Parshat Vayikra

March 24-25, 2023 | 3 Nisan 5783


Rechov Yeladim Update

Calling all BDJ babies! If you have a baby 6 months and older come join Rechov Yeladim upstairs on Shabbat and holidays! In our dedicated baby room we have caring counselors, age-appropriate toys, a stimulating circle time and even a pack-n-play for naptime!


  • Pesach Central! Visit our site here to see relevant times, sell your chametz, donate to Maot Chittim, and more.
  • Looking to join a seder? Email with your name, contact info, a couple sentences about yourself, and which night/s you would like to be hosted.

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.

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.


Donations to the L'Chaim fund have been made by Anonymous and Marcia & David Nimmer

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

6:50 PM

Friday Night Candlelighting

8:45 AM

8:45 Minyan| Beit Midrash Post Davening Learning with Malka Popper

9:00 AM

Rechov Yeladim | Ages 6 Months to 6th Grade

9:15 AM

Shacharit | Main Sanctuary

9:30 AM

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

Coffee Club| Front Office | Teen girls

9:54 AM

Latest Time for Kriat Shema


Kiddush| Social Hall

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.

6:30 PM

Mincha/Ma'ariv | Sanctuary

Seudah Shlishit | Beit Midrash

Nothing But the Pshat | Rav Aaron Finkelstein

7:41 PM


Yesh Tikvah Infertility Awareness Shabbat

BDJ is proud to be participating in Yesh Tikva's Eighth Annual Infertility Awareness Shabbat along with over 200 other synagogues in North America, Australia, and Israel. Too often, infertility is a silent struggle, such that we may not even be aware when our friends, family members or neighbors are suffering. The goal of this campaign is to increase sensitivity towards our fellow Jews who dream of becoming parents. Please take a moment to go to, click on the menu on the upper right corner, and in particular take a look at “Supporting Others” and “Resources.” On Shabbat morning we will read a special prayer, found here.

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 6:55 PM this week. Regular Shacharit.

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

Kashering Day

March 29

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Bring your kasherable items to BDJ next Wednesday, March 29th between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm. Find Pesach halachot here. Don't forget to bring a towel!

Haggadah Slam

March 29

6:55 PM

Temple Beth Am

A Wonderful Evening of Haggadah Study! | A Joint Project of BDJ and Temple Beth Am | Special BDJ Mincha at TBA at 6:55 PM | Program begins 7:10 PM

This year’s Haggadah Slam will focus on the "Tzei U’Lmad " section of the Haggadah, the very heart of the Midrashic treatment of the story. The evening will feature teachings with Rav Yosef and Rabbi Kligfeld, as well as with Rabbi Aaron Lerner, among others! You will walk away illuminated, and with useful material you can use at your Sedarim! Register Here

Next Shabbat

Teen Takeover

9:15 AM

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

Shiur B'Ivrit

20 Minutes


Join David Nimmer in the Beit Midrash as he gives a Hebrew Dvar Torah on the weekly parsha. Rechov Yeladim Extended Care until 12PM.

Shabbat Hagadol Drasha

5:10 PM

“Searching 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.

Rechov Yeladim Chametz Party

5:10 PM

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

Special Seudah Shlishit Siyum Celebration

6:35 PM

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

Upcoming Events

Pesach 5783

Wednesday, April 5 – Thursday, April 13

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. 

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!

Community Announcements

  • LA Mikvah: Everyone is invited to participate in the LA Mikvah capital fundraising campaign at See more info here.
  • Yesh Tikva and LA Yoetzet Halacha Jordana Topp present Stories Untold: Journeys to Parenthood, This Shabbat March 25, 4:30-5:30 PM At the home of Sophie and Eitan Melamed. Address upon RSVP. Come hear two remarkable women from our LA community share some of their experiences with infertility. *This event will be for women only. RSVP to See the flyer here.
  • YCT presents Seder Sense: An Evening of Pesach Prep for your Mind and Soul. Sunday March 26, 8-10 PM EST, on Zoom. Click here to see the event flyer. Free and Open to the Public. Register at
  • Pedal for Pink: Sharsheret LA is spinning into a year of fitness! Join us on Sunday, March 26, 12:30 p.m. 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) * 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 and Lev Ben Israel (Dan Schechter's parents)

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