Parshat Vaera

Shabbat Mevarchim

January 20 - 21, 2023 | 28 Tevet 5783


Mazel Tov:

to Reyna and Jeffrey Zack on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Charlie! Mazal tov also to older sister Nili.

to proud grandparents Hana and Bob Wexler and to new parents Elisheva Wexler and Carter Young on the birth of a baby boy!

to Cindy Steinschriber and Steven Steinschriber on the engagement of their son, Yoni to Shani Shahmoon! Mazel tov to Yoni's sister, Liora.

Meal Train:

for Alexis Hershfield and Matt Rosenbaum Here

for Michal Scharlin and Michai Mazar Here

Welcome New Members:

Welcome to Kerin & Jonathan Nash and their 3 children Nathan, Benjamin & Aaron 

Tomchei Shabbat: Drivers Needed

Each week volunteers from BDJ pick up pre-made boxes from Tomchei Shabbat that allow the recipients and their families to have a proper Shabbat, which they otherwise would not be able to do. Please join our team! Seeking extra drivers/families/teams. Our volunteers drive up to the Tomchei Shabbos warehouse (Pico and Robertson). The boxes are then placed in your car and you are given a list with 3-4 stops to unload and leave packages at recipients' doors. This is done each Thursday night (6:20-6:30) and you would have a rotation every 2-3 months. The whole thing takes less than an hour and it allows us to be a part of making someone else's Shabbat enjoyable and Kadosh. Please reach out to: Vivian Lurie if you would like to help.


Kiddush in the Social Hall is sponsored by the Zack Family in honor of Charlie's Bat Mitzvah

Young Professional Kiddush is sponsored by: Sara Smith, Ariel Stein, Dov Hurwitz,

Rachel Friedmann & Tzvi Wolf

Seudah Slishit is sponsored by the Harlow, Ciment, Melmed and Fishman families in loving memory of our Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather, William Bernstein z'l

and by Jerry Rabin in loving memory of his wife, Barbara Rabin z'l

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

This Shabbat

4:55 PM

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

4:54 PM

Friday Night Candlelighting

9:00 AM
Rechov Yeladim | Ages 6 Months to 6th Grade
9:15 AM

Shacharit | Main Sanctuary

9:30 AM

Latest Time for Kriat Shema

9:30 AM

Young Professionals Minyan | Beit Midrash

9:30 AM

Teen Minyan | Projection Room - For grades 7 - 12

Coffee Club for Teen Girls in the Front Office


Kiddush| Social Hall

4:30 PM

Note: Earlier time

Mincha/Ma'ariv | Sanctuary

Seudah Shlishit | Beit Midrash

Nothing But the Pshat | Julie Fax

Introducing 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.

5:53 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 5:00 PM this week. 6:30 AM Early Shacharit Monday, 1/23 for Rosh Chodesh

Weekly Torah Classes

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

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

Wednesday: Shmuel Zoom Class with Rav Yosef | Shmuel Aleph, Chapter 8 | 12:00 – 12:30 PM | Meeting ID: 848 006 895 Passcode: 867811

Upcoming Events

Tot Shabbat

January 27

Come join BDJ families with children under 5. Tot Shabbat will start with a sing-along Kabbalat Shabbat (5 pm) and then a kid-friendly, early Shabbat dinner (6 pm). Meet new people, make new friends, and get to know other young families from shul all while eating delicious food.

Dinner cost: $25 per Adult; Children under age 5 are free; $10 for older siblings. Vegetarian option available. RSVP HERE by TOMORROW January 20, 2023

PORAT Zoom Event

January 29

4 PM

“Welcoming Everyone to Shul: Why We Should Ensure Our Shuls Embrace LGBTQ+ Jews.” Join Rav Yosef, Jeremy Borison and many other speakers for an interactive discussion of why every Orthodox Jew should work to ensure that their shul acknowledges its LGBTQ+ members and includes them in ritual participation opportunities and even leadership roles. Register here.

Tu B'Shvat Family Nature Outing

February 5

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Get ready to celebrate the birthday of the trees with us! We will meet at the Franklin Canyon Sooky Goldman Nature Center. Activities include a nature scavenger hunt, an easy hike, planting and a Tu B'Shvat tasting party. Register here.

Israel Conversation

February 5

7:30 PM

Join us for Speaking from Our Souls, Listening From Our Hearts, a BDJ family conversation about Religious Zionism, Orthodox Judaism and Medinat Yisrael. Members only. Please RSVP here.

Boomer Event

February 11

7:45 PM

Join writer and Los Angeles cultural historian, David Kipen, for an event exploring the relationship between the Jews and their neighbors and the Libros Schmibros Lending Library in Boyle Heights. Event includes Havdalah, presentation, Q&A and refreshments. RSVP here.

Location: private residence in Century City (ample guest parking)

Blood Drive

February 19

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!

Community Announcements
  • We are getting ready for MOSH CHOREF! Stay tuned for more details on this awesome winter shabbaton at camp! Shabbat Shalom from Moshava Alevy! @MoshavaAlevy
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) * G'dalyah Reuven ben Bracha (Gary Linder) * 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 * Miriam bat Zisa (Jill Linder's friend) * 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

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