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

 

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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, August 15, 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Meets every Wednesday afternoon on an ongoing basis
 
BIJ Nashira Choir rehearsal, for upcoming High Holy Days
Wednesday, August 15, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Join cantorial soloist Ricki Weintraub and piano accompanist Grace Renaud (replacing John Hirten, who has retired) in the sanctuary for a series of Wednesday evening rehearsals leading up to the High Holy Days (September 9 is Erev Rosh Hashanah).  The group provides the music for High Holiday services each year.  Email rweintraub@bij.org with any questions.
 
Adult Hebrew Class
Wednesday, August 15, 6:30 - 8:00 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)
 
Lunch & Learn adult education series, and sandwich making
Thursday, August 16, 12:00 pm - 1:30, 1:30 - 2:30 pm.  At B'nai Emunah @ 46th & Taraval
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.  Rabbi Katie Mizrahi of Or Shalom leads the program.
 
Elul Study Series - at BIJ on August 16 and August 21
Thursday, August 16; Tuesday, August 21; Thursday, August 30.  7:00 pm.  Locations vary.
Study with the rabbis of the Southside Jewish Collaborative to prepare for the High Holy Days.  This year's series is "The 3 R's of Forgiveness: Return, Repentance, and Renewal."  Rabbi Danny Gottlieb presents "Return" at BIJ on Aug. 16.  Rabbi Katie Mizrahi of Or Shalom presents "Repentance" at BIJ on Aug. 21.  Rabbi Shana Chandler Leon of Ner Tamid presents "Renewal" at Ner Tamid (22nd & Quintara) on Aug. 30.
 
Shabbat in the 'Hood - in San Francisco in the Ingleside
Friday, August 17, 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.
 
Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service
Saturday, August 18, 8:45 am Torah Study; 10:00 am 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 led by Rabbi Gottlieb. 
 
Memorial Service
Saturday, August 18, 7:00 pm
A special memorial service honoring Irene Johnston z"l, mother of Michele Siegel.  The family invites everyone to a brief Ma'ariv service, followed by Havdalah, then dinner.
RSVP to office@bij.org.
 
NEXT WEEK...
 
Elul Study Series - at BIJ on August 21
Tuesday, August 21; Thursday, August 30.  7:00 pm.  Locations vary.
Study with the rabbis of the Southside Jewish Collaborative to prepare for the High Holy Days.  This year's series is "The 3 R's of Forgiveness: Return, Repentance, and Renewal."  Rabbi Danny Gottlieb presented "Return" at BIJ on Aug. 16.  Rabbi Katie Mizrahi of Or Shalom presents "Repentance" at BIJ on Aug. 21.  Rabbi Shana Chandler Leon of Ner Tamid presents "Renewal" at Ner Tamid (22nd & Quintara) on Aug. 30.
 
 
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, August 22, 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Meets every Wednesday afternoon on an ongoing basis
 
BIJ Nashira Choir rehearsal, for upcoming High Holy Days
Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Join cantorial soloist Ricki Weintraub and piano accompanist Grace Renaud (replacing John Hirten, who has retired) in the sanctuary for a series of Wednesday evening rehearsals leading up to the High Holy Days (September 9 is Erev Rosh Hashanah).  The group provides the music for High Holiday services each year.  Email rweintraub@bij.org with any questions.
 
Adult Hebrew Class
Thursday, August 23, 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 Services
Friday evening, Aug. 24 and Saturday morning, Aug. 25
No services or Torah study at BIJ.  See Summer Shabbat Service Schedule below.
 
SF/Marin Food Bank, 900 Pennsylvania Ave. SF
Sunday, August 26, 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.  
 
 
BIJ Community Work Day
Sunday, August 26, 11:00 am
Time to gather together and share the tasks of getting the building ready for the High Holiday season.  All levels of skill welcome, to clean, paint, and repair.  Pizza lunch provided.  RSVP to the office or reevasafford@yahoo.com  (Reeva Safford, director of Operations Team) so enough supplies and pizza will be on hand.
 
 
For a preview of selected events in the months ahead, scroll down to "Save the Date" section below.
 
 
 Please note the following changes in the Summer Shabbat Service Schedule:
 
Revised Monthly Erev Shabbat Service schedule (July and August 2018)
 1st Friday -  BBQ Shabbat, a BBQ-style dinner (main course provided -- pot luck sides and desserts) -- July 6 and August 3
 2nd Friday - NO SERVICE at BIJ
 3rd Friday  - Neighborhood Shabbat, hosted by congregants in private homes in either San Francisco or on the Peninsula -- July 20 and August 17
 4th Friday  - NO SERVICE at BIJ
 5th Friday  - (August) Shabbat at the Beach, 6:30p service at Rockaway Beach, Pacifica, followed by 7:30p bring-your-own picnic dinner, and desserts to share -- August 31
 
Shabbat Morning (Saturday) Torah Study and Services on the 1st and 3rd weeks only: July 7 &  21, August 4 & 18.  Or Shalom leads services July 14 and Aug. 11.  No Shabbat morning services at BIJ on July 28 and Aug. 25.
 
FOR GENERAL REFERENCE: 
Monthly Erev Shabbat Service schedule
 1st Friday -  BBQ Shabbat, a BBQ-style dinner (main course provided -- pot luck sides and desserts)
 2nd Friday - Sacred Hebrew Chant & Drum, an "alternative" style musical service.  On summer hiatus, resumes September 14
 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. On summer hiatus, resumes September 28
 5th Friday  - Shabbat at the Beach, 6:30p service at Rockaway Beach, Pacifica, followed by 7:30p bring-your-own picnic dinner, and desserts to share.  August 31.
 
 
SAVE THE DATE!
 
 
Elul Study Series
Thursday, August 16; Tuesday, August 21; Thursday, August 30.  7:00 pm.  Locations vary.
Study with the rabbis of the Southside Jewish Collaborative to prepare for the High Holy Days.  This year's series is "The 3 R's of Forgiveness: Return, Repentance, and Renewal."  Rabbi Danny Gottlieb presents "Return" at BIJ on Aug. 16.  Rabbi Katie Mizrahi of Or Shalom presents "Repentance" at BIJ on Aug. 21.  Rabbi Shana Chandler Leon of Ner Tamid presents "Renewal" at Ner Tamid (22nd & Quintara) on Aug. 30.
 
Shabbat at the Beach -- in Pacifica
Friday, August 31, 6:30 pm service/7:15 pm dinner
Join us for a special Erev Shabbat celebration at Rockaway Beach in Pacifica.  Bring a picnic dinner for yourselves, some desserts to share, and your favorite beach chair.  Rabbi and Ricki lead the joyful service.
 
 
Special Event in 2019!  Fine Art from the Holy Land -- show and sale
January 17 - 20, 2019
BIJ and the National Council of Jewish Women, San Francisco, presents 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 1000 works of art will be available for exhibition and sale.
Thursday, January 17   7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, January 18        9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, January 19    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday, January 20      9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wonderful programs, exact times to be announced….

625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco CA 94132
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! DON’T MISS THIS EVENT!
For more information please call 415-586-8833
 
 
 
ONGOING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS...
 

BIJ Book Club

Wednesday evenings, 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.  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 is August 16
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)
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 [on hiatus until Sept. 14]
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 [on hiatus, will resume Sept. 28]
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, grace after the meal, a special program takes place.   RSVP at www.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/Women of BIJ -- Offsite Potluck Brunch 
Sunday, dates vary, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
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 for the summer months)
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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