Yom Rishon, 17 Av 5775
  • 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.

One more chance to see the BIJ  Co-Sponsored Film at the SF JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL!

East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem on August 2, 7:45 & 9:30 pm

Above show times are at the Castro in SF.  
Click here for other locations and more information.


Fifth Friday Goes to Camp Newman!

July 31 - No services at BIJ

By popular demand, BIJ returns to URJ Camp Newman for a magical camp Shabbat for all ages! The evening includes a reception with Camp Directors, Shabbat dinner, singing and dancing! It's a great opportunity to get a taste of camp for young and not-so-young alike. For questions, please contact Alaina Yoakum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 415.392.7080 x28. Register and find out more at There is a requested contribution of $36 per adult. Join your BIJ friends and see what camp is all about! 


1st Fridays: Shabbat Shelanu 

August 7,  September 4

5:45 PM       Tot Shabbat Service

6:30 PM       Catered Dinner

7:30 PM       Family Friendly Musical Service

Shabbat Shelanu (Our Shabbat) is a time to celebrate Shabbat, eat together and highight the learning of our youth. We celebrate together 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


2d Friday: Shabbat in the 'Hood

August 14, 7:30 p.m. Pacifica

On the second Friday of each month we take our Shabbat service "on the road" to different neighborhoods in San Francisco and the Peninsula. Members open their homes to host the chavurah-style services led by Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub. Members are encouraged to invite friends and neighbors who may not yet be members of the BIJ family to meet and engage with us in an informal way. If you are interested in attending please contact the office at 415.586.8833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain the address. There will be no BIJ-led service at BIJ, yet all are welcome to attend Or SHalom's Service at 7:00 p.m.


Elul Study Series

Opening the Book of Life: Four Rabbis Wrestle with High Holy Day Highlights

August 18, 25; September 1, 8 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

8/18    Rabbi Katie Mizrahi "Unetaneh Tokef -- Facing Mortality" @ Ner Tamid 

8/25    Rabbi Mark Melamut "Kol Nidre -- Promises, Promises..." @ BIJ

9/1      Rabbi Moshe Levin "The Akedah -- The Binding of Isaac in Jewish and Muslim Traditions" @ BIJ

9/8      Rabbi Danny Gottlieb "Vidui -- I confess!!" @ B'nai Emunah


Golden Thursdays: Lunch & Learn

August 20, 12:00 noon at Ner Tamid

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 usually take place the third Thursday of the month, are led by Rabbis Gottlieb, Levin, Melamut and Mizrahi and rotate among all three locations. A light lunh is provided.


Tikkun Olam Hunger Relief Project (immediately following Lunch & Learn)

August 20, 1:30 p.m. at Ner Tamid

Join with volunteers from all four synagogues in the Southside Jewish Collaborative here at BIJ, to continue our sandwich-making to help feed those who are without...We've topped 1,000 sandwiches-- let's keep going as the need is still there!!!


3d Friday: Friday Night Feasts

August 21, 6:30 p.m.

Disaster Relief in Nepal - A Personal Story

BIJ member Dr. Ian Brown is Assistant Medical Director at Stanford University, where he serves as Clinical Assistant Professor and Medical Information Director. Ian's specialty is Emergency Medicine. In the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal, Ian was part of the disaster relief effort, lending his medical skills to the injured and suffering. Join us at our free catered Shabbat feast with tableside blessings and hear Ian share the story of his Nepal experience with us. RSVP (include childcare if needed) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 14.


4th Friday: Sacred Hebrew Chant and Drum Shabbat

August 28, 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 sacred space. A potluck Oneg Shabbat and schmooze follows. Please bring a treat to share. Tell a friend -- all ae welcome!!!


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.


 Adult Hebrew Lessons for Beginning and Intermediate Learners

August 6, 20: September 3, 17

Aleph Bet 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Continuing Students 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Are you interested in learning to read Hebrew? 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 reading skills, developing the building blocks of Hebrew grammar and increasing our vocabulary. Beginning students are encouraged to stay for both classes. We meet bi-weekly. $10/session. Contact Ricki Weintraub for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">


 Monthly Craft & Schmooze

August 9, September 13, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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 on a monthly basis on Sundays.


Rosh Chodesh Women's Group

August 19, 7:00 p.m

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. No RSVP necessary. Just come join us. Bring a snack to share, if you are able.  


Volunteer at the SF/Marin Food Bank

August 30, 1:00 p.m.

Join the BIJ Tikkun Olam Group and our Southside Jewish Collaborative partners! If you would like to participate, RSVP to: Lori Ganz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Steve Roditti (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We are only allowed a limited number of spots. 

Book Club Meeting


September 30, 7:00 pm  


Join the Women of BIJ/Sisterhood Book Club meeting. The next book is Day After Night by Anita Diamant, based on the extraordinary true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than two hundred prisoners from the Atlit internment camp. Contact Sherrie Rosenberg - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.  All are welcome for an enjoyable discussion. 

The following book will be The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  Date tbd.

Adult Education

Discover or deepen your Jewish knowledge. Come and join us for some or all of our fabulous learning opportunities.

 Tikkun Olam

Interested in helping others? Here are some very needed project opportunities.

Community Gatherings

Three dates in Octiober to be announced.

If you missed the summer gatherings there will be 3 more chances to get to know one another bettter, share our desires for our community, and hear about BIJ's new Community Participation Plan. Between now and then, if you want to read the Community Participation Plan,click here, or request a copy from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Check our calendar for more information about these events and many more.... BIJ ner tamid


Also going on......

High Holy Day Choir 5776 Needs YOU!

 Join the Choir

Once again, our BIJ Choir will enhance our High Holy Day worship. They need your help to make it a success! If you are interested in lending your voice on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, please contact the office and let us know your interest. 415.586.8833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Our BIJ Delegation to URJ Biennial 2015 Wants YOU!

Join our BIJ Delegation and Attend the 2015 URJ Biennial

November 4-8, Orlando Florida

The experience of being among 5,000 Reform Congregants from all over North America, singing together and learning about other spiritual practices, methods of living Jewishly, and community building, is not to be misseed! Registration is now open. If we can get a delegation of 8 or more together by September 10, we may qualify for a discounted rate and other benefits. Find out more information on the 2015 Biennial at  


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