Category Archives: Tikkun Olam Projects

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 

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.

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