CBI Events Calendar

Nov
28
Sat
Saturday Morning Online Services
Nov 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for Shabbat morning services via Zoom every other Saturday morning at 10:00am.

Join the service by going to Our Virtual Community here, then scroll down and click on the blue Saturday Morning Service button.

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Nov
29
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Nov 29 @ 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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Online Torah on Tap
Nov 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
With so much of CBI’s programming unavoidably cancelled, we’re working hard to find ways we can support each other as a community when we can’t be together in person.

Please join me this Sunday, April 26, at 4:00pm, when we will be holding Torah on Tap via Zoom.

A link to the online discussion group is below.  Zoom is easy to use and will let us see and hear each other as we speak.  If you haven’t already downloaded Zoom to your computer or phone, you must do so before joining the meeting on Sunday at 4:00pm.  You only need to download Zoom once, after that you simply log in, always using the same Meeting ID: 819 7668 2790.  Easy instructions are below this message.

This is a temporary measure to keep us all connected while we can’t be together physically.

Alan Silverman

Torah on Tap Host

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 Torah on Tap on CBI’s Zoom Account:

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: 819 7668 2790 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 Alan to start the meeting

Unless you’ve been out of the country for the last several weeks, you probably know that there’s some pretty important proceedings taking place in our nation’s capitol. In the 230-year history of the American presidency, only two sitting presidents have been impeached. President Trump may well be the third. The historicity of the proceedings, however, pale in comparison to real underlying battle. This is not just an investigation to determine whether impeachable offenses occurred; it is a tug war between strength and morality, and it’s as old as humanity itself.

Join us this Sunday as we look at the dynamics of accountability from a Jewish perspective. More specifically, we will consider one very particular confrontation involving Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach and King Yannai.

“Why is a king of Israel “not judged” [Mishnah Sanhedrin 2:1]? Because of what once happened.” 

Intrigued? Wait until you see how many parallels there are between this 2,100-year-old Talmudic tale and what is happening now in our country. To see how the story unfolds and to unlock the universal lessons it holds, join us this Sunday at Archetype Brewing (the former Habitat Tavern, 174 Broadway St., Asheville). Rabbi Justin will help us understand this epic power struggle between the executive and legislative branches of ancient Israel.

This program is free and open to all. Differing opinions are not only welcomed but encouraged. Non-alcoholic beverages are available, there is ample parking in the Moog Music parking lot off Bordeau Pl.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

 

Unless you’ve been out of the country for the last several weeks, you probably know that there’s some pretty important proceedings taking place in our nation’s capitol. In the 230-year history of the American presidency, only two sitting presidents have been impeached. President Trump may well be the third. The historicity of the proceedings, however, pale in comparison to real underlying battle. This is not just an investigation to determine whether impeachable offenses occurred; it is a tug war between strength and morality, and it’s as old as humanity itself.

Join us this Sunday as we look at the dynamics of accountability from a Jewish perspective. More specifically, we will consider one very particular confrontation involving Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach and King Yannai.

“Why is a king of Israel “not judged” [Mishnah Sanhedrin 2:1]? Because of what once happened.” 

Intrigued? Wait until you see how many parallels there are between this 2,100-year-old Talmudic tale and what is happening now in our country. To see how the story unfolds and to unlock the universal lessons it holds, join us this Sunday at Archetype Brewing (the former Habitat Tavern, 174 Broadway St., Asheville). Rabbi Justin will help us understand this epic power struggle between the executive and legislative branches of ancient Israel.

This program is free and open to all. Differing opinions are not only welcomed but encouraged. Non-alcoholic beverages are available, there is ample parking in the Moog Music parking lot off Bordeau Pl.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Join us on the last Sunday of the month online for a refreshing and often provocative discussion. Each month, we take on a new topic – often ripped from the headlines of today’s news. We spend the first 45 minutes wrapping our arms around it, defining it, dissecting and analyzing it from various viewpoints. Then we spend the rest of the time discussing it from Judaism’s point of view.

  • What’s Judaism’s take on universal healthcare?
  • Would Moses walk the streets of Chicago today packing heat?
  • Is it okay to punch a white supremacist?

Torah on Tap gives us a chance to learn, vent, share and, most of all, understand what 4,000 years of cultural development, debate and dialogue has to say about some of the issues that confront us today. Torah on Tap is free and open to all. Varying viewpoints are not only welcome, but encouraged.

See you there!

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Nov
30
Mon
Hanukkah Pop-up Store at CBI
Nov 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Hanukkah Pop-Up

Due to Covid and a closed Gift Shop, we had to come up with a way for our community to safely shop for Hanukkah.  Our solution? CBI’s Hanukkah Pop-Up!

