Parshat Tetzaveh | Parshat Zachor

March 3-4, 2023 | 11 Adar 5783


Mazal Tov!

Mazal Tov to Leon Cohen and to parents Yossi and Miriam Shaye on the birth of a baby boy!

Shiur B'Ivrit

We are excited to announce the return of Shiur B'Ivrit! This Hebrew Dvar Torah on the weekly parsha will take place about once a month 15 minutes after the end of Shabbat davening. Gil Melmed will be teaching the next class, happening in the Beit Midrash this Shabbat. See you there!


Purim is happening next week! See the schedule and all info here. If you are in need of an in-home Megillah Reading, please contact Gabe Wintner. Matanot L'Evyonim donations can be made here. The deadline for mishloach manot has passed.

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!

BDJ Gala

It was so nice seeing so many of you on Sunday night! If you weren't able to join us, you can view a copy of our virtual journal here.

Rechov Yeladim

View our March newsletter here! See what our kids have been up to and all the exciting events planned for this week.


A donation to the Kiddush Fund has been made by Jenny & Billie Gelb in honor of the yahrzeit of Jenny's parents, Hymie Abramson z”l and Janie Abramson z”l.

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by:

Joan Presby & Larry Adler in memory of Joan's mother, Susan Kodish z'l

Debra & Albie Cohen in memory of Nandor Markovic z'l

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

This Shabbat

5:33 PM

Friday Night Candlelighting

5:35 PM

Mincha/Ma'ariv | Beit Midrash (this Shabbat only) Note change in location

8:45 AM

8:45 Minyan | Beit Midrash Post Davening Learning with Dr. David Myers, Jewish History Professor at UCLA

9:00 AM

Rechov Yeladim | Ages 6 Months to 6th Grade

9:11 AM

Latest Time for Kriat Shema

9:15 AM

Shacharit | Main Sanctuary

Parshat Zachor approximately 10:30 AM (see important note below)

Drasha | Malka Popper

9:30 AM

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


Kiddush| Social Hall

20 minutes 


Shiur B'Ivrit with Gil Melmed | Beit Midrash


Rechov Yeladim's Purim Palooza | Social Hall

Purim fun and food for ages 6 months to 6th grade

5:10 PM

Mincha/Ma'ariv | Sanctuary

Seudah Shlishit | Beit Midrash

Nothing But the Pshat | Alec Schramm

6:30 PM


Parshat Zachor

A reminder that we have an important mitzvah to fulfill this Shabbat morning, to hear the reading of Parshat Zachor which contains the command to always remember the deeds of Amalek. Although the nation of Amalek long ago ceased to exist, the crime for which Amalek is known, that of coldly taking advantage of the vulnerability of the defenseless and the vulnerable, remains as present as ever. Parshat Zachor is always read on the Shabbat before Purim (the connection is to Haman) and will be read at approximately 10:30 AM in the Main Sanctuary.

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 5:40 PM this week (except Purim). Monday (Ta'anit Esther): Fast begins: 5:04 AM, Shacharit: 6:30 AM, Mincha: 5:30 PM, Megilla Reading and Ma'ariv: 6:20 PM, Fast ends: 6:22 PM. Tuesday (Purim): see schedule here. Weds-Fri: Regular Shacharit.

Weekly Torah Classes

All weekly classes are on hiatus this week and will resume next week

Intergenerational Mishloach Manot

March 5

10:00-11:00 AM

Join us Sunday morning March 5th to make mishloach manot! This special mishloach manot will be creatively decorated, assembled and delivered by kids to the older members of the shul. Kids of all ages are welcome to join (parents are required to stay). The families are responsible for delivering the mishloach manot decorated and packed by their kids. Register Here.

Upcoming Events

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.

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

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 Sue 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

Artists 4 Israel prevents the spread of anti-Israel bigotry through art and helps communities and people affected by terrorism and hate. We will work with two avant-garde artists in underrepresented art forms like graffiti and street art as we put 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 10 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. Space is limited to 50 rooms. Register Here

Community Announcements

  • Purim Sameach! Wishing you and your family the most joyous day from 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 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.
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 Peshawar 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)

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