Yom Shabbat, 14 Elul 5775
  • 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.

Elul Study Series

Opening the Book of Life: Four Rabbis Wrestle with High Holy Day Highlights

Please join us for four sessions with our Southside Jewish Collaborative Rabbis, as we explore the central texts of the High Holy Day season.  These sessions are designed to prepare us to enter Rosh Hashanah and the New Year with a deeper understanding of the words we will encounter over these Days of Awe. Light nosh served, free. All are welcome!

Tuesdays, August 18, 25; September 1, 8 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

8/18    Rabbi Katie Mizrahi "Unetaneh Tokef -- Facing Mortality" @ Ner Tamid 

8/25    Rabbi Mark Melamut "Kol Nidre -- Promises, Promises..." @ BIJ

9/1      Rabbi Moshe Levin "The Akedah -- The Binding of Isaac in Jewish and Muslim Traditions" @ BIJ

9/8      Rabbi Danny Gottlieb "Vidui -- I confess!!" @ B'nai Emunah


Rosh Chodesh Women's Group

August 19, 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. No RSVP necessary. Just come join us. Bring a snack to share, if you are able. 


Golden Thursdays: Lunch & Learn

August 20, 12:00 noon at Ner Tamid

Designed for people with flexible schedules who would like to come to the synagogue for a bite, learn with the Rabbis and socialize. The Lunch and Learn sessions usually take place the third Thursday of the month, are led by Rabbis Gottlieb, Levin, Melamut and Mizrahi and rotate among all three locations. A light lunh is provided.


Tikkun Olam Hunger Relief Project (immediately following Lunch & Learn)

August 20, 1:30 p.m. at Ner Tamid

Join with volunteers from all four synagogues in the Southside Jewish Collaborative here at BIJ, to continue our sandwich-making to help feed those who are without...We've topped 1,000 sandwiches-- let's keep going as the need is still there!!!


3d Friday: Friday Night Feasts

August 21, 6:30 p.m.

Disaster Relief in Nepal - A Personal Story

BIJ member Dr. Ian Brown is Assistant Medical Director at Stanford University, where he serves as Clinical Assistant Professor and Medical Information Director. Ian's specialty is Emergency Medicine. In the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal, Ian was part of the disaster relief effort, lending his medical skills to the injured and suffering. Join us at our free catered Shabbat feast with tableside blessings and hear Ian share the story of his Nepal experience with us. RSVP (include childcare if needed) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 14.


4th Friday: Sacred Hebrew Chant and Drum Shabbat

August 28, 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 sacred space. A potluck Oneg Shabbat and schmooze follows. Please bring a treat to share. Tell a friend -- all ae welcome!!!


 Adult Hebrew Lessons for Beginning and Intermediate Learners

August 20: September 3, 17

Aleph Bet 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Continuing Students 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Are you interested in learning to read Hebrew? For those interested in reading the Hebrew Aleph Bet (alphabet), here is your opportunity to make that happen! An intermediate Hebrew course follows, where we are working on improving reading skills, developing the building blocks of Hebrew grammar and increasing our vocabulary. Beginning students are encouraged to stay for both classes. We meet bi-weekly. $10/session. Contact Ricki Weintraub for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">


 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.


Monthly Craft & Schmooze

September 13, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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 spiritual exploration. We meet on a monthly basis on Sundays.

Volunteer at the SF/Marin Food Bank

August 30, 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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Steve Roditti (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We are only allowed a limited number of spots. 


1st Fridays: Shabbat Shelanu 

September 4

5:45 PM       Tot Shabbat Service

6:30 PM       Catered Main dish, pot luck sides

7:30 PM       Family Friendly Musical Service

Shabbat Shelanu (Our Shabbat) is a time to celebrate Shabbat, eat together and highight the learning of our youth. We celebrate together with our friends from Or Shalom and B'nai Emunah! Our Rabbis and song leaders guide us in a fun-filled Shabbat and monthly birthday celebration! RSVP


2d Friday: Shabbat in the 'Hood

September 11, 7:30 p.m. The Sunset

On the second Friday of each month we take our Shabbat service "on the road" to different neighborhoods in San Francisco and the Peninsula. Members open their homes to host the chavurah-style services led by Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub. Members are encouraged to invite friends and neighbors who may not yet be members of the BIJ family to meet and engage with us in an informal way. If you are interested in attending please contact the office at 415.586.8833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain the address. There will be no BIJ-led service at BIJ, yet all are welcome to attend Or SHalom's Service at 7:00 p.m.


Book Club Meeting

September 30, 7:00 pm  


Join the Women of BIJ/Sisterhood Book Club meeting. The next book is Day After Night by Anita Diamant, based on the extraordinary true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than two hundred prisoners from the Atlit internment camp. Contact Sherrie Rosenberg - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.  All are welcome for an enjoyable discussion. 

The following book will be The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  Date tbd.


Erev Rosh Hashanah

Sunday Night, September 13, 8:00 pm

An uplifiting contemporary musical service led by Rabbi Gottlieb, Interim Cantorial Soloist Ricki Weintraub and the Nashira Choir.


Rosh Hashanah Day I, Monday Morning, September 14

9:00 am Family Service:This joyful and engaging service is designed for families with younger children, led by Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub.

10:00 am Morning Service: We continue our Rosh Hashanah worship using the new CCAR mahzor and Rabbi Morris’ mahzor, Hear Our Prayer.

