Parshat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim

April 28-29, 2023 | 8 Iyyar 5783

23rd Day of the Omer


Lost and Found

If you are missing a Megillat Esther scroll in a wooden case, please contact the BDJ office by emailing

BDJ Retreat

Shabbat Shalom to our members who will participating in the BDJ Retreat at the Dovid Oved Retreat Center this weekend!

All of BDJ's regular Minyanim WILL be happening here at the mother ship as well!

Thank you to all of our incredible retreat volunteers: Sari Abrams, Sari Ciment, Debra Cohen, Etan Cohen, Noam Drazin, Julie Fax, Lane Igoudin, Evvy Mankowitz, Jordan Lurie, Vivian Lurie, David Nimmer, Alec Schramm, and Howie Wettstein. Extra special thank you to Mark Rosenbaum for spearheading this event!

L'Chaim! Celebrate Israel @ 75!

May 9

6:00 PM

Register Today! Our culminating event which will feature an Israeli Dinner, professionally-led communal singing of Israeli favorites, an Israeli Lounge with Wine-Tasting (a YP-focused event) and Youth programming. BDJ Members free, Non-members cost: Adults - $15, Children (ages 4-11) - $8, Children (0-3) - Free. L'hitraot! We can't wait to see you there! Registration is required. Register Here. Deadline is Tuesday, May 2.


A contribution to the Kiddush Fund has been made by Taryn Ariel

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by

Kotler and Glass familes in honor of Millicent Intrator z'l yahrzeit

Andrea & Michael Feldman in honor of Michael's father Clark Feldman z'l yahrzeit

Rena Asher Remer & Yona Remer in honor of Rena's father Steven Asher, z'l yahrzeit

Sponsor a Kiddush or Seudah Shlishit! Visit here for more information.

This Shabbat

6:45 PM

Mincha/Ma'ariv | Abrams-Kanefsky Backyard (1537 Durango)

7:16 PM

Friday Night Candlelighting

8:45 AM

8:45 Minyan | Beit Midrash | Post-Davening Learning with Rabbi Abraham Lieberman

9:00 AM

Rechov Yeladim | Ages 6 Months to 6th Grade

9:15 AM

Shacharit | Main Sanctuary 

Drasha | Rabbi Aaron Finkelstein

After Torah Reading

Teen Minyan | Projection Room | For grades 7th -12th

Start in the Main Sanctuary, then move up to the Projection Room after Torah Reading

9:28 AM

Latest Time for Kriat Shema


Kiddush | Social Hall

4:30 PM

Seder Nashim | Green Flags/Red Flags: Navigating Relationships | Rena Katrikh's home (1637 S. Bedford St.)

7:05 PM

Mincha/Ma'ariv | Main Sanctuary

Seudah Shlishit | Beit Midrash

Nothing But the Pshat | Stevie Green

8:16 PM


Seder Nashim This Shabbat

Green Flags / Red Flags: Navigating Relationships

What are the signs that it is time to commit? How do you know when it is time to leave? From young adults juggling hook-up culture and external marriage expectations to people later in life weighing when enough is enough or what is actually best for the kids, let’s talk about indicators of healthy relationships, relationships that can be adjusted, and relationships that are no longer working. And how do we support our friends, children, and others as they face these life altering decisions?

Seder Nashim is B'nai David-Judea's women-only discussion series, that focuses on topics that touch us as Modern Orthodox women. All adult women are welcome. Events will be held at private homes in the community.

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/Ma'ariv will be at 7:25 PM. Regular Shacharit.

Weekly Torah Classes

Monday : Gemara Shiur with Rav Yosef | 7:30 - 9:00 PM | Beit Midrash

TuesdayMidrash Group | Bamidbar Rabbah | 7:45 – 8:45 AM | Beit Midrash

WednesdayShmuel Zoom Class with Rav Yosef | Shmuel Aleph | 12:00 – 12:30 PM | Meeting ID: 848 006 895 Passcode: 867811

Upcoming Events

Tot Shabbat

May 6

5 - 6:30 PM

Our next Tot Shabbat is on Shabbat afternoon, May 6. This program is aimed at families with children under 5. Tot Shabbat will start with free play time (5 pm), followed by a fun circle time with Morah Jenna, and a delicious dairy/pareve Seudah Shlishit meal! Meet new people, make new friends, and get to know other young families from shul all while eating delicious food. Cost: $15 per Adult; Children under age 5 are free; $5 for older siblings. Register Here. Deadline is May 1.


May 6

7:10 PM

Our 5th – 7th graders are invited to take active participatory roles in the main minyan Mincha. Please sign your child up for one of these roles HERE.

Tikkun Olam Lunch

May 7

11:30 AM

Calling BDJers of all ages to volunteer and join the fun. We need our usual team of volunteers to set up, welcome our guests and distribute the lunches and other gifts.  Can you join us? If you can, contact Ellen Wintner

L'Chaim! Celebrate Israel @ 75!

