It only takes a few minutes - the results can last for generations
This isn't your grandparents' synagogue - not even your parents'. The world has changed a lot in just the last 20 years. Folks have limited time and energy (especially if you're a young family) and more choices in where to invest themselves. You decide based on what is most meaningful and important to you and your famly. We get it.
At CBI, we don't measure our success by BIS (butts in seats) or how many zeros are the end of a check. Success for us is defined by meaningful individual experiences: an encounter that sticks with you, an insight from a class that helps you see the world or yourself differently, a sincere "thank you" from someone on the receiving end of a selfless act of compassion. That's what keeps us coming back, week after week and season upon season.
If that sounds meaningful and valuable for you, you're in the right place. Keep reading.
"I am happier here than any other shul I have ever belonged to, especially as a single woman. Everyone has treated me with such kindness and love it makes me feel I have finally found where I belong."
We meet you where you are
CBI is blessed with a very diverse membership. We pride ourselves on being a caring and inclusive community; a place where non-Jewish spouses and partners take are accorded full membership; where young and old, married and single, observant and secular find common ground; where same sex couples and individuals struggling with gender identity take their places alongside everyone else.
We have created a number of membership options to cater to the myriad definitions of a Jewish family.
CBI Membership Categories
Family Household: Two adults, with or without kids; or one adult with any number of kids. Suggested minimum annual contribution - $1,000
Single Member: A household of one adult. Suggested minimum annual contribution - $750
Young Family/Individual: Any household where the eldest member is 35 or under. Suggested minimum annual contribution - $500
Associate Membership: Families or individuals living 50+ miles outside Asheville for 6 or more months a year. Suggested minimum annual contribution - $450
Service Membership: Enables individuals or families to give of their time in exchange for full membership; at least 30 hours a year for individuals and 60 hours annually for families.
Student Membership: Available to traditional, full-time college students (age 18-25). Suggested annual contribution - $36
Trial Membership: Available to an individual or family wishing to "test drive" CBI for a year. Membership is free but trial members are assessed the $75 annual building fee.
The following poem was written by members of CBI and is read as a responsive reading during each New Member Welcome Shabbat when we officially welcome a new family into the community.
A Prayer for Belonging
This is our prayer for belonging -
Our silent commitment. We walked as one
limping from Egypt, longing for rest;
Through fragility and hope and generations
We have been here for each other, saying:
This is our promise of belonging.
When I am blessed with joy;
When I wonder or ask or despair-
We will be there.
And when the gifts you offer are needed most-
I will give whatever I am able
With willing hands and a full heart.
Each of us has a part that no one else can play,
a singular sweet voice with a unique story to tell.
And when we open ourselves to one another,
The moment grows pregnant with possibilities.
This is what it means to belong.
This is our promise.
This is our prayer for belonging.
"CBI has been the most instrumental agent in my personal and my family's growth over the 14 years we've been involved."