Asheville Jewish Community Events


Check out the latest Asheville Jewish Community Website

The Jewish Community Of Western North Carolina, has just introduced their latest website which discusses all of the Asheville Jewish Organizations. 

The goals of the Jewish Community of Wester North Carolina organaztion is to:

1) Serve vulnerable Asheville Jewish Populations

2) Facilitate community involvement

3) Promoting Jewish Life and Learning 


Scroll down to learn more about the Asheville Jewish Community Events 

 Asheville Jewish Community - Beth HaTaphila Spirituality Class This is an on-going 8 week mindfullness training program

Embracing the Spirit:
Integrating Mindfulness and Spirituality

Beth HeTephila Synagogue - 8 Week Series  

At the heart of physical, emotional and intellectual wellbeing is spiritual well-being.  When we are sick in body, declining in mind, or broken-hearted, an engaged, awake spirit can anchor us.  Moreover, a rich spiritual life can enliven the commonplace, call forth gratitude and lead us to greater flourishing.  However, there is so much that takes our attention away from attending to our spirit and showing up to our lives authentically and skillfully, moment to moment.  How do we cultivate greater spiritual awareness?  What practices can deepen our connection to our soul so that we an meet the vicissitudes of life with grace and thrive?

Over this 8-week course, we will explore how mindfulness practices, and the psalms, prayers and stories of Judaism offer lessons into connecting to each moment and enriching our spirits.  This class will be co-taught by Scott MacGregor, MS, LPCA, CFLE and Rabbi Batsheva Meiri. 


Asheville Jewish Hardlox Fesitval

Annual Program 

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Asheville Jewish Hardlox Festival 2021 is coming up. Come out and support the Asheville Jewish Community and learn about all of the amazing Jewish Organizations. It's a great way to learn about the heritage and the food of this amazing Asheville Jewish community. This will be the 16th annual Hardlox Festival. 


Got a craving for homemade matzo ball soup or maybe a nice corned beef on rye? Perhaps a potato knish or a kosher hot dog? Head to downtown Asheville for the annual HardLox, Asheville's Jewish Food and Heritage Festival, to be held in Pack Square Park in from 11 AM – 4 PM.There will be lots of delicious homemade Jewish foods, Israeli dancing, crafts, klezmer music and lots more! Before you leave stop by HardLox To Go and take home your favorite Jewish foods. Have your name written in Hebrew. Discover the Torah. Learn about Jewish holidays and festivals. 

Join in the singing and dancing. Every Jewish organization in the Asheville area will be represented with many providing interactive educational opportunities to learn about our Jewish heritage and culture. The HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival is hosted by Congregation Beth HaTephila and co-sponsored by the City of Asheville. Asheville has a vibrant Jewish community with fifteen active organizations. The Asheville Jewish community has been described as inviting, inclusive, friendly, welcoming, and inspiring. And did we mention food? 

Choose from over twenty mouth-watering traditional Jewish foods: Pastrami on Rye Corned Beef on Rye Chopped Liver Sandwich Lox, Cream Cheese, Bagel Falafel/Hummus Platter Whitefish Salad Sandwich Potato Latkes Potato Knish Kosher Dill Pickle Homemade Matzo Ball Soup Blintzes Noodle Kugel Kosher Hot Dog Challah Babkas Macaroons Mandelbrot Black & White Cookies Dr. Browns Soda

Please Contact Dave for more information: 828-273-3349



The JCC is Asheville’s Jewish Neighborhood

At the JCC, all are welcome to share in Jewish traditions, values and culture. Our JCC has been the home for Jewish life in Western North Carolina since 1940, and today we continue to be a vibrant and diverse community of people. The Asheville JCC strengthens Jewish identity, celebrates Jewish culture and builds community through a wide variety of programs for people from all backgrounds, at every stage of life.

Any way you prefer to connect, the JCC has something for you!

The price for an annual JCC membership has changed to $75 per adult and $50 per child. All program participants are required to become JCC members; Member/Non-Member rates for children’s programs have been eliminated.  The JCC welcomes individuals of every background, belief, age and identity to become a member, and there will be no requirement for a parent to become a member in order for a child to have a membership. We expect that these supporting memberships should be tax deductible, so please check with your accounting professional.

