Parshat Pekudei
March 4-5, 2022 | 2 Adar II 5782
Support for Ukraine: A Letter From Rav Yosef
All of us are walking through our days with a heavy heart as the disaster in Ukraine plays out. We identify with the Ukrainians who have fled to safety, often having left family members back home, and are now facing an indefinite future as refugees... keep reading.
Masking Update:
Face masks are no longer required indoors for those fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible). We do ask you to bring your proof of vaccination with you. Anyone not fully vaccinated will be required to wear a well-fitting mask. We understand that many people will choose to wear masks; we will have masks available and encourage you to do what is most comfortable.
Our dear friend Orli Low broke her wrist and the Feuer/Low family will need help with meals over the coming weeks. Please contribute to their meal train here.
Purim Reminder:
Mishloach Manot submission deadline is 3/7.
Delivery Volunteers Needed! Click here to sign up.
Rabbanit Alissa's Farewell Kiddush is Sponsored by:
  • Sari Abrams & Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky - With appreciation for Rabbanit Alissa’s numerous and impactful contributions to BDJ.
  • Adynna, Mike, Eliana & Gavi Swarz in honor of Rabbanit Alissa's innovative and caring leadership for our community.
  • Rabbanit Alissa, Akiva, Ella, and Judy with gratitude and love for the BDJ family. Thank you for your love and friendship! We will miss you.
  • Aaron Finkelstein & Julie Sugar in honor and appreciation of Rabbanit Alissa.         
  • Abigail Yasgur & Joseph Lipner to celebrate Rabbanit Allisa.
  • Billie & Jenny Gelb in honor of Rabbanit Alissa.
  • Brenda & Harold Walt in honor of Rabbanit Alisa and family.  
  • Cindy & David Abrookin - Thank you to Rabbanit Alissa for her guidance, Torah teaching, and friendship.  
  • Damast/Sklar Family with best wishes the Rabbanit Alissa and her family on the next steps in their journey.
  • Daniella Plutchok & Aaron Gordon in honor of Rabbanit Alissa!       
  • David Kaplinsky - May Rabbanit Aliza go from strength to strength, in spirit and Torah!
  • Marcia & David Nimmer - For everything you have done for us!
  • David, Tzviah, Lylah, Raphael, Yael Mayman - Thank you so much Rabbanit Alissa for your amazing leadership and guidance!
  • Eli Shavalian in honor of Rabbanit Alissa and how much she's changed my life.   
  • Esther & Sorel Lainer in honor of Rabbanit Alissa.
  • Esther Macner & Chaim Plotzker - We honor and will miss Rabbanit Alissa.
  • Gabe & Ellen Wintner in appreciation of Rabbanit Alissa.
  • Jakubovitz Fletcher Family - B’hatzlacha!
  • Jennifer, Jeremy and Emmett Davidson - in honor of RATN's loving heart, openness, and exciting future.
  • Julie & Alex Fax in honor of Rabbanit Alissa's compassion, wisdom, and commitment to Torah.
  • Kochava DiBiase in honor of Rabbinit Alissa and the light, love, and Torah she shares with every soul she encounters.
  • Lane Igoudin in honor of Rabbanit Alissa's Matan Torah journeys.
  • Margy, Jeremy, Rowan & Nathan Horowitz - Thank you for everything you've done for our community!
  • Marvin Epstein - Thank you Rabbanit Alissa for your support and value to both myself and mom.
  • Mashbaum Family in honor of Rabbanit Alissa and the light she has brought to our community.
  • Max and Suzy Wozniak in honor of Rabbanit Alissa.
  • Melissa & Noah Nathan in honor of Rabbanit Alissa for her leadership and devotion to Torah and community.
  • Metal-Ash Family in honor of Rabbanit Alissa, with so much appreciation and gratitude.
  • Michaly Lahat in honor of Rabbanit Alissa for support, loving kindness, and making me feel loved and at home.
  • Nelson Family in honor of Rabbanit Alissa.
  • Paige Diako and Steve Schwimer in Honor of Rabbanit Alissa!
  • Rabbi Mel and Dr. Annette Gottlieb in honor of Rabannit Alissa’s transformative and inspiring work over these past years.
  • Rachel Grose, David Waghalter, Miriam, Netanel, Penina & Eliana in honor of all the special things Rabbanit Alissa brought to our family.
  • Saureet Hayill & Ira Salper - With gratitude to Rabbanit Alissa for her teaching and sensitive leadership.          
  • Shimoni & Framson Families - With love and best wishes for the future.
  • Susan & Larry Handman - Thank you for your years of service, Alissa and best of success in the future.
  • Talya & David Stein & Family with immense hakarat hatov to Rabbanit Alissa for all that she has done for our community.
  • Terech family - Thank you Rabbanit Alissa!!!!!
  • Terri Barach in honor of the Rabbanit.
  • The Feldman Family - The joy and healing you bring the community is beautifully infectious.
  • The Schwarzberg Family - Thank you, Rabbanit, we're all for the better because of you!
  • The Selick Family in honor of Rabbanit Alissa and everything she has done for our community. We love you!
  • The Wainberg Family in honor of Rabbanit Alissa.
  • Tzvi Wolf in honor of Rabbanit Alissa who helped build this wonderful community.
  • Vinson Charlap Family in honor of Rabbanit Alissa and family.
  • Wernick Fammily in honor of the Rabbanit.
  • Yechiel Shalom Goldberg in honor of Rabbanit Alissa with sadness at her departure and wishes of hatzlacha.
  • Zev, Claire, and Dov Hurwitz in honor of the Torah, devotion, and integrity Rabbanit Alissa has brought to the shul.
  • Abe Rosenberg
  • Carina & Jonathan Miller
  • Catherine & Eric Schneider
  • Dakar Family 
  • Dina Hellerstein & Joshua Metzger
  • Elly Kramer Posner & Reuben Posner
  • Eric, Hendel & Daniel Schwartz
  • Evvy & David Mankowitz    
  • Farrah Noah & Jeremy Daniel
  • Felsenthal-Wesfield-Lipczer Families
  • Gail Katz & Mayer Bick
  • Hana & Bob Wexler   
  • Jeff & Reyna Zack       
  • Jeff & Shari Fishman    
  • Jordan & Mina Rush  
  • Jordan & Vivian Lurie 
  • Krantz Family
  • Laurel & Alec Schramm
  • Mark & Mindy Treitel
  • Marnin & Alison Weinreb & Family
  • Michele Harlow
  • Miriam, Kinneret, Aviva & Calanit Katz        
  • Na'amit & Zev Nagel  
  • Rachel Lesin & David Kasirer 
  • Rena Selya Cohen
  • Shani Rotkovitz
  • Shira Berman
  • The Melmed Family  
  • Tobi Inlender 
  • Toczek Family
  • Vicki & Duke Helfand 
Seudah Shlishit is Sponsored by:

