Known as "the Paris of the South," Asheville combines the natural beauty of the mountains with a temperate climate and tremendous cultural richness. It consistently rates as one of the top destinations for outdoor enthusiasts and retirees alike. Hiking, camping and whitewater activities are close by. Cultural offerings include live theatre, music from symphony to bluegrass, and active professional crafts and fine arts communities.
Asheville's Jewish community numbers around 2,000 households, but our high rate of synagogue affiliation and community activity belie our small size:
- We are the smallest Jewish community in the country to support a Jewish Community Center. The Asheville Jewish Community Center provides opportunities for everyone in Western North Carolina to connect to Jewish life and culture. We meet the needs of our vibrant, evolving community through every life stage with exciting programs that continuously expand and improve.
- Jewish Family Services of Western North Carolina was established in March of 2007 as a program of the Asheville Jewish Community Center to provide vital services to people of all ages, ethnicities and faiths. JFS provides programs and human services to educate, support and strengthen individuals and families in a manner consistent with the Jewish values of social responsibility, respect and caring for one another.
- The WNC Jewish Federation supports the JCC and provides grants for many worthy programs in the Jewish community and the larger community.
- Our local Hadassah chapter organizes monthly Rosh Hodesh celebrations, book clubs, lectures, and many other events.
- Jewish learning is alive in Asheville at the Center for Jewish Studies at UNC-Asheville.
- For information on where to find kosher foods in Asheville, click here.
More information, including links to most Asheville-based Jewish organizations and a community calendar, can be found at the website of One Jewish Asheville,an initiative of the Asheville Jewish Leadership Collaborative.