CBI Events Calendar

Dec
17
Sat
Awakening the Heart: Contemplative Shabbat Practice
Dec 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Awakening the Heart: Contemplative Shabbat Practice
Join us at CBI for an hour of chanting, meditation, and reflection. Using verses from several prayers, we’ll chant to begin opening our hearts. We’ll then move into a period of meditation with instructions to deepen our awareness of our inner lives. Finally, we’ll have a brief period to reflect on our experiences. Following our contemplative Shabbat practice, participants are welcome to join the regular Shabbat service taking place in the main sanctuary.
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Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Dec 17 @ 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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Dec
23
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Dec 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

The Friday Noon Study Group will NOT meet on November 25

Last Friday’s discussion  of Thomas Cahill’s The Gifts of the Jews began with our examination of some loose ends from Chapter 2:
  • what Cahill meant by calling Abraham “the contingent one” (dependence upon an inscrutable God provided that he met certain conditions)
  • what is our understanding of “fear of this God . . . is the beginning of wisdom” (fear = “awe and reverence” and not “terror or dread” and “to see the face of God” (not meant to be taken literally, but simply “to be in the presence of the divine”
We then moved on to a discussion of Chapter 3 which began with a consideration of Cahill’s understanding of how Abraham and his heirs imagine God and their obligation to Him differently from the Sumerians and their “sacred copulation rites.”  
  • The God of Abraham is not “the usual mythological creature whose intentions can be read in auguries”; He “gives and takes beyond human reasoning or justification.”
  • “Faith supplants the generalized predictability of the ancient world.”
  • “Time is no longer cyclical [i.e. linear] but one-way and irreversible; personal history is now possible and an individual life can have value.”
  • “God . . . is a real personality who has intervened in real history, changing its course and robbing it of predictability.”
We then examined Moses’s initial encounter with God, and its significance and Cahill’s definitions of how God  identifies Himself/YHVH:  1) “I am who am” (Existence or “He who causes things to be”); 2) “I am who I am” (“None of your business; you can’t control me”);  “I will be there with you” (God’s presence continues in His creation).
We concluded with a brief consideration of Exodus 4:25 in which Moses’s wife, Zipporah, performs the functions of a mohel (person who performs circumcisions).  For an interesting discussion of this enigmatic episode, see https://www.gotquestions.org/bridegroom-of-blood.html)
When we resume our Zoom meetings on Friday, December 2, we’ll conclude our discussion of Chapter 3, looking at Moses’s encounter with Pharaoh, Cahill’s claim that “this narrative delegitimizes all political structures of the ancient world” and the author’s interpretation of the crossing of the Red/Reed Sea.  We’ll then discuss Chapter 4,  “From Life to Death.” 
Our informal discussion group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1.  The Zoom link is available through CBI’s web site and weekly announcements. All are welcome to attend regardless of their level of expertise.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu  
 
 
 
 

      

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Dec
24
Sat
Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Dec 24 @ 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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Dec
27
Tue
Torah on Tap @ CBI
Dec 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Torah on Tap:


Tuesday, October 25, 6:00pm

Archetype Brewery, 174 Broadway St.

We’ll be discussing the recent divisive and anti-Semitic comments from Kanye West, and the responses from celebrities including Dave Chappelle (SNL monologue) and Jon Stewart (interview with Steven Colbert on Late Night). Archetype Brewing, 174 Broadway St.

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

The Friday Noon Study Group will NOT meet on November 25

Last Friday’s discussion  of Thomas Cahill’s The Gifts of the Jews began with our examination of some loose ends from Chapter 2:
  • what Cahill meant by calling Abraham “the contingent one” (dependence upon an inscrutable God provided that he met certain conditions)
  • what is our understanding of “fear of this God . . . is the beginning of wisdom” (fear = “awe and reverence” and not “terror or dread” and “to see the face of God” (not meant to be taken literally, but simply “to be in the presence of the divine”
We then moved on to a discussion of Chapter 3 which began with a consideration of Cahill’s understanding of how Abraham and his heirs imagine God and their obligation to Him differently from the Sumerians and their “sacred copulation rites.”  
  • The God of Abraham is not “the usual mythological creature whose intentions can be read in auguries”; He “gives and takes beyond human reasoning or justification.”
  • “Faith supplants the generalized predictability of the ancient world.”
  • “Time is no longer cyclical [i.e. linear] but one-way and irreversible; personal history is now possible and an individual life can have value.”
  • “God . . . is a real personality who has intervened in real history, changing its course and robbing it of predictability.”
We then examined Moses’s initial encounter with God, and its significance and Cahill’s definitions of how God  identifies Himself/YHVH:  1) “I am who am” (Existence or “He who causes things to be”); 2) “I am who I am” (“None of your business; you can’t control me”);  “I will be there with you” (God’s presence continues in His creation).
We concluded with a brief consideration of Exodus 4:25 in which Moses’s wife, Zipporah, performs the functions of a mohel (person who performs circumcisions).  For an interesting discussion of this enigmatic episode, see https://www.gotquestions.org/bridegroom-of-blood.html)
When we resume our Zoom meetings on Friday, December 2, we’ll conclude our discussion of Chapter 3, looking at Moses’s encounter with Pharaoh, Cahill’s claim that “this narrative delegitimizes all political structures of the ancient world” and the author’s interpretation of the crossing of the Red/Reed Sea.  We’ll then discuss Chapter 4,  “From Life to Death.” 
Our informal discussion group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1.  The Zoom link is available through CBI’s web site and weekly announcements. All are welcome to attend regardless of their level of expertise.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu  
 
 
 
 

      

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Dec
31
Sat
Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Dec 31 @ 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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