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.