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 – Friday // 8:45AM – 9:00AM // via Zoom
Daily Mishna: Moed Kattan 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. Please note this class does not meet on Shabbat or Yom Tov.

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 // July 7, 14, 21 // 9PM // via CBI Zoom    
RSVP to rabbi@cbiberkeley.org
S.Y. Agnon’s “Tehilla” with Rabbi Jeffrey Saks
A Special Late Night Series via Zoom

Agnon’s beloved story “Tehilla” explores righteousness, repentance, redemption, reward and punishment. Set in the Old City of Jerusalem in 1924-25, the story’s emotional force comes through a long narrated backstory, in which the 104-year-old title character tells us her tragic life story, going back to the European shtetl. “Tehilla” is also a love story, although a decidedly Agnonian love story – there’s no chance for a happy ending. Like so many of his descriptions of love interrupted, it is a tale of a disturbance in first love which haunts subsequent generations. But in “Tehilla” that disturbance is precipitated by the lamentable hatred between Jews (in this case the historic clash between Hasidim and their opponents), leading to a century of suffering. If Tehilla’s story is a tragedy it is a decidedly Jewish one, and she reminds us of Nietzsche’s quip that “The Greeks blame the gods, the Jews blame themselves.” Written in 1950, the description of Jerusalem’s Old City is also an elegy for that world lost after the 1948 War of Independence.
Rabbi Jeffrey Saks is the founding director of ATID – The Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions in Jewish Education, in Jerusalem, and its WebYeshiva.org program. He is the Editor of the journal Tradition, Series Editor of The S.Y. Agnon Library at The Toby Press, and Director of Research at the Agnon House in Jerusalem. A three-time graduate of Yeshiva University (BA, MA, Semicha), Rabbi Saks has published widely on Jewish thought, education, and literature, and currently teaches at Midreshet Amudim.

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 will resume July 28

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

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