Rosh Hashanah 5781

The Eruv is UP.

All CBI Zoom events indicated below share the same link. Please contact the office at office@cbiberkeley.org  if you haven’t received the link by email.


Thursday, September 17
8:30 pm
R. Cohen Rosh Hashana sermon on Zoom, “Lessons from the Pandemic (and for after the Pandemic)”

Friday, September 18
7:00 am
In-Person Selichot & Shacharit for the Eve of Rosh Hashanah
We will gather at 1724 Ward Street, Berkeley (Hoffman back yard) **NOTE CHANGE OF ADDRESS** Signups can be made at tinyurl.com/cbi-service

8:00 am
Virtual Annulment of Vows (Hatart Nedarim)

Annulment of vows will take place both virtually on Zoom and in-person. In order to fulfill this tradition before Rosh Hashanah, Rav Hershel Schachter ruled that once an in-person rabbinical court has been assembled, others can annul their vows over Zoom.

6:53 pm
1st Day Rosh Hashanah
Candle Lighting
Note: Before a two-day Yom Tov, it is advisable to light a 24-hour/yahrzeit candle so that on the second evening the candles may be lit by transferring fire from this pre-existing flame.

Saturday, September 19
7:30 am and 10:30 am at Berkwood Hedge School, 1809 Bancroft Way
10:30 am at The Field, 1324 Allston Way (
Entrance is opposite 1325 Allston Way at the junction of Allston Way & N. Valley St.)
Please find your assigned slot and location at the link here for both shofar blowing and in-person services.

After 7:49 pm
2nd Day Rosh Hashanah
Light candle from a pre-existing flame
Kiddush with Havdalah
Note: The five blessings of kiddush should be recited in the following order: 1. Wine; 2. Yom Tov kiddush; 3. Borei Me’orei ha’aish should be recited over the Yom Tov candles; 4. Havdalah—hamavdil bein kodesh l’kodesh; 5. Shehechiyanu.

Sunday, September 20
7:30 am and 10:30 am at Berkwood Hedge School, 1809 Bancroft Way
10:30 am at The Field, 1324 Allston Way (
Entrance is opposite 1325 Allston Way at the junction of Allston Way & N. Valley St.)
Please find your assigned slot and location at the link here 

Outdoor Shofar Blowing
Please find your assigned slot and location at the link here

Tashlich
While we can’t be together to perform the ritual of Tashlich this year, we are asking our community members to go out as individuals and families to our beautiful natural areas in Berkeley sometime after Rosh HaShana and before Yom Kippur, and upon completing Tashlich, drop a pin of the location on CBI’s virtual Tashlich map! (Tashlich may be done through Hoshana Rabbah, October 9, we will keep the link open through then).
Go to https://padlet.com/natankuchar/cbitashlich5781 and tap the pink plus icon to add a new pin
Type in your location and add a photograph of your party along with you name
This way, in lieu of being together, we can collectively see the snapshots and locations of these beautiful moments performed by our entire community, as a way to bring us closer together during this time of being apart.

7:47 pm
Yom Tov ends

Monday, September 21
Fast of Gedaliah

5:35 am
Fast begins

12:00 pm via Zoom
Torah & Haftorah Readings of the High Holidays w/ M. Victoria Sutton
We will study several of the Torah and Haftorah readings of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur and discuss the themes and lessons that emerge from these texts.

5:30 pm 
Mincha/Maariv – Signup for services at tinyurl.com/cbi-service

7:34 pm
Fast ends

Tuesday, September 22
12:00-3:00 pm
CBI Mah Jongg Group via Zoom!
The regular Tuesday Mah Jongg group that met at CBI has moved to Zoom and https://realmahjongg.com/, thanks to Lea Lasman!
It’s for players that know how to play and already have their National Mah Jongg Play Card 2019/2020.
To join, please be in touch with Marti Zedeck

9:00 – 9:30 pm via Zoom
Late Night Stories & Poems: Special Teshuvah Edition w/ R. Yonatan Cohen
Join us for a late night opportunity to learn rabbinic tales and contemporary stories and enjoy liturgical poems and modern songs relating to this season of Teshuvah. (A recording of R.Cohen’s previous class is available here.)

Thursday, September 24
8:30 pm on Zoom
R. Cohen’s Shabbat Shuva Drasha  “Lessons from R. Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz zt”l”

Saturday night, September 26
8:30 pm on Zoom
R. Cohen’s Yom Kippur Drasha “Lessons (I’m Struggling to Internalize) after Yonim’s Passing from this World”


High Holidays Resources

We attach the documents that were distributed to CBI Members.
CBI High Holidays Companion 5781
CBI Family Prayer Guide
CBI Youth Zine – Tishrei/Cheshvan
DIY Rosh Hashana Seder – Atiq
Roah HaShana at Home Prayer Guide

Mishna Rosh HaShana w/ M. Victoria Sutton
Daily, 8:45-9:00 am Sun-Fri via Zoom

The daily Mishna class will be learning Mishna Rosh HaShana in the weeks leading up to and High Holidays and during the 10 days of repentance. Even if you have not joined daily Mishna before, or cannot join everyday, all are welcome to join. We will cover 1-2 Mishnayot per day.

