CBI Events Calendar

Feb
28
Thu
Combatants for Peace Lunch
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 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 6:30 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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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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Mar
1
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, May 24 12:00-1:00

Last week our group continued its discussion of “the Book of Signs” section of The Gospel According to John.  These are chapters offering an account of Jesus’s earthly ministry.  They include Jesus’s encounter with a Samaritan woman (whose past Jesus was miraculously able to divine), his healing of an official’s dying son,  his curing of a lame man, his feeding the multitudes with five loaves of bread and two fish, and his walking on water.  Throughout these chapters (4-7), Jesus offers variations of the message that “anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life” (5:24).  Also, throughout these chapters we encounter individuals who are skeptical about Jesus and others who are eager to adhere to him.  Among other things, our discussion focused on whether the miracles themselves attracted followers or whether they were narrative window dressing.  We also talked about the polarizing effect of the rhetoric in these chapters.  “The Jews” are cast in a negative light as those who were looking for an opportunity to kill Jesus.  And the scriptures (Mosaic Law), upon which Jews have set their hope, is seen as ineffective in helping to procure eternal life.
This week, we will try to complete the “Book of Signs” section of John (Chapters 8-12): episodes that include the adulterous woman who was to be stoned to death, the healing of a blind man, Jesus’s “Good Shepherd” discourse, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.   Any copy of the New Testament Gospel of John 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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Shabbatluck at Elie & Sara’s
Mar 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

CBI MARCH SHABBATLUCK

Friday, March 1st at 6:30pm

Elie’s and Sara’s home, near Kenilworth

This potluck is limited to 20 participants

This will be a vegetarian/dairy/fish  meal

*Elie’s and Sara’s home address will be sent sent out to registered attendees the week of the Shabbatluck.*

To RSVP click here.

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Mar
3
Sun
Lou Pollock Cemetery Spring Cleanup @ Lou Pollock Cemetery
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lou Pollock Memorial Park Cleanup

Sunday March 3, 10:00am -noon.

The annual Lou Pollock Memorial Park grounds cleanup will take place on Sunday March 3, from 10-12 in the morning.

All are welcome to pick up branches, rake leaves, prune, weed, etc.

Bring shovels, rakes, loppers, and if anyone has a chainsaw that would be helpful.

Contact Josh Tager at 828 285-9995,  joshtager@gmail.com,  for further information.

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Mar
5
Tue
Exec Committee Meeting
Mar 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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Mar
8
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Mar 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, May 24 12:00-1:00

Last week our group continued its discussion of “the Book of Signs” section of The Gospel According to John.  These are chapters offering an account of Jesus’s earthly ministry.  They include Jesus’s encounter with a Samaritan woman (whose past Jesus was miraculously able to divine), his healing of an official’s dying son,  his curing of a lame man, his feeding the multitudes with five loaves of bread and two fish, and his walking on water.  Throughout these chapters (4-7), Jesus offers variations of the message that “anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life” (5:24).  Also, throughout these chapters we encounter individuals who are skeptical about Jesus and others who are eager to adhere to him.  Among other things, our discussion focused on whether the miracles themselves attracted followers or whether they were narrative window dressing.  We also talked about the polarizing effect of the rhetoric in these chapters.  “The Jews” are cast in a negative light as those who were looking for an opportunity to kill Jesus.  And the scriptures (Mosaic Law), upon which Jews have set their hope, is seen as ineffective in helping to procure eternal life.
This week, we will try to complete the “Book of Signs” section of John (Chapters 8-12): episodes that include the adulterous woman who was to be stoned to death, the healing of a blind man, Jesus’s “Good Shepherd” discourse, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.   Any copy of the New Testament Gospel of John 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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Family Shabbat @ CBI
Mar 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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Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us in welcoming Shabbat with prayer and song.

