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We're a blended family. Old and young, Jews by birth and Jews by choice; from L.A., Miami, Atlanta and Brooklyn - London, Johannesburg and places with names too hard to pronounce. We celebrate together: single moms and newly retired couples, inter-faith and inter-racial families. And all of us - observant, secular and agnostic - find common ground in community.

"For the first time in my life, I find myself yearning to go to shul.”  - Rochelle Reich

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Aug
14
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Friday Noon Study Group will not meet on August 14.

Last Friday, our study group concluded its discussion of Barry Holtz’s Rabbi Akiva with a consideration of the following issues:

  • The question of which is greater, the study of Torah or the practice of Judaism? Can we conclude, as the sages did, that because practice (ethical behavior) is the purpose of study, then study is greater because it leads to practice?  Is there evidence that clearly demonstrates this theoretical conclusion?

  • The question of why Rabbi Akiva was so hardly regarded by Jewish mystics. Akiva achieved a superior position among the sages in part because he was the only sage to have emerged unscathed from the visit to Pardes.  It was alleged that he had actually seen the face of HaShem during that visit.

  • The significance of Akiva’s meticulous methods of textual interpretation of the mysteries of Torah. Unlike Rabbi Ishmael, Akiva went beyond the plain sense of texts to examine their hidden meanings.  This point is aptly driven home in the Talmudic tale involving Moses questioning the elaborate calligraphic flourishes God put into his inscription of the Torah.  God gives Moses a glimpse into the future to watch Akiva explaining the significance of those flourishes (crowns on the letters) to his students.

Our group will reconvene for one more session in August when we meet on Friday, August 21 for a brief prelude to our next topic:  Biblical Archaeology.

On the 21st, we will discuss material that can be found at the following links:

The Noon Study Group will not meet on August 28.  When we resume on Friday, September 4, we will be discussing Israel Finkelstein and Neil Silberman’s The Bible Unearthed:  Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of its Sacred Texts.  This book is available at a variety of internet outlets. 

Unless indicated to the contrary, 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. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Online Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Online Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

With services unavoidably cancelled, the Ritual Committee is working hard to find ways we can support each other as a community when we can’t be together in person. It’s very distressing to be unable to say Kaddish for a loved one, or to contemplate not sharing a Seder meal with friends and family. We’d like to share with you some plans we have for filling these gaps in our lives.

Please join me beginning this Friday, March 27, at 6:00pm, when we will begin holding Kabbalat Shabbat services via Zoom.  A rotation of folks will lead the service, including Josefa, who will lead Family Shabbat on the second Friday of each month. As long as at least 10 adults log in, we’ll be able to say Kaddish, so please consider attending, even if you’re not a Friday night regular.

A link to the online service is below.  Zoom is easy to use and will let us see and hear each other as we welcome Shabbat.  If you haven’t already downloaded Zoom to your computer or phone, you must do so before joining the meeting on Friday at 6:00pm.  You only need to download Zoom once, after that you simply log in, always using the same Meeting ID: 406 391 4937.  Easy instructions are below this message.

We recognize that this is a big departure from traditional practice, and the Ritual Committee did not make this decision without serious discussion. This is a temporary measure to keep us all connected while we can’t be together physically.

If you’d like to borrow a siddur for use at home while services are cancelled, we’ll be happy to lend you one!  Please contact the office for details.

Eva Blinder

CBI Ritual Chair

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 services on CBI’s Zoom Account 1:

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: 406 391 4937 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 CBI’s service leader to start the meeting

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Aug
16
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Aug 16 @ 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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Aug
21
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Friday Noon Study Group will not meet on August 14.

Last Friday, our study group concluded its discussion of Barry Holtz’s Rabbi Akiva with a consideration of the following issues:

  • The question of which is greater, the study of Torah or the practice of Judaism? Can we conclude, as the sages did, that because practice (ethical behavior) is the purpose of study, then study is greater because it leads to practice?  Is there evidence that clearly demonstrates this theoretical conclusion?

  • The question of why Rabbi Akiva was so hardly regarded by Jewish mystics. Akiva achieved a superior position among the sages in part because he was the only sage to have emerged unscathed from the visit to Pardes.  It was alleged that he had actually seen the face of HaShem during that visit.

  • The significance of Akiva’s meticulous methods of textual interpretation of the mysteries of Torah. Unlike Rabbi Ishmael, Akiva went beyond the plain sense of texts to examine their hidden meanings.  This point is aptly driven home in the Talmudic tale involving Moses questioning the elaborate calligraphic flourishes God put into his inscription of the Torah.  God gives Moses a glimpse into the future to watch Akiva explaining the significance of those flourishes (crowns on the letters) to his students.

Our group will reconvene for one more session in August when we meet on Friday, August 21 for a brief prelude to our next topic:  Biblical Archaeology.

On the 21st, we will discuss material that can be found at the following links:

The Noon Study Group will not meet on August 28.  When we resume on Friday, September 4, we will be discussing Israel Finkelstein and Neil Silberman’s The Bible Unearthed:  Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of its Sacred Texts.  This book is available at a variety of internet outlets. 

Unless indicated to the contrary, 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. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Online Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Online Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

With services unavoidably cancelled, the Ritual Committee is working hard to find ways we can support each other as a community when we can’t be together in person. It’s very distressing to be unable to say Kaddish for a loved one, or to contemplate not sharing a Seder meal with friends and family. We’d like to share with you some plans we have for filling these gaps in our lives.

Please join me beginning this Friday, March 27, at 6:00pm, when we will begin holding Kabbalat Shabbat services via Zoom.  A rotation of folks will lead the service, including Josefa, who will lead Family Shabbat on the second Friday of each month. As long as at least 10 adults log in, we’ll be able to say Kaddish, so please consider attending, even if you’re not a Friday night regular.

A link to the online service is below.  Zoom is easy to use and will let us see and hear each other as we welcome Shabbat.  If you haven’t already downloaded Zoom to your computer or phone, you must do so before joining the meeting on Friday at 6:00pm.  You only need to download Zoom once, after that you simply log in, always using the same Meeting ID: 406 391 4937.  Easy instructions are below this message.

We recognize that this is a big departure from traditional practice, and the Ritual Committee did not make this decision without serious discussion. This is a temporary measure to keep us all connected while we can’t be together physically.

If you’d like to borrow a siddur for use at home while services are cancelled, we’ll be happy to lend you one!  Please contact the office for details.

Eva Blinder

CBI Ritual Chair

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 services on CBI’s Zoom Account 1:

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: 406 391 4937 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 CBI’s service leader to start the meeting

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Aug
22
Sat
Shabbat Morning Services Online @ CBI
Aug 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

We regret that in-person services are cancelled at this time due to the COVID 19 situation.  We will be holding an abbreviated online Shabbat morning service on alternate Saturdays.

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Aug
23
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Aug 23 @ 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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“CBI nurtures my spiritual life, especially the Shabbos experience - the participatory services and the Kiddush luncheon, which allows us to visit and get to know each other.” – Jimi Moore