CBI Calendar

Dec
16
Sun
Y.E.P Multi-Generational Program (December) @ TBD
Dec 16 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Y.E.P Multi-Generational Program (December) @ 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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CJJ Social
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Us as We Come Together for an Afternoon of Inspiring Conversation

 December 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Carolina Jews for Justice/West (CJJ/W) hopes you can join us from 2 to 4 p.m. on December 16 at Congregation Beth HaTephila, 23 North Liberty Street, Asheville, as we come together for the afternoon.

 

With Hanukkah behind us and the New Year approaching, we would like you to join us for an afternoon of conversation, a chance to meet some new  people, and a nosh as we  look back on the year and reflect on what’s ahead.

 

Who knows who you’ll meet and what interesting conversation you might strike up?

 

Please RSVP to  cjjwest@carolinajewsforjustice.org.

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Dec
19
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Dec 19 @ 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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Dec
21
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, December 21, 12:00-1:00

Sixteen participants were on board last week at our inaugural session on the topic of Jewish Humor. We shared some jokes, and explored one–a story of mistaken identity–at great length.  We discussed two attributes of that story that may have made it particularly Jewish:  1)  it reflected an aversion to physical violence–substituting wit, or verbal combativeness (we fully acknowledged that we cannot ascribe this attitude to all Jews–especially after the establishment of the State of Israel); 2) it exhibited certain thought patterns (Talmudic argumentation) which find logical solutions to seemingly impossible problems.  We also talked about the joke we explored as one that would be particularly enjoyed by people who had been oppressed or otherwise experienced an underdog status, noting that such people sometimes combat the cause of their anxieties by laughing at them.  Needless to say, our discussion wasn’t entirely academic–several jokes were shared along the way.

In the introduction to his book,  Telushkin observes that a Jewish sensibility shows concern for certain subjects and values.  Last week, we began to discuss two of those subjects:  antisemitism and financial success.  This week we’ll continue to look at those and other subjects that may preoccupy a Jewish sensibility (and whether Jews have a monopoly on such preoccupations).  Our focus will be guided by the introduction and first chapter of Telushkin’s Jewish Humor:  What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About Jews (pp. 15-39).

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the Social Hall at the newly renovated 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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Dec
22
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Dec 22 @ 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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Dec
26
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Dec 26 @ 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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Dec
28
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Dec 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, December 21, 12:00-1:00

Sixteen participants were on board last week at our inaugural session on the topic of Jewish Humor. We shared some jokes, and explored one–a story of mistaken identity–at great length.  We discussed two attributes of that story that may have made it particularly Jewish:  1)  it reflected an aversion to physical violence–substituting wit, or verbal combativeness (we fully acknowledged that we cannot ascribe this attitude to all Jews–especially after the establishment of the State of Israel); 2) it exhibited certain thought patterns (Talmudic argumentation) which find logical solutions to seemingly impossible problems.  We also talked about the joke we explored as one that would be particularly enjoyed by people who had been oppressed or otherwise experienced an underdog status, noting that such people sometimes combat the cause of their anxieties by laughing at them.  Needless to say, our discussion wasn’t entirely academic–several jokes were shared along the way.

In the introduction to his book,  Telushkin observes that a Jewish sensibility shows concern for certain subjects and values.  Last week, we began to discuss two of those subjects:  antisemitism and financial success.  This week we’ll continue to look at those and other subjects that may preoccupy a Jewish sensibility (and whether Jews have a monopoly on such preoccupations).  Our focus will be guided by the introduction and first chapter of Telushkin’s Jewish Humor:  What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About Jews (pp. 15-39).

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the Social Hall at the newly renovated 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
Dec 28 @ 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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Dec
29
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Dec 29 @ 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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Dec
30
Sun
Torah on Tap @ Habitat Tavern and Commons
Dec 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Torah on Tap @ Habitat Tavern and Commons | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us on the last Sunday of the month at Habitat Tavern and Commons for a refreshing and often provacative 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 arouund it, defining it, disecting it and analyzing 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 guves us 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.

