Parshat Ki Tisa | Parshat Parah

March 10-11, 2023 | 18 Adar 5783



to Lisa Bellows Ablin (Jason Ablin) on the passing of her father Rabbi Shael Bellows z'l

Seder Spots

Pesach is right around the corner! We're creating an open list of members who would like a spot at a Seder. Members who are hosting Seders can invite people from the list. To get on the list, send us an email at with your name, contact info, a couple sentences about yourself, and which night/s you would like to be hosted. The list will be circulated to the whole congregation, so no need to contact us if you want to host.

Israel at 75!

Israel is celebrating her 75th birthday this year and BDJ is celebrating right along with her! See our exciting lineup of events and register here!

We would like to express Hakarat HaTov to everyone who made our Purim celebration possible!

  • To our megillah readers – Alec Schramm, Alex Fax, Sara Smith, Jordan Lurie
  • To our BDJ Purim Players – Sari Abrams, Rena Selya Cohen, Mina Hoffman, Rav Yosef, Hannah Keene, Louis Keene, Michaly Lahat, Joey Lipner, Rachel Lerner and the “Ratzim”!
  • To Albie Cohen for organizing Operation PB&J.
  • To our Shirat Chana megillah readers – Rae Drazin, Vivian Hecht, Ayala Katz, Gail Katz, Joelle Keene, Jordana Lebowitz, Rachel Lerner, Rachel Olshin, and Keshet Schramm and to Sari Abrams for organizing.
  • And to Alec Schramm for organizing our teen megillah reading, with readers Ari Elad, Noah Elad, Etan Lerner, Zane Mendelson, and Benny Smith
  • To Chaim Tureff, Ellen Wintner, and David Nimmer for organizing our Tikkun Olam Purim Seudah and to our 8th grade friends at Pressman Academy for donating Mishloach Manot and volunteering their time.
  • To Noah Nathan for organizing our YP Megillah Reading & Seudah, to Daniel Bain, Penina Biro, Zev Hurwitz and Mendel Weintraub for helping with setup and cleanup and to Jamie Garelick for hosting. Thank you to megillah readers: Daniel Bain, Sim Borodach, Stevie Green, Jeremy Halpern, Louis Keene, Noah Nathan, Ariel Stein, Emil Stern, and David Quintas.
  • To our mishoach manot deliverers – Deb & Theo Brandt-Sarif, Lena Ciment, Sari & Jason Ciment, Jacqueline & Yigal Dakar, Paige Diako, Julie & Alex Fax, Danielle & Gary Feigenbaum, Shana & Mordechai Fishman, Ruthie Glass & Leor Hackel, Claire & Zev Hurwitz, Josh Kahn, Sari Abrams & Rav Yosef Kanefsky, Joanna Kasirer & Joshua Kaplan, Rena & Mark Katrikh, Miriam Katz, Rachel & Aaron Lerner, Robert & Sylvia Lowe, Evvy & David Mankowitz, Talya & David Stein, Cindy Steinschriber, Rena Asher & Yona Remer, Eliana Wainberg, Eitan & JJ Wernick, and Ellen & Gabriel Wintner.
  • Last, but certainly not least, to the Ciment family for creating and putting together our BDJ Mishloach Manot packages from A to Z!


Kiddush is sponsored by Gila & Rabbi David Block, Jennifer & Yaron Elad, Orli Low & Jeffrey Feuer, Shari & Jeff Fishman, Shana & Mordechai Fishman, and Julie Higashi & Robin Shaw to celebrate Joelle Keene's tremendous success, impact and national recognition for her work and guidance of our high schoolers at the Shalhevet Boiling Point.

Teen Minyan Kiddush is sponsored by Deena & Dan Messinger

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by Tzvi Wolf in honor of the yahrzeit of Janet Wolf z'l

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

This Shabbat

5:39 PM

Friday Night Candlelighting

5:40 PM

Mincha/Ma'ariv | Abrams-Kanefsky Backyard (1537 Durango) Will be indoors if it is raining

8:15 PM

Scholar in Residence Oneg with guest scholar Rabbi Ysoscher Katz - "What Does a Nice and Happy Satmer Boy Do at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and Why Is He Causing So Much (Good) Trouble?" Rabbi Katz's Personal Journey from Ultra-Chassidish to Modern Chassidut | Home of Brenda and Harold Walt (9332 Airdrome St)

8:45 AM

8:45 Minyan | Beit Midrash Post Davening Learning with Rabbi David Block, Head of School at Shalhevet High School

9:00 AM

Rechov Yeladim | Ages 6 Months to 6th Grade

9:06 AM

Latest Time for Kriat Shema

9:15 AM

Shacharit | Main Sanctuary

9:30 AM

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

Coffee Club| Front Office | Teen girls


Kiddush| Social Hall

20 minutes 


Shiur with guest scholar Rabbi Ysoscher Katz - "Me’dor Le’dor - When Our Children Stop Being Observant: Halakha, Hashkafah and Best Practices"  | Beit Midrash (Rechov Yeladim will be extended to 12:15 pm)

5:00 PM

Note: Earlier time

Mincha/Ma'ariv | Sanctuary

Seudah Shlishit | Social Hall

Seudah Shlishit Shiur | Rabbi Ysoscher Katz

"When Our Current Theology Does Not Suffice: Are Modern Observant Jews Due for a New Theology that Accounts for our Devotion to Torah Alongside Our Commitment to Modern Values?"

6:36 PM


This Shabbaton is lovingly sponsored by Brenda and Harold Walt in memory of Brenda’s parents Cynthia “Toeks” Plax and Jack Plax z”l.

Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Ysoscher Katz is the Chair of the Talmud department at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and the past Senior Rabbi of the Prospect Heights Shul in Brooklyn. He has composed responsa on vital contemporary halakhic issues and writes extensively about Jewish society for Forward, The Jerusalem Post, Makor Rishon, and The Times of Israel. He studied at Satmar, Brisk, and Beit Yosef Navaradok yeshivot and is a graduate of the HaSha'ar educators fellowship program. 

Thank you to our organizing committee: Susan Fink, Joanne Helperin, Tobi Inlender, Jeff Rabin, and Abigail Yasgur.

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

Daylight Saving Time Begins Weekday Minyanim: Mincha/Ma'ariv will be at 6:45 PM this week. Regular Shacharit. Friday night davening will shift to its fixed 6:45 Summer time starting in one week.

Weekly Torah Classes

Monday : Gemara Shiur with Rav Yosef | Tenth Chapter of Pesachim | 7:30 – 9:00 PM | Beit Midrash On hiatus this week

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

Sassover Beit Midrash Dedication

March 12

1:00 - 2:30 PM

We invite you to participate in a uniquely significant BDJ event, as the Sassover family generously rededicates our Beit Midrash in memory of our beloved Mr. Emil Sassover z”l, who anchored the Beit Midrash for so many years. We will share memories and tributes as we memorialize Mr. Sassover in this incredibly befitting way, and at the same time mark his first yahrzeit. Please RSVP here and record a tribute video here.

Discourse on Democracy in Classical Zionist Thought with Dr. David Myers

March 13

7:30 - 9:00 PM

How central was democracy to the various Zionist parties that founded the State of Israel? Join us as Dr. Myers explores the differences in their ideologies, and the question as to whether the word “democracy” should or shouldn’t have appeared in the Declaration of Independence.

RSVPs Encouraged Register Here. If you are unable to attend in person, you can view the livestream here

Upcoming Events

Seder Nashim

March 18

4:30 PM

Come Together: Communal Connections Post-Social Distancing

Our community thrives on connectivity, but COVID's enforced separation fractured and altered the way we live our lives and celebrate our Judaism. How do we consciously and meaningfully reconnect while still accommodating a broad range of comfort levels? What do we hold onto and what do we let go of? How do we address the excitement, fear, joy, and anxiety of this moment? What coping skills – healthy or unhealthy – have brought us through this time? In our first post-pandemic Seder Nashim, let's discuss how we as women are coming back together and what this means for all of us. This event will take place at Susan Fink's home, 1487 S. Crest Drive. See all the events in our exciting lineup here!

BDJ Paints Israel Murals with Artists 4 Israel

March 19

2:30 - 6:00 PM

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the modern State of Israel evokes many feelings, including love, pride, inspiration, religious fulfillment. What is speaking to you at this 75 year benchmark? What are the feelings that this historic event inspires in you? How would you express those feelings in art? Join us for a special day of creative expression as we work with two avant-garde artists from Artists 4 Israel as they guide us in getting our feelings onto canvas. Ages 12+

Event is limited to 50 participants Register Here

The Jewish State Through the Eyes of Her Poets

March 22

7:30 PM

Location TBD

History books, newspapers, and journals propose to tell us the story of what happens. Poets describe what happens inside the body and the soul. In this “literary salon,” we will see Israel’s evolution through new lenses as we read and discuss a selection of pre- and post- state poems. Join this exploration into the heart and soul of what happened as expressed by some of the Israel’s most sensitive, thoughtful, and evocative writers.

Deadline to register is March 15 Register Here

BDJ Retreat

April 28-30

WE ARE GOING TO CAMP!!! BDJ is having a retreat at the Dovid Oved Retreat Center located in Running Springs, California over the weekend of April 28 through 30, 2023. We invite everyone to come enjoy a special Shabbat of davening, food, learning and more in the San Bernardino mountains. Pricing is on the registration site. This event is for BDJ members only. Space is limited to 50 rooms. Register Here

Community Announcements

  • RENEWAL,, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting people suffering from various forms of kidney disease. It is a multi-faceted proactive team that is dedicated to saving lives through kidney donation. RENEWAL will be having an important informational event this Saturday night at 9:30 PM at Young Israel of Century City. Doors open at 9:00. There is no charge for the event.
  • Moshava Alevy: Some spots still open for Summer 2023 - apply today at 
  • Pedal for Pink: Sharsheret LA is spinning into a year of fitness! Join us on Sunday, March 26, 12:30 p.m. for a fun spin class at CycleBar Culver City and learn about Sharsheret's upcoming 2nd Annual West Coast Dash 10K | 5K | Family Fun Race happening on Sunday, September 10th. Sign up here. Questions? Contact Mark Rothman.
  • Israeli Folk dancing at St. Alban's in Westwood, 580 Hilgard Ave (Enter North Door next to UCLA Hillel). Tuesdays Circles 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. RSVP required to
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) * 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) * 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 * 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 * * Rella Miriam bat Ella (Sabrina Gillespie's mother)* 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) * Ze’ev Menachem ben Chava Bracha (Zev Hurwitz) * 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) * Shaul ben Chana Leah * 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) * Yaacov ben Goldie * Yekusiel Chaim ben Dobrish and Pesha bas Buntza Freyda (Joanne Helperin’s parents) * Pinchas ben Miriam (Hal Schloss and Marian Merritt’s father) * Tzivia Friedel bat Zlata Sima * Batya bat Sarah (Lenny Schloss' friend) * Bracha Chana bat Miriam (Arielle Gereboff's mother) * Chana bat Shifra and Pinchas Shmuel bat Nechama (Yechiel Goldberg's parents) * Esther Bat Chana and Lev Ben Israel (Dan Schechter's parents)

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