Daf Hashabbat
Shabbat Parshat Bo
January 22-23, 2021

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.


This Shabbat’s Sermon: “The Torah takes pity on the finances of Israel”
Click here to read R. Cohen’s Sermons


OUTDOOR SERVICES
Please contact the office at office@cbiberkeley.org  if you haven’t received the link by email.

Friday, January 22
7AM // In person outdoor services @ the Allston Field

9AM // via Zoom
Talmudic Wisdom
R. Yonatan Cohen

Join us for a weekly class on Tractate Chagigah that explores major Jewish questions of practice and thought.  In this week’s class we will begin the second chapter of the tractate.

5:04PM // Shabbat Candle Lighting 

Saturday, January 23
7:30AM & 9:30AM // In-person outdoor services @ the Allston Field

TO DEDICATE A FUTURE SHABBAT IN HONOR OF A SPECIAL OCCASION, CLICK HERE

6:05PM // Ma’ariv, Havdalah and Shabbat end

6:15PM // Communal Havdallah via CBI Zoom
Join us after Shabbat ends for Zoom havdallah as we welcome the week together.

8PM // Halakha and Mental Health via CBI Zoom
with R. Yoni Rosensweig

Rav Yoni Rosensweig is a community Rabbi of the Netzah Menashe community in Beit Shemesh, and the author of several books. He also teaches Halakha, Gemara and Mahshava at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Between the years 2006-2009 he served as Rosh Kollel of the Mizrachi community in Melbourne, Australia. Upon his return, he headed Yeshivat Hamivtar for three years, and then became Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Shevut Yisrael in Efrat, a post which he held until 2016. Rav Yoni has Semikha from Rav Nachum Eliezer Rabinovitch and from the chief rabbinate, a Bachelors of education, and a Bachelors in philosophy and history.  Rav Yoni authored an upcoming book examining the intersection of mental health and Jewish law.

Wednesday Night & Thursday, January  27-28
Tu B’Shevat


This Week’s Classes and Events

All previous CBI class recordings are here

Sunday // 8:15AM – 8:45AM // via Zoom
Breakfast Club with Natan! 
TK – 5th Grade
You’re invited to join Natan and CBI kids to schmooze, chat about the parsha, have a bowl of cereal and set an intention for the start of the new week! I can’t wait to see you all there.

Sunday – Friday // 8:45AM – 9:00AM // via Zoom
Daily Mishna: Eruvin with M. Victoria Sutton 
Join us to learn a Mishna together, particularly in lieu of saying kaddish for departed loved ones during this time. This is a meaningful way to mark a yahrzeit and or honor a loved one during the first year of mourning.

Monday // 12PM // via Zoom
Key Books in Tanakh with Maharat Victoria Sutton:Book of Kings

The Book of Kings opens with David’s succession by Solomon and the building of the Temple. The deterioration of the monarchy, through splits in the kingdom and less than noble kings, culminates in the destruction of Solomon’s Temple at the book’s close.

Tuesdays // 12pm – 3pm // via Zoom
CBI’s virtual Mah Jongg group meets weekly and is open to players that know how to play and already have their National Mah Jongg Play Card. To join, please be in touch with Marti Zedeck.

Wednesday, January 27 // 8:15PM-9:15 PM // via Zoom
Celebrate Tu B’Shvat
We will gather to share berakhot (blessings) and Torah on the natural world and environmental ethics.

9-9:30PM // via Zoom
Late Night Stories & Poems

R. Yonatan Cohen
Join us for a late night opportunity to learn rabbinic tales and contemporary stories and or enjoy liturgical poems and modern songs. Class will not meet January 27, resumes February 10. 

Fridays // 9AM // via Zoom
Talmudic Wisdom
R. Yonatan Cohen:
  Join us for a weekly class on Tractate Chagigah that explores major Jewish questions of practice and thought.


This Month’s Highlights

Halakha and Mental Health
with R. Yoni Rosensweig

Saturdays // 8PM via CBI Zoom
January 23
January 30
February 13

Rav Yoni Rosensweig is a community Rabbi of the Netzah Menashe community in Beit Shemesh, and the author of several books. He also teaches Halakha, Gemara and Mahshava at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Between the years 2006-2009 he served as Rosh Kollel of the Mizrachi community in Melbourne, Australia. Upon his return, he headed Yeshivat Hamivtar for three years, and then became Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Shevut Yisrael in Efrat, a post which he held until 2016. Rav Yoni has Semikha from Rav Nachum Eliezer Rabinovitch and from the chief rabbinate, a Bachelors of education, and a Bachelors in philosophy and history.

Rav Yoni authored an upcoming book examining the intersection of mental health and Jewish law.


View our Annual Program


Stay Connected

CBI WhatsApp Groups:

CBI Daily Torah 
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. To join, please email office@cbiberkeley.org.

CBI Connects
To join a WhatsApp group sharing positive insights and updates during this time of hardship, please contact the CBI office.

CBI Connected Families 
To join a WhatsApp group sharing ideas for caring and creative parenting during this time of hardship, please contact the CBI office.


Youth Programs

CBI Youth Youtube Channel // Ages 0-5
This regularly updated YouTube channel  includes well loved songs, stories, actions, and games perfect for CBI toddlers and preschoolers.

CBI Youth Zine! // Kindergarten – 12th Grade
it’s time to make our voice heard! There is so much creativity and passion in our CBI youth, and in our regularly published zine (that’s a cool way to say ‘magazine’), we are giving a space for all of our fantastic kids to shine. Each issue will feature illustrations, stories, poetry and other creations by CBI kids focused on Jewish calendar themes.


