Category Archives: Tikkun Olam

The Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee-February 2020



UPCOMING SCHEDULED LOTTE MEYERSON TIKKUN OLAM PROJECTS:

1st Friday each month from 1-3 PM @ MANNA– CBHT volunteer team. Contact Wendy Capelouto to help.

3rd Friday each month @ noon – CBHT Vets shelter meal serving. Contact Hilary Paradise to help.

Monday, February 10th – 4:30 PM, Next L.M. Tikkun Olam Meeting

February 16th –23rd Room in the Inn; CBHT helps St. Mary’s host.  Contact Sherrill Zoller to help.

COLLABORATION WITH ST. JAMES CHURCH

 On Sunday, January 12th, St. James hosted a Unity Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Our choir collaborated with their choir to provide a program of beautiful and inspirational music.  Reverend Brent Edwards welcomed attending CBHT members warmly and Rabbi Meiri provided a moving sermon on the long connection between African-American and Jewish communities, weaving it into the weekly Torah portion from Exodus.

On Friday, January 17th, members of the Tikkun Olam Committee welcomed members of St. James for a “Shabbat at Home” dinner.  We had the chance for much one-on-one conversation with the hope of strengthening our future collaborations with St. James.  We hope to continue partnering with them around issues of social justice. Contact Sam Hausfather at tikkunolam@bethhatephila.org for more information or to get involved.

HEBREW IMMIGRANT AID SOCIETY (HIAS)  WELCOME CAMPAIGN

In response to the largest refugee crisis in human history, the LMTO committee and Temple, with full approval of the Board, has joined over 400 congregations across all denominations countrywide in support of refugees and asylum seekers.  Perhaps your grandparents were brought to this country with the aid of HIAS?  I know mine were.  We will educate the congregation on HIAS’ involvement with refugees, advocate with local officials, hold events and raise awareness.  When and if the time comes to support refugees, we know CBHT members will be at the forefront helping them as we were with our Sanctuary support.

ROOM IN THE INN February 16th – 23rd

Our next RITI program for homeless women is on the calendar for Sunday evening February 16th through early Sunday February 23rdThe host site for February will be St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.  We are looking for assistance with any of the following: help provide a homemade dinner one night; drive the St. Mary’s van to bring the women to/from the A-Hope Day Center to St. Mary’s one evening or morning; provide for 12 paper bag lunches; and 2 overnight people to oversee the women and set out a light breakfast for the women.  All volunteers are encouraged to stay at the host site to share dinner with the RITI women on our assigned evenings.  You can be part of their transition by being a CBHT volunteer for any of the above assignments.  For more information, please contact: Sherrill Zoller, Tikkun Olam liaison for RITI.

UPCOMIMG SCHOLAR-in-RESIDENCE:

September 10th –13th

The LMTO committee announces an exciting program to prepare us for the High Holidays.  Rabbi Neal Gold will teach and enlighten us for four days with the emphasis on Tikkun Olam, Tzedakah and Social Justice.  Rabbi Gold has been a Scholar-In-Residence across the country.  He is a leader, counselor, teacher and social activist.  His teaching is inspired by the beauty of Jewish texts and he uses texts and traditions as a means of transforming the world.  In order to bring Rabbi Gold to CBHT we are looking for patrons to defray his expenses.  Please contact LMTO member Ellen Fisher to join us in this exciting program.  To read more about Rabbi Gold you can access his info at www.nealgold.net.  Read his blog, his CV and accolades from across the country.

 

 

 

The Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee – January, 2020



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, February 10th – 4:30 PM, Next L.M. Tikkun Olam Meeting
  • February 16th –23rd Room in the Inn; CBHT helps St. Mary’s host.  Contact Sherrill Zoller to help.

Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee Updates

Racial Justice and Jewish Values

In the Torah, Jews are taught to accept others, without prejudice or bias.  The Torah states “You shall not hate your kinsfolk in your heart.  Reprove your kinsman, but incur no guilt because of him.  You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your countrymen.  Love your fellow as yourself: I am the Eternal.” (Leviticus 19: 17-18).

