cousins in Sarasota, FL in 2000. They were married in 2004 and had their first child Molly in 2007. Moving to Asheville in late 2007. They started a woodworking business called The Old Wood Co., now celebrating its 10th anniversary and joyfully added Judd and Quinn to their family in 2010 and 2013.

We have been members of CBHT since early 2008. We send all of our children to Sunday school and have contributed to the Capital Campaign as well as participate in family services,” adds Darren. Continue reading Deep Jewish Family Roots in Asheville Pave the Future for the Green Family

Capital Campaign Update – April, 2018



Message from Larry Weiss, Capital Campaign Co-Chair

The campaign to pay for the extensive additions and renovations to our facility shows determination and faith in our future to all who enter our space. We realized nearly ten years ago that making a commitment to the future of our temple was a ‘now or never’ proposition. We’ve invested time, effort, and funds to ensure that those who follow our steps will have a spiritual home to benefit from.

It is gratifying to see what we have given rise to. At the same time, it is essential to understand where we are in this journey. The structure is in place, but we’ve not yet secured enough funding necessary to pay off the bank, making our facility free and clear of the need to have to keep coming to you for this essential support.

We need both additional pledges and for those of you who have promised support to come through with your funds.
There are many newer members/families who may not realize that the dream has yet to be fulfilled. Please consider what you can do to ensure that our temple can operate as our permanent Jewish home for today, tomorrow, and forever.

Campaign Co-Chair Joe Karpen is meeting with all congregants for 30 minutes to update you on the campaign needs. Please contact Joe directly or the Temple on how you set up your 30 minute meeting. Or fill in the form to have Joe contact you.


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Family Tradition at CBHT Spans Six Generations



Family Tradition at CBHT Spans Six Generations
I  was fortunate to be born and raised in western North Carolina. My roots in Asheville date back to 1898. Six generations of family have called Asheville home. Living in a small, southern town, Asheville has been great for me. The city has grown into an exciting, fun and interesting place to live — I have liked the many changes and growth we’ve experienced. Raised in a Jewish rural WNC community was unique to say the least but I never lost sight of who I am and what I am. This is why giving to CBHT and the Jewish community is not only an obligation but an honor for me.

One distinct memory I have at CBHT is my Bar Mitzvah in 1955 with Rabbi Unger. I have a clear recollection of looking up from the bimah and being struck by the beauty of the stained glass of Moses and the 10 commandments above the doors. That image has never left my mind. I went to Sunday school in the former choir loft where the choir and organ were located above the Ark. I remember there was a peep hole there along with an electric switch which allowed communication between the loft and the Bimah!

In later years as an adult, my brother Skip and I honored our parents Fred and Anne Pearlman with recognition on the Memorial Wall in the vestibule of the sanctuary. There were many campaigns and ways to give over the years at CBHT. When I come to temple for services, I always sit in the same pew—named after my father and grandfather – Fred and Barney Pearlman. This is very special to me. Over the years it is important to all of our family members to have these legacies visible for those who come behind us.

I strongly believe when a building campaign of such high importance to the future of so many families like mine, that 100% of the congregants need to pledge- even a minimal amount. Knowing you gave what you could and participated with your fellow congregants to reach the goal will provide immeasurable satisfaction. I guarantee it!

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill

Lowell Pearlman

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Lowell Pearlman is a life- long member and donor at CBHT, including the L’dor V’dor Campaign and current Climb the Mountain campaign to complete our building. Watch for more member highlights and why families and individuals are choosing to donate to our capital fund drive, now moving into its’ final phase.

 

 

 

CBHT —Giving from the Heart



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CBHT —Giving from the Heart

By Gail A. Manheimer

I have always felt our Temple represents an extension of our home, a welcoming place for us to pray, meditate, study, sing, find fellowship, make new friends and at the same time we seek the kind of inner peace that is so needed in times of stress or the strain of work and family responsibilities. My present involvement in the CBHT campaign actually goes back many years. When it was decided that we would take the beginning steps to modify our Temple, the religious school facilities, and add the social hall building, I was reminded of how I had participated in the expansion and rebuilding of my previous Temple Beth El in Harrisburg, PA.

At that time, 1979, I was a divorced, single mom. I had very little “extra money,” yet I wanted to be a part of this project and have my children know that they had spiritual ownership in this building where they were growing up and would celebrate their Bat and Bar Mitzvahs. I made a pledge of $100 a month for three years, knowing that when it was paid off it would be $3,600! Once I had made my pledge, I was then eligible to step up and be a part of the fund raising team, in a position to ask others to join me.

When our renovation was completed in 1984, my children and I located our names inscribed on a small plaque, along with many others, just outside the social hall. Thirty-two years later, I still remember the feeling of what it meant to us, this major accomplishment of being a small, yet to us significant, part of this large project.

As a member of the Temple board in 2007, when we voted to begin the process of renovating and expanding our beloved Congregation Beth HaTephila, I knew I wanted to be a part of this very important milestone. I met with Joe Karpen in 2008. Little did I know at that time, Ron Manheimer and I would be married the following year under the Chuppah in the Sanctuary and have our wedding reception downstairs in the wood-paneled Unger Hall that was original to the building. Having paid off my pledge a few years ago, Ron and I made another contribution September, 2016 because this project is not complete until the debt is retired….marked Paid in Full.

As living examples, my parents always supported our Temple, wherever we lived and this was the lesson that was passed on to me. If Jews do not help other Jews and our religious institutions, then who will? In our broader community of Asheville, there are many worthy charities that beg for our attention, energy and support. However, when you choose to support Jewish organizations, know that if you step aside and refuse to help, then the broader community will not be there to lend a hand. Jews helping Jews by giving to Jewish causes means that your commitment honors your family: your parents, your grandparents, perhaps going back generations to ancient times when we were asked to contribute our valuables for the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem.

We are being called now just as we have always been called. Will your contribution be the one that helps us finally complete this process? Do you see some metaphorical golden ring embedded in the foundation of the building? Will you kvell, glow with pride, feeling important, knowing you are part of the solid foundation that giving from the heart engenders?

Join me in this vision: this is my Temple, my Temple family, my Religious School, my little Torah that I carry marching around the Sanctuary, the place where my children, my grandchildren are now becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. The tradition of giving and caring about what happens here, right now, insures our success.

Think about it quietly yourself; talk about it with your family. Your heart will tell you what to do. Then call the Temple or fill out this enclosed envelope. Multiply your mindful gift by 36 payments and, together, we will reach our goal of retiring our mortgage so that we are debt free. Then you will be able to experience with joy what you have helped create, your name on a leaf, on a plaque, or on a wall, honoring your gift and commitment to your Temple family.

Together we are One Temple Family strong!

B’shalom,

Gail

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Gail and Ron Manheimer are active members of CBHT and a donors to the L’dor V’dor Campaign. Watch for more member highlights and why families and individuals are choosing to donate to our capital fund drive, now moving into its’ final two phases.