Israeli Flag2017 BIJ Israel Trip
Led by Rabbi Danny Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub with BIJ Families and Friends

October 23-November 4


*Touring in the north of Israel -- Haifa, Acco, Safed and the Golan Heights

*Meetings with Israeli Muslims, Druze and Christians working for Peaceful Co-existence

*Five Nights in Jerusalem - City of David, Kotel, South Wall Excavations, Christian Quarter

*Shabbat in Jerusalem

Land Package ESTIMATE Per Person is $3300.

$300 (refundable) deposit requested by February 28, 2017 - Check payable to "ARZA World Travel" and sent to Rabbi Gottlieb at 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, CA 94132

For more information and registration, contact Rabbi Gottlieb at 415.586.8833 ext 22 or



Torah Study Group
Shabbat Mornings, 8:45 AM
Join us for our Torah Study Group every Shabbat morning before services. We study a relevant portion of the Torah associated with the week‘s Parashah. (And you‘ll be just in time for Shabbat services at 10:00 am!) All are welcome to attend, discuss and learn!


Mindfullness Meditation
Friday Mornings, 8:30-9:30 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.

Adult Hebrew Lessons for Beginning and Intermediate Learners.
Every other Thursday. Alpha Bet: 6:00-6:30 p.m.; Continuing Students 6:30 -7:30 p.m.

For those interested in reading the Hebrew Aleph Bet (alphabet), here is your opportunity to make that happen! An intermediate Hebrew course follows, where we are working on improving reding skills, developing the building blocks of Hebrew grammar and increasing our vocabulary. Beginning students are encouraged to stay for both classes. $10/session. Contact Ricki Weintraub for more information:

RabbisGolden Thursdays:  Lunch & learn
With Rabbi Gottlieb, Rabbi Melamut, Rabbi Leon, and Rabbi Mizrahi
3rd Thursday of the month, 12:00-1:00pm
This program is designed for people who are retired or have flexible work schedules and would like to come to the synagogue for a bite, learning with the Rabbis, and some socializing with other BIJ members and members of the Southside Jewish Collaborative (from B’nai Emunah, Ner Tamid and Or Shalom). The Lunch and Learn sessions will be led by Rabbis Gottlieb, Melamut, Leon and Mizrahi and will rotate among the three locations. A light lunch will be provided. Please call the Temple office at 415-586-8833 to register or for more information.


Learn to Lead a Shabbat Service

Rabbi Gottlieb is looking for members who are interested in learning how to lead the Shabbat morining prayers, to assist him on Shabbat mornings and lead the service on occasion when he is away. The learning will be in a small group or private tutorial setting, depending on the number of students. A reading knowledge of Hebrew and familiarity with the morining service is required. Please let Rabbi Gottlieb know if you are interested, by email to

Learn the Torah Tropes!

Has it been a while (years?) since you last read from the Torah? Perhaps you never learned to read the Torah but would like to do so? Would you like to occasionally read the Torah publically on Shabbat mornings? What about being able to leyn an alliyah when your child is having their Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Are you interested in strengthening your Hebrew understanding and fluency? If so, then consider joining our upcoming adult Torah trope class. Although the starting date is yet to be determined, please let the BIJ office know of your interest.









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