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Welcome to JSCA

We may be looking for each other...

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 to 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  our traditions and  history, and to discuss current issues throughout the year. You are 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.


JSCA message from Paul Golin - Society for Humanistic Judaism

Click here for a comprehensive explanation of Jewish Secular Humanism delivered by Paul Golin, Executive Director of Society for Humanistic Judaism

We offer Shabbat services the first Friday of every month at 7:00
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Shabbat Services

7:00 PM First Friday of every month - In person Shabbat services canceled until further notice! See below  for Zoom at home services.

Thanks to our Ritual Committee, we welcome the Sabbath with a warm hug, a place to connect with friends and make new ones, a place to sit quietly and safely, a place to meditate, a place to grieve and a place to celebrate life. After our Service we have an Oneg that provides us with an informal opportunity to visit with one another. We look forward to sharing thoughtful blessings and songs with our members.

As a temporary replacement for our JSCA services you may want to avail yourself of the following:

Shabbat Services online with Rabbi Bob Barr

We would like to invite you to virtual Shabbat services every Friday evening from 6:00 PM-6:30 PM. Conducted by Rabbi Bob Barr from Congregation Beth Adam in Cincinnati, Ohio. Many of you may remember Rabbi Barr as our scholar in residence 5 years ago.

www.bethadam.org at 6:00 PM on Fridays.

JSCA, in compliance with the Buncombe County Stay Home-Stay Safe Order, has cancelled all Shabbat servicesAll JSCA physical community business meetings, social justice functions, and social gatherings are also cancelled. Moving forward we will be using Zoom for these. 

JSCA has been hard at work developing programs to sustain our members during this difficult time. We have added a service to pick up groceries and drugs for our highest risk members, started telephoning members who may feel isolated, posted in the members’ section of the website a list of regularly updated resources, and initiated a popular members’ online chatroom. 

Members who wish to visit or revisit these resources and programs need to log in to the Members’ Section.

If you are not a current member, but you are interested in learning more about us, click through our website. Then send us an email (See a link below) and we’ll get back to you. At JSCA we are here for each other because we care for each other.

Shabbat Service
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Friday, July 9, 2021 7:00 PM

Progressive (light) dinner
Saturday, August 28, 2021
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Watch for updates

Rosh Hashanah morning service
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Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Watch for updates

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