Unless otherwise announced, we meet at Habitat Tavern, 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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Jan
2
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Jan 2 @ 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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Exec Committee Meeting
Jan 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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Jan
4
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Jan 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, December 21, 12:00-1:00

Sixteen participants were on board last week at our inaugural session on the topic of Jewish Humor. We shared some jokes, and explored one–a story of mistaken identity–at great length.  We discussed two attributes of that story that may have made it particularly Jewish:  1)  it reflected an aversion to physical violence–substituting wit, or verbal combativeness (we fully acknowledged that we cannot ascribe this attitude to all Jews–especially after the establishment of the State of Israel); 2) it exhibited certain thought patterns (Talmudic argumentation) which find logical solutions to seemingly impossible problems.  We also talked about the joke we explored as one that would be particularly enjoyed by people who had been oppressed or otherwise experienced an underdog status, noting that such people sometimes combat the cause of their anxieties by laughing at them.  Needless to say, our discussion wasn’t entirely academic–several jokes were shared along the way.

In the introduction to his book,  Telushkin observes that a Jewish sensibility shows concern for certain subjects and values.  Last week, we began to discuss two of those subjects:  antisemitism and financial success.  This week we’ll continue to look at those and other subjects that may preoccupy a Jewish sensibility (and whether Jews have a monopoly on such preoccupations).  Our focus will be guided by the introduction and first chapter of Telushkin’s Jewish Humor:  What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About Jews (pp. 15-39).

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the Social Hall at the newly renovated 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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Jan
5
Sat
Bar Mitzvah Elijah Caro @ Congregation Beth Israel
Jan 5 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
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Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Jan 5 @ 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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Jan
6
Sun
CBI Beit Midrash
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Jan 6 @ 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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Jan
9
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Jan 9 @ 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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Jan
10
Thu
CBI Board meeting
Jan 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
CBI Board meeting
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Jan
11
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Jan 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, December 21, 12:00-1:00

Sixteen participants were on board last week at our inaugural session on the topic of Jewish Humor. We shared some jokes, and explored one–a story of mistaken identity–at great length.  We discussed two attributes of that story that may have made it particularly Jewish:  1)  it reflected an aversion to physical violence–substituting wit, or verbal combativeness (we fully acknowledged that we cannot ascribe this attitude to all Jews–especially after the establishment of the State of Israel); 2) it exhibited certain thought patterns (Talmudic argumentation) which find logical solutions to seemingly impossible problems.  We also talked about the joke we explored as one that would be particularly enjoyed by people who had been oppressed or otherwise experienced an underdog status, noting that such people sometimes combat the cause of their anxieties by laughing at them.  Needless to say, our discussion wasn’t entirely academic–several jokes were shared along the way.

In the introduction to his book,  Telushkin observes that a Jewish sensibility shows concern for certain subjects and values.  Last week, we began to discuss two of those subjects:  antisemitism and financial success.  This week we’ll continue to look at those and other subjects that may preoccupy a Jewish sensibility (and whether Jews have a monopoly on such preoccupations).  Our focus will be guided by the introduction and first chapter of Telushkin’s Jewish Humor:  What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About Jews (pp. 15-39).

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the Social Hall at the newly renovated 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
Jan 11 @ 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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Jan
12
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Jan 12 @ 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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Jan
13
Sun
CBI Beit Midrash
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Jan
16
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Jan 16 @ 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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18
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Friday Noon Study Group
Jan 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, December 21, 12:00-1:00

Sixteen participants were on board last week at our inaugural session on the topic of Jewish Humor. We shared some jokes, and explored one–a story of mistaken identity–at great length.  We discussed two attributes of that story that may have made it particularly Jewish:  1)  it reflected an aversion to physical violence–substituting wit, or verbal combativeness (we fully acknowledged that we cannot ascribe this attitude to all Jews–especially after the establishment of the State of Israel); 2) it exhibited certain thought patterns (Talmudic argumentation) which find logical solutions to seemingly impossible problems.  We also talked about the joke we explored as one that would be particularly enjoyed by people who had been oppressed or otherwise experienced an underdog status, noting that such people sometimes combat the cause of their anxieties by laughing at them.  Needless to say, our discussion wasn’t entirely academic–several jokes were shared along the way.

In the introduction to his book,  Telushkin observes that a Jewish sensibility shows concern for certain subjects and values.  Last week, we began to discuss two of those subjects:  antisemitism and financial success.  This week we’ll continue to look at those and other subjects that may preoccupy a Jewish sensibility (and whether Jews have a monopoly on such preoccupations).  Our focus will be guided by the introduction and first chapter of Telushkin’s Jewish Humor:  What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About Jews (pp. 15-39).

