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

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High Holy Day Schedule - 5778
              Selichot (at Ner Tamid - 22nd & Quintara)  -  Saturday, September 16 at 7:00pm
              Erev Rosh Hashanah                                     - Wednesday, September 20 - **Community Dinner 6:30pm - Service 8:00pm
              Rosh Hashanah - Day 1                                -  Thursday, September 21 - Family Service 9:00am - Adult Service 10:00am - Tashlich 1:30pm
              Rosh Hashanah - Day 2                                -  Friday, September 22 - 4 choices offered by the Southside Jewish Collaborative
                                                                                                               i. Traditional Service at B'nai Emunah (46th & Taraval) - 8:45am
                                                                                                               ii. Symposium at Ner Tamid (22nd & Quintara) - 10:00am
                                                                                                               iii. Rosh Hashanah Hike with Songs & Prayers (@ Pacifica Pier) - 10:30am
                                                                                                               iv. Contemplative Shofar Service (Ocean Beach @ 46th Ave) - 11:00am
             Kol Nidre                                                      -  Friday, September 29 at 8:00pm
             Yom Kippur                                                  -  Saturday, September 30 - Family Service 9:00am - Adult Service 10:00am
                                                                                                                  Yom Kippur Study 1:30pm - Music & Meditation 2:45pm
                                                                                                                  Afternoon Service 4:00pm - Yizkor 5:30pm - Concluding Service 6:30pm
 For more information: (415) 586-8833 or office@bij.org
To purchase tickets or register for the Erev Rosh Hashanah Community Dinner: 
go to "events/donations" above and click on "registration"
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BIJ is Live Streaming Services 


We hope to see you for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services.  If you are unable to join us, please consider joining us virtually. You can watch live streaming video of our bimah online!

September 20, 8:00 pm - Erev Rosh Hashanah                                                       https://youtu.be/l4mwRb2qFwg
September 21, 10:00 am - Rosh Hashanah Morning Service                                  https://youtu.be/2oBB44-TIUg

September 29, 8:00 pm - Kol Nidre                                                                          https://youtu.be/MGkYBaRa9h8
September 30, 10:00 am - Yom Kippur Morning Service                                         https://youtu.be/ESPVA_OaTYM
September 30, 4:30 pm - Yom Kippur Afternoon, Yizkor and Concluding Services https://youtu.be/j0D-FYhkzFk
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Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:30 pm  (Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Italian American, African American, Vietnamese American and Indian American Jewish stand-up comedians Mike Capozzola, Gina Gold, Joe Nguyen and Samson Koletkar will share the stage and their own experiences about being ‘undercover’ members of the tribe! The show has sold out performances in the USA & Canada. Just think of it as Indian spices topping a matzot pizza served with Vietnamese iced coffee in an African American bakery...

For tickets:  www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2901934


[Note: 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 Lynne Rappaport at lynnerappa@aol.com.]
Erev Rosh Hashanah 5778
Wednesday, Sept. 20, community dinner 6:30, service 8 pm
New this year!  Start your festival celebration by joining with friends and family for a communal Erev Rosh Hashanah meal.  Pre-registration required. To register for the Erev Rosh Hashanah Community Dinner: go to "events/donations" on the website and click on "registration."
Rosh Hashanah services -- see above schedule for details
Thursday, Sept. 21 and Friday, Sept. 22
No Shabbat evening service at BIJ this week (Friday, Sept. 22) because of the High Holiday schedule.
Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service
Saturday, Sept. 23, 8:45 am Torah Study; 10:00 am Service
Join Rabbi Gottlieb each Shabbat morning at 8:45 for an accessible Torah study session including bagels and coffee, and then be right on time for Shabbat services with Rabbi Gottlieb. 
SF Food Bank Volunteering (offsite)
Sunday, September 24, 9:00 am, 900 Pennsylvania Ave. SF
Contact Steve Roditti, BIJ member and chair of the Southside Jewish Collaborative's Tikkun Olam Committee at rorocks100@icloud.com for info.
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 1:00 pm
Meets every Wednesday afternoon on an ongoing basis
 Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class with Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7 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.
Kol Nidre 
Friday, Sept. 29, 8:00 pm
Yom Kippur
Saturday, Sept. 30
Services throughout the day -- please see detailed schedule above.
Sukkah Building
Sunday, Oct. 1, 9:00 am
Erev Sukkot
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6:30 pm
Dinner in the Sukkah

