Friday, 25 July 2014 03:36 am

Daf Hashavuah



Weekday Services July 22-26

AM & PM service@ CBI
1630 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Morning:  Sun 8:00 am • M-F 6:30 am
Evening: Sun-Th 6:35 pm  


Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth serves as Rav of Congregation Ohel Ari in Ra'anana and as Executive Director of Beit Hillel, the leading voice of Modern Orthodox Religious Zionism in Israel. A former captain in the Israeli Navy SEALS, Rav Neuwirth previously served as a hi-tech executive and as Rav of Bnai Akiva North America.

About Beit Hillel
Beit Hillel is a Modern Orthodox rabbinic leadership organization comprised of more than 200 volunteer male and female spiritual leaders that aspires to guide the Religious Zionist community and Israeli society in a moderate, inclusive and religiously-tolerant direction. Our core values are commitment to Halacha and democracy, promoting unity among all segments of Israeli society, advocating for women’s empowerment, and supporting broad and open-minded education. For more information, please see this brief video.

7:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat
7:00 p.m. North Berkeley Minyan @ Sudikoff home
   1209 Shattuck Ave. (east side of the street, past Oak Park, near Eunice)
8:00 p.m. Shabbat dinner at CBI
RSVP by July. 17—$10 per child, $15 per adult, $45 maximum per family
8:11 pm Candle lighting
9:00 p.m. Learning with visiting scholar, R. Ronen Neuwirth
Topic: Relevant Religious Leadership in Israel: Beit Hillel

9:15 am  Morning Service
Torah & Haftorah Reader: Na’aman Kam
11:00 a.m. Shabbat Drash by visiting scholar, R. Ronen Neuwirth, followed by mussaf
Topic: Do We Need a Third Temple Today? or The Relevancy of Beit Mikdash in the 21st century
11:00 am am Educational Childcare
   Talmidim Aleph & Bet: Ma’ayan Rabinovich
12:00 p.m. Kiddush
7:00 p.m. study with visiting scholar, R. Ronen Neuwirth
Topic: Equality and the Inclusion of Women in the Public Sphere: a Spiritual Perspective
7:55 p.m. Mincha
8:15 p.m. Seudah Shlishit
9:13 p.m. Maariv and Havdalah @CBI

Rhoda Agin; Paul Albert; Beth Oelberger Astmann and Jon Astmann; Tamara Beliak and Zev Neumeier; R. Yonatan Cohen and Frayda Gonshor-Cohen; Sara and Benni Darmoni; Jane Falk; Deb Fink and Aaron Katler; Rose and Sam Ginsburg; Rachel and Jacob Heitler; Cory Isaacson and Avi Zinn; Elissa and Alan Kittner; Rebecca Landes and Ben Rose; Gladys and Phil Leider; Satya Levine; Linda Levy and John Pilkington; Nell and Chaim Mahgel-Friedman; Jonah Markowitz; Desnise Resnikoff and Lenny Kristal; June and Bob Safran; Tamar and Ory Sandel; R. SaraLeya Schley; Rachel Schorr and David Spieler; Jenny Shy and Michael Feiner; Violette and Henri Sibony; Juliet and Birger Stamperdahl; Rikki and David Sudikoff; Rona Teitelman; Shira Wakshlag and Eli Rosenblatt; Linda and Stanley Wulf; Abbie Yamamoto and Aaron Shub; Sheila and Marvin Yudenfreund; Joelle Yzquierdo 

Rachel & Jacob Heitler

Living and Dying from a Kabbalistic and Chassidic Perspective
An exploration of how living with a soul consciousness can transform our perspective on mortality.
With R. Naftali Citron of the Carlebach Shul, NYC
Rabbi Citron has been a popular teacher of Jewish mysticism in the U.S. and abroad for the last 20 years. He is the founder of the Day of Kabbalah and the spiritual leader of a congregation at the forefront of loving spiritual practice in a non-judgmental atmosphere. He grew up in Berkeley, the son of esteemed Rabbi-Dayan Chaim Citron and grand-nephew of Shlomo Carlebach.
Rabbi Citron will also be sharing some of the insights of Reb Zalman Shachter, of blessed memory, as transcribed in the book the December Project
Refreshments will be served
Sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel, the Alpers, Rhoda Agin & Anonymous


Sunday Morning Talmud Class 
A class structured to appeal to Talmud students of all levels, from beginners to more experienced. 
On hiatus
Sunday, 9:00-10:00 a.m. 


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. 
Thursdays, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.


Talmudic Wisdom:
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.



In Beth Israel  

SCRIP: We have scrip for many hotels and retail stores, including Afikomen, REI, Barnes & Noble, Amazon. Order from Naomi at Also, Order at or email  Naomi Stamper, Ruth Wittman or Rebecca Landes

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 510-843-4667.

In the Community

Join us to show your support for the millions of Israelis under attack. 


Sunday, July 20, 4:00PM - 5:30PM 
Congregation Emanu-El 
2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA 

Organized for the community by the Jewish Community Relations Council, The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund and the Board of Rabbis of Northern California. 
As Israel continues to face incessant rocket fire from Gaza and Hamas rejects Israel's offers of a ceasefire, we call on our community to come together for a mass gathering to stand with the people of Israel during this difficult time. 
The event will include remarks from Israeli Consul General Dr. Andy David, elected officials and community leaders, as well as a moving musical performance.


1630 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94703   |   Directions   |   Congregation Office: (510) 843-5246   |