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. Sometimes we sing off key. We learn and laugh together, celebrate and care for each other. Interested in joining?   Click here.

Friday Noon

Study Group 


 Join Jay Jacoby
Fridays at noon
on Zoom only.
Details here

Torah on Tap


Tuesday, November 29, 6:00pm

Archetype Brewery
174 Broadway St.
Join Alan Silverman to discuss
Anti-Semitism:  What Next?

Details here.

 

Friday Night

Kabbalat Shabbat

& Potluck 


 Friday, December 9, 6:00pm
Join us for services
followed by a vegetarian potluck.


Awakening the Heart 


 Join Leonard Jacobs
(subbing for Rick Chess) on
Saturday, December 10, 9:30am
for a contemplative
Shabbat practice.

Details

New Member

Appreciation

Weekend

Saturday, December 17, 9:00am
Sunday, December 18, 4:00pm

Join us in celebrating CBI's newest members!

Kiddush

For Breakfast 


Saturday, December 17, 9:00am
Come shmooze over breakfast at 9:00am.
Rabbi Mitch will lead a 
learning session at 9:30am
followed by abbreviated services at 10:15am.

Hanukkah 

Celebration


 Sunday, December 18
4:00pm

Save the date!

 

CBI Winter 

Meeting


 Sunday, February 5, 11am
Save the date!

 

Many Thanks to Our

CBI 2nd Annual

Golf Classic Sponsors

Click to see them here:
2022Golf Sponsors Logos 2.

Rabbi Mitch Levine

Rabbi Mitch Levine:  Office phone (828) 252-9024, email rabbi@bethisraelnc.org
CBI is thrilled to have Rabbi Mitchell Levine as our spiritual leader. Rabbi Levine started on July 1, 2021.  He and his wife Alison, also a Jewish educator by profession, moved to Asheville from Columbus, Ohio. Rabbi Levine has had a rich and diverse career as both a pulpit rabbi and Jewish educator. Born and raised in Raleigh, Rabbi Levine most recently served as Rabbi of Agudas Achim in Bexley Ohio, a position he held for 10 years. Prior to that, he served as the Rabbi at Beth Sholom in Providence, RI where he also served as rabbinic associate at Brown University Hillel and taught at the Providence Hebrew Day School and New England Academy of Torah High School. In addition, he has studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Learning, the Jewish Theological Seminary, Harvard Jewish Theological Seminary, the reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and was a Fellow at the Day School Leadership Training Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary. 

"I deeply appreciate the empowerment and support I feel from 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

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 up to...

This is what we're talking about...

Dec
9
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Dec 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday Noon Study Group

December 2, 12-1

On November 18, our discussion  of Thomas Cahill’s The Gifts of the Jews began with our examination of some loose ends from Chapter 2:
  • what Cahill meant by calling Abraham “the contingent one” (dependence upon an inscrutable God provided that he met certain conditions)
  • what is our understanding of “fear of this God . . . is the beginning of wisdom” (fear = “awe and reverence” and not “terror or dread” and “to see the face of God” (not meant to be taken literally, but simply “to be in the presence of the divine”
We then moved on to a discussion of Chapter 3 which began with a consideration of Cahill’s understanding of how Abraham and his heirs imagine God and their obligation to Him differently from the Sumerians and their “sacred copulation rites.”  
  • The God of Abraham is not “the usual mythological creature whose intentions can be read in auguries”; He “gives and takes beyond human reasoning or justification.”
  • “Faith supplants the generalized predictability of the ancient world.”
  • “Time is no longer cyclical [i.e. linear] but one-way and irreversible; personal history is now possible and an individual life can have value.”
  • “God . . . is a real personality who has intervened in real history, changing its course and robbing it of predictability.”
We then examined Moses’s initial encounter with God, and its significance and Cahill’s definitions of how God  identifies Himself/YHVH:  1) “I am who am” (Existence or “He who causes things to be”); 2) “I am who I am” (“None of your business; you can’t control me”);  “I will be there with you” (God’s presence continues in His creation).
We concluded with a brief consideration of Exodus 4:25 in which Moses’s wife, Zipporah, performs the functions of a mohel (person who performs circumcisions).  For an interesting discussion of this enigmatic episode, see https://www.gotquestions.org/bridegroom-of-blood.html)
When we resume our Zoom meetings on Friday, December 2, we’ll conclude our discussion of Chapter 3, looking at Moses’s encounter with Pharaoh, Cahill’s claim that “this narrative delegitimizes all political structures of the ancient world” and the author’s interpretation of the crossing of the Red/Reed Sea.  We’ll then discuss Chapter 4,  “From Life to Death.” 
Our informal discussion group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1.  The Zoom link is available through CBI’s web site and weekly announcements. All are welcome to attend regardless of their level of expertise.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu  
 