CBI Daily Torah WhatsApp Group w/ R. Cohen
R. Yonatan Cohen shares a daily insight to the CBI Daily Torah Group. On Fridays, a Parsha video accompanied by a source sheet is shared as well. T
To join this group, please contact maharatvictoria@gmail.com.
CBI FB group can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169500763063398/

Lulav and Etrog Sets from Afikomen
Now is the time to reserve your Lulav and Etrog sets for Sukkot from Afikomen Judaica
Click HERE to order online or call us at 510-655-1977
Sets will be available for Curbside Pick-up and In Store Pick-up beginning the day after Yom Kippor. Sukkot begins Friday night October 2. We will preassemble the sets for you, wearing gloves and masks for safe, easy pick-up. If you wish to choose your own Lulav and Etrog please make an appointment with us. Thank you.  Chag Sameach!


Our Community

CBI Sock & Underwear Drive
BENEFITING YEAH! YOUTH ENGAGEMENT ADVOCACY HOUSING

Between Rosh Hashanah and Simchat Torah, join us as we collect adult men’s and women’s new (unopened, unused) socks and underwear for YEAH!
Housed in Berkeley, YEAH! provides shelter and support for at-risk homeless youth.
Collection bins in front of the following homes starting Sept 14th (addresses are available in directory or on request):

  • Aliza and Nimrod Elias
  • Irene, Joel and Dorit Resnikoff
  • Hilla Abel and Assaf Shor
Covenant Winery Benefit for CBI: As you know, Covenant Winery offers all CBI members a 15% discount on your wine purchase.  And for the month of September, your wine purchase will benefit our beloved CBI! September 1 until September 30, Covenant Winery will donate 15% of the total of your purchase back to CBI.

Watch the donations to CBI grow with each wine purchase! Enter the promotional code CBI when you check out, and your discount will be applied at checkout. Wine orders can be picked up at the winery for your convenience.
It’s a win-win for you…and our community!
L’ Chaim! Jodie & Jeff Morgan
Covenant Winery | 1102 6th Street | Berkeley  CA 94710
o: (510)559-9045 | m: (707)337-0439 | e: jodie@covenantwines.com | w: covenantwines.com
California | Israel

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Afikomen Judaica www.afikomen.com
Question call 510-655-1977 or mail@afikomen.com
3042 Claremont Ave. Berkeley CA 94705

Alameda County Community Food Bank: If you are able to make an additional gift this time of year, support of any amount is greatly appreciated. Gifts can be made at donate.accfb.org/dinner – the same page you donate through during the Holiday Dinner Drive.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak took hold, ACCFB has seen an unprecedented surge in need. Calls to our Emergency Food Helpline increased 1,000 percent. More than half the calls are from people who have never reached out for help; on some days two-thirds are coming from homes with seniors. Distribution in March was nearly 20 percent higher than the year before as 20 new distribution sites – including 10 school districts – and a drive-through distribution served 743 households in a single day. In 35 years, we have never experienced something like this. I know this has been a difficult time for you as well – many of you are being kept from work; or your children being kept from school and friends. In challenging times it’s important that you know we’re here for you too. That is what “Community” means.

Shalom Bayit: Have you felt controlled or intimidated by your partner? It’s time for renewal and change!  Shalom Bayit’s advocates are here to help you create a plan for safety and healing. You are not alone. Support groups are also available. Everyone deserves healthy relationships. Shalom Bayit’s free, confidential Helpline: (866) SHALOM-7 | www.shalom-bayit.org 

East Bay Kosher Resources: Please consult our website. 

Alameda County Community Food Bank: If you are able to make an additional gift this time of year, support of any amount is greatly appreciated. Gifts can be made at donate.accfb.org/dinner – the same page you donate through during the Holiday Dinner Drive.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak took hold, ACCFB has seen an unprecedented surge in need. Calls to our Emergency Food Helpline increased 1,000 percent. More than half the calls are from people who have never reached out for help; on some days two-thirds are coming from homes with seniors. Distribution in March was nearly 20 percent higher than the year before as 20 new distribution sites – including 10 school districts – and a drive-through distribution served 743 households in a single day. In 35 years, we have never experienced something like this. I know this has been a difficult time for you as well – many of you are being kept from work; or your children being kept from school and friends. In challenging times it’s important that you know we’re here for you too. That is what “Community” means.

Announcing BOOKSHOP AFIKOMEN
Our NEW online book store! Afikomen Judaica is now an Affiliate of BOOKSHOP an online book selling platform that supports local booksellers. Click BOOKSHOP AFIKOMEN to view our curated lists of books picked out especially for our customers.
Books are discounted and shipping is too! Shop 1000’s of new releases and favorite titles all on one easy to use site.
Click HEREto start browsing
Thanks to Bookshop, There Is No Reason to Buy Books on Amazon Anymore
“In simple terms, it’s a super clean, user-friendly online bookstore whose raison d’être is supporting independent bookstores.”
– InsideHook (Read the full article HERE)
Afikomen Judaica www.afikomen.com
Question call 510-655-1977 or mail@afikomen.com
3042 Claremont Ave. Berkeley CA 94705