CBI Events Calendar

Oct
17
Thu
Simhat Beit HaShoevah Program in the Sukkah
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Oct
18
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, September 20, 12:00-1:00 

We began last week’s discussion of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by reviewing what he meant by “covenantal love,” a transaction Sacks sees as being more binding than transactions of power or wealth.  Sacks identifies this as face-to-face relationships where “I” is open to another’s “thou.”  For Sacks, this is the embodiment of the concept of  chesed.  
We then discussed Chapter 5 and the concept of “Sanctifying Name” (Kiddush Ha-Shem), which Sacks calls “a meta-principle of Judaism.”   This chapter opened two different cans of worms.  Sacks seems to argue that our engaging in righteous behavior should be motivated by our being called upon because we are obligated to “cause the Lord our God to be loved”  (i.e. we are “advertisements for God”).  Some of us called for a more humanistic motive for good behavior–not extolling God, but rather the principle of goodness.  A second issue that created problems for some of us was Sacks’s potential “exceptionalism” when he calls attention to passages which identify Jews as being chosen to be “a holy nation” occupying “God’s domain.”  Despite the argument that our “chosennesss” is not a privilege but a responsibility (that Torah is for the whole world and we are chosen as its exemplars) some of us weren’t comfortable with Sacks’s explanation.
We got a pretty good start of Chapter 6, “Mending the World,” and Sacks’s discussions of the Kabbalistic origins of the concept of tikkun olam–we are responsible for gathering and repairing the vessels of light that God supplied to the world.  What was left undiscussed were such knotty claims as “God gives us catastrophes so that we can mend them” and “Without human initiative there is nothing through which God can act.”  We’ll take these up this week.
 This week, after we conclude our exploration of Chapter 6, we’ll move on to Chapters 7-8:  “Like a Single Soul” and “The Kindness of Strangers.” 
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.     Copies of Rabbi Sacks’s book are available at a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Oct
19
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Oct 19 @ 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
Oct 19 @ 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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Oct
20
Sun
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle will not meet in August @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle will not meet in August @ 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. Congregation Beth Ha Tephila, 43 North Libery Street in North Asheville.

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Oct
21
Mon
Shemini Atzeret morning services
Oct 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
Erev Simhat Torah Vegetarian potluck & services
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Join us for a vegetarian potluck meal followed by Erev Simhat Torah (Rejoicing in the Torah) holiday services.

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Oct
22
Tue
Simhat Torah Morning Services
Oct 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
Oct
25
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, September 20, 12:00-1:00 

We began last week’s discussion of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by reviewing what he meant by “covenantal love,” a transaction Sacks sees as being more binding than transactions of power or wealth.  Sacks identifies this as face-to-face relationships where “I” is open to another’s “thou.”  For Sacks, this is the embodiment of the concept of  chesed.  
We then discussed Chapter 5 and the concept of “Sanctifying Name” (Kiddush Ha-Shem), which Sacks calls “a meta-principle of Judaism.”   This chapter opened two different cans of worms.  Sacks seems to argue that our engaging in righteous behavior should be motivated by our being called upon because we are obligated to “cause the Lord our God to be loved”  (i.e. we are “advertisements for God”).  Some of us called for a more humanistic motive for good behavior–not extolling God, but rather the principle of goodness.  A second issue that created problems for some of us was Sacks’s potential “exceptionalism” when he calls attention to passages which identify Jews as being chosen to be “a holy nation” occupying “God’s domain.”  Despite the argument that our “chosennesss” is not a privilege but a responsibility (that Torah is for the whole world and we are chosen as its exemplars) some of us weren’t comfortable with Sacks’s explanation.
We got a pretty good start of Chapter 6, “Mending the World,” and Sacks’s discussions of the Kabbalistic origins of the concept of tikkun olam–we are responsible for gathering and repairing the vessels of light that God supplied to the world.  What was left undiscussed were such knotty claims as “God gives us catastrophes so that we can mend them” and “Without human initiative there is nothing through which God can act.”  We’ll take these up this week.
 This week, after we conclude our exploration of Chapter 6, we’ll move on to Chapters 7-8:  “Like a Single Soul” and “The Kindness of Strangers.” 
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.     Copies of Rabbi Sacks’s book are available at a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Oct 25 @ 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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Oct
26
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Oct 26 @ 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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Hasidishe Kiddush
Oct 26 @ 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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Oct
27
Sun
Torah on Tap @ Archetype Brewing
Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Torah on Tap @ Archetype Brewing | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us on the last Sunday of the month at Archetype Brewing (dowtown north) for a refreshing and often provocative discussion over a pint (or two) of great brew. 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.

