CBI Events Calendar

Dec
6
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Dec 6 @ 2:30 pm

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 infusing their essence into our daily spiritual lives.

Ready to give it a try? Join us via Zoom (every Sunday from 2:30pm – 4pm. No previous meditation experience necessary.  This opportunity is free and open to all. Please contact Linda Wolf at linda@networktype.com for the online meeting information.

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

 Friday, December 4, 12-1 

Our weekly online discussion group kicks off with a new topic:

ZIONISM

This movement for the development and protection of a Jewish nation in Israel has been a source of great pride and a subject of much criticism.  In our discussions of Zionism, we hope to cover such topics as

  • Zionist ideology from its origins to the present
  • the emergence of modern Jewish nationalism in early nineteenth century Europe
  • the founding of the Zionist movement by Theodor Herzl in 1897
  • the Balfour Declaration
  • the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 under the leadership of David Ben-Gurion
  • the Six Day War in 1967
  • the rise of the “Peace Now” movement
  • the election of conservative prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • the long-term viability of Zionist ideology in a rapidly destabilizing Middle East

Our discussions will be informed by Michael Stanislawski’s ZionismA Very Short Introduction 2nd Edition.  Stanislawski is Professor of Jewish History at Columbia University.  His book is available at a variety of Internet outlets. 

Rather than jumping right into the Stanislawski text, I thought we could spend our first gathering reviewing what we already knew about Zionism, with our discussion being informed by several short readings from sources different from ZionismA Very Short Introduction.  Those resources include the following, plus whatever else any of you care to bring to the table (or the ZOOM screen).

Eli BarnaviZionism 101:  The Jews as a nation in the land of Israel  (from My Jewish Learning, the largest nonprofit, nondenominational Jewish media organization in North America.)

https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/zionism/

Zionism: A Definition of Zionism  (from the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise)

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/a-definition-of-zionism

A.B. Yehoshua,  Defining Zionism: The Belief That Israel Belongs to the Entire Jewish People  (from an article published in Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, in 2013)

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-a-b-yehoshua-who-is-a-zionist-1.5267698

Natan Sharansky and Gil TroyBoth a Religion and a Nationality (from a November 2020 article published in Hadassah Magazine, issued by the women’s Zionist organization of America)

https://www.hadassahmagazine.org/2020/11/17/both-a-religion-and-a-nationality/

Meaning of Zionism (from an internet posting by Al Jazeera, an Arabic news and current affairs satellite TV channel)

https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/palestineremix/zionism.html

The Art of Zionism: Ideology, Art, and the Building of the Nation  (an hour-long webinar recording by cultural anthropologist Dr. Uri Dorchin exploring the role of art in the Zionist movement. Sponsored by UCLA’s Y & s Nazarian Center for Israeli Studies.)

 https://www.international.ucla.edu/israel/article/230184.

Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Dec
13
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Dec 13 @ 2:30 pm

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 infusing their essence into our daily spiritual lives.

Ready to give it a try? Join us via Zoom (every Sunday from 2:30pm – 4pm. No previous meditation experience necessary.  This opportunity is free and open to all. Please contact Linda Wolf at linda@networktype.com for the online meeting information.

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Dec
17
Thu
Zoom Candle Lighting & Hanukkah Trivia
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Final evening of Hanukkah Celebration
Thursday, December 17 at  6:00pm
Join the community while we all light our Hanukkah menorahs together and enjoy some fun Hanukkah trivia frivolity.  Everyone and all ages welcome!  Hosted by Congregation Beth Israel.
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Dec
18
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Dec 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

 Friday, December 4, 12-1 

Our weekly online discussion group kicks off with a new topic:

ZIONISM

This movement for the development and protection of a Jewish nation in Israel has been a source of great pride and a subject of much criticism.  In our discussions of Zionism, we hope to cover such topics as

  • Zionist ideology from its origins to the present
  • the emergence of modern Jewish nationalism in early nineteenth century Europe
  • the founding of the Zionist movement by Theodor Herzl in 1897
  • the Balfour Declaration
  • the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 under the leadership of David Ben-Gurion
  • the Six Day War in 1967
  • the rise of the “Peace Now” movement
  • the election of conservative prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • the long-term viability of Zionist ideology in a rapidly destabilizing Middle East

Our discussions will be informed by Michael Stanislawski’s ZionismA Very Short Introduction 2nd Edition.  Stanislawski is Professor of Jewish History at Columbia University.  His book is available at a variety of Internet outlets. 

