Family Tradition at CBHT Spans Six Generations
I was fortunate to be born and raised in western North Carolina. My roots in Asheville date back to 1898. Six generations of family have called Asheville home. Living in a small, southern town, Asheville has been great for me. The city has grown into an exciting, fun and interesting place to live — I have liked the many changes and growth we’ve experienced. Raised in a Jewish rural WNC community was unique to say the least but I never lost sight of who I am and what I am. This is why giving to CBHT and the Jewish community is not only an obligation but an honor for me.
One distinct memory I have at CBHT is my Bar Mitzvah in 1955 with Rabbi Unger. I have a clear recollection of looking up from the bimah and being struck by the beauty of the stained glass of Moses and the 10 commandments above the doors. That image has never left my mind. I went to Sunday school in the former choir loft where the choir and organ were located above the Ark. I remember there was a peep hole there along with an electric switch which allowed communication between the loft and the Bimah!
In later years as an adult, my brother Skip and I honored our parents Fred and Anne Pearlman with recognition on the Memorial Wall in the vestibule of the sanctuary. There were many campaigns and ways to give over the years at CBHT. When I come to temple for services, I always sit in the same pew—named after my father and grandfather – Fred and Barney Pearlman. This is very special to me. Over the years it is important to all of our family members to have these legacies visible for those who come behind us.
I strongly believe when a building campaign of such high importance to the future of so many families like mine, that 100% of the congregants need to pledge- even a minimal amount. Knowing you gave what you could and participated with your fellow congregants to reach the goal will provide immeasurable satisfaction. I guarantee it!
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill
Lowell Pearlman is a life- long member and donor at CBHT, including the L’dor V’dor Campaign and current Climb the Mountain campaign to complete our building. Watch for more member highlights and why families and individuals are choosing to donate to our capital fund drive, now moving into its’ final phase.