10:00 am Children’s Program: During the morning service our children have the opportunity to participate in a program of arts and crafts, music, storytelling, drama, deliciously healthy snacks and more. The program includes a visit to the sanctuary to experience the blowing of the shofar with the congregation! Reservation form online at Reservations must be received by August 25.

*1:30 pm Tashlich Service: At the end of the morning service, we will nosh on apples and honey cake. Afterwards, we will walk down to Lake Merced for a brief Tashlich service where we symbolically cast away our sins (casting bits of stale bread into the water) and welcome a year of goodness and blessing. *Time approximate.

Rosh Hashanah Day II, Tuesday Morning, September 15

There will be four choices, offered by the Southside Jewish Collaborative. You are welcome to choose the option that provides the most meaningful Second Day celebration for you.

1) 8:45 am Second Day Rosh Hashanah Service, similar to the one we have held at BIJ in the past. This service will take place at B’nai Emunah, led by Rabbi Mark Melamut and Cantor Linda Semi.

2) 10:00 am Symposium on “The Meaning of Life” with a presentation by Rabbi Ed Zerin and discussion moderated by Rabbi Moshe Levin. The symposium will take place at Ner Tamid.

3) 10:30 am A High Holy Day Hike with Prayer, Readings and Song, led by Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub. The hike will begin at the Pacifica Pier.

4) 11:00 am Contemplative Shofar Service Chant, meditate, and hear the shofar blasts, led by Rabbi Katie Mizrahi and David Cohen-Tzedek. This service will be held at Ocean Beach at Taraval.

Kol Nidre, Tuesday Night, September 22

8:00 pm Evening Service: Gathering together to hear the powerful chanting of Kol Nidre, our BIJ community will begin our day of prayer and fasting with deep introspection, reflection and solemn worship, led by Rabbi Gottlieb, Interim Cantorial Soloist Ricki Weintraub and the Nashira Choir.

Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 23

9:00 am Family Service: Designed for families with younger children, our service will include storytelling and a discussion about how to be better people in the year ahead.

10:00 am Morning Service: Continue our day of prayer and study using the new CCAR mahzor and Rabbi Morris’ Hear Our Prayer.

10:00 am Children’s Program: See program description for Rosh Hashanah Day I (above). Yom Kippur program includes a visit to the sanctuary for a special children’s blessing on the bimah during the morning service. Reservation form online at Reservations must be received by August 25.

1:45 pm Yom Kippur Study: Stay with us in the synagogue for Yom Kippur study, the first of two programs connecting the morning service to the afternoon, Yizkor and Neilah services.

3:00 pm Music and Meditation:  Join us in the Fireside Room for a program of quiet music, contemplative readings and silent meditation, led by Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub. This program provides rest and renewal for both body and soul as we prepare for the resumption of services in the main sanctuary, which will take us through to sundown and the end of our Day of Repentance.

4:30 pm Afternoon Service: We will resume our worship with a brief Torah service and the chanting of the Book of Jonah. Everyone is welcome to take a moment to stand at the ark and offer their prayers of the heart.

4:30 pm Children’s Program: See program description for Rosh Hashanah Day I (above). Reservation form online at  Reservations must be received by August 25.

*5:30 pm Yizkor Service: We remember our beloved family, friends and fellow members of BIJ who have died. As in past years, we will publish a Book of Remembrance.

*6:15 pm Ne’ilah: This final, introspective service takes place during the waning hours of the day “as the gates begin to close.” The ark will again be open for personal prayers, and we will conclude with a final blast of the shofar and a rousing L’Shana Haba’ah to another blessed year

Community Gatherings

If you missed the summer gatherings there will be 3 moreopportunities to hear about our new Community Participation Plan, share your desires for our community and get to know one aother better. Please join us at one of the following gatherings:

Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:00pm, at Barbara and Eric Hammel's home, Pacifica

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:30pm, at Sue and BLair Horst's home, San Francisco

Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 11:00am at Debra and Ben Braun's home, San Francisco

If you want to read the Community Participation Plan,click here, or request a copy from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Film: Shalom Ireland

Sunday, October 11 at 3:00 pm - BIJ

Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 pm - United Irish Cultural Center

BIJ and ICCC Patrick J. Dowling Library are teaming up to host an exciting cross cultural event: two screenings of Shalom Ireland, a documentary film about Ireland's remarkable, yet little known Jewish Community. The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion with the Director, Valerie Lapin Ganley, and the representatives from both the Irish and Jewish communities. Admission Cost $5.00. For more information contact Johanna Gendelman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Adult Education

Discover or deepen your Jewish knowledge. Come and join us for some or all of our fabulous learning opportunities.


 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.

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


Also going on......

High Holy Day Choir 5776 Needs YOU!

 Join the Choir

Once again, our BIJ Choir will enhance our High Holy Day worship. They need your help to make it a success! If you are interested in lending your voice on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, please contact the office and let us know your interest. 415.586.8833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Our BIJ Delegation to URJ Biennial 2015 Wants YOU!

Join our BIJ Delegation and Attend the 2015 URJ Biennial

November 4-8, Orlando Florida

The experience of being among 5,000 Reform Congregants from all over North America, singing together and learning about other spiritual practices, methods of living Jewishly, and community building, is not to be misseed! Registration is now open. If we can get a delegation of 8 or more together by September 10, we may qualify for a discounted rate and other benefits. Find out more information on the 2015 Biennial at  


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