Rather than jumping right into the Stanislawski text, I thought we could spend our first gathering reviewing what we already knew about Zionism, with our discussion being informed by several short readings from sources different from ZionismA Very Short Introduction.  Those resources include the following, plus whatever else any of you care to bring to the table (or the ZOOM screen).

Eli BarnaviZionism 101:  The Jews as a nation in the land of Israel  (from My Jewish Learning, the largest nonprofit, nondenominational Jewish media organization in North America.)

https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/zionism/

Zionism: A Definition of Zionism  (from the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise)

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/a-definition-of-zionism

A.B. Yehoshua,  Defining Zionism: The Belief That Israel Belongs to the Entire Jewish People  (from an article published in Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, in 2013)

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-a-b-yehoshua-who-is-a-zionist-1.5267698

Natan Sharansky and Gil TroyBoth a Religion and a Nationality (from a November 2020 article published in Hadassah Magazine, issued by the women’s Zionist organization of America)

https://www.hadassahmagazine.org/2020/11/17/both-a-religion-and-a-nationality/

Meaning of Zionism (from an internet posting by Al Jazeera, an Arabic news and current affairs satellite TV channel)

https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/palestineremix/zionism.html

The Art of Zionism: Ideology, Art, and the Building of the Nation  (an hour-long webinar recording by cultural anthropologist Dr. Uri Dorchin exploring the role of art in the Zionist movement. Sponsored by UCLA’s Y & s Nazarian Center for Israeli Studies.)

 https://www.international.ucla.edu/israel/article/230184.

Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Dec
20
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Dec 20 @ 2:30 pm

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 infusing their essence into our daily spiritual lives.

Ready to give it a try? Join us via Zoom (every Sunday from 2:30pm – 4pm. No previous meditation experience necessary.  This opportunity is free and open to all. Please contact Linda Wolf at linda@networktype.com for the online meeting information.

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

 Friday, December 4, 12-1 

Our weekly online discussion group kicks off with a new topic:

ZIONISM

This movement for the development and protection of a Jewish nation in Israel has been a source of great pride and a subject of much criticism.  In our discussions of Zionism, we hope to cover such topics as

  • Zionist ideology from its origins to the present
  • the emergence of modern Jewish nationalism in early nineteenth century Europe
  • the founding of the Zionist movement by Theodor Herzl in 1897
  • the Balfour Declaration
  • the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 under the leadership of David Ben-Gurion
  • the Six Day War in 1967
  • the rise of the “Peace Now” movement
  • the election of conservative prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • the long-term viability of Zionist ideology in a rapidly destabilizing Middle East

Our discussions will be informed by Michael Stanislawski’s ZionismA Very Short Introduction 2nd Edition.  Stanislawski is Professor of Jewish History at Columbia University.  His book is available at a variety of Internet outlets. 

Rather than jumping right into the Stanislawski text, I thought we could spend our first gathering reviewing what we already knew about Zionism, with our discussion being informed by several short readings from sources different from ZionismA Very Short Introduction.  Those resources include the following, plus whatever else any of you care to bring to the table (or the ZOOM screen).

