CBI Events Calendar

May
23
Thu
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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May
24
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
May 24 @ 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 24 @ 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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May
25
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
May 25 @ 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
May 25 @ 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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May
26
Sun
Torah on Tap @ Archetype Brewing
May 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Torah on Tap @ Archetype Brewing | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us on the last Sunday of the month at Archetype Brewing (dowtown north) for a refreshing and often provocative discussion over a pint (or two) of great brew. Each month, we take on a new topic – often ripped from the headlines of today’s news. We spend the first 45 minutes wrapping our arms around it, defining it, dissecting and analyzing it from various viewpoints. Then we spend the rest of the time discussing it from Judaism’s point of view.

  • What’s Judaism’s take on universal healthcare?
  • Would Moses walk the streets of Chicago today packing heat?
  • Is it okay to punch a white supremacist?

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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Dinner & a Movie: Russian Jews (II)
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for Dinner and a Movie , this time the 2nd in the trio of documentaries on Russian Jews will be shown after a potluck dinner in our social hall, Sunday May 26th.

Dinner at 6 PM and movie starts at 7:00.  Free and open to the public.  Donations to Adult Ed gratefully accepted.
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May
29
Wed
Meet the Midrash
May 29 @ 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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VISIONS OF SINAI – Opening Reception and Open-Mic @ Congregation Beth Israel
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

VISIONS OF SINAI

Opening Reception and ‘Coffeehouse-style Open-mic’

Leading up to Shavuot, that holiday where we celebrate the receiving of Torah, Jewish creatives from our community have brought together artworks to reflect on what it means to receive Torah.

Come to celebrate the first annual Visions of Sinai Art Show. We will gather and enjoy the artwork for the first hour with drinks and snacks and then start Open-Mic at 7pm.

Please reach out if you would like to be added to the Open-mic list. We welcome poetry, comedy, music, performance, etc. Jewish themes are encouraged.

 

Ken Vallario

Youth Education Coordinator

973-960-2737

yepadmin@bethisraelnc.org

 

 

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May
30
Thu
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 discuss and show you what has survived from that gruesome place of death– great music, writing, and art were composed and performed by those condemned  However, the most precious legacy of Theresienstadt is the collection of children’s paintings—artwork which, beyond its own intrinsic value—is testimony to 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, a fear based on a realistic assessment of the situation in which they found themselves.

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May
31
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
May 31 @ 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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Jun
1
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Jun 1 @ 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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Jun
2
Sun
CBI Annual Meeting & Membership Picnic
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

CBI members – Don’t miss this very important annual meeting at 10:00am followed by a veggie potluck lunch in the CBI social hall.  We’ll vote on potential by-laws changes as well as our staffing plans going forward after Rabbi Goldstein’s contract comes to an end in December.

Please RSVP to the CBI office (252-8660, admin@bethisraelnc.org).

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Jun
4
Tue
Exec Committee Meeting
Jun 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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Jun
5
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Jun 5 @ 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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Jun
7
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Jun 7 @ 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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Jun
8
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Jun 8 @ 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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Tikkun Leil Shavuot 5779
Jun 8 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 9 @ 6:00 am
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Jun
9
Sun
Shavuot Morning Services
Jun 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
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Jun
10
Mon
Shavuot Morning Services
Jun 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
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Jun
12
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Jun 12 @ 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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Jun
13
Thu
CBI Board meeting
Jun 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
CBI Board meeting
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Jun
14
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Jun 14 @ 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
Jun 14 @ 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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Jun
15
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Jun 15 @ 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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Jun
16
Sun
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Jun 16 @ 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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Jun
21
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Jun 21 @ 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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Jun
22
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Jun 22 @ 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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Jun
28
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Jun 28 @ 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
Jun 28 @ 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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Jun
29
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Jun 29 @ 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
Jun 29 @ 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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Jun
30
Sun
Torah on Tap @ Archetype Brewing
Jun 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Torah on Tap @ Archetype Brewing | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us on the last Sunday of the month at Archetype Brewing (dowtown north) for a refreshing and often provocative discussion over a pint (or two) of great brew. Each month, we take on a new topic – often ripped from the headlines of today’s news. We spend the first 45 minutes wrapping our arms around it, defining it, dissecting and analyzing it from various viewpoints. Then we spend the rest of the time discussing it from Judaism’s point of view.

  • What’s Judaism’s take on universal healthcare?
  • Would Moses walk the streets of Chicago today packing heat?
  • Is it okay to punch a white supremacist?

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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Jul
3
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Jul 3 @ 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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Jul
5
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Jul 5 @ 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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Jul
6
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Jul 6 @ 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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Jul
10
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Jul 10 @ 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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Jul
11
Thu
CBI Board meeting
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
CBI Board meeting
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Jul
12
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Jul 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
Jul 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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