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

  Watch our High Holy Day Services on Livestream... (click on the links below)

                           Erev Rosh Hashanah                    - Sunday, September 9, 8:00pm                 https://youtu.be/wfZqke1Y5NM

                           Rosh Hashanah                             - Monday, September 10, 10:00am          https://youtu.be/-PpBrgXzgS4

                           Kol Nidre                                        - Tuesday, September 18, 8:00pm            https://youtu.be/hQXYt981GhI

                           Yom Kippur (day)                          - Wednesday, September 19, 10:00am   https://youtu.be/LEOyw6ckcdw

                           Yom Kippur (afternoon/evening)  - Wednesday, September 19, 4:00pm    https://youtu.be/5jMH7y9oFYo

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 The BIJ office is open Tuesday – Thursday, 10 am – 5 pm, and Fridays, 10 am - 4 pm.  We close for most Jewish holidays.  Call 415.586.8833 or email office@bij.org.
                                                                                                                                           
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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 the office for yourself or a family member.
 
 
 
THIS WEEK....
 
 
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1:00 pm, Fireside Room
Meets every Wednesday afternoon on an ongoing basis
 
Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class with Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6:30 pm
For adults who did not have a bar or bat mitzvah.  Meets on alternate Wed. evenings for 18 months.  Began July 2017.  Contact Rabbi at 415-586-8833 or email rabbigottlieb@bij.org for more info.
 
Book Club
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7:00 pm -- offsite
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.  The book for tonight is Jeannette Wall's "The Glass Castle," a 2005 award-winning memoir.  For more information contact Sherrie Rosenberg at 415-902-8293 or sherrie.rosenberg@gmail.com.
 
Friday Night Feast
Friday, Oct. 26, 6:30 pm
A free, catered Shabbat feast, sponsored by Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ, on the 4th Friday of the month.  Welcome Shabbat with tableside blessings, then enjoy a delicious dinner and each others' company.  After birkat hamazon, the blessing after meals, a special program takes place.  Tonight's guest speaker is Timothy Wong, Animal Care Biologist at the California Academy of Sciences, who specializes in the care of tropical butterflies and moths.  He is the advisor for the BIJ Green Team's Butterfly Habitat Improvement Project, which is concerned specifically with reestablishing a healthy habitat for the California Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly.  RSVP at http://bij.org/events-donations/registration.
 
Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service
Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:45am Torah Study; 10:00am Service
Join Rabbi Gottlieb on Shabbat morning at 8:45 for an accessible Torah study session, and then be right on time for Shabbat services.  
 
SF/Marin Food Bank, 900 Pennsylvania Ave. SF
Sunday, Oct. 28, 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.  
 
Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ -- Offsite Potluck Brunch Series
Sunday, Oct. 28, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - Daly City 
Join a lively intergenerational group of women meeting regularly throughout the year in different private homes for good food and conversation.  New folks always welcome.  Rides are available for those who need them.  Meets in San Francisco or on the Peninsula.   Contact Ann Comoglio at anncomoglio@gmail.com for details, and RSVP to Ann early because of limited seating (in some cases).
 
 
NEXT WEEK...
 
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1:00 pm, Fireside Room
Meets every Wednesday afternoon on an ongoing basis
 
Adult Hebrew Class
Thursday, Nov. 1, 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 ricki.weintraub@att.net)
 
Shabbat Shelanu (Our Shabbat) - at B'nai Emunah, 46th & Taraval
Friday, Nov. 25:45 pm Tot Shabbat; 6:30 pm Vegetarian Potluck Dinner; 7:15 pm Family Service
Join us as we celebrate Shabbat, eat together and highlight the learning of our students.  Location is either at BIJ or at B'nai Emunah at 46th & Taraval.  Our Rabbis and song leaders guide us in a fun-filled Shabbat and monthly birthday celebration!  Kid-friendly but open to all, not just families with children.  Veggie potluck--please bring a main dish, or a side dish, or dessert.  No RSVP or pre-registration necessary, just come! 
 
Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service -- Bat Mitzvah of Ava Rotberg
Saturday, Nov. 3, 8:45am Torah Study; 10:00am Service
Join the Rotberg family as daughter Ava is called to the Torah for the first time, becoming bat mitzvah.
 
Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ -- bimonthly meeting
Sunday, Nov. 4, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Join Sisterhood president Michele Siegel and dedicated volunteers in planning events.  Bring your ideas!
 
Craft & Schmooze
Sunday, Nov. 4, 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 spiritual exploration. We meet monthly, usually on the second Sunday.
 
 
For a preview of selected events in the months ahead, scroll down to "Save the Date" section below.
 
 
FOR GENERAL REFERENCE: 
Monthly Erev Shabbat Service schedule
 1st Friday -  Shabbat Shelanu jointly with B'nai Emunah
 2nd Friday - Sacred Hebrew Chant & Drum, an "alternative" style musical service.  
 3rd Friday  - Neighborhood Shabbat, hosted by congregants in private homes in either San Francisco or on the Peninsula
 4th Friday  - Friday Night Feast, free catered dinner and program with special guest speaker. 
 
 
from the Tikkun Olam Committee, August 29, 2018:

COMMUNITY AGENCY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS to provide companionship and support. San Francisco has many elderly residents who are isolated and without nearby family support. Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly is an organization that works to keep homebound elders connected to community by having volunteers become their eyes and ears for understanding social services, building community and intergenerational connections, and providing in person social interaction. If you are interested, they have a number of one time and continual projects needing volunteers throughout the year. Please refer to http://littlebrotherssf.org/calendar-of-events/For more information about the organization, you can visit littlebrotherssf.org

SAVE THE DATE!

 
Scary Concerts!
Sunday, October 28, 4:00 pm (offsite)
Old First Church, Van Ness & Sacramento St., SF 
With temple members Inara Morgenstern, faculty pianist at San Francisco State University, and Ariela Morgenstern Wilson, mezzo-soprano, in a mother-daughter Halloween event!  Also joined by SFSU faculty pianist Victoria Neve.  For tickets go to  https://www.oldfirstconcerts.org/performance/inara-morgenstern-victoria-neve-sunday-october-28-at-4-pm/  ($2 discount for tickets bought online)
 
Wednesday, October 31, 1:00 to 2:00 pm  (offsite)
San Francisco State University, at Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Bldg
Faculty pianists Inara Morgenstern and Victoria Neve perform Halloween-themed music, an annual San Francisco State tradition for more than 25 years.  Works by Gounod, Dukas, Crumb, Cowell, Reinecke, Toby Twining and more. Special guest appearance by Ariela Morgenstern, mezzo soprano.  Free and open to the public.
 
 
Chanukah Fair (holiday begins Dec. 2)
 Sunday, November 11, 10:00 to 2:00 pm
Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ present its annual Arts and Crafts Fair in time for winter holiday gift shopping.  Open to the public.  Lively marketplace with original items by local artisans, Judaica table with gift wrapping, live jazz band 11:30 to 1:30, food (including latkes), bake sale, raffle, community!  
 
Vendors, please note: to register as a Fair vendor, go to www.bij.org/events-donations/registration and choose Vendor Registration box.  Table rental is $25 for full 6x30 table, $12.50 for half a 6' table.  Still room available for more vendors--sign up now and secure your space.  Questions?  Contact Yvonne@lorvan.org.
 
 
Annual Chanukah Community Celebration
Friday, December 7, 6:30 pm
Potluck Shabbat Chanukah dinner followed by lighting the chanukiyot together.  Bring a main course and side dishes.  Latkes and sufganiot (donuts) provided.  Bring your own menorah and candles on the 6th night of Chanukah. 
 
