Friday Noon Study Group - Jewish Sensibilities

Date: February 17, 2017Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:  Show map Congregation Beth Israel
229 Murdock Ave.
Asheville, NC 28804
Contact: Congregation Beth Israel officePhone: 828-252-8660Email:

During the months of January and February the Friday Noon Study Group will be discussing




According to Professor of religion Vanessa Ochs, Jewish sensibilities are particularly Jewish ways of thinking about what it means to be human, ways that guide and orient a person’s actions and choices. Knowing the sensibilities can help us anticipate how we’ll lead our lives and make decisions.

The texts we’ll be drawing upon in our exploration will come from back issues of Sh’ma Now: A Journal of Jewish Sensibilities, which is published monthly in The Forward.    Topics that we’ll be discussing include:

אפשרות/efsharoot (possibility);  שְׁבִירָה/shevira (brokenness); שִׂמְחָה/simcha (joy)—including an essay by our own Rabbi Goldstein; and several other ways of seeing the world with a Jewish perspective.  Internet links to our weekly topics will be posted in advance on the CBI web site.

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from noon to one in the CBI Social Hall.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.  Our initial discussion will begin on FRIDAY, JANUARY 13.  Be sure to check the CBI web site for more information about what we’ll be discussing that week.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at