In the Talmud, we learn that all people are descendants from a single person so that no person can say, “my ancestor is greater than yours.”  God created humanity from the four corners of the earth – yellow clay, and white sand, black loam and red soil.  Therefore, the earth can declare to no part of humanity that it does not belong here, that this soil is not their rightful home.  (adapted from RAC.org)

The Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee has participated with approximately 30 Asheville faith communities who are part of the Interfaith Initiative for Social Justice Dismantling Racism working group.  Using their Action Plan, we are beginning work on initiatives to educate our congregation to understand systemic white supremacy in our community, state and nation and to become allies to change it where we can.  In the coming months you will be hearing about our plans for a CBHT field trip to the Montgomery racial truth sites, collaborating with St. James AME Church, as well as planning for speakers and discussion groups for the fall.  We welcome others to join in our LMTO efforts to dismantle racism in ourselves, our communities, and our nation.

Room in the Inn 2020

It’s a new year and our first RITI program for homeless women is on the calendar for Sunday evening February 16th through early Sunday February 23rdThe host site for February will be St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at Charlotte St. and Macon Ave.  For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this Tikkun Olam project, volunteers from the temple, along with volunteers from our RITI partners St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, the Ethical Humanist Society, and Congregation Beth Israel, provide the following for up to 12 homeless women: a homemade dinner each evening at 6 pm; drive the St. Mary’s van to bring the women from the A-Hope Day Center to the host site each evening as well as an early morning driver to return them to the Day Center; provide for 12 paper bag lunches; and 2 overnight people to oversee the women and set out a light breakfast (provided) for the women.  We will determine the exact assigned days of our assignments early in January.  All volunteers are encouraged to stay at the host site to share dinner with the RITI women on our assigned evenings, or any evening during our host week.

This is a wonderful opportunity to sit and talk one on one with the women and really see how much they are just like us.  The Room in the Inn program gives these women a safe and loving place to be each week (host site changes to another faith group weekly) while they seek services and/or work or go to school as they await permanent housing.  The majority of RITI clients eventually are housed with an impressive 95% retention rate.

You can be part of their transition by being a CBHT volunteer for any of the above assignments.  For more information, please contact: Sherrill Zoller, Tikkun Olam liaison for RITI, at zbirdlady@relloz.com.  Note:  Our second host week will be held at CBHT the week of June 7th-14th.

Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee Updates December, 2019



Rekindling the Lamp: Hanukkah and Children’s Issues

 Adapted from rac.org

Submitted by Sam Hausfather

At the moment of rededication, the Maccabees relit the ner tamid, the eternal flame in the Temple.  Because it is perpetually lit, the ner tamid signifies a hope that God’s presence will continue to dwell with us from generation to generation.  What could be a better symbol for our hopes for a sustainable future than the ner tamid?  Thus, as we kindle the Hanukkah lights, we think about how we can nurture our children and pass along a better world to them.

Hanukkah has become a children’s holiday.  We have parties and play games, eat sweets and give gifts.  Therefore, it is only natural that we consider children’s issues on Hanukkah.  When we help all children gain the loving families, safe homes, health care and education they deserve, we help fulfill our mandate to nurture God’s creation in each generation.  In addition, many other issues – including global climate change, environmental sustainability, economic justice and poverty – affect children as well as adults.  When we work for social justice in these areas, we also ensure the well-being of future generations.

We can light lamps by the work of our hands – from the clothing we collect for warm-up campaigns to the meals we cook for hungry mouths; by the words of our mouths, from the phone calls we make to our representatives, to the stories we read to disadvantaged youth, and by the meditations of our hearts – as we ever strive towards the vision of a world redeemed.

Thus, as we kindle the Hanukkah lights, we think about how we can pass along a better world to our children. We think about how we can contribute to a world that can sustain us, our children and our children’s children.  Please join the Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee in working toward the repair of our world, for our day and for future generations.

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE FOR MANNA FOODBANK

Thank you to the entire congregation for your generosity.

We raised $7825.00!!!  or Equivalent to 27,387 Meals!

This was extremely appreciated by MANNA.

 

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

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 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 

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).