CJJ/W Screens Documentary: Faces of Poverty

Carolina Jews for Justice/West will preview a new documentary produced by Just Economics, “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 representatives of Just Economics and Green Opportunities who will share their personal experiences of living in poverty here in Buncombe County and others who are seeking to do something about it.

“To act in a way that makes a difference, we must understand the condition of those who need our assistance and advocacy,” Leavitt added.

For more information about this event, contact Marilynne Herbert (828) 551-7005 or mherbert1@aol.com

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