Weekly News & Updates
July 15, 2021 - 6 Av 5781
Indeed, Adonai your God has blessed you in all your undertakings. God has watched over your wanderings through this great wilderness; Adonai your God has been with you these past forty years: you have lacked nothing.

Deuteronomy 2:7

On Saturday evening, we will observe the holiday of Tisha B’Av, the 9th of Av, a solemn moment in our Jewish calendar. Tisha B’Av is a day dedicated to remembering and lamenting destruction, first of the Temple in Jerusalem, followed by other moments in our history of violence, pain and loss. This day can be difficult for a number of reasons, but it is also a reminder of our survival, our ability to find our way through the most treacherous events. I hope you will join Cantor Juval and me on Zoom (hopefully our last zoom-only service) as we explore our feelings around Tisha B’Av, as we think of our past as a people, but also the laments, the struggles, the difficulties we have faced in our time. Let it be an evening of memory and sorrow followed by renewed strength and a vibrant hope for our future.
Rabbi Jillian Cameron
Upcoming Services & Events
Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, July 16, 7:30 PM

Join us for Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Jillian Cameron and Cantor Juval Porat to joyfully welcome Shabbat through soulful song, prayer, creative teachings and communal connection.

Leading up to our first official in-person Shabbat Service (July 30th), we prepare ourselves with a series of "soft-opening" in-person services reserved for BCC lay leaders. Our services continue to be accessible remotely on our website and on our BCC Facebook page. You are also welcome to continue joining us on Zoom. Click here to register for the watch party to enjoy services with friends and family. We use our own prayerbook which you can download here.

Everyone is welcome to join us via the options listed above. We look forward to share Shabbat with you!
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Saturday, July 17, 10 AM

BCC's Monthly Shabbat Morning Minyan continues in a most nontraditional way—by Zoom. All BCC members and friends are invited to join in this service, which features rousing melodies, Torah reading, and uplifting prayers for healing and consolation in a warm, welcoming setting.
Tisha B'av - Laments of our Time
Saturday, July 17, 7 PM

Please join Rabbi Jillian and Cantor Juval for a night of chanting the scroll of Eicha (Lamentations), studying, sharing and making space for the challenges and possibilities of our time.
Weekly Torah Study
Tuesdays, 7 - 9 PM

Join BCC's Rabbi Jillian Cameron every Tuesday 7 pm - 9 pm on Zoom as we explore the week's Torah portion through thoughtful discussion and conversation.

All are welcome; friends, familiar faces, and new ones. No prior experience needed!

Click the Register button below to register. Closed captions are available.
BCC Life Transitions Group
Every First and Third Wednesday,
7 PM

The goal of the BCC Life Transitions Group is to enhance participants' spiritual and emotional growth. It deals with issues in areas of concern such as relationships, careers, economics, social life, family, health, and bereavement. We meet every first and third Wednesday of the month. This support group is facilitated by Shirley Hirschberg, Social Worker. Upcoming dates: 7/21, 8/4.
Trans Havurah Hangout
Saturday, July 24, 1 PM

BCC's trans havurah invites you to join our July hangout. We welcome people who are trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, GNC, intersex, and allies. Join us to catch up and schmooze!
Books and Bagels Group
Sunday, July 25, 10 AM

Join fellow BCC book lovers for the Book Group meeting on Zoom. This group meets once a month (typically the last Sunday) to discuss Jewish fiction or non-fiction book selections, sometimes with LGBT content. Space is limited. Please contact Larry Nathenson for the Zoom link at larrynath@aol.com.

The book for this month is Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story of a Forgotten War, by Matti Friedman. This is a memoir about Israeli soldiers in the 1990s, fighting against the militia Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon.
Playground Sundays RETURN
Sunday, July 25, 10:30 AM

The BCC playground is open! Playground Sundays resume on the fourth Sunday of each month. On July 25, the playground will be open from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm for all BCC members and their families. Come and be outdoors with your BCC buddies, whom you may not have seen for over a year. Share stories and smiles, laugh and be gay! Contact Donna Quigley Groman to RSVP!
Save the Date!
Ruach Chayim Shabbat Service
Friday, July 30, 8 PM

The time has finally arrived! After 16 months of joining together remotely, we are overjoyed to invite you to come back home! Our first of many in-person services will be on July 30th at 8:00 pm. Join us for a very special Ruach Chayim Shabbat filled with soulful and moving music and spoken word to celebrate our return to our beloved space and continue to celebrate BCC's 50th year together!

Please only join us in person if you have been fully vaccinated. We are welcoming only BCC members and those in their households in person for now. We require everyone who joins us in person to register using THIS FORM by Wednesday evening, July 28th. For safety reasons, we are not able to welcome walk-ins at this time.
As summer unfolds the High Holidays draw nearer. Each year, around this time, we recite the prayer, asking for our days to be “renewed as before” and this year, as we come together for in-person services, “before” holds a special meaning for me and perhaps for you too. Our High Holiday services will take place at BCC this year and will be both available for in-person, as well as friends joining us remotely.

I hope you consider joining me in lifting up the spirits of our congregation with song and music.

While we do not ask for proof of vaccination, for the safety of us all, I ask that you skip this year’s rehearsal cycle if you’re not vaccinated or if you’re experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms.
Upcoming rehearsal dates - all on Thursday at 7pm - 9pm:

July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5, August 26, September 2

If you are interested in taking part, please reach out to Cantor Juval Porat at juval@bcc-la.org.
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