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. All classes at CBI, unless otherwise noted.


Daniel & Ezra with M. Victoria Sutton: These narratives tell the story of the Jewish people between the First and Second Temples. From the writing on the wall to the lion’s den, we will explore the life and times of the prophet Daniel in the Babylonian court. Next, we turn to Ezra haSofer, the pivotal figure in returning the people, and Torah, from the Babylonian exile to Jerusalem. As we journey through this critical time in Jewish history, we will learn about these amazing figures, their challenges and choices, and how they can inform our own experiences both in the Diaspora and in Israel.
Maharat Victoria Sutton — Mondays May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 9, 16 • @ 12:00 pm

NCSY LNL – Latte & Learning (for Teens; Grades 9-12)
Latte & Learning brings Judaism to local coffee shops and serves up Torah in a relaxed and fun setting. LNL is the place for teens to ask questions, voice their feelings, and connect with each other.
Mondays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. • Starbucks, 2128 Oxford St, Berkeley


Rachel Brodie – Land Mine: Nationalism & Other Unnatural Disasters In The Poetry Of Yehuda Amichai: Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai ‘s (1924-2000) extensive explorations of land and landscape in their material and metaphorical states are permeated with explosive matters and subversive ideological positions. Join us for a close look at some of Amichai’s poems and a discussion of what happens to an Amichai poem about Jerusalem when it is read in San Francisco or an Amichai poem about San Francisco when it is read in San Francisco.
Rachel Brodie is a Jewish educator who works primarily with adult learners and specializes in designing and facilitating professional development opportunities for other Jewish educators. From 2011 to 2016 she served as the Chief Jewish Officer of the JCC of San Francisco. Prior to that Rachel was the co-founder and Executive Director of Jewish Milestones—a not-for-profit, educational resource for Jewish life cycle ceremonies. Currently, Rachel teaches Jewish literature, history, and ethics at a wide variety of Bay Area institutions and as a scholar-in-residence around the country.
Rachel Brodie  — Tuesday @ 7:30 – 9:00 pm,  May 2, 9, 16, 23


Midrasha’s Tanach and Talmud (for Teens)
This course is an informal but intensive study group focusing on close thematic readings of the Tanach and Talmud in translation.
Mickey Cohen — Wednesdays @ 4:15 – 5:45 pm. 

Open Sources – Beit Midrash
Learn independently with a hevruta (study partner) OR Study the weekly Torah portion with Maharat Victoria Sutton
Learners of all levels welcome — Savor the Soup of the Week as you learn
Want to study with a partner, and not sure where to begin? Contact Maharat Victoria Sutton with any questions, and we will help you find a partner and get started!
A Beit Midrash is a welcoming space to learn and discuss Jewish texts. Looking forward to learning together! Class resumes May 17
Maharat Victoria Sutton — Wednesdays, 7:30—9:00 pm 

Women’s Torah Leyning Class: With Meena Viswanath: Learn to leyn in time for Simhat Torah women’s reading!  Should be able to comfortably read Hebrew (with punctuation). No previous Torah reading experience or musical ability necessary.
Cost: Class is free, class workbook is $25, payable to CBI office.
Regiustration is closed.
Meena Viswanath moved to Berkeley last summer with her husband and son.  She has been leyning regularly since her bat mitzvah, and can leyn torah, haftarah, Eicha, Esther, and the other Megillot (with Ashkenazic te’amim).  She taught a torah leyning class last year in Young Israel of Atlanta, and is excited to teach a torah leyning class here in CBI.
Meena Viswanath — Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm -8:30 pm, May 3 – August @CBI (10-12 sessions)

Jewish philosophers: Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits: The class is currently reading and discussing selections from “Essential Essays on Judaism” presenting Berkovits’ most significant essays, exploring vital issues within Judaism and Jewish society, including: Jewish morality and law, Jewish nationhood, and Jewish theology. No background necessary.
Muni Schweig — Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm @ the Schweig home

Wednesday, May 10, 8:15 pm 
Lecture with Rav Yehuda Gilad, 
Rosh Yeshiva at Ma’aleh Gilboa, former Knesset member
The Ten Commandments: The Nexus Between Religion and Ethics: In this class, we will discuss the structure of The Ten Commandments (the Decalogue), and focus specifically on the command “You shall not covet”.
We will use the question” is reasonable to expect us to control our emotions?” as a stepping stool to discuss the link between ethics and religious law.
Since 1983, Rav Yehuda Gilad has served as rabbi of Kibbutz Lavi.  In 1993, he founded Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa, where he continues to be Rosh Yeshiva. Committed to the idea that yeshiva students should not take advantage of Torah study to avoid civic duties, students serve a full, three-year military service as part of their five-year program. Rav Gilad also is a leading figure in Israel’s modern orthodox Rabbinic bodies serving on the advisory council of Rabbanei Tzohar and the steering committee of Beit Hillel. Rav Gilad is a national spokesman for the morally sensitive in the religious community and has earned recognition for his outspoken views and grassroots activism in promoting a Jewish and a democratic state —one without contradiction and without coercion from the religious establishment. In June 2002, Rav Gilad became a Member of the Israeli Knesset where he served on the Education and Labor and Welfare Committees.


Talmudic Wisdom: Join us for a weekly class that explores key sugyot (talmudic units) that discuss major Jewish questions of practice and thought.  Class is on hiatus until May 5.
M. Victoria Sutton • May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 9, 16 • 9:00 am


Study of Kima Kima (Step by Step) by Rabbi Chaim Drukman:  Kima examines the sources that deal with the redemption of the Jewish people from the Bible, Talmud, Midrashim and the early Rabbinic sources.  Kima Kima provides deep insights into modern Israeli Orthodox thought and philosophy of delivery from exile to redemption and the important part that the State of Israel has played in this process.  On hiatus until May 2017
David Rue Saturdays @8:30 am-9:15 am •