CBI Events Calendar

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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Youth Shabbat
Oct 19 @ 11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Children and teens are invited to join Josefa Briant for a youth service in the small sanctuary at 10:45am.  Later we’ll join the congregation in the main sanctuary to participate in part of the Musaf service.  All are welcome!

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Oct
20
Sun
YEP Sukkot Multi-Gen Program
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
YEP Multi-Gen Day 10:00am THIS Sunday, October 20!
Come join our Youth Education Program as we celebrate the holiday of Sukkot! This is a Multi-Generational Day, so all ages are welcome– and encouraged– to join! We will be exploring the holiday through outdoor ed and hands-on activities, so come prepared to get dirty and have fun celebrating as a whole community the Jewish harvest festival.
 
NOTE: This is an Open House, so anyone– CBI members or not– are invited to learn and celebrate with us as a whole community.
 
For more information, contact YEP Director Nechoma Morgan at nehcomamorgan@gmail.comChag sameach!
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Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Oct 20 @ 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. 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, October 25, 12:00-1:00

Last week we examined Chapters 12 and 13 Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World.  The chapters took on some big issues regarding the relationship between religion and morality.  Sacks concedes that “there’s nothing inherently ‘religious’ about the moral sense: 1) you don’t have to be religious to be good; 2) you don’t need revelation to tell you what is good; and 3) to be moral, you have to do what is right, not because God commanded you to.  We focused on Sacks’s distinction between passive optimism (“the world is changing for the better”) and active hope (“together we can make the world better”).  According to Sacks, God empowers us to be His partners in the work of healing a fractured world.  He argues that faith is a “great counterforce to self-interest and short-term gain.”  
We considered Sacks’s claim the “The religious imagination is the most fundamental way of organizing our thoughts about the universe and our place within it.”  Focusing on the word “imagination,” some of us agreed that the concept of God is a human construct that helps us cope.  In Judaism, our monotheistic belief stands in contrast to those cultures that posit the world is governed by blind fate.  Judaism offers a principled rejection of this tragic worldview that fate is inexorable and replaces it with hope (choosing life over death).
We concluded our discussion by considering Sacks’s claim that the concepts of repentance and forgiveness rescue us from taking a tragic worldview.  We are, according to Sacks, a penitential culture.  We assume responsibility for our wrongdoing rather than assigning blame to others or to circumstance.  Penitence turns suffering into a new impetus to do good.  Jewish resilience stems from resistance to the blame culture by making us responsible for changing the world.  We accomplish this by reframing our perceptions, by taking charge of our cognitive processes.  Instead of resorting to a passive “learned helplessness” in the face of what we deem as inevitable, we are encouraged to see things differently and to do what we can to change the world.
This week we’ll share any final thoughts on Chapters 12 and 13 (Carol Cohen has some issues she’d like to discuss), and then move on Chapters 14 and 15, “The Faith of God” and “Redeeming Evil.” 
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
Healing from the Tree of Life Shooting & Confronting Antisemitism: A Memorial Service & Workshop
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Yahrzeit for Tree of Life

Sunday, October 27th at Congregation Beth HaTephila, 43 North Liberty Street

Healing from the Tree of Life Shooting & Confronting Antisemitism:

A Memorial Service & Workshop

 

Tree of Life Yahrzeit Memorial Service – 2 pm in Sanctuary

Join your Jewish community for a pluralistic memorial service honoring the victims of the Tree of Life shooting. Kosher oneg to immediately follow.

Confronting Antisemitism Workshop – 3:30 pm in Unger Hall

Join us for a free workshop exploring the relationship between antisemitism, white supremacy, and white nationalism. Learn more about the antisemitism that fueled the shooting and how we can transform our grief into action.