In addition to drinks, Archetype also offers small, locally-made bites available for purchase, including Poppy Popcorn, Asheville Pretzel Company pretzels, and Hickory Nut Gap Farm meat sticks. Plenty of parking in the rear.

See you there!

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Dismantling the Sukkah
Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Bonfire, Veggie Potluck & Torah on Tap
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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Learn to Chant Torah Class
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

LEARN TO CHANT TORAH

You, too, can learn to chant Torah portions on Shabbat! Beth Israel Synagogue
will offer a series of classes this fall on learning the ta’amei ha-mikra (Torah
cantillation marks, or trope). No previous Torah chanting experience is
presumed, but you will need to know how to read Hebrew at least basically (i.e.,
how to pronounce words written in Hebrew, even if you don’t understand them).
It is not necessary to be able to read musical notation. All of the trope used in
regular Shabbat Torah chanting will be covered (we will not cover haftarah
trope or the special tropes used for holidays). The course will also cover the
function of cantillation marks as an aid to understanding the Biblical text and as
a guide for stressing the correct syllable, as well as some of the common
problem areas of proper Hebrew pronunciation. Frank Goldsmith will teach the
classes and will provide written and recorded materials.
The classes will be taught on five consecutive Sunday evenings beginning on
October 27 and concluding on November 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the social
hall at CBI. Each student will also be offered an aliyah to chant after
completion of the course. Thus you will have plenty of time to practice before
stepping up to the bima.
To register for the classes, please contact the CBI office, 828-252-8660, or
admin@bethisraelnc.org, by no later than Friday, October 4, so that we will
have time to prepare a sufficient number of materials for the students. Pursuant
to CBI’s policy for adult education events, there is a charge of $18 for CBI
members and $36 for non-members. Checks should be made payable to
Congregation Beth Israel and given to Lee when you register.

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

Friday, September 20, 12:00-1:00 

We began last week’s discussion of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by reviewing what he meant by “covenantal love,” a transaction Sacks sees as being more binding than transactions of power or wealth.  Sacks identifies this as face-to-face relationships where “I” is open to another’s “thou.”  For Sacks, this is the embodiment of the concept of  chesed.  
We then discussed Chapter 5 and the concept of “Sanctifying Name” (Kiddush Ha-Shem), which Sacks calls “a meta-principle of Judaism.”   This chapter opened two different cans of worms.  Sacks seems to argue that our engaging in righteous behavior should be motivated by our being called upon because we are obligated to “cause the Lord our God to be loved”  (i.e. we are “advertisements for God”).  Some of us called for a more humanistic motive for good behavior–not extolling God, but rather the principle of goodness.  A second issue that created problems for some of us was Sacks’s potential “exceptionalism” when he calls attention to passages which identify Jews as being chosen to be “a holy nation” occupying “God’s domain.”  Despite the argument that our “chosennesss” is not a privilege but a responsibility (that Torah is for the whole world and we are chosen as its exemplars) some of us weren’t comfortable with Sacks’s explanation.
We got a pretty good start of Chapter 6, “Mending the World,” and Sacks’s discussions of the Kabbalistic origins of the concept of tikkun olam–we are responsible for gathering and repairing the vessels of light that God supplied to the world.  What was left undiscussed were such knotty claims as “God gives us catastrophes so that we can mend them” and “Without human initiative there is nothing through which God can act.”  We’ll take these up this week.
 This week, after we conclude our exploration of Chapter 6, we’ll move on to Chapters 7-8:  “Like a Single Soul” and “The Kindness of Strangers.” 
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.     Copies of Rabbi Sacks’s book are available at a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Nov
2
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Nov 2 @ 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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Nov
3
Sun
Learn to Chant Torah Class
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

