Jewish texts deal with significant questions about the meaning of life, from the theological and the philosophical to the legal and practical, guiding not just how we look at the world, but how we live in the world. Classes are offered most days of the week, many taught by Rabbi Cohen, several others led by community members.


Heading Towards the High Holidays Together

PLEASE NOTE: all classes at CBI will be held online via Zoom.  If you haven’t received the  Zoom link and password, please contact the CBI office at office@cbiberkeley.org

Monday,  September 21 at 12:00 pm via Zoom
Torah & Haftorah Readings of the High Holidays w/ M. Victoria Sutton
We will study several of the Torah and Haftorah readings of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur and discuss the themes and lessons that emerge from these texts.

Tuesday, September 22, 9:00 – 9:30 pm via Zoom
Late Night Stories & Poems: Special Teshuvah Edition w/ R. Yonatan Cohen
Join us for a late night opportunity to learn rabbinic tales and contemporary stories and enjoy liturgical poems and modern songs relating to this season of Teshuvah.

Virtual Drashot & Kol Nidrey
R. Cohen’s High Holiday sermons, for Rosh Hashanah, Shabbat Shuva, and Yom Kippur will be delivered ahead of each holiday on Zoom.

Rosh Hashanah Drasha – Thursday, Sept. 17, 8:30 pm @Zoom
Shabbat Shuva Drasha – Thursday, Sept 24, 8:30 pm @Zoom
Yom Kippur Drasha – Saturday Night, Sept. 26, 8:30 pm @Zoom


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 contact maharatvictoria@gmail.com.
CBI FB group can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169500763063398/

Daily Mishna w/ M. Sutton
8:45-9 am Sun-Fri on 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.


Classes:

PLEASE NOTE: all classes at CBI will be held online via Zoom.  If you haven’t received the  Zoom link and password, please contact the CBI office at office@cbiberkeley.org

Mondays
Key Books in Tanakh w/Maharat Victoria Sutton: Book of Samuel II
12:00 – 1:00 pm via Zoom
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. Meets weekly. Class will resume after the High Holidays

Tuesdays
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.

9:00 am via CBI 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 is on hiatus until October 16.


Virtual Youth Programs:

We are seeking parent participation to make these programs a success. Please be in touch with Maharat Victoria at maharatvictoria@gmail.com if you are able to support these programs or if have any further suggestions for our distance youth programming.

CBI Youth Youtube Channel
Ages 0-5
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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.

CBI Youth Zine!
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.

Youth Videos
6th – 12th Grade

Get in touch with Natan with your idea at natankuchar@gmail.com
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!