Thursday, 05 December 2013 08:53 am
SCHEDULE FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK AT CBI
November 30, 2013 / Kislev 27, 5774
WEEKDAY SERVICES DECEMBER 1-5
Morning service@ CBI
1630 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Sun 8:00 am • M-F 6:30 am
PM Services @ Chabad
2730 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley
M-Th 4:35 pm
Wed. night, Nov. 27 through Thu. Dec. 5
Shacharit Th. & F 8:00 am
Throughout the week, candles should be list after 5:25 pm except for Friday, November 29 and Motzei Shabbat.
SHABBAT MEVARCHIM CHANUKAH PARSHAT MIKETZ
Friday and Saturday, November 29th & 30th
Chanukah Candle Lighting before* 4:33 pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting 4:33 pm
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat 4:35 pm
Morning Service 9:15 am
Torah Readers: Glenn Massarano, Benjamin Epstein, Yonim Schweig
Haftarah Reader: Joel Resnikoff
Educational Programming 10:30 am
Yeladim: Nava Schweig & Hodi Miller
Talmidim Aleph: Mira Kittner
Sermon by R. Cohen: A Tale of Two Chanukahs
Shabbat Mincha 12:45 pm
Seudah Shlishit 4:30 pm
Ma’ariv, Havdalah & Shabbat ends 5:35 pm
Chanukah Candle Lighting after** 5:33 pm
* Remember to put in more oil or use bigger candles on Friday, so that they burn 1/2 hour after nightfall. Try to light just before the Shabbat candles (without of course delaying the lighting of the Shabbat candles).
** After Shabbat one should first recite Havdalah at home, then light the Chanukah candles. One may not use the Chanukia as the candle for Havdalah.
The Davis Family
Tali & Yaakov Albietz
Sunday, December 1st, 7-10 pm
3rd annual Chanukah game party
Dreidels, Dreidels, games, food and more
7:10 - Festive candle lighting
9:00-10:00 Team-trivia contest (with prizes!)
See you there, Chanukah parties aren't just for kids!
For helping out and being a game captain please contact Ma'ayan Rabinovich- email@example.com
Gan Shalom Chanukah Party
December 2, 2013, 5 to 7 pm
5 pm: Gathering, snacks, candle making and activities for kids
* Child-created Chanukah cards for sale
*Photo booth: Get your family portrait taken!
5:30 pm: Chanukiah lighting and dinner
6:30 pm: Puppet show and singing
7:00 pm: Group clean up!
Please RSVP 848-3298 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CBI TEEN CHANUKAH PARTY
Monday, December 26:30-9:00pm
@ Rabinovich home, 1548 Channing Way
ROSH CHODESH TEVET
Mon. night, Tues. & Wed., December 2nd- 4th
Shacharit 6:30 am
Sunday Morning Talmud Class
A class structured to appeal to Talmud students of all levels, from beginners to more experienced. We will continue our studies of Masechet Shabbes; come check it out for a morning, no commitment necessary.
R. Gabriel Greenberg - Sunday, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Nosh and Knowledge — The ultimate smorgasbord has arrived!
A bissel nosh, a bissel kibbitz (kvetch or kvell), a shtikle learning for your yiddisher kop. Join your chevreh for our bimonthly gatherings.
Monday, Dec. 2, Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm @ CBI
December 2: Dorothy Richman, ‘Shedding More Lights on Chanukah”
This shtick kindly brought to you by Berkeley Hadassah and Congregation Beth Israel. RSVP Lois Marcus email@example.com
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.
David Henkin – Mondays, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
NCSY LNL – Latte & Learning (for Teens; Grades 9-12)
Latte & Learning brings Judaism to local coffee shops and serves up Torah in a relaxed and fun setting.
LNL is the place for teens to ask questions, voice their feelings, and connect with each other.
R. Akiva Naiman • Mondays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. • Starbucks, 2128 Oxford St, Berkeley
Women’s Dance Nights at CBI!
Come dance to a blend of world music, jazz, klezmer, hip hop and more. No moves to remember, no cost either.... Just a chance to let loose and get some good exercise in a fun way!
