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

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 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.
                                                                                                                                           
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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 the office or Lynne Rappaport at lynnerappa@aol.com

THIS WEEK....
 
THIS IS HUNGER--AN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE ON WHEELS
Tuesday, Jan. 16 - Saturday, Jan. 20, times vary, @ the Brandeis School on Brotherhood Way
Inspired by Jewish values and ideals, MAZON is a Jewish national advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. MAZON’s interactive touring bus is coming to the Bay Area in January. This vehicle is a museum with a free 45-minute presentation (30 guests in each timed entry) that illuminates the profound prevalence of hunger in the USA.  An excellent educational tool for adults and children, this is the only stop in San Francisco.  See thisishunger.org for more details.
 
 
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Meets every Wednesday afternoon on an ongoing basis
 

BIJ Book Club
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 7:00 pm, offsite

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.

Rosh Chodesh Women's Group & Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class TuB'Shevat Seder

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 7:00 pm -- All are welcome to join in a special celebration of Tu B'Shvat, or Jewish Arbor Day.  We will eat from the Seven Species including wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates (honey).  We will also welcome the month of Shevat.

 
Lunch & Learn adult education, plus sandwich making, at BIJ
Thursday, Jan. 18, 12:00 pm/1:30 pm
Designed for people with flexible schedules who would like to come to the synagogue for a bite, learn with the rabbis, and socialize.  Rabbi Mark Melamut of B'nai Emunah leads the discussion today. A light lunch is provided, followed by sandwich making for our hunger relief project at 1:30 pm.  In its sixth year, the program rotates among the three locations of the Southside Jewish Collaborative temples and their respective rabbis.  
 
Shabbat in the 'Hood -- offsite
Friday, Jan. 19, 7:30 pm, private home in Park Merced, San Francisco 
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.
 
Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service
Saturday, Jan. 20, 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.
 
 
NEXT WEEK...
 
 Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Meets every Wednesday afternoon on an ongoing basis
 
Adult Hebrew Class
Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:30 pm 
 This is an intermediate Hebrew course meeting bi-weekly, where we are working on improving reading skills, developing the building blocks of Hebrew grammar and increasing our vocabulary.  $10/session.  Contact Ricki Weintraub for more information at ricki.weintraub@att.net
 
Friday Night Feast (service, dinner, special program)
Friday, Jan. 26, 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.  Professor Rachel Gross of San Francisco State University speaks on "Looking for Judaism in New Places: Contemporary American Jewish Practice." She is the John and Marcia Goldman Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies and is working on a book examining the religious nature of contemporary nostalgic representations of American Jewish immigration history.  RSVP at  www.bij.org/events-donations/registration
 
Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service
Saturday, Jan. 27, 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.
 
Shabbat Shira (the Shabbat of Song) Concert
Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:30 pm
The second annual Shabbat Shira concert, honoring the memory of Cantor David Morgenstern z"l and Cantor Henry Greenberg z"l, will feature the Monterey Bay-based award-winning singers/songwriters Alisa Fineman and Kimball Hurd in "Poems, Prayers, and Love Songs."  Fineman is cantorial soloist at Congregation Beth Israel in Carmel, CA.  Wine and cheese reception 6:30 pm.  Tickets are $10 in advance, online at www.bij.org/events-donations/registration.  Tickets at the door are $15 general admission/$10 seniors.
 
SF/Marin Food Bank, 900 Pennsylvania Ave. SF
Sunday, Jan. 28, 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.  
 
 
Sisterhood/Women of BIJ -- Offsite Potluck Brunch in private home in San Francisco 
Sunday, Jan. 28, 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.
 
 
Note: New Friday Night Erev Shabbat Service schedule (started in November):
1st Friday -  Shabbat Shelanu, family-friendly potluck dinner and service at either BIJ or B'nai Emunah
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, dinner and program with special guest speaker
 
 
SAVE THE DATE!
 
Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) Day at BIJ
Sunday, Feb. 4, 12 pm to 3 pm
Help out at several different stations supporting various programs.  Prepare lunch sacks for the homeless, make "No Nos" to immobilize elbows after pediatric surgery (for Cleft Palate Surgeons in Guatemala), collect donations of used warm winter clothing in good condition for St. Anthony's and new socks for Martin de Porres House of Hospitality, as well as used books for Friends of the SF Public Library.  Help refugees resettling in the Bay Area, sponsored by JFCS East Bay, by donating new/looks like new kitchen and bedding items such as: dish sets, drinking glass sets, silverware sets, cups, bowls, mixing bowls, cooking utensils, cap openers, cutting knives, cutting boards, cooking pans, toasters, sheets sets (twin and queen), and blankets.  Please, no used items that do not look like they’re almost completely new.  Families welcome.
 
Sharsheret Worldwide Pink Day
Wednesday, Feb. 7
Sharsheret is a national nonprofit that supports young Jewish women with breast cancer.  Pink Day is an opportunity to honor, recognize, or celebrate a special person in your life and raise awareness about breast cancer and cancer genetics.  sharsheret.org/sharsheret-pink-day/
 
Incredible Edibles
Saturday evening, Feb. 10, 6:30 pm
Sisterhood--The Women of BIJ presents its annual dinner party celebrating cuisine from different parts of the world.  This year it's South Africa.  The evening begins with a short Havdallah service at 6:30.  Bring an apron, dish towel, and a sharp knife if you plan to help cook (optional).  $36 per person, including dinner and drinks.  RSVP by February 1 to Natalie at natymortiz@yahoo.com or 706.627.4147.
 
An Afternoon with Jeff Kositsky
Sunday, April 29, time TBA, at B'nai Emunah, 46th & Taraval
The Southside Jewish Collaborative Tikkun Olam Committee sponsors a meeting with Jeff Kositsky, director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing in San Francisco.  Learn how the City is facing the growing numbers of people who are homeless.
 
ONGOING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS...

BIJ Book Club

Wednesday evenings, offsite

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 Dinner; 7:15 pm Family Service
Join us as we celebrate Shabbat, eat together and highlight the learning of our students.  Location is either BIJ or 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. Potluck (Non-dairy or vegetarian). RSVP to http://bij.org/events-donations/registration
 
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.

 
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