CBI Events Calendar

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

Friday, March 29, 12-1

This week, we continued our discussion of “Dear Zealots,” the first of the essays in Amos Oz’s collection, Dear Zealots:  Letters from a Divided Land. We focused on Oz’s contention that the essence 0f Jewish culture emerges from two basic tendencies, one moral and one intellectual.  The moral tendency rests on the principle of “cause no pain,” our reverence for the sanctity of human life and a belief in the equality of human worth (we cannot determine “whose blood is redder”).  Oz is concerned that this principle is diminishing in Israel.  The intellectual tendency that Oz emphasizes is the Jewish reverence for books, which he contends passes down the lifeblood of Jewish culture.  By books, Oz does not mean a particular text (e.g. Torah, Talmud, Shulchan Aruch) but rather the fact that our texts are always reinterpreting one another, exploring and sometimes undermining their predecessors to show their ideas in a different light.  Here Oz makes the point that Jews thrive on disagreement, that it is “a vital climate for the growth of a creative life.”

Next week we’ll address any loose ends from Chapter 2, and then move on to a consideration of the final essay in Oz’s collection, “Dreams Israel Should Let Go of Soon” (pp. 109-136).  Please come prepared to share whatever knots you encounter in the text and we’ll see what we can do to untangle them.

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 noon study group discussions. Oz’s book is available at a variety of internet outlets.

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Feb
16
Sat
Youth Shabbat @ CBI
Feb 16 @ 10:45 am – 12:30 pm
Youth Shabbat @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

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

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Feb
17
Sun
CBI Beit Midrash
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Feb 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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Feb
20
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Meet the Midrash @ Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Meet the Midrash
Wednesdays, noon to 1:00 pm
Published Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:00 am

Out of the texts of the Torah, the Rabbis created teachings bringing deeper meanings to the wisdom of the Jewish people known as Midrash. Each week we will explore some of these teachings based on the weekly Torah portion. We will gain not only an understanding of what the Rabbis were teaching, but how and why they were able to offer these teachings. While there are many compilations of Midrash from different periods in Jewish history, we will focus our studies on Midrash Rabbah.

Wednesdays 12 noon – 1pm

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

Friday, March 29, 12-1

This week, we continued our discussion of “Dear Zealots,” the first of the essays in Amos Oz’s collection, Dear Zealots:  Letters from a Divided Land. We focused on Oz’s contention that the essence 0f Jewish culture emerges from two basic tendencies, one moral and one intellectual.  The moral tendency rests on the principle of “cause no pain,” our reverence for the sanctity of human life and a belief in the equality of human worth (we cannot determine “whose blood is redder”).  Oz is concerned that this principle is diminishing in Israel.  The intellectual tendency that Oz emphasizes is the Jewish reverence for books, which he contends passes down the lifeblood of Jewish culture.  By books, Oz does not mean a particular text (e.g. Torah, Talmud, Shulchan Aruch) but rather the fact that our texts are always reinterpreting one another, exploring and sometimes undermining their predecessors to show their ideas in a different light.  Here Oz makes the point that Jews thrive on disagreement, that it is “a vital climate for the growth of a creative life.”

Next week we’ll address any loose ends from Chapter 2, and then move on to a consideration of the final essay in Oz’s collection, “Dreams Israel Should Let Go of Soon” (pp. 109-136).  Please come prepared to share whatever knots you encounter in the text and we’ll see what we can do to untangle them.

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 noon study group discussions. Oz’s book is available at a variety of internet outlets.

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Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Feb 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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Feb
23
Sat
Hasidishe Kiddush
Feb 23 @ 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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Feb
24
Sun
CBI Beit Midrash
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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CBI Tribute Book Photo Shoot
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Rededication Tribute Book

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

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

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

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YEP – Multigenerational Learning @ LOCATION TO BE ANNOUCED SOON
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
YEP - Multigenerational Learning @ LOCATION TO BE ANNOUCED SOON | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

One Sunday every month our environmental Judaism teacher Hannah Limov leads us in reconnecting our Jewish calendar to the Earth. We invite all the generations to study together and think about our future together. The Multigen portion of our YEP program is a highlight.

 

FEBRUARY EVENT WILL BE AT OUTDOOR LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON. CONTACT ADMIN FOR MORE DETAILS.

 

Please arrive early for this event!

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Torah on Tap
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Torah on Tap

Join us on the last Sunday of the month at Habitat Tavern and Commons 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?
  • Developing a practice of gratitude
  • Gender identity and Juadaism

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.

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Feb
27
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Meet the Midrash @ Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Meet the Midrash
Wednesdays, noon to 1:00 pm
Published Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:00 am

Out of the texts of the Torah, the Rabbis created teachings bringing deeper meanings to the wisdom of the Jewish people known as Midrash. Each week we will explore some of these teachings based on the weekly Torah portion. We will gain not only an understanding of what the Rabbis were teaching, but how and why they were able to offer these teachings. While there are many compilations of Midrash from different periods in Jewish history, we will focus our studies on Midrash Rabbah.

Wednesdays 12 noon – 1pm

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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, March 29, 12-1

This week, we continued our discussion of “Dear Zealots,” the first of the essays in Amos Oz’s collection, Dear Zealots:  Letters from a Divided Land. We focused on Oz’s contention that the essence 0f Jewish culture emerges from two basic tendencies, one moral and one intellectual.  The moral tendency rests on the principle of “cause no pain,” our reverence for the sanctity of human life and a belief in the equality of human worth (we cannot determine “whose blood is redder”).  Oz is concerned that this principle is diminishing in Israel.  The intellectual tendency that Oz emphasizes is the Jewish reverence for books, which he contends passes down the lifeblood of Jewish culture.  By books, Oz does not mean a particular text (e.g. Torah, Talmud, Shulchan Aruch) but rather the fact that our texts are always reinterpreting one another, exploring and sometimes undermining their predecessors to show their ideas in a different light.  Here Oz makes the point that Jews thrive on disagreement, that it is “a vital climate for the growth of a creative life.”

