Parshat Vayechi

January 6-7, 2023 | 14 Tevet 5783


Mazel Tov

to Rachael and JJ Wernick on the marriage of their son Ariel to Zahava Seidman this weekend. Mazel tov also to siblings Eitan & Rebecca.

Thank you

to the What's Happening Committee for organizing this week's community Shabbat dinner and new Kiddush Kibbitzing.

Rechov Yeladim

Click here to see January's Newsletter!

Donor Receipts

Donor receipts will be emailed to you in the next couple of weeks. Please make sure to check your spam folder if you haven’t received anything by January 31st


A Donation has been made to the kiddush fund in honor of Susan Fink & Robert Smith's 40th anniversary, from all of their children, children-in-law, and grandchildren.

Teen Minyan kiddush is sponsored by Michele Harlow in honor of Rami Melmed's birthday.

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

This Shabbat

4:40 PM

Mincha/Ma'ariv  | Sanctuary (Note: This week only we will be at the shul in honor of the Community Shabbat Dinner)

4:41 PM

Friday Night Candlelighting

5:30 PM

Community Shabbat Dinner & Games (advanced registration only) | Social Hall

8:45 AM

Early Minyan | Social Hall | Post-Davening Learning with Rabbi Pinchas (Paul) Gelb

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

Shacharit | Main Sanctuary

9:29 AM

Latest Time for Kriat Shema

9:30 AM

Teen Girls Tefillah | Beit Midrash - For grades 7 - 12

9:30 AM

Teen Minyan | Projection Room - For grades 7 - 12


NEW Kiddush Kibbitzing | Social Hall

4:25 PM

Mincha East - Mincha, Seudah Shlishit & Learning, and Ma’ariv

1216 Alvira St | Graciously hosted by Robin and Julie Higashi-Shaw. RSVP to

4:30 PM

Mincha/Ma'ariv | Sanctuary

Seudah Shlishit | Beit Midrash

Nothing But the Pshat | Stevie Green

5:41 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 4:50 PM this week. Regular Shacharit.

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

Tikkun Olam Lunch

January 8

11:30 AM

Calling BDJers of all ages to volunteer and join the fun. Councilmember Katy Young Yaroslavsky will be our special guest at lunch. We need our usual team of volunteers to set up, welcome our guests and distribute the lunches and other gifts.  Can you join us? If you can contact Ellen Wintner

Upcoming Events

Scholar in Residence Shabbaton

January 14-15

BDJ welcomes guest scholar Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval.

Friday Night: 8:00 PM Oneg Graciously hosted by Jamie Garelick, 1631 Livonia (corner of Key Street). 


Saturday: Shabbat Morning Drasha & Shiur B’ivrit (15 minutes after Tefilla ends)

Shirat Chana Meeting

January 18 at 8 PM 

A Vision for Shirat Chana: Women members, please join a conversation about how we might envision the future of Shirat Chana Women's Tefillah at B'nai David-Judea. We will meet in the home of Sari Abrams, 1537 Durango Avenue.

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 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 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.

BDJ Banquet

February 26

Save the Date for our event celebrating 75 years of BDJ and honoring Josh Sharfman, Vicki & Mark Rothman & Rachel Olshin.

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
  • Los Angeles Yoetzet presents: Home Improvement: A Candid Conversation about Taharat Hamishpacha and Shalom Bayit with Yoetzet Halacha Jordana Topp. For women and men. Wednesday, January 11th at 8:00 PM. RSVP to 

  • 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 Kolieb's sister-in-law) * Devorah bat Raizel v'Eliezer (Deb Brandt-Sarif) * Yehudit Devorah bat Esther (Suzy Wozniack)

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