CBI Events Calendar

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

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Fridays, November 15, 22, & 29 

Last Friday our group completed its discussions of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by considering chapters 18, 19, and 20.    Some of the claims we examined were “Improvement begins with ‘I'”; in our interactions with people, “much of what matters has less to do with what we do (a matter of rules) than how we do it (a matter of character), the superiority of the sage over the saint (sage is concerned with perfection of society/saint is concerned with perfection of self); and how Judaism promotes a social ethic.
The Noon Study Group will be on hiatus for the rest of November.  When we resume in December, we’ll return to the topic of Jewish Sensibilities–how a range of complex ideas that are drawn from Jewish texts and practice inform our actions.  The ideas we’ll be talking about are 1) how to make the most out of what we are given, 2) Humility, and 3) how do we participate in constructive argumentation.  Consult this web site for links to our discussion topics.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  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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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
Friday Noon Study Group
Mar 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Fridays, November 15, 22, & 29 

Last Friday our group completed its discussions of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by considering chapters 18, 19, and 20.    Some of the claims we examined were “Improvement begins with ‘I'”; in our interactions with people, “much of what matters has less to do with what we do (a matter of rules) than how we do it (a matter of character), the superiority of the sage over the saint (sage is concerned with perfection of society/saint is concerned with perfection of self); and how Judaism promotes a social ethic.
The Noon Study Group will be on hiatus for the rest of November.  When we resume in December, we’ll return to the topic of Jewish Sensibilities–how a range of complex ideas that are drawn from Jewish texts and practice inform our actions.  The ideas we’ll be talking about are 1) how to make the most out of what we are given, 2) Humility, and 3) how do we participate in constructive argumentation.  Consult this web site for links to our discussion topics.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  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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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
10
Sun
Dinner & a Movie: Russian Jews @ Congregation Beth Israel
Mar 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dinner and a Movie is back!!!

Sunday, March 10, 5:00 – 7:30 or 8:00 PM
CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY ON RUSSIAN JEWS

The critically acclaimed documentary trilogy “Russian Jews” intimately portrays the stories of
Russian Jewry throughout the 20th century. The first film of the trilogy will be screened at CBI
along with a dairy/parve potluck dinner, all on Sunday March 10th starting at 5:00 PM.
After a record-breaking theatrical release across Russia, the film has enjoyed a premiere at
Israel’s Knesset and sold-out screenings across the United States, Ukraine, the United Kingdom,
Latvia and Georgia. The trilogy has graced Jewish film festivals in Moscow, Manchester, Atlanta
and Australia. “Russian Jews” was created by famous Russian journalist/TV host Leonid
Parfenov, and provides much-needed context for our own Russian-Jewish heritage and history.

The first film of the trilogy, “Russian Jews. Film 1. Before the Revolution,” tells the story of the
Jewish people across the Russian Empire, their traditional way of life and their assimilation into
society at large, including famous bankers, scientists and artists who reshaped Russian Jews’
attitudes toward the rites of their ancestry. It is a story about the Beilis Affair, the pogroms and
about the first wave of Jewish emigration from Russia. The film also chronicles the
revolutionaries who shattered the Tsarist regime and changed the fate of the country in
October 1917. Hebrew and English subtitles are provided throughout.

Please join together to nosh, schmooze and enjoy the first of this amazing film trilogy in CBI’s
newly renovated social hall! Dairy/parve potluck (coffee/tea provided).

Congregation Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Ave., Asheville NC
This event sponsored by the Adult Education Committee of Congregation Beth Israel, Asheville NC

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Mar
15
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Fridays, November 15, 22, & 29 

Last Friday our group completed its discussions of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by considering chapters 18, 19, and 20.    Some of the claims we examined were “Improvement begins with ‘I'”; in our interactions with people, “much of what matters has less to do with what we do (a matter of rules) than how we do it (a matter of character), the superiority of the sage over the saint (sage is concerned with perfection of society/saint is concerned with perfection of self); and how Judaism promotes a social ethic.
The Noon Study Group will be on hiatus for the rest of November.  When we resume in December, we’ll return to the topic of Jewish Sensibilities–how a range of complex ideas that are drawn from Jewish texts and practice inform our actions.  The ideas we’ll be talking about are 1) how to make the most out of what we are given, 2) Humility, and 3) how do we participate in constructive argumentation.  Consult this web site for links to our discussion topics.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  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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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 @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Mar 17 @ 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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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
Friday Noon Study Group
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Fridays, November 15, 22, & 29 