2nd & 4th Mondays @ 8:00 pm
Jewish Writings of Emmanuel Levinas
The Levinas Study Group meets at 8 pm every Wednesday at the Schweig home to discuss various essays of the Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. No background necessary. The class is facilitated by our resident scholar, Muni Schweig.
Muni Schweig - 1st, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 8:00 p.m.
Mishmar – Learners’ Night
Join a Beit Misrash atmosphere for a weekly night of learning at CBI. We will do our best to match you up with a chevrutah
(study partner) or chavurah (a group of learners) for some free wheelin’, meaningful and personal text seeking and learning. (Thanksgiving).
Thursdays, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Talmudic Wisdom: Between the Land of Israel and the Diaspora - Priorities, Polemics, and Power Struggles: In-depth Study of Ketubot 110a-112b. Is there a biblical or rabbinic imperative to settle the Land of Israel? What insights can the Babylonian Talmud, the crown jewel of a Diasporic community, offer to this question? Join us for a weekly class that explores key sugyot (talmudic units) that discuss major Jewish questions of practice and thought.
R. Yonatan Cohen - Fridays, 9:00 a.m.
Come join Merkavah’s Fall classes
With Ma'ayan Rabinovich
Talmud: Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin, chapter 8.
Tuesday, 9:30 am—12:30 pm
October 8th - December 17th. $280.
Emotional Wisdom: Love, hate, jealousy, and a couple more.
Wednesday, 10:00 am—-12:30 pm
October 9th, December 18th. $210.
Classes are for women-only. Scholarships available. No previous background necessary. Location – 1630 Bancroft St., Berkeley. For signing up and more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-219-0275.
In Beth Israel
Homeless Shelter: A well-deserved thank-you to all of the volunteers who shopped, cooked & served a Chanukah-inspired dinner at the Berkeley Men’s Homeless Shelter last Monday night. And a special thanks to our clean up crew. Please wish our crew Elana Naftalin-Kelman, Lisa Gessow, Maxine Winer, Barbara Budnitz, Hiram Simon, Carol Cunradi, David Spieler, Faith Meltzer, Hannah Lesser, Hillel Green, Matty Lichtenstein, Preston Grant and Rebecca Landes a hearty yasher koach when you see them in shul. Additional thanks to Deborah Shaw and Ronna Bach, and to Rabbi Green for his Chanukah drash. Shabbat Shalom v’Chag Sameach!
Book Group: We will meet on Sunday, December 8, 10:30 a.m. at CBI to discuss A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn. Please return books at meeting.
Tot Kabbalat Shabbat, Friday night, December 13th, at 4:30 p.m. all tots and children are invited to join in a Tot Kabbalat Shabbat followed by Shabbat dinner, for children and their families. RSVP for Shabbat Dinner by Tuesday, December 10th at email@example.com
$10 per child, $15 per adult, $50 maximum per family.
For questions please contact Ma'ayan - 510-219-0275
MOVIE NIGHT @ CBI: the reward-winning Israeli movie Footnote will be showing at CBI on Saturday, December 14th @ 7:30 pm. Popcorn and drinks on the house! Co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation/The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay.
Dec. 15: Norcal Israel Gap Year/Summer Programs/Judaism on Campus fair @ JCHS.
Dec. 19-22: Regionals @ La Jolla Hilton
Sign up at eastbay.ncsy.org.
Kiddush Sponsorship Online Signup: Dear CBI Family, now that you can buy more scrip more easily than ever, you will probably want to sponsor a kiddush (or several kiddushim) at shul. Click on this link to reach a spreadsheet where you can sign up for sponsorships all on your own. As with the new scrip option, you can still contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Avraham (510-845-7744) if you want to sign up the old-fashioned way.
June and Bob Safran are going to Cuba: Our sisters and brothers in Cuba are doing better than years before. Many have relatives out of the country who send help. These families are doing well. Others are struggling, like the average Cuban, to make ends meet. Often the ends don't meet. Bob and I will be going to Cuba in December and can carry your unused portions of Rx meds as long as they are not outdated. We can also take over the counter nonRx meds that are not outdated. If you would like to purchase new items, we would be delighted to carry them. We would also be super delighted to carry money for purchase of toiletries and caned food when we are there. Everything can be left at the synagogue office or better yet, brought to our home. You can reach us at 510-526-7173 or email email@example.com.
