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.
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BIJ's Live Streamed Services are available for viewing.
CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO SEE THE SERVICES!!
If you weren't able to join us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, you can tune in any time to watch these videos online!
September 20, 8:00 pm - Erev Rosh Hashanah https://youtu.be/l4mwRb2qFwg
September 21, 10:00 am - Rosh Hashanah Morning Service https://youtu.be/2oBB44-TIUg
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SAVE THE DATE...
Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Italian American, African American, Vietnamese American and Indian American Jewish stand-up comedians Mike Capozzola, Gina Gold, Joe Nguyen and Samson Koletkar will share the stage and their own experiences about being ‘undercover’ members of the tribe! The show has sold out performances in the USA & Canada. Just think of it as Indian spices topping a matzot pizza served with Vietnamese iced coffee in an African American bakery...
For tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2901934
[Note: Transportation assistance to BIJ is available to congregants. Don't miss out on services or events because you no longer drive at night, or don't drive at all any more. Contact Lynne Rappaport at email@example.com.]
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Meets every Wednesday afternoon on an ongoing basis
Lunch & Learn adult education series
Thursday, Oct. 19, 12:00 pm, at Ner Tamid, 22nd & Quintara
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 for our hunger relief project at 1:30 pm. Rotates among the three locations of the Southside Jewish Collaborative temples and their respective rabbis. Third Thursday of each month.
Friday, Oct. 20, 7:30 pm
No Erev Shabbat service at BIJ this week. Join our Southside Jewish Collaborative friends at B'nai Emunah, 46th & Taraval, instead.
Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service
Saturday, Oct. 21, 8:45 am Torah Study; 10:00 am Service
Join Rabbi Gottlieb each Shabbat morning at 8:45 for an accessible Torah study session including bagels and coffee. Service led by Or Shalom.
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Meets every Wednesday afternoon on an ongoing basis
Friday Night Feast
Friday, Oct. 27, 6:30 pm
Join us for a free catered Shabbat feast, sponsored by Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ. We welcome Shabbat with tableside blessings, enjoy delicious fare and each others' company. After the birkat hamazon
, blessing after the meal, a special program takes place. Shalom Bayit (Peace in the Home)
, the Bay Area's center for domestic violence prevention and response within the Jewish community, is the featured program; October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. RSVP at www.bij.org/events-donations/registration
SF/Marin Food Bank, 900 Pennsylvania Ave. SF
Sunday, Oct. 29, 9:00 - 11:00 am
Join a group of volunteers from the BIJ Tikkun Olam group and our Southside Jewish Collaborative partners and do a mitzvah. Children age 4 and up are welcome to attend with adult supervision. If you would like to participate, RSVP is not necessary, but if you let us know you will be there, we will look for you in the crowd! Email Steve Roditti
Changes in Friday Night Shabbat Service schedule in October and November:
No Erev Shabbat service at BIJ on Friday, Oct. 20. All are welcome at B'nai Emunah, 46th & Taraval, 7:30 pm.
Please note there is no Sacred Hebrew Chant & Drum service in October. It resumes on its new night, the 2nd Friday, November 10.
The Friday Night Feasts usually held on the 3rd Friday will switch to the 4th Friday, beginning October 27. Shalom Bayit (Peace in the Home) will present, in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Shabbat in the "Hood will switch to the 3rd Friday beginning in November. It meets next in the Sunset on Friday, Oct. 13, 7:30 pm.
To summarize, from November on, the new regular rotation will be:
1st week - Shabbat Shelanu at BE (November 3)
2nd week - Chant & Drum (November 10)
3rd week - Neigborhood Shabbat (November 17)
4th week - Friday Night Feast (November 24)
Sunday, November 19, 10 am to 2 pm
Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ present its annual holiday crafts bazaar, featuring artisanal arts and crafts for sale, food, live music, a raffle, and more. Are you an artist or craftsperson? You can now sign up online as a vendor--click here -- 2017 Vendor Online Registration. If you prefer to mail in your table rental fee, download this form -- 2017 Hanukkah Fair Registration Form. Mail your check payable to BIJ Sisterhood to Congregation Beth Israel Judea Sisterhood, 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, CA 94132. Help create a lively marketplace by spreading the word to your networks -- please download, post or print our flyers to attract vendors and shoppers to the Fair. Here is the flyer seeking new vendors -- Artists Wanted Fair 2017. Here is the general flyer advertising the holiday gifts bazaar -- Hanukkah Flyer Gift Sale 2017. We look forward to seeing you at the Hanukkah Fair in November!
Raffle update: We are now seeking quality donations for our Hanukkah Fair raffle! Members and friends: is that wedding gift still in its box in the closet? Dust it off and donate it! Create a gift basket if you are so inclined. Vendors: please select a piece to donate, the day of the fair. Items can be dropped off at the BIJ office. Questions? Contact raffle chair Gail Harden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
URJ Biennial Convention in Boston, Mass.