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Mar
9
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services – Women of the Wall Shabbat @ CBI
Mar 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

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Join us as we mark the 30th anniversary of the struggle of Women of the Wall (Nashot Hakotel) to pray out loud as women in the women’s section of the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Women of the Wall gather every Rosh Hodesh (New Moon) and their efforts to conduct joyful prayer continue to be thwarted, even though the Israeli courts have ruled in their favor for the right to do so. Their actions are part of the greater quest for religious pluralism and equality, and recognition of the non-Orthodox branches of Judaism in Israel.

Jewish communities throughout the world are joining in solidarity with Women of the Wall this Shabbat, which coincides with International Women’s Day. Here at CBI, our Shabbat morning service will be women-led, with a special D’var Torah by Julie Sherman.

For more information about Women of the Wall, go to https://www.womenofthewall.org.il/

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Mar
10
Sun
Dinner & a Movie: Russian Jews @ Congregation Beth Israel
Mar 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dinner and a Movie is back!!!

Sunday, March 10, 5:00 – 7:30 or 8:00 PM
CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY ON RUSSIAN JEWS

The critically acclaimed documentary trilogy “Russian Jews” intimately portrays the stories of
Russian Jewry throughout the 20th century. The first film of the trilogy will be screened at CBI
along with a dairy/parve potluck dinner, all on Sunday March 10th starting at 5:00 PM.
After a record-breaking theatrical release across Russia, the film has enjoyed a premiere at
Israel’s Knesset and sold-out screenings across the United States, Ukraine, the United Kingdom,
Latvia and Georgia. The trilogy has graced Jewish film festivals in Moscow, Manchester, Atlanta
and Australia. “Russian Jews” was created by famous Russian journalist/TV host Leonid
Parfenov, and provides much-needed context for our own Russian-Jewish heritage and history.

The first film of the trilogy, “Russian Jews. Film 1. Before the Revolution,” tells the story of the
Jewish people across the Russian Empire, their traditional way of life and their assimilation into
society at large, including famous bankers, scientists and artists who reshaped Russian Jews’
attitudes toward the rites of their ancestry. It is a story about the Beilis Affair, the pogroms and
about the first wave of Jewish emigration from Russia. The film also chronicles the
revolutionaries who shattered the Tsarist regime and changed the fate of the country in
October 1917. Hebrew and English subtitles are provided throughout.

Please join together to nosh, schmooze and enjoy the first of this amazing film trilogy in CBI’s
newly renovated social hall! Dairy/parve potluck (coffee/tea provided).

Congregation Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Ave., Asheville NC
This event sponsored by the Adult Education Committee of Congregation Beth Israel, Asheville NC

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Mar
14
Thu
CBI Board meeting
Mar 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
CBI Board meeting
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Mar
15
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, May 24 12:00-1:00

Last week our group continued its discussion of “the Book of Signs” section of The Gospel According to John.  These are chapters offering an account of Jesus’s earthly ministry.  They include Jesus’s encounter with a Samaritan woman (whose past Jesus was miraculously able to divine), his healing of an official’s dying son,  his curing of a lame man, his feeding the multitudes with five loaves of bread and two fish, and his walking on water.  Throughout these chapters (4-7), Jesus offers variations of the message that “anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life” (5:24).  Also, throughout these chapters we encounter individuals who are skeptical about Jesus and others who are eager to adhere to him.  Among other things, our discussion focused on whether the miracles themselves attracted followers or whether they were narrative window dressing.  We also talked about the polarizing effect of the rhetoric in these chapters.  “The Jews” are cast in a negative light as those who were looking for an opportunity to kill Jesus.  And the scriptures (Mosaic Law), upon which Jews have set their hope, is seen as ineffective in helping to procure eternal life.
This week, we will try to complete the “Book of Signs” section of John (Chapters 8-12): episodes that include the adulterous woman who was to be stoned to death, the healing of a blind man, Jesus’s “Good Shepherd” discourse, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.   Any copy of the New Testament Gospel of John 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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Mar
16
Sat
Talia Weizman Bat Mitzvah & Shabbat Morning Services @ Congregation Beth Israel
Mar 16 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Weizman and Simon families in celebrating as Talia Weizman becomes Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, March 16 at Congregation Beth Israel.

