The First 2000 Days – Monday November 17th 6:30 pm at Congregation Beth HaTephila, Asheville

There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when he or she will begin kindergarten. Ninety percent of critical brain development happens during this time. At this presentation, you will learn important details about this critical time and the importance of investing in Buncombe County’s young children.

Join Us on Monday November 17th at 6:30 pm – Congregation Beth HaTephila, Asheville for this outstanding presentation sponsored by Congregation Beth HaTephila, Carolina Jews for Justice – West, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, and Smart Start of Buncombe County.

For more details, click on the flyer – Flyer 2000 Days

To register online

For more information contact Ron Katz at 239-1045 or at

Day of Action for Voting Rights

On Sunday, October 26, Carolina Jews for Justice will join forces with local Jewish institutions across North Carolina, as well as our national partners at Bend the Arc, for a day of action in the Jewish community to support voting rights for all. Read on for details.


PRESS RELEASE, October 24, 2014


Sunday, October 26, Jewish communities across North Carolina will fight back against the General Assembly’s restrictions on voting rights. Coordinated by Carolina Jews for Justice, a statewide nonprofit, volunteers from major Jewish institutions in Raleigh, Durham, Asheville, and Greensboro will invest hundreds of hours in a “Day of Action,” phone banking to get voters to the polls. The effort will particularly target African American voters and newly registered voters, two groups disproportionately affected by controversial election rules passed by the General Assembly last year.

Bend the Arc, a national Jewish advocacy organization, is also joining the effort, recruiting volunteers to contribute additional calls from around the country. Both organizations are engaged in a long-term effort to lift restrictions on voting rights, and to restore equal access to the ballot box.

The flagship phone bank will be held at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh as part of the congregation’s Mitzvah Day, a day of community service, which draws more than 400 volunteers annually. Organizers from Carolina Jews for Justice expect the effort to reach thousands of voters in key demographic groups, particularly newly registered voters who may need help voting for the first time.

Other participating organizations are Beth Meyer Synagogue in Raleigh, Judea Reform in Durham, Congregation Beth HaTephila in Asheville, Jewish Federation/Jewish Family Services of Greensboro, and Beth David Synagogue and Temple Emanuel in Greensboro.

“The laws passed by our State Legislature have the potential to significantly undermine the ability of many in our state to exercise the fundamental right to vote,” said Karen Slone, chair of the social action committee at Temple Emanuel in Greensboro, and a site leader for the Day of Action. “This is an opportunity to reach out to voters across the state to answer questions about early voting hours and polling locations and to be a source of support for those who may be confused about the phase-in of voting restrictions in NC.”

Media inquiries may be directed to Debbie Goldstein at 919-672-3967 or On site photography and interviews can be arranged in Raleigh, Asheville, or Greensboro.


Achieving 100% Voter Turnout Amongst the Jewish Community

What a privilege it is to live in a county whose legal code offers its citizens the opportunity to go to the polls and elect the officials who rule the land.  This is a nation that in its founding documents prohibited religious tests for office and laws respecting establishment of religion, while guaranteeing free exercise of religion, which not only secured our freedoms, but ensured that our rights as citizens would not depend upon our religious identity or practices.

Read more RAC Jews and Voting

For more details on CJJ – West Voter Engagement voter engagement 9 14 14

Answer the call: Pledge to vote

As we enter the year 5775, we hope you will join us in answering the call to justice. Find our “Pledge to Vote” card in your local congregation this High Holiday season, sign it, and return it. (Don’t have our cards in your congregation? Contact us and we’ll get you as many as you need.)

Or take the pledge online by clicking the card image below. Shana tova!

CJJ Pledge Card

The 3rd Anniversary of the Execution of Troy Davis

Please join us Sept 22nd or 23rd to mark the 3rd anniversary of the execution of Troy Davis. Programs will feature Jen Marlowe, coauthor of the book I Am Troy Davis, and Troy’s sister, Kimberly Davis. Planned prior to Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson and Henry McCollum’s recent release from NC’s Death Row, these Community Conversations are now all the more relevant.

I Am Troy Davis flyer – Asheville 9-2014-1 final (1)

Here are the program details:
Monday, Sept. 22, 7 pm
Hosted by Land of the Sky United Church of Christ
Located at Kenilworth Presbyterian Church (123 Kenilworth Rd, Asheville)
Music by David LaMotte
Followed by a reception and book signing
Child care provided

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 6 pm
Hosted by Burton Street Community Association
Located at Burton Street Community Center (134 Burton St, Asheville)
Supper and Open Mic
Followed by book signing

Carolina Jews for Justice (West) Holds Second Voter Training Session

Another group of voter registration volunteers received training from Robert Dawkins of Democracy North Carolina on Tuesday evening, September 9, 2014, at the Asheville YWCA.  The event was sponsored by CJJ-West and hosted by the YWCA.  Participants learned the rules about registering voters both generally and with respect to eligible voters who are patients in healthcare and supportive living facilities, as well as the best practices to follow to insure that the new voter is correctly registered and informed of his or her rights.

Future voter engagement efforts will focus on getting voters to the polls, or voting via absentee ballots.  CJJ-West will have a general meeting from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on September 14, 2014, at Congregation Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Street, Asheville, which will focus on all aspects of voting rights. Another general meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 12 at 2:00 at Congregation Beth HaTephila to plan Get-Out-the-Vote activities.