Parshat Tzav | Shabbat HaGadol

March 31-April 1, 2023 | 10 Nisan 5783



Our friend Adi Hepner is dealing with a diffidult pregnancy and the Hepner family needs help with Shabbat meals over the coming weeks. Please contribute to their meal train here.

BDJ Office

The BDJ office will be closed over Chol Hamoed Pesach. Chag Sameach!

Rechov Yeladim

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


Sell your Chametz: Click here to sell your chametz and donate to Maot Chittim. Deadline is Sunday April 2!

Pesach Resource Page: Click here for resources.

Pesach Zmanim: All times can be viewed here.

Seder Spots: Still working on Seder plans? We have hosts who would love to invite you! Send us an email with your name, a line about yourself, and which night's Seder you'd like to attend.

Lost & Found

Please take a look at the lost and found in the back of the Main Sanctuary and in the lobby. Any items not retrieved by April 1st will be donated.

SOVA Donations

Cleaning out your kitchen? Donate your chametz to SOVA food pantry. Donation bin available in the lobby.  

Save the Date!

Our next Congregational Meeting will be on May 10.


A Donation to the Shabbos Shuk has been made by Chana & Steve Wintner

A Donation to the L'Chaim fund has been made by Chana & Steve Wintner

Teen Minyan Kiddush is sponsored by Michele Harlow and the Ciment, Melmed and Fishman families in memory of Yale Harlow z”l on his 9th Yahrzeit

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by

Hetty & Gil Melmed in honor of Gil's siyum on Seder Zera’im/Masechet Berachot

The Kotler and Glass familes in honor of Ruth Lakan z'l and Ruth Aronowitz z'l yahrzeits and

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

This Shabbat

6:45 PM

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

6:45 start time throughout Spring and Summer

6:55 PM

Friday Night Candlelighting

8:45 AM

8:45 Minyan| Beit Midrash Post Davening Learning with Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg

9:00 AM

Rechov Yeladim | Ages 6 Months to 6th Grade

9:15 AM

Shacharit | Main Sanctuary

Teen Takeover! Our wonderful teens will take an active role in the Main Sanctuary Shabbat davening!

9:48 AM

Latest Time for Kriat Shema


Kiddush| Social Hall

20 minutes Post-Davening

Shiur B'Ivrit with David Nimmer | Beit Midrash

5:10 PM

Shabbat HaGadol Drasha | Main Sanctuary

In the Holes and the Crevices? Looking for Chametz in All the Wrong Places

Join Rav Yosef and the BDJ community in the hallowed tradition of the annual pre-Pesach Drasha designed to prepare us intellectually and spiritually for the upcoming celebration of Pesach.

5:10 PM

Rechov Yeladim Chametz Party | Rechov Yeladim

Join us for a Chametz Party followed by a fun Bedikat Chametz Scavenger Hunt! Light dinner will be served and feel free to bring some leftover nut-free, dairy-free chametz from your home if you would like. Parents, this program will run from the beginning of the Shabbat Hagadol drasha until the end of Mincha. For ages 2 y.o. to 5th grade. Register Here

6:20 PM

Mincha/Ma'ariv | Main Sanctuary

Seudah Shlishit | Social Hall

Everyone is invited to Seudah Shlishit sponsored by the Melmed Family, which will include a siyum by Gil on Seder Zera’im/Masechet Berachot. 

7:52 PM


Teen Takeover

Thank you to our amazing teens for taking an active role in Shabbat davening this week:

Davening: Noah Elad, Etan Lerner, Rami Melmed

Leining: Shaya Cohen, Ari Elad, Elisha Fishman, Rami Melmed, Max Messinger, Jack Metzger, Gaby Terech, Yonah Terech

Drasha: Aliza Katz

Additional Honors: Gideon Ciment, Ayala Katz, Sophie Katz, Etta Schlussel, Viv Schlussel, Shira Selick

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: Sunday - Tuesday Mincha/Ma'ariv will be at 7:05 PM. Wednesday Early Shacharit 6:45 AM in the Main Sanctuary followed by Siyum B'chorim with Sheldon Kasdan at 7:15 AM. Pesach begins Wednesday night April 5. See Pesach schedule here.

Weekly Torah Classes

Monday : Gemara Shiur with Rav Yosef | On hiatus. Will resume April 24

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

WednesdayShmuel Zoom Class with Rav Yosef | On hiatus. Will resume April 19

Deadline to Sell Chametz is Sunday April 2, 2023. Click here to complete your sale.

Wednesday, April 5

Erev Pesach

7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Community chametz burning at Key Street (Bet. Livonia & Robertson; South of Pickford - YULA Girls; North of Airdrome). Click here for info.

6:45 AM

Shacharit in the Main Sanctuary

7:15 AM

Siyum for First Borns with Sheldon Kasdan

10:48 AM

Latest Time to Eat Chametz

11:52 AM

Latest Time to Annul/Burn Chametz

Reminder to make an Eruv Tavshilin before Candlelighting

6:59 PM


Pesach 5783

Wednesday, April 5 – Thursday, April 13

Upcoming Events

Annual Seder Yom Hashoah

April 17

7:30 PM

The Seder Yom HaShoah, patterned on its Pesach namesake, is an experience that integrates the “telling of the story” with prayer, study, poetry, song, and even ritual foods to bring us face-to-face and heart-to heart with the tragedy and heroism of the Shoah years. Register Here

Shabbaton with Special Guest Rav Benny Lau

April 21-22

"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!

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

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

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!

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 and 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.

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

  • Click here to see information on Parking Restrictions Relaxation for LA during Pesach and Shavuot.

  • Anshe Emes Synagogue will be hosting a Community Chametz Burning at Key Street (Bet. Livonia & Robertson; South of Pickford - YULA Girls; North of Airdrome) on Wednesday, April 5 from 7:00 am to 11:00 am. Click here to see more info, volunteer, or donate.

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

  • Moshava Alevy wishes everyone a Chag Sameach! Read a special message from Rosh Mosh, Ari Bar-Shain here and see some fun Pesach jokes 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 * 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 and Pinchas Shmuel bat Nechama (Yechiel Goldberg's parents) * 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

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