Geared towards a mature Jewish audience. Workshop registration requested for planning purposes, but not required. Register here or via email to Maia Ross Trupin at mrosstru@gmail.com

Sponsored by Carolina Jews for Justice – West

Organized by the Asheville Southern Jewish Collective:

Ben Kohan, Deanna Goldner, Hannah Limov, Lavender Ross, Maia Ross Trupin, Marika Straw, Nechoma Morgan, & Sarah Julia Seldin

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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, October 25, 12:00-1:00

Last week we examined Chapters 12 and 13 Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World.  The chapters took on some big issues regarding the relationship between religion and morality.  Sacks concedes that “there’s nothing inherently ‘religious’ about the moral sense: 1) you don’t have to be religious to be good; 2) you don’t need revelation to tell you what is good; and 3) to be moral, you have to do what is right, not because God commanded you to.  We focused on Sacks’s distinction between passive optimism (“the world is changing for the better”) and active hope (“together we can make the world better”).  According to Sacks, God empowers us to be His partners in the work of healing a fractured world.  He argues that faith is a “great counterforce to self-interest and short-term gain.”  
We considered Sacks’s claim the “The religious imagination is the most fundamental way of organizing our thoughts about the universe and our place within it.”  Focusing on the word “imagination,” some of us agreed that the concept of God is a human construct that helps us cope.  In Judaism, our monotheistic belief stands in contrast to those cultures that posit the world is governed by blind fate.  Judaism offers a principled rejection of this tragic worldview that fate is inexorable and replaces it with hope (choosing life over death).
We concluded our discussion by considering Sacks’s claim that the concepts of repentance and forgiveness rescue us from taking a tragic worldview.  We are, according to Sacks, a penitential culture.  We assume responsibility for our wrongdoing rather than assigning blame to others or to circumstance.  Penitence turns suffering into a new impetus to do good.  Jewish resilience stems from resistance to the blame culture by making us responsible for changing the world.  We accomplish this by reframing our perceptions, by taking charge of our cognitive processes.  Instead of resorting to a passive “learned helplessness” in the face of what we deem as inevitable, we are encouraged to see things differently and to do what we can to change the world.
This week we’ll share any final thoughts on Chapters 12 and 13 (Carol Cohen has some issues she’d like to discuss), and then move on Chapters 14 and 15, “The Faith of God” and “Redeeming Evil.” 
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, October 25, 12:00-1:00

Last week we examined Chapters 12 and 13 Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World.  The chapters took on some big issues regarding the relationship between religion and morality.  Sacks concedes that “there’s nothing inherently ‘religious’ about the moral sense: 1) you don’t have to be religious to be good; 2) you don’t need revelation to tell you what is good; and 3) to be moral, you have to do what is right, not because God commanded you to.  We focused on Sacks’s distinction between passive optimism (“the world is changing for the better”) and active hope (“together we can make the world better”).  According to Sacks, God empowers us to be His partners in the work of healing a fractured world.  He argues that faith is a “great counterforce to self-interest and short-term gain.”  
We considered Sacks’s claim the “The religious imagination is the most fundamental way of organizing our thoughts about the universe and our place within it.”  Focusing on the word “imagination,” some of us agreed that the concept of God is a human construct that helps us cope.  In Judaism, our monotheistic belief stands in contrast to those cultures that posit the world is governed by blind fate.  Judaism offers a principled rejection of this tragic worldview that fate is inexorable and replaces it with hope (choosing life over death).
We concluded our discussion by considering Sacks’s claim that the concepts of repentance and forgiveness rescue us from taking a tragic worldview.  We are, according to Sacks, a penitential culture.  We assume responsibility for our wrongdoing rather than assigning blame to others or to circumstance.  Penitence turns suffering into a new impetus to do good.  Jewish resilience stems from resistance to the blame culture by making us responsible for changing the world.  We accomplish this by reframing our perceptions, by taking charge of our cognitive processes.  Instead of resorting to a passive “learned helplessness” in the face of what we deem as inevitable, we are encouraged to see things differently and to do what we can to change the world.
This week we’ll share any final thoughts on Chapters 12 and 13 (Carol Cohen has some issues she’d like to discuss), and then move on Chapters 14 and 15, “The Faith of God” and “Redeeming Evil.” 
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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Family Shabbat service & potluck
Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

All are invited to join us for a family-friendly Friday night service at 6:00pm followed by a vegetarian/dairy potluck meal.  Pizza (courtesy of Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant) and ice cream are provided, please bring a salad or side dish.

