We're Asheville's only independent egalitarian Jewish community. More than 100 years old, we’re rediscovering ourselves every day. We love pot-lucks, swapping stories and kids in the sanctuary. We have a wise rabbi who lives in a young man’s body. He inspires, teaches and plays the ukulele. Sometimes we sing off key. We learn and laugh together, celebrate and care for each other. Interested?
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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.
CBI’s Milk & Honey Hour brings together young Jewish families to schmooze and acclimate their little ones (newborn to 4 yrs) to their spiritual home away from home. Once a month on the third Saturday of the month, we meet at CBI for an hour-long Jewish experience designed to expose children to the sights, sounds and smells of Judaism.
The first 30 minutes is for socializing and playing, enjoying read-to-me time and allowing the little ones to explore the synagogue. Feel free to wander where your child leads, in and out of the sanctuary, on to the bima, nothing is off limits.
The second half features singing with Penny White, Jewish Asheville’s pied piper. She’ll teach Shabbat songs, nigguns (wordless melodies), Hebrew lullabies and Jewish holiday tunes you can continue singing to your kids at home. While the youngest absorb the rhythms and melodies, the older toddlers are encouraged to play along on drums and tambourines.
All the while, the kids are exposed to the in the background sounds and melodies of the Shabbat service coming from the sanctuary. The entire hour-long experience is designed to imprint positive Jewish memories that will last a lifetime. This program is designed for any Jewish family with kids under the age of four. You need not be a member of CBI to participate.
Children and teens are invited to join Josefa Briant for a youth service in the small sanctuary at 10:45am. Later we’ll join the congregation in the main sanctuary to participate in part of the Musaf service. All are welcome!
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.
January 17, 2020, 12-1
Last Friday, we officially began our discussion of the prefatory material and first two chapters of Rabbi David Wolpe’s Why Faith Matters. Among other issues, we 1) shared some ideas to Wolpe’s question, “Can I believe that we all live in the presence of God?”; 2) got into the difficulties of defining terms like “faith” or “religion”; 3) talked about believing in something that could not be proven empirically; 4) discussed what we perceived as “miracles” as they appeared in everyday observation; and 5) discussed “What inclines us to believe?”: fear, impulse to responsibility, genetics, wonder, and need for relationship (with community and/or God).
This Friday, we will begin with some of our personal responses to questions Wolpe poses toward the end of Chapter 2 (p. 37): “Why are we here? Why is anything here?” and we’ll also discuss Wolpe’s claim that “each of us has a specific call from God” (from p. 212 of the Study Guide). Then we’ll talk about Ch. 3 (“Does Religion Cause Violence?”) of Why Faith Matters. Expect some lively discussion.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the CBI Library. All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. Why Faith Matters is available on a variety of internet outlets. If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at email@example.com.
“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
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"I deeply appreciate the empowerment and support I feel from Rabbi Justin and the CBI leadership to forge our own path, one that is consistent and true to our family without being led to feel like our Judaism is lacking.” - Ali Climo