Here is how it will work. You will have SEVERAL OPTIONS:

  1. Call Carol Samsky, 828-676-0765, and order/charge items over the phone. Arrange for pick-up at synagogue at a mutually agreed upon time.
  2. There will be limited hours that our Pop-Up Shop will be open as Hanukkah approaches. Tentative dates and times include:

Friday, Nov. 20th – 11am to 2pm

Monday, Nov.30th – 4 pm to 6pm

Friday, Dec. 4th – 11am to 2pm

Monday, Dec.7th – 4pm to 6pm

(Note:  Weekly E-Blast will update/confirm Pop-Up’s hours)

  1. If the first two options don’t work for you, call CBI and speak directly to Lee or Rochelle to see if they are available and it is a convenient time for them to sell from the Pop-up Store.

There are so many items in the shop. What follows represents only a limited sampling.

Deluxe candles = $10.00; Regular Candles = $2.00; Gelt (5 pieces/Belgian/nut-free/kosher) = $1.50

Menorahs – ranging in price from $10 to $160.

Dreidels, Dreidels, Dreidels – Medium-sized = $ .25; Gel putty-filled = $7.00; Set of 4 colorful = $4.00; erasers = $1.00; “Flip” = $3.70; “Super Stacking Dreidel” = $4.50; Fillable = $ .75

Home Décor – Dreidel Plate (Nickel and stone) = $28.00; Towel Set = $ 7.00; Mugs = $5.00; Salt and Pepper = $8.00; Candle = $ .50; Bowl = $6.00; Placemats = $2.3535 ea.

Decorating for Hanukkah – Shimmering Dreidels = $6.00; Window Gels = $4.00; Wire Garland = $2.00; String Garland = $3.00; LED Window Gel = 3.75; Light Set = $5.00; Banners = $2.50

Hanukkah Craft Kits – Suncatcher Craft Kit = $3.75; Beeswax Candle Making = $15.00; Shrink Art = $5.50; Glitter Foam Shapes = $3.00; Paint your Own Star Menorah (not shown) = $4.50

Hanukkah Cards, Bags, Wrapping Paper, etc. – Small bags = $1.00; Large bags = $2.00; Cards = $1.00

More Great Gift Ideas Beautiful 1000-piece puzzles will keep the whole family busy this Hanukkah. A special Hanukkah craft project for the kids is a terrific, detailed wood menorah that you paint yourself. And, of course baking for Hanukkah – we have cookie cutters and a couple of baking sets in their own carrying cases.

So “Don’t Let the Lights Go Out”. Come see our Hanukkah Pop-Up!

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Dec
4
Fri
Hanukkah Pop-up Store at CBI
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Hanukkah Pop-Up

Due to Covid and a closed Gift Shop, we had to come up with a way for our community to safely shop for Hanukkah.  Our solution? CBI’s Hanukkah Pop-Up!

Here is how it will work. You will have SEVERAL OPTIONS:

  1. Call Carol Samsky, 828-676-0765, and order/charge items over the phone. Arrange for pick-up at synagogue at a mutually agreed upon time.
  2. There will be limited hours that our Pop-Up Shop will be open as Hanukkah approaches. Tentative dates and times include:

Friday, Nov. 20th – 11am to 2pm

Monday, Nov.30th – 4 pm to 6pm

Friday, Dec. 4th – 11am to 2pm

Monday, Dec.7th – 4pm to 6pm

(Note:  Weekly E-Blast will update/confirm Pop-Up’s hours)

  1. If the first two options don’t work for you, call CBI and speak directly to Lee or Rochelle to see if they are available and it is a convenient time for them to sell from the Pop-up Store.

There are so many items in the shop. What follows represents only a limited sampling.

Deluxe candles = $10.00; Regular Candles = $2.00; Gelt (5 pieces/Belgian/nut-free/kosher) = $1.50

Menorahs – ranging in price from $10 to $160.

Dreidels, Dreidels, Dreidels – Medium-sized = $ .25; Gel putty-filled = $7.00; Set of 4 colorful = $4.00; erasers = $1.00; “Flip” = $3.70; “Super Stacking Dreidel” = $4.50; Fillable = $ .75

Home Décor – Dreidel Plate (Nickel and stone) = $28.00; Towel Set = $ 7.00; Mugs = $5.00; Salt and Pepper = $8.00; Candle = $ .50; Bowl = $6.00; Placemats = $2.3535 ea.

Decorating for Hanukkah – Shimmering Dreidels = $6.00; Window Gels = $4.00; Wire Garland = $2.00; String Garland = $3.00; LED Window Gel = 3.75; Light Set = $5.00; Banners = $2.50

Hanukkah Craft Kits – Suncatcher Craft Kit = $3.75; Beeswax Candle Making = $15.00; Shrink Art = $5.50; Glitter Foam Shapes = $3.00; Paint your Own Star Menorah (not shown) = $4.50

Hanukkah Cards, Bags, Wrapping Paper, etc. – Small bags = $1.00; Large bags = $2.00; Cards = $1.00

More Great Gift Ideas Beautiful 1000-piece puzzles will keep the whole family busy this Hanukkah. A special Hanukkah craft project for the kids is a terrific, detailed wood menorah that you paint yourself. And, of course baking for Hanukkah – we have cookie cutters and a couple of baking sets in their own carrying cases.

So “Don’t Let the Lights Go Out”. Come see our Hanukkah Pop-Up!

