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?  Come on in.

Your Home for the Holidays

The Jewish High Holidays are a time for renewal and reflection and bethisraelnc.org is 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, the financially secure and those who are just getting by.

We come from L.A., Miami, Atlanta and Brooklyn - from London, Jerusalem, Johannesburg and places in Wales, Morocco and the Czech Republic 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 - the observant, the secular and the agnostic - find common ground under this big tent called Judaism.

"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

“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 will never forget my first day in Asheville. 1997. I was 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 Los Angeles, CA., I thought of Asheville and CBI often. 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) 


Eikhah? Ayekah? How? Where?

It's a question of where and how... One of the things which never ceases to amaze me about the world, in general, and the Jewish tradition, in particular, is the synchronicity of time. Jewish time syncs up in such a way that Parashat Devarim is always…
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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