CBI Events Calendar

Jul
24
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Jul 24 @ 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
26
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Jul 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Jul
28
Sun
Torah on Tap @ Archetype Brewing
Jul 28 @ 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
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Dinner and a Movie at CBI presents

SARAH’S KEY

Sunday July 28th Dairy/Pareve Pot Luck at 6:00 Movie starts at 6:45

Join CBI family and friends for a vegetarian potluck dinner at 6:00pm followed by a film at 6:45pm and discussion following the film.

Julia Jarmond, an American journalist married to a Frenchman, is commissioned to write an
article about the notorious Vel d’Hiv round up, which took place in Paris, in 1942. She stumbles
upon a family secret which will link her forever to the destiny of a young Jewish girl, Sarah. Julia
learns that the apartment she and her husband Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by
Bertrand’s family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before.
She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka
Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old Sarah and four-year-old Michel. The more Julia discovers –
especially about Sarah, the only member of the Starzynski family to survive – the more she
uncovers about Bertrand’s family, about France and, finally, herself. — (C) Official Site

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Jul
31
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Jul 31 @ 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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Aug
2
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Aug 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Aug
7
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Aug 7 @ 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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Aug
9
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Aug 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Aug
12
Mon
Artist Retreat at CBI
Aug 12 – Aug 15 all-day

August 12th – 15th

Featuring Jacqueline Sullivan

During CBI’s first-ever Artist-in-Residence program, we are proud to welcome Jacqueline Sullivan to Asheville. Jacqueline is a mixed media, acrylic, book and calligraphic artist whose works have been shown nationwide in galleries and juried art fairs.  She well known for her pieces that experiment with texture, layers, paint, unusual materials, calligraphic marks and words.

Monday, August 12th through Thursday, August 15th, she will share her creative passion and 30 years of experience during workshops, a lecture and exhibitions featuring her works as well as those of CBI’s workshop participants.

The week’s events are open to CBI members as well as the greater community. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Artist-in-Residence program will help fund the continued spiritual and creative growth of Congregation Beth Israel. For more information on the week’s events, please don’t hesitate to contact the CBI office: 828-252-8660.

Jacqueline’s work includes mixed media, collages, calligraphic art and handmade books; some of which will be available for purchase during her stay.

About the Artist

Jacqueline Sullivan is a mixed media, acrylic, book and calligraphic artist. She is well known for her pieces that experiment with texture, layers, paint, unusual materials, calligraphic marks and words. Jacqueline’s work has been shown nationwide in galleries and juried art fairs. She has a degree in Graphic Design and worked for many years as a publication and advertising designer.

For over 30 years Jacqueline has also been a teaching artist. She has taught workshops and week long classes for art retreats and art and calligraphy guilds in the US and Canada. She has served as faculty for several International Calligraphy Conferences. Jacqueline has published technique articles in Somerset Studio, Cloth Paper Scissors, and Pages Magazines. Jacqueline has a best-selling DVD – Acrylics: Textures, Layers and Metallics – published by Creative Catalyst Productions. Jacqueline is one of a handful of artists to become a Golden Certified Artist Educator for Golden Paint Company.

For more information, visit Jacqueline’s website.

Art Workshops

The workshops are for all levels of artists and each participant will receive personalized attention and guidance. Most of the materials will be provided. All participants will receive a supply list beforehand and printed handouts referencing all of the processes presented in the workshop.

Tue. – Thur., August 13-15, 9:30 – 4:30

Markmaking

Marks are the lines, patterns, and textures ​in a piece of art. They can be loose and gestural, or structured and controlled. During this workshop, students will become aware of the personal rhythms and movements that guide their marks. We’ll experiment on small pieces, working with mediums like watercolor, inks, acrylics and graphite. Students will practice with various and unusual tools, including found and handmade objects. Marks will be combined with words, painting  and asemic writing and the complete works will create a class portfolio.

Cost: $325 + $15 supply fee payable to instructor

Monday, August 12, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Collage Journal Making

In this class students will paint and make marks on various media layered onto full-size sheets of watercolor paper. We’ll experiment with gesso (a primer that creates a slightly textured surface) combined with ink and paints. The sheets will be  cut and bound into a 16-page book, then enhanced with collage papers, lettering and watercolor pencils. Students will be encouraged to incorporate creativity quotes (which will be provided) or quotes of their own. Other techniques covered include shape punching, page tearing, folding and collaging.

