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

                                              
                             COMING IN MARCH!!...
 
                                                                            
                                                         
 
                                       Shabbat Across America 
                                                         Friday, March 3rd
                              (see below for details...)
 
THIS WEEK...
Basic Judaism
Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 pm
An introduction to Judaism course for anyone who wishes to learn more about Jewish belief and practice. This course is open to all, and will also serve as pre-requisite learning for adult Bar Mitzvah and conversion students. To register contact Rabbi Gottlieb at rabbigottlieb@bij.org
 
Sacred Hebrew Chant & Drum
Friday, February 24, 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 evenng, 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! 
 
Torah Study and Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, February 25
8:45 am Torah Study, 10:00 am Shabbat Service
Join Rabbi Gottlieb for an accessible Torah study session with bagels, coffee, interesting discussion and learning. Then be right on time for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Gottlieb. Kiddush and Oneg follow the services. All are welcome.
  
Food Bank Volunteering
Sunday,  February 26, 9:00 - 11:00 am (at the SF/Marin Food Bank, 900 Pennsylvania Ave. SF)
Be a part of our ongoing effort to fight hunger insecurity and provide food to people in need. RSVPs not needed, but let us know if you are coming and we will look out for you! 
 
NEXT WEEK...
Rosh Chodesh Women's Group
Wednesday, March 1, 7:00pm
The Women of BIJ celebrate the new moon each month with a special gathering in our Fireside Room led by Ricki Weintraub. We begin with a short ritual welcoming the new moon followed by discussion, activities and meditations that help us find ways to connect more deeply to Judaism, ourselves, our lives and each other. The sessions are open to all. So come and bring afriend!  Suggested donation is $5.00 per session. And, if you are able, please bring an item for the Food Bank and a nosh to share.
 
First Fridays - Shabbat Shelanu (Our Shabbat) - Shabbat Across America
Friday, March 3
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. Potluck (Non-dairy or vegetarian). This month's Shabbat Shelanu is also a "Shabbat Across America" celebration, welcoming all who wish to experience Shabbat in a communal setting. RSVP to http://bij.org/events-donations/registration
 
Torah Study and Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, March 4
8:45 am Torah Study, 10:00 am Shabbat Service
Join Rabbi Gottlieb for an accessible Torah study session with bagels, coffee, interesting discussion and learning. Then be right on time for Shabbat services, which will be combined this week with Or Shalom and led by the Or Shalom clergy. Kiddush and Oneg follow the services. All are welcome.
 
Women of BIJ/Sisterhood Planning Meeting
Sunday, March 5, 10:30 am
Whether you are already a member or looking to join a group of friendly people who make great things happen at BIJ, come and help us plan! 
 
"The Women's Balcony" - Jewish Film Institute Showing
Sunday, March 5, 5:20 pm @ The Roxy Theater, 16th & Mission, SF
BIJ co-presents this new film that's already a hit on the festival circuit.  Part of the 2017 Jewish Film Institute's Winterfest, "The Women's Balcony" tells a "good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power," and takes place in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem.  For ticket info: http://bit.ly/TheWomensBalcony WF2017.
 
Basic Judaism
Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 pm
An introduction to Judaism course for anyone who wishes to learn more about Jewish belief and practice. This course is open to all, and will also serve as pre-requisite learning for adult Bar Mitzvah and conversion students. To register contact Rabbi Gottlieb at rabbigottlieb@bij.org
 
Shabbat in the 'Hood
Friday, March 10, 7:30 pm
Join us as we take Shabbat services "on the road" to different neighborhoods in San Francisco and the Peninsula. Members host the chavurah-style services in their homes led by Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub. Lots of music, and shmoozing. Bring a treat to share, if you are able. 
 
Torah Study and Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, March 11
8:45 am Torah Study, 10:00 am Shabbat Service
Join Rabbi Gottlieb for an accessible Torah study session with bagels, coffee, interesting discussion and learning. Then be right on time for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Gottlieb. Kiddush and Oneg follow the services. All are welcome.
 
Erev Purim - Megillah Reading
Saturday, March 11 6:30 pm
Join in the fun at our annual Purim Shpiel and Megillah Reading.  This year we are "Off to See the Wizard", starring our rabbis, cantors and educators. Lots to eat and drink!!
 

6:30-7:00 Happy Hour (adult and kids bars and light snacks)

7:00 Purim Shpiel (rabbis in costume)

7:20 Havdalah

7:30 Megillah Reading (choose your own)

8:30 Dessert (hamentaschen) and closing

 

Purim Palooza @ BIJ
Sunday, March 12, 10:00am
What is it called if it’s not a carnival? A PALOOZA!! This year, when B3 students arrive at BIJ, they will each receive a Shushan Passport. The Passport will be their map to exploring the “Purim Mitzvot” (Mikra Megillah, Seudat Purim, Mishloach Manot and Matanot l’Evyonim). The fun starts at 10:00AM! !Sound like fun? Come join us!
 
