Parshat Yitro

February 10 - 11, 2023 | 20 Shevat 5783


Two weeks until our annual gala! Have you purchased tickets yet? If not, please do so by do so this week!

Mazal Tov

To Dahlia and Elan Carr on the bat mitzvah of their daughter Rachelle! Mazal tov also to grandparents Esther and Sorel Lainer and all their extended families!

To Michelle Fellner and Paul Lerner and their extended families on the bar mitzvah of their son Noam!

To Andrea Medina and Jeremy Halpern on their aufruf this Shabbat and their upcoming wedding in a few weeks!


To Josh Metzger on the passing of his mother Gloria Metzger z’l.

Board Announcement

The Nominating Committee is seeking members who wish to serve on the 2023-24 Board of Directors. Anyone who is a member for 12 months or more and in good standing shall be eligible for consideration. If you are interested in serving or want to nominate a fellow member, please contact Barbara Wettstein, the Nominating Committee Chair by February 17.


Click Here for Purim Central! If any women or teen girls are interested in reading a chapter of Megillat Esther this year they should be in touch with Sari Abrams. Help needed! Seeking volunteers to help deliver Mishloach Manot! Click Here to sign up.

Turkey Earthquake Relief

The numbers of earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria are simply staggering and continuously climbing, even as search efforts continue and families begin to mourn their dead. Our minds and our souls can barely comprehend. In addition to the links I sent earlier in the week for MDA and IsraAid, I am adding two more that came personally recommended by Tuli Skaist who, as you may remember, spent two years in Istanbul working for the Joint Distribution Committee: JDC Turkey Rescue Effort and Turkish Friends of Chabad . We can each make a small difference in relieving the worst of the misery.

BDJ Gala Weekend Membership Mash Up

Shabbat Feb. 24/25

Our annual gala is all about celebrating and building community. Let's start on Shabbat by getting to know some new people! Sign up to host or be hosted for Friday night dinner or Shabbat lunch, and we'll make the match. If you've joined in the last few years please be sure to sign up -- we've got some catching up to do!

Seeking Apartment

An older, cherished member of our community will be losing her apartment at the end of May and is seeking a place to live in the neighborhood. Please contact Rav Yosef if you might know of a place for rent. 


Kiddush is sponsored by Esther & Sorel Lainer in honor of the bat mitzvah of their granddaughter, Rachelle Carr.

YP Kiddush is sponsored by Anonymous, DJ Bain, Danielle and Jeremy Berman, Paige Diako, Pamela Edison, Andrea Medina & Jeremy Halpern, JJ Marmon, Rena Remer, Danna Shapiro, Mendel Weintraub and Tzvi Wolf.

Teen Minyan Kiddush is sponsored by Heather & Joel Jacobson in honor of Ben's first Bar Mitzvah anniversary.

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by Laurie & Bruce Gottlieb in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Noam Fellner-Lerner.

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

This Shabbat

5:14 PM

Friday Night Candlelighting

5:15 PM

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

8:15 PM

Oneg Shabbat | Supporting Friends Who Have Experienced Pregnancy Loss | At the home of Joelle and David Keene - 1617 Durango (more info below)

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

Shirat Chana Women's Tefilla Service | Social Hall

Celebrating the Bat Mitzvah of Rachelle Carr

9:15 AM

Shacharit | Main Sanctuary

9:25 AM

Latest Time for Kriat Shema

9:30 AM

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

Coffee Club | Front Office | Teen girls

9:30 AM

Young Professionals Minyan | Beit Midrash


Kiddush| Social Hall

4:55 PM

Note: Earlier time

Mincha/Ma'ariv | Sanctuary

Seudah Shlishit | Beit Midrash

Nothing But the Pshat | Etan Lerner

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.

6:12 PM


7:45 PM

Boomer Melave Malka (more info below)

Friday Night Oneg

"Very Real, and Also Different: The Loss of a Pregnancy, and Supporting Friends Who Experience It." At this special Friday night oneg  we’ll have a conversation featuring Rav Yosef and Maytal Shainberg, who is the founder of Forever My Angel, an organization supporting Orthodox families affected by stillbirths and neonatal deaths. Please join us as we learn more about the Halacha behind pregnancy loss, grieving and termination, and how to support families who have been through these. At the home of Joelle and David Keene  - 1617 Durango

Boomer Melave Malka

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)

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 5:20 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|

12:00 – 12:30 PM | Meeting ID: 848 006 895 Passcode: 867811

Tikkun Olam Lunch

February 12

11:30 AM

Calling BDJers of all ages to volunteer and join the fun. 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

Blood Drive

February 19

10 AM - 4 PM

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!

Rechov Yeladim's Purim Palooza

March 4

5-6:30 PM

Register now! Purim Games, hamentaschen decorating, dinner, costume contest, raffle and more! Register Here.

Community Announcements
  • Mikvah Esther invites all women of the community to a special two-part Taharas Hamishpacha Refresher Course given by renowned kallah teacher Mrs. Huvi Abramczik. Part 1 will take place on February 7th and part 2 on February 14th. For more information or to RSVP, please email

  • Mosh Choref, BALA's Winter Camp, is just a couple weeks away! Presidents Day Weekend! Thursday thru Sunday, Feb 17-20. More info and registration at See You There!!!
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)

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