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Coming in October: Intro to Judaism 5779!

Join Rabbi Batsheva Meiri of Congregation Beth Hatephila and Rabbi Justin Goldstein of Congregation Beth Israel for Introduction to Judaism 5779. This fascinating class is designed for anyone who is curious, those seeking to create partnerships with Jews, and Jews who hope to refresh their connection to and knowledge of Jewish tradition. The class begins shortly after the fall High Holy Days and runs October through January.

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"With the knowledge and empathy I have gained at the Friday Study Group, my understanding of life has also grown. We are a community where I can live my values."-Carol Cohen

 This week's learning

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

May 29, 2020 12-1

The Noon Study Group will NOT meet on May 29.

At our Zoom session last week, May 22,

  • We briefly discussed various Christological conceptions of Jesus (was his nature divine or human?) and how those conceptions varied among Christian denominations.

  • We looked at potential differences between Jews and Christians in their attitudes towards “perfection,” using Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s essay, “The Tyranny of Perfection,” as a springboard for discussion (Boteach may be too binary in the distinctions he makes and in his characterization of how Christians value perfection).

  • We considered the geographical and social distinctions between the audiences for Paul’s letters to Philippi and Thessalonica

  • We admired Paul’s gifted use of rhetoric, at the outset and throughout his missive, in saying how proud he was (in Yiddish we call this shepping naches) of the Thessalonians’ steadfastness.

  • We then turned to the elephant in the room (actually in Chapter 2:14-16), in which Paul identifies the Jews as those “who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets.”  Our discussion included the accuracy of the charges (which Jews?  any Jews?  all Jews?) and the contributions such charges made to the promulgation of anti-Judaism through the ages.

When we meet again on June 5, we’ll conclude our study of Paul with a look at First Thessalonians, Chapters 3-5.  These include Paul’s exhortations to behave morally and his assurances about the “end times” salvation of the living (and the dead) who followed Christ.

Our informal discussion group will be conducted 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.  Any copy of the New Testament is acceptable (the more versions the richer the conversation).  Our discussions will be supplemented by commentary drawn from The Jewish Annotated New Testament, edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

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

May 29, 2020 12-1

The Noon Study Group will NOT meet on May 29.

At our Zoom session last week, May 22,

  • We briefly discussed various Christological conceptions of Jesus (was his nature divine or human?) and how those conceptions varied among Christian denominations.

  • We looked at potential differences between Jews and Christians in their attitudes towards “perfection,” using Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s essay, “The Tyranny of Perfection,” as a springboard for discussion (Boteach may be too binary in the distinctions he makes and in his characterization of how Christians value perfection).

  • We considered the geographical and social distinctions between the audiences for Paul’s letters to Philippi and Thessalonica

  • We admired Paul’s gifted use of rhetoric, at the outset and throughout his missive, in saying how proud he was (in Yiddish we call this shepping naches) of the Thessalonians’ steadfastness.

  • We then turned to the elephant in the room (actually in Chapter 2:14-16), in which Paul identifies the Jews as those “who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets.”  Our discussion included the accuracy of the charges (which Jews?  any Jews?  all Jews?) and the contributions such charges made to the promulgation of anti-Judaism through the ages.

When we meet again on June 5, we’ll conclude our study of Paul with a look at First Thessalonians, Chapters 3-5.  These include Paul’s exhortations to behave morally and his assurances about the “end times” salvation of the living (and the dead) who followed Christ.

Our informal discussion group will be conducted 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.  Any copy of the New Testament is acceptable (the more versions the richer the conversation).  Our discussions will be supplemented by commentary drawn from The Jewish Annotated New Testament, edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

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Jun
19
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

May 29, 2020 12-1

The Noon Study Group will NOT meet on May 29.

At our Zoom session last week, May 22,

  • We briefly discussed various Christological conceptions of Jesus (was his nature divine or human?) and how those conceptions varied among Christian denominations.

  • We looked at potential differences between Jews and Christians in their attitudes towards “perfection,” using Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s essay, “The Tyranny of Perfection,” as a springboard for discussion (Boteach may be too binary in the distinctions he makes and in his characterization of how Christians value perfection).

  • We considered the geographical and social distinctions between the audiences for Paul’s letters to Philippi and Thessalonica

  • We admired Paul’s gifted use of rhetoric, at the outset and throughout his missive, in saying how proud he was (in Yiddish we call this shepping naches) of the Thessalonians’ steadfastness.

  • We then turned to the elephant in the room (actually in Chapter 2:14-16), in which Paul identifies the Jews as those “who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets.”  Our discussion included the accuracy of the charges (which Jews?  any Jews?  all Jews?) and the contributions such charges made to the promulgation of anti-Judaism through the ages.

When we meet again on June 5, we’ll conclude our study of Paul with a look at First Thessalonians, Chapters 3-5.  These include Paul’s exhortations to behave morally and his assurances about the “end times” salvation of the living (and the dead) who followed Christ.

