CBI Events Calendar

Apr
7
Sun
CBI Ribbon Cutting & Rededication
Apr 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dear CBI members,

Many of you have already experienced Shabbat in the beauty of our newly reopened building.  To those of you who have not been in our rejuvenated synagogue, you have something to look forward to.

Our official reopening will be on April 7th, 2019. Our Ribbon Cutting and Building Rededication Ceremony will be held from 3-5pm. We will simultaneously celebrate our recent Capital Campaign renovations, our fiftieth year in our Murdock building, and our 120th year as a congregation. I look forward to seeing everyone at this free event which will include the wider Jewish community and friends of the synagogue.

Our rededication will include the distribution of a commemorative 120th anniversary tribute book. The book will memorialize our congregation through the years and will include a special section featuring our recent Capital Campaign. These 8 ½ x 11 inch full color books will be keepsakes, and there will be a book reserved for each congregational member and donor to the capital campaign.

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

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

Michael Weizman

Capital Campaign and Development Committee Chair

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

Friday, May 24 12:00-1:00

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

 

 

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Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us in welcoming Shabbat with prayer and song.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday Noon Study Group
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, May 24 12:00-1:00

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

 

 

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Apr
20
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Apr 20 @ 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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Youth Shabbat @ CBI
Apr 20 @ 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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Apr
21
Sun
Passover Morning Services
Apr 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
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Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Apr 21 @ 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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Apr
26
Fri
Passover Services
Apr 26 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
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Friday Noon Study Group
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, May 24 12:00-1:00

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

 

 

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Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Apr 26 @ 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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Apr
27
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Apr 27 @ 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
Apr 27 @ 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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Apr
28
Sun
Y.E.P Multi-Generational Program (April) @ TBD
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Y.E.P Multi-Generational Program (April) @ 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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Torah on Tap: Envisioning Judaism’s Future @ Archetype Brewing
Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Torah on Tap: Envisioning Judaism's Future @ Archetype Brewing | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

As a people, Jews have a long and storied past. Probelm is, we can often become obsessed with it. Our laws and texts, so many of the rabbis and scholars we quote and study week after week are not just from our past but from humanity’s distant past. In each generation, we find ourselves interpreting and reinterpreting laws and ancient wisdom in an effort to make it resonate once again for our time. And yet, all the while the future of the Jewish people continues to unfold day after day with many Jews oblivious to changes, large and small.

Beyond the demographers, Jewish professionals and cultural anthropologists, how much time and energy do we spend on envisioning our Jewish future? Join us for the April edition of Torah on Tap as we step bodly into the future of Judaism and discuss what is possible. Some topics up for discussion:

  •  Is there validity the dire projections of Judaism’s imminent demise as predicted by the 2013 Pew Report?
  • What are some of the successful and emerging models of Jewish engagement?
  • How is the role of the synagogue changing?

Please note, we will end at 5:15, to allow folks to get to CBI for the important Town Hall Meeting at 5:30.

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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CBI Members’ Community Forum
Apr 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

CBI members will be holding a Community Forum on Sunday, April 28, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm to address questions and engage in discussion regarding the proposal to reconfigure Rabbi’s duties.

All CBI members are warmly encouraged to attend.

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Apr
30
Tue
Exec Committee Meeting
Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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May
1
Wed
Yom HaShoah- The Harmony Of Terezin (at CBHT) @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
May
3
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, May 24 12:00-1:00

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

 

 

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Shabbatluck at Ben & Hannah’s
May 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Welcome Shabbat with  your CBI family at the home of Hannah Limov & Ben Kohan in West Asheville.  Potluck dinner will be meat/pareve (no dairy!).  For details and to RSVP, click here.

