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The Zoom link for upcoming services is:

      Join us 15 minutes early for a social gathering - find out the news of the community!

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Centralizing BJC Communications.   BJC is adopting a single standardized email address for member communications.  This change, which will occur over the next few months, will make it easier to locate BJC communications in your mailbox. To ensure you receive these emails, please include the in your email contacts.  If you would like to be added to the list, please contact and we will reach out to assist you.

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Friday evening pre-Shabbat dinners.  These are suspended for the summer.


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ONEG.  With spring upon us, we will re-imagine the ONEG to create a greater sense of community.  Be on the lookout for details.  In the meantime we need your assistance setting up the ONEGS.  Please volunteer by contacting Sharon Sleeper at walker 2778@yahoo .com.


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You may be interested in events at the Asheville JCC - here's the calendar.

Upcoming Events

Potluck Havdalah June 17th.  Join us at Depot Railroad Avenue Park, 390 Railroad Avenue, Brevard NC from 5 to 7 pm.  Please bring a dish to share with the other attendees.  Beverages, plates, and cutlery will be provided. 

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Board Meeting Monday, June 26th: The BJC Board of Directors will meet by zoom at 7:30 pm.  The agenda will be emailed prior to the meeting.  Non-Board members are welcome to attend.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by clicking here and you will be sent a zoom link prior to the meeting.

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Book Club to Meet in August at Date to Be Announced:  Rhonnie Leder, as leader of the Book Club, has selected Exodus, a historical novel by American novelist Leon Uris, for this year’s book.    Exodus is about the founding of the State of Israel beginning with a compressed retelling of the voyages of the 1947 immigration ship Exodus and describing the histories of the various main characters and the ties of their personal lives to the birth of the new Jewish state. 


Published in 1958, it became an international publishing phenomenon, the biggest bestseller in the United States since Gone with the Wind (1936). It has been both widely praised and criticized as being anti-Arab or anti-Palestinian and as having "ignored the basic injustice" at the root of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.


Otto Preminger directed a 1960 film based on the novel, featuring Paul Newman as Ari Ben Canaan. It focuses mainly on the escape from Cyprus and subsequent events in Palestine.


Copies of the book and film are available on line or by contacting the Transylvania Library at 828-884-3151.

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Jerome Mandel’s new novel, Convene the Kingdom, is now available in several formats at the cut-and-paste link below.  You may also read a few dozen opening pages there.  If you like what you read, I hope you will spread the word and post this announcement on your own social media platforms.

Visiting an old friend in Israel, Nona and Charyn confront the emotional poverty of their lives back in Ohio.  With financially successful but dismissive husbands, the women recognize the need for change and the desire for something more.  To own their own lives, they must place themselves in jeopardy.

Tragedy strikes when an apparent assassination attempt forces their friend David and his family back to the States.  As David and the children adjust to life in the suburbs, they confront the stress and often-comic delights of life in America.

In this transition, David, Nona, and Charyn recover old aspirations and new ones emerge. Three people belong together but have entangling alliances, commitments, and children.  They realize there is a better world they are thwarted from achieving.  Since the world does not redesign itself to the delight of dissatisfied individuals, arrangements must be made. Impediments removed.  And misfortune may befall anyone.

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Chevra BJC meets Wednesdays at 7:00.  If you would like to know more about it please contact Justin.

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Our Torah Study seminar is studying Isaiah. Our Torah study group is like no other, an opportunity to examine the Torah and other books of the Bible using both traditional and modern sources. We welcome anyone who is interested. You only need to contact Howard.

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