• Rachamim...Compassion
  • Torah...Learning
  • Ahavah...Love
  • B'rachah...Blessings
  • Shalom...Peace
  • Chesed...Loving Kindness
  • Tz'dakah...Justice

Come be a part of our San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community.  You are welcome!

At BIJ we pride ourselves on our welcome and warmth. Jews and non-Jews alike are welcome at all our services and events. We know how important it is to find a spiritual home where Jewish community is valued and real, for Jews and for their non-Jewish family and friends. The congregation is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism.

Here, you can make a difference in the temple and its programs, find new friends, nurture your faith, serve the Jewish people in San Francisco Bay Area and in the world around us, and cheer with our crowd at a baseball game.

 THIS WEEK AT BIJ...

Rosh Chodesh Women's Group 
Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.
The Women of BIJ celebrate the new moon each month. Led by Ricki Weintraub, we begin with a short ritual welcoming the new moon followed by discussions, activities and meditations that help us find ways to connect more deeply to Judaism, ourselves, our lives and each other. A small, simple nosh to share is very welcome, and a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank, if you can. Each monthly gathering stands alone.  We hope you will join us - and bring a friend!

Shabbat in the 'Hood

Friday, February 12, 7:30 p.m., The Sunset

This month, we take our Shabbat services "on the road" to a different neighborhood. Members will host the chavurah-style services in their home, led by Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub. This provides an opportunity for our members to enjoy an intimate service and invite neighbors who are not yet members of the BIJ family to meet and engage with one another in an informal way. This service is open to all BIJ members regardless of where they live.  Come and join our families in The Sunset and check out their neighborhood!!  PLEASE CALL THE TEMPLE OFFICE FOR THE LOCATION OF THIS MONTH'S SERVICE.

Shabbat Morning
Saturday, February 13

8:45 a.m. Torah Study/ 10:00 a.m. Service

Join Rabbi Gottlieb at 8:45 a.m. for an accessible Torah study session, and then be right on time for our Shabbat morning service.

Craft & Schmooze

Sunday, February 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
For any one who enjoys making friends, making or learning crafts or maybe a little knitting, JOIN US!  It promises to be a fun afternoon of schmoozing, crafting, artistic and spiritual exploration. We meet monthly on Sundays.

 

NEXT WEEK...

Lunch & Learn PLUS Sandwich Making

Thursday, February 18, 12:00 noon @ B'Nai Emunah (46th and Taraval)

Designed for people with flexible schedules who would like to come to the synagogue for a bite, learn with the rabbis, and socialize. A light lunch is provided, followed by sandwich making at 1:30 pm for Homeless Outreach.  Rabbi Moshe Levin will be leading this month's Lunch and Learn.

Adult Hebrew Lessons
Thursday, February 18, 6:60-7:30 pm

Interested in improving reading skills, developing the building blocks of Hebrew grammar and increasing your vocabulary? Join this intermediate Hebrew course which meets bi-weekly. $10/session. Contact Ricki Weintraub for more information: ricki.weintraub@att.net 

Friday Night Feast

Friday, February 19, 6:30 pm  - Jewish Community Care and Healing

February's Friday Night Feast will feature Rabbi Natan Fenner, Chaplain and Rabbi at the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, who will speak to us about how we, as a community and individually, can help care for our friends and community members who are struggling with mental illness. We will welcome Shabbat with tableside blessings, then enjoy a free, catered Shabbat feast! After birkat hamazon, the grace after meals, the  program for the adults takes place; children can retreat to the Fireside Room for supervised activity. All are welcome! RSVP to http://www.bij.org/events-donations/registration.

 
Shabbat Morning
Saturday, February 20

8:45 a.m. Torah Study/ 10:00 a.m. Service

Join Rabbi Gottlieb at 8:45 a.m. for an accessible Torah study session, and then be right on time for our Shabbat morning service.

Tikkum Olam Festival

Sunday, February 21 from 11:00am
Give Blood / Save Lives

In support of American Heath Month, Blood Centers of the Pacific will be at BIJ from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for volunteers to donate blood. To make an appointment (highly recommended but not required), go to www.bloodheroes.com, click on "Donate Blood" and enter Sponsor Code "OrShalom." Click "Search" and you will be provided the link to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome; however you may have to wait for an open slot. You will find blood donor qualifications and minor donor permit forms on the website as well.

Cheek Swabs for Cancer Research

Or Shalom is coordinating cheek swab screenings in support of Cancer Blood Disease research.  Age parameters are 18 to 55 years.  More information will be available at the Festival.

