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January 2020

Key Books in Tanakh: Book of Samuel @ 12 pm

January 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Monday, repeating until February 24, 2020

Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Key Books in Tanakh: 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. Victoria Sutton — Mondays @ 12:00 pm.  

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“Alter”natives: Divergent Paths to Ethical Perfection in the Evolution of the Mussar Movement w/Raizy Lichtenstein @ 7:30 pm

January 21 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 4, 2020

Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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“Alter”natives: Divergent Paths to Ethical Perfection in the Evolution of the Mussar Movement: Rabbi Israel Salanter (1809-1883 innovated the Lithuanian Mussar Movement, an immersive and controversial approach to character development which applied ethical teachings and psychology to Torah study and meditative practice. Rabbi Israel’s three primary disciples, the “Alters” (Elders of Kelm, Slabodka, and Novhardok, approached the monumental task of character development from different angles. In exploring a selection of their texts, we will focus on the creative and startlingly divergent ways…

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Vices & Virtues w/R. Cohen @ 12 pm

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until January 29, 2020

Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Vices & Virtues: Mussar is a spiritual Jewish practice focused on virtue-based ethics. Through the cultivation of inner virtues, such as patience, gratitude, and reverence, we improve ourselves. Our sessions will explore various vices and virtues as presented by classical books of Mussar. Rabbi Yonatan Cohen serves as the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel, Berkeley. He has been a guest lecturer on Jewish Medical Ethics at UC Berkeley and on Jewish Liturgy at the Magnes Museum of Jewish Art and…

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Emmanuel Levinas w/Muni Schweig

January 22 @ 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 24, 2020

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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Hashiva Hakaratit w/Rachel Perl 10-11:30 am

January 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until March 5, 2020

Hashiva Hakaratit: As part of the Mussar Shmooze, come and join us 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. If you…

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Talmudic Wisdom w/R. Cohen

January 24 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Friday, repeating until February 28, 2020

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. We are currently in the midst of the second chapter of the tractate.   R. Yonatan Cohen • Fridays @ 9:00 am

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Key Books in Tanakh: Book of Samuel @ 12 pm

January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Monday, repeating until February 24, 2020

Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Key Books in Tanakh: 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. Victoria Sutton — Mondays @ 12:00 pm.  

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Embodied Chassidis ‐ A Men’s Dance Group 7 pm

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Embodied Chassidis ‐ A Men’s Dance Group Monday, January 27 7:00 pm‐8:30 pm Come join us as we embody chassidis through learning, song and dance. We will begin by learning a piece of chassidis from Rebbe Nachman that relates to movement. We will then put on music and dance! The hope is to draw a relationship between what we learn with our minds and what we do with our bodies. Come explore how to turn our bodies into vessels of…

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“Alter”natives: Divergent Paths to Ethical Perfection in the Evolution of the Mussar Movement w/Raizy Lichtenstein @ 7:30 pm

January 28 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 4, 2020

Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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“Alter”natives: Divergent Paths to Ethical Perfection in the Evolution of the Mussar Movement: Rabbi Israel Salanter (1809-1883 innovated the Lithuanian Mussar Movement, an immersive and controversial approach to character development which applied ethical teachings and psychology to Torah study and meditative practice. Rabbi Israel’s three primary disciples, the “Alters” (Elders of Kelm, Slabodka, and Novhardok, approached the monumental task of character development from different angles. In exploring a selection of their texts, we will focus on the creative and startlingly divergent ways…

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Vices & Virtues w/R. Cohen @ 12 pm

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until January 29, 2020

Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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Vices & Virtues: Mussar is a spiritual Jewish practice focused on virtue-based ethics. Through the cultivation of inner virtues, such as patience, gratitude, and reverence, we improve ourselves. Our sessions will explore various vices and virtues as presented by classical books of Mussar. Rabbi Yonatan Cohen serves as the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel, Berkeley. He has been a guest lecturer on Jewish Medical Ethics at UC Berkeley and on Jewish Liturgy at the Magnes Museum of Jewish Art and…

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