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May
4
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
May 4 @ 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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May
5
Sun
Jewish Jazz Concert with AmiciMusic @ Congregation Beth Israel
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jewish Jazz Concert
Sunday, May 5, 2019
2:00-4:00pm
at Congregation Beth Israel
229 Murdock Ave.  Asheville, NC 28804
Door prize:  4 tickets to an Asheville Symphony performance.
AmiciMusic, Asheville’s own award-winning chamber music ensemble, returns to Congregation Beth Israel for another exciting “JEWISH JAZZ” concert with all new music.  Steve Loew, clarinet, and Daniel Weiser, piano will perform this incredible program of clarinet and piano music that highlight some important Klezmer influences on the jazz instrumentalists and composers of this period, many of whom were Jewish.  Dr. Weiser will tell the fascinating story of the great fusion of musical styles from ragtime to blues to Klezmer that helped produce the new Jazz style in New York City in the first decades of the 20th century as the wave of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe met up with the Great Migration of African-Americans from the South. This program features some more wonderful Klezmer-inspired pieces by Lev Kogan and Michele Magnani, as well as works by Benny GoodmanGeorge GershwinLeonard Bernstein, and more. Loew and Weiser have performed in over 20 countries around the world and put on a show that is second to none.
You will not want to miss this!
Tickets $25 per person. Refreshments served. Call Congregation Beth Israel 828-252-8660 for reservations.
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May
9
Thu
CBI Board meeting
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
CBI Board meeting
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May
10
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
May 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, May 24 12:00-1:00

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

 

 

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Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
May 10 @ 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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May
11
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
May 11 @ 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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May
17
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, May 24 12:00-1:00

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

 

 

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May
18
Sat
Olivia Thomas Bat Mitzvah – Saturday Morning Services
May 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

The congregation is invited to celebrate with the Millsaps family as Olivia becomes Bat Mitzvah.

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Milk & Honey Hour @ CBI
May 18 @ 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 @ CBI
May 18 @ 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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May
19
Sun
Cafe Israel @ Congregation Beth Israel
May 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cafe Israel @ Congregation Beth Israel | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

On Sunday May 19th, from 11:00am – 2:00pm, Congregation Beth Israel will once again host a birthday party for the State of Israel (its 71st) with our annual Café Israel event. This year’s event will once again feature delicious Israeli food, local beer, Israeli wine, Israeli music, Israeli folk dancing, a kid’s zone with a bounce house, crafts and Mr. Twister, our intimate Bedouin Tent with Turkish coffee and mint tea, as well as Henna tattoos, several local craft artists, a host of incredible raffle baskets and more.
Each year Café Israel provides our shul an opportunity to reach out to our friends in both the Jewish community and greater Asheville community allowing us the chance to celebrate all that we love about Israel.
We need from all of our CBI members is just four things:
• Please plan on attending this year’s event with your friends and family, and consider spending a few of your shekels on food and our raffle baskets. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to support CBI’s youth programming.
• Please share the news of this event with your social networks in hopes of attracting even more people to the event.
• Consider volunteering for one of our shifts for set up, food serving, clean-up and other jobs. Danielle Tocaben is coordinating volunteers so please reach out to her at vicepresident@bethisraelnc.org.
• If you have not yet signed up to be sponsor, please consider sponsoring the event for $50. Your name will be recognized in eBlasts as well as in the event program. Sponsorship deadline for inclusion in the program is May 12th.
We look forward to a wonderful event and hope that you and yours will come out and have a great time.

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Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
May 19 @ 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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May
20
Mon
Drop-Off for Visions of Sinai Art Show @ Congregation Beth Israel
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

VISIONS OF SINAI

May 21st – June 10th

An art show by members of the Jewish community at Congregation Beth Israel reflecting the concept of Sinai and Shavuot.

Ready to hang works of visual and word art will be dropped off on May 20th (11am – 2pm) to be hung in the social hall. Opening reception and Open-Mic night will be held on Wednesday May 29th, 6-9pm. Show is open to all ages and all members of the Jewish community. The show will be used to raise awareness and funding for CBI’s Youth Education Program.

Try to keep work under 30 inches. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Ken Vallario

Youth Education Coordinator

973-960-2737

yepadmin@bethisraelnc.org

 

 

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May
22
Wed
Meet the Midrash
May 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Meet the Midrash is for those who want to make the regular study of the weekly Torah portion a part of their fixed practice.

Join Rabbi Goldstein each Wednesday around noon for a traditional interpretation of the Sages on the upcoming Torah portion or upcoming holidays.

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Film: Combatants for Peace
May 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Roberta Wall is going to introduce and screen the movie “Combatants for Peace” in the CBI social hall at 6:30 PM on Wednesday May 22nd.  With a 30 minute questions session afterwords, we should conclude at about 8:30.

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