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The Asheville JCC podcast devoted to connectivity and community during the Coronavirus outbreak.
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This episode is about Jewish sacred music's ability to heal both the listener and the music maker. This episode includes some special voices in the Jewish community. We hear music from Jane Roman Pitt, Geri Garfinkel Gershon, Seth Kellam and Penny White. We listen to these musicians explain their relationship to Jewish sacred music and their understanding of the healing qualities of Jewish music. https://www.rabbishefagold.com/https://www.wncbridge.org/give/rathbun-house-give/
Camp Ruach

Camp Ruach

2020-07-3123:24

In this episode of J Voices, we talk to the directors of the JCC's summer camp program and youth and teen programs about the experience of camp during a pandemic. We hear from parents who sent their children to Camp Ruach, we talk to a counselor about how things were different this year, and we hear from campers themselves about what camp was like with social distancing. 
In Memory of Dan Pincu

In Memory of Dan Pincu

2020-05-2823:55

This episode of J Voices is a tribute to beloved JCC community member Dan Pincu, who lost his fight with COVID 19 last month. Dan was an active volunteer for several local organizations, including the Asheville Jewish Community Center, the Asheville Visitors Center, and the Jewish Secular Community of Asheville. This episode is dedicated to sharing the values and missions of some of Dan’s favorite local programs, exploring some of the organizations he loved and supported, and sharing memories of Dan’s warm personality, his love of people, nature, and social activities, as well as his lasting impression on the Asheville Community.
Where Are We Now?

Where Are We Now?

2020-05-1535:26

In episode 6 of J Voices, we talk to president and CEO of the JCC Association of America Doron Krackow about how JCCs across the country have been affected by COVID-19. We hear from Asheville JCC board president Carol Wenom about how the Asheville JCC's response to the virus was crafted, and we speak to Ashley Lasher, executive direcor at the Asheville J about how the crisis has affected employees and the JCC's financial viability   and we learn about when and how JCC programs will begin reopening. Music for this episode was donated by Billy Jonas. 
Tikkun Olam

Tikkun Olam

2020-05-0128:17

 Episode five of J Voices is dedicated to the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, and the efforts local Jewish community members are taking to help heal the natural environment through regenerative agriculture and environmental education. We hear from Sarah Julia Seldin and Justin Goldstein of Yesod Farm + Kitchen, and we talk to Jacqui Childs, garden specialist at the JCC's Shalom Children's Center. We also listen to music from local band, Mama Danger. 
 In episode four of J Voices, we hear from JCC community members about their Passover experiences, we listen to Michael Rowland, Marketing Consultant for the JCC Association of America tell his story of Passover during a pandemic; we listen to music recorded by Penny White, and hear from past JCC board president and JCC supporter, Bob Deutsch, about upcoming Yom Hashoah services in our area. 
In episode three of J Voices, we hear from those of us who are trying to adjust to our new way of life at home. We talk to parents about the day-to-day struggles of juggling parenting and work. We hear from those dealing with little to no face time with friends. We check in with local musician and former JCC board member, Ed Fidelman, who shares with us his Ballad of COVID-19, a song he wrote about the pandemic for the JCC's Mountain Music Jam group. Thanks for listening. 
J Voices is the Asheville JCC podcast focusing on connectivity and community during the Coronavirus outbreak. In this episode, we talk to JCC executive director, Ashley Lasher, Jewish Family Services executive director, Jessica Whitehill, executive director at Congregation Beth Israel, Rochelle Reich, and director of religious education and sacred music at Congregation Beth Hatephila, Seth Kellam, as well as Rabbi Meiri at Congregation Beth Hatephila. We will discuss community needs and community program changes as well as share words of wisdom for braving this unprecedented situation together. 
Rabbi Susskind of Asheville Chabad House has the amazing opportunity to write a Torah with our community. In this episode of J Voices, we talk to Rabbi Susskind about the process and importance of writing a Torah. We hear about why the project is important to him, and why its meaningful that it be seen and shared as a community-wide project in which everyone is invited to participate. 
The Asheville Jewish Community Center's Welcome Shabbat program serves Asheville's community elders in residential homes, bringing Jewish rituals and cultural celebrations to elderly individuals who may not have the opportunity to participate in the beloved traditions of their faith. In this episode of JVoices, we talk to the program facilitators Natalie Shaw and Penny White about the impact the program has had on participants. We talk to Jessica Whitehill of Jewish Family Services about the recent partnership with the JCC and JFS's Elder Club participants. We hear from Welcome Shabbat participant Barbara Turner, and long-time Welcome Shabbat volunteer Dee Weiner about the impact and importance of the program. 
Tzedek Part 3

Tzedek Part 3

2020-07-1632:42

This episode of J Voices is the third in a three-part series dedicated to the Jewish value of Tzedek. In this episode, we talk to Marsha Davis from the Tzedek Social Justice Fund about the importance of listening to Black leaders and including LGBTQIA+ voices in the Black Lives Matter movement. We talk to Zeke Christopoulos about Tranzmission's mission of educating about and advocating for Trans individuals locally and nationally.To learn more about Dove Kent's work, see these links:https://facingrace.raceforward.org/speaker/dove-kenthttps://www.npr.org/2019/08/29/755323022/anti-semitism-in-u-s-politicshttps://www.huffpost.com/author/m-dove-kent
Tzedek Part 2

Tzedek Part 2

2020-06-2617:07

In this part 2 of the Tzedek series of J Voices, we hear from JCC employee and staff Mackayla Johnson about her experience growing up in Asheville. We talk to Judy Leavitt from Carolina Jews for Justice about ways that the Jewish Community can support the Black Lives Matter movement, and we hear music by Jewish musician Josh Blake. 
Tzedek Part 1

Tzedek Part 1

2020-06-1526:44

This episode of J Voices is part of a three-part series dedicated to the Jewish value of Tzedek. In Part 1 of the series, we talk to Deborah Miles from the Center of Diversity Education about the origins of the center. We talk to local artist and activist Phyllis Utley about her work, which highlights education through self-analysis. This episode is co-hosted with special guest and JCC teacher and parent, Rasheeda Johnson.
In this second episode of J Voices we hear from Joseph Nunan, security and facility director at the Asehville JCC. We listen to a poem read by UNCA English professor and former head of the Jewish Studies department. We check in with Rabbi Susskind from our local Chabad community and hear from Walter Ziffer, Asheville Jewish community member and Holocaust survivor. Thanks for listening. 
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