CBI Events Calendar

Learn to Chant Torah!
Nov 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Yes, you, too, can learn to chant Torah portions on Shabbat, using the correct trope.  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.  It is not necessary to be able to read musical notation.  All of the tropes used in regular Shabbat Torah chanting will be covered (the course will not cover the special tropes used for holidays or the haftarah trope).  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.  Written materials will be provided.  There is a charge, payable to Congregation Beth Israel, of $18 for CBI members and $36 for non-members.

The classes will be taught on six consecutive Sunday evenings beginning on October 22 and concluding on November 26, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the downstairs conference room at Temple Beth HaTephila. 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 synagogue office, 828-252-8660, or admin@bethisraelnc.org.  Please call by no later than Monday, October 2, so that we will have time to prepare sufficient materials for all students.

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Community Yom HaShoah Observance
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Yom HaShoah 5778

“One Would Be Too Many”:  Jewish Immigration and the Evian Conference of 1938

Wednesday, April 11, 7:00pm at Congregation Beth HaTephila, Dave Hall

Eric S. Roubinek is an assistant professor of history at UNCA.  He has taught courses on the history of modern Europe, fascism and the world, and has participated in training public school teachers throughout WNC as part of the NC Council on the Holocaust.

The program is sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel and Congregation Beth HaTephila and is free and open to the public.

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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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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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The Legacy of Theresienstadt
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Legacy of Theresienstadt

May 30,   7:00 pm
at Congregation Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Ave.

Barbara Weitz will present all that has incredibly survived from that gruesome place of death– great music, great writing,  and great art which were composed and performed by those condemned .  The most precious legacy of Theresienstadt has been given to us by the children. Beyond the intrinsic value of the children’s poetry, artwork, music is the courage of the children and their teachers, who continued to live, to teach, to paint, to learn, and to hope, despite the constant fear of violent death,  With Petr Ginz as a representative of their entire legacy, the hour-long documentary you will be shown, will allow you to understand who these children were and what they could have been.  As we learn in the Documentary, Petr was interned in Theresienstadt at age 14 and met his end in the gas chambers of Auschwitz at age 16.  In 2003,  a man made a startling discovery: he was in possession of Ginz’s wartime diary, which had been hidden away in his attic for decades.

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Online Yom HaShoah Community Observance
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Yom Hashoah service
Monday evening, April 20th at 7pm
Join your community for a service of remembrance.  Featured remarks will be made by survivor Walter Ziffer.  Music, prayers, and candle lighting will be woven together to create a meaningful opportunity for us as a community to reflect and accept our collective responsibility to honor and share these histories.  Join https://zoom.us/j/402613157

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