 
Special Event in 2019!  Fine Art from the Holy Land -- show and sale
January 17 - 20, 2019, at BIJ, 625 Brotherhood Way, SF
BIJ and the National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco co-present this special event, with art by the Safrai Gallery of Jerusalem. Congregation Beth Israel Judea will be transformed into a gallery featuring the finest in Israeli art. A comprehensive collection of original oil paintings, watercolors, original lithographs and etchings designed by over 100 different Israeli artists will be at the show. Over 1500 works of art will be available for exhibition and sale in an affordable price range.  Join us in supporting BIJ, the NCJW, Israeli artists, and Israel by visiting the show and purchasing a unique work of art.
Thursday, January 17   Patron Preview Cocktail Party, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.  Happy Hour Kick-off with cocktails, Mediterranean bites, and live jazz.  Mingle with gallery owner Menachem Safrai, and make your art selections early.  Tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3605029.
Friday, January 18   Sisterhood Lunch and Learn, Noon to 2 pm.  Free catered light luncheon and presentation from gallery owner Menachem Safrai on the art in the exhibition.      Space is limited -- reserve at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3605071.
Saturday, January 19  Shabbat Shira Cantor Concert, 6:30 pm wine and cheese reception, 8:00 pm concert.   Art show open until 10 pm.  Ticket options include concert only or concert/wine-and-cheese reception.  Details and tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3605082.
Sunday, January 20   NCJW Israeli Consulate Event, 3 pm to 5 pm.  Deputy Consul General of Israel Ravit Baer in a panel discussion on "Sharing for a Better Future: How California & Israel Partner in Fighting Human Trafficking."  Free (includes reception).  Register at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3605102.  Last opportunity to buy art.

For more information please call 415-586-8833 (BIJ office) or 415-682-7128 (Aimee Golant, fundraising team chair)
 
 
 
ONGOING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS...
 

BIJ Book Club

Wednesday evenings, offsite  - next one Oct. 24, see above for details

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 more information contact Sherrie Rosenberg at 415-902-8293 or sherrie.rosenberg@gmail.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 spiritual exploration. We meet monthly, usually on the second Sunday.
 
Lunch & Learn adult education series
3rd Thursday of the month, 12:00 pm - next one Nov. 15 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.  
 
Mindfulness Meditation
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 for 18 months.  Began July 2017.  Contact Rabbi at 415-586-8833 or email rabbigottlieb@bij.org for more info.
 
First Fridays - Shabbat Shelanu (Our Shabbat) - next one is Nov. 2 at B'nai Emunah 
5:45 pm Tot Shabbat; 6:30 pm Vegetarian Potluck Dinner; 7:15 pm Family Service
Join us as we celebrate Shabbat, eat together and highlight the learning of our students.  Location is either at BIJ or at B'nai Emunah at 46th & Taraval.  Our Rabbis and song leaders guide us in a fun-filled Shabbat and monthly birthday celebration!  Kid-friendly but open to all, not just families with children.  Veggie potluck--please bring a main dish, or a side dish, or dessert.  No RSVP or pre-registration necessary, just come! 
 
Second Fridays: Sacred Hebrew Chant and Drum - next one is Nov. 9
7:30 pm
BIJ is joined by Or Shalom for this unique service. Our joyful band of vocalists and drummers, including noted Bay Area percussionists Debbie Fier and Susannah Goldenstein, 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.
 
Third Fridays: Shabbat in the 'Hood 
7:30 pm 
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 office@bij.org for details about each month's location.
 
Fourth Fridays: Friday Night Feast
6:30 pm
A free, catered Shabbat feast, sponsored by Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ, on the 4th Friday of the month.  Welcome Shabbat with tableside blessings by Rabbi Gottlieb, then enjoy a delicious dinner and each others' company.  After birkat hamazon, the blessing after meals, a special program takes place with a guest speaker on a variety of topics.  RSVP at http://bij.org/events-donations/registration.
 
 
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. One Saturday of the month is a joint service with Or Shalom led by Or Shalom’s clergy.
 
Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ -- Offsite Potluck Brunch Series
Sunday, dates vary, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - next one in Daly City on Oct. 28
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 who need them.  Meets in San Francisco or on the Peninsula.   Contact Ann Comoglio at anncomoglio@gmail.com for details.
 
Rosh Chodesh (on hiatus)
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.  Each monthly gathering stands alone.  All are welcome. 
 
Adult Hebrew Class
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 ricki.weintraub@att.net)
 
 
SF/Marin Food Bank, 900 Pennsylvania Ave. SF
last Sunday of the month, 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.  
 
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...
 
 

BIJ ner tamidLearn 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.

 
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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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