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? 

Your Home for the Holidays

The Jewish High Holidays are a time for renewal and reflection and we're your go-to guide to everything happening at CBI. Check it out!

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.

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

This Week at CBI

Sep
22
Fri
Second Day Rosh HaShanah Services
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us for 2nd day Rosh HaShanah services with Rabbi Justin Goldstein and Cantor Jeffrey Cohen.

9:00 am  Morning service

 

Non-members can purchase High Holiday tickets ($200) in advance here.

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Friday Noon Study Group
Sep 22 @ 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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Sep
23
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services
Sep 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Shabbat Morning Services

Join us each Shabbat for an uplifting and participatory journey – to Sinai and back. Then hang around afterward for a wonderful kiddush lunch, a little schnapps and a lot of shmoozing.

Come as you are – leave changed.

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Sep
29
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Sep 29 @ 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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Kol Nidre Services
Sep 29 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for Erev Yom Kippur services with Rabbi Justin Goldstein and Cantor Jeffrey Cohen.

6:45 pm  Kol Nidre service

 

Non-members can purchase High Holiday tickets ($200) in advance here.

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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) 

 

One by One, It is Time to be Seen

בְּרֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה כָּל בָּאֵי הָעוֹלָם עוֹבְרִין לְפָנָיו כִּבְנֵי מָרוֹן, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (תהלים לג) הַיּוֹצֵר יַחַד לִבָּם, הַמֵּבִין אֶל כָּל מַעֲשֵׂיהֶם. At Rosh Hashanah everyone who has come into the world passes before God kivnei maron, as it is said: "The singular fashioner of their heart, the one who understands all of their…
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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