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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

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, June 10, 2018 - 9:30AM - 11:30AM - Reynolds Volunteer Fire Department, 235 Charlotte Highy (Rte 74A)  - Mix and mingle with coffee, bagels and more.  If you are joining us, please RSVP by June 1st to Julian Biller, Secretary jscasheville@gmail.com
If you can't attend, please make sure you return your proxy, either by mail to: Julian Biller, 66 Creeks End Circle, Mills River, NC 28759 or by email: jscasheville@gmail.com.

Bridge Party
Sat, June 16, 2018, 1:00PM - 4:00PM, JSCA Bridge Party.
Please call or email Rory at 828 585-5118 rorynov@gmail.com for more information. 

Home based Shabbat Dinners
Fri, June 22, 2018
Intimate Shabbat dinners in member’s homes have always been a very popular JSCA activity. Once hosts are in place, we members will be invited to participate as guests.

Please consider hosting a small group in your home on Friday evening, June 22. Typically hosts provide the main entree and beverages. Participants will be asked to complete the meal with appetizers, sides, salad and dessert. This does not have to be an elaborate meal, you may choose to dine indoors or outdoors. Please contact Rory Novell at 828 585-5118 or rorynov@gmail.com as soon as possible, to discuss hosting.

Sun, June 24, 2018
2:00PM-4:00PM 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.RSVP to Barbara Aaronoff:  baaronoff@gmail.comNo 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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