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.

Upcoming Events and Info

Kiddush For Breakfast-

Study with Rabbi Mitch


Saturday, August 13, 9:30am

Topic: The Jewish Rejection of Originalism
Join Rabbi Mitch for a catered
breakfast and study session.

 

 

 

Friday Noon

Study Group 


 Join Jay Jacoby
Fridays at noon
in person at CBI or on Zoom.
On recess, resuming August 19.

Details here

Awakening the Heart 


 Join Rick Chess on
Saturday, August 20, 9:30am
in the CBI social hall
for a contemplative
Shabbat practice.

Details & RSVP

Picnic & Concert

at Pack Square


Sunday, August 28, 6:00pm

Join CBI friends for a picnic in
the park followed by an
outdoor concert. RSVP to Helene
at club.havurah@gmail.com

 

Torah on Tap


Tuesday, August 30, 6:00pm

Archetype Brewery
174 Broadway St.
Join Alan Silverman
in exploring timely topics
viewed through a Jewish lens.

 

 

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...

Aug
19
Fri
In-person & Online Friday Noon Study Group
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In-person & Online Friday Noon Study Group

August 19 12-1

When our weekly Study Group resumes on August 19, we will discuss the Jewish folk legend of the Lamed Vavnik–a story with origins in Torah and Talmud that has influenced such contemporary novels as Nicole Krauss’s  The History of Love and such films as the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski.  According to the legend, there are, at any given time, 36 righteous individuals upon whose merits the world continues to exist.  The number 36 is represented in Hebrew as lamed vav.  Those who wish to participate in our discussion on August 19, might want to take a look at a few of the following resources:
General Information:
https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/lamed-vav-x1e92-addikim
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tzadikim_Nistarim
https://www.splicetoday.com/pop-culture/the-lamed-vavnik-and-popular-culture
            http://ejmmm2007.blogspot.com/2009/03/lamed-vavniks-thirty-six-righteous-who.html
https://forward.com/culture/13406/the-thirty-six-who-save-the-world-01872/
https://www.matthewkressel.net/2015/10/13/36-days-of-judaic-myth-day-36-the-lamed-vav-the-thirty-six-hidden-righteous/
https://ohr.edu/2442
Stories about Lamed Vovniks:
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/36-lamed-vovnick-stories-1/
https://www.naaleh.com/the-hidden-light/?hilite=%27topic%27
https://www.reddit.com/r/nonduality/comments/1r3y9f/the_lamed_vovnik_tale_as_told_by_speed_levitch/
Catholics on Lamed Vovniks
https://www.vermontcatholic.org/uncategorized/hidden-saints-the-legend-of-the-lamed-vavniks/
https://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/2012/05/19/the-legend-of-the-36-righteous-men/
When our group meets on Friday, August 26, we will begin our  exploration of Andre Schwarz-Bart’s novel, The Last of the Just, a book with roots in the lamed-vavnik legend.  This post-WWII novel, which was awarded France’s highest literary prize in 1959, follows the Levy family over eight centuries, from York, England in the 1100s until the Eastern European Holocaust.  The novel has been described as an enduring classic that reminds us “how easily torn is the precious fabric of civilization, and how destructive are the consequences of dumb hatred.”  While, as the preceding quote suggests, Schwarz-Bart’s novel is unsettling, it provides much food for thought.
Now in its 23rd year, our informal discussion group meets in person from 12-1 in CBI’s small chapel (with an option on Zoom for those who cannot attend in person).  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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Aug
20
Sat
Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Aug 20 @ 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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Aug
26
Fri
In-person & Online Friday Noon Study Group
Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In-person & Online Friday Noon Study Group

August 19 12-1

When our weekly Study Group resumes on August 19, we will discuss the Jewish folk legend of the Lamed Vavnik–a story with origins in Torah and Talmud that has influenced such contemporary novels as Nicole Krauss’s  The History of Love and such films as the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski.  According to the legend, there are, at any given time, 36 righteous individuals upon whose merits the world continues to exist.  The number 36 is represented in Hebrew as lamed vav.  Those who wish to participate in our discussion on August 19, might want to take a look at a few of the following resources:
General Information:
https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/lamed-vav-x1e92-addikim
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tzadikim_Nistarim
https://www.splicetoday.com/pop-culture/the-lamed-vavnik-and-popular-culture
            http://ejmmm2007.blogspot.com/2009/03/lamed-vavniks-thirty-six-righteous-who.html
https://forward.com/culture/13406/the-thirty-six-who-save-the-world-01872/
https://www.matthewkressel.net/2015/10/13/36-days-of-judaic-myth-day-36-the-lamed-vav-the-thirty-six-hidden-righteous/
https://ohr.edu/2442
Stories about Lamed Vovniks:
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/36-lamed-vovnick-stories-1/
https://www.naaleh.com/the-hidden-light/?hilite=%27topic%27
https://www.reddit.com/r/nonduality/comments/1r3y9f/the_lamed_vovnik_tale_as_told_by_speed_levitch/
Catholics on Lamed Vovniks
https://www.vermontcatholic.org/uncategorized/hidden-saints-the-legend-of-the-lamed-vavniks/
https://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/2012/05/19/the-legend-of-the-36-righteous-men/
When our group meets on Friday, August 26, we will begin our  exploration of Andre Schwarz-Bart’s novel, The Last of the Just, a book with roots in the lamed-vavnik legend.  This post-WWII novel, which was awarded France’s highest literary prize in 1959, follows the Levy family over eight centuries, from York, England in the 1100s until the Eastern European Holocaust.  The novel has been described as an enduring classic that reminds us “how easily torn is the precious fabric of civilization, and how destructive are the consequences of dumb hatred.”  While, as the preceding quote suggests, Schwarz-Bart’s novel is unsettling, it provides much food for thought.
Now in its 23rd year, our informal discussion group meets in person from 12-1 in CBI’s small chapel (with an option on Zoom for those who cannot attend in person).  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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Aug
27
Sat
Awakening the Heart: Contemplative Shabbat Practice
Aug 27 @ 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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Ben Kaufman Bar Mitzvah
Aug 27 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

You are invited to come celebrate as Ben Kaufman goes up to the Torah as Bar Mitzvah.

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Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Aug 27 @ 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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Aug
28
Sun
Club Havurah Picnic Supper & Concert at Pack Square
Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Club Havurah Picnic Supper & Concert Gathering Under the Stars

A Time for Connection
Join us Sunday, August 28

Picnic in the Park, 6:00 and “Symphony in the Park,” 7:00

Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville
On the green, opposite City Hall
Free general admission

Bring your own picnic baskets, chairs and blankets and join us by our
helium filled balloons when we picnic at 6:00.
Then, sit back and enjoy the concert that will be presented by the Asheville
Symphony Society at 7:00.
If you RSVP by August 26 to club.havurah@gmail.com we will know to look
out for you!

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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