Category Archives: Tikkun Olam

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

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

 

 

Tikkun Olam Is A Verb



Artist Elana Kann of Asheville has created the sculptureTikkun Olam Is A Verb.  She and her sister Sheella Mierson lovingly gifted it to the Temple in honor of their parents Lotte & Seymour Meyerson and in honor of the Temple’s mission statement

Here is Elana’s explanation of how she imagined the sculpture’s elements, as she designed and built it. Other interpretations are valid as well!

Her hope is that people can see in it what they want and need, as their own lives intertwine with the parts of the world that touch them, and that everyone will find something in it with which to identify. And, her hope is that this will inspire the congregation with an important part of CBHT’s own Mission Statement–the determination to repair what is broken and heal what is suffering.

She envisioned three vertical layers to the sculpture. From the top the images portray brokenness–shattered shards of light or glass (Kristallnacht?); loneliness, pain and fear (child on left); anger & violence (fist); fire.

From the bottom comes healing, starting with the big hands that represent what people of various faiths or beliefs call God, Buddha, spirit, the sacred–whatever name people give to a force that unites us in compassion, love, and support. Those hands heal and support the community–the people in a circle with their arms around each other. This group could be interpreted as Beth HaTephila’s congregation.

And the middle shows various narratives that pass the healing on. The community of people who experience that love and compassion themselves reach out to heal the brokenness above. Again moving left to right, a hand reaches out to the lonely hurting child; below that a hand tries to put a broken piece back in place; two hands offer compassion to the violent fist, to help soften it; the handshake represents racial healing (and the top hand, made of oak, will deepen in color over the years so that it will be more obvious); a firefighter puts out the fire, while below that someone lights the Shabbat candles (a very different kind of flame); a gardener plants grape vines and receives an offer of another plant.

Elana can be reached via http://www.branchingoutwoodworks.com/

The piece is located directly across from the Rabbi’s office.

Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee Updates  March-2019



By Sam Hausfather

Purim: Raise Your Voice Against Persecution

Adapted from RAC.org

Purim reminds us that the evils of persecution and genocide are ever-present threats to humanity.  Haman accuses the Jews of being a people scattered and dispersed who scorn the king’s law and obey their own laws (Esther 3:8-11).  As a people who celebrate unique customs and have historically been shunned from the rest of society, the Jews have known a unique vulnerability to persecution.

However, as the end of the book of Esther in which the Jews kill 75,000 Persians while defending themselves shows us, we not only have a responsibility in preventing others from oppressing us, but we must also prevent anyone from experiencing oppression.  As Abraham Joshua Heschel says: “Few are guilty, but all are responsible.”

Today, thousands of people around the world are persecuted because of differences in race, religion, gender, or political affiliation.  We are currently facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II with over 19 million refugees and 60 million people displaced worldwide.

UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 children are currently being exploited in over thirty armed conflicts worldwide.

In the United States, we are in the midst of a “border crisis,” which many would say is self-inflicted by the current administration.  The refusal of the administration to admit refugees on our southern border is illegal and the creation of child migrant prisons is immoral.

Our Jewish values of upholding the dignity of humanity compel us to feel personally responsible for those experiencing oppression worldwide.  In honor of Purim, let us take the opportunity to learn about refugee rights and contact our legislators to express our views about the persecution of vulnerable populations.

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.