Only JCC members will be eligible to enroll in JCC childcare, summer camp and most aquatics programs, with the exception of swim lessons which will be open to the entire community. Since all enrolled children will now be JCC members, our early childhood, after school, and camp programs will no longer have separate rates for members and non-members. We hope this will simplify our billing significantly. When our pool opens this summer, we will offer summer only pool memberships and year-round pool memberships that can be paid on a monthly basis.

Download the Membership Application Form here.

Join the Asheville Jewish Community Center now through our online form by clicking here. 

For 2019 pool rates, please click here.

For more information, contact Becky Olszewski at 828-253-0701 or email

Our Mission

The Asheville Jewish Community Center strengthens Jewish identity, celebrates Jewish culture, and builds community.

The Asheville JCC Values

Kehilah (Community)

Metsuyanut  (Excellence)

Limud  (Learning)

Hachnasat Orchim (Welcoming)

Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World)


The Asheville Jewish Community Center provides opportunities for everyone in Western North Carolina to connect to Jewish life and culture.  We focus on ensuring that community members are supported through every life stage, with programs that enhance community life and a sense of belonging.  We continuously evaluate our programs, expanding and improving them to support our vibrant, evolving community.


Parties Around Town 2020


Register for your parties HERE

***Some of our parties have already sold out, but we encourage you to register anyway.  You will go through the same process for registration without getting charged for the event.  You will then be added to the wait list in the order that your registration was received.

Click HERE  for step by step instructions to navigate log in and registration process.

If you want more details about all of the parties, please come by the JCC main building to pick up your 2018 Parties Around Town booklet!

Summer is almost here and that means it’s time for “Parties Around Town,” the social events of the season! Parties will be held from June 1st through September 30th. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to schmooze with your friends, meet new people, have a grand time and support the JCC! All “Parties Around Town” proceeds go directly to the JCC!

June 1Mamas & Martinis Shabbat$20June 16Wines you didn’t Know you Love!$25June 24A Southern Tea$20July 1Bagels, Blintzes and Belly Laughs Brunch$20July 15The Ultimate Chick Party$50July 20Mah Jongg Mayhem$35July 28All About That Beef… No Piggie$25/familyJuly 29Brunch and Blooms$25July 29Jazz and Dinner in the Garden$40August 4Tasting & Blending Party at Burial Brewery$40August 4Tastes of Summer Dinner Party$100August 5Lettering & Libations$84August 12Bangle Bracelet Making Class$50August 12Dichroic Glass Workshop$50August 19Good ‘Ole Family Pool Party & BBQ$75/familyAugust 20Mah Jongg Madness$36August 24Shabbat Dinner with the Susskind Family$54August 26Let’s Get Physical$20September 15Days of Awe: Transformational Collage$50September 22It’s So Easy to Fall in Love$50September 29Summer of Love ’18$45



Jewish Leadership Collaborative of WNC


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 the organizations that make up One Jewish Asheville:

  • Asheville/Hendersonville Chapter of Hadassah
  • Asheville Jewish Business Forum
  • Asheville Jewish Community Center
  • Center for Jewish Studies at UNCA
  • Chabad House
  • Congregation Agudas Israel
  • Congregation Beth HaTephila
  • Congregation Beth Israel
  • Jewish Family Services of WNC
  • Jewish Secular Community of Asheville
  • UNC-A Hillel
  • WNC Jewish Federation
  • Carolina Jews for Justice

The JLC-WNC (was called the Asheville Jewish Leadership Collaborative until October 2016) formed in November 2006 for the purpose of enhancing communications and encouraging collaborations among Asheville’s Jewish community organizations. It meets 10 times throughout the year. Some of the past initiatives discussed and/or implemented by the JLC-WNC include:

  • WNC Jewish Population Study
  • Community-wide Facilities-sharing Study
  • The Community High Holiday Pass Program (read more)
  • One Jewish Asheville Marketing Initiative
  • Coordination of the 2012 Southern Jewish Heritage Society Conference (read more)
  • Mapping of the Jewish Community Infrastructure
  • Feasibility of a Community Fundraising Program
  • Support for Jewish Family Services as an Independent Community Organization
  • Coordination of Organizational Manpower and Resources

To review summaries for the JLC-WNC meetings, click here.

In addition to regular meetings, many of the members of the JLC-WNC take part in the Shalom Hartman Lecture Series, a two-year collaborative leadership learning program sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute in Israel.

For information about the Jewish Leadership Collaborative of WNC, contact Tzedek Fellow, Matt Andersen.