Eli BarnaviZionism 101:  The Jews as a nation in the land of Israel  (from My Jewish Learning, the largest nonprofit, nondenominational Jewish media organization in North America.)

https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/zionism/

Zionism: A Definition of Zionism  (from the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise)

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/a-definition-of-zionism

A.B. Yehoshua,  Defining Zionism: The Belief That Israel Belongs to the Entire Jewish People  (from an article published in Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, in 2013)

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-a-b-yehoshua-who-is-a-zionist-1.5267698

Natan Sharansky and Gil TroyBoth a Religion and a Nationality (from a November 2020 article published in Hadassah Magazine, issued by the women’s Zionist organization of America)

https://www.hadassahmagazine.org/2020/11/17/both-a-religion-and-a-nationality/

Meaning of Zionism (from an internet posting by Al Jazeera, an Arabic news and current affairs satellite TV channel)

https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/palestineremix/zionism.html

The Art of Zionism: Ideology, Art, and the Building of the Nation  (an hour-long webinar recording by cultural anthropologist Dr. Uri Dorchin exploring the role of art in the Zionist movement. Sponsored by UCLA’s Y & s Nazarian Center for Israeli Studies.)

 https://www.international.ucla.edu/israel/article/230184.

Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Dec
27
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Dec 27 @ 2:30 pm

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 infusing their essence into our daily spiritual lives.

Ready to give it a try? Join us via Zoom (every Sunday from 2:30pm – 4pm. No previous meditation experience necessary.  This opportunity is free and open to all. Please contact Linda Wolf at linda@networktype.com for the online meeting information.

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Online Torah on Tap
Dec 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
With so much of CBI’s programming unavoidably cancelled, we’re working hard to find ways we can support each other as a community when we can’t be together in person.

Please join me this Sunday, April 26, at 4:00pm, when we will be holding Torah on Tap via Zoom.

A link to the online discussion group is below.  Zoom is easy to use and will let us see and hear each other as we speak.  If you haven’t already downloaded Zoom to your computer or phone, you must do so before joining the meeting on Sunday at 4:00pm.  You only need to download Zoom once, after that you simply log in, always using the same Meeting ID: 819 7668 2790.  Easy instructions are below this message.

This is a temporary measure to keep us all connected while we can’t be together physically.

Alan Silverman

Torah on Tap Host

Instructions for Downloading Zoom

The first time you ever use Zoom on a computer, do the following:

Go to https://zoom.us
Hover over (don’t click) “RESOURCES” on the top right and then click “Download Zoom Client” from the drop-down menu that appears
Click “Download” under “Zoom Client for Meetings”
If it asks you to allow it to download “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes”
Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install Zoom on your computer

The first time you ever use Zoom on a smart phone, do the following:
Go to the App Store and find “Zoom Cloud Meetings” and download it (it is free)

Instructions for attending Torah on Tap on CBI’s Zoom Account:

Right before the start of services, either go to https://zoom.us on your computer or open your Zoom app on your smartphone
Click “Join a Meeting”
Type in this Meeting ID: 819 7668 2790 and click “Join”
If you’re using the computer and Zoom asks you to allow it to open “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes” or “Open” and then click “Join With Computer Audio”
If you’re using a smart phone and Zoom asks you to allow using the microphone/camera, allow it
If it says “Waiting for the host to start this meeting”, just wait a few minutes for Alan to start the meeting

Unless you’ve been out of the country for the last several weeks, you probably know that there’s some pretty important proceedings taking place in our nation’s capitol. In the 230-year history of the American presidency, only two sitting presidents have been impeached. President Trump may well be the third. The historicity of the proceedings, however, pale in comparison to real underlying battle. This is not just an investigation to determine whether impeachable offenses occurred; it is a tug war between strength and morality, and it’s as old as humanity itself.

Join us this Sunday as we look at the dynamics of accountability from a Jewish perspective. More specifically, we will consider one very particular confrontation involving Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach and King Yannai.

“Why is a king of Israel “not judged” [Mishnah Sanhedrin 2:1]? Because of what once happened.” 

Intrigued? Wait until you see how many parallels there are between this 2,100-year-old Talmudic tale and what is happening now in our country. To see how the story unfolds and to unlock the universal lessons it holds, join us this Sunday at Archetype Brewing (the former Habitat Tavern, 174 Broadway St., Asheville). Rabbi Justin will help us understand this epic power struggle between the executive and legislative branches of ancient Israel.

