Daf HaShabbat

Friday & Saturday, May 22-23
44th day of the Omer

Shabbat, Weekday Services, and Events:

No services are meeting at CBI at this time.
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 May 21-Friday May 22
Yom Yerushalayim

Friday, May 22
8:30 am
Musical Hallel for Yom Yerushalayim with Natan Kuchar

9:00 am via Zoom
Talmudic Wisdom w/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. (Please note: class will not meet May 29 or June 5.)

6:30 pm  on Zoom
Musical Kabbalat Shabbat w/Natan Kuchar
We will join for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat over Zoom before candle lighting, singing the traditional Kabbalat Shabbat tunes together (through Lekha Dodi).

8:01 pm Candle lighting 

Saturday, May 23

9:15 am Morning Service (at home)
Please click here for R. Cohen’s Drash: Two Names, One Book
7:40 pm Mincha at home
After 9:05 pm Ma’ariv, Havdalah at home & Shabbat ends

Saturday Night & Sunday, May 23-24

Sunday May 24
8:30 am via Zoom
Communal Musical Hallel with R. Aron Wolgel

9:00 am via Zoom
Congregational Meetin(see announcement below under General Events)

10:30 am
Women’s Musical Hallel with Renna Khuner-Haber, Judy Massarano, Meena Viswanath

9:00 pm via Zoom
Congregational Meeting (see announcement below under General Events)























May 31, 3:00-9:00 pm
This year, in honor of Shavuot, join your community VIRTUALLY for the 32nd Annual East Bay Tikkun (2.0) hosted by the JCC East Bay!
Sheltering-in-place cannot stop our community from gathering to learn, support, and be “together” in celebration of Shavuot. The JCC East Bay will partner, once again, with numerous synagogues and organizations around the Bay Area to offer dozens of classes on a myriad of topics.
How does it work? It’s simple. Join in the day of learning at home by doing the following:
REGISTER here! For security purposes, all attendees must register ahead of time to attend classes.
LOOK in your inbox the week of May 25, 2020 for a link to our master schedule.
BROWSE the schedule for the classes you would like to attend.
On Sunday, May 31, 2020 at the start of each class (every hour, on the hour from 3:00pm-9:00pm), CLICK on the links to the classes you would like to attend.
ENJOY gathering and learning alongside your fellow community members.
Questions? Send them to tikkun@jcceastbay.org and we’ll respond in a timely manner.
We look forward to being “together” at the Tikkun (2.0)!-The JCC East Bay and partners (visit the JCC East Bay Shavuot webpage for an updated list of partners)

Classes and Events:

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

All previous CBI class recordings are here:

Monday, May 25
Memorial Day

12:00 pm via Zoom
Key Books in Tanakh w/Maharat Victoria Sutton:
Book of Samuel II
Following the chaotic period of the Judges, the Book of Samuel narrates the centralization of leadership in Israel. The book opens with the birth of the prophet Samuel, who unifies the nation, and crowns the first kings of Israel. The second book of Samuel focuses on David’s struggles in establishing a dynasty.  The Book of Samuel presents a gripping exploration of political personalities, palace intrigue and the role of God in the lives of kings and nations.

8:00 pm via Zoom
Process Group with Beth Oelberger

Please join us for an open and contained process group in order to connect with others during this stressful time. All are welcome! Facilitated by Beth Oelberger, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Expressive Arts Therapist, specializing in complex trauma and self-care.

Tuesday, May 26
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.

Thursday, May 28
10:00-11:30 am
Hashiva Hakaratit w/ Racheli Perl
Join in learning what has been termed as the contemporary-Hasidic-female movement!  “Hashiva Hakaratit” or the Yemima method is an Israeli spiritual movement that has been growing over the last thirty years, originally taught by Yemima Avital (1929-1999) in Herzelia in the 80’s and 90’s. Her system teaches us how to be connected more to our true essence (“mahut”) and be closer and accepting of ourselves and others.  

9:00 am via Zoom
Talmudic Wisdom w/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. Class will not meet on May 29 or June 5. 

Emotional, Tech, Practical & Financial Support:

Music, Sefirat HaOmer, & Covid19
Rav Schachter recently explained that it is a minhag not to listen to music during sefirah and it is self understood that a minhag doesn’t apply under such unusual circumstances.

