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. 

Daily Practice:

CBI Daily Torah WhatsApp Group w/ R. Cohen
Rabbi Cohen will share a daily video dvar Torah to the CBI Daily Torah Group and CBI FB group.
On Friday, Rabbi Cohen will share a video drasha and a source sheet to print. To join this group, please use this link:
CBI FB group can be found here:

Daily Mishna w/ M. Sutton
8:45-9 am Sunday-Friday

Join us each morning (except for Shabbat) to learn a Mishna together, particularly in lieu of saying kaddish for departed loved ones during this time. We will start with Mishna Berakhot. Please be in touch with M. Sutton if you have a yartzeit this week or in the 11 months of saying kaddish for a loved one (

Mindfulness Meditation w/ R. Zac Kamenetz
Sun-Thurs, 7:30-8:15 PM
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” In this time when there is so much unknown to us, we can develop powerful tools to anchor ourselves into the only thing that truly exists: the present moment. We will learn and practice the basics of mindfulness (paying attention/on purpose/non-judgmentally)   meditation and sit in silent, holy awareness with our community, even while at a distance.

Classes this Week:

Sunday, March 29 at 10:30 am
Crafting the Seder – Storytelling As A Path Toward Collective Freedom
In this workshop we’ll craft interactive seder objects, inspired by the traditional texts and our own unique perspectives, that connect us to the seder experience, to our own sense of freedom, and to each other.
All ages welcome – adults + kids ages 7 and up will get the most out of this workshop, but younger ones will still enjoy crafting alongside adults!
Materials – we’ll be using colored paper, glue and scissors, but it can be done even just with printer paper and markers/crayons/pen/pencil if that’s what folks have!
Or by phone: 669-900-6833, meeting id: 5108435246#

Sunday, March 29, 7:00-8:00 pm
Seder Song Session: Learn some new tunes for your Seder from our members near and far, past and present: Rhoda Agin, Benjamin Epstein and Jana Jett Loeb.
Or by phone: 669-900-6833, meeting id: 5108435246#

Monday, March 30, 1:30-2:30 pm
Practical Seder Guide for a Very different Seder with R. Cohen
Whether you are on your own or without your usual Seder companions, an opportunity to hear some guiding principles and tips from Rabbi Cohen on conducting the Seder in a very different year, as well as share ideas with each other.
By phone: 669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 5108435246#

Monday, March 30, 8:00 pm
Process Group with Beth Oelberger
Having feelings about not having the seder you envisioned this year? You are not alone. Please join us Monday evening at 8pm in order to process and join together, all are welcome.
All are welcome! Facilitated by Beth Oelberger, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
RSVP requested to, but no need to RSVP to jon
Or by phone: 669-900-6833, meeting id: 5108435246#

Tuesday, March 24, 7:30-9:00 pm
When Nature Goes Awry: Communal Response to Tragedy with Dr. Deena Aranoff
In this session, we will read selections from Tractate Ta’anit, a Tractate that deals largely with collective response to drought and other natural disasters. How does the Talmud portray the emotional response to natural disaster? How do the liturgical and ceremonial responses address the grief and fear of the community? What is the role of prayer in responding to tragedy? Please join us as we explore rabbinic wisdom as it guides our human response to tragedy.
Or by phone: 669-900-6833, meeting id: 5108435246#

Thursday, March 26, 10-11:30 am
Hashiva Hakaratit with Racheli Perl
Join in learning what has been termed as the contemporary-Hasidic-female movement!  “Hashiva Hakaratit” or the Yemima method is an Israeli spiritual movement that has been growing over the last thirty years, originally taught by Yemima Avital (1929-1999) in Herzelia in the 80’s and 90’s. Her system teaches us how to be connected more to our true essence (“mahut”) and be closer and accepting of ourselves and others.
Or by phone: 669-900-6833, meeting id: 5108435246#

Thursday, April 2, 1:00-2:00 pm
Anxiety and Stress Management During these Crazy Times w/ Bathea James
We will focus on understanding the nature of anxiety and ways to handle excessive anxiety and stress.
RSVP requested to, please feel free to submit questions in advance for Bathea on RSVP.
Or by phone: 669-900-6833, meeting id: 5108435246#

Thursday, April 2, 8:00 pm 
Seder in Dark Times
Shabbat Hagadol w/ R. Cohen
In Memory of Eli Resnikoff, z”l and Esther Schickman, z”l
Or by phone: 669-900-6833, meeting id: 5108435246#