Yom Shlishi, 19 Kislev 5776
  • 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.


4th Friday: Sacred Chant & Drum.

November 27 & December 25, 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!!


1st Friday: Shabbat Shelanu

December 4

5:45 pm      Tot Shabbat Service

6:30 pm      Catered main course, potluck salad and sides

7:15 pm      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 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!


2nd Friday: Shabbat in the 'Hood

Debember 18, 7:30 p.m. Peninsula

Typically, on the second Friday of each month, we take our Shabbat services "on the road" to different neighborhoods in San Francisco and the Peninsula. Members host the chavurah-style services in their homes, led by Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub. This provides an opportunity for our members to enjoy an intimate service and invite neighbors who are not yet members of the BIJ family to meet and engage with one another in an informal way. On Friday nights when we are traveling in the 'hood, there will be no BIJ-led service at BIJ, yet all are welcome to attend Or Shalom's service at 7:00 pm. (This December, the second Friday night, 12/11, is our Hanukkah Celebration at BIJ. We are therefore switching "2nd Friday in the 'hood" to the 12/18.)


3rd Friday: Friday Night Feast

(No Friday Night Feast in December)

Enjoy a free, catered Shabbat feast! Welcome Shabbat with tableside blessings, then enjoy delicious fare. After birkat hamazon, the grace after meals, the  program for the adults takes place; children can retreat to the Fireside Room for supervised activity. All are welcome! RSVP to


Shabbat Mornings

8:45 a.m. Torah Study/ 10:00 a.m. 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 led by Rabbi Danny Gottlieb. {The first Saturday of the month is led by Or Shalom's clergy and are joint services with OR Shalom.}

On November 21, 2015, Olivia and Sophia Law will become B'Not M Mitzvah.


Book Club

December 2, 7:00 p.m.

This off-site event is sponsored by BIJ's Women of BIJ/Sisterhood, but all avid readers are welcome. The December book is The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, a love letter to the world of books-- and bestsellers-- that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds. Please contact Sherrie Rosenberg at to RSVP and obtain the location and other details. All are welcome for an enjoyable discussion. 

Next month's book will be the Jewish Community's One Bay One Book selection, Primo Levy's The Periodic Table. Date TBD. 


Rosh Chodesh Women's Group 

December 16, 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. 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!


BIJ's Annual Community Hanukkah Celebration

Erev Shabbat, December 11, 6:30 p.m.

Our annual community-wide celebration begins with Hanukkah and Shabbat candle lighting. Bring your own candles and hanukkiyah (Hanukkah menorah), or one for each member of your family, and we will proclaim the “great miracle” with a room filled with light. Dinner will be partly catered, and partly pot-luck. BIJ will provide a fish main course, accompanied by latkes (with applesauce and sour cream)--you bring a dairy or veggie side dish. After dinner, we'll enjoy a dessert of sweet, sugary sufganiyot (jelly donuts), with spinning dreidels and music to celebrate the rededication of the Temple in days of old.  Come join us for this joyful celebration!  Please RSVP to


Volunteers are needed for set-up and clean-up. To help, contact us at or 415.586.8833.


Adult Hebrew Lessons for Beginning and Intermediate Learners

December 3 and 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:


Hebrew Reading "Crash Course"

Monday evenings 7:00-8:30 p.m.

November 16, 23, 30, December 7 & 14

Never learned to read Hebrew? Hebrew reading is rusty? Learned some time ago and have forgotten? Join Ricki for a 5-session "crash course" in Hebrew reading. Don't feel shy about coming even if you miss the first week or two. You'll be reading by Hanukkah!! Call the BIJ office at 415.586.8833 or send Ricki an email at if you would like to attend.


Craft & Schmooze

December 13, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

If you enjoy making friends, making or learning crafts or maybe a little knitting, JOIN US for a fun afternoon of schmoozing, crafting, artistic and spiritual exploration. We meet at BIJ monthly on Sundays.


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.


Lunch & Learn plus Sandwich Making

Thursday, December 17, 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 & Learn sessions usually take place the third Thursday of the month, are led by Rabbis Gottlieb, Levin and Melamut (Rabbi Mizrahi is on sabbatical) and rotate among all three locations. A light lunch is provided, followed by sandwich making at 1:30 p.m. for Homeless Outreach. Join us!


Volunteer at the SF/Marin Food Bank

November 29, December 27, at 9:00 a.m.

Join the BIJ Tikkun Olam Group and our Southside Jewish Collaborative partners! If you would like to participate, RSVP to: Lori Ganz ( or Steve Roditti ( We are only allowed a limited number of spots.


Women of BIJ/Sisterhood Meeting

December 13, 10:30 a.m.

Join the Women of BJ/Sisterhood planning session. The Women of BIJ/Sisterhood sponsor many fun events and activities throughought the year including Friday Night Feasts, Hanukkah Fair, the Jewish Home Luncheon, Will Durst Comedy Night, organizing transportation and our Care and Concern effort. These events and activities don't run themselves, so if you are interested in helping out and meeting some wonderful people in the process, join us! For more information, contact .


Adult Education

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


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. Unfortunately, the need gets amplified around holidays such as Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Please click here to learn how to help during the holiday season.  

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


Also going on......



Renown artist and BIJ member, Aimee Golant is offering to donate 10% of purchases to BIJ's general fund. Simply mention BIJ when purchasing either from her online store or her studio until the end of the year. Purchase online at Purchase at the following events: Celebration of Craftswoman, November 27th-29th, 2015, Fort Mason Festival Pavillion, SF; Open Studios Event, December 4th-16th, 2015, 167 Caine Ave., SF, CA 94112. Open Studio hours: Friday, December 4th 3pm-6-m; Saturday, December 5th 11am-4pm; Sunday December 6th 11am-5pm. And by appointment call 415.682.7128. Remember to mention 'BIJ'!


LEARN MORE about the impact BIJ's participation in the Synagogue Federation Partnership program has had on our community at



Women of BIJ/Sisterhood is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the Rabbi Morris Scholarship. Applicants must be children or grandchildren of members of the Congregation in good standing or members of the Congregation in good standing who have returned to school. There are three different applications –one for high school seniors, one for students presently in college or graduate school, and one for adults who have gone back to school. The scholarship is for a minimum of $350. Click here to download applications for High School, College or Adults. Applications will also be available for pick up at the Temple office on Dec.14, 2015 and must be returned to the Temple c/o Diane Ehrlich no later than Friday Feb. 26, 2016. These scholarships may be used at any accredited 2 or 4 year college/university or at any accredited trade/technical/vocational school. All who are eligible are urged to apply. All applications should be typed or written legibly in black ink.


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Renowned artist, and BIJ member Aimee Golant is offering  to donate 10% of purchases to BIJ’s general fund.  Simply mention BIJ when purchasing either from her online store or her studio until the end of the year