LEARN TO CHANT TORAH

You, too, can learn to chant Torah portions on Shabbat! Beth Israel Synagogue
will offer a series of classes this fall on learning the ta’amei ha-mikra (Torah
cantillation marks, or trope). No previous Torah chanting experience is
presumed, but you will need to know how to read Hebrew at least basically (i.e.,
how to pronounce words written in Hebrew, even if you don’t understand them).
It is not necessary to be able to read musical notation. All of the trope used in
regular Shabbat Torah chanting will be covered (we will not cover haftarah
trope or the special tropes used for holidays). The course will also cover the
function of cantillation marks as an aid to understanding the Biblical text and as
a guide for stressing the correct syllable, as well as some of the common
problem areas of proper Hebrew pronunciation. Frank Goldsmith will teach the
classes and will provide written and recorded materials.
The classes will be taught on five consecutive Sunday evenings beginning on
October 27 and concluding on November 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the social
hall at CBI. Each student will also be offered an aliyah to chant after
completion of the course. Thus you will have plenty of time to practice before
stepping up to the bima.
To register for the classes, please contact the CBI office, 828-252-8660, or
admin@bethisraelnc.org, by no later than Friday, October 4, so that we will
have time to prepare a sufficient number of materials for the students. Pursuant
to CBI’s policy for adult education events, there is a charge of $18 for CBI
members and $36 for non-members. Checks should be made payable to
Congregation Beth Israel and given to Lee when you register.

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

Friday, September 20, 12:00-1:00 

We began last week’s discussion of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by reviewing what he meant by “covenantal love,” a transaction Sacks sees as being more binding than transactions of power or wealth.  Sacks identifies this as face-to-face relationships where “I” is open to another’s “thou.”  For Sacks, this is the embodiment of the concept of  chesed.  
We then discussed Chapter 5 and the concept of “Sanctifying Name” (Kiddush Ha-Shem), which Sacks calls “a meta-principle of Judaism.”   This chapter opened two different cans of worms.  Sacks seems to argue that our engaging in righteous behavior should be motivated by our being called upon because we are obligated to “cause the Lord our God to be loved”  (i.e. we are “advertisements for God”).  Some of us called for a more humanistic motive for good behavior–not extolling God, but rather the principle of goodness.  A second issue that created problems for some of us was Sacks’s potential “exceptionalism” when he calls attention to passages which identify Jews as being chosen to be “a holy nation” occupying “God’s domain.”  Despite the argument that our “chosennesss” is not a privilege but a responsibility (that Torah is for the whole world and we are chosen as its exemplars) some of us weren’t comfortable with Sacks’s explanation.
We got a pretty good start of Chapter 6, “Mending the World,” and Sacks’s discussions of the Kabbalistic origins of the concept of tikkun olam–we are responsible for gathering and repairing the vessels of light that God supplied to the world.  What was left undiscussed were such knotty claims as “God gives us catastrophes so that we can mend them” and “Without human initiative there is nothing through which God can act.”  We’ll take these up this week.
 This week, after we conclude our exploration of Chapter 6, we’ll move on to Chapters 7-8:  “Like a Single Soul” and “The Kindness of Strangers.” 
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.     Copies of Rabbi Sacks’s book are available at a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Nov 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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Nov
9
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Nov 9 @ 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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Nov
10
Sun
Learn to Chant Torah Class
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

LEARN TO CHANT TORAH

You, too, can learn to chant Torah portions on Shabbat! Beth Israel Synagogue
will offer a series of classes this fall on learning the ta’amei ha-mikra (Torah
cantillation marks, or trope). No previous Torah chanting experience is
presumed, but you will need to know how to read Hebrew at least basically (i.e.,
how to pronounce words written in Hebrew, even if you don’t understand them).
It is not necessary to be able to read musical notation. All of the trope used in
regular Shabbat Torah chanting will be covered (we will not cover haftarah
trope or the special tropes used for holidays). The course will also cover the
function of cantillation marks as an aid to understanding the Biblical text and as
a guide for stressing the correct syllable, as well as some of the common
problem areas of proper Hebrew pronunciation. Frank Goldsmith will teach the
classes and will provide written and recorded materials.
The classes will be taught on five consecutive Sunday evenings beginning on
October 27 and concluding on November 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the social
hall at CBI. Each student will also be offered an aliyah to chant after
completion of the course. Thus you will have plenty of time to practice before
stepping up to the bima.
To register for the classes, please contact the CBI office, 828-252-8660, or
admin@bethisraelnc.org, by no later than Friday, October 4, so that we will
have time to prepare a sufficient number of materials for the students. Pursuant
to CBI’s policy for adult education events, there is a charge of $18 for CBI
members and $36 for non-members. Checks should be made payable to
Congregation Beth Israel and given to Lee when you register.