Kiddush following the service will be hosted by Mike Weizman & Della Simon in honor of their daughter Talia.

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Youth Shabbat @ CBI
Mar 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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Mar
17
Sun
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Mar 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle @ Congregation Beth HaTephila | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

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 infuing their essence into our daily spiritual lives.

Ready to give it a try? Join us (usually) on the first and third Sunday of each month from 1pm – 3pm. No previous meditation experience necessary.  This opportunity is free and open to all. While CBI’s building is undergoing renovations, we will be meeting downstairs at Congregation Beth Ha Tephila, 43 North Libery Street in North Asheville.

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Mar
20
Wed
Megillah Reading and Purim Potluck
Mar 20 @ 7:15 pm
Join your CBI Family for a Megillah Reading & PURIM Potluck
Come in Costume, bring a Vegetarian dish to share, and be ready to BOO!
Wednesday, March 20
7:15 Vegetarian Potluck
8:00 Megillah Reading
BYOB!
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Mar
21
Thu
Shaharit and Megillah Reading
Mar 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Mar
22
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, May 24 12:00-1:00

Last week our group continued its discussion of “the Book of Signs” section of The Gospel According to John.  These are chapters offering an account of Jesus’s earthly ministry.  They include Jesus’s encounter with a Samaritan woman (whose past Jesus was miraculously able to divine), his healing of an official’s dying son,  his curing of a lame man, his feeding the multitudes with five loaves of bread and two fish, and his walking on water.  Throughout these chapters (4-7), Jesus offers variations of the message that “anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life” (5:24).  Also, throughout these chapters we encounter individuals who are skeptical about Jesus and others who are eager to adhere to him.  Among other things, our discussion focused on whether the miracles themselves attracted followers or whether they were narrative window dressing.  We also talked about the polarizing effect of the rhetoric in these chapters.  “The Jews” are cast in a negative light as those who were looking for an opportunity to kill Jesus.  And the scriptures (Mosaic Law), upon which Jews have set their hope, is seen as ineffective in helping to procure eternal life.
This week, we will try to complete the “Book of Signs” section of John (Chapters 8-12): episodes that include the adulterous woman who was to be stoned to death, the healing of a blind man, Jesus’s “Good Shepherd” discourse, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.   Any copy of the New Testament Gospel of John 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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Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Mar 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join CBI families and kids, members and visitors of all ages as we come together to welcome Shabbat with prayer, song and inspiration.

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Mar
23
Sat
Milk & Honey Hour @ CBI
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Milk & Honey Hour @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

CBI’s Milk & Honey Hour brings together young Jewish families to schmooze and acclimate their little ones (newborn to 4 yrs) to their spiritual home away from home. Once a month on the third Saturday of the month, we meet at CBI for an hour-long Jewish experience designed to expose children to the sights, sounds and smells of Judaism.

The first 30 minutes is for socializing and playing, enjoying read-to-me time and allowing the little ones to explore the synagogue. Feel free to wander where your child leads, in and out of the sanctuary, on to the bima, nothing is off limits.

The second half features singing with Penny White, Jewish Asheville’s pied piper. She’ll teach Shabbat songs, nigguns (wordless melodies), Hebrew  lullabies and Jewish holiday tunes you can continue singing to your kids at home. While the youngest absorb the rhythms and melodies, the older toddlers are encouraged to play along on drums and tambourines.

All the while, the kids are exposed to the in the background sounds and melodies of the Shabbat service coming from the sanctuary. The entire hour-long experience is designed to imprint positive Jewish memories that will last a lifetime. This program is designed for any Jewish family with kids under the age of four. You need not be a member of CBI to participate.

