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? 

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"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

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Apr
3
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Apr 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

April 3, 2020 12-1

Last Friday our online Zoom session looked more closely at Chapters 1-3 in Romans.

Here’s what we covered:

  • A recap of Paul’s purpose and audience for Romans

  • Clarification on potential differences between Resurrection and resuscitation

  • The Circumcision Controversy

  • Judgment Day

  • What is meant by “Law”?

  • Justification/salvation by faith (faithfulness) or good works

  • SIN

This Friday, we’ll start by looking at Romans 3:20-31 and then move on to Chapters 4-6:   The faithfulness of Abraham and his descendants; The faithfulness of God in Christ; the faithful obedience of life in Christ.

Our informal discussion group will be conducted online every Friday from 12-1.   All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions.  Any copy of the New Testament is acceptable (the more versions the richer the conversation).  Our discussions will be supplemented by commentary drawn from The Jewish Annotated New Testament, edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

Instructions for joining our online study group

If you have not already installed Zoom on your computer, follow these 6 steps:

(Don’t wait until the last minute to do this.  Install Zoom well before the meeting is scheduled to begin.)

  1. Go to https://zoom.us

  2. Hover over (don’t click) “RESOURCES” on the top right and then click “Download Zoom Client” from the drop-down menu that appears

  3. Click “Download” under “Zoom Client for Meetings”

  4. If it asks you to allow it to download “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes”

  5. Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install Zoom on your computer.

  6. Close/Exit Zoom now (it will remain on your computer and you will not need to download it again on that computer.

If you have already installed Zoom on your computer, follow these 4 steps (but don’t do this any earlier than about 15 minutes before we are scheduled to start):

  1. Go to the CBI web page at https://www.bethisraelnc.org/

  2. Scroll down and click on “Find Virtual Classes Services, and Programs”

  3. Scroll down to the blurb on the Friday Noon Study Group and click on “Join the Fri. Noon Study Group”

  4. Click on “Open Zoom” and you should be connected.

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Online Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Online Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

With services unavoidably cancelled, the Ritual Committee is working hard to find ways we can support each other as a community when we can’t be together in person. It’s very distressing to be unable to say Kaddish for a loved one, or to contemplate not sharing a Seder meal with friends and family. We’d like to share with you some plans we have for filling these gaps in our lives.

Please join me beginning this Friday, March 27, at 6:00pm, when we will begin holding Kabbalat Shabbat services via Zoom.  A rotation of folks will lead the service, including Josefa, who will lead Family Shabbat on the second Friday of each month. As long as at least 10 adults log in, we’ll be able to say Kaddish, so please consider attending, even if you’re not a Friday night regular.

A link to the online service is below.  Zoom is easy to use and will let us see and hear each other as we welcome Shabbat.  If you haven’t already downloaded Zoom to your computer or phone, you must do so before joining the meeting on Friday at 6:00pm.  You only need to download Zoom once, after that you simply log in, always using the same Meeting ID: 406 391 4937.  Easy instructions are below this message.

We recognize that this is a big departure from traditional practice, and the Ritual Committee did not make this decision without serious discussion. This is a temporary measure to keep us all connected while we can’t be together physically.

If you’d like to borrow a siddur for use at home while services are cancelled, we’ll be happy to lend you one!  Please contact the office for details.

Eva Blinder

CBI Ritual Chair

Instructions for Downloading Zoom

The first time you ever use Zoom on a computer, do the following:

Go to https://zoom.us
Hover over (don’t click) “RESOURCES” on the top right and then click “Download Zoom Client” from the drop-down menu that appears
Click “Download” under “Zoom Client for Meetings”
If it asks you to allow it to download “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes”
Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install Zoom on your computer

The first time you ever use Zoom on a smart phone, do the following:
Go to the App Store and find “Zoom Cloud Meetings” and download it (it is free)

Instructions for attending services on CBI’s Zoom Account 1:

Right before the start of services, either go to https://zoom.us on your computer or open your Zoom app on your smartphone
Click “Join a Meeting”
Type in this Meeting ID: 406 391 4937 and click “Join”
If you’re using the computer and Zoom asks you to allow it to open “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes” or “Open” and then click “Join With Computer Audio”
If you’re using a smart phone and Zoom asks you to allow using the microphone/camera, allow it
If it says “Waiting for the host to start this meeting”, just wait a few minutes for CBI’s service leader to start the meeting

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Apr
4
Sat
CX- Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Apr 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

We regret that in-person services are cancelled at this time due to the COVID 19 situation.  Please stay tuned as we find alternative ways of worshiping as a community.