Lunch & Learn, plus Sandwich Making (at B'nai Emunah - 46th and Taraval)
Thursday, March 16, 12:00pm
Designed for people with flexible schedules who would like to come to the synagogue for a bite, learn with the rabbis, and socialize. The learning sessions are led by Rabbis Gottlieb, Leon, Melamut and Mizrahi, and rotate among three locations (BIJ, B'nai Emunah and Ner Tamid). This month our teacher is Rabbi Katie Mizrahi. A light lunch is provided, followed by sandwich making at 1:30pm for the Hunger Relief Project
 
Third Friday -Friday Night Feasts
Friday, March 17, 6:30pm
Welcome the shabbat with tableside blessings, then enjoy a delicious free catered Shabbat feast sponsored by our Women of BIJ/Sisterhood. After the "birjat hamazon", the grace after meals, a special program will take place. All are welcome! Our guest speaker will be Quentin Kopp, a retired San Mateo County Superior Court judge. He served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for fifteen years and as California State Senator for twelve years. Judge Kopp has been a member of the BIJ Community for more than fifty years. At the Friday Night Feast on March 17, he will speak about how Jewish values have influenced his public career. RSVP http://bij.org/events-donations/registration.
 
Torah Study and Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, March 18
8:45 am Torah Study, 10:00 am Shabbat Service
Join Rabbi Gottlieb for an accessible Torah study session with bagels, coffee, interesting discussion and learning. Then be right on time for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Gottlieb. Kiddush and Oneg follow the services. All are welcome.
 
Women of BIJ/Sisterhood Clothing Swap
Sunday, March 19, 10:30 am
Please donate your gently used clothing that is in good condition. All clothing, men’s, women’s, and children’s, are wanted. You may also donate accessories such as hats, gloves, and scarves, as well as small kitchen and household items. You may donate until Friday, March 17th. Your entrance fee of $5.00 (at the door) gives you 5 tickets to trade for five items. More tickets may be purchased. For more information on how to donate, please contact Barbara Hammel at barbara2830@comcast.net
 
Basic Judaism
Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 pm
An introduction to Judaism course for anyone who wishes to learn more about Jewish belief and practice. This course is open to all, and will also serve as pre-requisite learning for adult Bar Mitzvah and conversion students. To register contact Rabbi Gottlieb at rabbigottlieb@bij.org
 
Shabbat at B'nai Emunah (46th and Taraval)
Friday, March 24, 7:30 pm
While Rabbi Gottlieb and Ricki are away, enjoy Shabbat evening services with our friends from Congregation B'nai Emunah, led by Rabbi Mark Melamut.  All are welcome.
 
Torah Study and Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, March 25
8:45 am Torah Study at BIJ, 10:00 am Shabbat Service at B'nai Emunah (46th and Taraval)
Our regular Torah study session will meet at BIJ, with bagels, coffee, interesting discussion and learning with a guest teacher sitting in for Rabbi Gottlieb. Then head over to B'nai Emunah for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Mark Melamut. Kiddush and Oneg follow the services. All are welcome.
 
Rosh Chodesh Women's Group
Wednesday, March 29, 7:00pm
The Women of BIJ celebrate the new moon each month with a special gathering in our Fireside Room led by Ricki Weintraub. We begin with a short ritual welcoming the new moon followed by discussion, activities and meditations that help us find ways to connect more deeply to Judaism, ourselves, our lives and each other. The sessions are open to all. So come and bring afriend!  Suggested donation is $5.00 per session. And, if you are able, please bring an item for the Food Bank and a nosh to share.
 
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Education
Sunday, March 26, 12:30pm
 
Sacred Hebrew Chant and Drum
Friday, March 31, 7:30pm  (Note: this is a 5th Friday)
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 evenng, 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!
 
COMING IN APRIL...(watch this space for details...)
Feminist Seder
Sunday, April 2, 6:00pm
 
 
Gabriel Koren Bar Mitzvah
Saturday, April 8 10:00 am
B3 Model Seder
Sunday April 9, 10:00 am
 
BIJ Community Seder
Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 pm
 
 
ON-GOING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS...
Craft & Schmooze
Sundays, 1:00-3:00pm
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.
 
Tikkun Olam
BIJ is part of the Southside Jewish Collaborative that makes sandwiches to help address widespread hunger insecurity in the Bay Area. Sandwich making activities usually follow Lunch & Learn on the third Thursday of the month. Additionally, on the last Sunday of each month we do Food Bank volunteering. We are proud to report helping feed 1000s of people.  As long as the need persists, we must continue our work. This year we joined with our Southside Jewish Collaborative partners to conduct a Day of Tikkun Olam. Please see the article published in the September 2016 J Weekly talking about our efforts. Please also see the article published July 30, 2015 in the J Weekly concerning our ongoing sandwich making effort.  If you are interested in helping others, click here to learn more about project opportunities. are eigible.
 
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)
 
Applications Being Accepted for Rabbi Herbert Morris Scholarships
March 6 Deadline
Applications for the Women of BIJ/Sisterhood Annual Rabbi Herbert Morris Scholarship are now being accepted for: High School, College and Continuing Education students. All children, grandchildren and adult members in good standing at BIJ are eligible. Please contact the office for an application or click High School, College or Continuing Education to download. Applications are due by March 6, 2017. Return applications to Diane Ehrlich c/o Women of BIJ/Sisterhood or at the BIJ office, Attention Diane. 
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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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