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.


Contemplation Practice from Jewish Tradition: On-going group for both beginner and experienced meditators with CBI Member R. Ken Lipman, Ph.D.  Theory and practice based on the teachings of the Maggid of Mezeritch and other Hasidic masters.
Includes: Brief teaching / Text study • Practice • Questions / Discussion time.  Drop-ins welcome.
R. Ken Lipman, Ph.D. Sundays, 9:30 am-10:45 am


Key Books in Tanach: Book of Samuel
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 Book of Samuel presents a gripping exploration of political personalities, palace intrigue and the role of God in the lives of kings and nations. Class on hiatus through October 21, resumes October 28.
Maharat Victoria Sutton is the Director of Education and Community Engagement at Congregation Beth Israel, Berkeley. She received ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and graduated from Barnard College, with a BA in Biological Sciences.
M. Victoria Sutton — Mondays @ 12:00 pm.  

NCSY LNL – Latte & Learning (for teens in grades 9 to 12): Our Special Blend: Coffee & Torah every week. In addition to coffee, NCSY’s Latte & Learning initiative serves up Judaism in a relaxed, inspirational, and fun environment. L&L is the place for teens to ask questions, voice their feelings, and connect with each other.
Mondays at 7:30-8:30 pm, @ Flying Felafel, 2114 Shattuck Ave


Nine Talmudic Readings by Emmanuel Levinas: Nine readings of the Talmud by the French Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas translate Jewish thought into the language of modern times. Here Levinas applies a hermeneutic that simultaneously allows the classic Jewish texts to shed light on contemporary problems and lets modern problems illuminate the texts. Besides being quintessential illustrations of the art of reading, the essays express the deeply ethical vision of the human condition that makes Levinas one of the most important thinkers of our time.
uni Schweig — Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm @ the Schweig home


Talmudic Wisdom: 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 on hiatus through October 18, resumes October 25.
R. Yonatan Cohen • Fridays @ 9:00 am