SHABBAT PARSHAT CHUKAT-BALAK
Friday night & Saturday, July 3-4
Shabbat, Weekday Services, and Events:
The Eruv is UP.
All CBI Zoom events indicated below share the same link. Please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you haven’t received the link by email.
Friday, July 3
Kindergarten – 5th Grade
4:00 – 4:30 pm on CBI Zoom – starting this Friday June 26th!
Join Natan each Friday afternoon to check-in and play games with CBI friends! We will share our oys, joys, and favorite toys from the week AND will also discuss themes from Parshat Hashavuah. Please contact the office at email@example.com if you haven’t received the link by email.
6:30 pm on Zoom
Musical Kabbalat Shabbat w/Ben Kramarz, Natan Kuchar & Meena Viswanath
We will join for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat over Zoom before candle lighting, singing the traditional Kabbalat Shabbat tunes together (through Lekha Dodi).
Saturday, July 4
Morning Service (at home)
Click here for the Shabbat Companion for the next two weeks (Shabbat Chukat-Balak & Shabbat Pinchas), complete with recipes, jokes, divrei torah and messages. A huge thank you to all of our wonderful contributors!
There will also be a limited number of physical copies outside CBI shabbat morning this week.
Wishing you all a shabbat shalom,
Melissa Nathan & Naaama Sadan
Ma’ariv, Havdalah & Shabbat ends
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Sunday, July 5, Mincha/Maariv 6:45 pm https://tinyurl.com/cbi-
Monday, July 6, Mincha/Maariv 6:45 pm https://tinyurl.com/cbi-
Tuesday, July 7, Mincha/Maariv 6:45 pm https://tinyurl.com/cbi-
Wednesday, July 8, Mincha/Maariv 6:45 pm https://tinyurl.com/cbi-
Thursday, July 9, Fast of 17 Tammuz Mincha/Maariv 6:35 pm https://tinyurl.com/cbi-
Thursday July 9
Fast of 17 of Tammuz
Yahrzeit of Archie Greenberg, z”l
4:15 am Fast begins
12:30 pm Class with M Victoria Sutton on CBI Zoom
9:05 pm Fast ends
Classes and Events:
All CBI Zoom classes and events indicated below share the same link. Please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you haven’t received the link by email.
All previous CBI class recordings are here:
Sunday, July 5
9:00 pm via Zoom
Exhausted Parents Virtual Happy Hour: Join us on Zoom for some L’Chaims, games, and a chance to share ups and downs from the past few weeks. BYOB!
Monday, July 5
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.
Monday, July 13
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. Please note the class is not meeting until July 13.
Tuesday, July 7
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.
Friday, July 10
Please note the class is not meeting this week in observance of July 4
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.
Virtual Youth Programs:
We are seeking parent participation to make these programs a success. Please be in touch with Maharat Victoria at email@example.com
CBI Youth Youtube Channel
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This regularly updated YouTube channel created by CBI staff will include well loved songs, actions and games perfect for CBI toddlers and preschoolers. In addition, visit our channel for stories and activities to do from home.
Kindergarten – 12th Grade
Sign up to author or illustrate (or design!) for our upcoming issue here
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 our kids and will focus on the themes from upcoming Jewish months.
6th – 12th Grade
Get in touch with Natan with your idea at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are excited to invite our middle and high schoolers to start video producing short how-to videos designed for our youngest CBI members! Would you like to teach how to solve a Rubik’s cube? Or maybe you want to share your favorite brownie recipe? Here’s your chance to be featured on our CBI Youth Youtube Channel.
Virtual Scavenger Hunts & Events
Ages 5-8th grade
We will be running virtual scavenger hunt opportunities for middle schoolers in our neighborhood! Stay tuned for our first quest!
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-F, 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 (email@example.com).
Please click here to listen to past Daily Mishna classes with M Sutton.
Emotional, Tech, Practical & Financial Support:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Anybody in the community is encouraged both to submit and fulfill errands using the Errand Form located here: https://forms.gle/
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 (email@example.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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or (510) 704-7480 X716.
Virtual Hachnassat Orchim – Zoom Shmooze: Do you miss socializing with fellow congregants over Shabbat kiddush, dinners and lunches? Sign up to participate in a CBI Zoom Schmooze as a guest or a host. These are small virtual gatherings that promote the value of hachnassat orchim – extending hospitality to guests. Groups are being organized now. Click on the link below to sign up and we will contact you to pair you with a session.
CBI Zoom Shmooze Host Request
Kol tuv, CM Fried & Carol Cunradi
Eden Village West Home(in)stead
From June 28 to July 18, Eden Village West is offering virtual programming to our community. Cooking, crafting and wilderness projects posted daily.
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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Question call 510-655-1977 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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