December 6 - 10
Join BIJ leadership and Rabbi Gottlieb in Boston, where Rabbi will participate in a panel discussion, reporting about the innovative Southside Jewish Collaborative (four synagogues in southwest SF -- BIJ, Or Shalom, Ner Tamid, and B'nai Emunah). Registration and more info at URJ.org/Biennial
"Fiddler on the Roof" Singalong with Chinese buffet dinner
Sun. December 24, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm movie/singalong; dinner 6:00 - 7:00 pm
An alternative Christmas Eve fundraiser event for our B3 religious school program. Choose between afternoon or evening program--dinner included with either. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3016054
ONGOING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS...
Wednesday evenings, 7 pm
Every month at a private home in San Francisco, a small group of avid readers gathers in the living room to share thoughts on a particular book, as well as nosh and shmooze. For information about this month's meeting contact Sherrie Rosenberg at 415-902-8293 or email@example.com
Craft & Schmooze
Sundays, 1:00-3:00 pm
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. Next meeting is October 15.
Lunch & Learn adult education series
3rd Thursday of the month, 12:00 pm
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 for our hunger relief project at 1:30 pm. Rotates among the three locations of the Southside Jewish Collaborative temples and their respective rabbis.
Wednesday afternoons, 1:00-1:30 pm
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 returning to our work or daily routine. This is a flexible work-in-progress, welcoming suggestions and open to evolving.
Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class with Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub
For adults who did not have a bar or bat mitzvah. Meets on alternate Wed. evenings. Began July 2017. Contact Rabbi at 415-586-8833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
First Fridays - Shabbat Shelanu (Our Shabbat)
5:45 pm Tot Shabbat; 6:30 pm Dinner; 7:15 pm Family Service
Join us as we celebrate Shabbat, eat together and highlight the learning of our students. Our Rabbis and song leaders guide us in a fun-filled Shabbat and monthly birthday celebration! Potluck (Non-dairy or vegetarian). RSVP to http://bij.org/events-donations/registration
Second Fridays: Shabbat in the 'Hood
We take our Shabbat service "on the road" to different neighborhoods in San Francisco and the Peninsula. Members host the chavurah-style service in their home, led by Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub. Come join us. Contact the office at email@example.com
for details about each month's location.
Third Fridays: Friday Night Feast
6:30 pm [for October, it is the 4th Friday]
Join us for a free catered Shabbat feast, sponsored by Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ. We welcome Shabbat with tableside blessings, enjoy delicious fare and each others' cmpany. After the birkat hamazon
, grace after the meal, a special program takes place. RSVP at www.bij.org/events-donations/registration
Fourth Fridays: Sacred Hebrew Chant and Drum
7:30 pm (no Chant & Drum service in Oct.)
BIJ is joined by Or Shalom for this unique 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. All are welcome! Bring a friend.
Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service
8:45am Torah Study; 10:00am Service
Join Rabbi Gottlieb each Shabbat morning at 8:45 for an accessible Torah study session, and then be right on time for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Gottlieb. The first Saturday of the month is a joint service with Or Shalom led by Or Shalom’s clergy.
Sisterhood/Women of BIJ-- bimonthly meeting
Sundays, 10:30 am, Fireside Room (next meeting is November 12)
Join a vibrant group of active volunteers, led by Sisterhood president Terry Levy, in planning events and contributing to the life of BIJ.
Sisterhood/Women of BIJ -- Offsite Potluck Brunch
Sunday, dates vary, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm [the next one is November 5 in Pacifica]
Join a lively intergenerational group of women meeting several times throughout the year in a private home for good food and conversation. New folks always welcome. Rides are available for those needing that. Meets in San Francisco or on the Peninsula. Contact Ann Comoglio at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Wednesday evenings, once a month, 7 pm
The Women of BIJ celebrate each new Hebrew month together. 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. All are welcome. [Note: Rosh Chodesh is on hiatus until November.]
Every Other Thursday, 6:30 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 email@example.com
Tikkun Olam (repairing the world)
BIJ is part of the Southside Jewish Collaborative's Tikkun Olam Committee, including Or Shalom, Ner Tamid, and B'nai Emunah. Our mission is to develop and implement hands-on activities engaging members of the four synagogues in meaningful projects helping others. Regular activities include addressing San Francisco's widespread hunger insecurity through: l) making sandwiches for the Homeless Outreach Program, the third Thursday of every month following Lunch and Learn, and 2) volunteering on the last Sunday of each month at the SF Food Bank. We are proud to report helping feed thousands of people. As long as the need persists, we must continue our work. The Committee also supports St. Anthony's by volunteering to serve meals during the holiday season.
In addition, BIJ joins the other temples for Tikkun Olam Day events held several times a year. A variety of projects take place simultaneously, from collecting supplies for recent refugees who are resettling here to cleaning the beach to making blankets for hospitalized children. Please see the article published in the September 2016 J Weekly talking about our efforts, as well as the article published July 30, 2015 in the J Weekly about our ongoing sandwich making effort.
The Tikkun Olam Committee will provide information in the weekly eblasts and bimonthy BIJ Bulletin about other organizations of interest to congregants pursuing social change.
If you wish to donate to IsraAID
(Organizers of Rabbi Gottlieb's April 2017 Mission to the Syrian Refugee Camps in Greece)
Check our calendar for more event listings...
Learn more about the impact that 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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