The Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee May, 2020


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

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

Sunday, May 10thTop Your Dog – LMTO Fundraiser Picnic (Postponed, Date TBA)

June 7th –13th Room in the Inn; CBHT hosts.  Contact Sherrill Zoller to help.

Monday, August 24th – 4:30 PM, Next L.M. Tikkun Olam Meeting

Tikkun Olam Shabbat Cancelled – but we honor:

Amelia (Mia) Seligman, given the LMTO Teen of the Year Award./h3>

Mia wrote:

Receiving this award is truly a privilege, and I’m honored.  Thank you.  I come from a military family.  I’ve never lived in a place that has such a dedicated and tightly woven congregation, so to be able to give back to that community is a blessing.  I’ve made close friends here and met some truly wonderful people.  Every Sunday, I look forward to playing bass with Seth, and I enjoy learning about our spot in the world in Confirmation after working with the kesher class.  I’m truly thankful for the opportunities and lessons I’ve learned through, and at, temple.

At school, I’m a part of the beta club, the National art honor society, creative writing club, pep tutoring, and the TC Roberson theater program.  Through beta club, we learn and focus on how to better serve our community through volunteer-based activities, and in national art honor society, we volunteer to provide art-based services to public and school events.  PEP tutoring is a very important program to me, as I am allowed to work with students with special needs.  By working with that program, I have learned about different disabilities, removing stigmas, and choosing to see people as differently abled, instead of disabled.  I have decided to pursue a career in helping people with special needs through art therapy.

Tikkun Olam, in my opinion, is exhibited through these by providing a creative, safe, and engaging environment for me and others to truly enjoy putting good and creativity out into the world and pushing our voices into the world to invoke change.

In addition to school related services and activities, I also informed and got people my age to attend the 2019 “Women’s March on Asheville”, and I attended the “March for Our Lives” in 2018.  In both of those marches, I learned about freedom of protest and speech, and how citizens have the ability to exercise that right.  After completing my Bat Mitzvah project, I continued volunteering with the MS society, where I cleaned homes of people with MS, and helped organize social events to spread awareness and remove stigmas about MS.

As a young, Jewish woman, I have learned about using my voice, and how important it is that I learn how to use it.

The LMTO Committee also honors the B’nai Mitzvah students for their mitzvah projects.

The following students were to be honored this year:

Isaac Fertel, Gabe Glasser, Quinn Love, Gabriella Bluestone, Elizabeth Jones-Ayers, Isabella Stafford, Ari Cohen, Abigail Huter, The’o Margaritov, Gabrielle Vautrin, Jonah Childs, Asher Ring, Asa Harris, Molly Green, Jackson Klibanoff, Max Schantz, and Sophie Gottschalk.


Our temple’s annual hosting for our RITI ladies is still on the calendar for the week of June 7th – 14th.  But due to the uncertainty of where we’ll be with the Covid-19 epidemic a month from now, we need to be flexible in our planning.  Hopefully by mid-May, we should have a better idea whether or not the women (currently being sheltered in a single location) will once again resume going to faith groups for nightly visits and meals, and as importantly, if our temple will be reopened in any capacity.  At that time, I’ll advise our community of the status of the RITI program and any volunteer needs.

Sherrill Zoller, Tikkun Olam Committee coordinator for RITI