SCHEDULE FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK AT CBI
May 17-18, 2013 / SIVAN 9, 5773
WEEKDAY SERVICES MAY 19-23
Morning service@ CBI
1630 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Sun 8:00 am ♦ M-Fri 6:30 am
PM Services @ Chabad
Sun-Th 6:40 pm
2730 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley
Please refrain from wearing perfumes or scented products as there are congregants for whom these products are an irritant due to allergies or as a result of chemotherapy or other medical treatment. Thank you.
SHABBAT PARSHAT NASSO
Friday May 17 – Saturday, May 18
Friday, May 17
Northside Minyan @ Sudikoff home 6:47 pm
(1209 Shattuck Ave, east side of street, past Live Oak Park, near Eunice)
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat @ CBI 7:00 pm
NCSY Shabbaton: 6th-12th graders dinner @ CBI
Shabbat Candle Lighting 7:56 pm
Saturday, May 18
Morning Service 9:15 am
Torah Reader: Zvi Rosen 10:00 am
Haftarah Reader: Elishav Rabinovich 10:20 am
Educational Childcare 10:30 am
Yeladim: Avram Davis
Talmidim Aleph: Irene Resnikoff
Talmidim Bet: Teens Minyan, NCSY Shabbaton
Yard Supervisor: Roni Greenberg
Sermon by R. Cohen: In Search of the Golden Mean – The Case of the Sotah and the Nazir
NCSY Shabbaton: 6th-12th graders lunch @ CBI
Shabbat Mincha 7:40 pm
Seudah Shelishit 8:00 pm
Ma’ariv, Havdalah & Shabbat ends after 9:00 pm
The Zeitlin family in honor of Gideon’s arrival and Jo-Ellen’s 40th birthday
Norm and Beverly Feldman
Sunday Morning Talmud Class
A class structured to appeal to Talmud students of all levels, from beginners to more experienced. We are studying the 3rd chapter of Tractate Bava Kamma; come check it out for a morning, no commitment necessary.
R. Gabriel Greenberg - Sunday, 9-10 a.m.
Midrasha’s Tanach and Talmud (for Teens). This course is an informal but intensive study group focusing on close thematic readings of the Tanach and Talmud in translation.
David Henkin 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Women’s Dance Nights at CBI!
Come dance to a blend of world music, jazz, klezmer, hip hop and more. No moves to remember, no cost either.... Just a chance to let loose and get some good exercise in a fun way!
2nd & 4th Mondays, May 13, 27 @ 8:00 pm
Week Night Learning with Rabbi Cohen: Join R. Cohen for a series addressing issues of Jewish thought, biblical interpretation and or law. Does not meet May 21.
R. Yonatan Cohen, 7:30 pm
Conversational Hebrew : The course takes place one evening every 2 weeks in shul and once every 2 weeks online. Walk-ins are welcome! Please register by e-mail: email@example.com.
Ester Yadgar, Wednesdays, 7:30 pm, May 22 @ CBI
Jewish Writings of Emmanuel Levinas
The Levinas Study Group meets at 8 pm every Wednesday at the Schweig home to discuss various essays of the Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. No background necessary. The class is facilitated by our resident scholar, Muni Schweig.
Muni Schweig, 8:00 p.m.
Heavenly Torah Through The Generations
The world of rabbinic thought can be divided into two major schools of thought: Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ishmael. The historic disputes between these two schools are based on fundamental differences over the nature of revelation and religion. Join Rabbi Cohen for an in-depth study, based on Rabbi A. J. Heschel’s Heavenly Torah.
R. Yonatan Cohen - Thursday, 12:15 p.m.
Talmudic Wisdom: The Welfare Society: Voluntary Love or Coercive Justice? Join us on Fridays at 9:00 am, for a weekly class that explores key sugyot (Talmudic units) that discuss major Jewish questions of practice and thought.
R. Yonatan Cohen - Friday, 9:00 a.m.
MERKAVAH TORAH INSTITUTE
SUMMER PROGRAMS WITH MA'AYAN RABINOVICH
TALMUD • TRACTATE BRACHOT
We'll explore the struggle how to balance abstract concepts and formulaic prayer, what happens when heart-felt prayer is juxtaposed with a fixed framework. We will discuss how structure can create meaning – through the wisdom of the Talmud. We'll see how these timeless challenges were addressed long ago and how they fit into today’s life styles.
