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

Friday Night

Kabbalat Shabbat

Service & Potluck

 Friday, September 9, 6:00pm
In-Person service (no Zoom)
followed by a vegetarian potluck
in the CBI social hall.

Apple Picking

at Stepp Orchard

Sunday, September 18, 1:00pm

Join CBI friends at Stepp Orchard in HVL.
 RSVP to Rochelle
at director@bethisraelnc.org


Dinner at Piazza

Wednesday, September 21, 5:30pm

Join CBI friends for dinner
at Piazza Restaurant.
 RSVP to Helene
at club.havurah@gmail.com


Awakening the Heart 

 Join Rick Chess on
Saturday, September 24, 9:30am
in the CBI social hall
for a contemplative
Shabbat practice.

Details & RSVP

High Holiday


Click link for


all things High Holiday



Friday Noon

Study Group 

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

Torah on Tap

Tuesday, October 25, 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...

Online Friday Noon Study Group
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday Noon Study Group September 30 12-1

Last Friday, our group rode a roller coaster with Ernie Levy, examining the ups and downs of his life as portrayed in Chapter 5 and the beginning of Chapter 6 of The Last of the Just: 
  • his two-year-long recuperation following his suicide attempt
  • his service as a physical protector of his younger brother
  • his family’s escape to Montmorency, France when Nazis began burning books/rounding up Jews in Stillenstadt
  • his enlistment in the French Army in order to procure certificates that would protect his family from deportation
  • his family being deported to French transit camp at Gurs, and, following the surrender of the French Army, their deportation to an extermination camp
  • his wanderings throughout Vichy France wherein he imagines himself to be, and behaves like, a dog continuing his self-abasement
  • his return to Nazi-occupied Paris where he lodges with members of the Old Zemyock Association and sews on the yellow Jewish star “with pleasure”
  • The liquidation of the Jewish ghetto in Paris and his efforts to assist, Golda, a lame Jewish girl
This Friday, we will pick up where we left off in Chapter 6, starting with Ernie’s relationship with, and eventual marriage to, Golda (was it love?  pity? a manifestation of Ernie’s potential savior complex?).  We’ll look at the deportation of Golda and her family to Drancy (a transit camp) and Ernie’s insistence that he also be admitted there (where he his tortured).  We’ll then look at the last chapter, “Never Again,” which painfully details Ernie’s experience in a Nazi death camp.  Once again, we’ll take up the question of what compelled Ernie (the last of the just) to risk his life by surrendering himself to Nazi-occupied France, Drancy, and Auschwitz.
Now in its 23rd year, our informal discussion group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1.  Please note this change (we will reconsider resuming in-person meetings in CBI’s small chapel  starting in October).  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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Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Oct 1 @ 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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HVL Havdalah (CBI South)
Oct 1 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Join your CBI friends at the Hendersonville home of Neal & Beth Appel for a potluck dessert, Havdalah with the Rabbi, and a social evening.  Please RSVP to bethappel@me.com

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Kever Avot
Oct 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Kever Avot 

Sunday, Ocober 2 at Lou Pollock Cemetery, 10:00am

The custom of visiting the graves of deceased relatives and close friends between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur is of long standing in Judaism.  Join Rabbi Wolff Alterman at Lou Pollock Cemetery to participate in this wonderful custom.

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Kol Nidre Services
Oct 4 @ 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm
Yom Kippur Service Schedule
Oct 5 @ 9:30 am – 7:45 pm

Yom Kippur Schedule

9:30am services begin

12noon Youth service (or immediately following Torah service)

5:30pm Afternoon service

6:30pm (approx.) Ne’ilah service

7:46pm fast ends

7:46pm Break the Fast meal (pre-registration and $18 payment due by Friday, 9/30)

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Siddurim Swap Back
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Join us to switch the High Holiday mahzorim for the regular prayer books .  This easy post-High Holiday mitzvah usually takes a half hour or less to complete if enough volunteers show up to help.

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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