Category Archives: Tikkun Olam

Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee- Sept 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.

CBHT Rosh Hashanah Children’s Book Collection

Please bring your new or lightly used children’s books to CBHT.  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 most of these children are at the Head Start classrooms at Pisgah View Apartments in West Asheville.  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?  With only two more willing adults we will have weekly volunteers in all three classes at Pisgah View two days a week!  If interested in volunteering or have questions regarding the book collection contact Marty Mann at 828.216.0381.  Let’s continue putting good books in the hands of the children who need them the most.

Another Room in the Inn Hosting under our belt!

Kudos to everyone who helped with our recent host week for the Room in the Inn women.  Along with our interfaith partners St. Mary’s Episcopal and St. Marks Lutheran Churches, the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville, and Cong. Beth Israel, we fed and sheltered up to 12 homeless women from July 12 – July 21 in our lovely downstairs area.  Special thanks to our Sisterhood for assuming the responsibility of providing a delicious dinner (they loved the kugel!) and overnight volunteers for one of the nights and to Marty Stickle and Rubin Feldstein for driving the St. Mary’s van to pick up and return the women to the A-Hope Day Center on our assigned day.  CBHT members were on site each night during the week to oversee the volunteers and our facility.  Appreciation to Barbara and Marty Stickle, to Sam and Pam Hausfather and to Ted Zoller for their time.  And of course, the support of the temple staff always makes the logistics run smoothly – Craig, Buffy, Rabbi Meiri, the cleaning crew, and our consummate technical whiz temple member Bob Davis.

Our congregation, through the Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee, has been a partner in the RITI program for over 10 years and the need of our support remains.  Our twice- yearly hosting is an important part of the women’s lives as they transition to permanent housing.  A very large percentage of these women have gone on to have their own place which in turn, has given them a whole new start in life.

We will soon get our assigned host weeks for 2020 and welcome any congregant who would like to get more involved with our participation in this program or find out more information.

“You must love the immigrant,
because you were immigrants.”
                                                                     (Deuteronomy 10:19)

This year on August 11th, CBHT observed Tisha B’Av along with Congregation Beth Israel and Carolina Jews for Justice.  Tisha B’Av is a traditional Jewish day of mourning, when Jews around the world remember some of the greatest tragedies of our history.  Tisha B’Av also presents us with the opportunity to reflect on contemporary atrocities, and this year we were particularly compelled to reflect on the violent and dehumanizing treatment of immigrants and refugees in the U.S. – a modern day catastrophe that demands our attention, our voice, and our action. Please join the LMTO in any actions you can do:

  • Subscribe to CJJ’s email list to stay informed at carolinajewsforjustice.org;
  • Subscribe to the e-mail list of CIMA (Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción) at cimawnc.org to stay informed about what’s going on and what they need (and if you’re able, donate money!);
  • Call your representative and demand that they work to defund ICE and CBP, and #ClosetheCamps;
  • Here are some other organizations to consider for donations or other involvement:

Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee 2018-19 Report



Our thanks go to all the LMTO Committee members who attended meetings and participated in our activities during the year.  We are a great group dedicated to “repairing the world!”  We welcome new members to our committee. Please join us!

Activities/Initiatives over the year:

  • RAC Voter Engagement Initiative at CBHT informed and activated our congregation towards 100% voter engagement at CBHT. Our team encouraged all participants to pledge to vote and called every congregant who did not appear in the local voter rolls, encouraging them to register and vote.
  • Room In The Inn (RITI) supported three weeks over the year where we helped host 8-12 homeless women in congregations (ours and others) including travel, bedding, meals, and creating a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Monthly MANNA helpers helped pack food once a month at MANNA. We had 6-10 congregants help each month!
  • Annual High Holiday MANNA Food Collection was another successful year with financial donations exceeding food collection for the first time, going much further in providing meals for the hungry.
  • Head Start Tutors and Books allowed several congregants to help weekly at Pisgah View Head Start and give out books to these needy children twice during the year.
  • Sanctuary & Immigration: Our LMTO committee members Jackie Itzkovitz and Ellen Fisher did a fantastic job coordinating around-the-clock volunteers for an immigrant needing sanctuary at the UU congregation in town. We also provided assistance in other ways that we could, and were happy to find she was able to leave sanctuary.
  • Monthly Meals at Vets Quarters continued with congregant assistance.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat and Exchange was a great success with Pastor Edwards and the St. James Choir celebrating the Shabbat with CBHT, and many of us visiting St. James AME Church for their Sunday service, along with our choir and the Rabbi.
  • Interfaith Initiative for Social Justice “Dismantling Racism” work has focused on creating educational programs and a plan of action for the 20+ faith communities involved. Expect to hear more soon!
  • Annual LMTO Souper Bowl was another rousing success, with more than $2000 raised for our work and a great time had by the 15 soup makers, auctioneers, and all attending.
  • LMTO Shabbat again honored b’nai mitzvah students for their mitzvah projects, and presented a lifetime Tikkun Olam award to Sherrill Zoller.
  • Advocacy efforts continued through Menorah articles, Tikkun Olam Alerts, and work with the Carolina Jews for Justice.
  • Donations were given this year to supply books for Head Start, to Defiant Requiem, the NC Holocaust Education Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Religious School Tzedakah fair, CIMA for immigrant support, Veterans monthly meal expenses, and Room In The Inn.

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