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

 

                                                                                                                                       ο    ο   ο    ο    ο  
 
 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.
                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                          ο    ο   ο    ο    ο
 
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 the office for yourself or a family member.
 
 
BIJ ANNUAL MEETING -- SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 10:00 am -- Scroll down to "Save the Date" for details.  Need a ride?  Contact the BIJ office.
 
 
THIS WEEK....
 
Shavuot: The Giving of the Torah, May 19 - 21
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Saturday, May 19, 7:00 pm, at Ner Tamid, 22nd & Quintara.  Free and open to the public.  RSVP at 415-661-3383 or office@NerTamidSF.org
   Our annual late night study, learning together with our Southside Jewish Collaborative partners, concluding with the reading of the Ten Commandments beginning at 10:00 pm.
Shavuot Festival Morning Service: Sunday, May 20, 10 am, B'nai Emunah, 46th & Taraval.
Shavuot/Yizkor Service: Monday, May 21, 9:30 am, Ner Tamid, honoring the memory of our loved ones
 
 
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, May 23, 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, May 23, 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, May 25, 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' company.  After the birkat hamazon, grace after the meal, a special program takes place.  Tonight's speaker, Andrew Ramer, author and sacred storyteller, recently retired from his position as adjunct professor in the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco.  His latest book is "Deathless: The Complete, Uncensored, Heartbreaking, and Amazing Autobiography of Serach bat Asher, the Oldest Woman in the World."  RSVP at www.bij.org/events-donations/registration
 
Shabbat Morning Torah Study at BIJ; Service at B'nai Emunah
Saturday, May 26, 8:45am Torah Study; 10:00am Service
Torah study session at BIJ first, then over to 46th & Taraval for B'nai Emunah's Shabbat service this week. 
 
SF/Marin Food Bank, 900 Pennsylvania Ave. SF
Sunday, May 27, 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.
 
 
NEXT WEEK...
 
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, May 30, 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Meets every Wednesday afternoon on an ongoing basis
 
Adult Hebrew Class
Thursday, May 31, 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)
 
BBQ Shabbat
Friday, June 1, 5:45 Tot Shabbat; 6:30 Potluck Dinner (main course provided; bring sides and desserts), 7:15 Service outdoors in the Courtyard
 
Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ meeting
Sunday, June 3, 10:30 am
Join outgoing president Terry Levy to elect new officers for the coming year, and help brainstorm future events.
 
 
 
 
FOR REFERENCE:  Monthly Erev Shabbat Service schedule (for June, 2018)
 1st Friday -  BBQ Shabbat, a BBQ-style dinner (main course provided -- pot luck sides and desserts)
 2nd Friday - Sacred Hebrew Chant & Drum, an "alternative" style musical service
 3rd Friday  - Neighborhood Shabbat, hosted by congregants in private homes in either San Francisco or on the Peninsula
 4th Friday  - Friday Night Feast, free catered dinner and program with special guest speaker
 5th Friday  - Shabbat at the Beach, bring-your-own picnic dinner and desserts to share followed by service at Rockaway Beach, Pacifica
 
                              Monthly Erev Shabbat Service schedule (for July & August, 2018)
 1st Friday -  BBQ Shabbat, a BBQ-style dinner (main course provided -- pot luck sides and desserts)
 2nd Friday - NO SERVICE at BIJ
 3rd Friday  - Neighborhood Shabbat, hosted by congregants in private homes in either San Francisco or on the Peninsula
 4th Friday  - NO SERVICE at BIJ
 5th Friday  - (August) Shabbat at the Beach, 6:30 bring-your-own picnic dinner, and desserts to share, followed by 7:30 service at Rockaway Beach, Pacifica
 
                    JULY & AUGUST - Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Services on the 1st and 3rd weeks only
 
 
SAVE THE DATE!
 
BIJ ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday, June 10, 10:00 am
Join us for a community breakfast, with mimosas, and hear about the exciting work we've done in the past year, plus plans for the coming year.  Learn about the state of the synagogue, including an update from the Strategic Planning Team, and elect the new members of our Board of Trustees.  If you need childcare, contact Stacy Goldstein in the BIJ office.
 
Rosh Chodesh Women's Group
Wednesday evening, June 13, 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.  Each monthly gathering stands alone.  All are welcome. 
 
Lunch & Learn adult education series, plus sandwich making - at Ner Tamid
Thursday, June 21, 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.  Rabbi Danny Gottlieb of BIJ leads the program today.
 
Fourth Fridays: Friday Night Feast/Volunteer Appreciation/Rabbi Morris Scholarship 
Friday, June 22, 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' company.  After the birkat hamazon, grace after the meal, a special program takes place.  Jenna Smith, daughter of Lori and Garrett Smith, will share stories from her Peace Corps experience in Madagascar and how we can lighten our footprint when we travel.  She has been abroad for four years, and has a passion for sustainable and ethical tourism, hospitality and events.  The annual Rabbi Morris Scholarship will also be presented at tonight's dinner, to Viviane Lorvan.  RSVP at www.bij.org/events-donations/registration
 
Bar Mitzvah of Isaac Landman
Saturday, June 23, 10:00 am
Join us for Shabbat services and celebrate with the friends and family of B3 religious school student Isaac Landman as he is called to the Torah for the first time, becoming bar mitzvah.
 
A Midsummer Night's Dance Party -- with professional DJ! 
Saturday, August 4, 7:00 pm
Come let loose at our Midsummer Night's Dance Party, a joyous celebration presented by Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ including cocktails, dinner, and dancing with DJ "Ren the Vinyl Archeologist."  Ren has a deep, diverse knowledge of music and is a skilled DJ with over 20 years of experience at getting people on their feet dancing!  A b'nai mitzvah party for everyone, without the ceremony!  Tickets $40, $20 kids 13+.  Purchase tickets by August 1 at www.bij.org/events-donations/registration.  Proceeds support the monthly Friday Night Feasts.  
 
 
ONGOING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS...
 

BIJ Book Club

Wednesday evenings, offsite (next meeting is May 9)

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 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.
 
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 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 Vegetarian Potluck Dinner; 7:15 pm Family Service
Join us as we celebrate Shabbat, eat together and highlight the learning of our students.  Location is either at BIJ or at B'nai Emunah at 46th & Taraval.  Our Rabbis and song leaders guide us in a fun-filled Shabbat and monthly birthday celebration!  Kid-friendly but open to all, not just families with children.  Veggie potluck--please bring a main dish, or a side dish, or dessert.  No RSVP or pre-registration necessary, just come! 
 
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 noted Bay Area percussionists 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' company. 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. One Saturday of the month is a joint service with Or Shalom led by Or Shalom’s clergy.
 
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 who need them.  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.  Each monthly gathering stands alone.  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 
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.

 
Learn about BIJ's community participation plan

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  

 

 Donate to BIJ!

donate

 

Stay connected, get the BIJ app (for members only):

powered by GroupAhead


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Mezoogle