CBI Events Calendar

Jan
18
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Jan 18 @ 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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Milk & Honey Hour @ CBI
Jan 18 @ 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 4 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 four. You need not be a member of CBI to participate.

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Youth Shabbat
Jan 18 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Children and teens are invited to join Josefa Briant for a youth service in the small sanctuary at 10:45am.  Later we’ll join the congregation in the main sanctuary to participate in part of the Musaf service.  All are welcome!

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Jan
19
Sun
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Jan 19 @ 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. Congregation Beth Ha Tephila, 43 North Libery Street in North Asheville.

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Jan
24
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

January 17, 2020, 12-1

Last Friday, we officially began our discussion of the prefatory material and first two chapters of Rabbi David Wolpe’s Why Faith Matters. Among other issues, we 1) shared some ideas to Wolpe’s question, “Can I believe that we all live in the presence of God?”; 2) got into the difficulties of defining terms like “faith” or “religion”; 3) talked about believing in something that could not be proven empirically; 4) discussed what we perceived as “miracles” as they appeared in everyday observation; and 5) discussed “What inclines us to believe?”:  fear, impulse to responsibility, genetics, wonder, and need for relationship (with community and/or God).

This Friday, we will begin with some of our personal responses to questions Wolpe poses toward the end of Chapter 2 (p. 37):  “Why are we here?  Why is anything here?” and we’ll also discuss Wolpe’s claim that “each of us has a specific call from God” (from p. 212 of the Study Guide).  Then we’ll talk about Ch. 3 (“Does Religion Cause Violence?”) of Why Faith Matters.  Expect some lively discussion.

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 noon study group discussions. Why Faith Matters is 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
Jan 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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Jan
25
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services @ CBI
Jan 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
Jan 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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Jan
26
Sun
Torah on Tap @ Archetype Brewing
Jan 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

What’s Really on Trial During Impeachment?

Unless you’ve been out of the country for the last several weeks, you probably know that there’s some pretty important proceedings taking place in our nation’s capitol. In the 230-year history of the American presidency, only two sitting presidents have been impeached. President Trump may well be the third. The historicity of the proceedings, however, pale in comparison to real underlying battle. This is not just an investigation to determine whether impeachable offenses occurred; it is a tug war between strength and morality, and it’s as old as humanity itself.

Join us this Sunday as we look at the dynamics of accountability from a Jewish perspective. More specifically, we will consider one very particular confrontation involving Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach and King Yannai.

“Why is a king of Israel “not judged” [Mishnah Sanhedrin 2:1]? Because of what once happened.” 

Intrigued? Wait until you see how many parallels there are between this 2,100-year-old Talmudic tale and what is happening now in our country. To see how the story unfolds and to unlock the universal lessons it holds, join us this Sunday at Archetype Brewing (the former Habitat Tavern, 174 Broadway St., Asheville). Rabbi Justin will help us understand this epic power struggle between the executive and legislative branches of ancient Israel.

This program is free and open to all. Differing opinions are not only welcomed but encouraged. Non-alcoholic beverages are available, there is ample parking in the Moog Music parking lot off Bordeau Pl.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

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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Jan
31
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Jan 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

January 17, 2020, 12-1

Last Friday, we officially began our discussion of the prefatory material and first two chapters of Rabbi David Wolpe’s Why Faith Matters. Among other issues, we 1) shared some ideas to Wolpe’s question, “Can I believe that we all live in the presence of God?”; 2) got into the difficulties of defining terms like “faith” or “religion”; 3) talked about believing in something that could not be proven empirically; 4) discussed what we perceived as “miracles” as they appeared in everyday observation; and 5) discussed “What inclines us to believe?”:  fear, impulse to responsibility, genetics, wonder, and need for relationship (with community and/or God).

This Friday, we will begin with some of our personal responses to questions Wolpe poses toward the end of Chapter 2 (p. 37):  “Why are we here?  Why is anything here?” and we’ll also discuss Wolpe’s claim that “each of us has a specific call from God” (from p. 212 of the Study Guide).  Then we’ll talk about Ch. 3 (“Does Religion Cause Violence?”) of Why Faith Matters.  Expect some lively discussion.

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 noon study group discussions. Why Faith Matters is available on a variety of internet outlets.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

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