Daf Hashabbat
Shabbat Mevarchim Parshat Shemini
April 29-10, 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.

R. COHEN’S SERMON: Be Silent and Fo cus on Being Blessed

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

Friday, April 9
7AM // In person outdoor Shacharit @ 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.

7PM // In-person outdoor Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat @ the Allston Field

7:22PM // Shabbat Candle Lighting 

Saturday, April 10
7:30AM & 9:30AM // In-person outdoor services @ the Allston Field

4PM // Women’s Mincha & Torah Reading @ the Allston Field
Join us this Shabbat afternoon at the field for women’s Mincha and Torah reading. Torah will be read by Raizel Mahgel-Friedman in honor of one year bat mitzvah-versary and hoda’ah for Nell Mahgel-Friedman, marking one year since her surgeries.

8:21PM // Ma’ariv, Havdalah and Shabbat ends

Sunday, April 11
8AM // In person outdoor Shacharit @ the Allston Field

6:05PM // In-person outdoor Mincha/Ma’ariv @ the Allston Field

Sunday Eve., Monday & Tuesday, April 11-13
Rosh Chodesh Iyar
7AM // In person outdoor Shacharit @ the Allston Field

6:05PM // In-person outdoor Mincha/Ma’ariv @ the Allston Field

Wednesday, April 14
8PM // Tekes Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut  // via Zoom 

The CBI and BJC communities will mark Yom Hazikaron with a Tekes Maavar, transition ceremony. We will transition to celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut with a musical Hallel.  Please contact the office for the unique Zoom link.

IDF Service Photo Request:
Have you or a family member served in the IDF? We would like to honor that service in the Tekes Maavar. Please send one photo in uniform, and name and any other relevant information (years of service). Email the photo and caption to maharatvictoria@gmail.com or ravshua@bethjacoboakland.org
Must be submitted by Monday, April 12.


This Week’s Classes and Events

All previous CBI class recordings are here

Sunday – Friday // 8:45AM – 9:00AM // via Zoom 
Daily Mishna: Moed Kattan 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.

9-9:30PM // via Zoom (does not meet April 14)
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.  

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










Honest to God: Truth and Faith in the Writings
of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
Rabbi Ami Silver

Sunday, April 25 // 7:30PM
Rabbi Ami Silver, MSW is a teacher, psychotherapist
and writer based in Jerusalem. His work focuses on the
interface between text, spiritual practice and personal
transformation. He leads groups in experiential study
and practice in Jerusalem and online, maintains a
private therapy practice and is a content writer for
alephbeta.org. You can hear more of his Torah on the
“Awakening” podcast, from the Shefa podcast network.



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.


Mazal Tov!

To Lili & Natan Kuchar, big sisters Ayala, Katriel, and big brother Selah, on the birth of a baby boy. Details of the bris and shifra puah meals are forthcoming. Mother and baby are doing well, b”h.

May this child’s life be filled with the insights of Torah, the warm and supportive love of family and community, and the blessing of good deeds.

General Events

DEADLINE APRIL 11 – Non-Perishable Food and Toiletry Drive for Oakland’s YSA Tiny House Village: We’re extending the drive this week! Now that Pesach is behind us, non-perishable, sealed and non-expired food can be dropped off in a bin on the Jefferson side door of CBI through SUNDAY, APRIL 11. (Go up the ramp or stairs on the Jefferson/West side of the building and you will find the bin). Be in touch with Maharat Victoria Sutton with any questions.

  • *Do you have unopened non-perishable/shelf stable KFP products to donate? Especially items like tuna, jam, tomato sauce, olives, nut butters, spices, olive oil and other kitchen staples and nourishing items. (Ideally, no matzo meal/cake meal/potato starch, happy to think of ways to share those – or you can freeze for next year!)
  • *Are you restocking your pantry with essentials? Think about purchasing an extra -or two- to donate to the youth setting up their homes in the Tiny House Village.

Einayich Yonim Fellowship: For the past six months I have been quietly working with a group of very special Jewish professionals from across the country. They have supported me to grow a dream into a vision and a vision into a plan. With gratitude and the deepest love for our son, I share the launch of the Einayich Yonim Fellowship. Please take a look. Please share on social media and with people across North America that you think might be interested for their own children or for children in their community. https://www.eyfellowship.org/ Thank you, Tania Schweig

Give your used vehicle new life when you donate it to CBI/Gan Shalom Preschool: Donating your car, truck or boat is easy. We’ll provide free pick-up, and your gift is tax-deductible and will benefit Gan Shalom’s Scholarship Fund. We will provide release of liability, DMV and IRS documents, and handle any title, or ticket issues.
Get started today by clicking here or call toll-free (855) 500-RIDE or (855) 500-7433

CBI has been making regular donations in lieu of meals. Please donate to the Rabbis Discretionary Fund  and indicate shelter dinner:

  • by Paypal or credit card, please pick the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund
  • @CBI-Berkeley by Venmo
  • to office@cbiberkeley.org by Zelle
  • by check to “Congregation Beth Israel” c/o Joelle Yzquierdo, 432 60th Street, Oakland, CA 94609

The CBI Sisterhood Book Group has moved to Zoom. Our next meeting will be Sunday, April 11 from 11-12:15. Optional social chat follows book group. We will discuss Howard Jacobson’s novel, “Live A Little”. Please obtain a hard copy or e-book from your local library or other source such as Afikomen. Email Desmid or Rita with questions or to RSVP.  You must RSVP to receive a Zoom link. Link will be sent close to the meeting date.
Kol tuv, Chag Pesach Kasher ve Sameach,
Desmid & Rita