Last Friday our group completed its discussions of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by considering chapters 18, 19, and 20.    Some of the claims we examined were “Improvement begins with ‘I'”; in our interactions with people, “much of what matters has less to do with what we do (a matter of rules) than how we do it (a matter of character), the superiority of the sage over the saint (sage is concerned with perfection of society/saint is concerned with perfection of self); and how Judaism promotes a social ethic.
The Noon Study Group will be on hiatus for the rest of November.  When we resume in December, we’ll return to the topic of Jewish Sensibilities–how a range of complex ideas that are drawn from Jewish texts and practice inform our actions.  The ideas we’ll be talking about are 1) how to make the most out of what we are given, 2) Humility, and 3) how do we participate in constructive argumentation.  Consult this web site for links to our discussion topics.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  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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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
29
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Fridays, November 15, 22, & 29 

Last Friday our group completed its discussions of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by considering chapters 18, 19, and 20.    Some of the claims we examined were “Improvement begins with ‘I'”; in our interactions with people, “much of what matters has less to do with what we do (a matter of rules) than how we do it (a matter of character), the superiority of the sage over the saint (sage is concerned with perfection of society/saint is concerned with perfection of self); and how Judaism promotes a social ethic.
The Noon Study Group will be on hiatus for the rest of November.  When we resume in December, we’ll return to the topic of Jewish Sensibilities–how a range of complex ideas that are drawn from Jewish texts and practice inform our actions.  The ideas we’ll be talking about are 1) how to make the most out of what we are given, 2) Humility, and 3) how do we participate in constructive argumentation.  Consult this web site for links to our discussion topics.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  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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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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Mar
31
Sun
Torah on Tap: Justice/Revenge @ Archetype Brewing
Mar 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Torah on Tap: Justice/Revenge @ Archetype Brewing  | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Torah on Tap returns, Sunday March 31.

Even as we prepare to celebrate the foundational holiday of Passover, which is grounded in the concepts of redemption, freedom and rebirth, the last of the ISIS fighters in Syria are being rounded up and taken prisoner. For the last several years, ISIS has been synonymous with terrorism and unspeakable brutality. Their hatred went viral as they live streamed public executions, human degradation and more.

Now that they are the prisoners at the mercy of their captors – we must confront an old question: What is justice and where is the line between Justice and Revenge?

Join us at the former Habitat Tavern and Commons  (now Archetype Brewing) for a sobering discussion of where and how we draw the line between justice and revenge.

  • What can we learn from the Nuremburg Trials following the Holocaust?
  • What does true justice as defined by our sages look like?
  • Or is justice the balance between revenge and mercy?

As always, Torah on Tap is free and open to all. Varying viewpoints are not only welcome, but encouraged. Archetype is located in downtown Asheville, next door to Moog Music. There’s plenty of parking in the rear. And good news if you’re hungry, they’ll have small, locally-made bites available for purchase, including Poppy Popcorn, Asheville Pretzel Company pretzels, and Hickory Nut Gap Farm meat sticks. Roots hummus coming soon!

See you there!

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Apr
5
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Apr 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Fridays, November 15, 22, & 29 

Last Friday our group completed its discussions of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by considering chapters 18, 19, and 20.    Some of the claims we examined were “Improvement begins with ‘I'”; in our interactions with people, “much of what matters has less to do with what we do (a matter of rules) than how we do it (a matter of character), the superiority of the sage over the saint (sage is concerned with perfection of society/saint is concerned with perfection of self); and how Judaism promotes a social ethic.
The Noon Study Group will be on hiatus for the rest of November.  When we resume in December, we’ll return to the topic of Jewish Sensibilities–how a range of complex ideas that are drawn from Jewish texts and practice inform our actions.  The ideas we’ll be talking about are 1) how to make the most out of what we are given, 2) Humility, and 3) how do we participate in constructive argumentation.  Consult this web site for links to our discussion topics.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  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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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
Friday Noon Study Group
Apr 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Fridays, November 15, 22, & 29 