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the Social Hall at the newly renovated 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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Jan
19
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Jan 19 @ 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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Youth Shabbat @ CBI
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

Youth Shabbat services

The third Saturday of each month, children, parents and youths of all ages are invited to join Josefa Briant in the small sanctuary for a kid-friendly, family-friendly introduction to the joy of Shabbat. Make sure to stick around for Shabbat kiddush for shmoozing and lunch!  

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Jan
20
Sun
CBI Beit Midrash
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Multigen/all congregation (Tu B’Shvat seder) @ Congregation Beth Israel
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Multigen/all congregation (Tu B’Shvat seder) @ Congregation Beth Israel | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Multi-Generational Tu B’Shvat Seder

Join our environmental Judaics teacher Hannah Limov and the community for our monthly Multi-Generational Learning Sunday.

 

 

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Jan
23
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Jan 23 @ 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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Jan
25
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, December 21, 12:00-1:00

Sixteen participants were on board last week at our inaugural session on the topic of Jewish Humor. We shared some jokes, and explored one–a story of mistaken identity–at great length.  We discussed two attributes of that story that may have made it particularly Jewish:  1)  it reflected an aversion to physical violence–substituting wit, or verbal combativeness (we fully acknowledged that we cannot ascribe this attitude to all Jews–especially after the establishment of the State of Israel); 2) it exhibited certain thought patterns (Talmudic argumentation) which find logical solutions to seemingly impossible problems.  We also talked about the joke we explored as one that would be particularly enjoyed by people who had been oppressed or otherwise experienced an underdog status, noting that such people sometimes combat the cause of their anxieties by laughing at them.  Needless to say, our discussion wasn’t entirely academic–several jokes were shared along the way.

In the introduction to his book,  Telushkin observes that a Jewish sensibility shows concern for certain subjects and values.  Last week, we began to discuss two of those subjects:  antisemitism and financial success.  This week we’ll continue to look at those and other subjects that may preoccupy a Jewish sensibility (and whether Jews have a monopoly on such preoccupations).  Our focus will be guided by the introduction and first chapter of Telushkin’s Jewish Humor:  What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About Jews (pp. 15-39).

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the Social Hall at the newly renovated 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
Jan 25 @ 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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Jan
26
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Jan 26 @ 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
Jan 26 @ 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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Jan
27
Sun
Torah on Tap @ Habitat Tavern and Commons
Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Torah on Tap @ Habitat Tavern and Commons | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us on the last Sunday of the month at Habitat Tavern and Commons for a refreshing and often provacative 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 arouund it, defining it, disecting it and analyzing 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 guves us 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.

Unless otherwise announced, we meet at Habitat Tavern, 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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Jan
30
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Jan 30 @ 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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Friday Noon Study Group
Feb 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, December 21, 12:00-1:00

Sixteen participants were on board last week at our inaugural session on the topic of Jewish Humor. We shared some jokes, and explored one–a story of mistaken identity–at great length.  We discussed two attributes of that story that may have made it particularly Jewish:  1)  it reflected an aversion to physical violence–substituting wit, or verbal combativeness (we fully acknowledged that we cannot ascribe this attitude to all Jews–especially after the establishment of the State of Israel); 2) it exhibited certain thought patterns (Talmudic argumentation) which find logical solutions to seemingly impossible problems.  We also talked about the joke we explored as one that would be particularly enjoyed by people who had been oppressed or otherwise experienced an underdog status, noting that such people sometimes combat the cause of their anxieties by laughing at them.  Needless to say, our discussion wasn’t entirely academic–several jokes were shared along the way.

In the introduction to his book,  Telushkin observes that a Jewish sensibility shows concern for certain subjects and values.  Last week, we began to discuss two of those subjects:  antisemitism and financial success.  This week we’ll continue to look at those and other subjects that may preoccupy a Jewish sensibility (and whether Jews have a monopoly on such preoccupations).  Our focus will be guided by the introduction and first chapter of Telushkin’s Jewish Humor:  What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About Jews (pp. 15-39).

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the Social Hall at the newly renovated 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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Feb
2
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Feb 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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Feb
3
Sun
CBI Beit Midrash
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Feb 3 @ 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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