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.

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 use this link:
CBI FB group can be found here:

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 (
Please click here to listen to past Daily Mishna classes with M Sutton.


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

Sunday, July 5
9:00 pm via CBI 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!

Sunday, July 19
8:30 pm via CBI Zoom

Race: What Our Kids Understand & How We Talk to Them About It with Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith 
Parents are warmly invited to Zoom talk and Q&A with Dr. Allison Briscoe Smith on talking to kids about race and difficult topics. 
Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith is a senior fellow of the Greater Good Science Center and an assistant Dr. Briscoe-Smith earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University.  She then received her clinical psychology Ph.D. from University of California Berkeley. She then went on to continue her specialization in trauma and ethnic minority mental health through internship and postdoctoral work at  University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital.  She has combined her love of teaching and advocacy by serving as a professor and by directing mental health programs for children experiencing trauma, homelessness or foster care. Much of her work has been with schools, as a clinician, consultant and trainer.  Currently she is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Wright Institute where she is a  professor. She provides consultation and training to bay area nonprofits and schools on how to support trauma informed practices and cultural accountability.  

Sunday July 26th
7:30 pm via CBI Zoom
Jews, Race & History with Professor Marc Dollinger
Dr. Marc Dollinger holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University.
He has served as research fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion as well as the Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Humanities at Bryn Mawr College, where he coordinated the program in Jewish Studies.
He is author of Quest for Inclusion:  Jews and Liberalism in Modern America published by Princeton University Press, California Jews, co-edited with Ava Kahn, and American Jewish History: A Primary Source Reader, both published by Brandeis University Press. He is currently at work on Is It Good for The Jews? Power, Politics, and the 1960’s, and cannot stop thinking about a writing book about Jimmy Carter.
He is a past president of both the Jewish Community High School of the Bay and Brandeis Hillel Day School. Marc serves as academic vice president of Lehrhaus Judaica as well as a trustee of URJ Camp Newman and the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center. Marc sits on the California advisory committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, was named 2008 Volunteer of the Year by the SF Jewish Community Federation and was awarded the San Francisco JCRC’s 2015 Courageous Leader award for his work against the BDS movement.

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.

Monday, July 13
8:00 pm via CBI 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.

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, 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.

6 Tuesdays July 14, July 21, July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 11, Aug. 18
8:30 pm via CBI Zoom

Summer Book Club:
White Fragility by Robyn D’Angelo
Register here:
Join us for a weekly, 6 session, Zoom book club discussing and considering ideas about identity, intersectionality, white fragility, white guilt, and anti-racism from Robyn DiAngelo’s White Fragility.  This club will be facilitated by Lili Kuchar, an elementary teacher who has taught in urban public schools for over 10 years and currently co-leads a White allyship group for her district.  With years of participation in anti-racism and anti-bias trainings, she will help to provide a space to safely discuss whiteness, Jewish identity, and how they intersect.  We will read 1-2 chapters per week over this 6-week book club. Register here: A limited number of copies have been pre-purchased through Afikomen, reserve a copy through the registration form, first come first serve. Books can also be purchased through or available on Kindle.

Wednesday, August 12
7:00 pm via CBI Zoom

An Evening with Ilana Kaufman: Ilana is the Executive Director of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative. The Initiative hosts the nation’s first and only philanthropic fund dedicated to Jews of Color. The Initiative’s work focuses on grant-making, research and field building, and community education.
Before joining the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, Ilana was the Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director, East Bay for the San Francisco, Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council. Ilana also served as a Program Officer at the San Francisco Jewish Federation and Endowment Fund.
Ilana’s work has been featured in the books Black Power Jewish Politics, and Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority. She has been featured in the Jewish Times of America and has published articles in the Forward, eJewish Philanthropy and The Foundation Review. Ilana is also a nationally regarded thought leader on the importance of grappling at the intersection of Jewish communities, Jewish identity, and racial justice, and has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Code Switch, and in the series “ELI Talks: Inspired Jewish Ideas.” Her talk titled Who Counts, Race and the Jewish Future has received almost 22,000 views.
Ilana, on the Forward’s 2019 list of 50 inspiring American Jews is a Senior Schusterman Fellow who is passionate about all things at the intersection of Jewish Community/Racial Justice/Jews of Color/Education/Philanthropy. Ilana received her B.A. in Sociology from California State University-Humboldt, and her M.A. in Educational Pedagogy from Mills College.

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. Please note the class is not meeting this week in observance of July 4

Virtual Youth Programs:

We are seeking parent participation to make these programs a success. Please be in touch with Maharat Victoria at 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
Subscribe on YouTube

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
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!