YEP and Milk & Honey Hour Orientation

YEP and Milk & Honey Hour Orientation

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. Sometimes we sing off key. We learn and laugh together, celebrate and care for each other. Interested? 

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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.

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YEP Open House Tu biShvat Multi-Gen Program

Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for Tu B’Shvat Multi-Gen Day! Sunday, Feb 9th 10am-12pm @ CBI
Come join our Youth Education Program as we celebrate the holiday of Tu B’Shvat! This is a Multi-Generational Day, so all ages are welcome– and encouraged– to join! We will be exploring the holiday through outdoor ed, hands-on activities, and a fun Seder, so come prepared to get dirty and have fun celebrating as a whole community the Jewish Birthday for the Trees!
NOTE: This is an Open House, so anyone– CBI members or not– are invited to learn and celebrate with us as a whole community.
For more information, contact YEP Director Nechoma Morgan at yepadmin@bethisraelnc.orgChag sameach!
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Tu BiShvat Seder at CBI

Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tu BiShvat Seder at CBI

Sunday, February 9, 6;00pm at Congregation Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Ave.

The Kabbalists created the seder of Tu Bishvat as a “tikkun” — a ritual of repair. By eating fruits and nuts with special mindfulness, we strive to repair our own spiritual brokenness and the brokenness of a world which is not yet as we and God most wish it to be.

A veggie/dairy potluck will follow the seder.

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CBI Board meeting

Feb 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

CBI Board meeting

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Friday Noon Study Group

Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

February 7, 2020, 12-1

Last week’s we discussed participants’ reactions to televised debates between Rabbi Wolpe and Christopher Hitchens and other atheists.  It’s probably safe to say that no one came away from watching these videos thinking that either side made an airtight argument.  We were particularly interested in the affect displayed by the debaters–Wolpe seeming to be overly affable and Hitchens seeming to be overly arrogant.  We then went on to continue our discussion of Chapter 4 in Rabbi David Wolpe’s Why Faith Matters.  Among the issues discussed were whether the truths of faith endured, unlike the truths of science that often changed; Wolpe’s assurance that God interacts with the world; and Wolpe’s belief that we are partners with God in an on-going process of creating ourselves.

This Friday, we’ll begin with a loose end from Chapter 4, Wolpe’s discomfort with philosopher Thomas Nagel’s saying, “I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want there to be a universe like that” (p. 103).  We’ll then begin discussion of Chapter 5, “What does Religion Really Teach?”  It’s likely that we’ll only get to discuss the first half of this long chapter this week.

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

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Family Shabbat service & potluck

Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

All are invited to join us for a family-friendly Friday night service at 6:00pm followed by a vegetarian/dairy potluck meal.  Pizza (courtesy of Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant) and ice cream are provided, please bring a salad or side dish.

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Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI

Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Services @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us in welcoming Shabbat with prayer and song.

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Elliot Tocaben Bar Mitzvah

Feb 15 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
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