Through our classes and programs, we aim to deepen our members connections to each other, to their community and to Judaism. We invite you to explore what we offer and to join us on a journey of life long Jewish learning.

Year Round Learning

Torah Study

Every Shabbat (Saturday) Morning
9AM – Via Zoom
Instructors: CBI Clergy – No Cost

Grow in your knowledge of Torah and engage with others in discussing the Torah portions each week. As the Torah is timeless, its relevance to modern life is a part of our weekly study. It is open to everyone regardless of Jewish literacy or Hebrew knowledge. There is no preparation required. The class is led by the Congregation Beth Israel Clergy, with a healthy dose of humor and thoughtful discussion of the text. According to the Mishnah,  “The study of Torah [is greater than the sub of doing all Mitzvot] because it leads to them all.” Bagels, shmear, coffee and juice are provided.

Shir Joy: The Adult Choir of CBI

Under the direction of Cantor Seth Ettinger and music director, Jackie Huber, “Shir Joy!” brings together a passionate group of people who love music. The word “shir” means “song” and each of us has a song or two that is part of our individual identities.  Whether you have been singing all of your life, or are finally ready to make that next step from singing in car to being up on stage, “Shir Joy is the group for you. This year Shir Joy! will be perform a variety of music programs at CBI including the first ever “CBI Sings Chanukah Sing-A-Long”, a vibrant interfaith Martin Luther King Shabbat program, and cross-cultural Shabbat experiences featuring music from around the world.

In addition to performing, Shir Joy also learns and experiences music together through off-campus trips to the theatre, opera, museums, and other alternative music spaces. You do not need to be able to read music or speak Hebrew to join “Shir Joy!”. For more information please contact Cantor Ettinger at and we can’t wait to sing with you!

Clergy Led Learning

Intro to Judaism
September 8, 2020-Jan. 12, 2021 7-9PM
Intro To Judaism
Registration Now Open!
Starting September 13th, 2022 at 7 PM
Join Rabbis from Congregation Beth Israel, Temple Kol Ami, Temple Chai, and Temple Solel for Introduction to Judaism. Over 15-week sessions (plus two special Shabbat celebrations), you will have the chance to learn in-depth about Jewish traditions, rituals, holidays, life cycle events, and beliefs. This course is a great option for those who are entering Jewish families, considering conversion, want to brush up on their Jewish knowledge, or are simply curious about Judaism and would like to know more. The course will take place on Tuesday nights at Congregation Beth Israel (either in person or virtually) from 7-9 pm, beginning September 13th.
Register Here

Interest Groups

Start your own Interest Group

Do you have a topic you are interested in discussing or an activity you’d like to share with other CBI friends?  Contact Rabbi Mason-Barkin about starting your own CBI Interest group!