CBI Events Calendar

Y.E.P Multi-Generational Tu-B’Shvat Experience and Open House @ CBI
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Y.E.P Multi-Generational Tu-B'Shvat Experience and Open House @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Each month, CBI’s unique Youth Education Program (Y.E.P) provides an opportunity for the young and young-at-heart to experience, think and learn from each other as we connect the timelessness of the Jewish calendar to the sacredness of the Earth!

On January 20th, the topic is Tu B’shvat.

Meet, Discover and Do

The morning starts by sending teams of adults and kids off on a wild Tu B’shvat-themed Scavenger Hunt. Afterwards, we’ll work through a series of age-appropriate interactive nature rotations.

  • Assemble a giant tree puzzle
  • See how Torah and Judaism are like a tree
  • Create a nature-based skit to share with everyone during the Seder
  • Learn about the role of blessings and add yours to our Community Torah
  • Plant parsley to take home and use during your Passover Seder

For the final 45 minutes, we will come together as a community for a Tu B’svhat Seder that holds life lessons learned from the personalities of plants and trees.

Visitors and Guests Welcome

This program is also a great opportunity for families interested in our Youth Education Program to see what we’re all about. The Tu B’Shvat program is free and open. Meet Rabbi Justin Goldstein and Ken Vallario, CBI Youth Education Coordinator, they;ll be on hand to answer any questions you have. Enroll your child in this dynamic Jewish learning experience. We look forward to welcoming you into the CBI family.

Arrive early so you don’t miss a thing

We’ll start promptly at 10am, so we encouage you to arrive early.

Regardless of your age, CBI’s monthly Y.E.P multi-generational programs enable you to re-discover the beauty and wonder of Judaism through the eyes and heart of a child!

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Tu BiShvat Seder 5779
Jan 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
YEP – Multigenerational Learning @ CBI
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
YEP - Multigenerational Learning @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

One Sunday every month our environmental Judaism teacher Hannah Limov leads us in reconnecting our Jewish calendar to the Earth. We invite all the generations to study together and think about our future together. The Multigen portion of our YEP program is a highlight.


Please arrive early for this event!

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Combatants For Peace Program
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

CBI is excited and proud to host a delegation of Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers from Combatants for Peace. We will have two events – a public event on Thursday evening February 28 from 630 to 9 and a private donors brunch on Thursday, February 28 at noon.

At noon on February 28 CBI will host a special catered donor’s brunch with the Combatants for Peace delegation! To attend, you may donate on the AFCFP website http://afcfp.org/, drop off a check at CBI, or make a donation at the door!

Combatants for Peace is an organization of Israelis and Palestinians who are former combatants in that struggle.

This is  an important time to support their mission of nonviolent connection and resistance to the forces that perpetuate separation, hatred and violence in the Mideast.

Two speakers from CFP are coming to Asheville February 28.

We are actively raising money to support this program.

In 2006, Israeli and Palestinian former combatants, people who had taken an active role in the conflict, laid down their weapons and established Combatants for Peace. The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots movement was founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. Combatants for Peace is the only organization, worldwide, in which former fighters on both sides of an active conflict have laid down their weapons, choosing to work together for peace and justice. They have been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, 2017 & 2018.

The Combatants are coming to speak in Asheville on February 28th. They will be telling their personal stories of transformation from violence to nonviolence, and sharing the work that they are doing to end the occupation and bring peace to their homeland. We will have two speakers: one Israeli and one Palestinian, and also be screening a short clip of their award winning, documentary: Disturbing the Peace. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5503512/videoplayer/vi3567498777?ref_=tt_ov_vi

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CBI Ribbon Cutting & Rededication
Apr 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dear CBI members,

Many of you have already experienced Shabbat in the beauty of our newly reopened building.  To those of you who have not been in our rejuvenated synagogue, you have something to look forward to.

Our official reopening will be on April 7th, 2019. Our Ribbon Cutting and Building Rededication Ceremony will be held from 3-5pm. We will simultaneously celebrate our recent Capital Campaign renovations, our fiftieth year in our Murdock building, and our 120th year as a congregation. I look forward to seeing everyone at this free event which will include the wider Jewish community and friends of the synagogue.

Our rededication will include the distribution of a commemorative 120th anniversary tribute book. The book will memorialize our congregation through the years and will include a special section featuring our recent Capital Campaign. These 8 ½ x 11 inch full color books will be keepsakes, and there will be a book reserved for each congregational member and donor to the capital campaign.

The tribute book will include photographs of our current members, and we’d love for you and your family to be part of this historic document. The cost to members to have their photograph included will be modestly priced, so that everyone can participate. This tribute book is not a fundraiser, and the photo inclusion costs will largely cover the design and printing costs.

Laurie Johnson, local photographer and friend of CBI, will be available in January and February to schedule portrait sittings.  The dates are: January 27th, February 3rd, or February 24th. Each photo session will be from 10am-1pm at CBI and will be by reserved appointment. All digital images will be yours to keep. If you are out of town, and not able to attend a photo shoot, you can submit a high-quality photograph, so your family will be included in the book. The deadline for tribute book photo/message submission is Sunday, March 3rd. The costs for inclusion in the tribute book are:

1/8 page              Congratulatory Message Only    $   18

1/4 page              Photo and Message                       $   25

1/2 page              Photo and Message                        $   50

Full Page              Photo and Message                        $ 100


For more information about the tribute book, the photo sessions or the April 7th event, please contact Mike Weizman at msweizman@gmail.com.

To reserve a spot on one of the three dates above, contact Lee at admin@bethisraelnc.org.


Thank you for your support of CBI. Mazel Tov to all of us.


Michael Weizman

Capital Campaign and Development Committee Chair

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Community Open House to Celebrate CBI’s Renovation @ Congregation Beth Israel
Apr 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3:00pm-5:00pm

Join us in celebrating our return to 229 Murdock Ave. with free food and drink and a tour of the renovated building.  The community is warmly invited.

Don’t miss the great raffle!

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Cafe Israel @ Congregation Beth Israel
May 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cafe Israel

Sunday, May 19, 2019

at Congregation Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Ave.  Asheville 28804

Join us in celebrating Israel’s birthday with great Israeli food, drink, music and dance.  Visit our Bedouin tent, enjoy kids’ activities.  Finish the Falafel 5K with free falafel sandwich!

All are welcome!

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Bar Mitzvah Logan Reich @ Congregation Beth Israel
Oct 12 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
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