13 Middot: Divine Qualities, Human Receptivity
The 13 Middot, Attributes of the Divine, form the core of the selichot, tashlich and other high holiday liturgy. Over this two class series, we will explore how our human consciousness perceives these Divine qualities, and inquire as to the movement and transformation we seek in the Divine and in our ourselves through the teshuvah process.
Tuesday, September 17, 7:30 pm & Yom Kippur Afternoon (October 9, 3 pm)
M. Victoria Sutton

Mussar and Yirat Shamayim: Paths to Transformation
The literature and practice of Mussar is experiencing a renaissance in the Jewish world. Mussar offers teachings to help move ideas and texts into habits and behaviors.  Learning selections from the Orchot Tzaddikim’s exploration of yirat shamayim, we will actively engage what we know about the obstacles and possibilities of personal transformation.
Selichot Night, Saturday, Sept 21, 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
R. Dorothy Richman
Followed by Selichot Services led by R. Daniel Hoffman, 11:00 pm

Parenting Matters During the High Holidays
Join Frayda Gonshor Cohen for a facilitated discussion about entering the High Holidays as parents – what are some of the unique challenges and opportunities (from the practical to the spiritual) that these (many) days present to us and how we might enter into this time with greater connection. This gathering is geared for parents of young children through elementary school.
RSVP requested to CBI Office: office@cbiberkeley.org
Monday, September 23, 8:30 pm
Dr. Frayda Gonshor Cohen

Returning, Again: Teshuvah as an Unfolding Journey in Hasidic Thought
Come explore the art of teshuvah in Hasidic sources, examining the process of inner growth and considered reflection as a never-ending and joyful quest.
Tuesday, September 24, 7:30 pm
Dr. Ariel Even Mayse

Rabbi Aryeh Levin Prepares to Die
The holiday of Sukkot offers insights about temporality and life’s transient nature. These teachings are reinforced by our communal reading of the book of Ecclesiastes.  In this gathering we will read several stories about R. Aryeh Levin as he prepared for death, and delve into the unique lessons his example offers.
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 12:00 pm 
Light lunch and learn in the CBI Sukkah
R. Yonatan Cohen