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

Friday, September 20, 12:00-1:00 

We began last week’s discussion of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by reviewing what he meant by “covenantal love,” a transaction Sacks sees as being more binding than transactions of power or wealth.  Sacks identifies this as face-to-face relationships where “I” is open to another’s “thou.”  For Sacks, this is the embodiment of the concept of  chesed.  
We then discussed Chapter 5 and the concept of “Sanctifying Name” (Kiddush Ha-Shem), which Sacks calls “a meta-principle of Judaism.”   This chapter opened two different cans of worms.  Sacks seems to argue that our engaging in righteous behavior should be motivated by our being called upon because we are obligated to “cause the Lord our God to be loved”  (i.e. we are “advertisements for God”).  Some of us called for a more humanistic motive for good behavior–not extolling God, but rather the principle of goodness.  A second issue that created problems for some of us was Sacks’s potential “exceptionalism” when he calls attention to passages which identify Jews as being chosen to be “a holy nation” occupying “God’s domain.”  Despite the argument that our “chosennesss” is not a privilege but a responsibility (that Torah is for the whole world and we are chosen as its exemplars) some of us weren’t comfortable with Sacks’s explanation.
We got a pretty good start of Chapter 6, “Mending the World,” and Sacks’s discussions of the Kabbalistic origins of the concept of tikkun olam–we are responsible for gathering and repairing the vessels of light that God supplied to the world.  What was left undiscussed were such knotty claims as “God gives us catastrophes so that we can mend them” and “Without human initiative there is nothing through which God can act.”  We’ll take these up this week.
 This week, after we conclude our exploration of Chapter 6, we’ll move on to Chapters 7-8:  “Like a Single Soul” and “The Kindness of Strangers.” 
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.     Copies of Rabbi Sacks’s book are available at a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Nov
16
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Nov 16 @ 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
Nov 16 @ 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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Nov
17
Sun
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle will not meet in August @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle will not meet in August @ 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. Congregation Beth Ha Tephila, 43 North Libery Street in North Asheville.

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Learn to Chant Torah Class
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

LEARN TO CHANT TORAH

You, too, can learn to chant Torah portions on Shabbat! Beth Israel Synagogue
will offer a series of classes this fall on learning the ta’amei ha-mikra (Torah
cantillation marks, or trope). No previous Torah chanting experience is
presumed, but you will need to know how to read Hebrew at least basically (i.e.,
how to pronounce words written in Hebrew, even if you don’t understand them).
It is not necessary to be able to read musical notation. All of the trope used in
regular Shabbat Torah chanting will be covered (we will not cover haftarah
trope or the special tropes used for holidays). The course will also cover the
function of cantillation marks as an aid to understanding the Biblical text and as
a guide for stressing the correct syllable, as well as some of the common
problem areas of proper Hebrew pronunciation. Frank Goldsmith will teach the
classes and will provide written and recorded materials.
The classes will be taught on five consecutive Sunday evenings beginning on
October 27 and concluding on November 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the social
hall at CBI. Each student will also be offered an aliyah to chant after
completion of the course. Thus you will have plenty of time to practice before
stepping up to the bima.
To register for the classes, please contact the CBI office, 828-252-8660, or
admin@bethisraelnc.org, by no later than Friday, October 4, so that we will
have time to prepare a sufficient number of materials for the students. Pursuant
to CBI’s policy for adult education events, there is a charge of $18 for CBI
members and $36 for non-members. Checks should be made payable to
Congregation Beth Israel and given to Lee when you register.

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

Friday, September 20, 12:00-1:00 

We began last week’s discussion of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by reviewing what he meant by “covenantal love,” a transaction Sacks sees as being more binding than transactions of power or wealth.  Sacks identifies this as face-to-face relationships where “I” is open to another’s “thou.”  For Sacks, this is the embodiment of the concept of  chesed.  
We then discussed Chapter 5 and the concept of “Sanctifying Name” (Kiddush Ha-Shem), which Sacks calls “a meta-principle of Judaism.”   This chapter opened two different cans of worms.  Sacks seems to argue that our engaging in righteous behavior should be motivated by our being called upon because we are obligated to “cause the Lord our God to be loved”  (i.e. we are “advertisements for God”).  Some of us called for a more humanistic motive for good behavior–not extolling God, but rather the principle of goodness.  A second issue that created problems for some of us was Sacks’s potential “exceptionalism” when he calls attention to passages which identify Jews as being chosen to be “a holy nation” occupying “God’s domain.”  Despite the argument that our “chosennesss” is not a privilege but a responsibility (that Torah is for the whole world and we are chosen as its exemplars) some of us weren’t comfortable with Sacks’s explanation.
We got a pretty good start of Chapter 6, “Mending the World,” and Sacks’s discussions of the Kabbalistic origins of the concept of tikkun olam–we are responsible for gathering and repairing the vessels of light that God supplied to the world.  What was left undiscussed were such knotty claims as “God gives us catastrophes so that we can mend them” and “Without human initiative there is nothing through which God can act.”  We’ll take these up this week.
 This week, after we conclude our exploration of Chapter 6, we’ll move on to Chapters 7-8:  “Like a Single Soul” and “The Kindness of Strangers.” 
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.     Copies of Rabbi Sacks’s book are available at a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Nov 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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Nov
23
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Nov 23 @ 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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Nov
24
Sun
Torah on Tap @ Archetype Brewing
Nov 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Torah on Tap @ Archetype Brewing | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us on the last Sunday of the month at Archetype Brewing (dowtown north) for a refreshing and often provocative discussion over a pint (or two) of great brew. 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.

