Category Archives: Tikkun Olam

The Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee


  • 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:

Hanukkah and the Refugee Crisis Republished from

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.


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.

Tikkun Olam Book Share

On June 4, 2018, Marty Mann presented books to the Pisgah View Head Start from the Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee (LMTO).

Each child was presented a book to take home that was donated last fall by our congregation. LMTO Committee members regularly read to the young children at Pisgah View Head Start throughout the school year.

The LMTO Committee hopes to build a stronger relationship with this program and provide more weekly volunteers so that the teachers have additional help.  Contact Marty Mann for details if you are interested for the next school year.

The Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee

Upcoming Scheduled  Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Events:

  • 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.
  • May 23 – June 2– current Room in the Inn host week at St. Mary’s Episcopalian Church.
  • August 26 – Sept. 2., Next RITI host week @ CBHT (contact Sherrill Zoller for more information.
  • Monday, August 20th, @ 4:30 -next L.M. Tikkun Olam meeting.

Sanctuary Housing

Our pledge to support the Unitarian Church in their endeavor to provide sanctuary continues.  To date, approximately 30 congregants have completed one or more shifts.  Several other churches and synagogues are participating as well as a group of retired Peace Corps folks.  There are 4-hour shifts during the day, and an 8 PM to 8 AM shift as well.  This has been a gratifying and enjoyable contribution for the volunteers.

If you are able to provide some hours, please call the volunteer coordinators, Jackie Itzkovitz  or Ellen Fisher.  A background check is necessary and Craig has the forms.  The cost is $18.  If you are unable to give of your time, you might consider donating an Ingles food card, or making a donation by check to the Unitarian Universalist Church, making notation that it is for Sanctuary.

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land you shall not do him wrong.  You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

Leviticus 19:33-34

Jackie Itzkovitz

Helpmate – CBHT Sisterhood’s Social Action Project

In a recent letter, Helpmate let us know what our support means as Helpmate transforms and saves lives.  “Helpmate staff and volunteers answered the phone more than 3,000 times last year responding to people in crisis.  They provided direct services to more than 2,500 victims of domestic violence.  141 adults and 86 children were protected from imminent danger by staying in our shelter.”

You can make a difference in the lives of those staying at the Helpmate shelter.  We have been asked to provide the following items:   • Toothpaste  • Coffee –   To Brew in a Coffee Maker (not Keurig Cups) • Hair Brushes • Alarm Clocks • Shampoo and Conditioner

By supplying just one or two of these items we can assist Helpmate in working with our community to eliminate abuse and fear by providing safety, shelter, and support for people who have been victimized by domestic violence.

You can drop off your items anytime at the Temple.  Just leave them in the Helpmate Basket in the Dave Hall Gallery behind the coat rack.   Please continue to help Sisterhood show our caring support to those who are experiencing domestic violence by providing these items.

Should you have any questions please e-mail or call Gail Sobel or Alyse Wolfson.

The March of Our Lives

On March 24th, many of our temple teens joined their NFTY counterparts both in Raleigh and here in Asheville as participants in the youth-led March for our Lives to stop school gun violence.

For the adults attending the March, it was an amazingly inspiring event as we witnessed the articulation and commitment of our youth as they expressed their fears of school shootings and frustration over inaction on the part of legislators to adequately address their concerns. They called for renewed attention to the issue through political action and voting.

Below are quotes and a picture of some of our own teens who were part of the marches:

Nina G.: I am really glad I went to the march. It’s not right that we can’t feel safe at school and we must keep talking about this problem so we can fix it.

Noah G.: It seems the politicians in Washington don’t care about our safety as much as they care about doing what the NRA tells them. We need to get new people to represent us in the government.

Gabriel M.: I was amazed how many people were there considering the number of people I imagine own guns in our state. And the crowd had great enthusiasm. I particularly enjoyed hearing from a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting who now has a child in public school and how she has to be taught how to stay safe at school.

Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Asheville Area

Description and Purpose

The Jewish Community Relations Council exists to build bridges of understanding and communication within our Jewish community and beyond to the general community.

We are a group of Jewish parents, educators and leaders in the community with the goals of promoting greater cooperation and collaboration within our community around issues of religious inclusion, anti-Semitism, and combating all forms of racial and ethnic hatred and prejudice.

For more information about the JCRC, how we can help you, or to work with our committee, please contact committee chairperson Rochelle Reich, Director of Community Life & Jewish Learning, Asheville JCC at×111.