CBI Events Calendar

Jan
25
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

 Friday October 15, 12-1

Over 20 enthusiastic and astute participants attended our inaugural discussion of the Book of Genesis on October 8.  Because the discussion was so rich, we covered only from Genesis 1:1 through Genesis 2:7.  Among the many issues we explored (and this is a very partial list) were:

  • Midrash about why first word in Genesis (Bereshit) begins with the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet (Bet instead of Alef)

  • Comparisons of Jewish account of creation with those from other cultures (Native American, Japanese, African) and other Middle Eastern cultures–e.g., Enumah Eilish (Babylonian) and Gilgamesh (Sumerian)

  • Differences between the primordial light (in contrast to darkness) established on the first day of creation and the sources of light–sun, moon, stars–created on the fourth day–including a Talmudic discussion in which God settles an argument between the sun and moon over their size

  • Possible meanings of what was meant by “Let us create man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26)–why “us” and “our”? what does “our image” mean?

  • Does Genesis 1:29-30 suggest that all humankind and animals were originally designed to be vegetarians?
  • Why is there an apparent second account of the creation–especially of man and woman in Genesis 2:4-7?  Do those accounts contradict one another?  Can they be resolved?

With all this, we barely scratched the surface.  

For this coming Friday, we will look closely at Genesis 2:8 through Genesis 3–description of Eden and its trees and Adam, Eve, and the serpent.  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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Jan
27
Sun
CBI Tribute Book Photo Shoot
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Rededication Tribute Book

Share a photo and a message with your CBI family to mark the occasion of our return to our renovated building!

Photographer Laurie Johnson will be available on three dates for photo shoots here at CBI:  1/27, 2/3, and 2/24, 10:00am-1:00pm.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this special occasion!

 

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Torah on Tap: The Attraction of Belonging @ Habitat Tavern and Commons
Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Torah on Tap: The Attraction of Belonging @ Habitat Tavern and Commons | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Whether you consider Judaism a religion, culture, ethnicity, social group or stomach condition – the decision to identify and engage with it is deeply personal. Within the same family unit, there are individuals for whom Judaism is a core part of their lives while others will have nothing to do with it. There are those who drift away slowly and many who embrace it more fully as they age.

Of course this is hardly unique to Jews. The same can be said of any religion or cultural group: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam or New Zealand Maori. Some people choose to belong — others decidedly refuse, and still others…meh. The question is why?

During this installment of Torah on Tap, we’ll take a look at The Attraction of Belonging. Join us as we put our ideas and feelings of belonging out on the table and try to understand what makes us tick.

  • Is the need to feel a part of a group simply a survival instinct?
  • Is religion, as Karl Marx would say, simply an opiate to soothe the masses?
  • Is it more enigmatic – a yearning to connect to something we can neither name nor understand?

Habitat Tavern is located on Broadway St., next door to Moog Music Inc. You can find plenty of parking at the back of the building. Torah on Tap is free and open to all. Varying viewpoints are not only welcome, but encouraged. Habitat does not serve food and their selection of non-alcoholic beverages is limited. Feel free to bring in snacks, sodas, etc.

As an FYI: This installment of Torah on Tap will, unfortunately, be our last one at Habitat, which has announced it is closing at the beginning of February. The folks at Habitat have been extremely gracious and accommodating and CBI is grateful to them for hosting us month after month for the last two years. If nothing else, please consider coming out to raise a glass and thank Jefff and his crew for everything. We wish them well.

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

 Friday October 15, 12-1

Over 20 enthusiastic and astute participants attended our inaugural discussion of the Book of Genesis on October 8.  Because the discussion was so rich, we covered only from Genesis 1:1 through Genesis 2:7.  Among the many issues we explored (and this is a very partial list) were:

  • Midrash about why first word in Genesis (Bereshit) begins with the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet (Bet instead of Alef)

  • Comparisons of Jewish account of creation with those from other cultures (Native American, Japanese, African) and other Middle Eastern cultures–e.g., Enumah Eilish (Babylonian) and Gilgamesh (Sumerian)

  • Differences between the primordial light (in contrast to darkness) established on the first day of creation and the sources of light–sun, moon, stars–created on the fourth day–including a Talmudic discussion in which God settles an argument between the sun and moon over their size

  • Possible meanings of what was meant by “Let us create man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26)–why “us” and “our”? what does “our image” mean?

  • Does Genesis 1:29-30 suggest that all humankind and animals were originally designed to be vegetarians?
  • Why is there an apparent second account of the creation–especially of man and woman in Genesis 2:4-7?  Do those accounts contradict one another?  Can they be resolved?

With all this, we barely scratched the surface.  

For this coming Friday, we will look closely at Genesis 2:8 through Genesis 3–description of Eden and its trees and Adam, Eve, and the serpent.  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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Feb
3
Sun
CBI Tribute Book Photo Shoot
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Rededication Tribute Book

Share a photo and a message with your CBI family to mark the occasion of our return to our renovated building!

