Parshat Mishpatim

Shabbat Mevarchim | Parshat Shekalim

February 17 - 18, 2023 | 27 Shevat 5783


Deadline to register is this Sunday!


As a follow up to today's earlier email, we have wanted to share that LAPD has said they are stepping up patrols in Pico Robertson starting today and continuing through the weekend. And while there is no known threat to the community, out of an abundance of caution, we will also have an increased guard presence over Shabbat.

President's Weekend

Happy President's Weekend! Rav Yosef will be away from Friday to Tuesday. For urgent needs, he can be reached at


Please welcome Talia Elefant, who in addition to being a new member, is also going to be serving as our interim program director until the summer. She can be reached at or 310-276-9269.  

Board Announcement

The Nominating Committee is seeking members who wish to serve on the 2023-24 Board of Directors. 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 Barbara Wettstein, the Nominating Committee Chair by February 17.


Click Here for Purim Central!

If any women or teen girls are interested in reading a chapter of Megillat Esther this year they should be in touch with Sari Abrams.

Help needed! Seeking volunteers to help deliver Mishloach Manot! Click Here to sign up.


Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by the Schwimer and Diako Families in honor of the yahrzeit of Harold Schwimer z'l

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

This Shabbat

5:21 PM

Friday Night Candlelighting

5:20 PM

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

8:45 AM

8:45 Minyan | Beit Midrash Post Davening Learning with Benji Nachimson

9:00 AM

Rechov Yeladim | Ages 6 Months to 6th Grade

9:15 AM

Shacharit | Main Sanctuary

Drasha | Rabbi Aaron Lerner

9:21 AM

Latest Time for Kriat Shema

9:30 AM

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


Kiddush| Social Hall

5:05 PM

Mincha/Ma'ariv | Sanctuary

Seudah Shlishit | Beit Midrash

Nothing But the Pshat | Rav Ari Schwarzberg

6:18 PM


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 5:25 PM this week. Shacharit 8:00 AM Monday (President's Day), 6:30 AM Tuesday and Wednesday (Rosh Chodesh).

Weekly Torah Classes

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

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

Wednesday: Shmuel Zoom Class with Rav Yosef | Shmuel Aleph|

12:00 – 12:30 PM | Meeting ID: 848 006 895 Passcode: 867811

Blood Drive

February 19

10 AM - 4 PM

Save lives and discover your blood type - Please give blood! To make your life-saving appointment, please visit and enter sponsor code: BDJ Blood donors will receive a $10 Amazon gift card by e-mail!

Upcoming Events

Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

Shabbat Feb. 24/25

Torat Chayyim, February 25 | "Who decides what’s normal? Historical and Halachic perspectives on the construction of normalcy"

Join Hetty Harlow Melmed and Rav Yosef for a Special Edition Torat Chayyim in recognition of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion Month (JDAIM). In addition to the historical and Halachik perspectives, you'll also hear about what BDJ seems to be "getting right" in terms of inclusion, and what our next areas of growth can be as we strive to be more inclusive of disabled individuals and their families in our shul.

BDJ Gala Weekend Membership Mash Up

Shabbat Feb. 24/25

Our annual gala is all about celebrating and building community. Let's start on Shabbat by getting to know some new people! Sign up to host or be hosted for Friday night dinner or Shabbat lunch, and we'll make the match. If you've joined in the last few years please be sure to sign up -- we've got some catching up to do!

Mincha East

Shabbat Feb. 25

5:05 pm

Join us for Mincha, Seudah Shlishit & Learning, and Maariv! Graciously hosted by Tzviah and David Mayman, 1133 S Point View St. To help the Maymans prepare, please rsvp to

Rechov Yeladim's Purim Palooza

March 4

5-6:30 PM

Register now! Purim Games, hamentaschen decorating, dinner, costume contest, raffle and more! Register Here.

Scholar R. Ysoscher Katz

March 10-11

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

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.

Community Announcements
  • More info next week!
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)

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