• 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...
 

Sacred Chant & Drum Service
Friday, April 29, 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!

Pesach Morning Torah Study, Festival and Yizkor Service
Saturday, April 30
8:45 a.m. Torah Study/ 10:00 a.m. Service

The conclusion of Passover falls on Shabbat this year. Therefore our morning service will include the special prayers for the Passover Festival, including Hallel and Yizkor. Join Rabbi Gottlieb at 8:45 a.m. for an accessible Torah study session, and then be right on time for our service.

 

BIJ's Annual Meeting

Sunday May 1, 10:00 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to come learn about the progress we have made implementing our Community Participation Plan. Hear about the State of the Synagogue. Vote on the new slate of Board of Trustees. Meet the Team Leaders and hear from our consultant extraordinaire Jenni Mangel, who will be our guest speaker. Light refreshments and plenty of opportunity to schmooze will be provided.

 

NEXT WEEK...

1st Friday: Shabbat Shelanu
Friday, May 6,
5:45 p.m. Tot Shabbat Service; 6:30 p.m. Dinner; 7:15 p.m. Family Friendly Musical Service
 
Shabbat Shelanu (Our Shabbat) is a time to celebrate Shabbat, eat together and highlight the learning of our students. We celebrate 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 by clicking here.
 

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.
 
Lunch & Learn with Rabbis Gottlieb, Levin and Melamut
Plus Sandwich Making
Third Thursdays of the Month
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 take place the third Thursday of the month, are led by Rabbis Gottlieb, Levin and Melamut and rotate among all three locations (Beth Israel Judea, Ner Tamid and B'nai Emunah). A light lunch is provided, followed by sandwich making at 1:30 pm for Homeless Outreach.   
 
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.

 
1st Fridays: Shabbat Shelanu
5:45 p.m. Tot Shabbat Service; 6:30 p.m. Dinner; 7:15 p.m. Family Friendly Musical Service
 
Shabbat Shelanu (Our Shabbat) is a time to celebrate Shabbat, eat together and highlight the learning of our students. We celebrate 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 by clicking here.
 
 
2nd Fridays: Shabbat in the 'Hood
7:30 p.m.

On the second Friday of the month, we take our Shabbat service "on the road" to different neighborhoods in San Francisco and the Peninsula. Members host the chavurah-style service in thier homes, led by Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub. This provides an opportunity for our members to enjoy an intimate service, invite friends and neighbors, and get to engage with one another in an informal way. Contact office@bij.org for location.

3rd Fridays: Friday Night Feast

6:30 p.m.

A free catered Shabbat feast is provided on our 3rd Friday of the month. We wlcome Shabbat with tableside blessings, then enjoy delicious fare and each others' company. After birkut hamazon, the grace after meals, a special program for the adults takes place; children retreat to the Fireside Room for supervised activity. Every one is welcome. Invite your friends to join us. RSVP to Sisterhood@bij.org

4th Fridays: Sacred Hebrew Chant and Drum

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 harmonics and rhythms, creating a sacred space. A pot-luck Oneg Shabbat and schmmoze follows. Please bring a treat to share.

 

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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