May 9

6:00 PM

Our culminating event which will feature an Israeli Dinner, professionally-led communal singing of Israeli favorites, an Israeli Lounge with Wine-Tasting (a YP-focused event) and Youth programming. Members free, Non-members cost: Adults - $15, Children (ages 4-11) - $8, Children (0-3) - Free. L'hitraot! We can't wait to see you there! Registration is required.

Register Here. Deadline is Tuesday, May 2.

Steve Lowenstein Book Publication

May 10

7:00 PM (Israel)

9:00 AM (LA)

A discussion on Steve Lowenstein's posthumous publication with Dr. Irene Aue Ben David, Prof. Uzi Rebhun, Prof. David N. Myers, Prof. Sergio Della Pergola, Prof. Shulamit Magnus, and Prof. Shmuel Feiner. This program is at the Leo Baeck Institute in Jerusalem or on Zoom. The evening will be held in Hebrew and English. Simultaneous translation will be possible on Zoom webinar. Register Here. 

Annual Congregational Meeting

May 10

6:30 PM

Save the Date!

Shirat Chana

May 13

9:15 AM

Women and girls are invited to join us at a Shirat Chana Women's Tefillah service on Shabbat morning, May 13. There is no bat mitzvah, no holiday - just an opportunity for us all to gather in the beit midrash for tefillah, torah, camaraderie and some learning. This is a full Shabbat morning davening with lots of opportunities for participation! Thank you to our wonderful volunteers for filling the available roles. Learning following tefillah will be led by Rachel Olshin. If you are commemorating or celebrating an occasion and would like to have an aliya l'Torah, please let Sari Abrams know. Contact Sari Abrams at for questions.

Mincha East

May 13

4:30 PM

Mincha East | Mincha, Seudah Shlishit & Learning, Graciously hosted by Tzviah and David Mayman, 1133 S. Point View St. To help the Maymans prepare, please RSVP to

Please note earlier time and that Ma’ariv will not be said.

Jewish Los Angeles Historical Tour

May 21

10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (exact timing TBA)

Join our adventure to Explore Jewish East LA!

Following up on the BDJ Boomer event with David Kipen learning about Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights, we have arranged for a tour of Boyle Heights, the Breed Street Shul, and Libros Schmibros. Tour will be led by Stephen Sass of the Jewish Historical Society (JHS) of LA. We plan to use public transportation for this adventure. Tour begins at Union Station. It would be great to take the Expo Line together to get there. Stay tuned for more details. Contact Susan Fink or Abby Yasgur for questions.

Cost: $25 (includes a Bibi’s box lunch and a donation to the JHS) Register Here.

The Beach Boys and Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl

July 2

7:30 PM

What's Happening @BDJ: We're going to the Hollywood Bowl! Come join us to see the Beach Boys and a fireworks spectacular on July 2nd. Adults - $35, Children under 12 - $25. Seat cushions are included. Parking is not covered in the cost and carpools are recommended. We will have our own Picnic area prior to the show (BYOFood). Seating is limited so please sign up soon. For more information, contact

Register Here. Deadline is May 1st.

Community Announcements

  • LA Mikvah: Everyone is invited to participate in the LA Mikvah capital fundraising campaign at See more info here.

  • Ezra Network: If you’re dealing with challenges – like caring for an elderly parent or a teen in trouble or facing economic hardship – you can get help with financial assistance and government program eligibility, access to one-on-one sessions with a social worker, legal counselor or job counselor, as well as referrals for other services, and information about upcoming workshops. It’s all there for you – private & free. Click here for more info.

  • JWRCLA: All women are invited to the JWRC's upcoming Rodgers & Hammerstein Concert Celebration on June 1 and June 4 at 7:30 PM at The Museum of Tolerance - Peltz Theater. The following women from the BDJ community will be performing: Dahlia Carr, Mina Hoffman, Margy Horowitz, Nili Isenberg, Jessica Kurzban, Michaly Lahat, Joy Resmovits, Amy Ritz, Michelle Stone, Nili Zack, and Reyna Zack. The concert will feature some of their greatest songs from Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King & I, Carousel, and The Sound of Music. Tickets are $36, with reserved seats for $100. See the flyer for all the info or visit

  • A Message from our LAPD Senior Lead Officer Chris Baker: With the summer around the corner, I also wanted to inform you about my Vacation Check Program. This program has been designed to provide you with peace of mind while you are away from your home on vacation or business travel. The Vacation Check Program is a free service that I offer to all residents within my basic car area. During the period that you are away from your home, our officers will periodically check your property to ensure that everything is secure and there are no signs of criminal activity. I will also check to make sure that your doors and windows are properly secured and that there are no signs of forced entry. To participate in the Vacation Check Program, all you need to do is send me an email with information about the dates that you will be away from your home, as well as any contact information that we may need to reach you in case of an emergency. Once I have received your information, I will add your property to the watch list and will begin conducting periodic checks.

