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). 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. Meantime, we're indebted to 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.

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

This is what we're doing this week...

and this is what we're thinking about

“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) 

 

Hanukkah and Purim – Turning the World Upside Down and Putting it back Right-side Up

"Everything is connected," says Dirk Gently, the lead character in one of my favorite television shows. So there must be some deep connections between two seemingly disconnected holidays: Purim and Hanukkah. So what are the connections? Well, there's two delicious treats which we presume to have been eaten on these…
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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