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Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Updates – June July 2019



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.
    • July 14th –21st — RITI—Contact Sherrill Zoller, RITI liaison for CBHT, zbirdlady@relloz.com, for information.
    • Monday, August 26th @ 4:30pm- next L.M.Tikkun Olam meeting
TIKKUN OLAM SHABBAT 

HONORING OUR TEENS AND LIFE-LONG SERVICE AWARD

By Vivian Ellner

The Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee seeks to recognize and celebrate individuals and groups who participate in Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.  This includes B’nai Mitzvot and their mitzvah projects, the religious school students and their support of various agencies and an individual who has had a lifelong commitment to this Jewish value.  These projects have ranged from helping to provide meals and school assistance to children in Africa; Nachama-the Jewish response to disasters; the Asheville Humane Society; Doctors Without Borders; local trail clean up and maintenance; Bounty & Soul, providing fresh fruit and vegetables to people in need; Verner Center for Early Learning, creating book packs for children with little or no access to books or libraries; Love Thy Neighbor, collecting school supplies; Brother Wolf, raising money and volunteering at the local no-kill animal shelter.

The LMTO Lifetime Award has gone this year to Sherrill Zoller, who has participated in many Tikkun Olam activities, from Homeward Bound / Room in the Inn to fighting for voter rights and voter registration, Moral Monday and Habitat for Humanity, as well as serving as co-chair of the LMTO Committee for many years.

Congratulations to all for your commitment to the world and its people.

BOOK COLLECTION 

By Martin Mann

The smile on his face said it all.  The four-year-old African-American child had just picked out a book to take home and keep.  He even had his name written on the book plate inside of the front cover.  “I can really take this book home?”  “Yes” came the reply.  A huge hug followed.

This is what it is like to be the giver of books, representing Congregation Beth HaTephila at the Pisgah View Head Start preschool.  The books are given to these children half-way and at the end of each school year at what are called Book Shares.  This is also what it is like to volunteer in a classroom at this Head Start.  If you are interested in helping for the 2019-20 school year, please let Marty Mann know.

But even if you are unable to volunteer, you can still do your part in the Tikkun Olam Committee’s support of the three classrooms at Pisgah View Apartments.  This Rosh Hashanah is the committee’s every other year children’s book collection.  Since 2011 congregants have donated over 5000 new or lightly used children’s picture books appropriate for 3-5-year olds.  Cash donations to the Tikkun Olam Committee have also been contributed to purchase new or used books to give away.

So be looking for the reminder in the August Menorah of when and where you can drop off your children’s book donation.  Start boxing up any books that are no longer needed by your own children.  Visit your favorite bookstore this summer.  Reminder: Please make sure if the book(s) are lightly used that it hasn’t been written in, have torn pages, etc.  Let’s continue to put smiles on the faces of these children and promote the love of reading.

The Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee – May 2019



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

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

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

The Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee – April 2019



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

July 14th –21st — RITI—Contact Sherrill Zoller, RITI liaison for CBHT, zbirdlady@relloz.com, for information.

THE LOTTE MEYERSON TIKKUN OLAM COMMIITTEE UPDATES APRIL 2019 

UNC Asheville Lecture

by Brian Stevenson Thursday, April 25th

Bryan Stevenson, the attorney, activist and best-selling author, who led the team that created the first national memorial to victims of lynching, will speak at UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena at 7 PM on Thursday, April 25th. Doors will open at 6 PM.  The talk is free and open to the public.

Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI).  Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults.  Stevenson recently won a historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger.  He also is the author of award-winning book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

In April 2018, EJI opened a new museum, The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, built on the site of a former slave warehouse in downtown Montgomery.  This is a companion to a national memorial to victims of lynching.  The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opened at the same time, has been visited by a number of LMTO Committee members.  The LMTO Committee is working with the Interfaith Initiative to facilitate bringing to Asheville a memorial to those lynched in Buncombe County.

