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May 2019

Shabbat Shalem w/R. Alex Israel

May 24 - May 25
Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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TELLING STORIES (& STORIES THAT ARE TELLING) A SPECIAL SHABBAT SHALEM SERIES Rabbi Alex Israel MAY 24-25 Rabbi Alex Israel teaches Tanakh at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi, Matan, and Midreshet Lindenbaum. He is Director of Community Education, the Summer Programs, and Online Learning, at the Pardes Institute. Rabbi Israel gained rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate following several years of study at Yeshivat Har Etzion. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics, the Institute of Education, London, and…

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Jewish Meditation Group w/R. Ken Lipman 9:30-10:45 am

May 26 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Sunday, repeating until May 26, 2019

Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA
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Jewish Meditation Group: A Hasidic Approach to Jewish Meditation based on the Teachings of the Maggid of Mezeritch and other Hasidic Masters, in theory (haskafah) and practice. We will cover: Preparatory Practices Quieting/Settling the Mind (hashkatah) Meditative Mussar (yeshuv da’at): Strengthening Positive Qualities (middot) Developing Meditative Concentration Thinking Deeply (nachshav ha-ruchaniyut) and Transforming Confusion (aliyat machshavot zarot) Experiencing Unity R. Ken Lipman, Ph.D. — Sunday, 9:30 am-10:30 am @ CBI  

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Tell Your Story: Redemption and Revelation w/Michael Kaye, May 26, 2-5 pm

May 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Tell Your Story: Redemption and Revelation: Each 3-hour workshop will teach you the structure of compelling storytelling and give you the opportunity to tell a story to other participants. Being able to tell a story well is a great skill to have. It’s also a chance to bond with your fellow CBI members and hear a story about them you never have before! Michael Kaye is a writer and performer who has garnered press in Rolling Stone, Billboard, The San…

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Book of Samuel w/M. Sutton

May 27 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until June 24, 2019

Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Key Books in Tanach: Book of Samuel 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 Book of Samuel presents a gripping exploration of political personalities, palace intrigue and the role of God in the lives of kings and nations. Maharat Victoria Sutton is the Director of Education and Community…

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NCSY: Latte & Learning for Teens

May 27 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Monday, repeating until May 27, 2019

NCSY LNL – Latte & Learning (for Teens; Grades 9-12): Our Special Blend: Coffee & Torah Every week. In addition to coffee, NCSY’s Latte & Learning initiative serves up Judaism in a relaxed, inspirational, and fun environment. LNL is the place for teens to ask questions, voice their feelings, and connect with each other. Mondays @ 7:30-8:30 pm @ CBI

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Lovesick: Dark Tales of Friendship w/B. Steinberg 7:30 pm

May 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 28, 2019

Lovesick:  Dark Tales of Friendship  with Bernie Steinberg: The rabbinic maxim “Either friendship or death!” underscores the vital importance of friendship in the Jewish tradition.  Havruta—dialogical conversation between friends— is the primary medium of Torah learning and spiritual growth. One midrash even argues that friends are more important than family because we freely choose our friends. Yet we know from experience that friendship, like family, while a huge blessing can provoke complex conflict and evoke profound pain. Bernie Steinberg —…

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Emmanuel Levinas w/Muni Schweig

May 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 26, 2019

Schweig Home, 1326 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, United States
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Emmanuel Levinas: Nine readings of the Talmud by the French Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas translate Jewish thought into the language of modern times. Here Levinas applies a hermeneutic that simultaneously allows the classic Jewish texts to shed light on contemporary problems and lets modern problems illuminate the texts. Besides being quintessential illustrations of the art of reading, the essays express the deeply ethical vision of the human condition that makes Levinas one of the most important thinkers of our time.…

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Talmudic Wisdom w/R. Cohen

May 31 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Friday, repeating until July 26, 2019

Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Talmudic Wisdom: Join us for a weekly class that explores key sugyot (talmudic units) that discuss major Jewish questions of practice and thought. R. Yonatan Cohen • Fridays @ 9:00 am

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June 2019

Book of Samuel w/M. Sutton

June 3 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until June 24, 2019

Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Key Books in Tanach: Book of Samuel 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 Book of Samuel presents a gripping exploration of political personalities, palace intrigue and the role of God in the lives of kings and nations. Maharat Victoria Sutton is the Director of Education and Community…

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Emmanuel Levinas w/Muni Schweig

June 5 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 26, 2019

Schweig Home, 1326 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, United States
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Emmanuel Levinas: Nine readings of the Talmud by the French Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas translate Jewish thought into the language of modern times. Here Levinas applies a hermeneutic that simultaneously allows the classic Jewish texts to shed light on contemporary problems and lets modern problems illuminate the texts. Besides being quintessential illustrations of the art of reading, the essays express the deeply ethical vision of the human condition that makes Levinas one of the most important thinkers of our time.…

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