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Mar
24
Sun
Y.E.P Multi-Generational Program (March) @ TBD
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Y.E.P Multi-Generational Program (March) @ TBD

Once a month (usually the last Sunday of the month), the CBI Youth Engagement Program (Y.E.P) brings the entire family together for a multi-generational learning opportunity. This special event features diverse, hands-on activities centered around a core theme or event.  Parents and their kids are guided by Y.E.P staff, including Rabbi Justin, through a coordinated cycle of discovery designed to bring the family closer together and instill a love of Jewish learning.

Y.E.P Multi-generational programs are often held off site. Participating families will receive notifications of each program in advance.

To learn more about CBI’s unique multi-generational learning component, we invite you to contact the office or email Y.E.P Coordinator, Ken Vallario.

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Mar
25
Mon
Filling CBI’s New Planters
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Please join us if you can help out on Monday, March 25 to get the largest plants & evergreens into the new planters.  This entails literal physical lifting etc.
If you can help, or donate any of the following supplies, please contact Patti Frankel (pattifrankel@gmail.com):
Styrofoam peanuts: If anyone has extra please bring them or drop them off. The real kind, not the kind that dissolves. We use them to put in the bottom of the large containers for drainage and to conserve soil.
Bubble wrap: We wrap the inside of the largest containers containing evergreens to help insulate so the plants do well in the winter with the freeze-thaw cycle. If anyone has extra, please bring it or drop it off.
Two tarps to put down so we don’t make a muddy mess while planting.
Thanks for your help!
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Mar
29
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, May 24 12:00-1:00

Last week our group continued its discussion of “the Book of Signs” section of The Gospel According to John.  These are chapters offering an account of Jesus’s earthly ministry.  They include Jesus’s encounter with a Samaritan woman (whose past Jesus was miraculously able to divine), his healing of an official’s dying son,  his curing of a lame man, his feeding the multitudes with five loaves of bread and two fish, and his walking on water.  Throughout these chapters (4-7), Jesus offers variations of the message that “anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life” (5:24).  Also, throughout these chapters we encounter individuals who are skeptical about Jesus and others who are eager to adhere to him.  Among other things, our discussion focused on whether the miracles themselves attracted followers or whether they were narrative window dressing.  We also talked about the polarizing effect of the rhetoric in these chapters.  “The Jews” are cast in a negative light as those who were looking for an opportunity to kill Jesus.  And the scriptures (Mosaic Law), upon which Jews have set their hope, is seen as ineffective in helping to procure eternal life.
This week, we will try to complete the “Book of Signs” section of John (Chapters 8-12): episodes that include the adulterous woman who was to be stoned to death, the healing of a blind man, Jesus’s “Good Shepherd” discourse, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.   Any copy of the New Testament Gospel of John 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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Mar
30
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Mar 30 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a participatory, high-energy Shabbat service, sure to inspire, uplift, educate and engage. Be sure to hang around for food and schmoozing at our Kiddish lunch.

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Teen-Led Shabbat Services
Mar 30 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for the year’s first Teen-led Shabbat. Come celebrate with us and be sure to  stick around for Kiddush luncheon.

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Hasidishe Kiddush
Mar 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Hasidishe Kiddush

Warm your heart and soul with Torah (and schnapps…) and join together to learn Hasidic thought and wisdom on parashat ha’shavu’a, the weekly Torah portion. We’ll meet on the last Shabbat of each month, at 12:30 pm in the small sanctuary.  All are welcome.

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Mar
31
Sun
Torah on Tap: Justice/Revenge @ Archetype Brewing
Mar 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Torah on Tap: Justice/Revenge @ Archetype Brewing  | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Torah on Tap returns, Sunday March 31.

Even as we prepare to celebrate the foundational holiday of Passover, which is grounded in the concepts of redemption, freedom and rebirth, the last of the ISIS fighters in Syria are being rounded up and taken prisoner. For the last several years, ISIS has been synonymous with terrorism and unspeakable brutality. Their hatred went viral as they live streamed public executions, human degradation and more.

