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
9 AM – Bendalin Conference Room, CBI
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.

Adult B’nei Mitzvah

10:15-11:45 AM –  Bendalin Conference Room
CBI Instructor:  Jason Bronowitz, Reynolds Family Rabbinic Intern
Cost: $250 (CBI Members Only Please); Registration Opens October 2019

Hebrew Review: October 20, 27, November 3, 17

Adult Bnei Mitzvah Prep Class:

Sundays: January 5, 12, 26; February 2, 9, 23; March 1, 8, 22, 29; April 5, 19, 26, May 3

Wednesdays: May 6, 13, 20, 27; June 3, 10

A continuation of last year’s beginning Hebrew class, participants will complete the journey towards a shared adult B’nai Mitzvah service to take place on June 13th. In addition to more Hebrew learning and practice, participants will learn to read Torah, lead prayers, and participate in a journey towards even deeper participation in Jewish life as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  Adult B’nei Mitzvah Service; June 13, 2020.

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 cantor@cbiaz.org and we can’t wait to sing with you!

Valley Beit Midrash

Congregation Beth Israel is proud to be a partner congregation of Valley Beit Midrash.  Valley Beit Midrash seeks to bring great minds in Jewish education and thought-leadership to Jewish life in the Valley.  Please visit valleybeitmidrash.org to learn more about programs taking place this year at CBI and at other locations in the Greater Phoenix Jewish community.

Please mark your calendars for the following Valley Beit Midrash Programs scheduled to take place at Congregation Beth Israel.

Rabbi Sam Intrator, “Transcending Differences and Fostering Respect among the Jewish People”
Thursday, August 15, 1pm

Abby Stein, “The Intersectionality of Gender and Jewish Identity”
Thursday, September 19, 1 PM

Udi Goren, “A Walk of the Land: A Photographic Journey of the Israel National Trail”
Tuesday, November 5, 7PM

Rabbi Dr. Alon Goshen-Gottstein, “Being Inspired by the Religious Geniuses of Other Faiths”
Thursday, November 21, 1 PM

Professor Marc Dollinger, “Jews and Whiteness”
Tuesday, December 3, 1 PM

Professor Mara Benjamin, “And You Shall Teach Your Children: Teachers as Parents, Parents as Teachers”
Wednesday, January 15, 7 PM

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, “Violence, Morality and Megillat Esther”
Tuesday, March 3, 1 PM

Aviva Zornberg, “I Am A Stranger: Becoming Ruth”
Wednesday, May 13, 7 PM

Clergy Led Learning

Preparing Your Heart for the High Holy Days

The month of Elul leads us towards the High Holy Days with intention, reflection, and study. Join Rabbi Mason-Barkin for an exploration of the liturgy and the themes of the High Holy Days, and prepare to enter the Days of Awe with your heart open and your mind ready for the journey.

7:00 PM – 8:30 Thursdays- Bendalin Conference Room- RSVP opens Aug. 12

September 5, 12, 19

Jewish Perspectives on Death, Dying and the Afterlife

Rabbi Stephen Kahn

7:00 PM – 8:30 Thursdays – Bendalin Conference Room- RSVP opens Oct. 14

November 7, 14, 21

Meeting the Musical Mind

7:00-9:00 PM Tuesdays | Bendalin Conference Room-RSVP opens April 1
April 21, 28; May 5

Join Cantor Ettinger for a brand new three week interactive journey where we will experience the transformative powers of music and explore the evolution of functional music from the prophets of ancient Israel to today. Together we will immerse ourselves into the music of our past so we can identify and build a therapeutic music toolbox for our future.  *All participants music have a access to a Spotify account.

A Jewish Perspective on the New Testament

Instructor: Rabbi Norman Cohen

7:00 PM – 8:30 Thursdays – Bendalin Conference Room-Registration Opens January 2020

February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 5, 19, 26; April 2

Cost: No Cost for Members
$36 for Non Members

The study of the New Testament gives Jews a better understanding of some of the shared interests and significant differences between the Jewish and Christian faiths and peoples.

This course will begin by discussing the importance of studying the New Testament from a Jewish point of view.

It will then proceed to examine the Gospels and Epistles, and to deal with such questions as the responsibility for the crucifixion, the use of Jewish Biblical Characters in the New Testament, the various thematic differences in the Gospel writings, and the historical conditions that led to these writings, and will conclude with a discussion of interfaith dialogue and goals and attention to other questions class participants bring to the sessions.

Special Events and Holy Day Experiences

Scholar in Residence Weekends

January 24-25
A Weekend of Learning with Rabbi David Ellenson, Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

Learn from one of the world’s greatest minds of Judaism through his engaging style of teaching. Dr. Ellenson is internationally recognized for his publications and research in the areas of Jewish religious thought, ethics and modern Jewish history.

More Learning Opportunities

Selichot Service and High Holy Day Shabbaton
September 21, 8:00 PM | Museum

CBI Women’s Seder
March 29, 4:30 PM | Ballroom

Tikkun L’Eil Shavuot Celebration and Study Session
May 27, 7:30 PM

Get Away with CBI

CBI Family Camp
March 20 – 22 | Camp Harry and Daisy Stein

Connect with family, community and nature during our Family Camp weekend! Activities for the whole family and age-appropriate programs for all ages!  Registration Coming Soon

Trip to Spain with Rabbi Stephen Kahn
March 2020-More info coming soon

Interest Groups

Elter Dames – Jewish Women’s Wisdom Group

Join a small community of women searching for new meaning, identity, sharing visions and aspirations, finding avenues for change and challenges. Ages 70+.

Meetings will take place every 2 weeks for 3 months
Times and dates TBD
Registration opens in November 2019
For more information about Elter Dames, contact Audrey Hollander at aholl1305@gmail.com

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!