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.

Darren’s great grandparents, Barney and Hattie Pearlman met and married in Asheville in 1909. Soon after, they opened Railroad Salvage Company on Patton Ave (next to S&W Cafeteria) which then later evolved to become Pearlman’s Furniture in 1926 (moving to Page Ave in the 1950s). His grandparents, Thelma Pearlman and Maurice Rothman met in Asheville at the JCC while Maurice was on leave from the war. They married in Asheville in 1943 and after the end of the war moved to St. Petersburg, FL and in 1948 started Kane’s Furniture Corp., which is still in operation today.

“Giving has been a family affair for generations.” Darren notes, “My family has long supported Jewish establishments, both in Asheville and St. Petersburg. My grandparents were founding members of Temple Beth-El and the JCC (St. Petersburg) and most recently the Rothman Family Foundation made a donation to the Asheville JCC capital campaign in the honor of Maurice and Thelma’s fortuitous meeting back in 1943.  Marissa and I have both felt a sense of commitment and pride in supporting our synagogue as well as other Jewish foundations and causes.

Darren continues, “It was important that this renovation allowed space for added membership, updated the education facilities as well as some added amenities like the outdoor amphitheater which allows us to take our service outside and enjoy our amazing climate while connecting with G-d and one another.

There are so many in need, that it has been engrained in us from an early age, that if you are able to help—then do. We wish to donate our time and resources to organizations in which we feel a strong connection. Our Jewish heritage is so important to both Marissa and myself that we instinctively agreed to help meet the goals of the CBHT capital campaign. It has been very satisfying to see the Temple evolve over the past 10 years and are excited to see what lies ahead.