Welcome to CBI!

We're Asheville's only independent egalitarian Jewish community. More than 100 years old, we’re rediscovering ourselves every day. We love pot-lucks, swapping stories and kids in the sanctuary. We have a wise rabbi who lives in a young man’s body. He inspires, teaches and plays the ukulele. Sometimes we sing off key. We learn and laugh together, celebrate and care for each other. Interested? 

Visit us in our new temporary home

While our building is closed for renovation, we invite you to visit us in our temporary digs: downstairs at Congregation Beth HaTephila (43 N. Liberty Street, Asheville). CBI is indebted to our friends at CBHT for opening their doors to us while our's are closed.

This is Us

We're a blended family. Old and young, Jews by birth and Jews by choice; from L.A., Miami, Atlanta and Brooklyn - London, Johannesburg and places with names too hard to pronounce. We celebrate together: single moms and newly retired couples, inter-faith and inter-racial families. And all of us - observant, secular and agnostic - find common ground in community.

Closed for transformation

On or around October 17, our building will close for major renovations. Thanks to Temple Beth HaTephila, 43 N Liberty St, Asheville, for graciously allowing us to use part of their space for temporary offices, religious services and other programming. During renovations, CBI phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. We hope to re-open in our newly remodeled building in time for the 2018 High Holidays. Follow the transformation.

"For the first time in my life, I find myself yearning to go to shul.”  - Rochelle Reich

This Week at CBI

Erev Simhat Torah services
Oct 12 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 19 @ 8:30 pm
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Meet the Midrash @ Congregation Beth Israel
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Meet the Midrash
Wednesdays, noon to 1:00 pm
Published Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:00 am

Out of the texts of the Torah, the Rabbis created teachings bringing deeper meanings to the wisdom of the Jewish people known as Midrash. Each week we will explore some of these teachings based on the weekly Torah portion. We will gain not only an understanding of what the Rabbis were teaching, but how and why they were able to offer these teachings. While there are many compilations of Midrash from different periods in Jewish history, we will focus our studies on Midrash Rabbah.

Wednesdays 12 noon – 1pm

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Living Torah
Oct 19 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Living Torah @ Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Start your day off with inspired learning and meaningful conversations, relevant and insightful lessons from the wellspring of Jewish wisdom.

All are welcome. No experience necessary.

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Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

CBI’s Friday Noon Study Group concluded its series of discussions on Understanding Islam on September 8.  For September 15, we invite those who have attended any part of this series to join us on a visit to Asheville’s Islamic Center.  We will observe a Muslim worship service and sermon and then have an opportunity to meet with some participants.

The Islamic Center is located at 941 Old Fairview Road.  Please note that this is  941 Old Fairview Road (the street that runs behind the Home Depot), as opposed to Fairview Road.  The service begins at 1:30.  You can go to the center on your own, or you can carpool from CBI (meet there at 1:00).  There are maps and directions in the CBI office.  If you have any questions, call or email Jay Jacoby (298-9433/jbjacoby@uncc.edu).

The Friday Noon Study Group will be on hiatus from September 22 until October 20 when we will resume at our new temporary headquarters at Congregation Beth Ha Tephila.  We will be discussing Aviya Kushner’s The Grammar of God.  Ms. Kushner will be CBI’s Scholar-in-Residence from November 9-11.  (Stay tuned for details).


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Family Shabbat & Vegetarian Potluck Dinner
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Family Shabbat & Vegetarian Potluck Dinner

Join us for a relaxed, musical Kabbalat Shabbat experience, followed by a pizza/potluck/ice cream dinner. Gifts will be handed out for each month’s birthdays and anniversaries.

Family Shabbat potlucks will not take place during summer vacation.

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“CBI nurtures my spiritual life, especially the Shabbos experience - the participatory services and the Kiddush luncheon, which allows us to visit and get to know each other.” – Jimi Moore

And this is Rabbi Justin Goldstein

I'll never forget my first day in Asheville. 1997, standing in the parking lot of the French Broad Food Co-op thinking, "I will live here one day." Throughout my years at Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in L.A., I often thought of Asheville and CBI. Danielle and I were married in Montford. Our aufruf (when the groom is called to the Torah) was in the small CBI chapel. To be honest, I never envisioned being a pulpit rabbi - I love community organizing and non-profit management - but if there was one place I would want to be a pulpit rabbi, I knew it would be here.  (read more) 


Stuck In a Rut? You Possess the Strengths You Need – Rosh Hashanah 5778

The following recording is Rabbi Goldstein's sermon given on the first day of Rosh HaShanah, Thursday, September 21. You can find the transcript just below.   [audio mp3="http://www.bethisraelnc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/RHI-5778.mp3"][/audio] transcribed from the audio [caption id="attachment_901" align="alignleft" width="209"] Rabbi Goldstein's actual car stuck in the actual ditch[/caption] The world feels really stuck.…
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"I deeply appreciate the empowerment and support I feel from Rabbi Justin and the CBI leadership to forge our own path, one that is consistent and true to our family without being led to feel like our Judaism is lacking.” - Ali Climo