CBI Events Calendar

May
20
Fri
In-person & Online Friday Noon Study Group
May 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In-person & Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, May 20 12-1  

Last Friday, we concluded our discussion of  S. Yizhar’s 1949 novella Khirbet Khizeh.  The group focused upon:
  • The reception of the book over the years: Military censors tried but failed to ban the story in 1949. Instead, it sold in unprecedented numbers. In 1964 Israel’s education ministry incorporated the story into the school syllabus, but students were tested less on the story’s central moral struggle and instead asked them to analyze the form and aesthetics of Yizhar’s writing. In 1978, a filmed version of the story precipitated a ferocious debate. Prime Minister Menachem Begin regarded the film as anti-Israel propaganda. One journalist wrote that,  “Even if the Fatah Information Bureau were headed by a genius, he couldn’t have come up with a better one than this.”  Nonetheless, the novel found new audiences when it was finally translated into English in 2008.
  • The book as an early example of what has come to be known in Israel as the SHOOTING AND CRYING” genre, wherein a soldier in uniform expresses remorse for following orders undertaken throughout their service.  We discussed the implications and alternatives in this regard (conscientious objection, questioning/contesting orders of superiors) and the universality of this theme in literature written before and after Yizhar’s novel.  For a video on how recent IDF veterans reflected on this issue, see: https://truthout.org/video/shooting-and-crying-israeli-soldiers-after-their-service/             and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0z9ebiuUaU
  • What motivated the behavior of the soldiers depicted in the novella:  peer pressure/moral individualism vs. collective authority; training/inculcation that the enemy is inferior; a response to atrocities carried out by Arabs against Jews.  Books that detail what the soldiers may have witnessed or experienced include Siege in the Hills of Hebron and The Six Days of Yad Mordechai.
  • The continuing relevance of this novella in light of present events in Israel (settlements, death of Al-Jazeera journalist).
Participants agreed that conversation about this book and its relevance could continue for a long time–and without resolution in what one writer identified as a “toxic ecosystem.”
This Friday we will begin our discussion of Dara Horn’s 2021 National Jewish Book Award-winning essay collection,  People Love Dead Jews:  Reports from a Haunted Present.  The book challenges us to confront reasons why there might be so much fascination with Jewish deaths and so little respect for Jewish lives unfolding in the present.  We will share initial impressions of Horn’s book and discuss its Introduction and first two chapters.
Now in its 23rd year, our informal discussion group meets in person from 12-1 in CBI’s small chapel (with an option on Zoom for those who cannot attend in person).  All are welcome to attend regardless of their level of expertise.  Copies of Horn’s collection should be available in local bookstores and through the internet.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.
 

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

 
 

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May
21
Sat
Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
May 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for Shabbat morning services in-person or via Zoom every Saturday morning at 9:30am.

Masks and social distancing are still required for all services that are likely to include singing and chanting.
Masks and social distancing are optional for all smaller, non-singing/chanting gatherings for fully vaccinated individuals.
Unvaccinated adults should always wear a mask.
Beginning with Saturday July 3rd, we will return to holding Shabbat morning services every Shabbat.  You will still be required to register in advance to attend services in the event that contract tracing should become necessary.  You can register online through the Wednesday weekly eblast.  If you’d like to receive the weekly eblast, click here.

Join the Zoom service by going to Our Virtual Community page here, then scroll down and click on the blue Saturday Morning Service button.

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May
22
Sun
Andrew Feiler Morning Talk
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Save the date for a talk by Andrew Feiler, renowned photographer of the American South.

Sunday, May 22 • 10AM
Photographer Andrew Feiler

Andrew Feiler discusses his three-year journey
photographing the Rosenwald Schools. Photographic
techniques and research will be shared.  RSVP here.

Congregation Beth Israel – Social Hall
229 Murdock in Asheville

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Andrew Feiler: A Better Life For Their Children
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Sunday, May 22 • 7PM

A Better Life for Their Children
Book Signing & Presentation

Photographer and author Andrew Feiler discusses the
collaboration between educator Booker T. Washington and
philanthropist Julius Rosenwald. Held in-person and
via Zoom. Books and book signing follow presentation.  RSVP here.

Congregation Beth Israel – Social Hall
229 Murdock in Asheville

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May
26
Thu
Is There a Jewish God That an Atheist Can Believe In?
May 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Thursday, May 26th, 4:00pm

Is there a Jewish God that an atheist can believe in?
Join us for this joint class with the Jewish Secular Community of Asheville and CBI.
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May
27
Fri
In-person & Online Friday Noon Study Group
May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In-person & Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, May 20 12-1  

Last Friday, we concluded our discussion of  S. Yizhar’s 1949 novella Khirbet Khizeh.  The group focused upon:
  • The reception of the book over the years: Military censors tried but failed to ban the story in 1949. Instead, it sold in unprecedented numbers. In 1964 Israel’s education ministry incorporated the story into the school syllabus, but students were tested less on the story’s central moral struggle and instead asked them to analyze the form and aesthetics of Yizhar’s writing. In 1978, a filmed version of the story precipitated a ferocious debate. Prime Minister Menachem Begin regarded the film as anti-Israel propaganda. One journalist wrote that,  “Even if the Fatah Information Bureau were headed by a genius, he couldn’t have come up with a better one than this.”  Nonetheless, the novel found new audiences when it was finally translated into English in 2008.
  • The book as an early example of what has come to be known in Israel as the SHOOTING AND CRYING” genre, wherein a soldier in uniform expresses remorse for following orders undertaken throughout their service.  We discussed the implications and alternatives in this regard (conscientious objection, questioning/contesting orders of superiors) and the universality of this theme in literature written before and after Yizhar’s novel.  For a video on how recent IDF veterans reflected on this issue, see: https://truthout.org/video/shooting-and-crying-israeli-soldiers-after-their-service/             and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0z9ebiuUaU
  • What motivated the behavior of the soldiers depicted in the novella:  peer pressure/moral individualism vs. collective authority; training/inculcation that the enemy is inferior; a response to atrocities carried out by Arabs against Jews.  Books that detail what the soldiers may have witnessed or experienced include Siege in the Hills of Hebron and The Six Days of Yad Mordechai.
  • The continuing relevance of this novella in light of present events in Israel (settlements, death of Al-Jazeera journalist).
Participants agreed that conversation about this book and its relevance could continue for a long time–and without resolution in what one writer identified as a “toxic ecosystem.”
This Friday we will begin our discussion of Dara Horn’s 2021 National Jewish Book Award-winning essay collection,  People Love Dead Jews:  Reports from a Haunted Present.  The book challenges us to confront reasons why there might be so much fascination with Jewish deaths and so little respect for Jewish lives unfolding in the present.  We will share initial impressions of Horn’s book and discuss its Introduction and first two chapters.
Now in its 23rd year, our informal discussion group meets in person from 12-1 in CBI’s small chapel (with an option on Zoom for those who cannot attend in person).  All are welcome to attend regardless of their level of expertise.  Copies of Horn’s collection should be available in local bookstores and through the internet.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.
 

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

 
 

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May
28
Sat
Awakening the Heart: Contemplative Shabbat Practice
May 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Awakening the Heart: Contemplative Shabbat Practice
Join us at CBI for an hour of chanting, meditation, and reflection. Using verses from several prayers, we’ll chant to begin opening our hearts. We’ll then move into a period of meditation with instructions to deepen our awareness of our inner lives. Finally, we’ll have a brief period to reflect on our experiences. Following our contemplative Shabbat practice, participants are welcome to join the regular Shabbat service taking place in the main sanctuary.
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