CBI Events Calendar

Mar
1
Fri
Shabbatluck at Elie & Sara’s
Mar 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

CBI MARCH SHABBATLUCK

Friday, March 1st at 6:30pm

Elie’s and Sara’s home, near Kenilworth

This potluck is limited to 20 participants

This will be a vegetarian/dairy/fish  meal

*Elie’s and Sara’s home address will be sent sent out to registered attendees the week of the Shabbatluck.*

To RSVP click here.

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Mar
8
Fri
Family Shabbat @ CBI
Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Family Shabbat @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Families, kids, and different generations come together to welcome Shabbat with prayer and song and share in a potluck.

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Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us in welcoming Shabbat with prayer and song.

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Mar
9
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services – Women of the Wall Shabbat @ CBI
Mar 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

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Join us as we mark the 30th anniversary of the struggle of Women of the Wall (Nashot Hakotel) to pray out loud as women in the women’s section of the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Women of the Wall gather every Rosh Hodesh (New Moon) and their efforts to conduct joyful prayer continue to be thwarted, even though the Israeli courts have ruled in their favor for the right to do so. Their actions are part of the greater quest for religious pluralism and equality, and recognition of the non-Orthodox branches of Judaism in Israel.

Jewish communities throughout the world are joining in solidarity with Women of the Wall this Shabbat, which coincides with International Women’s Day. Here at CBI, our Shabbat morning service will be women-led, with a special D’var Torah by Julie Sherman.

For more information about Women of the Wall, go to https://www.womenofthewall.org.il/

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Mar
16
Sat
Talia Weizman Bat Mitzvah & Shabbat Morning Services @ Congregation Beth Israel
Mar 16 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Weizman and Simon families in celebrating as Talia Weizman becomes Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, March 16 at Congregation Beth Israel.

Kiddush following the service will be hosted by Mike Weizman & Della Simon in honor of their daughter Talia.

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Youth Shabbat @ CBI
Mar 16 @ 10:45 am – 12:30 pm
Youth Shabbat @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

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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Mar
17
Sun
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle (at CBHT) @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Mar 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle (at CBHT) @ 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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Mar
20
Wed
Megillah Reading and Purim Potluck
Mar 20 @ 7:15 pm
Join your CBI Family for a Megillah Reading & PURIM Potluck
Come in Costume, bring a Vegetarian dish to share, and be ready to BOO!
Wednesday, March 20
7:15 Vegetarian Potluck
8:00 Megillah Reading
BYOB!
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Mar
21
Thu
Shaharit and Megillah Reading
Mar 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Mar
22
Fri
Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Mar 22 @ 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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Mar
30
Sat
Teen-Led Shabbat Services
Mar 30 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for the year’s first Teen-led Shabbat. Come celebrate with us and be sure to  stick around for Kiddush luncheon.

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Apr
6
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services and New Member Welcome @ CBI
Apr 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.

We’ll welcome our new members, sisters Patti and Judi Haskell.

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Apr
12
Fri
Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

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Apr
19
Fri
Siyyum Bekhorot Study & Burning Hametz
Apr 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

All are invited for a short pre-Pessah study session with Rabbi Goldstein beginning at 9:00am on Friday, April 19.

Fast of the Firstborn (Hebrew: תענית בכורות, Ta’anit B’khorot or תענית בכורים, Ta’anit B’khorim); is a unique fast day in Judaism which usually falls on the day before Passover. Usually, the fast is broken at a siyum celebration (typically made at the conclusion of the morning services), which, according to prevailing custom, creates an atmosphere of rejoicing that overrides the requirement to continue the fast. Unlike most Jewish fast days, only firstborns are required to fast on the Fast of the Firstborn.

Ta’anit Bechorot begins at dawn on Fri, 19 April 2019.

At 11:00am congregants are invited to join us at the fire pit behind CBI to burn the last bits of chametz they may have.

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Apr
20
Sat
Youth Shabbat @ CBI
Apr 20 @ 10:45 am – 12:30 pm
Youth Shabbat @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

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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Apr
21
Sun
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle (at CBHT) @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Apr 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle (at CBHT) @ 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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Apr
26
Fri
Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Apr 26 @ 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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Apr
28
Sun
Torah on Tap: Envisioning Judaism’s Future @ Archetype Brewing
Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Torah on Tap: Envisioning Judaism's Future @ Archetype Brewing | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

As a people, Jews have a long and storied past. Probelm is, we can often become obsessed with it. Our laws and texts, so many of the rabbis and scholars we quote and study week after week are not just from our past but from humanity’s distant past. In each generation, we find ourselves interpreting and reinterpreting laws and ancient wisdom in an effort to make it resonate once again for our time. And yet, all the while the future of the Jewish people continues to unfold day after day with many Jews oblivious to changes, large and small.