 
 
 

      

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Dec
10
Sat
Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Dec 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for Shabbat morning services in-person or via Zoom every Saturday morning at 9:30am.

Masks and social distancing are still required for all services that are likely to include singing and chanting.
Masks and social distancing are optional for all smaller, non-singing/chanting gatherings for fully vaccinated individuals.
Unvaccinated adults should always wear a mask.
Beginning with Saturday July 3rd, we will return to holding Shabbat morning services every Shabbat.  You will still be required to register in advance to attend services in the event that contract tracing should become necessary.  You can register online through the Wednesday weekly eblast.  If you’d like to receive the weekly eblast, click here.

Join the Zoom service by going to Our Virtual Community page here, then scroll down and click on the blue Saturday Morning Service button.

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Dec
16
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday Noon Study Group

December 2, 12-1

On November 18, our discussion  of Thomas Cahill’s The Gifts of the Jews began with our examination of some loose ends from Chapter 2:
  • what Cahill meant by calling Abraham “the contingent one” (dependence upon an inscrutable God provided that he met certain conditions)
  • what is our understanding of “fear of this God . . . is the beginning of wisdom” (fear = “awe and reverence” and not “terror or dread” and “to see the face of God” (not meant to be taken literally, but simply “to be in the presence of the divine”
We then moved on to a discussion of Chapter 3 which began with a consideration of Cahill’s understanding of how Abraham and his heirs imagine God and their obligation to Him differently from the Sumerians and their “sacred copulation rites.”  
  • The God of Abraham is not “the usual mythological creature whose intentions can be read in auguries”; He “gives and takes beyond human reasoning or justification.”
  • “Faith supplants the generalized predictability of the ancient world.”
  • “Time is no longer cyclical [i.e. linear] but one-way and irreversible; personal history is now possible and an individual life can have value.”
  • “God . . . is a real personality who has intervened in real history, changing its course and robbing it of predictability.”
We then examined Moses’s initial encounter with God, and its significance and Cahill’s definitions of how God  identifies Himself/YHVH:  1) “I am who am” (Existence or “He who causes things to be”); 2) “I am who I am” (“None of your business; you can’t control me”);  “I will be there with you” (God’s presence continues in His creation).
We concluded with a brief consideration of Exodus 4:25 in which Moses’s wife, Zipporah, performs the functions of a mohel (person who performs circumcisions).  For an interesting discussion of this enigmatic episode, see https://www.gotquestions.org/bridegroom-of-blood.html)
When we resume our Zoom meetings on Friday, December 2, we’ll conclude our discussion of Chapter 3, looking at Moses’s encounter with Pharaoh, Cahill’s claim that “this narrative delegitimizes all political structures of the ancient world” and the author’s interpretation of the crossing of the Red/Reed Sea.  We’ll then discuss Chapter 4,  “From Life to Death.” 
Our informal discussion group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1.  The Zoom link is available through CBI’s web site and weekly announcements. All are welcome to attend regardless of their level of expertise.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu  
 
 
 
 

      

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Dec
17
Sat
Awakening the Heart: Contemplative Shabbat Practice
Dec 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Awakening the Heart: Contemplative Shabbat Practice
Join us at CBI for an hour of chanting, meditation, and reflection. Using verses from several prayers, we’ll chant to begin opening our hearts. We’ll then move into a period of meditation with instructions to deepen our awareness of our inner lives. Finally, we’ll have a brief period to reflect on our experiences. Following our contemplative Shabbat practice, participants are welcome to join the regular Shabbat service taking place in the main sanctuary.
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Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Dec 17 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for Shabbat morning services in-person or via Zoom every Saturday morning at 9:30am.