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Hanukkah Fair 
Sunday, November 19, 10 am to 2 pm
Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ present its annual holiday crafts bazaar, featuring artisanal arts and crafts for sale, food, live music, a raffle, and more.  Are you an artist or craftsperson? You can now sign up online as a vendor--click here -- 2017 Vendor Online Registration.  If you prefer to mail in your table rental fee, download this form -- 2017 Hanukkah Fair Registration Form.  Mail your check payable to BIJ Sisterhood to Congregation Beth Israel Judea Sisterhood, 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, CA 94132.  Help create a lively marketplace by spreading the word to your networks -- please download, post or print our flyers to attract vendors and shoppers to the Fair. Here is the flyer seeking new vendors --  Artists Wanted Fair 2017.  Here is the general flyer advertising the holiday gifts bazaar --  Hanukkah Flyer Gift Sale 2017.  We look forward to seeing you at the Hanukkah Fair in November!
URJ Biennial Convention in Boston, Mass.
December 6 - 10 
Join BIJ leadership and Rabbi Gottlieb in Boston, where Rabbi will participate in a panel discussion, reporting about the innovative Southside Jewish Collaborative (four synagogues in southwest SF -- BIJ, Or Shalom, Ner Tamid, and B'nai Emunah).  Registration and more info at URJ.org/Biennial
 "Fiddler on the Roof" Singalong with Chinese buffet dinner
Sun. December 24, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm movie/singalong; dinner 6:00 - 7:00 pm
An alternative Christmas Eve fundraiser event.  Choose between afternoon or evening program--dinner included with either.  www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3016054 


BIJ Book Club
Wednesday evenings, 7 pm
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 information about this month's meeting 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 spiitual exploration. We meet monthly, usually on the second Sunday.  Next meeting is October 15.
Lunch & Learn adult education series
3rd Thursday of the month, 12:00 pm
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.  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 Dinner; 7:15 pm Family Service
Join us as we celebrate Shabbat, eat together and highlight the learning of our students. Our Rabbis and song leaders guide us in a fun-filled Shabbat and monthly birthday celebration! Potluck (Non-dairy or vegetarian). RSVP to http://bij.org/events-donations/registration
Second Fridays: Shabbat in the 'Hood
7:30 pm (next one is Oct. 13 in the Sunset District, SF)
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.
Third Fridays: Friday Night Feast
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' cmpany. After the birkat hamazon, grace after the meal, a special program takes place.   RSVP at www.bij.org/events-donations/registration
Fourth Fridays: Sacred Hebrew Chant and Drum
7:30 pm (no Chant & Drum service in Sept. or Oct.)
BIJ is joined by Or Shalom for this unique 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. All are welcome! Bring a friend.
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. The first Saturday of the month is a joint service with Or Shalom led by Or Shalom’s clergy.
Sisterhood/Women of BIJ-- bimonthly meeting
Sundays, 10:30 am, Fireside Room (next meeting is October 15)
Join a vibrant group of active volunteers, led by Sisterhood president Terry Levy, in planning events and contributing to the life of BIJ.
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 needing that.  Meets in San Francisco or on the Peninsula.   Contact Ann Comoglio at anncomoglio@gmail.com for details.
Rosh Chodesh
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.  All are welcome. [Note: Rosh Chodesh is on hiatus until November.]
Adult Hebrew Class
Every Other Thursday, 6:30 pm  (next meeting is October 5)
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)
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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