Parshat Balak
June 25-26 | 16 Tammuz 5781
Sending Assistance to the Community in Surfside
As our hearts ache for all of the families who are missing members due to the building collapse in Surfside, we join them in turning to God in the hope that the rescue teams are able to save as many lives as possible. In addition let us each, before Shabbat, contribute to the local efforts to support the families, through either the Greater Miami Jewish Federation or The Shul of Bal Harbor.
Kiddush Fund Donation:

  • From Claire and Zev Hurwitz in honor of Adynna for going above and beyond for this community.

To sponsor in honor of a Simcha or Yahrzeit, click here.
  • Mazal Tov: to Amanda Gelb and Miki Friedmann and to proud grandparents Jenny and Billie Gelb on the birth of a baby girl!
  • BDJ is hiring! Job listings and details are herePlease share with anyone you think would be interested. 
  • Teen Minyan Director
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Rechov Yeladim Counselor(s): contact Claire at
  • Friday Night Candlelighting: 7:50 PM
  • Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 PM in the Beit Midrash

  • Welcome back to the 8:25 Minyan! Post-Davening Learning with Rabbi David Block
  • Rechov Yeladim: 9:00 AM in the Upstairs Classrooms
  • Shacharit: 9:15 AM in the Sanctuary
  • Torat Chayyim: 11:00 AM in the Beit Midrash with Rav Yosef - Invasion of Privacy as a Halachic Category
  • Nosh n' Drosh: 5:00 PM at the Goldman Home (address below)
  • Mincha/Maariv: 7:40 PM in the Sanctuary
  • Seudah Shlishit in the Beit Midrash for those fully vaccinated
  • Nothing But the Pshat with Alex Fax
  • Havdalah: 8:53 PM
Torat Chayyim with Rav Yosef
This Shabbat, Immediately after Tefilla, Beit Midrash
A new shiur called “Torat Chayyim” will begin this Shabbat morning, as we begin to take advantage of our newly acquired Shabbat morning time. With Kiddush food available (!) Rav Yosef will lead an exploration of a Halachic, ethical, or philosophical topic that has its roots in the weekly parsha. This week’s topic is: Invasion of Privacy as a Halachic Category
**Rechov Yeladim will be extended to ensure parents of young children can attend as well.**
Nosh n' Drosh this Shabbat, June 26 at 5:00 pm
Sharing Privilege: Making Space for Boaz and Ruth
The Goldman Home || 1529 S. Crest Drive
Childcare Available at The Fax Home || 1509 Livonia Ave.

Within our Shul community there exist economic, social, identity and other disparities which in turn affect social and religious access in myriad ways, including in many well-hidden ways. Our community is invited to share and to listen to the stories of community members who are often overlooked, to the end of making our community a more inclusive and participatory space. Just as Boaz opened his field for Ruth to glean, we will together identify ways to enlarge our space for the many Ruths among us. Panelists include Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn, BCC and BDJ Members Cindy Kaplan Abrookin, and Rhoda Weisman.
COVID Post-June 15th Updates

  • Vaccinated - Fully Vaccinated individuals will be able to join us without masks for shul and for kiddush (yes, kiddush is back!).
  • Unvaccinated - Unvaccinated individuals (including kids under 12) must continue to wear a mask at all times while in the building. We welcome you to join us in the social hall after davening to socialize and, if you would like, to pick up a to-go container to enjoy kiddush once you leave. space
The fast of Shiva Asar B'Tammuz (the Seventeenth of Tammuz) will be observed this Sunday, June, 27th. Shiva Asar B'Tammuz begins the period of mourning leading to Tisha B’av, known as "The Three Weeks."

Sunday, June 27th
4:32 AM - Fast Begins
8:00 AM - Shacharit with Selichot
7:40 PM - Mincha / Dvar Torah / Ma'ariv
8:41 PM - Fast Ends

During The Three Weeks, we commemorate the sieges of Jerusalem which culminated in the destruction of the city and the exiling of its inhabitants (in 586 BCE and 70 CE). Over this period, we refrain from having our hair cut and from attending and participating in joyous gatherings and most kinds of celebrations. On the Shabbatot during The Three Weeks, we read three Haftarah selections (known as the שלש דפורענותא) which give the prophets' perspectives on the circumstances surrounding the destruction of the first Temple.