Masks and social distancing are still required for all services that are likely to include singing and chanting.
Masks and social distancing are optional for all smaller, non-singing/chanting gatherings for fully vaccinated individuals.
Unvaccinated adults should always wear a mask.
Beginning with Saturday July 3rd, we will return to holding Shabbat morning services every Shabbat.  You will still be required to register in advance to attend services in the event that contract tracing should become necessary.  You can register online through the Wednesday weekly eblast.  If you’d like to receive the weekly eblast, click here.

Join the Zoom service by going to Our Virtual Community page here, then scroll down and click on the blue Saturday Morning Service button.

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Dec
23
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Dec 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday Noon Study Group

December 2, 12-1

On November 18, our discussion  of Thomas Cahill’s The Gifts of the Jews began with our examination of some loose ends from Chapter 2:
  • what Cahill meant by calling Abraham “the contingent one” (dependence upon an inscrutable God provided that he met certain conditions)
  • what is our understanding of “fear of this God . . . is the beginning of wisdom” (fear = “awe and reverence” and not “terror or dread” and “to see the face of God” (not meant to be taken literally, but simply “to be in the presence of the divine”
We then moved on to a discussion of Chapter 3 which began with a consideration of Cahill’s understanding of how Abraham and his heirs imagine God and their obligation to Him differently from the Sumerians and their “sacred copulation rites.”  
  • The God of Abraham is not “the usual mythological creature whose intentions can be read in auguries”; He “gives and takes beyond human reasoning or justification.”
  • “Faith supplants the generalized predictability of the ancient world.”
  • “Time is no longer cyclical [i.e. linear] but one-way and irreversible; personal history is now possible and an individual life can have value.”
  • “God . . . is a real personality who has intervened in real history, changing its course and robbing it of predictability.”
We then examined Moses’s initial encounter with God, and its significance and Cahill’s definitions of how God  identifies Himself/YHVH:  1) “I am who am” (Existence or “He who causes things to be”); 2) “I am who I am” (“None of your business; you can’t control me”);  “I will be there with you” (God’s presence continues in His creation).
We concluded with a brief consideration of Exodus 4:25 in which Moses’s wife, Zipporah, performs the functions of a mohel (person who performs circumcisions).  For an interesting discussion of this enigmatic episode, see https://www.gotquestions.org/bridegroom-of-blood.html)
When we resume our Zoom meetings on Friday, December 2, we’ll conclude our discussion of Chapter 3, looking at Moses’s encounter with Pharaoh, Cahill’s claim that “this narrative delegitimizes all political structures of the ancient world” and the author’s interpretation of the crossing of the Red/Reed Sea.  We’ll then discuss Chapter 4,  “From Life to Death.” 
Our informal discussion group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1.  The Zoom link is available through CBI’s web site and weekly announcements. All are welcome to attend regardless of their level of expertise.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu  
 
 
 
 

      

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Dec
24
Sat
Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Dec 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for Shabbat morning services in-person or via Zoom every Saturday morning at 9:30am.

Masks and social distancing are still required for all services that are likely to include singing and chanting.
Masks and social distancing are optional for all smaller, non-singing/chanting gatherings for fully vaccinated individuals.
Unvaccinated adults should always wear a mask.
Beginning with Saturday July 3rd, we will return to holding Shabbat morning services every Shabbat.  You will still be required to register in advance to attend services in the event that contract tracing should become necessary.  You can register online through the Wednesday weekly eblast.  If you’d like to receive the weekly eblast, click here.

Join the Zoom service by going to Our Virtual Community page here, then scroll down and click on the blue Saturday Morning Service button.

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"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