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Congregation Beth HaTephila

An Engaging, Inclusive, Reform Congregation in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Social Distancing in Effect. No gatherings at the Temple.
Click here for more info on the Temple's Covid-19 status And the Rabbi's Public Service Message.

Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee - January, 2021


  • 1st Friday each month from 1-3 PM @ MANNA– CBHT volunteer team.
           Contact Wendy Capelouto at to help.
  • 3rd Friday each month @ noon – CBHT Vets shelter meal serving. 
            Contact Hilary Paradise at to help.
  • Monday, February 8th – 4:30 PM, Next L.M. Tikkun Olam Meeting

CELEBRATE Martin Luther King Jr. WEEKEND

When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed the American Jewish Congress in May 1958, he explained that “our unity is born of our common struggle for centuries, not only to rid ourselves of bondage, but to make oppression of any people by other an impossibility.”  Jewish tradition is replete with customs and commandments to protect and lift up the underprivileged and the vulnerable, and the justice we seek is the same justice that Martin Luther King Jr. sought for his children and the rest of society. 

We can learn from his dedication to the civil rights movement and the advances in racial equality in the United States that he facilitated: we can continue to dedicate ourselves to the fight against injustices that still exist in our society today, manifesting themselves in issues of poverty, hunger, education, health care, housing and elsewhere.  Through service to our community and a commitment to tikkun olam, we can help to make our world a better place, Dr. King's true dream.  

The MLK Shabbat Friday, January 15th

Please join us for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat on Friday, January 15th at 7:30 PM.  We plan to join the joint Reform NC MLK Shabbat with guest Eric Ward, who will speak on the intersection between racism and anti-Semitism for the D’vor Torah.  We hope you can join us!

See the flyer on page 12 of the January Menorah for more information.

MLK Weekend in Asheville

Please join our Asheville community for annual MLK Jr. events, this year virtually! 

  • Saturday, January 16th: Online Prayer Breakfast
  • Sunday, January 17th: Online Say Their Name Service
  • Monday, January 18th: Online Peace March & Rally

For more information and to register, go to

Hineni: Understanding Racism as Jews

The LMTO Workgroup on Racial Justice has completed its first series of Zoom conversations around issues of racism and anti-Semitism.  We heard thought-provoking presentations and had insightful conversations around issues of race.  If you missed sessions and want to explore further readings and media, go to the LMTO Hineni website at  We invite community participation in our post-sessions survey to find out what you would like to see developed as next steps:


Mon, April 19 2021 7 Iyar 5781