Cost: $125 + $10 supply fee payable to instructor

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Select a Program

Lecture and Exhibition

Thursday, August 15,  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Legibility – that is the question

In this talk, Jacqueline will discuss her process and philosophy of using illegible writing within her art. Her approach of writing within an abstract painting draws inspiration from abstract expressionism and intuitive abstract painting. Is self-expression the purpose of making art or is it an invitation to the viewer to enter into dialogue with the artist? Jacqueline will use slides of her works in order to demonstrate how her philosophy regarding typography and legibility has evolved over time. She will also discuss some of her research into finding the right products and materials that enable her to effectively combine the marks, calligraphy and words that examplify her abstract paintings and bookworks.

This lecture will take place in the CBI social hall and is free and open to all.

Art Exhibition

Throughout the week and during the lecture, Jacqueline’s original art will be on display for viewing, comments and sales. A percentage of the sales will be donated to the Synagogue. At the lecture, the work produced by students in both workshops may be available for viewing as well.

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Aug
14
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Aug 14 @ 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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Aug
16
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Aug 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Aug
21
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Aug 21 @ 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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Aug
23
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Aug
25
Sun
Torah on Tap @ Archetype Brewing
Aug 25 @ 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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Aug
28
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Aug 28 @ 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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Aug
30
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Aug 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Sep
4
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Sep 4 @ 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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Elul Class with Rabbi Goldstein
Sep 4 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Sep
6
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Sep 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Sep
8
Sun
Jewish Poetry Class with Dr. Rick Chess
Sep 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
A Taste of Contemporary Jewish Poetry
Sept. 8 and 15, 2019, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel, Asheville, NC
Join Dr. Rick Chess for two sessions at which we’ll look at recent work by several contemporary Jewish poets. We’ll begin by reading and exploring a few poems by Jacqueline Osherow. From there, we’ll move on to consider poems by some other extraordinary contemporary Jewish poets, including Jessica Jacobs, who lives in Asheville and has attended classes at CBI and is the author of Take Me With You, Wherever You’re Going and other books; David Ebenbach, author of The Artist’s Torah, Some Unimaginable Animal, and other books; and possibly poems by a few other poets. Through our lively conversations about the poems, we’ll consider whether the great Yiddish poet Mani Leyb was right when he wrote “a poet of the Jews–who needs it!”
If you can make it to Jacquelyn Osherow’s reading on Sept. 3 at UNC Asheville (see below), I highly recommend it. If not, please still consider joining us for these two sessions for a little taste of contemporary Jewish poetry.
Dr. Richard Chess
Roy Carroll Professor of Honors Arts and Sciences
Director, the Center for Jewish Studies at UNCA
My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple and Other Wonders of Contemporary Jewish Life
Sept. 3, 2019, 7 p.m., Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall, UNC Asheville
Free and Open to the Public
Renowned American-Jewish Poet Jacquelyn Osherow reads from her recently published 8th book My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple
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Sep
11
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Sep 11 @ 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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Elul Class with Rabbi Goldstein
Sep 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Sep
13
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Sep 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Sep
15
Sun
Jewish Poetry Class with Dr. Rick Chess
Sep 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
A Taste of Contemporary Jewish Poetry
Sept. 8 and 15, 2019, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel, Asheville, NC
Join Dr. Rick Chess for two sessions at which we’ll look at recent work by several contemporary Jewish poets. We’ll begin by reading and exploring a few poems by Jacqueline Osherow. From there, we’ll move on to consider poems by some other extraordinary contemporary Jewish poets, including Jessica Jacobs, who lives in Asheville and has attended classes at CBI and is the author of Take Me With You, Wherever You’re Going and other books; David Ebenbach, author of The Artist’s Torah, Some Unimaginable Animal, and other books; and possibly poems by a few other poets. Through our lively conversations about the poems, we’ll consider whether the great Yiddish poet Mani Leyb was right when he wrote “a poet of the Jews–who needs it!”
If you can make it to Jacquelyn Osherow’s reading on Sept. 3 at UNC Asheville (see below), I highly recommend it. If not, please still consider joining us for these two sessions for a little taste of contemporary Jewish poetry.
Dr. Richard Chess
Roy Carroll Professor of Honors Arts and Sciences
Director, the Center for Jewish Studies at UNCA
My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple and Other Wonders of Contemporary Jewish Life
Sept. 3, 2019, 7 p.m., Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall, UNC Asheville
Free and Open to the Public
Renowned American-Jewish Poet Jacquelyn Osherow reads from her recently published 8th book My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple
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Sep
18
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Sep 18 @ 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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Elul Class with Rabbi Goldstein
Sep 18 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Sep
20
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Sep
25
Wed
Meet the Midrash
Sep 25 @ 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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Elul Class with Rabbi Goldstein
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Sep
27
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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4
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Oct
11
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Oct
18
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Oct
25
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Oct
27
Sun
Torah on Tap @ Archetype Brewing
Oct 27 @ 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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Bonfire, Veggie Potluck & Torah on Tap
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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Learn to Chant Torah Class
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

