Our Jewish Secular Community of Asheville (JSCA) is an
inclusive community valuing our Jewish cultural heritage.

We educate, celebrate and nurture our members
based upon the principles of Humanistic Judaism.

JSCA's 2019 Scholar in Residence Weekend,

"Tradition and Freedom: Secular Humanistic Judaism and Jewish Culture"
May 17-19, 2019.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Space is limited so register early. For more information and to register, go to:  JSCAsheville.org/Special-Event

Scholar in Residence Weekend.
Please contact Madelon Clark at mdrc59@hotmail.com if you have any of the
following skills and would like to volunteer.

1) Videography and editing skills.
2) Dessert bakers for the Oneg following the Shabbat Service, May 17.

Members Spotlight: "Getting To Know You"
by Marilyn Harris, Communications Committee Member

Spotlight on David Nelson

David and his wife, Nancy Warren, have lived in this area for four years, but he spent most of his life in Scotland. His career was spent in academia as a psychologist. David described his background in Judaism as "blank for 50+ years" followed by recent involvement in the liberal community.

David's interests lean heavily toward the arts, which have been a life-long pursuit. He has attended nearly 600 opera performances, and with difficulty, identified his favorites as The Marriage of Figaro, La Boheme, and Der Rosenkavalier. David has sung on the London stage in several modern opera premieres, as well as 2 Prokofiev premieres in the United Kingdom. He has given many concert performances of operas with major choral parts including Othello, Boris Godunov, and Aida. David also enjoys verse-reading which he first tried in Scotland. He reads verse in a poets' group at OLLI and has even been asked to act as reader of everyone's verse in a "Guess the Author" session.

When asked to compare living here with living in Scotland, some noteworthy comments emerged. David's perception is that here, "One wears one's Judaism on one's sleeve". Here we are seen as just one of many groups who attend or affiliate with religious institutions, and this is the norm. David said that it was only when he married Nancy in 2006 that he started attending a shul and never with enthusiasm. "Secular Jew describes me perfectly".

Another major difference David identified was Scotland's "open access" law which since 2004 has allowed people to walk, bike, or horse-ride where they like, as long as they leave the land as they found it. This stands in sharp contrast to the U.S., where every patch of woodland has a ''No Trespassing sign, and enough barbed wire to line the WW I trenches". He remains hopeful that this will change. David has particularly enjoyed the JSCA new members' brunch as well as a recent program on "Preparing for the Inevitable" which his wife Nancy was instrumental in planning.

Click the image above for a better view of David.

Special Shabbat

Please join us and experience a new humanistic Shabbat service. Madelon Clark will lead the service and Cantor Deb will lead us in songs.

Following the service a well known local storyteller, Chuck Fink, will share the journey of his grandparents from the pogroms of Russia to the American south.

When: March 1st, Friday, 7:00 PM
Where:  Abiding Lutheran Church 801 Charlotte Highway, Fairview, Rt. 74A
Contact: Sue Snyder to help with the Oneg: suewho77@bellsouth.net, 828-712-2433

[Please remember to wear your name tag]

Save the date: JSCA Passover Seder

When: Saturday, April 20, 5:30 PM
Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street, Asheville, 28801

This will be a wonderful catered event. Watch for email in March with registration information.

Wanted: Volunteers are needed to do matzo balls, charoset, and desserts;
contact Anna Kitzes: akitzis@gmail.com
To offer to set up and/or tear down contact Bob Winston at: rbwinston@bellsouth.net

Coming Events

1.Making Chocolate
The owner of Asheville Chocolate will teach us how to temper chocolate and make four different flavors of truffles and 1 or 2 other treats using farm fresh cream from local Jersey cows with pure Belgium chocolate. We will follow a 6 step process to create truffles that contrast a creamy center with a delicately crisp chocolate shell. Everyone will go home with their own 4 piece gift box of handmade truffles which normally sells for $10.

Location: Asheville Chocolate, 25 Broadway Street
When: Monday, March 18th 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 members
$25 non-members

Pay online: JSCAsheville.org/event-3256518 or mail checks made out to: JSCA
Gary Selnick
8 S Lindon Cove Rd. 
Candler 28715

There will be no refunds after March 12th.
Questions: Rhonda Sachais, candyeater@charter.net

2. JSCA Bridge Party

When: Typically the third Saturday of each month.
Please contact Marilyn Harris at 609 560-9682 or mlh@verizon.net

3. Asheville Jewish Film Festival
 The JSCA is once again one of the festival sponsors
Please check Fine Arts for online tickets and more details: FineArtsTheatre.com


The Tobacconist - 108 Minutes
A tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.
Thursday: March 21st , 7 PM and Fri. March 22nd 1 PM

 The Samuel Project - 92 Minutes
About a teenager (Ryan Ochoa) who gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of a senior year animated art project.
Thursday: March 28th, 7 PM and Fri. March 29th 1 PM

• Leona - 95 Minutes
An intimate, insightful, and moving film that tells the story of a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love.
Thursday: April 4th, 7 PM and Fri. April 5th 1 PM

• Chewdaism - (Closing Night) 60 Minutes
An unadulterated foodie delight: A Taste of Jewish Montreal follows two Montrealers through an entire day's worth of eating in and around the city as they discover their own personal heritage within the story of Jewish Montreal.
Thursday: 6 PM April 11th includes reception  (all tickets $25), and Fri. April 12th 1 PM (all tickets $10.00)


March 4th   - Anna Kitzis
March 5th   - Carol Blumberg
March 17th - Charlotte Kaplan
March 19th - Maddy Mayor
March 24th - Neil Altman
March 24th - Jeff Harris
March 28th - Bill Falender
March 31st - Irv Snyder


March 27th - Barbara and Terry Fields

For More Asheville Jewish Community Events
Please see One Jewish Asheville's Calendar: OneJewishAsheville.org

The Jewish Leadership Collaborative of WNC (JLC-WNC) is a forum for community-wide planning and collaboration.

The JLC-WNC is comprised of lay/professional leaders and representatives from 13 organizations that make up One Jewish Asheville.

News from the International Institute of Secular Humanistic Judaism IISHJ.org
Rabbi Adam Chalom, our scholar in residence for our May 17th weekend, will be leading a tour to Secular Israel on October 20th.

Click the link below for more information.