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Feb
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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 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, January 18, 12:00-1:00

We began last Friday’s session with another review of Talmudic logic’s influence on Jewish humor (with the help of a short handout on hermeneutics–rules for biblical interpretation).  We then discussed the Wikipedian supplement on Jewish humor (another handout).  Much of this was a rehash of material we covered in Telushkin–anti-authoritarian ethos of Jewish jokes, humor as a leveling device, humor as a tool of the oppressed for social catharsis.  One aspect of Jewish humor observed in the handout was its dialectical nature/that it oscillated between opposing characteristics–a point also made in Chapter 4 of  Telushkin’s Jewish Humor.  As we examined that chapter, we noted that certain opposing traits ascribed to Jews–“timid self-perception” vs. “neurotic self-importance,” for example–formed the basis for much humor.  We concluded our discussion with a focus on jokes that centered on differences among Jewish denominations.

This week, our discussion will pick up on some loose ends from Chapter 4 (jokes on Jewish appearance and sexuality) and then move on to Chapter 5 which covers humor that grows out of Jewish experiences of persecution and homelessness (pp. 107-123).

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the Library at Congregation Beth Israel on Murdock Avenue.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.   Copies of Telushkin’s book are available on a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Mar
2
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Mar 2 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us each Shabbat for an uplifting and participatory journey – to Sinai and back. Then hang around afterward for a wonderful kiddush lunch, a little schnapps and a lot of shmoozing.

Come as you are – leave changed.

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

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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, January 18, 12:00-1:00

We began last Friday’s session with another review of Talmudic logic’s influence on Jewish humor (with the help of a short handout on hermeneutics–rules for biblical interpretation).  We then discussed the Wikipedian supplement on Jewish humor (another handout).  Much of this was a rehash of material we covered in Telushkin–anti-authoritarian ethos of Jewish jokes, humor as a leveling device, humor as a tool of the oppressed for social catharsis.  One aspect of Jewish humor observed in the handout was its dialectical nature/that it oscillated between opposing characteristics–a point also made in Chapter 4 of  Telushkin’s Jewish Humor.  As we examined that chapter, we noted that certain opposing traits ascribed to Jews–“timid self-perception” vs. “neurotic self-importance,” for example–formed the basis for much humor.  We concluded our discussion with a focus on jokes that centered on differences among Jewish denominations.

This week, our discussion will pick up on some loose ends from Chapter 4 (jokes on Jewish appearance and sexuality) and then move on to Chapter 5 which covers humor that grows out of Jewish experiences of persecution and homelessness (pp. 107-123).

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the Library at Congregation Beth Israel on Murdock Avenue.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.   Copies of Telushkin’s book are available on a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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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 @ CBI
Mar 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us each Shabbat for an uplifting and participatory journey – to Sinai and back. Then hang around afterward for a wonderful kiddush lunch, a little schnapps and a lot of shmoozing.

Come as you are – leave changed.

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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, January 18, 12:00-1:00

We began last Friday’s session with another review of Talmudic logic’s influence on Jewish humor (with the help of a short handout on hermeneutics–rules for biblical interpretation).  We then discussed the Wikipedian supplement on Jewish humor (another handout).  Much of this was a rehash of material we covered in Telushkin–anti-authoritarian ethos of Jewish jokes, humor as a leveling device, humor as a tool of the oppressed for social catharsis.  One aspect of Jewish humor observed in the handout was its dialectical nature/that it oscillated between opposing characteristics–a point also made in Chapter 4 of  Telushkin’s Jewish Humor.  As we examined that chapter, we noted that certain opposing traits ascribed to Jews–“timid self-perception” vs. “neurotic self-importance,” for example–formed the basis for much humor.  We concluded our discussion with a focus on jokes that centered on differences among Jewish denominations.

This week, our discussion will pick up on some loose ends from Chapter 4 (jokes on Jewish appearance and sexuality) and then move on to Chapter 5 which covers humor that grows out of Jewish experiences of persecution and homelessness (pp. 107-123).

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the Library at Congregation Beth Israel on Murdock Avenue.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.   Copies of Telushkin’s book are available on a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Mar
16
Sat
Bat Mitzvah Talia Weizman Shabbat Morning Services @ CBHT
Mar 16 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
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Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Mar 16 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us each Shabbat for an uplifting and participatory journey – to Sinai and back. Then hang around afterward for a wonderful kiddush lunch, a little schnapps and a lot of shmoozing.

Come as you are – leave changed.