Photographer Laurie Johnson will be available on three dates for photo shoots here at CBI:  1/27, 2/3, and 2/24, 10:00am-1:00pm.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this special occasion!

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Feb
8
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Feb 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

 Friday October 15, 12-1

Over 20 enthusiastic and astute participants attended our inaugural discussion of the Book of Genesis on October 8.  Because the discussion was so rich, we covered only from Genesis 1:1 through Genesis 2:7.  Among the many issues we explored (and this is a very partial list) were:

  • Midrash about why first word in Genesis (Bereshit) begins with the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet (Bet instead of Alef)

  • Comparisons of Jewish account of creation with those from other cultures (Native American, Japanese, African) and other Middle Eastern cultures–e.g., Enumah Eilish (Babylonian) and Gilgamesh (Sumerian)

  • Differences between the primordial light (in contrast to darkness) established on the first day of creation and the sources of light–sun, moon, stars–created on the fourth day–including a Talmudic discussion in which God settles an argument between the sun and moon over their size

  • Possible meanings of what was meant by “Let us create man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26)–why “us” and “our”? what does “our image” mean?

  • Does Genesis 1:29-30 suggest that all humankind and animals were originally designed to be vegetarians?
  • Why is there an apparent second account of the creation–especially of man and woman in Genesis 2:4-7?  Do those accounts contradict one another?  Can they be resolved?

With all this, we barely scratched the surface.  

For this coming Friday, we will look closely at Genesis 2:8 through Genesis 3–description of Eden and its trees and Adam, Eve, and the serpent.  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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Family Shabbat @ CBI
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Family Shabbat @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Families, kids, and different generations come together to welcome Shabbat with prayer and song and share in a potluck.

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Feb
15
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

 Friday October 15, 12-1

Over 20 enthusiastic and astute participants attended our inaugural discussion of the Book of Genesis on October 8.  Because the discussion was so rich, we covered only from Genesis 1:1 through Genesis 2:7.  Among the many issues we explored (and this is a very partial list) were:

  • Midrash about why first word in Genesis (Bereshit) begins with the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet (Bet instead of Alef)

  • Comparisons of Jewish account of creation with those from other cultures (Native American, Japanese, African) and other Middle Eastern cultures–e.g., Enumah Eilish (Babylonian) and Gilgamesh (Sumerian)

  • Differences between the primordial light (in contrast to darkness) established on the first day of creation and the sources of light–sun, moon, stars–created on the fourth day–including a Talmudic discussion in which God settles an argument between the sun and moon over their size

  • Possible meanings of what was meant by “Let us create man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26)–why “us” and “our”? what does “our image” mean?

  • Does Genesis 1:29-30 suggest that all humankind and animals were originally designed to be vegetarians?
  • Why is there an apparent second account of the creation–especially of man and woman in Genesis 2:4-7?  Do those accounts contradict one another?  Can they be resolved?

With all this, we barely scratched the surface.  

For this coming Friday, we will look closely at Genesis 2:8 through Genesis 3–description of Eden and its trees and Adam, Eve, and the serpent.  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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Feb
16
Sat
Youth Shabbat @ CBI
Feb 16 @ 10:45 am – 12:30 pm
Youth Shabbat @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

The third Saturday of each month, children, parents and youths of all ages are invited to join Josefa Briant in the small sanctuary for a kid-friendly, family-friendly introduction to the joy of Shabbat. Make sure to stick around for Shabbat kiddush for shmoozing and lunch!  

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Feb
22
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

 Friday October 15, 12-1

Over 20 enthusiastic and astute participants attended our inaugural discussion of the Book of Genesis on October 8.  Because the discussion was so rich, we covered only from Genesis 1:1 through Genesis 2:7.  Among the many issues we explored (and this is a very partial list) were:

  • Midrash about why first word in Genesis (Bereshit) begins with the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet (Bet instead of Alef)

  • Comparisons of Jewish account of creation with those from other cultures (Native American, Japanese, African) and other Middle Eastern cultures–e.g., Enumah Eilish (Babylonian) and Gilgamesh (Sumerian)

  • Differences between the primordial light (in contrast to darkness) established on the first day of creation and the sources of light–sun, moon, stars–created on the fourth day–including a Talmudic discussion in which God settles an argument between the sun and moon over their size

  • Possible meanings of what was meant by “Let us create man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26)–why “us” and “our”? what does “our image” mean?

  • Does Genesis 1:29-30 suggest that all humankind and animals were originally designed to be vegetarians?
  • Why is there an apparent second account of the creation–especially of man and woman in Genesis 2:4-7?  Do those accounts contradict one another?  Can they be resolved?

With all this, we barely scratched the surface.  

For this coming Friday, we will look closely at Genesis 2:8 through Genesis 3–description of Eden and its trees and Adam, Eve, and the serpent.  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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