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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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Combatants for Peace program
Nov 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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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, October 25, 12:00-1:00

Last week we examined Chapters 12 and 13 Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World.  The chapters took on some big issues regarding the relationship between religion and morality.  Sacks concedes that “there’s nothing inherently ‘religious’ about the moral sense: 1) you don’t have to be religious to be good; 2) you don’t need revelation to tell you what is good; and 3) to be moral, you have to do what is right, not because God commanded you to.  We focused on Sacks’s distinction between passive optimism (“the world is changing for the better”) and active hope (“together we can make the world better”).  According to Sacks, God empowers us to be His partners in the work of healing a fractured world.  He argues that faith is a “great counterforce to self-interest and short-term gain.”  
We considered Sacks’s claim the “The religious imagination is the most fundamental way of organizing our thoughts about the universe and our place within it.”  Focusing on the word “imagination,” some of us agreed that the concept of God is a human construct that helps us cope.  In Judaism, our monotheistic belief stands in contrast to those cultures that posit the world is governed by blind fate.  Judaism offers a principled rejection of this tragic worldview that fate is inexorable and replaces it with hope (choosing life over death).
We concluded our discussion by considering Sacks’s claim that the concepts of repentance and forgiveness rescue us from taking a tragic worldview.  We are, according to Sacks, a penitential culture.  We assume responsibility for our wrongdoing rather than assigning blame to others or to circumstance.  Penitence turns suffering into a new impetus to do good.  Jewish resilience stems from resistance to the blame culture by making us responsible for changing the world.  We accomplish this by reframing our perceptions, by taking charge of our cognitive processes.  Instead of resorting to a passive “learned helplessness” in the face of what we deem as inevitable, we are encouraged to see things differently and to do what we can to change the world.
This week we’ll share any final thoughts on Chapters 12 and 13 (Carol Cohen has some issues she’d like to discuss), and then move on Chapters 14 and 15, “The Faith of God” and “Redeeming Evil.” 
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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Youth Shabbat
Nov 16 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Children and teens are invited to join Josefa Briant for a youth service in the small sanctuary at 10:45am.  Later we’ll join the congregation in the main sanctuary to participate in part of the Musaf service.  All are welcome!

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Nov
17
Sun
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Nov 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. 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, October 25, 12:00-1:00

Last week we examined Chapters 12 and 13 Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World.  The chapters took on some big issues regarding the relationship between religion and morality.  Sacks concedes that “there’s nothing inherently ‘religious’ about the moral sense: 1) you don’t have to be religious to be good; 2) you don’t need revelation to tell you what is good; and 3) to be moral, you have to do what is right, not because God commanded you to.  We focused on Sacks’s distinction between passive optimism (“the world is changing for the better”) and active hope (“together we can make the world better”).  According to Sacks, God empowers us to be His partners in the work of healing a fractured world.  He argues that faith is a “great counterforce to self-interest and short-term gain.”  
We considered Sacks’s claim the “The religious imagination is the most fundamental way of organizing our thoughts about the universe and our place within it.”  Focusing on the word “imagination,” some of us agreed that the concept of God is a human construct that helps us cope.  In Judaism, our monotheistic belief stands in contrast to those cultures that posit the world is governed by blind fate.  Judaism offers a principled rejection of this tragic worldview that fate is inexorable and replaces it with hope (choosing life over death).
We concluded our discussion by considering Sacks’s claim that the concepts of repentance and forgiveness rescue us from taking a tragic worldview.  We are, according to Sacks, a penitential culture.  We assume responsibility for our wrongdoing rather than assigning blame to others or to circumstance.  Penitence turns suffering into a new impetus to do good.  Jewish resilience stems from resistance to the blame culture by making us responsible for changing the world.  We accomplish this by reframing our perceptions, by taking charge of our cognitive processes.  Instead of resorting to a passive “learned helplessness” in the face of what we deem as inevitable, we are encouraged to see things differently and to do what we can to change the world.
This week we’ll share any final thoughts on Chapters 12 and 13 (Carol Cohen has some issues she’d like to discuss), and then move on Chapters 14 and 15, “The Faith of God” and “Redeeming Evil.” 
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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