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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.

Mission Statement of the Jewish Secular Community of Asheville

 To maintain a secular humanistic community where individuals
celebrate their Jewish identity, heritage, culture and traditions.


Shabbat Services
7:00PM First Friday of every month

Bridge party

1:00-4:00PM Saturday April 21, 2018
JSCA Bridge Party at the Novell's. Please call or email Rory at 828 585-5118 rorynov@gmail.com for more information. 

Film Discussion: "The Cakemaker", Jewish Film Festival 
Sun, April 22, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Join us at the  JCC  Seminar Room for  a discussion of:           THE CAKEMAKER  No charge for JSCA members, $15- fee for guests.


3:00PM - 5:00PM Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Documentary screening, *Taking Stock* about a Jewish family business
in South Africa *Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from **3:00-5:30 pm at** Olli's
Humanities Lecture Hall, Reuter Center .
*Ben Stillerman, the filmmaker (and son of the shopkeeper) will be on hand after the documentary to discuss. 

*Taking Stock* explores the conflicted connections between business and family, community and country

The film follows Clive Stillerman, a shopkeeper-philosopher from South
Africa, and his complicated relationships with his relatives, employees,
customers, and friends, as seen through the lens of his family business,
Benoni Discount Stores.

Film discussion:  "Itzhak, Jewish Film Festival
Sun, April 29, 2018  2:00PM - 4:00PM
JCC Seminar Rooom
No charge for JSCA members, $15- fee for guests.

Book discussion: "Moonglow" by Michael Chabon
Sun, May 6, 2018 3:00PM - 5:00PM
JCC Seminar Room
No charge for JSCA members, $15- fee for guests.

Bridge party

1:00-4:00PM Saturday May 19, 2018
JSCA Bridge Party at the Weinberg's. Please call or email Rory at 828 585-5118 rorynov@gmail.com for more information. 

JSCA'S First Jewish Secular Humanism Peer Study Group
Sun, May 27, 2018 3:00Pm-4:30Pm
Location:  23 Spring Hollow Circle, Asheville, NC

The study group is having its first of three sessions at Roselyn Katz's home.  It is our "pilot program" and is designed for its participating members to read short articles, watch relevant u-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. 

Shabbat Services
June 1 2018 Friday 7:00PM - 9:PM  

Brief Shabbat Service/ Special Program by author and musician Will Melnyk

Listen to Walter William Melnyk (Will)

--Author of the stirring historical fiction book  Pavel’s Violin.

Walter William Melnyk (Will)

After an ‘abbreviated’ Shabbat service at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church 801 Charlotte Hwy, Fairview, NC 28730 

He will give visual background as well as read from this special work.  He will then thrill us by playing Pavel’s violin!

At the Oneg, he will have copies of his book which he will be happy to personally sign for you

JSCA Annual Meeti

Sunday 6/10/18 - 9:30AM - 11:30AM - Reynolds Volunteer Fire Department, 235 Charlotte Highy (Rte 74A)  - More information to follow.

Sun, June 24, 2018
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.
RSVP to Barbara Aaronoff:  baaronoff@gmail.com
No charge for JSCA members, $15- fee for guests.

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Board of Directors     

  • Gary Selnick, President
  • June Dreznick, Vice President
  • Julian Biller, Secretary
  • Carol Falender, Treasurer

Three bubbes sitting on a park bench.

The first one lets out a heartfelt "Oy!"

A few minutes later, the second bubbe sighs deeply and says "Oy vey!"

A few minutes after that, the third lady brushes away a tear and moans, "Oy veyizmir!"

To which the first bubbe replies: "I thought we agreed we weren't going to talk about our children!"

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