LEARN TO CHANT TORAH

You, too, can learn to chant Torah portions on Shabbat! Beth Israel Synagogue
will offer a series of classes this fall on learning the ta’amei ha-mikra (Torah
cantillation marks, or trope). No previous Torah chanting experience is
presumed, but you will need to know how to read Hebrew at least basically (i.e.,
how to pronounce words written in Hebrew, even if you don’t understand them).
It is not necessary to be able to read musical notation. All of the trope used in
regular Shabbat Torah chanting will be covered (we will not cover haftarah
trope or the special tropes used for holidays). The course will also cover the
function of cantillation marks as an aid to understanding the Biblical text and as
a guide for stressing the correct syllable, as well as some of the common
problem areas of proper Hebrew pronunciation. Frank Goldsmith will teach the
classes and will provide written and recorded materials.
The classes will be taught on five consecutive Sunday evenings beginning on
October 27 and concluding on November 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the social
hall at CBI. Each student will also be offered an aliyah to chant after
completion of the course. Thus you will have plenty of time to practice before
stepping up to the bima.
To register for the classes, please contact the CBI office, 828-252-8660, or
admin@bethisraelnc.org, by no later than Friday, October 4, so that we will
have time to prepare a sufficient number of materials for the students. Pursuant
to CBI’s policy for adult education events, there is a charge of $18 for CBI
members and $36 for non-members. Checks should be made payable to
Congregation Beth Israel and given to Lee when you register.

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

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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Nov
3
Sun
Learn to Chant Torah Class
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

LEARN TO CHANT TORAH

You, too, can learn to chant Torah portions on Shabbat! Beth Israel Synagogue
will offer a series of classes this fall on learning the ta’amei ha-mikra (Torah
cantillation marks, or trope). No previous Torah chanting experience is
presumed, but you will need to know how to read Hebrew at least basically (i.e.,
how to pronounce words written in Hebrew, even if you don’t understand them).
It is not necessary to be able to read musical notation. All of the trope used in
regular Shabbat Torah chanting will be covered (we will not cover haftarah
trope or the special tropes used for holidays). The course will also cover the
function of cantillation marks as an aid to understanding the Biblical text and as
a guide for stressing the correct syllable, as well as some of the common
problem areas of proper Hebrew pronunciation. Frank Goldsmith will teach the
classes and will provide written and recorded materials.
The classes will be taught on five consecutive Sunday evenings beginning on
October 27 and concluding on November 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the social
hall at CBI. Each student will also be offered an aliyah to chant after
completion of the course. Thus you will have plenty of time to practice before
stepping up to the bima.
To register for the classes, please contact the CBI office, 828-252-8660, or
admin@bethisraelnc.org, by no later than Friday, October 4, so that we will
have time to prepare a sufficient number of materials for the students. Pursuant
to CBI’s policy for adult education events, there is a charge of $18 for CBI
members and $36 for non-members. Checks should be made payable to
Congregation Beth Israel and given to Lee when you register.

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Nov
8
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Nov 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 

The publication, Sh’ma Now, hosted by the Jewish Forward magazine, curates a monthly distilled “conversation” bringing together several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism — secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas — their complexity and range, and how they inform action.
Last week, we discussed the concept of Makom Kodesh, Making a place sacred.  Participants shared their thoughts on what makes spaces holy:  location? what happens or happened there?  what we do there to welcome God’s presence, or the practice of Godliness.

This week, July 26, we will discuss the Jewish tradition of

Generosity of the Heart:  N’div Lev | נְדִיב  לֵב

We invite you to explore several readings on this topic posted at:
                        https://forward.com/shma-now/ndiv-lev/

After our session on July 26, the Noon Study Group will take a short recess.  We will resume our discussions on August 23 when we begin a discussion of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World:  The Ethics of Responsibility.  Stay tuned to this web site for details. 

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.     If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

 

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