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Scholar-in-Residence World Union Shabbat Shabbat Shira
Rabbi Elyse Goldstein Rabbi Miri Gold Linda Hirschhorn in Concert
January 20-21 January 28 February 11
Lunch & Learn plus Sandwich Making
Thursday, January 19, 12 p.m. @ Ner Tamid (Quintara and 22nd Ave)
Designed for people with flexible schedules who would like to come to the synagogue for a bite, to learn with the Rabbis, and socialize. The session will be led by our own Rabbi Danny Gottlieb. A light lunch is provided, followed by sandwich making at 1:30 p.m. with our Tikkun Olam Hunger Relief Project.
SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE, PART I - FRIDAY NIGHT FEAST
Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, The City Shul, Toronto, Canada
Friday, January 20, 6:30 p.m.
Come join us for a free, catered Shabbat feast sponsored by our Sisterhood/Women of BIJ. We welcome Shabbat with tableside blessings, then enjoy delicious fare and each others' company. This month, Rabbi Elyse Goldstein returns to BIJ as Scholar-in-Residence. Her topic: "Creating Conscious Community." RSVP to Sisterhood@bij.org.
SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE, PART II - TORAH STUDY
Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, The City Shul, Toronto, Canada
Saturday, January 21
8:45 a.m. Torah Study; 10:00 a.m. Service
Rabbi Goldstein will lead a special Torah study session. Her topic: "Civil Discourse, Civic Disenchantment & Civil Disobedience: Models from Moses and the Midwives." Join for a bagel breakfast and discussion. Then be right on time for Shabbat morning services, led by Rabbi Gottlieb.
Introduction to Judaism
Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 p.m.
Rabbi Gottlieb offers a comprehensive introductory level course on Basic Judaism, including holidays, life cycle celebrations, belief and practice, and Jewish history. This course is open to all who want to gain a strong foundation of Jewish knowledge. It will also serve as pre-requisite study for adult B'nai Mitzvah and conversion students. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacred Chant and Drum Service
Friday, January 27, 6:30 p.m.
Join us for this joyful service led by our band of drummers and vocalists. Our service includes many prayers and melodies that we chant together and a guided meditation. It is a truly uplifting spiritual experience! After the service we gather together for an oneg shabbat. Please bring something sweet to share.
WORLD UNION SHABBAT
Special Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service
with Rabbi Miri Gold, Kibbutz Gezer, Israel
Saturday, January 28
8:45 a.m. Torah Study/ 10:00 a.m. Service
Rabbi Miri Gold will lead a special Torah study session. Join us for a bagel breakfast and discussion. Torah Study will be followed by Shabbat services, where Rabbi Gold will speak about her path to becoming the first non-Orthdox rabbi to be paid a salary by the State of Israel, and the issues facing Reform Judaism in the Jewish State. Kiddush following.
Women of BIJ/Sisterhood Planning Meeting
Sunday, January 29, 10:30 a.m.
The Women of BIJ/Sisterhood is responsible for many of the good things that happen at BIJ including Friday Night Feasts, Incredible Edibles, Comedy Day, the Hannukah Fair, the Rabbi Morris Scholarship, the Annual Luncheon at the Jewish Home, among many others. Come join in planning and volunteer for a project. It's a great way to meet a great group of people and to be a part of fun events.
COMING IN FEBRUARY...
INCREDIBLE EDIBLES -- A Taste of HAWAII
Saturday, February 4
6:00 p.m. Havdallah, 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Dinner prep/Dining
Fly with us to Hawaii where we will cook together a Hawaiian themed menu together in our BIJ kitchen. Enjoy cooking and hanging out with your BIJ friends and family. Wear an Aloha shirt or dress or your finest casual clothing. If you plan on cooking with us bring an apron, dish towel and sharp knife. As always, you don't have to cook but it will be more fun if you do! Cost per person is $36 (Includes drinks and dinner).Reserve by Wednesday February 1, 2017. Register in advance by clicking here
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SHABBAT SHIRA - LINDA HIRSCHHORN IN CONCERT
in memory of our Cantors Henry Greenberg z"l and David Morgenstern z"l
Saturday, February 11, 7:30 p.m. at BIJ
Join us as we hold the first of what we hope to be an annual Shabbat Shira Memorial Concert, in memory of our two beloved cantors,Henry Greenberg z”l and David Morgenstern z”l. "Shabbat Shira," (Shabbat of Song), is the Shabbat on which the “Song of the Sea” is chanted. Our guest performer will be Cantor Linda Hirschhorn. Linda was David’s teacher, and is well-known throughout the Bay Area for her innovative musical performances and her women’s musical group, Vocalot. Advance tickets may be purchased online at: bij.org/events-donations/registration $10 advance • $15 general admission/$10 seniors at the door.
ON-GOING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS...
Rosh Chodesh Women's Group
First Wednesday of the Jewish Month
The Women of BIJ celebrate the new moon each month with a special gathering in our Fireside Room led by Ricki Weintraub. We begin with a short ritual welcoming the new moon followed by discussion, activities and meditations that help us find ways to connect more deeply to Judaism, ourselves, our lives and each other. The sessions are open to all. So come and bring afriend! Suggested donation is $5.00 per session. And, if you are able, please bring an item for the Food Bank and a nosh to share.
Craft & Schmooze
Do you enjoy making friends, making or learning crafts or maybe a little knitting? Then join us for a fun afternoon of schmoozing, crafting, artistic and spiitual exploration. We meet monthly, usually on the second Sunday.
Friday Mornings, 8:30-9:00 am
Mindfulness meditation is a spiritual practice that allows us to create for ourselves an extended period of silence, in which to focus on our inner self without the distractions of life’s constant noise. It is a gift that we can give to ourselves, for getting in touch with our inner self and strengthening our spirit. We allow time to sit together quietly in silent Jewish practice, before heading off to our work or daily routine. This is a flexible work-in-progress, welcoming suggestions and open to evolving.
BIJ is part of the Southside Jewish Collaborative that makes sandwiches to help address widespread hunger insecurity in the Bay Area. Sandwich making activities usually follow Lunch & Learn on the third Thursday of the month. Additionally, on the last Sunday of each month we do Food Bank volunteering. We are proud to report helping feed 1000s of people. As long as the need persists, we must continue our work. This year we joined with our Southside Jewish Collaborative partners to conduct a Day of Tikkun Olam. Please see the article published in the September 2016 J Weekly talking about our efforts. Please also see the article published July 30, 2015 in the J Weekly concerning our ongoing sandwich making effort. If you are interested in helping others, click here to learn more about project opportunities. are eigible.
Adult Hebrew Class
Every Other Thursday, 7:30 pm
This is an intermediate Hebrew course, where we are working on improving reading skills, developing the building blocks of Hebrew grammar and increasing our vocabulary. We meet bi-weekly. ($10/session. Contact Ricki Weintraub for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications Being Accepted for Rabbi Herbert Morris Scholarships - March 6 Deadline
Applications for the Women of BIJ/Sisterhood Annual Rabbi Herbert Morris Scholarship are now being accepted for: High School, College and Continuing Education students. All children, grandchildren and adult members in good standing at BIJ are eligible. Please contact the office for an application or click High School, College or Continuing Education to download. Applications are due by March 6, 2017. Return applications to Diane Ehrlich c/o Women of BIJ/Sisterhood or at the BIJ office, Attention Diane.
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