It's still not too late to order scrip for Chanukah! Everything available as Scripnow can be ordered at any time, as can anything we keep in stock, such as Afikomen, Starbucks, Peets, L.L. Bean and many others. Many merchants, such as Starbucks, are offering $5 electronic gift cards for the holidays. Check it out on www.shopwithscrip.com . Enrollment instructions are below. Plastic and paper gift cards for Afikomen, Berkeley Bowl, Amazon, Shutterfly, Starbucks, Peets, L.L. Bean, Barnes and Noble and more will be available for sale at the Chanukah party. Help with the shopwithscrip Web site will be available as well. Naomi Stamper will be traveling until December 8. If you need scrip during that time and don't want to order online, contact Sara Schulman firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cell Phone Collection: Dosomething.org in partnership with MTV is collecting old cell phones for domestic violence victims, in recognition of domestic violence awareness month. They will recycle or refurbish the phone and will use 100% of the proceeds to help domestic violence victims. This is a great way to get rid of your old phones and donate them to a great cause! You can drop off phones at CBI until November 21. Tali Albietz will be coordinating the pickup and mailing of the phones, so please contact her if you have any questions.
Housing Sought: Our dear friends, Sara and Bob Dickman, a semi-retired, responsible, Boston couple, artist and physician, with children in the Oakland area, are seeking a Feb-March rental in Berkeley/Oakland. No pets, no smoking and no mold please. Inquires contact Sara Dickman, email@example.com. Thanks very much. Hope & Noah Alper.
Housing Sought: Couple with young child recently re-located from New York seeking long (preferred) or short term housing: 1-2 BR with monthly rent under $2,000. Please contact Matan at (510) 225-8521 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any leads. Many thanks!
Donate your car/boat/vehicle to Beth Israel/Midrasha. Full tax write off. Beth Israel/Midrasha share proceeds from sale. Contact David: 510-849-0961 or Midrasha, Diane: 510-843-4667.
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SCRIP GOES ONLINE!
Did you know that every time you shop at Berkeley Bowl, Afikomen, Amazon, CVS, Peet’s, Target and hundreds of other retailers you could be giving tzedakah to CBI at no cost to you?
Many longtime CBI members have been participating in the CBI scrip program for years and together, they raise thousands of dollars for CBI. Now we hope to enlist the younger generation by making it possible to order and pay for scrip online. Many scrip gift cards can be delivered online as well, within minutes of their purchase.
Here’s how scrip works: You buy prepaid gift cards from CBI for the merchants that you frequent and then shop as you normally do, using the gift cards to pay for your purchases. The shul, as a non-profit organization, is able to obtain the cards at a discount but then sells them to you at their face value. If you use scrip gift cards to shop at Berkeley Bowl, 4% of your purchases will go to CBI. Afikomen gives 10%, Amazon, 3%, Peet’s. 8%. Some national clothing chains, such as the Gap and L. L. Bean, give as much as 14%!
Below are the instructions for registering at the Web site that will manage our scrip program. Please register for an account now and browse through the site to see what gift cards are available. The first twenty people to register will be entered into a drawing for a free $25 Starbucks gift card!
If you have any questions or need help with the Web site, don’t hesitate to contact Sara Schulman: email@example.com . Thanks for your participation! Sara Schulman and Naomi Stamper
Go to www.shopwithscrip.com
and open a family account using the enrollment code: 1LA6BD2C115L7. (Ignore the request for student name and teacher – the site was designed for use in schools.)
If you don’t like to write checks, register for Prestopay by clicking on the Prestopay icon on the left side of the screen once you are logged in to your account. Prestopay is similar to Paypal and will enable you to pay for your gift cards online for a fee of 15 cents per transaction. If you plan to use it, sign up right away because you will need to give them your checking account information and complete a one-time verification procedure that takes a few days to process.
Shop for gift cards and place them in your shopping cart just as you would at any e-commerce site. Next to each item is the “rebate” offered by each merchant, which is the percentage that goes to CBI. Rebates vary widely. High volume merchants, such as grocery and convenience stores, typically give 2- 4% while clothing merchants often give as much as 14%!