In addition to drinks, Archetype also offers small, locally-made bites available for purchase, including Poppy Popcorn, Asheville Pretzel Company pretzels, and Hickory Nut Gap Farm meat sticks. Plenty of parking in the rear.

See you there!

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Dinner & a Movie
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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Learn to Chant Torah Class
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

LEARN TO CHANT TORAH

You, too, can learn to chant Torah portions on Shabbat! Beth Israel Synagogue
will offer a series of classes this fall on learning the ta’amei ha-mikra (Torah
cantillation marks, or trope). No previous Torah chanting experience is
presumed, but you will need to know how to read Hebrew at least basically (i.e.,
how to pronounce words written in Hebrew, even if you don’t understand them).
It is not necessary to be able to read musical notation. All of the trope used in
regular Shabbat Torah chanting will be covered (we will not cover haftarah
trope or the special tropes used for holidays). The course will also cover the
function of cantillation marks as an aid to understanding the Biblical text and as
a guide for stressing the correct syllable, as well as some of the common
problem areas of proper Hebrew pronunciation. Frank Goldsmith will teach the
classes and will provide written and recorded materials.
The classes will be taught on five consecutive Sunday evenings beginning on
October 27 and concluding on November 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the social
hall at CBI. Each student will also be offered an aliyah to chant after
completion of the course. Thus you will have plenty of time to practice before
stepping up to the bima.
To register for the classes, please contact the CBI office, 828-252-8660, or
admin@bethisraelnc.org, by no later than Friday, October 4, so that we will
have time to prepare a sufficient number of materials for the students. Pursuant
to CBI’s policy for adult education events, there is a charge of $18 for CBI
members and $36 for non-members. Checks should be made payable to
Congregation Beth Israel and given to Lee when you register.

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Nov
27
Wed
CBI Office Closed – Thanksgiving
Nov 27 all-day
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Nov
28
Thu
CBI Office Closed – Thanksgiving
Nov 28 all-day
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Nov
29
Fri
CBI Office Closed – Thanksgiving
Nov 29 all-day
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Friday Noon Study Group
Nov 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, September 20, 12:00-1:00 

We began last week’s discussion of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by reviewing what he meant by “covenantal love,” a transaction Sacks sees as being more binding than transactions of power or wealth.  Sacks identifies this as face-to-face relationships where “I” is open to another’s “thou.”  For Sacks, this is the embodiment of the concept of  chesed.  
We then discussed Chapter 5 and the concept of “Sanctifying Name” (Kiddush Ha-Shem), which Sacks calls “a meta-principle of Judaism.”   This chapter opened two different cans of worms.  Sacks seems to argue that our engaging in righteous behavior should be motivated by our being called upon because we are obligated to “cause the Lord our God to be loved”  (i.e. we are “advertisements for God”).  Some of us called for a more humanistic motive for good behavior–not extolling God, but rather the principle of goodness.  A second issue that created problems for some of us was Sacks’s potential “exceptionalism” when he calls attention to passages which identify Jews as being chosen to be “a holy nation” occupying “God’s domain.”  Despite the argument that our “chosennesss” is not a privilege but a responsibility (that Torah is for the whole world and we are chosen as its exemplars) some of us weren’t comfortable with Sacks’s explanation.
We got a pretty good start of Chapter 6, “Mending the World,” and Sacks’s discussions of the Kabbalistic origins of the concept of tikkun olam–we are responsible for gathering and repairing the vessels of light that God supplied to the world.  What was left undiscussed were such knotty claims as “God gives us catastrophes so that we can mend them” and “Without human initiative there is nothing through which God can act.”  We’ll take these up this week.
 This week, after we conclude our exploration of Chapter 6, we’ll move on to Chapters 7-8:  “Like a Single Soul” and “The Kindness of Strangers.” 
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.     Copies of Rabbi Sacks’s book are available at a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Nov
30
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Nov 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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