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 Programs

Artist-in-Residence, Rick Paulus 

Aug 15  – Aug 19 

Sleeping in the Forest — Mary Oliver

Details here

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Outdoor Concert: Free Planet Radio

August 22, 5:30

Free Planet Radio

Details here

"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
6
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, August 6, 12-1

This week our study group will begin its examination of the life and legacy of Julius Rosenwald, CEO of Sears, Roebuck and noted Jewish philanthropist who helped to establish over 5,000 schools for African-American children throughout the American South. For the next several weeks we will be discussing Hasia Diner’s Julius Rosenwald: Repairing the World, (Yale University Press ”Jewish Lives” Series, 2017) which is available on a number of internet outlets.  For a brief preview of this text, you can access a 20-minute podcast from Yale’s ”Jewish Lives” at https://www.jewishlives.org/podcast.

This Friday, we’ll start out with a general overview of  Rosenwald, based on what participants may already know or have read about Rosenwald.  Below is a list of videos which offer brief snapshots of his life and contributions.  It would be helpful if participants viewed a few of these videos prior to our discussion on 8/6.

Julius Rosenwald and His Gifts to America’s Well-Being:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68JO3qo2oUU
How Rosenwald schools transformed African-American education in the rural South:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rosenwald-schools-transformed-african-american-education-in-the-rural-south/
Rosenwald Schools: Helping Communities Help Themselves
https://www.ncpedia.org/rosenwald-schools-helping-communities-k-8
The Fight to Preserve Rosenwald Schools
 https://www.edweek.org/leadership/video-the-fight-to-preserve-rosenwald-schools/2021/07
New film profiles little-known Jewish philanthropist who built African-American schools:
https://www.statesboroherald.com/churches/faith/new-film-profiles-little-known-jewish-philanthropist
Trailer of Aviva Kempner film:
https://hewlett.org/a-look-at-the-life-and-legacy-of-philanthropist-julius-rosenwald/
Author Eli Evans on why Julius Rosenwald is not well known
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbi5WGRHZAk
1-hour Video: Hasia R. Diner on the philanthropic legacy of Julius Rosenwald
https://www.jewishlives.org/blog/2021/6/29/video-hasia-r-diner-on-the-philanthropic-legacy-of-julius-rosenwald

We will begin discussing the opening chapters of Diner’s biography when we meet on August 13.  Our informal discussion group meets online via Zoom every Friday from 12 – 1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.  

 
 

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Aug
7
Sat
Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Aug 7 @ 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
13
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, August 6, 12-1

This week our study group will begin its examination of the life and legacy of Julius Rosenwald, CEO of Sears, Roebuck and noted Jewish philanthropist who helped to establish over 5,000 schools for African-American children throughout the American South. For the next several weeks we will be discussing Hasia Diner’s Julius Rosenwald: Repairing the World, (Yale University Press ”Jewish Lives” Series, 2017) which is available on a number of internet outlets.  For a brief preview of this text, you can access a 20-minute podcast from Yale’s ”Jewish Lives” at https://www.jewishlives.org/podcast.

This Friday, we’ll start out with a general overview of  Rosenwald, based on what participants may already know or have read about Rosenwald.  Below is a list of videos which offer brief snapshots of his life and contributions.  It would be helpful if participants viewed a few of these videos prior to our discussion on 8/6.

Julius Rosenwald and His Gifts to America’s Well-Being:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68JO3qo2oUU
How Rosenwald schools transformed African-American education in the rural South:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rosenwald-schools-transformed-african-american-education-in-the-rural-south/
Rosenwald Schools: Helping Communities Help Themselves
https://www.ncpedia.org/rosenwald-schools-helping-communities-k-8
The Fight to Preserve Rosenwald Schools
 https://www.edweek.org/leadership/video-the-fight-to-preserve-rosenwald-schools/2021/07
New film profiles little-known Jewish philanthropist who built African-American schools:
https://www.statesboroherald.com/churches/faith/new-film-profiles-little-known-jewish-philanthropist
Trailer of Aviva Kempner film:
https://hewlett.org/a-look-at-the-life-and-legacy-of-philanthropist-julius-rosenwald/
Author Eli Evans on why Julius Rosenwald is not well known
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbi5WGRHZAk
1-hour Video: Hasia R. Diner on the philanthropic legacy of Julius Rosenwald
https://www.jewishlives.org/blog/2021/6/29/video-hasia-r-diner-on-the-philanthropic-legacy-of-julius-rosenwald

We will begin discussing the opening chapters of Diner’s biography when we meet on August 13.  Our informal discussion group meets online via Zoom every Friday from 12 – 1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.  

 
 

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Online Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Aug 13 @ 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 us for Kabbalat Shabbat services via Zoom.  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.

You can join the service by going to Our Virtual Community here, then scroll down and click on the blue Kabbalat Shabbat Service button.

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.

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Aug
14
Sat
Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Aug 14 @ 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
15
Sun
Rick Paulus Artist Workshop at CBI
Aug 15 @ 9:30 am – Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm

Early Bird Deadline extended to July 15th!  Save $50 now!

Don’t miss this four-day workshop with graphic artist and calligrapher Rick Paulus.

Workshop Dates:
Participants may arrive at 9:00am to enter and set up supplies.
Vegetarian lunch is provided daily. (No meat can be brought into synagogue). Coffee, tea, water provided throughout each day.
Speedball Representatives, Jenn Miller & Kelley Braun will join us during lunch on Monday, August 16. Speedball is donating a copy of the 25th Edition of Speedball Textbook to each participant.
Lecture: Rick Paulus will present a lecture on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in CBI Social Hall.
Registration:
Early Bird registration by July 15 , 2021. $350.
A supply fee of $15 will be paid by each participant to CBI.
Mail check payable to Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) 229 Murdock Avenue Asheville, NC 28804. Please include your name, address, email, cell phone and your vaccination status. For questions call CBI office 828-252-0660admin@bethisraelnc.org
To pay via our website click here.
Sally Gooze is organizing this workshop. For questions call 828-772-0222.
Workshop is limited to 20 artists/calligraphers
Cancellation policy:
Cancellations made prior to June 1 are refundable, less a $36 administrative charge.
Cancellations made up until July 15th are eligible for a 50% refund.
Cancellations made after July 15th are non-refundable, however the registration can be transferred to a donation to the synagogue.
Social distancing and mask wearing will be required at all times (with the exception of during lunch). Please indicate when registering if you are vaccinated.  Each artist will be seated at an individual table.

To register, click here.

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Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Aug 15 @ 2:30 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 via Zoom (every Sunday from 2:30pm – 4pm. 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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“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