Monday, 01 September 2014 12:27 am

Daf Hashavuah




Weekday Services August 31-September 4

AM & PM service@ CBI
1630 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Morning:  Sun & Mon 8:00 am • Tu-F 6:30 am
Evening: Sun-Th: 6:10 pm

Friday Evening, August 29th
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat @ CBI 7:00 pm
Northside Minyan 7:00 pm
   1209 Shattuck Ave. (east side of the street, past Oak Park, near Eunice)
Candle Lighting 7:25 pm  
Saturday, August 30th
Morning Service 9:15 am
Torah & Haftorah Reader: Na’aman Kam
Educational Programming   11:00 am
Sermon by Rabbi Yonatan Cohen: Hearing the Call of the Shofar
Shabbat Mincha 7:00 pm
Seudah Shelishit  7:20 pm
Ma’ariv, Havdalah & Shabbat ends after 8:21 pm

Alan Finkelstein & Leslie Valas, in memory of Alan’s mother Elizabeth Abend Finkelstein

R. Adam and Elana Naftalin-Kelman

Monday, September 1st

Shacharit  8:00 am

A Special Shabbat with R. Yedidya (Julian) Sinclair
Shabbat Sept. 6

Rabbi Yedidya (Julian) Sinclair is a writer, translator, educator, environmentalist and solar energy developer. He serves as Senior Rabbinical Scholar at Hazon, the largest US Jewish environmental organization and has taught at over 40 US venues, He has also consulted to the UN on religious responses to climate change and been featured in the New York Times Magazine for his work in this area. Previously he worked as campus rabbi at Cambridge University, where he also taught Jewish Thought in the Divinity School. He holds degrees from Oxford and Harvard Universities as well as Orthodox rabbinic ordination. Trained as an economist, in his day job he is Vice President for Research at Energiya Global, a leading Israeli solar company that has just developed the first-ever large-scale solar project in Sub-Saharan East Africa.

Shabbat Drash at 11:00 am: How is this shmita year different from all other shmita years?"
Recent shmita years have degenerated into unedifying wrangling over kosher certification of fruits and vegetables. This one is shaping up to be remarkably different - a chance to enact shmita's profound values of social equality, economic justice and environmental sustainability.
Pre-Mincha Class at 6:30 pm "Rav Kook on Teshuvah"
In Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook's challenging, mystical teachings, he understood teshuvah to transcend regret and repentance for misdeeds and to encompass a return to personal authenticity, cosmic unity and national renewal.

A Special Evening of Learning with R. Yonatan Neril
Sunday, Sept. 7, 7:30 pm

Rabbi Yonatan Neril founded and directs The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development and its branches Jewish Eco Seminars and Eco Israel Tours. A native of California, he completed an M.A. and B.A. from Stanford University with a focus on global environmental issues, and received rabbinical ordination in Israel. He has spoken internationally on religion and the environment, and organized two interfaith environmental conferences in Jerusalem in which religious leaders of several faiths spoke. He is the lead author and general editor of two publications on Jewish environmental ethics including Uplifting People and Planet: 18 Essential Jewish Teachings on the Environment and was a Dorot and PresenTense Fellow. He lives with his wife, Shana, and son, Shacharya, in Jerusalem.
In advance of the People's Climate March in Manhattan on September 21st-- billed as the largest climate march in history-- we will explore Jewish teachings that relate to environmental sustainability and responsibility. How can we draw on our 3,000 year old tradition to help address our most pressing challenges?



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 

Echoes of the Shofar: An In-depth Exploration into the Significance of Shofar. A three part series on shofar, exploring the meaning behind this ritual that is emblematic of Rosh HaShana/Elul. We will study rabbinic and liturgical texts to uncover the various themes behind shofar and enrich this powerful mitzvah. 1st class Tuesday, September 3, Avraham and the Akeda- Knocking Down Heaven’s Door
Maharat Victoria Sutton – Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m., September 3, 9, 16


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 – Wednesdays, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

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. Resumes this Thursday, September 4.
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   

Baruch Dayan Emet: It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing last Sunday of David Matthew Freehling, z"l, beloved brother of Shira Freehling. Shira is sitting shiva in Southern California with her family. HaMakom Yenacheim Et'chem Betoch She'ar Aveilei Tziyon VeYerushalayim. May God comfort Shira and all others who mourn Zion and Jerusalem

Baruch Dayan Emet: With sadness we inform you of the passing of Rabbi Hershel Yolles, Yehuda Tzvi ben Eliezer Ha Kohen, the Samborer Rebbe, of blessed memory. R. Yolles frequently visited Beit Midrash Ohr HaChaim and had many students and followers in the East Bay Jewish community. May God console the esteemed family, together with all those that mourn Zion and Jerusalem.

Mazal Tov! to Noemi Yoselevitz & Sergio Andermann and big sister Ilana on the birth of a baby boy. Mother and baby are in good health, b"h. May his life be filled with the insights of Torah, the warm and supportive love of family and community, and the blessing of good deeds. Mazal Tov! 