  • The Glass and Kotler families in honor of the yarzheit of Francis Mendlowitz z"l.
Come Work With Us!
BDJ Board of Directors: The Board Nomination Committee is seeking members who wish to serve on next year’s Board of Directors (starting in June). Anyone who is a member for 12 months or more and in good standing shall be eligible for consideration. If you are interested in serving or want to nominate a fellow member, please contact Catherine Schneider, board nomination committee chair
BDJ is Hiring! We have a number of positions opening up shortly and would appreciate any referrals (full job descriptions posted soon). Interested/Questions? Contact Adynna.
  • Membership Engagement / Communications Manager
  • Rechov Yeladim Director
  • Temp Office Assistant
Reminder: Special Farewell Kiddush In Honor of Rabbanit Alissa
If you require an accommodation in order to participate in Shabbat services with BDJ please contact We welcome and support children, teens, and adults with disabilities, mental health conditions, and their families and caregivers. Please reach out if you have any questions and/or would like to request an accommodation.
This Week
Weekday Minyanim: Mincha/Maariv will be at 5:40 PM this week.
Monday, March 7th | 7:30 PM | BDJ Beit Midrash
Gemara Shiur w/ Rav Yosef; A weekly (Every Monday!) text based talmud class. Zoom option!
BDJ full Purim schedule/offerings can be found here.

Mishloach Manot
  • Members: Please check your email from BDJ entitled "Order Mishloach Manot!" to order Mishloah Manot. The deadline for submitting online is 3/7.
  • Delivery Volunteers Needed: If you are able to deliver packages between March 13-17, please click here.

Matanot L'evyonim
  • Everyone may fulfill the mitzvah of matanot l'evyonim here.

Purim Halacha How-Tos
  • Please view all of the Purim Halacha How-Tos here.

March 12th, Shabbat Morning | 9:15 AM | BDJ

March 12, Shabbat Afternoon | 4:45pm- 6:36pm | BDJ

March 13, Sunday Morning | 9:30-11am | Trencher's Backyard 
In Case You Missed It
  • Rabbanit Alissa's 825 Minyan Vayakhel/Ukraine/Purim 2022 Drasha: Click Here

  • A Heart of Many Rooms: Session IV: "A Nuanced Zionism & How it Can Save North American Zionism" with Professor Dov Waxman: Click Here.
Around the Community
Secure Community Network (SCN) is hosting a Situational Awareness Training 3/21 @ 7PM on Zoom and our BDJ community is encouraged to join. Register Here.