Last Friday our group completed its discussions of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by considering chapters 18, 19, and 20.    Some of the claims we examined were “Improvement begins with ‘I'”; in our interactions with people, “much of what matters has less to do with what we do (a matter of rules) than how we do it (a matter of character), the superiority of the sage over the saint (sage is concerned with perfection of society/saint is concerned with perfection of self); and how Judaism promotes a social ethic.
The Noon Study Group will be on hiatus for the rest of November.  When we resume in December, we’ll return to the topic of Jewish Sensibilities–how a range of complex ideas that are drawn from Jewish texts and practice inform our actions.  The ideas we’ll be talking about are 1) how to make the most out of what we are given, 2) Humility, and 3) how do we participate in constructive argumentation.  Consult this web site for links to our discussion topics.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  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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Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Apr 12 @ 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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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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Friday Noon Study Group
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Fridays, November 15, 22, & 29 

Last Friday our group completed its discussions of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by considering chapters 18, 19, and 20.    Some of the claims we examined were “Improvement begins with ‘I'”; in our interactions with people, “much of what matters has less to do with what we do (a matter of rules) than how we do it (a matter of character), the superiority of the sage over the saint (sage is concerned with perfection of society/saint is concerned with perfection of self); and how Judaism promotes a social ethic.
The Noon Study Group will be on hiatus for the rest of November.  When we resume in December, we’ll return to the topic of Jewish Sensibilities–how a range of complex ideas that are drawn from Jewish texts and practice inform our actions.  The ideas we’ll be talking about are 1) how to make the most out of what we are given, 2) Humility, and 3) how do we participate in constructive argumentation.  Consult this web site for links to our discussion topics.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  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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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 @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
Apr 21 @ 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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Apr
26
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Fridays, November 15, 22, & 29 

Last Friday our group completed its discussions of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by considering chapters 18, 19, and 20.    Some of the claims we examined were “Improvement begins with ‘I'”; in our interactions with people, “much of what matters has less to do with what we do (a matter of rules) than how we do it (a matter of character), the superiority of the sage over the saint (sage is concerned with perfection of society/saint is concerned with perfection of self); and how Judaism promotes a social ethic.
The Noon Study Group will be on hiatus for the rest of November.  When we resume in December, we’ll return to the topic of Jewish Sensibilities–how a range of complex ideas that are drawn from Jewish texts and practice inform our actions.  The ideas we’ll be talking about are 1) how to make the most out of what we are given, 2) Humility, and 3) how do we participate in constructive argumentation.  Consult this web site for links to our discussion topics.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  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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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
Friday Noon Study Group
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Fridays, November 15, 22, & 29 

Last Friday our group completed its discussions of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by considering chapters 18, 19, and 20.    Some of the claims we examined were “Improvement begins with ‘I'”; in our interactions with people, “much of what matters has less to do with what we do (a matter of rules) than how we do it (a matter of character), the superiority of the sage over the saint (sage is concerned with perfection of society/saint is concerned with perfection of self); and how Judaism promotes a social ethic.
The Noon Study Group will be on hiatus for the rest of November.  When we resume in December, we’ll return to the topic of Jewish Sensibilities–how a range of complex ideas that are drawn from Jewish texts and practice inform our actions.  The ideas we’ll be talking about are 1) how to make the most out of what we are given, 2) Humility, and 3) how do we participate in constructive argumentation.  Consult this web site for links to our discussion topics.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  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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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
5
Sun
Jewish Jazz Concert with AmiciMusic @ Congregation Beth Israel
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jewish Jazz Concert
Sunday, May 5, 2019
2:00-4:00pm
at Congregation Beth Israel
229 Murdock Ave.  Asheville, NC 28804
Door prize:  4 tickets to an Asheville Symphony performance.
AmiciMusic, Asheville’s own award-winning chamber music ensemble, returns to Congregation Beth Israel for another exciting “JEWISH JAZZ” concert with all new music.  Steve Loew, clarinet, and Daniel Weiser, piano will perform this incredible program of clarinet and piano music that highlight some important Klezmer influences on the jazz instrumentalists and composers of this period, many of whom were Jewish.  Dr. Weiser will tell the fascinating story of the great fusion of musical styles from ragtime to blues to Klezmer that helped produce the new Jazz style in New York City in the first decades of the 20th century as the wave of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe met up with the Great Migration of African-Americans from the South. This program features some more wonderful Klezmer-inspired pieces by Lev Kogan and Michele Magnani, as well as works by Benny GoodmanGeorge GershwinLeonard Bernstein, and more. Loew and Weiser have performed in over 20 countries around the world and put on a show that is second to none.
You will not want to miss this!
Tickets $25 per person. Refreshments served. Call Congregation Beth Israel 828-252-8660 for reservations.
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May
10
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
May 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Fridays, November 15, 22, & 29 

