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.

Shabbat Afternoon

Mourning Fallen Israeli Soldiers – An Examination through Poetry: In preparation for Israel’s 70th Yom Hazikaron, we will study three poems from three distinct periods in the history of the State that address the question of grief and mourning for Israel’s fallen soldiers. 
R. Yonatan Cohen — Shabbat, April 21 @ 6:00 pm

Mondays 

Key Books in Tanach: Judges
The cycle of the period of the Judges spans several hundred years from the days of Joshua to the prophet Samuel. In the absence of strong, central leadership, individuals rose up to meet the challenges facing the nation. Some of these leaders are larger than life, such as Samson and Deborah, while others’ stories are less known yet compelling and thought provoking. Through learning the book of Shoftim, we will compare and contrast these diverse leaders and gain an understanding of this liminal period in Jewish history.
M. Victoria Sutton — Mondays @ 12:00 pm. Begins April 23

Latte N Learn: at the Starbucks at 2128 Oxford St in Berkeley. Rabbi Akiva can carpool to and from Beth Jacob if you reserve a spot that day. Also parental permission must be given via email. Carpool leaves at 7:10 and is back by 9:00. 8th graders invited too!
Akiva Naiman—Mondays @ 7:30 pm @ Starbucks

Tuesdays 

Laws of Shabbat: In this class we will re-use R. Eliezer Melamed’s well-organized, clear and concise halakhic (Jewish legal) writings as a springboard to deepen our understanding and our observance of the laws of Shabbat. Each class will focus on a specific area of religious practice and move from general principle to practical details. 
R. Yonatan Cohen — Tuesdays @ 12:00 pm. 

Wednesdays 

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 Davis — Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm

Open Sources – Beit Midrash: Learn independently with a hevruta (study partner). Learners of all levels welcome. Want to study with a partner, and not sure where to begin? Contact M. Victoria Sutton with any questions (maharatvictoria@gmail.com) and we will help you find a partner and get started! 
*New! Hilchot Shabbat Chabura – Guided small group study of the Laws of Shabbat. Parallel to Rabbi Cohen’s Laws of Shabbat class, the group will use R Eliezer Melamed’s Laws of Shabbat to deepen their understanding of Shabbat observance. Book available for order at Afikomen. Please let M. Victoria Sutton know if you would like to join.  Class is NOT meeting this week, April 18.
M
. Victoria Sutton — Wednesdays, 7:45—9:00 pm. 

New Talmudic Readings: This volume contains three of Emmanuel Levinas’s last major lectures on the Talmud. Originally compiled and published in French in 1996, it includes the lectures, The Will of Heaven and the Power of Humanity, Beyond the State in the Self, and Who is One-self?. Levinas’s Talmudic commentaries have generated interest in both theological and philosophical circles. These exegetical writings bear on his ever-present concern with ethics, the central focus of his philosophy. One of the most remarkable consequences of this focus, furthermore, is a renewal of philosophy’s capacity to both respect and uncover the deepest meanings central to sacred as well as secular texts.
Muni Schweig — Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm @ the Schweig home

Fridays

Mourning Fallen Israeli Soldiers – An Examination through Poetry: In preparation for Israel’s 70th Yom Hazikaron, we will study three poems from three distinct periods in the history of the State that address the question of grief and mourning for Israel’s fallen soldiers. 
R. Yonatan Cohen — Friday, April 27 @ 9:00 am 

Talmudic Wisdom: Join us for a weekly class that explores key sugyot (talmudic units) that discuss major Jewish questions of practice and thought.  Class resumes May 4.
R. Yonatan Cohen • Fridays @ 9:00 am

Saturdays

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. Class is on hiatus until after Lag Baomer or Shavuot.  
R. David Rue Saturdays @8:30 am-9:15 am

Poems of the Ibn Ezra with R. David Rue—Shabbat Day:  We have finished Rav Kook’s poetry, and will be starting a section on Poem’s of the Ibn Ezra, Each class will meet in the Sanctuary. Class is on hiatus until after Lag Baomer or Shavuot.  
R. 
David Rue Saturdays, 5-7 minutes after Kiddush begins