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Milk & Honey Hour @ CBI
Mar 16 @ 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 3 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 three. You need not be a member of CBI to participate.

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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 Party
Mar 20 @ 8:00 pm
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, January 18, 12:00-1:00

We began last Friday’s session with another review of Talmudic logic’s influence on Jewish humor (with the help of a short handout on hermeneutics–rules for biblical interpretation).  We then discussed the Wikipedian supplement on Jewish humor (another handout).  Much of this was a rehash of material we covered in Telushkin–anti-authoritarian ethos of Jewish jokes, humor as a leveling device, humor as a tool of the oppressed for social catharsis.  One aspect of Jewish humor observed in the handout was its dialectical nature/that it oscillated between opposing characteristics–a point also made in Chapter 4 of  Telushkin’s Jewish Humor.  As we examined that chapter, we noted that certain opposing traits ascribed to Jews–“timid self-perception” vs. “neurotic self-importance,” for example–formed the basis for much humor.  We concluded our discussion with a focus on jokes that centered on differences among Jewish denominations.

This week, our discussion will pick up on some loose ends from Chapter 4 (jokes on Jewish appearance and sexuality) and then move on to Chapter 5 which covers humor that grows out of Jewish experiences of persecution and homelessness (pp. 107-123).

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the Library at Congregation Beth Israel on Murdock Avenue.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.   Copies of Telushkin’s book are available on a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Mar 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us in welcoming Shabbat with prayer and song.

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Mar
23
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Mar 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us each Shabbat for an uplifting and participatory journey – to Sinai and back. Then hang around afterward for a wonderful kiddush lunch, a little schnapps and a lot of shmoozing.

Come as you are – leave changed.

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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
27
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Mar 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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Mar
29
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, January 18, 12:00-1:00

We began last Friday’s session with another review of Talmudic logic’s influence on Jewish humor (with the help of a short handout on hermeneutics–rules for biblical interpretation).  We then discussed the Wikipedian supplement on Jewish humor (another handout).  Much of this was a rehash of material we covered in Telushkin–anti-authoritarian ethos of Jewish jokes, humor as a leveling device, humor as a tool of the oppressed for social catharsis.  One aspect of Jewish humor observed in the handout was its dialectical nature/that it oscillated between opposing characteristics–a point also made in Chapter 4 of  Telushkin’s Jewish Humor.  As we examined that chapter, we noted that certain opposing traits ascribed to Jews–“timid self-perception” vs. “neurotic self-importance,” for example–formed the basis for much humor.  We concluded our discussion with a focus on jokes that centered on differences among Jewish denominations.

This week, our discussion will pick up on some loose ends from Chapter 4 (jokes on Jewish appearance and sexuality) and then move on to Chapter 5 which covers humor that grows out of Jewish experiences of persecution and homelessness (pp. 107-123).

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the Library at Congregation Beth Israel on Murdock Avenue.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.   Copies of Telushkin’s book are available on a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Mar
30
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Mar 30 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us each Shabbat for an uplifting and participatory journey – to Sinai and back. Then hang around afterward for a wonderful kiddush lunch, a little schnapps and a lot of shmoozing.

Come as you are – leave changed.

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Hasidishe Kiddush
Mar 30 @ 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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Mar
31
Sun
CBI Beit Midrash
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Torah on Tap @ Habitat Tavern and Commons
Mar 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Torah on Tap @ Habitat Tavern and Commons | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

How do you pack when it’s time to move on?

Think about the big changes in your life; those changes that force you to stop and think – who are you, what’s important to you, which relationships are disposable? Maybe it’s a move to a new city, or a change in your marital status, the loss of a loved one, the birth of a child. During times of transformation, we make choices regarding which memories, characteristics and relationshipsfrom our past will serve us as we move forward. Not all of who we are, or were, will make the cut. How do we decide.

Join us Sunday, December 30 at Habitat Tavern and Commons  for the latest installment of Torah on Tap. We’ll talk about life, Judaism and stuff. As always, Torah on Tap is a chance to learn, vent, share and, most of all, understand what 4,000 years of cutural development, debate and dialogue has to say about some of the issues that confront us today.

Habitat Tavern is located on Broadway St., next door to Moog Music Inc. You can find plenty of parking at the back of the building. Torah on Tap is free and open to all. Varying viewpoints are not only welcome, but encouraged. Habitat does not serve food and their selection of non-alcoholic beverages is limited. Feel free to bring in snacks, sodas, etc.