  • The LA Jewish Community Children’s Choir and The Michelle Green Willner Singers join together for a Multi-Generational Event, “Come Together.” Accompanied by a terrific jazz trio, we’ll jive and swoon, showcase a premiere, shmooze and delight in refreshments all under the beautiful blue skies! Join us on Sunday May 21st 7pm at the Westside JCC. View more info here. Pre-registration here.

  • Sharsheret: The Sharsheret West Coast Dash is Back! Join the BDJ Dashers team for the 2nd Annual 5K/10K/Family Fun Race and Event Festival. It will take place on Sunday, September 10, 2023 at Dockweiler Beach. All ages, abilities and strollers are welcome. Sari Abrams is being honored as one of the Grand Marshals this year. To sign up to participate and/or donate please go to:

  • BDJ co-sponsors: Film preview and a discussion on hate, Antisemitism, and allyship. Monday, May 1st at 6:30pm at Directors Guild Theater, 7920 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. "Repairing The World: Stories From The Tree of Life" Film Screening. Join Mayor Karen Bass, Congress Members Adam Schiff and Sydney Kalmager-Dove, Rabbi Sharon Brous and Film Director Patrice O’Neill for a discussion following the film. RSVP is required. Register here.
Misheberach List

Bella Rivka bat Rosa (Aharon Shimoni's sister) * Shulamit bat Ruchel Sheina (Selma Framson) * Michael ben Malka (Max Wozniak) * Tziporah bat Tova (Mrs. Sassover) * Chava bat Helen (Eva Magid) * Masha Hinda bat Malke Roisa * Tova Chaya bat Leah Malkah * Saureet bat Yehudit (Saureet Hayill) * Nechama Bracha Bat Yechiela * Moshe ben Shoshana (Martine Porter Zasada's uncle) * Yehezkel ben Kaila (Fred Toczek's 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) * Miriam Yosefet bat Leah Malka (Tobi Inlender's sister) * Laurie Higashi * Shoshana Raizel bat Chaya (friend of Miriam Katz) * Bracha Merel bat Rivka (Bernice Epstein) * Lev Binyamin ben Masha Libba * Sarah Freida bat Raizel (Rachel Olshin's mom) * Illana bat Elke (Heather Thau's mother) * 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 * Chaya Rachel Bat Carmi Adina (Hallie Schiff) * Sarah Yaffa bat Elka Tzivia * Aaron Ben Mai * Nechemya Ben Gittel (father of Carly Mann) * Eran Yakov ben Sara (Sara Naor's father) * Aliza Sara bat Miriam Chaya* Rachel Chana bat Rivka (Rochelle Frimmer, Debi Pomerantz's Aunt) * Ariella Rivka bat Tzippora * Tova bat Pesche (Tiffany Miller's mother) * Boaz Hepner’s friends - Chava leah bat Shprintze Bluma, Chaya Esther bat Shprintze Bluma, Avrahom Elijah ben Sara Miriam*Aharon Ben Rosa (Aharon Shimoni) * Marnina Danielle bat Yehudit Rifka * Yitzchak Dov Ben Devorah * Shoshanna bat Shulamit (Susan Handman) * Chana bat Avigayil * Michal Aviva Bat Yehudit (Na'amit Nagel's sister) * Ada bat Tzila (Batsheva Kasden's mother) * Nechama bat Miriam v’Asher Zelig * Shmuel Nachum ben Elianna Sarah (JJ Helperin's friend) * Dovid Ben Rena Sheva (Margy Horowitz's brother) * Sharona Tova bat Chanah (Lisa and Jeremy Kolieb’s sister in law) * Devorah bat Raizel v'Eliezer (Deb Brandt-Sarif) * Yehudit Devorah bat Esther (Suzy Wozniack) * Adina Yael Bat Dalia * Alexandra Rachel Bat Shoshana * Sorah Mindel bat Shulamit * Gavriel Yuval ben Miriam (Scott Sobel) * Channa Rachael Bat Esther Malka (Rachael Wernick) * Yekusiel Chaim ben Dobrish and Pesha bas Buntza Freyda (Joanne Helperin’s parents) * Tzivia Friedel bat Zlata Sima * Bracha Chana bat Miriam (Arielle Gereboff's mother) * Chana bat Shifra (Yechiel Goldberg's mother) * Esther Bat Chana (Dan Schechter's mother) * Brina bat Vered (Cindy Steinschriber's friend) * Shimon ben Fredka (Steve Steinschriber) * Avraham Yosef ben Channa Ita (Townsley family friend) * Chana Rivka bat Shera * Yehuda Aharon Ben Miriam 

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