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

Building the Sukkah

Sunday, October 9, 12:00pm

Join CBI friends in building the CBI sukkah.
 RSVP to Rochelle
at director@bethisraelnc.org

 

Decorating

the Sukkah

Sunday, October 9, 3:00pm

Join CBI friends of all ages.
 RSVP to Helene at
club.havurah@gmail.com

For Women Only:

Snacks in the Sukkah


 Tuesday, October 11, noon
Bring a bag lunch and join other
CBI women in the CBI sukkah.
RSVP to club.havurah@gmail.com

 

Friday Night

Potluck in the Sukkah


 Friday, October 14, 6:00pm
Join us for a vegetarian potluck
and songs in the CBI sukkah.

Kiddush & Learning

in the Sukkah 


 Rabbi Mitch will lead a learning session
following 9:30am services on
Saturday, October 15, at 11:30am
in the CBI sukkah.

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.

Awakening the Heart 


 Join Leonard Jacobs
(subbing for Rick Chess) on
Saturday, October 22, 9:30am
in the CBI social hall
for a contemplative
Shabbat practice.

Details & RSVP

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...

Oct
8
Sat
Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Oct 8 @ 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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Oct
9
Sun
Building the CBI Sukkah
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Building the CBI Sukkah

Join us for this fun mitzvah!  All are welcome, there are tasks for every age and level of fitness.

RSVP to Rochelle at director@bethisraelnc.org

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Sukkah Decorating For All Ages
Oct 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday October 9th,  3 PM
Sukkot Crafts and Sukkah Decorating – for adults and children.
We’re planning a fun-filled afternoon in the sukkah, and hope you can join us!
RSVP by October 6 to Helene Nathanson:  club.havurah@gmail.com
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Oct
10
Mon
Sukkot Morning Services
Oct 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

All are invited to join us for Sukkot morning services starting at 9:30am.  Rabbi Levine will give the dvar Torah.

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Oct
11
Tue
For Women Only – Snacks in the Sukkah
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
For Women Only!!
You’re invited to join us for “Snacks in the Sukkah”.  Bring your bag lunch, and we’ll enjoy eating a meal together in the sukkah,
while getting to know one another. This is a great opportunity to meet other CBI women in a low-key, friendly environment.
DATE:  Tuesday October 11th
TIME:   12:00 noon
PLACE:  CBI’s sukkah
RSVP to Helene Nathanson:  Club.Havurah@gmail.com
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Oct
14
Fri
Potluck Dinner & Singing in the Sukkah
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Bring your vegetarian potluck dish to share as we celebrate together in the sukkah!  We’ll have experienced song leader Abby Gilad leading us in a harmonious vocal celebration as we fulfill the mitzvah of eating together in the sukkah.

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Oct
15
Sat
Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Oct 15 @ 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