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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

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.

Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service

Tue, September 18, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 801 Charlotte Hwy (Rte. 74A), Fairview, NC


Sukkot picnic


Sun, September 23, 2018, 11:00 AM - Mills River Park, Mills River, NC
  • Please help us decorate our sukkah, by bringing fruit, flowers, vines, cards,  homemade decorations, etc.
  • Bring your own picnic lunch and drinks.
  • Speaker: Anne Wainer, Case Manager of Jewish Family Services will discuss housing needs in the Asheville Community.

No cost

RSVP To: Sue Snyder

               Email: suewho77@bellsouth.net Phone: 828-712-2433


"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.

New special interest group

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 2:00PM
Location: Asheville JCC, 236 Charlotte St., Asheville
Cost: members: none; non-members: $10 per session 

Extraordinary Effect the Nazis Had on Hollywood:

In the 1930’s and 1940’s, 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.


RSVP  by Sept. 30 to:

               Name: Barbara Weitz

               Email:_weitzb@fiu.edu

               Method of Payment: Pay at the door

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

MEMBERS REGISTERING AND PAYING ONLINE MUST DO SO INDIVIDUALLY

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.

New special interest group

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 2:30PM, December TBD
Location: Asheville JCC, 236 Charlotte St., Asheville
Cost: members: none; non-members: $10 per session 

Extraordinary Effect the Nazis Had on Hollywood:

In the 1930’s and 1940’s, 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.


RSVP  by Sept. 30 to:

               Name: Barbara Weitz

               Email:_weitzb@fiu.edu

               Method of Payment: Pay at the door


Jewish Asheville Walking Tour
(Click above to register)

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.

MEMBERS REGISTERING AND PAYING ONLINE MUST DO SO INDIVIDUALLY

New member brunch

Sunday, November 11, 2018 11:00 AM
Membership Committee will host a New Member Brunch, more information to follow.

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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