CBI Events Calendar

Erev Rosh HaShanah Services & Dessert Potluck
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Bring a pareve dessert item to share after services at a potluck Oneg.

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Rosh HaShanah 1 Services
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 2:15 pm

Rosh HaShanah Day 1:

9:ooam services

11:00am Youth service

1:oopm Kiddush lunch

2:00pm Tashlikh at the creek next to CBI

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Rosh HaShanah Day 2 services
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Rosh HaShanah Day 2:

9:ooam services

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Online Friday Noon Study Group
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday Noon Study Group October 7 12-1

Last week, as we looked at the final two chapters of The Last of the Just, we continued to explore the motivations behind Ernie Levy’s behavior.  Why does Ernie abandon the relative safety of unoccupied France for a situation that is far more dangerous for him?  Why does he petition for admission to the Drancy concentration camp?  As one character asked:  “It wasn’t enough that you were Jewish . . . but you had to come straight to the camp?”   We speculated upon some of the following explanations:
  • Ernie may have been deranged by trauma (PTSD). 
  • He deliberately chose to act irrationally in an irrational world; he “risked death with that logic”
  • He was suffering from a savior complex, or white knight syndrome, a need to “save” people by fixing their problems?
  • He hasn’t shaken the delusion, begun in childhood,  that he is a lamed vovnik.
  • He genuinely was a lamed vovnik:  “A Jewish heart must break a thousand times for the good of all people.”
  • He is genuinely in love with Golda, or is it pity?
  • He has learned that empathy/compassion for others (the care he shows toward Golda; toward the orphaned children) is a source of a “nameless intoxication” that creates “a strange peace in him”
  • He is united with the Jewish people
This Friday, we’ll conclude our discussion of Schwarz-Bart’s novel with another look at the “strange peace” that Ernie experiences (pp. 356-357).  We’ll then address some of the criticisms that a British rabbi/psychotherapist lodged about Schwarz-Bart’s concepts regarding Jewish suffering and his anti-Christian attitudes.  We’ll close by sharing any final thoughts we have on the novel.

Our study group will not meet on Fridays October 14, 21, and 28.  We will resume on Friday, November 4, with a new topic:  Thomas Cahill’s The Gifts of the Jews:  How a tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels.  Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.








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Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Oct 1 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for Shabbat morning services in-person or via Zoom every Saturday morning at 9:30am.

Masks and social distancing are still required for all services that are likely to include singing and chanting.
Masks and social distancing are optional for all smaller, non-singing/chanting gatherings for fully vaccinated individuals.
Unvaccinated adults should always wear a mask.
Beginning with Saturday July 3rd, we will return to holding Shabbat morning services every Shabbat.  You will still be required to register in advance to attend services in the event that contract tracing should become necessary.  You can register online through the Wednesday weekly eblast.  If you’d like to receive the weekly eblast, click here.

Join the Zoom service by going to Our Virtual Community page here, then scroll down and click on the blue Saturday Morning Service button.

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HVL Havdalah (CBI South)
Oct 1 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Join your CBI friends at the Hendersonville home of Neal & Beth Appel for a potluck dessert, Havdalah with the Rabbi, and a social evening.  Please RSVP to bethappel@me.com

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Kever Avot
Oct 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Kever Avot 

Sunday, Ocober 2 at Lou Pollock Cemetery, 10:00am

The custom of visiting the graves of deceased relatives and close friends between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur is of long standing in Judaism.  Join Rabbi Wolff Alterman at Lou Pollock Cemetery to participate in this wonderful custom.

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