CBI Events Calendar

Oct
29
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday October 29, 12-1

Last week our group took a closer look at the punishments God meted out to the Serpent, Eve, and Adam and the story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 3:14-4:26) Here are some of the issues we talked about:

  • How God cursed the snake (who, apparently walked upright until he was made to crawl on his belly) and how the enmity between the serpent’s seed and that of Eve was seen by some Christians as the first messianic prophecy in the Bible (Protoevangelium)    

  •  Eve’s punishment versus that of Adam (neither was “cursed” by God as was the serpent–and, in the next chapter, Cain).  Was Eve’s punishment–painful childbearing/childrearing and subservience to Adam (who was punished by having to live by the sweat of his brow)–twice that of Adam’s.  Is this passage the beginning of misogyny in the male-authored Bible, or is it a compassionate recognition of the travails of women?

  • Why are cherubim assigned to guard the Tree of Life? To eliminate the possibility of human immortality?

  • What does God’s favoring of Abel’s offering (fattened sheep) over Cain’s offering (grain) signify?  That God was not a vegetarian?  That Cain’s offerings were not given with the proper intention?  The birth of all of the sibling rivalries we find in the Bible–and in real life?

  • In what way was God testing Cain–don’t give in to the sin that crouches at your door?  What was the nature of the cryptic exchange between Cain and Abel when they went out into the field?  How premeditated was Cain’s fratricide?

This Friday, we’ll begin with a consideration of how the mark of Cain has been interpreted and where Cain’s wife came from (Genesis 4:15-4:17) and then move on–past the descendants of Adam to the story of Noah (Genesis 5:28-6-9).

Our informal group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1. Check the CBI web page for a link.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.  Please bring whatever copy of the Bible you might have (the more different translations the livelier the discussion).  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu

 

 
 

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Oct
30
Sat
Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Oct 30 @ 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
31
Sun
Torah on Tap @ CBI
Oct 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Torah on Tap @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

This year will be different

We want to change. We do. We each want to be a better version of ourselves today than we were yesterday, especially this time of the year. For some, change comes easily – others not so much. Why? What keeps us from fulfilling the promises we make on Rosh HaShannah, Yom Kippur and New Year’s Eve?

Join us for Torah on Tap this Sunday (4pm – 5:30) as we explore the opportunities and obstacles of change. Share your own story of growth, learn the most common impediments to change and how, with the help of our Jewish traditions, we can re-frame what it means to change – making it easier and more meaningful.

We’ll meet by the stream beside the CBI parking lot. Bring your beverage of choice, a lawn chair and a caring, open mind. Come as you are. Leave different.

 

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Nov
5
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Nov 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday October 29, 12-1

Last week our group took a closer look at the punishments God meted out to the Serpent, Eve, and Adam and the story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 3:14-4:26) Here are some of the issues we talked about:

  • How God cursed the snake (who, apparently walked upright until he was made to crawl on his belly) and how the enmity between the serpent’s seed and that of Eve was seen by some Christians as the first messianic prophecy in the Bible (Protoevangelium)    

  •  Eve’s punishment versus that of Adam (neither was “cursed” by God as was the serpent–and, in the next chapter, Cain).  Was Eve’s punishment–painful childbearing/childrearing and subservience to Adam (who was punished by having to live by the sweat of his brow)–twice that of Adam’s.  Is this passage the beginning of misogyny in the male-authored Bible, or is it a compassionate recognition of the travails of women?

  • Why are cherubim assigned to guard the Tree of Life? To eliminate the possibility of human immortality?

  • What does God’s favoring of Abel’s offering (fattened sheep) over Cain’s offering (grain) signify?  That God was not a vegetarian?  That Cain’s offerings were not given with the proper intention?  The birth of all of the sibling rivalries we find in the Bible–and in real life?

  • In what way was God testing Cain–don’t give in to the sin that crouches at your door?  What was the nature of the cryptic exchange between Cain and Abel when they went out into the field?  How premeditated was Cain’s fratricide?

This Friday, we’ll begin with a consideration of how the mark of Cain has been interpreted and where Cain’s wife came from (Genesis 4:15-4:17) and then move on–past the descendants of Adam to the story of Noah (Genesis 5:28-6-9).

Our informal group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1. Check the CBI web page for a link.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.  Please bring whatever copy of the Bible you might have (the more different translations the livelier the discussion).  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu

 

 
 

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Online Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Nov 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 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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Nov
6
Sat
Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Nov 6 @ 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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Louis Schactman Bar Mitzvah
Nov 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Louis Schactman Bar Mitzvah
Saturday, November 6, 9:30am (limited to fully-vaccinated)

Join us on in-person or on Zoom as Louis goes up to the Torah as Bar Mitzvah.  Because several members of the Schactman family are immunocompromised, we ask that only fully vaccinated CBI members attend in person.  The Kiddush following the services will be limited to family and invited guests in order not to endanger the vulnerable family members.  The family appreciates your understanding.

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