Phone-a-thon 2021

Dear CBI Family and Friends,

Over the past eight months, our beloved CBI community stayed connected through online classes, thought-provoking drashot, outdoor in-person services, the Shabbat Companion, baby simchas, bar and bat mitzvah celebrations, shiva gatherings, and Yizkor services. Rabbi Cohen and Maharat Sutton continue to provide inspiring spiritual leadership to our community and support to those in need. And in accord with county public health protocols, we were able to welcome preschool children back to Gan Shalom over the summer.

At this time, we are grateful for the countless shul volunteers whose dedicated work helped us foster community despite the challenges of physical distancing. Your participation, engagement, generosity, and support have been critical in keeping us deeply connected.

This year, more than ever, we need your support in meeting our 2021 Phone-a-thon goal of $30,000. This annual fundraiser helps bridge the gap between incoming commitments and outgoing expenditures to support the meaningful programming and events held throughout the year. We have also incurred pandemic-related expenses, such as costs associated with enabling Gan Shalom to open safely and rental fees for equipment at our outdoor services.

Our CBI 5781 program outlines a broad range of classes, scholars-in-residence, online social groups, social justice opportunities, and more. We have much to look forward to in the coming months. None of this is possible without your support. We salute you for your past generosity and ask you to help get the job done again this year.

The 2021 CBI Phone-a-thon will take place on Sunday morning, January 31st. We realize that the pandemic has had a significant financial impact on some of our members. Therefore, we ask that you increase your giving over last year’s donation if your resources permit it. Know that any amount you are able to give will be appreciated. You can make your donation in one of five ways:

  • Donate online (please click here)
  • Send a check to CBI, with “2021 Phone-a-thon” on the memo line. Checks can be sent to Congregation Beth Israel, c/o 432 60th Street, Oakland, CA 94609
  • Via Zelle (our handle is office@cbiberkeley.org).
  • Send payment through Venmo to @CBI-Berkeley.
  • Call the office (510) 843-5246 to make a pledge by phone; your pledge will be added to your CBI statement.

Donors will be recognized for their support in the Spring issue of Chai Lights in five categories, according to their level of giving:
$18 – $179: Supporters
$180 – $499: Guardians
$500 – $999: Sustainers
$1,000 – $1,999: Pillars
$2,000 – $4,999: Innovators
$5,000+: Visionaries

If you don’t call us, we’ll call or text you on January 31! We look forward to speaking to every member of the CBI family!

Best regards, and todah rabbah!

Carol Cunradi and Eliezah Hoffman
Phone-a-thon Co-Chairs

Mazal Tov!

To Henry Sibony on his 100th birthday on January 15! The Sibony Family sent this message of gratitude:
Dear friends of CBI,
Henry and I were very touched by your lovely messages.
It means a lot to him .We are very grateful to have friends
like you. Thank you so much.
With much love,
Violette, Henry

General Events

Shvat Companion – get ready to write! The month of Shvat is approaching and it, too, will be an unusual celebration of our Jewish calendar where we won’t gather. The good news is, there will be a new companion! Help us build community by contributing to our Shvat Companion! We heard from many people that getting the companions was really meaningful, but to make it happen we need YOU! The special character of Shvat in Jewish tradition is food, and this is a beloved topic for many of us. In the last years, Tu Bishvat became also a special time of attention to nature. So, we want to invite you all to write about ecology and food  for the upcoming companion. As usual, feel free to write about other topics as well, the most important thing for us is to hear your voice. Please add your submissions to this form by January 17th. Melissa Nathan and Naama Sadan

The CBI Sisterhood Book Group has moved to Zoom. Our next meeting will be Sunday, January 24 from 11-12:15. Optional social chat follows book group. We will discuss Colum McCann’s “Apeirogon”. Please obtain a hard copy or e-book from your local library or other source. Email Desmid Lyon  or Rita Kohl with questions or to RSVP.  You must RSVP to receive a Zoom link. Link will be sent close to the meeting date.
Kol tuv, Desmid & Rita

CBI Sisterhood Stitch Group: the next meeting will take place on January 25, at 7PM. Please contact Rose Ginsburg.

Sunday // February 7 // 1PM // via Zoom
So, You Wanna Be a Jewish Genealogist?
with Robinn Magid

During the pandemic, record numbers of people are dabbling in DNA tests, scouring the Internet for their family connections or looking for new family projects. This 45 minute presentation will introduce you to the friendly, interconnected world of Jewish Genealogy. Bring your family and your questions and come learn the resources and basic techniques that experienced genealogists use to discover our past and save our collective memory for future generations. Even if you are an experienced genealogist, you may learn something new!
Robinn Magid is the Assistant Director of JRI-Poland.org and a recent recipient of the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award. She recently became the project manager of the JRI-Poland “NextGen Project” to redesign the JRI-Poland website, search engine and database. She a frequent speaker and writer on Jewish genealogy topics.
Robinn’s genealogical work resulted in her being recognized by the City of Lublin, Poland – her grandmother’s hometown – with a medal from the mayor for inspiring the future and cultural identity of that city of 340,000 people on Lublin’s 700th birthday in 2017.
Robinn has spoken at many IAJGS conferences on behalf of JRI-Poland and has served as the chair of two groundbreaking conferences: IAJGS 2018 Warsaw, Poland conference, and the IAJGS 2020 Virtual Conference on Jewish Genealogy. She is a member of the San Francisco – Bay Area JGS and has spoken to her group and to other societies. Robinn is sheltering-at-home in Berkeley, California with her husband, four grown children and new daughter-in-law.

Monday// February 8 // 5PM
YCT Winter Learning Series: Inyanei d’Yoma: Torah of Today

Following sessions will be held on Sundays, February 14, 21, 28.
All sessions will be held on Zoom. Please register for access: tiny.cc/yctorah
Please see details of the series here.