CBI Supportive WhatsApp Groups:
To join a WhatsApp group sharing positive insights during this time of hardship, please use this link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/C6gYUxkhUoZ1cuMVg7UIl0
To join a WhatsApp group sharing ideas for caring and creative parenting during this time of hardship, please use this link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/EY6NvTZzIykJ3bEBX73iow

Safety in the Home: 
During social distancing, and prolonged time at home, those who live with domestic violence are at increased risk. For anyone feeling unsafe in their homes right now there, here are some helpful resources on coping when stuck at home. https://www.shalomtaskforce.org/single-post/2020/03/17/Staying-Safe-When-Stuck-at-Home

Tech Support:
If you are looking for some tech support to get on Zoom, WhatsApp or FB to stay connected, please let us know and we will direct you to some tech angels. Email office@cbiberkeley.org

Chessed Callers & Errand Angels:
We now have a group of over 40 volunteers that have paired with over 100 community members around the East Bay that may need some extra support during this health crisis. This amazing group will be keeping regular communication with community members as well as assisting with running errands during the shelter-in-place protocol.
It is our hope that all members of our community will remain healthy inside their homes in the coming weeks. As R. Cohen emphasized in a previous message to our community: “At this time IT IS A MITZVAH to ask for support and help as it is a mitzvah not to put yourself and others at risk.”  The Chessed Callers & Errand Angels are here to make that as easy as possible!

Errand Form
Anybody in the community is encouraged both to submit and fulfill errands using the Errand Form located here: https://forms.gle/TpvqP5YmYT8fbqJY8.
If you have multiple errands, such as a grocery request as well as a pharmacy pickup, please submit one form per errand so that we can better organize assignments and timelines.  If you have trouble using the form, you can also send your request to Jana Loeb (janajett@gmail.com – 414-573-3730)

Important Information About Requesting Errands
One note about errands, as with everybody we must be conscious of social distancing and safety for our Errand Angels. We would like to help our angels to make very efficient trips and minimize the number of locations. To that end, when you are submitting errands please keep a few things in mind:

  1. Plan Ahead – things like groceries should be requested far in advance so that our Angels can consolidate errands. Also, please try and include everything in your original request to the best of your ability.
  2. Specific store/item requests – we are encouraging Angels to shop at a single store per trip and thus may not be able to get the specific store/brand you are requesting. Have that in mind when making the request and set your expectations accordingly.
  3. Quantities – many stores are either limiting quantities of purchase on some items or certain items (pasta, toilet paper etc.) are proving hard to find. Again, to help with this please submit and consolidate errand requests as early as possible and set your expectation in terms of delivery times.

How to Help Out
First and foremost, please take care of yourself! Stay inside, wash your hands, and listen to official guidelines.
If you would like to help out either as a Chessed Caller or to take on some Errands, you can sign up here: https://forms.gle/SnJfUfdTLoDQAMcu6
Every morning an email goes out with all of the outstanding Errand Requests and any volunteer can claim them. You can always check on the outstanding errands here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1DK2VMVCZ9bHpHCVTwFo4O6QkPUFRvn-QQDyYhny-sDY/edit?usp=sharing

Financial Aid:
We recognize that sheltering-in-place impacts the financial well-being of some of our members as well as some of our beloved Jewish institutions. In the coming weeks and months, the shul’s Tzedakah fund will be used exclusively to aid our community. Please contact R. Cohen if you anticipate financial hardship in the weeks and months to come, we are here to offer support. You can make a donation to help fellow congregants, indicate “communal chessed“.

  • https://www.cbiberkeley.org/connect/giving/ by Paypal, please pick the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund
  • @CBI-Berkeley on Venmo (last four digits of phone: 9444)
  • to office@cbiberkeley.org by Zelle
  • by check “Congregation Beth Israel” to 1630 Bancroft Way, Berkeley CA 94703

Hebrew Free Loans. HFL provides interest-free loans to help Jewish individuals in Northern California overcome financial challenges. They are now offering loans to help manage financial difficulties related to COVID-19. https://www.hflasf.org/apply/loans-we-offer/coronavirus-impact/

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund has set up a COVID-19 Response Fund to enable donors and the community to help meet individual and organizational needs, as well as an up-to-date Jewish community resource guide for all to use.

JFCS East Bay is now operating a new COVID-10 Emergency Assistance Program, including a Jewish Community Safety Net Program. We are offering emergency financial assistance to our agency clients and to any East Bay Jew in need. We are also providing information/navigation services, benefits enrollment assistance, food assistance (including home-delivered groceries for those who need it), mental health support, ongoing telephone support, and follow-up contact.
Contact jcsn@jfcs-eastbay.org or (510) 704-7480 X716.

Daily Practice:

CBI Daily Torah WhatsApp Group w/ R. Cohen
Rabbi Cohen will share a daily video dvar Torah to the CBI Daily Torah Group and CBI FB group.
On Friday, Rabbi Cohen will share a video drasha and a source sheet to print. To join this group, please use this link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/GxGxiHlCAmG9nN6p2TseAd.
CBI FB group can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169500763063398/

Daily Mishna w/ M. Sutton
8:45-9 am  Sun-Th, 8:15 am Fri. May 22 via Zoom

Join us to learn a Mishna together, particularly in lieu of saying kaddish for departed loved ones during this time. We will start with Mishna Berakhot. Please be in touch with M. Sutton if you have a yahrzeit this week or in the 11 months of saying kaddish for a loved one (maharatvictoria@gmail.com).
Please click here to listen to past Daily Mishna classes with M Sutton.