Hunger Relief Project at 1:00 pm

Our Tikkun Olam sandwich making project to feed the homeless supports San Francisco hunger relief agencies , as well as providing the opportunity to meet new friends and work together helping those less fortunate. Please contact Steve Roditti at whoopisterev@aol.com or 415-531-4280 if you can participate. Depending on the number of volunteers, the sandwich making takes between 60 and 90 minutes.   

Food and Music

We will have a food concession stand with profits going to support future Tikkum Olam sandwich making sessions. If you want to volunteer to take a shift at the concession, please contact Judy Olasov at olasov@pacbell.net  Music throughout the day will be provided by Corey Weinstein from Or Shalom.

AND LATER THIS MONTH...

Sacred Chant & Drum Service.

February 26, 7:30 p.m.

BIJ is joined by Or Shalom for this unique Sacred Hebrew Chant and Drum service. Our joyful band of vocalists and drummers lead us as we welcome Shabbat in an uplifting evening, layered with harmonies and rhythms, creating a sacred space. A potluck Oneg Shabbat and schmooze follows. Please bring a treat to share. Tell a friend--all are welcome!!

Incredible Edibles! - Save the Date

February 27th, 6:00 pm
 
Additional details to follow soon.......
 

Volunteer at the SF/Marin Food Bank

February 28, at 9:00 a.m.

Join the BIJ Tikkun Olam Group and our Southside Jewish Collaborative partners! If you would like to participate, RSVP to: Lori Ganz (ljganz@yahoo.com) or Steve Roditti (whoopisterev@aol.com). We are only allowed a limited number of spots.

 

ON-GOING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS...

Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service

Join Rabbi Gottlieb each Shabbat morning at 8:45 a.m. for an accessible Torah study session, and then be right on time for Shabbat services at 10:00 a.m. {The first Saturday of the month is a joint service with Or Shalom, led by Or Shalom's clergy.}

Rosh Chodesh Women's Group 

The Women of BIJ celebrate the new moon each month. Led by Ricki Weintraub, we begin with a short ritual welcoming the new moon followed by discussions, activities and meditations that help us find ways to connect more deeply to Judaism, ourselves, our lives and each other. A small, simple nosh to share is very welcome, and a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank, if you can. Each monthly gathering stands alone.  We hope you will join us - and bring a friend!

Craft & Schmooze

For any one who enjoys making friends, making or learning crafts or maybe a little knitting, JOIN US!  It promises to be a fun afternoon of schmoozing, crafting, artistic and spiritual exploration. We meet monthly on Sundays.
 
Mindfulness Meditation
Friday Mornings, 8:30-9:00 a.m.

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.

Tikkun Olam

BIJ is part of the Southside Jewish Collaborative that makes sandwiches to help address widespread hunger insecurity in the Bay Area. In ten months, we are proud to report helping feed over 1000 people.  As long as the need persists, we must continue our work. Please see the article about this effort published July 30, 2015 in the J Weekly.  If you are interested in helping others, click Here to learn more about project opportunities.

 

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES - FEBRUARY DEADLINES!!

RABBI MORRIS SCHOLARSHIP

Women of BIJ/Sisterhood is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the Rabbi Morris Scholarship. Applicants must be children or grandchildren of members of the Congregation in good standing or members of the Congregation in good standing who have returned to school. There are three different applications –one for high school seniors, one for students presently in college or graduate school, and one for adults who have gone back to school. The scholarship is for a minimum of $350. Click here to download applications for High School, College or Adults. Applications are available for pick up at the Temple office and must be returned to the Temple c/o Diane Ehrlich no later than Friday Feb. 26, 2016. These scholarships may be used at any accredited 2 or 4 year college/university or at any accredited trade/technical/vocational school. All who are eligible are urged to apply. All applications should be typed or written legibly in black ink.

 

The Haas/Koshland Memorial Award

Providing up to $20,000 to support a year of personal growth in Israel

Each year, the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund invites students to apply for the Haas/Koshland Memorial Award, which provides up to $20,000 to support a year of personal growth in Israel. The award is open to college students, from sophomore year through graduate school, who are from or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Travel would begin in summer/fall 2016. Application deadline is February 10For more information and to apply, click HERE
 

 


Check our calendar for more information about these events and many more.... BIJ ner tamid

 

 

LEARN MORE about the impact BIJ's participation in the Synagogue Federation Partnership program has had on our community at http://jewishfed.org/news/blog/synagogue-federation-partnership.

 

LEARN ABOUT BIJ's COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PLAN

Want to become more involved? Meet new people? Feel like you are making a difference? We want you!! There are many opportunities for you here at BIJ. To learn more click here or contact us at office@bij.org  

 

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