Tuesdays 9:30-12:30 • April 9-June 4 • Tuition: $210, scholarships available
FOR SIGNING UP AND MORE INFORMATION – firstname.lastname@example.org • 510-219-0275
In Beth Israel
Welcome to the world, Baby Girl Katz! With excitement and joy, please join us this Sunday morning, May 19th at 10:30 am at Congregation Beth Israel, as new parents Stephanie Shelan Katz & Doni Katz name their beloved and precious daughter! May her life be filled with the insights of Torah, the warm and supportive love of family and community, and the blessing of good deeds. Mazel tov!
A great way to support the family is to provide meals during the next few weeks. To sign up for a meal use the following calendar link: http://mealmein.com/helpout/p6va7
We're happy to announce that we've arranged special menus with Oakland Kosher, Amba and Grand Bakery to help make providing a meal even easier. For menus and directions for ordering click (or copy and paste this link into your internet browser): http://bit.ly/UNN0g0
If you need help with sign up, please contact Frayda Gonshor Cohen at email@example.com. Thank you and Tizku L'mitzvot!
Midrasha is OUR congregation’s high school program. Give yourself a treat and come to the Midrasha graduation this Sunday, May 19th at 10:15 at Beth El, 1301 Oxford Street in Berkeley. If you have any doubt about the impact Midrasha makes on the lives of our teens, come and envelop yourself in their words. Each senior recounts what Midrasha has meant to them. Come see what Jewish education looks like after Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the pride that these students have in their heritage, and find your faith in the future of the Jewish community renewed!. Bring your friends, your neighbors, your whole family.
Homeless Shelter: Because of Federal Budget Sequestration, countless people at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder find themselves wanting for food and shelter. Please consider committing a couple of hours next Wednesday evening, May 22, to cooking and serving dinner at the Berkeley Men’s Homeless Shelter. We are in need of volunteers to help prepare and serve a first class dinner to our brothers. This mitzvah is a great way to give back to our community, something that CBI has been doing consistently for the last six years. We meet at the Shelter kitchen at 5:00 pm, prepare & cook to food to serve at 7:00, and clean up the kitchen until 7:40. Don’t be afraid to sign up, even though you have never cooked before – recipes and directions are supplied. In addition, we are honored with a dvar Torah given by Rabbi Green. When you sign up, there is now an optional E-mail slot; it is there so that you can be notified if there are any changes. The link is provided below:
The shelter is in the back of the Veterans Memorial Building, located on Center Street in Berkeley, between MLK and Milvia. The entrance is through the little driveway between the second & third (Veteran’s) building on the north side of Center St. We meet in the shelter kitchen, the door to which is at the Northeast corner of the driveway (just West of the Veterans Memorial Building on Center above MLK). If you have trouble signing up, please E-mail me. Important, if you do sign up and you have a change in plans, PLEASE let me know ASAP.
Thank you. Shabbat Shalom! Marvin Yudenfreund
**Congregation Beth Israel Annual Gala**
Sunday, June 2, 5:30 pm
Music · Cocktails · Auction · Dinner Theater
Biblical Broadway: The Book of Ruth
(a slightly irreverent in-house musical)
Honoring our administrator Joelle Yzquierdo
for ten years of devoted commitment to Congregation Beth Israel
RSVP by Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Place an ad in our Tribute Book to honor a STAR in our community! Underwriter (Full Page): $500; Producer (1/2 Page): $360
Actor: (1/4 Page): $180 Crew (15 Word greeting): $36
Suggested Stars: Newborn Stars (Our Babies); the Broadway Stars (Our Cast); Joelle (Our Superstar); Rising Stars (Our Children) or any of our many Shining Stars.
Please make sure you take advantage of our many new and existing opportunities to connect more deeply with one another.
PROJECT 50 through Shared Meals: Thank you to everyone who participated in PROJECT 50. A few meals are still available for those who still wish to participate, including this shabbat. Please email the office to sign up.
