CBI Events Calendar

A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Non-Violence
Jun 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Congregations Beth Israel and Beth Ha Tephila’s Adult Education Programs Present

Dr. Sheila Katz

Sunday, June 17 at 4 PM

In Dave Hall at Congregation Beth Ha Tephila



Connecting with the Enemy presents the first comprehensive history of unprecedented grassroots efforts to forge nonviolent alternatives to the lethal collision of the two national movements. Bringing to light the work of over five hundred groups, Sheila H. Katz describes how Arabs and Jews, children and elders, artists and activists, educators and students, garage mechanics and physicists, and lawyers and prisoners have spoken truth to power, protected the environment, demonstrated peacefully, mourned together, stood in resistance and solidarity, and advocated for justice and security. This previously untold story of Palestinian-Israeli joint nonviolence will challenge the mainstream narratives of terror and despair, monsters and heroes, that help to perpetuate the conflict. It will also inspire and encourage anyone grappling with social change, peace and war, oppression and inequality, and grassroots activism anywhere in the world.


Sheila H. Katz is a professor of Middle East history in the multidisciplinary Liberal Arts Department at Berklee College of MusicShe received a doctorate in Middle East History from Harvard University where she specialized in Palestinian-Israeli Relations.


This program is free and open to the public.  Attendees are welcome to contribute to a Vegetarian Middle Eastern food potluck to accompany the talk.

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Tear Down the Walls of Your Heart – Tisha B’Av 5778 @ Unger Hall at Congregation Beth HaTephila
Jul 21 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join Rabbis Batsheva Meiri and Justin Goldstein in a bi-lingual chanting of Megillat Eikhah (Book of Lamentations), meditation, and text guided discussion, as we explore the connection between Tisha B’Av and the High Holy Days.

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Sustainability – Michael Ben-Eli @ Dave Hall, CBHT
Aug 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Dr. Michael Ben-Eli is the founder of The Sustainability Laboratory, which works to address urgent sustainability issues now facing the planet. With Jewish National Fund’s support, he and his team pioneered Project Wadi Attir, a groundbreaking, scalable model of sustainable desert agriculture developed with a Bedouin community in the Negev. Dr. Ben-Eli authored the widely-acclaimed “Five Core Sustainability Principles,” and works to inspire leaders in business, government, community, and education to accelerate a peaceful transition to a sustainable future. In 2016, he was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame, and recognized with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The needs of the Bedouin community and the changes that must come about are one of the original pillars of Blueprint Negev.  Jewish National Fund is serious about addressing these challenges and is working with several Bedouin communities to effect change. Jewish National Fund is a proud partner in Project Wadi Attir, a joint initiative of the Bedouin municipality of Hura and the Sustainability Laboratory, a U.S.-based nonprofit.

Project Wadi Attir aims to establish a model for a radically innovative, sustainable desert farming operation that will contribute to the well-being of the Bedouin community of the Negev by creating stable income sources, fostering employment opportunities for women, increasing education, and assisting with capacity-building.

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Gender Equality in Israel
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Gender Equality in Israel Thursday, November 1, at 7:00pm at CBHT’s Dave Hall.   Leslie Sachs of Women of the Wall will speak on the current situation and the separation of religion and state in Israel. Free to all, please contact Rochelle at the JCC if you can help sponsor this event.


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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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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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Why Are We Still Afraid?
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Why Are We Still Afraid?: A reporter’s 46-year story of Israel growing strong

By Mark Lavie

It’s Israel as you’ve never seen it before—forty-six years of life, conflict, people, and society from ground level as it happened, with context and depth, through the eyes of an award-winning American journalist who’s also an Israeli, husband, father, grandfather, Orthodox Jew, and soldier—proving that Israel is stronger than ever and needs to act like it. The book has four sections: conflict, society, people, and media. You’ll walk alongside the author as he interacts with Israel on many levels, encountering heroes and demagogues, leaders and followers, Jews and Arabs–and you’ll follow him to the conclusion that Israel cannot fix the Palestinians, but it can fix itself–and in its upcoming election, Israel’s emphasis should be on domestic problems and not exaggerated security threats.

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