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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.


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

Third Saturday of each month1:00PM - 4:00PMJSCA Bridge Party.
Please call or email Rory at 828 585-5118 
rorynov@gmail.com for more information.

Manna Food Bank

Saturday, Oct. 27, 1 - 3PM

The Social Justice Committee invites JSCA volunteers to help sort and prepare donations.
627 Swannanoa River Rd., Asheville (use volunteer parking area/entrance).

RSVP to Doris Potash by Oct. 10, dorispotash@charter.net

“The Golden Age of Hollywood”

Session 1:  Sunday, Nov. 4 2:30 PM - JCC of Asheville, 236 Charlotte St., Asheville, upstairs in th Zimmerman Room.  Learn about the Jewish Hollywood moguls and their dilemma.

Join us for a lively discussion and a new way to look at “The Golden Age of Hollywood”.

The Extraordinary Effect the Nazis had on Hollywood

In the 1930s and 1940s, as the horrors of Nazi Germany engulfed the European continent, Los Angeles became a sanctuary for some of Europe's most celebrated artists and filmmakers who changed American movies forever. At the same time, the Hollywood studios were run by Jews who controlled worldwide distribution networks—an enormous power base. However, that makes their timidity regarding Nazism a matter of psychological, cultural and political interest.  We will examine both responses.

Members:  No cost Non members/guests:  $10 pay at the door

Please RSVP by Nov. 1 to: Barbara Weitz, weitzb@fiu.edu

Jewish Asheville Walking Tour

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Wed, November 07, 2018, 12:15 PM -  Pack Square - $15.00

Join JSCA members and friends for a 90 minute walking tour to explore the history of Jewish businesses in Asheville.  Sharon Fahrer has been leading tours for many years and promises to delight and enlighten you about our Jewish history in Asheville. 
http://www.history-at-hand.com/about-the-family-store  Following the tour the group will stop for a "nosh" at Roman's Deli located at 75 Haywood St.


New member brunch

Sunday, November 11, 2018 11:00 AM
The Membership Committee is hosting brunch for new members at the home of the Membership Committee Chair.

Habitat for Humanity House, Greater Asheville

Friday, Nov.30,
The Social Justice Committee invites JSCA volunteers to help clean, paint and make another Habitat house ready for a new family.

RSVP to Irv Snyder by Nov 1, twinbrud@yahoo.com

“The Golden Age of Hollywood”

Session 2:  Sunday, Dec. 2:00 PMVistas of Westfield Clubhouse, 61 Westfield Way, Candler.  This second session is about those who were able to escape (the exiles) and came to Hollywood.

Members:  No cost Non members/guests:  $10 pay at the door

Please RSVP to: Barbara Weitz, weitzb@fiu.edu

Chanukah celebration

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville,1 Edwin Place, Asheville, NC.
Save the date, and plan on joining us for this fun-filled evening of celebration and delicious latkes!

Passover Seder

Saturday, April 20, 2019 - First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St., Asheville, NC
Please save the date and plan to join us for a memorable evening and delicious dinner!

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Board of Directors     

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

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