929 invites you to read Tanakh with new eyes: one chapter a day, every day, in sequence. Interested in joining/starting a BDJ group? Contact Hana Wexler
310 9910252. Info on the cycle here.
New JFS Special Needs Parents Support Group. Multiple dates 3/9-3/20. Register here.

Jewish Teen Initiative Gender, Sexuality, & Suicide Prevention Parent Workshop. Mar. 24 Details/Register.

JWRC's production of Something's Rotten BY women FOR women (March 24, 27 & 28) featuring our very own BDJ members! Get Tickets Here.
Misheberach List
Esther bat Devorah Bella (Mayer Schames' mother) * Emanuel ben Hinda (Mr. Sassover) * Bella Rivka bat Rosa (Aharon Shimoni's sister) * Shulamit bat Ruchel Sheina (Selma Framson) * Michael ben Malka (Max Wozniak) * Chaya bat Bela (Mayer Bick's mother) * Tziporah bat Tova (Mrs. Sassover) * Chava bat Helen (Eva Magid) * Masha Hinda bat Malke Roisa * Tova Chaya bat Leah Malkah * Hersh Yaakov ben Chaya Leah (David Stein's father) * Saureet bat Yehudit (Saureet Hayill) * Nechama Bracha Bat Yechiela * Moshe ben Shoshana (Martine Porter Zasada's uncle) * Yehezkel ben Kaila (Fred Toczek's father) * Mordechai David ben Margalit (Zev Hurwitz' father) * Sarah Golda bat Fradyl (Rav Yosef's mother) * Shlomo haCohen ben Rachel * Shalom David Ben Feigel (father of Boaz Hepner's friend) * Yair ben Bella Rivka (Sheryl Shimoni's nephew) * Esther bat Liba (Jill Lefferman's mother) * G'dalyah Reuven ben Bracha (Gary Linder) * Miriam Yosefet bat Leah Malka (Tobi Inlender's sister) * Masha Libi bat Shulamit (Sheryl Shimoni's sister) * Laurie Higashi * Shoshana Raizel bat Chaya (friend of Miriam Katz) * Leah Rivka bat Ada * Shulamit bat Miriam * Yoseph Ben Gittel Pessel * Bracha Merel bat Rivka (Bernice Epstein) * Baruch ben Sara (Rabbanit Alissa's father) * Ida bat Raya * Lev Binyamin ben Masha Libba * Rivka Chanah bat Tziporah (Ariella Moss' mother) * James Schnellbacher (Debra Smith’s grandfather) * Zechariah Ben HaRav veHeChazan Tehillah (R. Alissa's brother) * Yitzchak Shlomo ben Mirel Devorah (Chaim Plotzker’s son) * Leah Chaya bat Basha * Wolf Isaac ben Nediva * Sarah Freida bat Raizel (Rachel Olshin's mom) * Illana bat Elke (Heather Thau's mother) * Gilad Tal (Julie Sugar's cousin) * Baila Malka bat Ada Etti (Ze'ev Korn's mother) * Farah bat Mozelle Tobe (Brenda Robin's mother) * HaRavYitzchak ben Tobeh (Audrey Kraus' father) * Avraham Chaim ben Rivka * Susan Bercovici (Daughter-In-Law of Rica Bercovici) * Sarah Yaffa bat Elka Tzivia * Aaron Ben Mai * Nechemya Ben Gittel (father of Carly Mann) * Aliza Talia Sarah bat Dina Rachel (Rachel Lesin Kasirer's friend) * Tzvia bat Yona * Gila bat Shoshie (mother of Michaly Lahat) * Avtalyon Zerachyah Ben Miriam Bracha (Avi Goldberg) * Eran Yakov ben Sara (Sara Naor's father) * Aliza Sara bat Miriam Chaya * Reuven Menachem HaCohen ben Chaya Golda (Zane Anthony Mendelson) * Rachel Chana bat Rivka (Rochelle Frimmer, Debi Pomerantz's Aunt) * Daniella Leah bat Zeeva * David Aharon Yizchak Ben Micha’el HaCohen (David Stein) * Miriam Aliza bat Shifrah Chana * Ariella Rivka bat Tzippora * Ronen ben Yehudit * Chaya Rachel Bat Carmi Adina (Hallie Schiff) * Boaz Yaakov Ben Leah Rivkah (Boaz Hepner) * Moshe ben Mildred (Jeff Feuer's Stepfather).