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Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee- November 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, November 18th – 4:30 PM, Next L.M. Tikkun Olam Meeting

Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee Updates

Take Action on the Environment

Adapted from rac.org
Submitted by Sam Hausfather

If you attended Rosh Hashanah Day services, you heard the Rabbi speak powerfully about the environment.  Indeed, Jewish tradition teaches, “Do not destroy my world, for if you do, there will be nobody after you to make it right again” (Midrash Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:13).  Not only will our actions impact future generations, including their access to environmental resources, but they impact our daily lives.  The Reform Movement has long advocated for policies to reduce our impact on climate change, including supporting the Paris Agreement and opposing the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from this important Agreement.

Tell Congress to pass the Climate Action Now Act

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Climate Action Now Act (H.R. 9), which was introduced by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14).  This bill would prohibit the use of U.S. government funds to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and would require the president to develop and release a plan within 120 days to meet the United States’ previous commitments under the Paris Agreement.  In June, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the International Climate Accountability Act (S.1743), a companion bill to the Climate Action Now Act.  Please call or write your senators and representatives to ask them to support these efforts.  Rac.org has a form online you can also fill out to let them know.

LMTO Committee is looking for congregants committed to this issue!  Please email the committee or call Sam Hausfather  if you are willing to work in a sub-group focusing on taking action on climate change.

The Children Say “Thank you”

By Marty Mann

Thank you, fellow congregants, for your participation in the Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee’s every other year children’s book drive.  This year you donated over 1,200 books as well as $305  (The cash donations will be used to purchase books for non-English speaking families so that the parents can also read to their young child to instill the love of a good book).  This will bring our total to over 6,600 books donated and distributed since we started this project.  The 1,200 plus books this year are the second most collected in the five book drives we have had since 2011.

This fall’s collection will be distributed to the Asheville/Buncombe County Literacy Council and to over fifty 3-5-year olds at Pisgah View Head Start.  The Head Start program has been adopted by the Tikkun Olam Committee and provides weekly volunteers in each of the three classrooms.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Marty Mann.

Thank you! Thank you!  Thank you!

Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee – October 2019



Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee Updates

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.

Yom Kippur & Fighting Hunger

By Sam Hausfather

On Yom Kippur, our Day of Atonement, we fast to free ourselves from our daily needs. This allows us the time we need to concentrate on the tasks at hand on this holy day: t’shuvah (repentance), t’filah (prayer), and tzedakah (charity).  As we refrain from pleasure and deny our bodies nourishment, we hope to draw ourselves closer to God.

During the climax of our worship on Yom Kippur morning, we read the stirring words of the Prophet Isaiah, who challenges us to use this fast day as a reminder that if hunger and want still exist in our world, then our fast and our prayers are incomplete.  “Is this the fast I seek?  A day of self-affliction?  Is not THIS the fast I look for: to unlock the shackles of injustice, to undo the fetters of bondage, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every cruel chain?  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and to bring the homeless poor into your house?”  (Isaiah 58:5-7).

Hunger continues to be a problem in Western North Carolina.  Please join us these High Holy Days in supporting our raising money for the MANNA Food Bank and in providing children’s books for Head Start.  Have a truly meaningful fast!

CBHT Rosh HaShanah Children’s Book Collection

By Marty Mann

Please bring your new or lightly used children’s books to CBHT.  Most of these books are given to 3-5-year olds at the Head Start classrooms at Pisgah View Apartments in West Asheville to help them start a home reading library.  The book collection runs through the High Holy Days.  You say you don’t have any books to donate?  Then make a cash donation to the Tikkun Olam Committee and designate the gift to be used to purchase children’s books.

If you really want to get involved, how about being one of our congregation’s weekly volunteers at Head Start?  If interested in volunteering or have questions regarding the book collection, contact Marty Mann.  Let’s continue putting good books in the hands of the children who need them the most.

Holiday Food Drive for MANNA Food Bank

By Elaine Stein

For our Holiday Food Drive this year, we are collecting cash or checks only!  This was the preferred method of donation requested by Manna.  Please see our flyer in this Menorah to see how many meals your dollars will buy and visit our donation table set up in the temple gallery!

Why Compost…NOW?

By Hope Warshaw and Don Kraus

Do you want to compost, but don’t want to attract bears or other critters?  We did too!  The solution we’ve been successfully using for over two years, (since we moved to Asheville), is the Raleigh-based home composting service, Compost Now (https://compostnow.org/).  At present, Compost Now is the only residential-based composting service in Asheville.

Here’s how it works:

Please consider using Compost Now.  Let’s each take one more step each day to repair the world (and save our planet).

The Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee – August 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, August 26th @ 4:30 PM—next L.M. Tikkun Olam Meeting

Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee Updates


Start Collecting Now!!

Have you already filled one box of new or lightly used children’s books already?  This Rosh Hashanah is once again our every other year children’s book collection.  Since 2011 our congregation has given over 5000 children’s books to pre-school children, Read to Succeed, and the Asheville/Buncombe Literacy Council and the job is still not complete.

Most of these books are given to 3-5-year olds to help them start a home collection of appropriate books to be read to them. Currently many of these children are students at the Head Start classrooms at Pisgah View Apartments in West Asheville where our congregation has four weekly volunteers who love to be with these children.

So, get ready to bring your books to CBHT.  Beginning in August, Marty Mann will

 

East End/Valley Street Community Heritage Festival

By Sam Hausfather

The LMTO Committee invites CBHT congregants to join us at the East End/Valley Street Community Heritage Festival August 23rd, 24th, & 25th in MLK Park in Asheville.  There will be live music, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and a children’s area.  Hours are Friday 6 PM to 9 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 9 PM, and Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM.  The Parade and Car Show on MLK Drive starts at 11 AM on Saturday from South Charlotte Street to MLK Park.  Sunday Worship Service at St James AME Church will be followed by Gospel Music with local choirs and gospel artists.

East End/Valley Street is Asheville’s oldest African-American neighborhood and is where the St. James AME Church is located.  Their neighborhood festival could use volunteers.  If you would like to sign up to help out at the Festival, please click go to:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094EABAA2EA3F49-east to sign up.

This is an alcohol free, family friendly festival!  Come celebrate with our neighbors.

Everyone is welcome!

Contact Vivian Ellner for more details.

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