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.
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at Stepp Orchard
Sunday, September 18, 1:00pm
Join CBI friends at Stepp Orchard in HVL.
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Dinner at Piazza
Wednesday, September 21, 5:30pm
Join CBI friends for dinner
at Piazza Restaurant.
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Rabbi Mitch Levine
Rabbi Mitch Levine: Office phone (828) 252-9024, email email@example.com
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
"For the first time in my life, I find myself yearning to go to shul.” - Rochelle Reich
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for Shabbat morning services in-person or via Zoom every Saturday morning at 9:30am.
Join the Zoom service by going to Our Virtual Community page here, then scroll down and click on the blue Saturday Morning Service button.
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.
“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