Adult Education

2019 BIJ’s Jewish Heritage Tour of Cuba
Led by Rabbi Danny Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub

March 6 – 14, 2019


  • Visits to Cuban Jewish communities
  • Tours of interesting suburbs, provinces, tourist sites, Cuban art studios, and galleries
  • Shabbat dinner with a Jewish community
  • English speaking guide throughout


  • Overnight at Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel, Miami, including free shuttle bus between airport and hotel
  • Roundtrip flight from Miami to Havana and from Veradero to Miami on American Airlines
  • Transfers to/from airport and hotel in Cuba
  • 4 Star Hotels throughout, including porterage
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Daily buffet breakfast; 3 lunches and 6 dinners, including the the Shabbat dinner with a Jewish community, and water on the bus
  • And much, much more!


14 – 19 paying participants:  $3,550/person, based on double occupancy.  Single supplement: $550

20 – 25 paying participants: $3226/person, based on double occupancy.  Single supplement: $550

For more information, contact Rabbi Gottlieb at 415.586.8833 ext 22 or via email at

Torah Study Group
Shabbat Mornings, 8:45 AM

Join us for our Torah Study Group every Shabbat morning before services. We study a relevant portion of the Torah associated with the week‘s Parashah. (And you‘ll be just in time for Shabbat services at 10:00 am!) All are welcome to attend, discuss and learn!

Leading BIJ’s Torah Study Group, Rabbi Gottllieb provides spiritual insights of the Torah portion influenced in part by his work with the Institute.

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. Led by Rabbi Katie Mizrahi, this is a flexible work-in-progress, welcoming suggestions and open to evolving.

Adult Hebrew Class
Every other Thursday,  6:30 -7:30 pm

Our Adult Hebrew course works on improving reading skills, developing the building blocks of Hebrew grammar, and increasing our vocabulary.  $10/session. Contact Ricki Weintraub for more information:

RabbisGolden Thursdays:  Lunch & Learn
With Rabbi Gottlieb, Rabbi Frydman, Rabbi Leon, and Rabbi Mizrahi
3rd Thursday of the month, 12:00-1:00pm
This program is designed for people who are retired or have flexible work schedules and would like to come to the synagogue for a bite, learning with the Rabbis, and some socializing with other BIJ members and members of the Southside Jewish Collaborative (BIJ, B’nai Emunah, Ner Tamid and Or Shalom). The Lunch and Learn sessions will be led by Rabbis Gottlieb, Frydman, Leon and Mizrahi and will rotate between BIJ, B’nai Emunah, and Ner Tamid shuls. A light lunch will be provided. Please call the Temple office at 415-586-8833 to register or for more information.

Learn to Lead a Shabbat Service

Rabbi Gottlieb is looking for members who are interested in learning how to lead the Shabbat morining prayers, to assist him on Shabbat mornings and lead the service on occasion when he is away. The learning will be in a small group or private tutorial setting, depending on the number of students. A reading knowledge of Hebrew and familiarity with the morning service is required. Please let Rabbi Gottlieb know if you are interested, by email to

Learn the Torah Tropes!

Has it been a while (years?) since you last read from the Torah? Perhaps you never learned to read the Torah but would like to do so? Would you like to occasionally read the Torah publicly on Shabbat mornings? What about being able to leyn an aliyah when your child is having their Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Are you interested in strengthening your Hebrew understanding and fluency? If so, then consider joining our upcoming adult Torah trope class. Although the starting date is yet to be determined, please let the BIJ office know of your interest.