Now that they are the prisoners at the mercy of their captors – we must confront an old question: What is justice and where is the line between Justice and Revenge?

Join us at the former Habitat Tavern and Commons  (now Archetype Brewing) for a sobering discussion of where and how we draw the line between justice and revenge.

  • What can we learn from the Nuremburg Trials following the Holocaust?
  • What does true justice as defined by our sages look like?
  • Or is justice the balance between revenge and mercy?

As always, Torah on Tap is free and open to all. Varying viewpoints are not only welcome, but encouraged. Archetype is located in downtown Asheville, next door to Moog Music. There’s plenty of parking in the rear. And good news if you’re hungry, they’ll have small, locally-made bites available for purchase, including Poppy Popcorn, Asheville Pretzel Company pretzels, and Hickory Nut Gap Farm meat sticks. Roots hummus coming soon!

See you there!

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Apr
2
Tue
Exec Committee Meeting
Apr 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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Apr
5
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Apr 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, May 24 12:00-1:00

Last week our group continued its discussion of “the Book of Signs” section of The Gospel According to John.  These are chapters offering an account of Jesus’s earthly ministry.  They include Jesus’s encounter with a Samaritan woman (whose past Jesus was miraculously able to divine), his healing of an official’s dying son,  his curing of a lame man, his feeding the multitudes with five loaves of bread and two fish, and his walking on water.  Throughout these chapters (4-7), Jesus offers variations of the message that “anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life” (5:24).  Also, throughout these chapters we encounter individuals who are skeptical about Jesus and others who are eager to adhere to him.  Among other things, our discussion focused on whether the miracles themselves attracted followers or whether they were narrative window dressing.  We also talked about the polarizing effect of the rhetoric in these chapters.  “The Jews” are cast in a negative light as those who were looking for an opportunity to kill Jesus.  And the scriptures (Mosaic Law), upon which Jews have set their hope, is seen as ineffective in helping to procure eternal life.
This week, we will try to complete the “Book of Signs” section of John (Chapters 8-12): episodes that include the adulterous woman who was to be stoned to death, the healing of a blind man, Jesus’s “Good Shepherd” discourse, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.   Any copy of the New Testament Gospel of John 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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Shabbatluck at Eva & Beth’s
Apr 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

CBI April Shabbatluck Details:
Eva and Beth’s Home (Weaverville)- Friday, April 5th, 6:30pm
Have you been wanting to celebrate Shabbat in the comfort of home? Have you been craving the
connection of community? Then join us for our First Friday CBI Home Shabbatlucks! This month’s
gathering is being hosted at Eva Blinder’s and Beth Israel’s home in Weaverville.
We will be coming together as a community of friends to celebrate Shabbat in the comfort of home with
candle-lighting, singing, and a Vegetarian/fish potluck. People of all ages are welcome to attend!
We will provide a main dish and grape juice, and…
Ask that you bring:
– A side dish (vegetarian-dairy, fish or pareve) –Eva and Beth have a vegetarian-pescatarian house
– Any songs or chants you would like to share for our Shabbat Celebration
– Wine/beer if you would like to imbibe
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/April-shabbatluck
for 1) so we will know how many folks will be attending, 2) so you can let us know what you will be
bringing and 3) we can connect you with someone if you need a ride:
https://tinyurl.com/April-shabbatluck
or call Lee at the CBI Office at 828.252.8660
After you sign up you will receive an email the week of the event with the address and more details.

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Apr
6
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services and New Member Welcome @ CBI
Apr 6 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a participatory, high-energy Shabbat service, sure to inspire, uplift, educate and engage. Be sure to hang around for food and schmoozing at our Kiddish lunch.

We’ll welcome our new members, sisters Patti and Judi Haskell.

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Apr
7
Sun
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.