We are also excited to share with you three more FUN opportunities, some of which extend beyond Shavuot, to continue building our community. Please email the office for the link. firstname.lastname@example.org
CBI VOLUNTEERS ON THE FARM WITH URBAN ADAMAH, 1050 Parker St. Berkeley
Wednesday, May 22, 9 am – 12 pm
Instead of a coffee break, try a soil break at the farm! Put your hands in the dirt and enjoy the satisfaction of fresh air and farming by volunteering at Urban Adamah for an hour, morning or afternoon.
Farm work might include seeding in the greenhouse, weeding, harvesting crops, animal care (goats, chickens, worms) helping with repairs and assisting around the farm with other small and big projects. No experience is necessary! Just bring your fun-loving attitude and we'll train you on the rest. Remember to dress for the outdoors with appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes.
Our farm in West Berkeley relies on volunteers to help us grow the thousands of pounds of produce we harvest every year and donate through our Free Farm Stand and area food banks. We couldn't do it without you! Thank you.
MARVELOUS MOVIE MATINEE
(Not really matinee, we just couldn't resist alliteration)
Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.
Come discuss Marvelous Super Hero movies and their various reflections on our Jewish lives.
First movie - Iron Man 3: Come to see the movie and meet before over a beer to discuss. You can learn a bit about the character's origin, and the (Jewish) writers that created him, discuss the movie's envisioning of the Marvel world, and delve into some interesting reflections on the character from a Jewish perspective.
When: Tuesday May 21, 7:30 pm meet to discuss, movie starts at 8:30 pm
Where: Bay street Emeryville (where there's lots of parking and beer in bottles) for beers before, AMC Bay street for the movie.
Second and third movie picks will be announced later in the summer. For more information contact Lou Schubert or Joe Schickman.
Note: You may want to see Iron Man 1, Iron Man 2, and The Avengers movie as reference. The rest of the Marvel movies are recommended as well, but not needed.
Graduates Kiddush, Shabbat Chukat, June 15, 2013: If you or someone in your family is graduating from preschool; elementary, middle, or high school; or college or graduate school and you would like to honor their achievement, please provide their NAME, GRADE or DEGREE, and the INSTITUTION they are graduating from to Rebecca Landes (email@example.com). We may also ask for a small donation to cover the cost, I'll let you know how much once we know how many people are participating. Todah! Rebecca Landes, CBI member, Board member, Immediate past president
Urban Adamah 2013: We are pleased to share with you that this summer Beth Israel is once again co-sponsoring a week of Jewish farm summer camp with Urban Adamah, at their farm campus in West Berkeley. The only camp week that is under kashrut supervision from R. Cohen, for children ages 5 - 10, will run from August 12 - 16. You can learn more and register here: http://urbanadamah.org/programs/summer-camp/.
Donate your car/boat/vehicle to Beth Israel/Midrasha. Full tax write off. Beth Israel/Midrasha share proceeds from sale. Contact David: 510-849-0961 or Midrasha, Diane: 510-843-4667.
In the General Community
Create your own Tote Bag Workshop Monday, May 20th, 6pm-9pm at the East Bay JCC with Inbal Shalev We will learn how to make Tote Bags out of recycled fabrics, choosing our shades inspired by Israel's incredible nature. RSVP to ensure a spot.
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Jewish Family & Children's Services of the East Bay is proud to announce the launch of our new Home Care for Seniors program. Serving families in Alameda & Contra Costa counties, the program will provide compassionate, professional, reliable, and personalized home care services for seniors needing support in their homes. Information about the program can be found here: http://www.jfcs-eastbay.org/homecare. We Care Like You Care.
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DR. ANDY DAVID, ISRAEL CONSUL GENERAL
An evening with Israel Consul General Andy David. Tuesday, May 21 • 7:30-9:00 pm, Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford Street, Berkeley. Dr. David has been a diplomat in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for fifteen years and is currently in San Francisco.
Free of charge. RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-848-3988. Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Netivot Shalom, East Bay JCRC and the Jewish Federation of the East Bay.
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