Last Friday our group completed its discussions of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by considering chapters 18, 19, and 20.    Some of the claims we examined were “Improvement begins with ‘I'”; in our interactions with people, “much of what matters has less to do with what we do (a matter of rules) than how we do it (a matter of character), the superiority of the sage over the saint (sage is concerned with perfection of society/saint is concerned with perfection of self); and how Judaism promotes a social ethic.
The Noon Study Group will be on hiatus for the rest of November.  When we resume in December, we’ll return to the topic of Jewish Sensibilities–how a range of complex ideas that are drawn from Jewish texts and practice inform our actions.  The ideas we’ll be talking about are 1) how to make the most out of what we are given, 2) Humility, and 3) how do we participate in constructive argumentation.  Consult this web site for links to our discussion topics.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  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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Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
May 10 @ 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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May
17
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Fridays, November 15, 22, & 29 

Last Friday our group completed its discussions of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by considering chapters 18, 19, and 20.    Some of the claims we examined were “Improvement begins with ‘I'”; in our interactions with people, “much of what matters has less to do with what we do (a matter of rules) than how we do it (a matter of character), the superiority of the sage over the saint (sage is concerned with perfection of society/saint is concerned with perfection of self); and how Judaism promotes a social ethic.
The Noon Study Group will be on hiatus for the rest of November.  When we resume in December, we’ll return to the topic of Jewish Sensibilities–how a range of complex ideas that are drawn from Jewish texts and practice inform our actions.  The ideas we’ll be talking about are 1) how to make the most out of what we are given, 2) Humility, and 3) how do we participate in constructive argumentation.  Consult this web site for links to our discussion topics.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  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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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
Cafe Israel @ Congregation Beth Israel
May 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cafe Israel @ Congregation Beth Israel | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

On Sunday May 19th, from 11:00am – 2:00pm, Congregation Beth Israel will once again host a birthday party for the State of Israel (its 71st) with our annual Café Israel event. This year’s event will once again feature delicious Israeli food, local beer, Israeli wine, Israeli music, Israeli folk dancing, a kid’s zone with a bounce house, crafts and Mr. Twister, our intimate Bedouin Tent with Turkish coffee and mint tea, as well as Henna tattoos, several local craft artists, a host of incredible raffle baskets and more.
Each year Café Israel provides our shul an opportunity to reach out to our friends in both the Jewish community and greater Asheville community allowing us the chance to celebrate all that we love about Israel.
We need from all of our CBI members is just four things:
• Please plan on attending this year’s event with your friends and family, and consider spending a few of your shekels on food and our raffle baskets. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to support CBI’s youth programming.
• Please share the news of this event with your social networks in hopes of attracting even more people to the event.
• Consider volunteering for one of our shifts for set up, food serving, clean-up and other jobs. Danielle Tocaben is coordinating volunteers so please reach out to her at vicepresident@bethisraelnc.org.
• If you have not yet signed up to be sponsor, please consider sponsoring the event for $50. Your name will be recognized in eBlasts as well as in the event program. Sponsorship deadline for inclusion in the program is May 12th.
We look forward to a wonderful event and hope that you and yours will come out and have a great time.

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Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle @ Congregation Beth HaTephila
May 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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May
22
Wed
Meet the Midrash
May 22 @ 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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