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Apr
5
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Apr 5 @ 1:00 pm

Just as healthy foods nourish us through the blood stream, so Jewish meditation nourishes our “soul stream.” Meditation can be transformative, taking us from the intellectual awareness of ourselves to a deeper spiritual practice that links us to Judaism in the most profound way. Each mitzvah, holy day and cycle of life has its own rhythm, nuance, taste and character. Jewish meditation is a practice of infusing their essence into our daily spiritual lives.

Ready to give it a try? Join us (every Sunday from 1pm – 3pm. No previous meditation experience necessary.  This opportunity is free and open to all. Please contact Linda Wolf at linda@networktype.com for the online meeting information.

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Apr
7
Tue
GAB – Online Guided Autobiography Class @ Congregation Beth Israel
Apr 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Write and share your stories in a GAB – Guided Autobiography –

Everyone, each and everyone of us, has a story.  This class is designed to help you get organized and pull that story up from your lifetime of memories.  It’s hard to home in on things that truly inform your life perspective.  The GAB method, developed by Dr, James Birren, can help you write your story, two pages at a time, by focusing on themes such as health, money, family and spiritual identity.  Participants share their writings with the other members of the group each week. Finding the story, not evaluating grammar, punctuation, or writing style, is the goal of writing and sharing. Class size is limited to five people.
GAB is a national program with instructors and workshops around the country.
Here is a link to the GAB website: http://guidedautobiography.com
When: Ten Tuesdays beginning March 17 to May 19, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00.
Where:  CBI Library
Cost:  $150.  Money goes to CBI
Text:  Writing Your Legacy:  The Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting Your Life Story by Richard Campbell and Cheryl Svensson.
Instructor:  Caroline Manheimer – She took the online GAB instructor training class in 2012 with Cheryl Svensson. She found the method and writing prompts helpful and liberating in finding her own story.  Since then She has led Guided Autobiography workshops at the Jewish Community Center, OLLI – Senior Learning Center at UNCA, the Grove Opportunity Center, and at her home. She is a retired librarian and a modestly active fiber artist.
Please feel free to contact her with any questions.
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Apr
10
Fri
Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us in welcoming Shabbat with prayer and song.

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Online Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Online Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

With services unavoidably cancelled, the Ritual Committee is working hard to find ways we can support each other as a community when we can’t be together in person. It’s very distressing to be unable to say Kaddish for a loved one, or to contemplate not sharing a Seder meal with friends and family. We’d like to share with you some plans we have for filling these gaps in our lives.

Please join me beginning this Friday, March 27, at 6:00pm, when we will begin holding Kabbalat Shabbat services via Zoom.  A rotation of folks will lead the service, including Josefa, who will lead Family Shabbat on the second Friday of each month. As long as at least 10 adults log in, we’ll be able to say Kaddish, so please consider attending, even if you’re not a Friday night regular.

A link to the online service is below.  Zoom is easy to use and will let us see and hear each other as we welcome Shabbat.  If you haven’t already downloaded Zoom to your computer or phone, you must do so before joining the meeting on Friday at 6:00pm.  You only need to download Zoom once, after that you simply log in, always using the same Meeting ID: 406 391 4937.  Easy instructions are below this message.

We recognize that this is a big departure from traditional practice, and the Ritual Committee did not make this decision without serious discussion. This is a temporary measure to keep us all connected while we can’t be together physically.

If you’d like to borrow a siddur for use at home while services are cancelled, we’ll be happy to lend you one!  Please contact the office for details.

Eva Blinder

CBI Ritual Chair

Instructions for Downloading Zoom

The first time you ever use Zoom on a computer, do the following:

Go to https://zoom.us
Hover over (don’t click) “RESOURCES” on the top right and then click “Download Zoom Client” from the drop-down menu that appears
Click “Download” under “Zoom Client for Meetings”
If it asks you to allow it to download “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes”
Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install Zoom on your computer

The first time you ever use Zoom on a smart phone, do the following:
Go to the App Store and find “Zoom Cloud Meetings” and download it (it is free)

Instructions for attending services on CBI’s Zoom Account 1:

Right before the start of services, either go to https://zoom.us on your computer or open your Zoom app on your smartphone
Click “Join a Meeting”
Type in this Meeting ID: 406 391 4937 and click “Join”
If you’re using the computer and Zoom asks you to allow it to open “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes” or “Open” and then click “Join With Computer Audio”
If you’re using a smart phone and Zoom asks you to allow using the microphone/camera, allow it
If it says “Waiting for the host to start this meeting”, just wait a few minutes for CBI’s service leader to start the meeting

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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