Weekday Minyanim
  • Mincha/Maariv will be at 7:55 pm this week
- Midrash Group w/ Rav Yosef; Tuesday at 7:45 AM; Zoom and in person
July 11th - Torah and Mental Health: Processing Trauma and Loss

July 31st - Building Bridges: Teens and Parents from Black Churches and an Orthodox Shul

August 7th - How in the world did Covid-Halacha work?? Part Two

What We’ve Learned:
Looking Back at the Unforgettable Years of 5780 and ‘81

Each of us has learned important things over the past year and a half, about life, love, and what's really important. Every one of us is invited to contribute to a compendium of thoughts that we are compiling to be called: What We’ve Learned: Looking Back at the Unforgettable Years of 5780 and ‘81.

We’re going to publish the compendium as a beautiful booklet and have copies for everyone in shul on Rosh HaShana, as a source of thought and inspiration for the new year ahead. To participate, all you need to do is to  compose your 1-2 paragraph reflection (not more!) and submit it to us by August
Below is a list of names of missing people that the local Jewish community has shared.
Chaim ben Sara, Malka bas Sara Rochel, Yisroel Tzvi Yosef ben Toiba, Tzvi Daniel ben Yehudis, Ita bas Miriam, Esther bas Linda, Moshe ben Toba, Moshe ben Shoshana, Arie Leib ben Ita, Lein ben Ilana, Leible ben Feiga Rivka, Ilan ben Kalman, Leib ben Shoshana, Sarah bat Ida, Nancy bat Sofia, Franky ben Nancy, Jay ben Nancy, Deborah bat Haia, Yehuda Arte ben Feiga Rivka, Nicole bat Andrea, and Ruth bas Sarah.

Chana Leah bat Ruchel Sheina (Selma Framson's sister)* Esther bat Devorah Bella (Mayer Schames' mother) * Emanuel ben Hinda (Mr. Sassover) * Bella Rivka bat Rosa (Aharon Shimoni's sister) * Shulamit bat Ruchel Sheina (Selma Framson) * Michael ben Malka (Max Wozniak) * Chaya bat Bela (Mayer Bick's mother) * Tziporah bat Tova (Mrs. Sassover) * Chayim Menashe ben Fruma (Manny Klein) * Chava bat Helen (Eva Magid) * Masha Hinda bat Malke Roisa * Yurachmiel Nussem Ben Reuben (Nan Gold's brother) * Tova Chaya bat Leah Malkah * Hersh Yaakov ben Chaya Leah (David Stein's father) * 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 * Micha'yel ben Tzipporah (friend of Mina Rush) * Shalom David Ben Feigel (father of Boaz Hepner's friend) * Leah Rivka bat Ada (Boaz Hepner's mother) * Yair ben Bella Rivka (Sheryl Shimoni's nephew) * Aharon Avram ben Adina (Aron Wolf) * Esther bat Liba (Jill Lefferman's mother) * G'dalyah Reuven ben Bracha (Gary Linder) * Miriam Yosefet bat Leah Malka (Tobi Inlender's sister) * Masha Libi bat Shulamit (Sheryl Shimoni's sister) * Laurie Higashi * Shoshana Raizel bat Chaya (friend of Miriam Katz) * Rav Daniel ben Rivkah * Leah Rivka bat Ada * Harav Tzadok ben Miriam * Shulamit bat Miriam * Avraham Yitzchak ben Devorah * Yoseph Ben Gittel Pessel * Bracha Merel bat Rivka (Bernice Epstein) * Aharon ben Rosa * Baruch ben Sara (Rabbanit Alissa's father) * Ida bat Raya * Lev Binyamin ben Masha Libba * Rivka Chanah bat Tziporah (Ariella Moss' mother) * James Schnellbacher (Debra Smith’s grandfather) * Zechariah Ben HaRav veHeChazan Tehillah (R. Alissa's brother) * Leib ben Rivka * Gershon Ben Chayim v'Diverta (Gary Hirschhorn) * Yitzchak Shlomo ben Mirel Devorah (Chaim Plotzker’s son) * Amichai Yehoshua ben Leah Feigele (Ami Korn) * Leah Chaya bat Basha * Wolf Isaac ben Nediva * Judith bat Haika * Shana bat Chia (Jillian Isaacs) * Sarah Freida bat Raizel (Rachel Olshin's mom) * Illana bat Elke (Heather Thau's mother)