Category Archives: Emergency Notice

Statement from the Asheville Jewish Community

In the midst of a brand-new, deadly global crisis, our country has erupted in reaction to a centuries-old, deadly American crisis. The barbaric murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd bring us to our knees not because they are new crises like the coronavirus, but because they are so timeworn. And for many of us, we also recognize in ourselves the response of Amy Cooper in her interaction with the bird watcher Chris Cooper and what could have been another tragic death. We have work to do.

As the Asheville Jewish Community, we stand in solidarity with those expressing their grief, shock, and sorrow over these killings and the widespread racism in our society. We stand in solidarity because of our beliefs in the fundamental equality, worth, and dignity of every human being. We stand in solidarity because our commitment to Tikkun Olam demands it. But we also ask the members of the Asheville Jewish Community to do more than stand in solidarity.

As our mountain home enters into a State of Emergency and curfew tonight, we hope you will consider the ways you can bear witness to rebuild peace and justice within our community. Here are a few places to start:

We do this in honor of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd along with all African Americans who have died at the hands of racism and white supremacy in the 400 year history of these United States. May their memories be for a blessing.

Asheville Jewish Community Center
Carolina Jews for Justice
Center for Jewish Studies
Congregation Beth Israel
Congregation Beth HaTephila
Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Family Services of WNC
Jewish Secular Community of Asheville

A Message from our President about Reopening:

We are monitoring the governmental directives about potential reopening of businesses and other establishments like our temple facilities. At this time, we are unable to set a date for a phased reopening. We do know that we cannot plan any gatherings at the temple before July 10. We will provide updates on plans as they change in the coming weeks. Please email or call me if you have and questions or concerns.

Tikkun Gottschalk, President

Social Distancing in Effect. No gatherings of congregants.


Because of the guidance about the Covid-19 virus,  all gatherings of congregants are cancelled including Friday Night Services, Religious School, and Adult Education.

PLEASE JOIN US BY WEBCAST: services will be broadcast via the website and FaceBook. You can use these links or navigate to Jewish Journeys > Prayer > Watch Services Online. There is no password required.
for FaceBook.

Please refrain from creating private watch parties on Facebook. As a community, we want to see and read everyones comments in one place, to help us promote a sense of togetherness during these virtual times.

CBHT Staff and leadership will continue to closely monitor the developing situation, and work to maintain our connections to each other and to our traditions in ways that promote everyone’s continued health and well being. Please call or email if there is anything staff or leadership can do to support you or your loved ones.

Tikkun Gottschalk, President