Our informal discussion group will be conducted 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.  Any copy of the New Testament is acceptable (the more versions the richer the conversation).  Our discussions will be supplemented by commentary drawn from The Jewish Annotated New Testament, edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

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Jun
26
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Jun 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

May 29, 2020 12-1

The Noon Study Group will NOT meet on May 29.

At our Zoom session last week, May 22,

  • We briefly discussed various Christological conceptions of Jesus (was his nature divine or human?) and how those conceptions varied among Christian denominations.

  • We looked at potential differences between Jews and Christians in their attitudes towards “perfection,” using Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s essay, “The Tyranny of Perfection,” as a springboard for discussion (Boteach may be too binary in the distinctions he makes and in his characterization of how Christians value perfection).

  • We considered the geographical and social distinctions between the audiences for Paul’s letters to Philippi and Thessalonica

  • We admired Paul’s gifted use of rhetoric, at the outset and throughout his missive, in saying how proud he was (in Yiddish we call this shepping naches) of the Thessalonians’ steadfastness.

  • We then turned to the elephant in the room (actually in Chapter 2:14-16), in which Paul identifies the Jews as those “who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets.”  Our discussion included the accuracy of the charges (which Jews?  any Jews?  all Jews?) and the contributions such charges made to the promulgation of anti-Judaism through the ages.

When we meet again on June 5, we’ll conclude our study of Paul with a look at First Thessalonians, Chapters 3-5.  These include Paul’s exhortations to behave morally and his assurances about the “end times” salvation of the living (and the dead) who followed Christ.

Our informal discussion group will be conducted 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.  Any copy of the New Testament is acceptable (the more versions the richer the conversation).  Our discussions will be supplemented by commentary drawn from The Jewish Annotated New Testament, edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

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Jun
28
Sun
Online Torah on Tap
Jun 28 @ 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: 328 336 9562.  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 2:

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: 328 336 9562 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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YEP! (Youth Engagement Program)

Forget Sunday School. YEP! is an innovative and exciting multi-generational, hands-on Jewish educational experience for parents and their children. Once a week during the school year, families come together for experiential learning that that fosters deep relationships among families, our congregation and the greater community, while strengthening Jewish identity on a personal level. 

Learn more and reserve your place now!

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation

One of the beautiful aspects of raising Jewish kids in Asheville is that they tend to grow up with a sense of groundedness. Their bar/bat mitzvah is not an over-the-top competition. It's just one of life's milestones. It's not a culmination of their Jewish learning and engagement - it's the beginning.

Bar/Bat mitzvah study is introduced early on, at least several years prior to the event. Our kids study with Josefa Briant, a former soloist in the Batsheva Dance Company (Tel Aviv) with a deep sense of spirituality. They meet as a class to acquire the skills needed to lead services. About a year out, kids begin studying one-one-one to learn their Torah portion and haftorah and begin to meet with Rabbi Justin to get a taste of what Jewish study with a chevruta (partner) is all about. After it's over, many decide to remain engaged. That is our measure of success.  

Post Bar/Bat Mitzvah Learning

The post b'nei mitzvah group is for those young adults 13 and over who have already become bar/bat mitzvvah. The student-led group meets the first Tuesday of the month with Rabbi Goldstein in a setting that is open, safe and confidential. Topics for discussion revolve around creating, growing and sustaining meaningful relationships and use both text study and discussion as tools with which to explore Jewish life and Jewish values.  For more information, please contact Rabbi Goldstein.

"I find it quite remarkable that people are both open and respectful! Open? That happens. Respectful? Not everywhere!! But always here!" - Judith Hoy

Learning for Adults

Do you ever wonder what it’s all about? Curious what Judaism has to say about today’s thornier problems? Always wanted to learn to speak Hebrew? Yiddish? Or maybe you just want to get more out of Shabbat and the other holidays. You’re in the right place. We get together weekly, monthly or whenever we can. Many, but not all, groups are led by Rabbi Justin. And not all take place at the synagogue.

Weekly/Monthly Learning

Click on a program to learn more

Learning Throughout the Year

Scholar-in-Residence

At least once each year, the CBI hosts a Scholar/Artist-in-Residence for a weekend. Previous scholars/artists include: Rabbi Harold Kushner; Israeli writer/entertainer, Danny Maseng; dancer and creator of MOVING TORAH, Andrea Hodos; storyteller and folklorist, Pennina Schram.  

Holiday Study

The holidays provide opportunities to deepen our understanding of who we are - as individuals and as a people. We take advantage of as many as we can, including Tu b'Shevat, Purim, Pesach, Shavuot, Tisha b'Av, and more.  

Dinner and a Movie

 Start with a dairy pot-luck dinner, add a few dozen of your friends, then settle in for a movie that's sure to make you laugh, cry, love, cringe or, at the very least, think.

"The culture of learning at CBI is vibrant, non-dogmatic, participatory, respectful, relevant, and evolving within the context of our growing congregation. The intellect and the spirit are equally honored." -Dr. Robert Kline