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.


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


Daily Practice:

CBI Daily Torah
R. Yonatan Cohen shares a daily insight to the CBI Daily Torah Group.
On Fridays, a Parsha video accompanied by a source sheet is shared as well. To join, please email the CBI Office.

CBI Connects
To join a WhatsApp group sharing positive insights and updates during this time of hardship, please contact the CBI office.
CBI FB group can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169500763063398/

CBI Connected Families
To join a WhatsApp group sharing ideas for caring and creative parenting during this time of hardship, please contact the CBI office.

Sunday – Friday // 8:45am – 9:00am // via Zoom
Daily Mishna
M. Victoria Sutton
Join us to learn a Mishna together, particularly in lieu of saying kaddish for departed loved ones during this time. This is a meaningful way to mark a yahrzeit and or honor a loved one during the first year of mourning. Please be in touch with M. Sutton if you have a yahrzeit (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

All previous CBI class recordings are here

Sunday // 8:15AM – 8:45AM // via Zoom
Breakfast Club with Natan! 
TK – 5th Grade
You’re invited to join Natan and CBI kids to schmooze, chat about the parsha, have a bowl of cereal and set an intention for the start of the new week! I can’t wait to see you all there.

Sunday – Friday // 8:45AM – 9:00AM // via Zoom
Daily Mishna: Eruvin with M. Victoria Sutton 
Join us to learn a Mishna together, particularly in lieu of saying kaddish for departed loved ones during this time. This is a meaningful way to mark a yahrzeit and or honor a loved one during the first year of mourning.

Monday // 12PM // via Zoom
Key Books in Tanakh with Maharat Victoria Sutton:Book of Kings

The Book of Kings opens with David’s succession by Solomon and the building of the Temple. The deterioration of the monarchy, through splits in the kingdom and less than noble kings, culminates in the destruction of Solomon’s Temple at the book’s close.

Tuesdays // 12pm – 3pm // via Zoom
CBI’s virtual Mah Jongg group meets weekly and is open to players that know how to play and already have their National Mah Jongg Play Card. To join, please be in touch with Marti Zedeck.

Wednesdays // 9-9:30PM // via Zoom
Late Night Stories & Poems
R. Yonatan Cohen

Join us for a late night opportunity to learn rabbinic tales and contemporary stories and or enjoy liturgical poems and modern songs. Class is on hiatus and will resume February 10.

Thursday, February 4 // 7PM // Via Zoom
Mystical, Cyclical, Celestial, Profane: the Poetry of Solomon Ibn Gabirol
Dr. Peter Cole
Peter Cole is the author of five books of poems—most recently Hymns & Qualms: New and Selected Poems and Translations (FSG, 2017)—and many volumes of translation from Hebrew and Arabic, medieval and modern. Cole has created a body of work that defies traditional distinctions between old and new, foreign and familiar, translation and original. Among his many honors are an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Jewish National Book Award, the PEN Prize in Translation, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He divides his time between Jerusalem and New Haven, where he teaches at Yale.

Fridays // 9AM // via Zoom
Talmudic Wisdom
R. Yonatan Cohen:
  Join us for a weekly class on Tractate Chagigah that explores major Jewish questions of practice and thought.

Saturdays // 8PM // Via Zoom
Halakha and Mental Health
with R. Yoni Rosensweig,
January 30, February 13

Rav Yoni Rosensweig is a community Rabbi of the Netzah Menashe community in Beit Shemesh, and the author of several books. He also teaches Halakha, Gemara and Mahshava at Midreshet Lindenbaum.
Between the years 2006-2009 he served as Rosh Kollel of the Mizrachi community in Melbourne, Australia. Upon his return, he headed Yeshivat Hamivtar for three years, and then became Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Shevut Yisrael in Efrat, a post which he held until 2016. Rav Yoni has Semikha from Rav Nachum Eliezer Rabinovitch and from the chief rabbinate, a Bachelors of education, and a Bachelors in philosophy and history.

Rav Yoni authored an upcoming book examining the intersection of mental health and Jewish law.


Virtual Youth Programs:

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 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!