This program is free and open to all. Differing opinions are not only welcomed but encouraged. Non-alcoholic beverages are available, there is ample parking in the Moog Music parking lot off Bordeau Pl.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

 

Unless you’ve been out of the country for the last several weeks, you probably know that there’s some pretty important proceedings taking place in our nation’s capitol. In the 230-year history of the American presidency, only two sitting presidents have been impeached. President Trump may well be the third. The historicity of the proceedings, however, pale in comparison to real underlying battle. This is not just an investigation to determine whether impeachable offenses occurred; it is a tug war between strength and morality, and it’s as old as humanity itself.

Join us this Sunday as we look at the dynamics of accountability from a Jewish perspective. More specifically, we will consider one very particular confrontation involving Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach and King Yannai.

“Why is a king of Israel “not judged” [Mishnah Sanhedrin 2:1]? Because of what once happened.” 

Intrigued? Wait until you see how many parallels there are between this 2,100-year-old Talmudic tale and what is happening now in our country. To see how the story unfolds and to unlock the universal lessons it holds, join us this Sunday at Archetype Brewing (the former Habitat Tavern, 174 Broadway St., Asheville). Rabbi Justin will help us understand this epic power struggle between the executive and legislative branches of ancient Israel.

This program is free and open to all. Differing opinions are not only welcomed but encouraged. Non-alcoholic beverages are available, there is ample parking in the Moog Music parking lot off Bordeau Pl.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Join us on the last Sunday of the month online for a refreshing and often provocative discussion. 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.

See you there!

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

 Friday, December 4, 12-1 

Our weekly online discussion group kicks off with a new topic:

ZIONISM

This movement for the development and protection of a Jewish nation in Israel has been a source of great pride and a subject of much criticism.  In our discussions of Zionism, we hope to cover such topics as

  • Zionist ideology from its origins to the present
  • the emergence of modern Jewish nationalism in early nineteenth century Europe
  • the founding of the Zionist movement by Theodor Herzl in 1897
  • the Balfour Declaration
  • the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 under the leadership of David Ben-Gurion
  • the Six Day War in 1967
  • the rise of the “Peace Now” movement
  • the election of conservative prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • the long-term viability of Zionist ideology in a rapidly destabilizing Middle East

Our discussions will be informed by Michael Stanislawski’s ZionismA Very Short Introduction 2nd Edition.  Stanislawski is Professor of Jewish History at Columbia University.  His book is available at a variety of Internet outlets. 

Rather than jumping right into the Stanislawski text, I thought we could spend our first gathering reviewing what we already knew about Zionism, with our discussion being informed by several short readings from sources different from ZionismA Very Short Introduction.  Those resources include the following, plus whatever else any of you care to bring to the table (or the ZOOM screen).

Eli BarnaviZionism 101:  The Jews as a nation in the land of Israel  (from My Jewish Learning, the largest nonprofit, nondenominational Jewish media organization in North America.)

https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/zionism/

Zionism: A Definition of Zionism  (from the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise)

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/a-definition-of-zionism

A.B. Yehoshua,  Defining Zionism: The Belief That Israel Belongs to the Entire Jewish People  (from an article published in Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, in 2013)

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-a-b-yehoshua-who-is-a-zionist-1.5267698

Natan Sharansky and Gil TroyBoth a Religion and a Nationality (from a November 2020 article published in Hadassah Magazine, issued by the women’s Zionist organization of America)

https://www.hadassahmagazine.org/2020/11/17/both-a-religion-and-a-nationality/

Meaning of Zionism (from an internet posting by Al Jazeera, an Arabic news and current affairs satellite TV channel)

https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/palestineremix/zionism.html

The Art of Zionism: Ideology, Art, and the Building of the Nation  (an hour-long webinar recording by cultural anthropologist Dr. Uri Dorchin exploring the role of art in the Zionist movement. Sponsored by UCLA’s Y & s Nazarian Center for Israeli Studies.)

 https://www.international.ucla.edu/israel/article/230184.

Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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