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Online Friday Noon Study Group
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will NOT meet on Friday, November 27

Last Friday, our study group completed its most recent exploration of JEWISH SENSIBILITIES with a discussion of a concept that governs a good deal of our thought and practice:  

Havdil | הַבְדִיל | Distinctions/Jews and Distinctiveness.

Looking at various Jewish practices that emphasize binary oppositions and distinctions that have firm laws about boundaries–milk from meat, Sabbath and weekdays, male and female roles, Israel from other peoples, the holy and the everyday–we agreed with Rabbi Vanessa Ochs that ”the sensibility of difference-making is critically and essentially Jewish” and with Rabbi Ochs’s claim that such a concern for differences ”has a powerfully destructive potential.”  We explored this topic, especially when it led to ”us vs. them” polarization, but we also explored the importance of maintaining a distinct Jewish identity as a means of connecting with others.

Following a one-week break for the Thanksgiving holiday, our group will resume our discussions on Friday, December 4 when we’ll begin with a new topic:

ZIONISM

This movement for the development and protection of a Jewish nation in Israel has been a source of great pride and a subject of much criticism.  In our discussions of Zionism, we hope to cover such topics as

  • Zionist ideology from its origins to the present
  • the emergence of modern Jewish nationalism in early nineteenth century Europe
  • the founding of the Zionist movement by Theodor Herzl in 1897
  • the Balfour Declaration
  • the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 under the leadership of David Ben-Gurion
  • the Six Day War in 1967
  • the rise of the “Peace Now” movement
  • the election of conservative prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • the long-term viability of Zionist ideology in a rapidly destabilizing Middle East

Our discussions will be informed by Michael Stanislawski’s ZionismA Very Short Introduction 2nd Edition.  Stanislawski is Professor of Jewish History at Columbia University.  His book is available at a variety of Internet outlets. 

Check this web site next week for a list of resources we will discuss in our inaugural meeting on December 4.

Our informal discussion group is held 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. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Online Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Dec 4 @ 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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Dec
5
Sat
Torah Study with Justin Goldstein
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join Justin Goldstein for an hour of Torah study and discussion of the week’s Torah portion.

All are welcome, link to join the Zoom meeting here.

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Dec
6
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Dec 6 @ 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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Dec
7
Mon
Hanukkah Pop-up Store at CBI
Dec 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Hanukkah Pop-Up

Due to Covid and a closed Gift Shop, we had to come up with a way for our community to safely shop for Hanukkah.  Our solution? CBI’s Hanukkah Pop-Up!

Here is how it will work. You will have SEVERAL OPTIONS:

  1. Call Carol Samsky, 828-676-0765, and order/charge items over the phone. Arrange for pick-up at synagogue at a mutually agreed upon time.
  2. There will be limited hours that our Pop-Up Shop will be open as Hanukkah approaches. Tentative dates and times include:

Friday, Nov. 20th – 11am to 2pm

Monday, Nov.30th – 4 pm to 6pm

Friday, Dec. 4th – 11am to 2pm

Monday, Dec.7th – 4pm to 6pm

(Note:  Weekly E-Blast will update/confirm Pop-Up’s hours)

  1. If the first two options don’t work for you, call CBI and speak directly to Lee or Rochelle to see if they are available and it is a convenient time for them to sell from the Pop-up Store.

There are so many items in the shop. What follows represents only a limited sampling.

Deluxe candles = $10.00; Regular Candles = $2.00; Gelt (5 pieces/Belgian/nut-free/kosher) = $1.50

Menorahs – ranging in price from $10 to $160.

Dreidels, Dreidels, Dreidels – Medium-sized = $ .25; Gel putty-filled = $7.00; Set of 4 colorful = $4.00; erasers = $1.00; “Flip” = $3.70; “Super Stacking Dreidel” = $4.50; Fillable = $ .75

Home Décor – Dreidel Plate (Nickel and stone) = $28.00; Towel Set = $ 7.00; Mugs = $5.00; Salt and Pepper = $8.00; Candle = $ .50; Bowl = $6.00; Placemats = $2.3535 ea.

Decorating for Hanukkah – Shimmering Dreidels = $6.00; Window Gels = $4.00; Wire Garland = $2.00; String Garland = $3.00; LED Window Gel = 3.75; Light Set = $5.00; Banners = $2.50

Hanukkah Craft Kits – Suncatcher Craft Kit = $3.75; Beeswax Candle Making = $15.00; Shrink Art = $5.50; Glitter Foam Shapes = $3.00; Paint your Own Star Menorah (not shown) = $4.50

Hanukkah Cards, Bags, Wrapping Paper, etc. – Small bags = $1.00; Large bags = $2.00; Cards = $1.00

More Great Gift Ideas Beautiful 1000-piece puzzles will keep the whole family busy this Hanukkah. A special Hanukkah craft project for the kids is a terrific, detailed wood menorah that you paint yourself. And, of course baking for Hanukkah – we have cookie cutters and a couple of baking sets in their own carrying cases.

So “Don’t Let the Lights Go Out”. Come see our Hanukkah Pop-Up!

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