Note that some merchants offer scrip in a form that’s particularly to use: Amazon and Starbucks, along with many other merchants, offer ScripNow, which is an instant gift card in the form of a code that will be sent to your shopwithscrip account minutes after your payment is received. Amazon ScripNow is particularly easy to use: you just enter the code into your account at any time and then it will be there as a credit whenever you place an order. Target and Whole Foods, among others, offer reload or reloadnow, which enable you to order a single gift card that you can reload at any time.
Place your order and then pay for it with Prestopay or by writing a check to CBI and mailing it or bringing it in during office hours.
Once payment has been received, you will be notified when your instant scrip is available or when your card order will be ready for pickup at the office. Large orders and regular orders will qualify for free delivery! We keep Berkeley Bowl and many other popular gift cards in stock, but some other cards may have to wait until we place our monthly order. You can always email Sara or Naomi to ask about the turnaround time at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I’ve bought scrip from Naomi for years and I don’t want to order online. Do I have to do all this?
A: No. The current system is still in effect for those who prefer it.
Q: Can I pay for scrip with my credit card?
A: Unfortunately, no. Scrip is a small margin business and credit card fees would take away all of our profit. It is possible to buy scrip on credit from Naomi Stamper and then pay at the end of the month. Email Naomi (email@example.com) if you are interested.
In the General Community
SPECIAL CHANUKAH SHIUR with R. Eliahu Klein
The teachings of R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev and Rabbi Nachman on Chanukah
Two part series.
Part One: Berditchev on Chanukah, Saturday Night, November 23, 7:30PM
Part Two: Rabbi Nachman on Chanukah, on Fourth Night of Chanukah. Saturday Night November 30th 7:30pm
Where: The Klein-Scheinberg House 2610 California Street[between Parker-Carleton]
All Donations Will Be Directed to- Matir: Outreach to Jews in Prisons and Hospitals. Come.
Rav Shlomo Teaching at Miller Home: Emuna will be teaching here this Sat night @ 8pm, the 4th night of Chanukah. Emuna is the editor-in-chief of Kol Chevre, the annual yortzeit journal of Rav Shlomo chevre from around the world, currently in its 14th edition (copies will be available for sale as well as some back issues). She has also taught and hosted 1000's of people over the years as her home in Jerusalem was one of Rav Shlomo's ground zero teaching and gathering spots in this world.
There will be hot drinks, and if we're really lucky, latkes (while they last) served. Asking for contributions of $18 for the evening but of course no one will be turned away for offering less (or more...) David 510-843-4716.
Afikomen Judaica Chanukah Party
Sunday, December 1
Homemade Latkes & Applesauce
Jelly Donuts for Purchase*
12 noon-5:00pm (while supplies last)
Public Menorah Lighting 4:30pm
FREE Prizes * Special Guests
Store OPEN All Day 11:00am-5:00pm
*Proceeds benefit the Friendship Circle Berkeley A non-profit organization that pairs special needs children with teen volunteers. Led by Devorah Leah & Yosef Romano
3042 Claremont Ave Berkeley www.afikomen.com 510-655-1977
Project Zug (www.projectzug.org), a start-up connecting Jews in the US, Israel and around the globe in online hevruta study is entering its second year pairing Jews around the world to build relationships through dynamic learning: Talmud, Tanakh, Culture, History, Philosophy, Arts, Social Justice, Food, and Mindfulness. Last year, from the novice learner to the more expert, members of our community relished this inspired initiative. Registration for the winter learning closes on December 31, 2013. Check out the Project Zug website, facebook page, and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information. Project Zug is the product of a partnership with Midreshset, and supported by the UJA - Federation of New York, the Jewish Agency for Israel, major US synagogues across the country, and several institutions of Jewish learning in Israel.
JFCS/East Bay Home Care for Seniors: JFCS of the East Bay is proud to team up with 24Hr HomeCare to provide compassionate, professional, reliable, and personalized home care services, including housekeeping, cooking, bathing, transportation, companionship, and more.
Serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Contact us today. (510) 684-6009 (925) 949-6151 email@example.com
Jewish Community High School of the Bay Open House
December 8, 11 am - 1:30 pm
RSVP at 415-345-9777 x 112 or wwww.jchsofthebay.org