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.