• 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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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.
 
 
 
THIS WEEK....
 
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Meets every Wednesday afternoon on an ongoing basis
 
Rosh Chodesh
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7:00 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.  We will share, hear, sing, teach, learn, listen and tell.  If you have never experienced Rosh Chodesh at BIJ, or if it has been a long time since you have attended, we hope to see you this week as we prepare for the month of Kislev.  A small, simple nosh to share is very welcome, and a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank, if you are able.  Each monthly gathering stands alone.  Please bring a friend!
 
Lunch & Learn adult education series
Thursday, Nov. 16, 12:00 pm-- at BIJ, with Rabbi Shana Leon
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. 
 
Adult Hebrew Class
Thursday, Nov. 16, 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)
 
Third Fridays: Shabbat in the 'Hood
Friday, Nov. 17, 7:30 pm -- The Sunset (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 location.
 
 Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service
Saturday, Nov. 18, 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. 
 
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 by local artists, Hanukkah supplies at the Sisterhood table, food, live music, a raffle, an Art Studio for making art, and more.  Help create a lively marketplace by spreading the word -- please download, post or print our flyers to attract vendors and shoppers to the Fair --  Hanukkah Flyer Gift Sale 2017.  We look forward to seeing you at the Hanukkah Fair this Sunday!
 
Raffle update:  We are now seeking quality donations for our Hanukkah Fair raffle!  Members and friends: is that wedding gift still in its box in the closet?  Dust it off and donate it!  Create a gift basket if you are so inclined.  Items can be dropped off at the BIJ office. Vendors: please select a piece to donate, the day of the fair.  Questions? Contact raffle chair Gail Harden at grh4@yahoo.com.
 
NEXT WEEK...
 
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Meets every Wednesday afternoon on an ongoing basis
 
Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class with Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 7:00 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.
 
Fourth Fridays: Friday Night Feast
Friday, Nov. 24, 6:30 pm 
Join us on this Thanksgiving holiday weekend for our free communal Shabbat dinner and Thanksgiving celebration, sponsored by Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ.  We welcome Shabbat with tableside blessings, enjoy delicious fare and each others' company.  No speaker this month.   RSVP at www.bij.org/events-donations/registration
 
Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service
Saturday, Nov. 25, 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.  
 
SF/Marin Food Bank, 900 Pennsylvania Ave. SF
Sunday, Nov. 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.  
 
 
Please note changes in Friday Night Erev Shabbat Service schedule starting in November:
1st Friday -  Shabbat Shelanu, at either BIJ or B'nai Emunah
2nd Friday - Sacred Hebrew Chant & Drum
3rd Friday  - Neighborhood Shabbat hosted by congregants in private homes
4th Friday  - Friday Night Feast program with special guest speaker
 
 
SAVE THE DATE!
 
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 plus Chinese food 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 for our B3 religious school youth program.  Choose between two showings, an afternoon or evening program--dinner included with either, from 6 pm to 7 pm.  Cocktails, wine, beer, and soft drinks for sale.  Doors open at 2 pm.  Running time: 179 minutes. Advance tickets are $25 general, $10 seniors 65+ and children 4-12.  Tickets at the door are $30/$15.  www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3016054 or http://bij.org/events-donations/registration
 
Shabbat Shira Concert
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
The second annual Shabbat Shira concert, honoring the memory of Cantor David Morgenstern z'l and Cantor Henry Greenberg z'l, will feature award-winning songwriter Alisa Fineman, cantorial soloist at Congregation Beth Israel in Carmel, CA.  Tickets:  www.bij.org/events-donations/registration.
 

ONGOING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS...

BIJ Book Club 
Wednesday evenings, 7 pm -- 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. Next meeting will be Tuesday (a change from the usual Wednesday), November 28.  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.  Next meeting is November 12.
 
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.  Next session is November 16 at BIJ.
 
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 Dinner; 7:15 pm Family Service
Join us as we celebrate Shabbat, eat together and highlight the learning of our students.  Location is either BIJ or B'nai Emunah at 46th & Taraval.  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: Sacred Hebrew Chant and Drum
7:30 pm
BIJ is joined by Or Shalom for this unique service. Our joyful band of vocalists and drummers, including 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
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
 
 
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 (usually) 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 November 12)
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. 
 
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 [next one is Nov. 26]
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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