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A special 10th Anniversary Shabbat Shalem

September 16, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

with R. Berman, R. Silverman, and R. Cohen
A special 10th Anniversary Shabbat Shalem

Join our founding rabbi, R. Saul Berman, together with our immediate former rabbi, R. Yair Silverman, and R. Cohen and several other special guests for a special Shabbat as we celebrate the Cohen family’s ten year anniversary at CBI. We will have ample opportunities to learn, hear formative story’s about our shul’s history, and rejoice together as we mark this celebratory occasion.

FRIDAY DINNER • 8:00 PM $18 Adults, $10 Children (to 12), Students & Young Professionals $50 max. per family

Rabbi Saul J. Berman is a leading Orthodox teacher and thinker. As a Rabbi, a scholar, and an educator, he has made extensive contributions to the intensification of women’s Jewish education, to the role of social ethics in Synagogue life, and to the understanding of the applicability of Jewish Law to contemporary society. Rabbi Berman was the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley, California, from 1963 to 1969. He also served as the rabbi of the Young Israel of Brookline, Mass. (1969-1971) and as the Senior Rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan (1984-1990). In 1971, Rabbi Berman was appointed Chairman of the Department if Judaic Studies of Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University. Under his leadership over the next thirteen years, it grew into the largest undergraduate Department of Jewish Studies in the United States.
Rabbi Berman was ordained at Yeshiva University, from which he also received his B.A. and his M.H.L. He completed a degree in law, a J.D., at New York University, and an M.A. in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. He is married to Shellee Berman, and they have four children.

Rav Yair Silverman preceded R. Cohen as the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel. Since making aliyah in 2006, he has worked together with a grassroots community to build “Moed” a model for Jewish engagement that is a proven resource for communities inside and outside of Israel. Bringing a sensitivity and passion for Torah and the Jewish people, Rav Yair guides people toward their way of owning and expressing Jewish identity. He has crafted a curriculum in Jewish wisdom that is offered to Israeli public school teachers, pre-army training, and Hesder Yeshivot. Rav Yair is an active member of Beit Hillel, Rabbanei Tzohar and the Rabbinical Council of America among other organisations. Rav Yair holds an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy from the Bernard Revel  Graduate School and ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He also studied at Yeshiva Birkat Moshe in Maale Adumim, and served in a combat unit of the IDF. He is married to Ilana Fodiman-Silverman and they have four children.


September 16, 2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Congregation Beth Israel


Congregation Beth Israel
1630 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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