Beyond the demographers, Jewish professionals and cultural anthropologists, how much time and energy do we spend on envisioning our Jewish future? Join us for the April edition of Torah on Tap as we step bodly into the future of Judaism and discuss what is possible. Some topics up for discussion:

  •  Is there validity the dire projections of Judaism’s imminent demise as predicted by the 2013 Pew Report?
  • What are some of the successful and emerging models of Jewish engagement?
  • How is the role of the synagogue changing?

Please note, we will end at 5:15, to allow folks to get to CBI for the important Town Hall Meeting at 5:30.

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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May
3
Fri
Shabbatluck at Ben & Hannah’s
May 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Welcome Shabbat with  your CBI family at the home of Hannah Limov & Ben Kohan in West Asheville.  Potluck dinner will be meat/pareve (no dairy!).  For details and to RSVP, click here.

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May
10
Fri
Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

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May
18
Sat
Olivia Thomas Bat Mitzvah – Saturday Morning Services
May 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

The congregation is invited to celebrate with the Millsaps family as Olivia becomes Bat Mitzvah.

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Youth Shabbat @ CBI
May 18 @ 10:45 am – 12:30 pm
Youth Shabbat @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

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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May
19
Sun
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle (at CBHT) @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle (at CBHT) @ 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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May
20
Mon
Drop-Off for Visions of Sinai Art Show @ Congregation Beth Israel
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

VISIONS OF SINAI

May 21st – June 10th

An art show by members of the Jewish community at Congregation Beth Israel reflecting the concept of Sinai and Shavuot.

Ready to hang works of visual and word art will be dropped off on May 20th (11am – 2pm) to be hung in the social hall. Opening reception and Open-Mic night will be held on Wednesday May 29th, 6-9pm. Show is open to all ages and all members of the Jewish community. The show will be used to raise awareness and funding for CBI’s Youth Education Program.

Try to keep work under 30 inches. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Ken Vallario

Youth Education Coordinator

973-960-2737

yepadmin@bethisraelnc.org

 

 

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May
24
Fri
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
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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Torah on Tap: Dues or Don’t @ Archetype Brewing
May 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Torah on Tap: Dues or Don't @ Archetype Brewing | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Last month’s ToT session seemed to leave us feeling like the discussion, Judaism’s Future, was not complete. Then again, is anything really ever finished or is everything a continual evolution? (Rhetorical question.) So this month, we take a deeper dive into one aspect of  reimagining Judaism and, more specifically, the viability of the traditional synagogue model. On the table is the question: “What should be the cost of belonging?”

The unpleasant reality is that it takes money to run any organization – synagogues especially. But should a congregant’s financial obligation be compulsory, part of a larger binding contract (pay to pray) with the synagogue? Or did Exodus (35:5) suggest something different when it said: “Take from among you gifts to the Lord, everyone whose heart so moves him?”

Or to put it more simpply: do we really catch more flies with honey rather than vinegar?

During this month’s meet-up, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of the traditional synagogue dues model, the concept of voluntary gifts that is gaining popularity, as well as the Fair Share system and any others we can thnk of. At the heart of the issue are two central questions:

  • What is the right thing to do
  • Which model provides the greatest chance of success?

It is assumed that most are familiar with the traditional dues system. Far fewer are aware of the model of voluntary gifts. For more information, feel free to take a look at the latest study from the New York City Jewish Federation, you can find it here.

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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May
29
Wed
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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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
8
Sat
Tikkun Leil Shavuot 5779
Jun 8 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 4:30 am

Join Rabbi Batsheva Meiri and Rabbi Justin Goldstein in an all-night study on the concept of Truth in Jewish wisdom.

In an era of rapid information exchange, truth is seeming harder and harder to define. Through ethical, spiritual, and mystical dynamics we will explore the concept of emet, and how it might influence our understanding of truth.

Bring desserts and snacks to share. Coffee provided.

 

 

 

8pm-9pm – contemplative, poetic study with Rabbi Batsheva Meiri and Dr. Richard Chess

9pm – Havdallah and Food

9:30pm – all-night learning with Rabbi Justin Goldstein

 

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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
14
Fri
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 (at CBHT) @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Jun 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle (at CBHT) @ 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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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
27
Thu
Morning Minyan with Camp Ramah Darom
Jun 27 @ 8:00 am – 8:45 am
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Jun
28
Fri
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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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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