NEW DATE – UPDATED INFORMATION
Carolina Jews for Justice to Preview New Documentary “Faces of Poverty” Followed by Panel Discussion – February 24th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Carolina Jews for Justice/West will preview a new documentary produced by the Asheville nonprofit, Just Economics, entitled “Faces of Poverty,” on Wednesday, February 24th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Congregation Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Street in Asheville. The film focuses on the lives of five Buncombe County residents. (Please note, this event was previously scheduled for Thursday, February 18th; it will now take place on Wednesday, February 24th).
“At the core of its vision of a just society, Judaism demands compassion for the economically less fortunate: You shall open your hand to your brother, to the poor and needy in your land. Deut.15:11. Other passages of Torah require that the worker’s wages be sufficient to sustain life. Our ethical mandate does not permit us to turn aside from our obligation to help those in need,” says Judy Leavitt, Chair, Steering Committee, Carolina Jews for Justice/West.
Panelists will include: Vicki Meath, Executive Director of Just Economics; Bella Jackson, co-owner of Ujamaa Freedom Market, member of the Asheville Transit Committee, and Chair of the Just Economics Board; and Anthony Thomas, Employment Services Manager of Green Opportunities. The panelists will share their personal experiences of living in poverty here in Buncombe County and ideas about what to do about it. Jackson is profiled in the film, “Faces of Poverty.” Rabbi Justin Goldstein of Congregation Beth Israel will give welcoming remarks, including a brief teaching about the connection between Jewish values and economic justice.
“To act in a way that makes a difference, we must understand the condition of those who need our assistance and advocacy,” Leavitt added.
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