Tikkun Olam

The Tikkun Olam Committee provides the congregation with many opportunities to practice the mitzvah of repairing the world by participating in community service projects. Through education and advocacy, Tikkun Olam also focuses on public policy issues of concern to us as members of the Jewish community.

See a special video, shown at the Tikkun Olam Shabbat Service.
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The underlying premise of our work is the Torah’s call for justice. Our major focus is on issues of local concern to the greater Asheville and Western North Carolina communities. These include:

  • educating ourselves, the congregation and the community-at-large on issues of social justice at the local, state or national level;
  • promoting advocacy on these issues;
  • working in coalitions with other faith communities as well as like-minded organizations;
  • acting directly with people whose lives can be enriched with help.

Much of our work is informed by the Religious Action Center (www.rac.org) of the Commission on Social Action, an arm of the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

The Tikkun Olam Committee is composed of four subcommittees:

  • Housing
    • Ensuring safe and affordable housing for those in need
  • Food Justice
    • Assisting the hungry and promoting healthy living
  • Education
    • Impacting the lives of young people
  • Advocacy
    • Alerting those in power on issues of social justice

Tikkun Alerts, covering current issues of importance, are sent to CBHT congregants who have requested to be on the distribution of these Alerts. Click here if you wish to view some of our recent Tikkun Alerts.

The Tikkun Olam Committee welcomes new members and the experiences they bring to enrich our work and learning. For more information, contact co-chairs Sam Hausfather and Sherrill Zoller (tikkunolam@bethhatephila.org).

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