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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 - March 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, May 3rd – 4:30 PM, Next L.M. Tikkun Olam Meeting

LMTO Update on Faith Communities for Immigration and Community Assistance

The 17 faith communities that were involved in Sanctuary have renewed meetings after several months of a hiatus due to the pandemic. The need has not subsided and is greater than ever. Helpers have continued to assist the elderly, immigrants, the homeless and very needy in our community. Faith Communities Organizing for Sanctuary is hoping to continue its work and continue to assist the many organizations throughout the county, the country and the world through direct aid and education. Please help if you can!

  • BELOVED: This Asheville organization assists and provides direct aid to immigrants, the elderly, people of color and the homeless, especially through bitter winter days and nights. They are also helping families whose members have been deported or are in deportation facilities;
  • CIMA: This is the Latinix community in our area helping people with various community needs, legal assistance and direct aid for transportation and court issues;
  • HIAS: The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society on March, 5th-7th is holding its Shabbat around the country in various synagogues. HIAS’ need is great as is the challenge to help the OTHER around the world. HIAS has been and continues to be at the border assisting asylum seekers who are in dire need and who are dying in great numbers while waiting for permission to be granted asylum in the US;
  • La Paz Amigos: Unfortunately, deportations continue and El Refugio, the organization that assists deportees and their families, is working in conjunction with La Paz to continue to assist individuals in Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA as well as their families who have not been able to visit during this time. Many of the deportees (both men and women) here and in other detention facilities, have been granted a stay but are in need of more assistance such as sponsorship for at least 6 months until they are able to get on their feet again;

With the continuing pandemic we have the ability to educate ourselves on the needs of the less fortunate in our community and around the world. For more information on how to help as a partner in the Faith Communities please feel free to contact Ellen Fisher, CBHT LMTO member.

LMTO Update on Help for the Homeless

During these Covid times, life for our community's homeless has become even more challenging. Since early fall, 65 homeless individuals at a time have been sheltered by Homeward Bound at the Red Roof Inn in West Asheville including any women who would have formerly been part of the Room In The Inn (RITI) program which our congregation has supported for many years. To support the needs of these clients in a safe and healthy manner, volunteers have been asked to provide them with three nutritional meals each day.

Thanks to the many generous donations to our CBHT Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Fund, we have engaged Clarence Robinson of 'Cooking for Comedy', a Black-owned business here in Asheville, to prepare and deliver 65 home-cooked individual meals to the Red Roof Inn clients once a month for the last 4 months. The clients have loved his cooking! To continue to meet this important community need, we ask that you consider making a contribution to our fund so we can keep up this important outreach on behalf of our congregation. These two pictures are of Clarence and his meal delivery on Feb. 9th. (from Sherrill Zoller)


Mon, April 19 2021 7 Iyar 5781