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Welcome to JSCA

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Are you seeking to be more in touch with your Jewish heritage, in a comfortable, friendly setting with other thoughtful Jews to whom you can relate on a spiritual, intellectual, and social level?

The Jewish Secular Community of Asheville (JSCA) provides a warm, inclusive, secular, and humanistic environment in which to celebrate holidays, learn about both our traditions and our history, and discuss current issues throughout the year. You're invited to be our guest at our monthly Shabbat services or at the next JSCA event and judge for yourself.

Vision statement
An inclusive community valuing secular humanism and our Jewish cultural heritage.

Mission Statement
Educate, celebrate and nurture our members based upon the principles of humanistic Judaism.

COMING EVENTS

Shabbat Services
7:00PM First Friday of every month

A warm hug, a place to connect
​ with friends (or make new ones)​, a safe place to sit quietly, to meditate, to grieve and to celebrate life. All these things can be ours when we gather to welcome Shabbat. Thanks to the work of our Ritual Committee, we celebrate Secular Shabbat on the first Friday of every month. We look forward to sharing​ thoughtful​ blessings and songs with you. There will be a delicious Oneg after the gathering, providing us with an informal opportunity to visit with one another.

Location:  Abiding Savior Lutheran Church,  801 Charlotte Highway, (74A), 1.5 miles south of the CVS/Ingles next to Cool Mountain Realty.


Bridge Party

Sat, August 18, 20181:00PM - 4:00PMJSCA Bridge Party.Please call or email Rory at 828 585-5118 rorynov@gmail.com for more information.

JSCA'S third Jewish Secular Humanism Peer Study Group meeting

Sun, August 26, 2018 3:00Pm-4:30Pm
Location:  Carriage Park Clubhouse, 100 Carriage Square Dr., Hendersonville, NC 28791
The study group is having its third of three sessions and hosted by Jeff and Marilyn Harris.  It is our "pilot program" and is designed for its participating members to read short articles, watch relevant you-tubes to further their understanding of Jewish Secular thought.  The overall purpose is to assist interested members in forming small groups of 8-10 people to study topics of their choice from the Society for Humanistic Judaism's journals, DVD's, CD's and more. Because this is a gated community please RSVP to Marilyn Harris by email mlh1014@verizon.net or 609-560-9682 so your name can be added to a list at the guardhouse for access.

MY GRANDFATHER'S PRAYERS

Sun, September 02, 2018, 7:00PM White Horse/Black Mountain, 105 Montreat Rd, Black Mountain, NC

Lisa Sturz, an award winning puppeteer, tells the story of her grandfather, Cantor Izso Glickstein, a fourth generation cantor to Leonard Bernstein.  This show uses shadow puppets, scrolling backgrounds, digital composites, - a multi media wonder!

Discount tickets will be $12 in advance, payable to JSCA.  (Tickets will be available at White Horse for $15).  RSVP to: lauriesimmonds12@gmail.com and mail checks to:  Laurie Simmonds, 44 Emmett Hollar, Fairview, NC 28730.

After the show, there will be a discussion session with Lisa Sturz.

There are no reserved seats at this venue so please get there early to get a great seat.  They have a lovely wine and beer bar which also serves non-alcoholic drinks and simple snacks.

TO SEE A SAMPLE VIDEO GO TO:  https://vimeo.com/227743969

Rosh Hashanah Services and Buffet Potluck Lunch

Mon, September 10, 2018, 11:00AM, First Congregational United Church, 20 Oak St, Asheville

Contact Bob Winston rbwinston@bellsouth.net 828-280-3800 to help
Contact Marti Biller to RSVP for the luncheon: martibiller@gmail.com

Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Services

Tue, September 18, 2018, 7:30PM
PLEASE NOTICE CHANGE OF VENUE 

Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 801 Charlotte Hwy, (Rte. 74A), Fairview, NC
Please join us!

"A VISIT WITH GOLDA MEIR"

Sun, September 30, 2018
3:00PM Roselynn Katz will be doing her one-woman show "A Visit with Golda Meir: For You My Door Is Always Open"Leibman's Clubhouse, Park Avenue. 
It tells the remarkable life story of the woman who became Israel's Prime Minister, beginning with the pogrom she witnessed at the tender and terrified age of 3 in Russsia, moving to her work as an ardent Zionist on an Israeli kibbutz to her anguished leadership of the Yom Kippur War.  Last but not least is her unexpected and humorous meeting with Elvis Presley.  The play has previously earned standing ovations at North Carolina Stage Company, OLLI, other local venues as well as in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  
RSVP to Barbara Aaronoff:  baaronoff@gmail.com No charge for JSCA members, $15- fee for guests.

Swing Music 
(Click above to register)

"Ah, the Good Ole Days" Please join us for an evening of good friends, old & new, good music and good conversation.  The Guitar Bar welcomes JSCA members and friends.  Music by the Swing Step Band.

Wed, October 10, 2018, 7:00, come party with us!
The Guitar Bar at The Cotton Mill, River Arts District - 3193 Riverside Dr.
$10 for members and $15 for members Guests
(Charge covers cost)
Maximum attendees:  45

Hard Lox

Sunday, Oct. 14 Hard Lox Festival 11-4 http://www.hardloxjewishfestival.org/ 

Volunteers will be needed to represent JSCA at our booth, please contact Rory Novell, Membership Chair, rorynov@gmail.com or 828 585-5118 for details.  


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Board of Directors     

  • June Dreznick, President
  • Bob Winston, Vice President
  • Barbara Aaronoff, Secretary
  • Carol Falender, Treasurer



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