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    Brotherhood BeerFest

    Brotherhood BeerFest

    A great time was had at the Brotherhood BeerFest on May 3rd at Eurisko Brewery in the Southslope. Good pizza and wings as well...

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    Woman of the Year

    Sisterhood will be hosting our Annual Meeting and Woman of the Year Luncheon on June 10, 2018 at 11:30 AM in Dave Hall. We will be honoring Carol Gillen for her many contributions to Congregation Beth ...

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    Introduction to Judaism

    Introduction to Judaism 5779 The Rabbis of Congregations Beth Hatephila and Beth Israel are pleased to co-teach Asheville’s community Introduction to Judaism class. It is designed for those who are curious, those creating partnerships with Jews, ...

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    New Art at the Temple

    We are delighted to announce that Lynn and Pat Patton Grimes, in memory of their parents, Marilyn and Buddy Patton, donated a marvelous piece of art to the Temple. The work, a woven fiber mosaic, was ...

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    Brotherhood runs Matzo House Building at Religious School

    On March 11th, the Brotherhood ran a Matzo House Building Exercise with the religious school kids. A great time was had by all.

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    Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Asheville Area

    Description and Purpose The Jewish Community Relations Council exists to build bridges of understanding and communication within our Jewish community and beyond to the general community. We are a group of Jewish parents, educators and leaders in ...

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    Two Congregations – One Building - Creates Multiple Opportunities to Learn and Grow

      “I know that CBI would make the same offer to us. And I’m so pleased we are in the position of doing such a mitzvah.”                                                             Rabbi Batsheva Meiri Founded in 1899, Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) is ...

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    Brotherhood Latke Feast a Rousing Success

    Under the direction of Chef Ned Simon, hundreds of latkes  were produced by the Brotherhood. Here are 3 Martys peeling potatoes. Brotherhood President Paul Glaser checks out the latkes coming out of the pan. Over 125 folks enjoyed ...

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    Family Israel Discovery Trip

    Congregation Beth HaTephila Family Israel Discovery Led by Rabbi Batsheva Meiri June 20-July 2, 2018 TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: Bnei Mitzvah Ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem Spiritual Shabbat experiences in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Participate in a ...

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    Family Tradition at CBHT Spans Six Generations

    Family Tradition at CBHT Spans Six Generations I  was fortunate to be born and raised in western North Carolina. My roots in Asheville date back to 1898. Six generations of family have called Asheville home. Living ...

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      New Art at the Temple

      We are delighted to announce that Lynn and Pat Patton Grimes, in memory of their parents, Marilyn and Buddy Patton, donated a marvelous piece of art to the Temple.

      Festival of Lights
      Festival of Lights

      The work, a woven fiber mosaic, was designed and constructed by a Cuban-American Jew, the now deceased Jose′ Augustin Fumero. He had a studio in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

      A graduate of the Fine Arts Program at Cooper Union, New York. Mr. Fumero had lectured at the Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina. His works have been widely exhibited, and can be found in a number of museums and private collections.

      The piece is a welcome addition to our beautiful Temple. It is entitled Festival of Lights, and is hanging in the Dave Hall Social Hall.

      Ellen Carr,
      Arts Committee

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      Two Congregations – One Building - Creates Multiple Opportunities to Learn and Grow

       

      “I know that CBI would make the same offer to us. And I’m so pleased we are in the position of doing such a mitzvah.”
                                                                  Rabbi Batsheva Meiri

      Rabbis and PresidentsFounded in 1899, Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) is transforming their space with a Capital Campaign “Giving and Growing Together.” After 50 years in the same building, an aggressive 11-month renovation is underway including changes to the sanctuary, learning spaces, social hall and common spaces. Della Simon, President of CBI notes, “We knew that during the construction phase of our project we would need to be in an alternate space. Our leadership considered multiple venues - primarily houses of worship. While CBI looked at renting space from several area churches, in the end it made the most sense for us to reach out to our friends at Congregational Beth HaTephila (CBHT) in leveraging our strong, long-standing relationship in hopes that they would be open to supporting our congregation during this year.

      Rabbis Meiri and Goldstein were discussing at a morning coffee the plans for CBI’s renovation and temporary relocation. Rabbi Meiri noted, “I asked, what they were doing and why hadn’t they contacted us because we certainly had the space available.” Rabbi Goldstein added, “Yes, she said quite clearly and matter of factly that it only made sense for CBHT to host us during our year of renovation.  And she was and remains to be correct - it only makes sense!"

      When CBHT President Karen Hyman heard that CBI needed a temporary home, she asked them to stop looking elsewhere and assured them that CBHT wanted to make it work for them to share their space. Karen said, “We had just recently built out the remaining space on our lower level, so it was perfect timing. Della and I met to work out the basic framework of the arrangement and then we were off and running. This is just the right thing to do for our friends at CBI, and it has been working out great.

      Cohabitation of congregations began in the fall of this year. CBI calls Unger Hall the downstairs ‘home’ until the renovations are completed in time for the 2018 High Holidays.

      “CBHT has been so generous with sharing space for us to be able to learn, pray, celebrate, and gather; the JCC has been so accommodating for our Sunday School needs, JFS has offered us use of their kosher kitchen to prepare our communal meals - all around and in every way the Jewish community of Asheville continues to show its true spirit of support and togetherness.”                 Rabbi Justin Goldstein

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