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

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If you wish to donate to IsraAID
(Organizers of Rabbi Gottlieb's Mission to the Syrian Refugee Camps in Greece)
 
 
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  ADULT BAR/BAT MITZVAH CLASS WITH RABBI AND RICKI
Beginning in July
 
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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
Wed. July 26, 1:00 to 1:30 pm
Meets every Wednesday afternoon on an ongoing basis
 
Jewish Film Festival, Castro Theater, SF
Wed. July 26; Thurs. July 27
BIJ co-presents "1945" on Wed. July 26th at 6:20 pm and "Levinsky Park" on Thurs. July 27th at 11:15 am.  Ticket info at sfjff.org.
 
Erev Shabbat Service -- Sacred Hebrew Chant and Drum
Friday, July 28, 7:30 pm
BIJ is joined by Or Shalom for this unique service on the 4th Friday of each month.  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
Saturday, July 29, 8:45 am Torah Study; 10:00 am 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. 
 
NEXT WEEK...
 
Mindfulness Meditation
Wed. August 2, 1:00 to 1:30 pm
Meets every Wednesday afternoon on an ongoing basis
 
Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class with Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub
Wed. Aug. 2, 7:00 pm 
For adults who did not have a bar or bat mitzvah.  Meets on alternate Wed. evenings.  Contact Rabbi at 415-586-8833 or email rabbigottlieb@bij.org for more info.
 
First Fridays - Shabbat Shelanu (Our Shabbat) at BIJ 
Friday, August 4, 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
 
Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service
Saturday, August 5, 8:45 am Torah Study; 10:00 am Service
Join Rabbi Gottlieb each Shabbat morning at 8:45 for an accessible Torah study session.  The service is led by Or Shalom on the first Saturday of each month. 
 
Afternoon Tea
Sunday, August 6, 1:00 pm
Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ present the second annual Afternoon Tea party/luncheon with a "best hat" contest and a delicious lunch menu including tea sandwiches and sweets.  Dress up and bring the family!  Tickets are $25 in advance for ages 15 and up; $30 at the door.  $10 ages 14 and under.  Rides available.  RSVP to http://bij.org/events-donations/registration.
 
 
 
COMING LATER IN AUGUST....
 
Volunteer Service Day
Sun., Aug. 13, 9 am shift; 12 noon shift
A day to paint, fix, and shine in organized teams at 625 Brotherhood Way.  Bagels/coffee (morning) and pizza/drinks (afternoon) provided.  Sign up by July 31 at 
 
Nashira Choir
Wed. Aug. 16, 7 to 9 pm
Do you like to sing? Join the Nashira High Holy Day Choir with choir director/accompanist John Hirten and cantorial soloist Ricki Weintraub.  Meets on five consecutive Wednesday evenings leading up to the High Holidays.

Tikkun Olam Day at B'nai Emunah, 46th & Taraval
Sunday, August 20, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Southside Jewish Collaborative holds its 3rd Tikkun Olam Day, including preparing lunch sacks for the homeless, making blankets for homeless and hospitalized children, and an Ocean Beach cleanup.  In addition, you can drop off goods for various collection efforts supporting the work of local nonprofits: books, clothing, toiletries, walkers.  Kids welcome!  Contact Steve Roditti, Committee Chair, at rorocks100@icloud.com for more info.
 
SF Food Bank Volunteering (offsite)
Sunday, August 27, 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.
 
SAVE THE DATE!
 
Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ --  Annual Membership Brunch
Sunday, September 10, 10:30 am
Delicious catered brunch and guest speaker, free for Sisterhood members.  Guests are $15.
 
"You're Funny, But You Don't Look Jewish"
Sat. Oct. 28, 7:30 pm
90 minute fundraising event featuring four stand-up comics who have presented sold-out shows in the US and Canada.   www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2901934
 
Hanukkah Fair 2017
Sunday, November 19, 10 am to 2 pm
Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ present its annual holiday crafts bazaar with artisanal arts and crafts for sale, food, live music, a raffle, and more.
 
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 now open -- early bird bonus if you register by July 5!  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 
 

 

ONGOING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS...

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.
 
Lunch & Learn
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.
 
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
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
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 -- The Women of BIJ bimonthly meeting
Sundays, 10:30 am, Fireside Room
Join a vibrant group of active volunteers, led by Sisterhood president Terry Levy, in planning events and contributing to the life of BIJ.
Rosh Chodesh
Wednesday evenings, once a month, 7 pm
 The Women of BIJ celebrate the new month of Iyar. 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 during the summer and will resume in the fall.]
 
Introduction to Judaism
This is a Basic Judaism class, designed for adults who would like to learn more about Jewish history, basic belief and practices, life-cycle and holiday celebrations and contemporary issues facing the Jewish People. The class will also serve as a pre-requisite for people interested in conversion to Judaism. Meeting alternate Tuesday evenings.
 
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)
 
 
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 twice a year [the next one will be Sunday morning, August 20 at B'nai Emunah, 46th & Taraval.]  A variety of projects take place simultaneously throughout the afternoon, from collecting supplies for recent refugees who are resettling here to delivering books to the Prisoner Literature Project.  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.
 
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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