R. Cohen in J Weekly: please see R. Cohen’s Torah column here. 

Homeless Shelter: Thanks to all of our volunteers for making last Wednesday’s Men’s Homeless Shelter Chicken Mediterranee’ dinner a great success.  Those who were so kind to donate a few hours to this cause are Bathea James, Deborah Shaw, Carol Cunradi, Yaakov Harari, Malcolm Feeley, Marge Green, and a special thanks to newcomers Victoria Sutton, Pnina Zoharah, Terry & Olga Gordon.  A hearty Yasher Koach to Rabbi Green for his dvar Torah on the significance of blowing the shofar during Elul.

CBI Sisterhood

  • CBI Book Group is meeting at a later time on Sunday, August 31, 12:15pm, upstairs at CBI. We will be discussing A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman.
  • Book Event, Open to Men & Women: September 14, 11:00 am: Brenda Webster , author of After Auschwitch; A Love Story.
    Brenda Webster, is the author of five novels, After Auschwitz, Sins of the Mothers, Paradise Farm, The Beheading Game (which was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award), and Vienna Triangle. Her memoir, the Last Good Freudian received considerable critical praise. Her forthcoming play, The Murder Trial of Sigmund Freud, was written in collaboration with award-winning playwright and producer Meridee Stein. Ms. Webster  is also President of PEN West American Center. She divides her time between Berkeley and Rome.

Unveiling for Jan Haber, z”l: The Haber family will be unveiling Jan's gravestone on Sunday, September 7 at 11 am.  It will take place at Fernwood Cemetery, 301 Tennessee Valley Road, in Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 383-7100.  All are welcome.  After the ceremony, at approximately 1pm, we will gather at the Haber home (6100 Broadway Terrace, Oakland, CA 94618) for food and conversation.  All are welcome.

Yizkor—Book of Remembrance
This year at Congregation Beth Israel, a Book of Remembrance will be our guide to the Yizkor Service. Revised annually and used four times during the year, it will contain the text of the Yizkor liturgy and the names of those who are being remembered by the members of the Congregation.

If you wish to remember your loved ones in this Book of Remembrance, please complete the form below and return it to the office along with your check, no later than Sept 15, 2014. The charge for the listing of names is $10 per name.

There is a new charge each year for listing of names.

Book of Remembrance Form - Due Sept. 15, 2014

Please use the names I (we) submitted for last year’s book
      ____# of Names @$10.00 per name

Please list the following name(s):

1__________________________ 5__________________________

2__________________________ 6__________________________

3__________________________ 7__________________________

4__________________________ 8__________________________

In memory of my loved ones, I am enclosing a check to Beth Israel for $______

Donors Full Name____________________________

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

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 3—Kosher Sandwiches @ UC Berkeley:  Freshly made kosher sandwiches will be available at 11:30 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the following locations: Crossroads at the Den (Channing & Bowditch), Golden Bear Cafe,  and Cafe Ramona. Choices available: one meat, one poultry, and an egg salad. For any questions, contact Avraham Burrell

Can you read this? That means you can help a child  who can’t. In just one hour a week you can help a student learn to love reading. Take part in this rewarding tikkun olam program and help repair the world. Join the Jewish Coalition for Literacy as a volunteer reading tutor and make a difference in a child’s life. Register for a free tutor training workshop at or 510/809-4904.

Jscreen @ : Jscreen, a Jewish genetic disease screening program, will now only be conducting screening through our online portal at We will no longer be onsite at UCB because of the medical privacy guidelines in place for students. Requesting a saliva kit on our website is easy and is available 24/7. When we receive the request, we will mail out a saliva screening kit with follow-up genetic counseling conducted via telephone.  We are still honoring the subsidized $25 kit price through August 31, 2014.
Single? Dating? Growing your family? Just curious? Join us! @myJScreen @GettyOwl. Go to to learn more and to pre-register for your spit kit. Email to find out how to get a kit mailed to you.

An Evening of Mikvah Celebration: Sunday, September 7, 2014, 6:30-9:00 pm at the Krutch Theater, 2601 Warring Street Berkeley, across from the Mikvah in Building 14 of the Clark Kerr Campus.

JFCS Rosh Hashanah Meal Delivery: Greetings volunteers and friends of JFCS/East Bay! It's that time of year for our Rosh Hashanah delivery of Kosher meals and goodies....for the elderly and people with disabilities in our community! As you may know, this is a long-standing tradition with Jewish Family and Children's Services of the East Bay.
Would you like to deliver to between 3 and 6 homes?
Delivery Date: Tuesday, September 23rd
Pick-up of bags: between 2:45 and 3:15 pm
Delivery time range: between 3 and 5 pm
Pick-up from: either our Berkeley or Walnut Creek office, depending on your preference.
We'd love for you to join us.  It's a great way to include your children in helping. Our deliveries are well-mapped and easy to find. 
Please reply as soon as possible, if you are interested.  And, let me know whether you would like to deliver in Alameda or Contra Costa County.  I will send out a confirmation and more details very soon. Thank you! Kathryn Winogura, Holiday Food Program Coordinator,, (510) 704-7480 and (925) 927-2000 ext. 529

Project Leaders Needed for EBTOCD (East Bay Tikkun Olam Chessed Day) 2014
Take a leadership role in the upcoming East Bay Tikkun Olam Chessed Day on Sunday, October 19th, by leading one of the day's numerous and diverse volunteer activities. Limited time commitment (estimated 5 to 10 hours total). Please see the list of activities at Questions? contact Juliet Stamperdahl.











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