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.


Key Books in Tanach with M. Victoria Sutton: Class is on summer hiatus 
Maharat Victoria Sutton — Mondays @ 12:00 pm



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!
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


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 summer hiatus 
R. Yonatan Cohen • Fridays @ 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.
R. David Rue Saturdays @8:30 am-9:15 am

Zemirot of Shabbat with R. David Rue—Shabbat Day: Each Shabbat we will study one Zemer (Shabbat Song), learn the tune, study the text and ask some questions for further thought. Class will meet in the beit midrash during kiddush, 15 minutes after kiddush begins.
R. David Rue Saturdays 15 minutes after kiddush begins