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? 

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"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...

Jun
4
Thu
CBI Board Meeting Online
Jun 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Jun
5
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

May 29, 2020 12-1

The Noon Study Group will NOT meet on May 29.

At our Zoom session last week, May 22,

  • We briefly discussed various Christological conceptions of Jesus (was his nature divine or human?) and how those conceptions varied among Christian denominations.

  • We looked at potential differences between Jews and Christians in their attitudes towards “perfection,” using Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s essay, “The Tyranny of Perfection,” as a springboard for discussion (Boteach may be too binary in the distinctions he makes and in his characterization of how Christians value perfection).

  • We considered the geographical and social distinctions between the audiences for Paul’s letters to Philippi and Thessalonica

  • We admired Paul’s gifted use of rhetoric, at the outset and throughout his missive, in saying how proud he was (in Yiddish we call this shepping naches) of the Thessalonians’ steadfastness.

  • We then turned to the elephant in the room (actually in Chapter 2:14-16), in which Paul identifies the Jews as those “who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets.”  Our discussion included the accuracy of the charges (which Jews?  any Jews?  all Jews?) and the contributions such charges made to the promulgation of anti-Judaism through the ages.

When we meet again on June 5, we’ll conclude our study of Paul with a look at First Thessalonians, Chapters 3-5.  These include Paul’s exhortations to behave morally and his assurances about the “end times” salvation of the living (and the dead) who followed Christ.

Our informal discussion group will be conducted online every Friday from 12-1.   All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions.  Any copy of the New Testament is acceptable (the more versions the richer the conversation).  Our discussions will be supplemented by commentary drawn from The Jewish Annotated New Testament, edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

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Online Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Jun 5 @ 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 me beginning this Friday, March 27, at 6:00pm, when we will begin holding Kabbalat Shabbat services via Zoom.  A rotation of folks will lead the service, including Josefa, who will lead Family Shabbat on the second Friday of each month. 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.

A link to the online service is below.  Zoom is easy to use and will let us see and hear each other as we welcome Shabbat.  If you haven’t already downloaded Zoom to your computer or phone, you must do so before joining the meeting on Friday at 6:00pm.  You only need to download Zoom once, after that you simply log in, always using the same Meeting ID: 406 391 4937.  Easy instructions are below this message.

We recognize that this is a big departure from traditional practice, and the Ritual Committee did not make this decision without serious discussion. This is a temporary measure to keep us all connected while we can’t be together physically.

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.

Eva Blinder

CBI Ritual Chair

Instructions for Downloading Zoom

The first time you ever use Zoom on a computer, do the following:

Go to https://zoom.us
Hover over (don’t click) “RESOURCES” on the top right and then click “Download Zoom Client” from the drop-down menu that appears
Click “Download” under “Zoom Client for Meetings”
If it asks you to allow it to download “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes”
Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install Zoom on your computer

The first time you ever use Zoom on a smart phone, do the following:
Go to the App Store and find “Zoom Cloud Meetings” and download it (it is free)

Instructions for attending services on CBI’s Zoom Account 1:

Right before the start of services, either go to https://zoom.us on your computer or open your Zoom app on your smartphone
Click “Join a Meeting”
Type in this Meeting ID: 406 391 4937 and click “Join”
If you’re using the computer and Zoom asks you to allow it to open “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes” or “Open” and then click “Join With Computer Audio”
If you’re using a smart phone and Zoom asks you to allow using the microphone/camera, allow it
If it says “Waiting for the host to start this meeting”, just wait a few minutes for CBI’s service leader to start the meeting

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Jun
6
Sat
CX- Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Jun 6 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

We regret that in-person services are cancelled at this time due to the COVID 19 situation.  Please stay tuned as we find alternative ways of worshiping as a community.

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Jun
7
Sun
CBI Annual Meeting Online
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

CBI’s Annual Meeting will take place online via Zoom on Sunday, June 7, at 10:00am.

CBI members should have received an invitation and important information packet by email on Friday, May 22, so please check your Spam folders or call the office 252-8660 if you can’t find it in your Inbox.

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Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Jun 7 @ 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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Jun
12
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Jun 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

May 29, 2020 12-1

The Noon Study Group will NOT meet on May 29.

At our Zoom session last week, May 22,

  • We briefly discussed various Christological conceptions of Jesus (was his nature divine or human?) and how those conceptions varied among Christian denominations.

  • We looked at potential differences between Jews and Christians in their attitudes towards “perfection,” using Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s essay, “The Tyranny of Perfection,” as a springboard for discussion (Boteach may be too binary in the distinctions he makes and in his characterization of how Christians value perfection).

  • We considered the geographical and social distinctions between the audiences for Paul’s letters to Philippi and Thessalonica

  • We admired Paul’s gifted use of rhetoric, at the outset and throughout his missive, in saying how proud he was (in Yiddish we call this shepping naches) of the Thessalonians’ steadfastness.

  • We then turned to the elephant in the room (actually in Chapter 2:14-16), in which Paul identifies the Jews as those “who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets.”  Our discussion included the accuracy of the charges (which Jews?  any Jews?  all Jews?) and the contributions such charges made to the promulgation of anti-Judaism through the ages.

When we meet again on June 5, we’ll conclude our study of Paul with a look at First Thessalonians, Chapters 3-5.  These include Paul’s exhortations to behave morally and his assurances about the “end times” salvation of the living (and the dead) who followed Christ.

Our informal discussion group will be conducted online every Friday from 12-1.   All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions.  Any copy of the New Testament is acceptable (the more versions the richer the conversation).  Our discussions will be supplemented by commentary drawn from The Jewish Annotated New Testament, edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

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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