General Events:

On Sunday May 24th, we will virtually gather for a congregational meeting to elect a new Board of Directors. We will have two virtual congregational sessions at 9am and at 9pm. This will enable different segments of our community to attend.  The Bylaws of CBI specify that the election of officers and Directors shall be by majority vote of those members present and voting. We ask that you attend one of the sessions to cast your vote.
I am excited to share below the full list of members who will serve on our 2020-2022 Board. The list was put together by the nominating committee (Irene Resnikoff, Hilla Abel, Ori Kanefsky and myself). I am confident that we are placing the future of CBI in the most capable hands. We are particularly appreciative that Dan Magid has kindly agreed to serve as CBI’s next president. Dan and his family have been very active in the Bay Area Jewish Community for more than 50 years. They have been members of CBI for over a decade and Dan has served on the Board for the last 6 years. Dan is a regular, enthusiastic participant in the daily CBI Shacharit, Mincha and Ma’ariv minyans, and he thinks everyone should try them out once we are allowed to gather again!
We will be contacting you shortly before the congregational meeting with the details of the electronic voting and Zoom information.
Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to CBI,
Issy Kipnis
President of the Board

Board slate 2020-2022 Board
President Dan Magid
1st Vice-president Carol Cunradi
2nd Vice-president Rebecca Landes
3rd Vice-president Noah Nathan
Treasurer Ori Kanefsky
Secretary Miriam Barrere
Members at Large
1 Rebecca Angel
2 Chaya Miriam Fried
3 Jodie Morgan
4 Irene Resnikoff
5 Zev Rosen
6 Adam Rosenzweig
7 Naama Sadan
8 Thom Seaton
9 Philip Tendler
Gan Shalom Representative Chaim Stauber
Sisterhood Representative Susie Marcus
Past president Issy Kipnis

Sunday, May 25
7:15-9 pm
Community Pre-Shavuot Learning with OHDS Alumni
Open to all adults and teens!
Join us on Memorial Day for a special opportunity to learn with our OHDS alumni. We will have a short Memorial Day tribute to medical care workers who have lost their lives in the battle against COVID-19, followed by a choice of pre-Shavuot Torah study sessions led by OHDS alumni: Sophia Brodie-Weissberg, Lavi (Louis) Teitelbaum, Ali Zak, Rabbi Jonah Keyak, and Rabbi Avi Schwartz.
Click here for session topics and to register for sessions (REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to ensure a smooth event).
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85794383683?pwd=VVZYdTlxZ29yeHJ1aS85WWsxZ3c2UT09
Meeting ID: 857 9438 3683
Password: 7AGj1B

Sunday, May 31 at 10 am via CBI Zoom:
Please join in celebrating the bat mitzvah of Chaya Reyzel Berge, as she reads from her Torah and Haftarah portions and gives her drash

The CBI Sisterhood Book Group is moving to Zoom. Our first meeting will be Sunday, June 7 from 10-Noon. We will discuss Cynthia Ozick’s novel, “Heir to the Glimmering World”. The e-book is available from the Jewish Community Library. Click on this link to fill out the Application for Jewish Community Library borrowing privileges.  Email Desmid Lyon or Rita Kohl with questions or to sign up to receive Zoom link.

SCRIP: If you enjoy eating kosher meat and chicken and you shop at Oakland Kosher Foods, please keep reading. There is lots of scrip available which was bought before Passover and not purchased by our members because of sheltering- in -place. Therefore our shul”s money is kind of on loan to OKF. If you purchase scrip and use it to shop at OKF you will be doing your part to keep our little mini-economy flowing. It comes in the denomination of $25. If you do not buy the scrip, we might have to use it as very costly toilet paper. Thank you for replying to Naomi Stamper.

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.

Oakland Kosher Foods – Shabbat Special (for 4 persons):
includes our own challah, 2 qts chicken soup, 1 chicken ¼, rice, roasted veggies
$11.00 p/person = $44.00 + tax (please no substitutions)
also home made salads $7.99 for 16 oz container
(call in 2 days in advance & curb side pick up Thursday  or Friday) – (delivery to Oakland $15.00 / to Berkeley $30.00)
STORE HOURS: S:  9 AM – 6 PM; M:  9 AM – 5 PM; Tues * Wed * Thurs:  9 AM – 6 PM:  F:  9 AM – 3 PM
3419 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 * P/1(510) 839-0177 * F/1(510) 839-0170

Shabbat Takeout Menu from Epic Bites
Stay tuned for next week’s menu: epicbitescatering.com/menus/shabbat-menu/
Epic Bites is certified kosher by Vaad of Northern California.

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Sunday, June 28, 9:00 pm