Next week we’ll address any loose ends from Chapter 2, and then move on to a consideration of the final essay in Oz’s collection, “Dreams Israel Should Let Go of Soon” (pp. 109-136).  Please come prepared to share whatever knots you encounter in the text and we’ll see what we can do to untangle them.

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 noon study group discussions. Oz’s book is available at a variety of internet outlets.

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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
CBI Beit Midrash
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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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, March 29, 12-1

This week, we continued our discussion of “Dear Zealots,” the first of the essays in Amos Oz’s collection, Dear Zealots:  Letters from a Divided Land. We focused on Oz’s contention that the essence 0f Jewish culture emerges from two basic tendencies, one moral and one intellectual.  The moral tendency rests on the principle of “cause no pain,” our reverence for the sanctity of human life and a belief in the equality of human worth (we cannot determine “whose blood is redder”).  Oz is concerned that this principle is diminishing in Israel.  The intellectual tendency that Oz emphasizes is the Jewish reverence for books, which he contends passes down the lifeblood of Jewish culture.  By books, Oz does not mean a particular text (e.g. Torah, Talmud, Shulchan Aruch) but rather the fact that our texts are always reinterpreting one another, exploring and sometimes undermining their predecessors to show their ideas in a different light.  Here Oz makes the point that Jews thrive on disagreement, that it is “a vital climate for the growth of a creative life.”

Next week we’ll address any loose ends from Chapter 2, and then move on to a consideration of the final essay in Oz’s collection, “Dreams Israel Should Let Go of Soon” (pp. 109-136).  Please come prepared to share whatever knots you encounter in the text and we’ll see what we can do to untangle them.

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 noon study group discussions. Oz’s book is available at a variety of internet outlets.

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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, March 29, 12-1

This week, we continued our discussion of “Dear Zealots,” the first of the essays in Amos Oz’s collection, Dear Zealots:  Letters from a Divided Land. We focused on Oz’s contention that the essence 0f Jewish culture emerges from two basic tendencies, one moral and one intellectual.  The moral tendency rests on the principle of “cause no pain,” our reverence for the sanctity of human life and a belief in the equality of human worth (we cannot determine “whose blood is redder”).  Oz is concerned that this principle is diminishing in Israel.  The intellectual tendency that Oz emphasizes is the Jewish reverence for books, which he contends passes down the lifeblood of Jewish culture.  By books, Oz does not mean a particular text (e.g. Torah, Talmud, Shulchan Aruch) but rather the fact that our texts are always reinterpreting one another, exploring and sometimes undermining their predecessors to show their ideas in a different light.  Here Oz makes the point that Jews thrive on disagreement, that it is “a vital climate for the growth of a creative life.”

Next week we’ll address any loose ends from Chapter 2, and then move on to a consideration of the final essay in Oz’s collection, “Dreams Israel Should Let Go of Soon” (pp. 109-136).  Please come prepared to share whatever knots you encounter in the text and we’ll see what we can do to untangle them.

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 noon study group discussions. Oz’s book is available at a variety of internet outlets.

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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
CBI Beit Midrash
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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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
Meet the Midrash
Mar 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Meet the Midrash @ Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Meet the Midrash
Wednesdays, noon to 1:00 pm
Published Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:00 am

Out of the texts of the Torah, the Rabbis created teachings bringing deeper meanings to the wisdom of the Jewish people known as Midrash. Each week we will explore some of these teachings based on the weekly Torah portion. We will gain not only an understanding of what the Rabbis were teaching, but how and why they were able to offer these teachings. While there are many compilations of Midrash from different periods in Jewish history, we will focus our studies on Midrash Rabbah.

Wednesdays 12 noon – 1pm

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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, March 29, 12-1

This week, we continued our discussion of “Dear Zealots,” the first of the essays in Amos Oz’s collection, Dear Zealots:  Letters from a Divided Land. We focused on Oz’s contention that the essence 0f Jewish culture emerges from two basic tendencies, one moral and one intellectual.  The moral tendency rests on the principle of “cause no pain,” our reverence for the sanctity of human life and a belief in the equality of human worth (we cannot determine “whose blood is redder”).  Oz is concerned that this principle is diminishing in Israel.  The intellectual tendency that Oz emphasizes is the Jewish reverence for books, which he contends passes down the lifeblood of Jewish culture.  By books, Oz does not mean a particular text (e.g. Torah, Talmud, Shulchan Aruch) but rather the fact that our texts are always reinterpreting one another, exploring and sometimes undermining their predecessors to show their ideas in a different light.  Here Oz makes the point that Jews thrive on disagreement, that it is “a vital climate for the growth of a creative life.”

Next week we’ll address any loose ends from Chapter 2, and then move on to a consideration of the final essay in Oz’s collection, “Dreams Israel Should Let Go of Soon” (pp. 109-136).  Please come prepared to share whatever knots you encounter in the text and we’ll see what we can do to untangle them.

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 noon study group discussions. Oz’s book is available at a variety of internet outlets.

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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
CBI Beit Midrash
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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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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