Parshat Tazria-Metzora| Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

Yom Ha'atzmaut Shabbat

April 21-22, 2023 | 1 Iyyar 5783


Israel @ 75

Please join us this Shabbat for our big celebration, with Scholar-in-Residence Rav Benny Lau! We look forward to our Yom Ha'atzmaut Breakfast on April 26 and our wonderful L'Chaim program on May 9. See all details below.

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude and Hakarat Hatov to the Israel Committee for putting together some incredible events to celebrate Israel at 75! Thank you to: Daniel Bain, Jeff Fishman, Tobi Inlender, Batsheva Kasdan, Jill Linder, Zev Nagel, David Nimmer, Amitai Raziel, and Mina Rush


Yom Ha'atzmaut Shabbaton is sponsored by our generous Israel at 75 sponsors:

Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, Jennifer & Yaron Elad, Shana & Mordechai Fishman, Shari & Jeff Fishman, Michele Harlow, Vicki & Duke Helfand, Sari Abrams & Rav Yosef Kanefsky, Batsheva & Sheldon Kasdan, Hetty & Gil Melmed, Na'amit & Zev Nagel, Rosie & Mark Rosenbaum, Susan & Fred Toczek, Cara Grossman-Wainberg & Zev Wainberg, and Rachael & JJ Wernick

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by Rose Wolfe in memory of her father Salomon Katz, z"l

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

This Shabbat

Celebrate Israel's 75th Yom Ha'atzmaut!

Shabbaton with Special Guest Rav Benny Lau

"Our Responsibility, Our Future" - Through his unique voice as a leading Religious Zionist rabbi, thinker, author, and historian, Rav Lau will frame Israel’s present chapter in terms of classical Jewish thought and history. Special Shabbat morning davening, ruach, and Kiddush!

6:45 PM

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

7:11 PM

Friday Night Candlelighting

9:00 AM

Rechov Yeladim | Ages 6 Months to 6th Grade

Extended care until 12:30 PM (see Shiur B'Ivrit for details)

9:00 AM

Note early start time

Shacharit | Main Sanctuary | All Minyanim Join Together

Tefilla L'Shlom Hamedina with our BDJ a capella group:

Noah Blumofe, Dahlia Carr, Yechiel Goldberg, Joel Herman, Margy Horowitz, Nili Isenberg, Jessica Kurzban, Debra Maslansky, Michai Mazar, Nuri Miller, Joy Resmovits, Michelle Stone, and Reyna Zack


Drasha | Rav Benny Lau

9:30 AM

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

9:32 AM

Latest Time for Kriat Shema


Yom Ha'atzmaut Israeli Kiddush! | Social Hall

15 min. Post-Davening

Special Shiur B'Ivrit with Rabbanit Noa Lau | Beit Midrash

Rechov Yeladim will have extended care with our own kiddush. Kids under elementary age will not be brought downstairs. Please pick your children up upstairs this week.

5:00 PM

Afternoon Shiur with Rav Lau | Shiur graciously hosted by the Weinreb family at 1735 S. Canfield Ave. | Childcare graciously hosted by the Adatto family at 1751 S. Canfield Ave.

Please bring a Tanach with you to the shiur

"We Were As Dreamers": The movement from dream to reality in the days of the original "Return to Zion," and in our day

Rav Benny will share insights about Modern Zionism and contemporary Israel drawn from his most recent book, "Shivat Tzion", in which he examines the stories of Zerubavel, the last of the Prophets, and Ezra and Nechemiah as they faced the challenges of "Returning to Zion."

6:50 PM

Mincha/Ma'ariv | Main Sanctuary

Seudah Shlishit | Social Hall

Seudah Shlishit with Rav Lau | "The Challenges of The Present Moment in Israeli Society"

YouthMincha: 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.

8:10 PM


Rabbi Dr. Benny Lau is one of the most well-known and charismatic figures in Israeli society today. Rabbi Lau served as the senior rabbi of the Ramban Synagogue in Jerusalem for many years, and continues to be an advocate for modernizing the Israeli rabbinate. He has been a pioneer in encouraging progress in many areas of Jewish life, including women’s participation, marriage, and conversion.


A noted author, he has published scores of books and research articles on Jewish philosophy, Halakhah and society, and the connection between classical Jewish sources and contemporary social and political realities.


Currently, Rav Benny leads the team behind ‘929’, an Israeli social initiative aimed at creating discourse amongst all sectors of society based on the revival and relevance of the 929 chapters of the Tanach. 

Rabbanit Noa Lau is a Yoetzet Halacha and the Moshe and Charlotte Green Chair of Jewish Law at Nishmat, where she coordinates Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Yoatzot Halacha Training Program. She has a Master’s degree in Tanach from Bar Ilan University and taught for many years at the Pelech School in Jerusalem.

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 7:20 PM. Yom Ha'Atzmaut Early Shacharit 6:45 AM on Wednesday 4/26.

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

Bnei Akiva LA Tekes Maavar

April 25

6:30 PM

Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles will be hosting their annual Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut Tekes Maavar, with Tefillah Chagigit and Chagigah led by Simcha Leiner on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at YULA Boys Division-Nagel Family Campus. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Mincha in Beit Midrash at 6:15 p.m., Tekes Maavar begins at 6:30 p.m. More info here or at

Yom Ha'atzmaut!

April 26

6:45 AM

Join us for a lively Shacharit including Hallel and a celebratory breakfast after davening. RSVPs appreciated Register Here

Yossi Klein Halevi Yom Ha'atzmaut Lecture

April 26

6:00 PM

BDJ is proud to co-sponsor with the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies: On April 26, 2023 (Israel Independence Day - Yom Haatzmaut), UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies will be hosting Yossi Klein Halevi to present the Inaugural Younes Nazarian Memorial LectureHalevi will speak on “Israel at 75: A Crisis of Identity”. The public talk will be in-person at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center at 6:00 p.m. with a reception preceding the talk at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome. See more info here. Seats are filling fast, so 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. Deadline is April 23.

Upcoming Events

Seder Nashim

April 29

4:30 PM

Rena Katrikh's home

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? See all the events in our exciting lineup here!

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.

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. Adults - $15, Children (ages 4-11) - $8, Children (0-3) - Free. L'hitraot! We can't wait to see you there!

Register Here. Deadline is Tuesday, May 2.

Annual Congregational Meeting

May 10

6:30 PM

Save the Date!

Shirat Chana

May 13

9:1 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. There are lots of opportunities for participation and we hope each of you will consider taking something on! To sign up to read torah, lead tefillah, or some other role please click here. 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.

  • The Village by Cornerstone: This Friday, on April 21, there will be a groundbreaking for a much anticipated, and unique addition to our community, a 64-unit, six-story, mixed use independent living apartment building at the corner of Pico and Glenville for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our members, Hendel and Eric Schwartz, are among the founders of the recently formed non-profit, Cornerstone Housing for Adults with Disabilities, that is developing the project. For more information, contact Hendel Schwartz or see
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 * 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) * 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) * 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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