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

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SAVE THE DATE: BIJ Annual Meeting, Sunday, June 4, 2017, 10:00 am
 
THIS WEEK....
 
Lunch & Learn
Thursday, April 20, 12:00pm @ BIJ with Rabbi Melamut
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.
 
Adult Hebrew Class
Thursday, April 20, 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)
 
Friday Night Feast
Friday, April 21, 6:30 pm
Join us for a free catered Shabbat feast. We will welcome Shabbat with tableside blessings, then enjoy delicious fare and each others' company. After birkat hamazon, grace after meals, our own Beth Yarnelle Edwards will lead a special program sharing with us her unique perspective as an accomplished photographer. Beth has been making photographs in suburban middle-class settings in America and Europe since 1997. Her work has been the subject of museum exhibitions at Chat d'Eau in Toulouse France, the Musee de la Photographie a Charleroi, Belgium, The Oakland Museum of California, and the Reykjavik Museum of Photography in Iceland. Beth's photographs can also be found in the collections of SFMOMA, The Oakland Museum of California, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.  All are welcome.  Just let us know so we can set out a place for you.  RSVP at www.bij.org/events-donations/registration
 
Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service
Saturday, April 22
Torah Study 8:45 am; Morning Service 10:00 am
Join us as we study the Parashat Ha-Shavuah (Torah portion of the week). Our study is lively and interactive. The portion and commentaries are studied in English translation, and no prior Torah study experience or expertise is required. Bagel breakfast is provided. Then be right on time for our morning service. This week, while Rabbi Gottlieb is away, we will have a combined Shabbat morning service with Or Shalom, led by the Or Shalom clergy.
 
Sisterhood Brunch (off-site)
Sunday, April 23, 10:00 am
Join the Women of BIJ for a brunch and social gathering at a private home in Daly City.  All are welcome, the group is fluid and intergenerational.  Contact the Temple office for details.
 
Jewish History through Music
Sunday, April 23, 10:00 am, Brandeis building
Join the B3 religious school for a special program featuring a guest educator and a klezmer band.
 
 NEXT WEEK...
 
Women's Rosh Chodesh Group
Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 pm, Fireside Room
The Women of BIJ celebrate the new moon each month, led by Ricki Weintraub.  On April 26 we welcome the month of Iyar, sharing discussions, activities, and meditations that help us find ways to connect more deeply to Judaism, ourselves, our lives, and each other.
 
Sacred Hebrew Chant & Drum
Friday, April 28, 7:30pm
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. All are welcome! Bring a treat to share and a friend! 
 
Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service
Saturday, April 29
Torah Study 8:45 am; Morning Service 10:00 am
Join us as we study the Parashat Ha-Shavuah (Torah portion of the week). Our study is lively and interactive. The portion and commentaries are studied in English translation, and no prior Torah study experience or expertise is required. Bagel breakfast is provided. Then be right on time for our morning service, led by Rabbi Gottlieb.
 
Counting the Omer
Saturday, April 29, 8:30 pm
This year BIJ will "host" the Omer Project's Counting on the 19th Day of the Omer.  Each of the 49 days of the Omer is counted in a brief ceremony held consecutively on the 49 "avenues", beginning with Arguello (1st Avenue) and ending at the Great Highway (49th Avenue).  Because of our proximity to 19th Avenue, we will host the counting in front of the San Francisco State buildings at the corner of 19th Avenue and Holloway. All are welcome to join us.
 
Women of BIJ/Sisterhood Planning Meeting
Sunday, April 30, 10:30am
With our Annual Luncheon for residents of the Jewish Home for the Aged, the Rabbi Morris Scholarship, and Hanukkah Fair all coming up, and plans in the works for brand new events, there's lots to talk about, plan and volunteer for. Come be a part of the mitzvot (good deeds) we do supporting our community and religious school. You'll also have a good time doing it!
 
COMING IN MAY --WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPDATES!
 
Shabbat Shelanu (Our Shabbat)
Friday, May 5
5:45pm Tot Shabbat; 6:30pm Dinner; 7:15pm 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). This month we gather at B'nai Emunah, 46th & Taraval.  RSVP to http://bij.org/events-donations/registration
 
 
ONGOING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS...
 
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.
 
Mindfulness Meditation
Friday Mornings, 8:30-9:00 am
 
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.
 
First Fridays - Shabbat Shelanu (Our Shabbat)
5:45pm Tot Shabbat; 6:30pm Dinner; 7:15pm 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
7:30pm
NO SERVICE IN APRIL (Week of Pesach/Passover)
We take our Shabbat service "on the road" to different neighborhoods in San Francisco and the Peninsula. Members host the chavurah-style service in tjheir 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
6:30pm
Join us for a free catered Shabbat feast. 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.
 
Fourth Fridays: Sacred Hebrew Chant and Drum
7:30pm
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.
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.  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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