CBI Events Calendar

Hamsa Papercutting Workshop
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Paper-cut Hamsa Workshop

Sunday, June 20

A hamsa is a stylized hand for protection against the “evil eye,” frequently worn as jewelry.
Made by both Jews and Muslims, hamsas are found all over the Middle East, but are older than
either religion. Come learn about the folklore of hamsas, as we make them out of paper. Learn
the basics of paper-cutting, a traditional Jewish folk art. We will cut out our hamsas with
scissors, and/or Exacto knives for accuracy, then glue them to a background. No artistic talent is
required to make stunning hamsa designs. The finished paper-cut hamsa can be framed, to
hang on the wall. Young people aged 12 and over are welcome.
The workshop lasts for two hours. Fee is $15 payable to CBI.
Claire Sherman creates quilts, ceramic sculpture, and Jewish ritual objects out of fabric, paper,
and clay. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, with a BFA in ceramics, she
spent a year in Israel, where she learned about hamsas. She has taught workshops in
paper-cutting, quilting, and Jewish ritual objects for adults and children. Visit her website at

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Rick Paulus Artist Workshop at CBI
Aug 15 @ 9:30 am – Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm

Early Bird Deadline extended to June 15th!  Save $50 now!

Don’t miss this four-day workshop with graphic artist and calligrapher Rick Paulus.

Workshop Dates:
Participants may arrive at 9:00am to enter and set up supplies.
Vegetarian lunch is provided daily. (No meat can be brought into synagogue). Coffee, tea, water provided throughout each day.
Speedball Representatives, Jenn Miller & Kelley Braun will join us during lunch on Monday, August 16. Speedball is donating a copy of the 25th Edition of Speedball Textbook to each participant.
Lecture: Rick Paulus will present a lecture on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in CBI Social Hall.
Early Bird registration by June 15 , 2021. $350.
Registration fee  from June 17 to July 15 is $400.
A supply fee of $15 will be paid by each participant directly to the instructor.
Mail check payable to Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) 229 Murdock Avenue Asheville, NC 28804. Please include your name, address, email, cell phone and your vaccination status. For questions call CBI office 828-252-0660admin@bethisraelnc.org
To pay via our website click here.
Sally Gooze is organizing this workshop. For questions call 828-772-0222.
Workshop is limited to 20 artists/calligraphers
Cancellation policy:
Cancellations made prior to June 1 are refundable, less a $36 administrative charge.
Cancellations made up until July 15th are eligible for a 50% refund.
Cancellations made after July 15th are non-refundable, however the registration can be transferred to a donation to the synagogue.
Social distancing and mask wearing will be required at all times (with the exception of during lunch). Please indicate when registering if you are vaccinated.  Each artist will be seated at an individual table.

To register, click here.

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