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

Thank you for your support of CBI. Mazel Tov to all of us, and thanks to Eric & Heidi Scheffer of Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant for generously providing refreshments for the event.

Michael Weizman

Capital Campaign and Development Committee Chair

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Apr
9
Tue
CBI Board meeting
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Apr
11
Thu
CBI Board meeting
Apr 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
CBI Board meeting
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Apr
12
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Apr 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, May 24 12:00-1:00

Last week our group continued its discussion of “the Book of Signs” section of The Gospel According to John.  These are chapters offering an account of Jesus’s earthly ministry.  They include Jesus’s encounter with a Samaritan woman (whose past Jesus was miraculously able to divine), his healing of an official’s dying son,  his curing of a lame man, his feeding the multitudes with five loaves of bread and two fish, and his walking on water.  Throughout these chapters (4-7), Jesus offers variations of the message that “anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life” (5:24).  Also, throughout these chapters we encounter individuals who are skeptical about Jesus and others who are eager to adhere to him.  Among other things, our discussion focused on whether the miracles themselves attracted followers or whether they were narrative window dressing.  We also talked about the polarizing effect of the rhetoric in these chapters.  “The Jews” are cast in a negative light as those who were looking for an opportunity to kill Jesus.  And the scriptures (Mosaic Law), upon which Jews have set their hope, is seen as ineffective in helping to procure eternal life.
This week, we will try to complete the “Book of Signs” section of John (Chapters 8-12): episodes that include the adulterous woman who was to be stoned to death, the healing of a blind man, Jesus’s “Good Shepherd” discourse, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.   Any copy of the New Testament Gospel of John 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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Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us in welcoming Shabbat with prayer and song.

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Apr
13
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Apr 13 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a participatory, high-energy Shabbat service, sure to inspire, uplift, educate and engage. Be sure to hang around for food and schmoozing at our Kiddish lunch.

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Milk & Honey Hour @ CBI
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Milk & Honey Hour @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

CBI’s Milk & Honey Hour brings together young Jewish families to schmooze and acclimate their little ones (newborn to 4 yrs) to their spiritual home away from home. Once a month on the third Saturday of the month, we meet at CBI for an hour-long Jewish experience designed to expose children to the sights, sounds and smells of Judaism.

The first 30 minutes is for socializing and playing, enjoying read-to-me time and allowing the little ones to explore the synagogue. Feel free to wander where your child leads, in and out of the sanctuary, on to the bima, nothing is off limits.

The second half features singing with Penny White, Jewish Asheville’s pied piper. She’ll teach Shabbat songs, nigguns (wordless melodies), Hebrew  lullabies and Jewish holiday tunes you can continue singing to your kids at home. While the youngest absorb the rhythms and melodies, the older toddlers are encouraged to play along on drums and tambourines.

All the while, the kids are exposed to the in the background sounds and melodies of the Shabbat service coming from the sanctuary. The entire hour-long experience is designed to imprint positive Jewish memories that will last a lifetime. This program is designed for any Jewish family with kids under the age of four. You need not be a member of CBI to participate.

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Apr
19
Fri
Siyyum Bekhorot Study & Burning Hametz
Apr 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

All are invited for a short pre-Pessah study session with Rabbi Goldstein beginning at 9:00am on Friday, April 19.

Fast of the Firstborn (Hebrew: תענית בכורות, Ta’anit B’khorot or תענית בכורים, Ta’anit B’khorim); is a unique fast day in Judaism which usually falls on the day before Passover. Usually, the fast is broken at a siyum celebration (typically made at the conclusion of the morning services), which, according to prevailing custom, creates an atmosphere of rejoicing that overrides the requirement to continue the fast. Unlike most Jewish fast days, only firstborns are required to fast on the Fast of the Firstborn.

Ta’anit Bechorot begins at dawn on Fri, 19 April 2019.

At 11:00am congregants are invited to join us at the fire pit behind CBI to burn the last bits of chametz they may have.

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