• 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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 SAVE THE DATE: BIJ Annual Meeting, Sunday, June 4, 2017, 10:00 am
                                                                                            ... including a community breakfast with mimosas.  Childcare provided.
 
 
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 ADULT BAR/BAT MITZVAH CLASS WITH RABBI AND RICKI
Beginning in June
 
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                                    PLEASE NOTE: MINDFULNESS MEDITATION IS MOVING 
                                   from Friday Mornings to Wednesdays at 1:00 pm                                                                           There will be no meditation this Friday, May 26.  Sessions will resume on Wednesday, June 7th.
 
 
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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....
 
Introduction to Judaism
Tuesday, May 23, 7 pm
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.
 
Rosh Chodesh Women's Group
Wednesday, May 24, 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, the group is fluid.
 
Sacred Hebrew Chant and Drum Erev Shabbat Service
Friday, May 26, 7:30 pm
Join us 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
Saturday, May 27                                                                                                                  
8:45am 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.
 
Volunteering at the San Francisco/Marin Food Bank
Sunday, May 28, 9:00 am @ 900 Pennsylvania Ave, San Francisco
RSVPs not needed, but let us know you are coming and we will look for you in the crowd!!  A program of the Southside Jewish Collaborative Hunger Project.
 
NEXT WEEK...
 
Memorial Day
Monday, May 29  
Office Closed
 
Introduction to Judaism
Will not meet on Tuesday, May 30, see next item
 
 Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Tuesday, May 30, 7:30 pm at BIJ
An evening of learning with the Southside Jewish Collaborative.  Join Rabbis Gottlieb, Melamut (B'nai Emunah), Mizrahi (Or Shalom), and Leon (Ner Tamid) for dessert, study, and late night Torah service.  
 
Shavuot Services
Day 1: Wednesday, May 31, 10 am at B'nai Emunah (46th & Taraval)
Day 2: Thursday, June 1, 9:30 am, Yizkor service at Ner Tamid (22nd & Quintara)
 
Office Closed Wed. May 31 and Thurs. June 1 for Shavuot
 
Shabbat Shelanu at BIJ
Friday, June 2
5:45 pm Tot Shabbat; 6:30 Potluck 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/Bar Mitzvah of Ryder Bouck
Saturday, June 3
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.
 
Annual Meeting, with community breakfast
Sunday, June 4, 10:00 am
Learn about the state of the synagogue; meet our new temple president and new membership & operations manager; elect members of our Board of Trustees; hear an update from our Strategic Planning Team.  Childcare provided.  Need transportation?  Contact Lynne Rappaport at lynnerappa@aol.com.
 
Art for Prayer and Peace: A Bridge to Oneness
Saturday, June 3  Noon to 5 pm
Sunday, June 4    10 am to 2 pm
Spark Arts Gallery, 4228 18th St. SF
Join BIJ member and artist Aimee Golant to learn more about this exciting work-in-progress.  Includes a related talk on Spiritual Learning by Rabbi Gottlieb and others on Saturday, 3-5 pm at Spark Arts.  https://aimeegolant.com/discover.html
 
 
 
COMING LATER IN JUNE, more details to come.....
 
Wed. June 7 and June 21, 7 pm:  Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class begins
Fri. June 9, 7:30 pm: Shabbat in the 'Hood at a private home in SF, contact the office for details
Sun. June 11, 1 pm: Craft and Schmooze
Tues. June 13 and 27, 7 pm: Intro to Judaism
Thurs. June 15, 12 noon: Lunch & Learn at B'nai Emunah, followed by Sandwich Making at 1:30
Fri. June 16, 6:30 pm: Friday Night Feast with Dr. Bill Tarran, special guest speaker

 
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.
 
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.
 
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 August 27 at B'nai Emunah, 46th & Taraval, 1 to 3 pm].  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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