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Apr
2
Tue
Exec Committee Meeting
Apr 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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Apr
3
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Apr 3 @ 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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5
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Apr 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, January 18, 12:00-1:00

We began last Friday’s session with another review of Talmudic logic’s influence on Jewish humor (with the help of a short handout on hermeneutics–rules for biblical interpretation).  We then discussed the Wikipedian supplement on Jewish humor (another handout).  Much of this was a rehash of material we covered in Telushkin–anti-authoritarian ethos of Jewish jokes, humor as a leveling device, humor as a tool of the oppressed for social catharsis.  One aspect of Jewish humor observed in the handout was its dialectical nature/that it oscillated between opposing characteristics–a point also made in Chapter 4 of  Telushkin’s Jewish Humor.  As we examined that chapter, we noted that certain opposing traits ascribed to Jews–“timid self-perception” vs. “neurotic self-importance,” for example–formed the basis for much humor.  We concluded our discussion with a focus on jokes that centered on differences among Jewish denominations.

This week, our discussion will pick up on some loose ends from Chapter 4 (jokes on Jewish appearance and sexuality) and then move on to Chapter 5 which covers humor that grows out of Jewish experiences of persecution and homelessness (pp. 107-123).

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the Library at Congregation Beth Israel on Murdock Avenue.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.   Copies of Telushkin’s book are available on a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Apr
6
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Apr 6 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us each Shabbat for an uplifting and participatory journey – to Sinai and back. Then hang around afterward for a wonderful kiddush lunch, a little schnapps and a lot of shmoozing.

Come as you are – leave changed.

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Apr
7
Sun
CBI Beit Midrash
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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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.

The tribute book will include photographs of our current members, and we’d love for you and your family to be part of this historic document. The cost to members to have their photograph included will be modestly priced, so that everyone can participate. This tribute book is not a fundraiser, and the photo inclusion costs will largely cover the design and printing costs.

Laurie Johnson, local photographer and friend of CBI, will be available in January and February to schedule portrait sittings.  The dates are: January 27th, February 3rd, or February 24th. Each photo session will be from 10am-1pm at CBI and will be by reserved appointment. All digital images will be yours to keep. If you are out of town, and not able to attend a photo shoot, you can submit a high-quality photograph, so your family will be included in the book. The deadline for tribute book photo/message submission is Sunday, March 3rd. The costs for inclusion in the tribute book are:

1/8 page              Congratulatory Message Only    $   18

1/4 page              Photo and Message                       $   25

1/2 page              Photo and Message                        $   50

Full Page              Photo and Message                        $ 100

 

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

To reserve a spot on one of the three dates above, contact Lee at admin@bethisraelnc.org.

 

Thank you for your support of CBI. Mazel Tov to all of us.

 

Michael Weizman

Capital Campaign and Development Committee Chair

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Community Open House to Celebrate CBI’s Renovation @ Congregation Beth Israel
Apr 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3:00pm-5:00pm

Join us in celebrating our return to 229 Murdock Ave. with free food and drink and a tour of the renovated building.  The community is warmly invited.

Don’t miss the great raffle!

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Apr
10
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Apr 10 @ 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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Apr
11
Thu
CBI Board meeting
Apr 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
CBI Board meeting
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12
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Apr 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, January 18, 12:00-1:00

We began last Friday’s session with another review of Talmudic logic’s influence on Jewish humor (with the help of a short handout on hermeneutics–rules for biblical interpretation).  We then discussed the Wikipedian supplement on Jewish humor (another handout).  Much of this was a rehash of material we covered in Telushkin–anti-authoritarian ethos of Jewish jokes, humor as a leveling device, humor as a tool of the oppressed for social catharsis.  One aspect of Jewish humor observed in the handout was its dialectical nature/that it oscillated between opposing characteristics–a point also made in Chapter 4 of  Telushkin’s Jewish Humor.  As we examined that chapter, we noted that certain opposing traits ascribed to Jews–“timid self-perception” vs. “neurotic self-importance,” for example–formed the basis for much humor.  We concluded our discussion with a focus on jokes that centered on differences among Jewish denominations.

This week, our discussion will pick up on some loose ends from Chapter 4 (jokes on Jewish appearance and sexuality) and then move on to Chapter 5 which covers humor that grows out of Jewish experiences of persecution and homelessness (pp. 107-123).

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the Library at Congregation Beth Israel on Murdock Avenue.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.   Copies of Telushkin’s book are available on a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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