Sam Hausfather

Room in the Inn (RITI)

Room in the Inn Appreciation.  Once again, many thanks to all of the CBHT members who volunteered to participate in some needed way for our RITI host week in February.  Whether you provided food, rides, overnight supervision or just plain companionship, our partnership in this very important community project simply could not be realized without all of you.  Much appreciation from the 12 homeless RITI women, the Homeward Bound staff and the L.M. Tikkun Olam Committee.

Looking ahead, our second RITI host week will take place at CBHT July 14th – July 21st.  Please mark your calendars. 

Sherrill Zoller, RITI liaison for CBHT

Sherrill Zoller

 

 

CBHT and St. James AME Church Joint MLK Shabbat and Unity Service



The Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee initiated what turned into a fantastic exchange and collaboration for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday recognition.

On Friday, January 11th, the choirs of both houses of worship collaborated to provide music and the Rev. Brent Edwards provided the sermon for our CBHT Shabbat service.
Rev. Edwards’ sermon emphasized that we all walk with God through our daily ups and downs. The combined choirs and the St. James dancers made for a deep and meaningful experience.

On Sunday, January 13th, many members of CBHT attended a Unity Service at St. James AME Church. The two choirs again joined their voices and Rabbi Meiri provided the sermon. She spoke of Dr. King’s words that “Unity is the great need of the hour.” She went on to describe the weekend events as “an affirmation that we are better together – as a congregation and as a community.” It was an exciting and profound service! Special thanks go to Vivian Ellner for working tirelessly to initiate this collaboration, and to Rabbi Meiri and the CBHT choir for making our shared services a reality. The Tikkun Olam Committee hopes to continue to work on collaborating with St. James AME Church.

The Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee



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.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat–
    • at CBHT, Friday, January 11th
    • at St. James AME, Sunday, January 13th
  • Monday, February 4th @ 4:30 PM—next L.M. Tikkun Olam meeting.
  • Sunday, February 17th – Souper Bowl – Chefs Needed–RSVP: elainebstein@icloud.com.

Hanukkah and the Refugee Crisis Republished from RAC.org https://rac.org/

As Jews across the world celebrate Hanukkah, we commemorate the Maccabees’ victory over the tyrannical King Antiochus.

Prior to his defeat, Antiochus had desecrated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and forbade Jewish religious observance. Thus, the miracle of a meager amount of oil lighting the menorah in the Temple for a full eight days signifies to us the righteousness and wonder of overcoming a regime of persecution and violence.

Today, refugees have fled their homes seeking an opportunity for the hope that lies at the core of our celebration of Hanukkah – to live freely according to one’s own beliefs and conscience. In Central America, gang warfare and weak government institutions have led to a situation in which kidnapping, torture and murder are all too common. Many have embarked on a treacherous northward journey in order to reach a place where they will be free of constant fear.

In the midst of the Hanukkah celebration, we should remember the hardships facing today’s refugees, who unlike the Maccabees do not have the military might to resist the systemic violence inflicted against them both at home and during their travels to safety. As we reflect on the global refugee crisis this week, we can also take action by telling our elected officials that we support a robust refugee resettlement program that places humanitarian assistance and mercy over xenophobia and fear.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION 2019

The weekend of January 11th-13th will kick off a week of community celebrations in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and will be twice as joyous this year. On Friday, January 11th, CBHT will be joined by the St. James African Methodist Church community, with the Reverend Brent L. Edwards as guest preacher, and the St. James Perfecting Praise Choir and the Prophetic Dance Ministry; on Sunday, January 13th, the CBHT community will join the Sunday morning worship at St. James AME Church, with Rabbi Meiri as the guest preacher, and the Kol Simcha Choir.

This will be a Sabbath of unity and friendship between the communities — which we hope will be the beginning of a lasting relationship with our fellow house of prayer.

Please welcome the St. James AME Church Community when they come to celebrate with us and enrich our worship on Friday, January 11th, at 7:30 PM and continue the celebration by supporting their community, the Rabbi and the Kol Simcha Choir by participating at St. James AME Church, Sunday, January 13th, at 11 AM.