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
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.
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.
1st Fridays: Shabbat Shelanu
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 http://bij.org/events/donations/registration.
2d Friday: Shabbat in the 'Hood
September 11, 7:30 p.m. The Sunset
Book Club Meeting
September 30, 7:00 pm
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 www.bij.org. 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 www.bij.org 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 www.bij.org 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
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
Film: Shalom Ireland
Sunday, October 11 at 3:00 pm - BIJ
Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 pm - United Irish Cultural Center
Discover or deepen your Jewish knowledge. Come and join us for some or all of our fabulous learning opportunities.
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.
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