Parshat Behar-Bechukotai
May 7-May 8 | 26 Iyar 5781

Virtual Learning and Chesed is sponsored by

  • Anonymous in honor of Rav Yosef

To sponsor in honor of a Simcha or Yahrzeit, click here.
  • Welcome: to our new Rechov Yeladim Director, Claire Hurwitz! Claire will supervise all of our youth staff and will work to ensure that our shul-wide youth programming is meaningful and successful. Please click here to learn more about Claire!

  • Mazal tov: to Ilan Merkin and the Merkin family on Ilan placing in the top 10 in the North American Chidon HaTanach finals in his age group!

  • BDJ is looking for a new bookkeeper! Job description and details are here. Please share with anyone you think would be interested. 
- Erev Kabbalat Shabbat: Welcome Shabbat with Dov Rosenblatt and the Clergy! 6:30 PM via Zoom.
- Shabbat Minyanim: for location and times, scroll down.
- Shabbat Zmanim:
  • Friday Night Candlelighting: 7:23 PM
  • Mincha after: 1:24 PM
  • Havdalah: 8:24 PM
Friday Night: The Blumofe Backyard at 7:00 PM

Saturday Morning:

  • BDJ Sanctuary at 9:15 AM (8906 W. Pico Blvd)

  • Blumofe Backyard at 9:15 AM (1717 Crest Dr.)

Shabbat Afternoon: The Blumofe Backyard at 7:25 PM
  • Shiur with Rav Yosef between Mincha and Maariv

**Scroll down for Rechov Yeladim information for this shabbat
You must have pre-registered to attend minyan at BDJ on Shabbat morning. Please allow time for check in upon your arrival to shul. Masks are required for everyone the entire time they are inside the building (or at any of our minyanim).
Rechov Yeladim for Shabbat May 8th

Drop off for Rechov Yeladim kids (age 2 - Grade 6) starts at 9:00 AM. Pickup is at 11:00 AM, or 15 minutes after davening ends. Children must be preregistered and social distancing and masks are required of all kids and adults attending Rechov Yeladim.

  • Ages 0 - 2: Children under 2 years may be brought to minyanim and stay with their parents.

  • Ages 2 - 5: Drop off at 9:00 AM at the Weiss-Cohen backyard (8857 Saturn Street)

  • Minyan for Minions and Tween Minyan: 9:00 AM
  • For this week only, 1st-6th graders will meet all together at the Garelick Backyard (1631 Livonia Avenue).
Thank you again to the Blumofe, Garelick, and Weiss-Cohen families for hosting tefilla and Rechov Yeladim this shabbat.
Mother's Day - Sunday May 9th

Join Hillside Memorial Park and Cemetery for a special Mother's Day Virtual Remembrance and Celebration Service with Rabbanit Alissa and her mom, Rabbi-Cantor Didi Thomas, along with Dov Rosenblatt and other musical guests. Starting 9:00 AM via livestream and available to view all day here.
Yom Yerushalayim
Monday, May 10th/28 Iyar

Sunday May 9th - Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim IN Yerushalayim with RZA/Mizrachi! Watch livestreams of the celebrations in Jerusalem; plus speakers, Yom Yerushalayim Rikud Degalim and more. All videos available here beginning at 6:00 AM PST.

Monday May 10th - Join BDJ for Shacharit and Hallel in honor of Yom Yerushalayim, 6:45 AM in the Main Sanctuary.
- Rechov Yeladim w/ AB, LB; Sun. May 2, 9:00 AM; Zoom.
- Gesher w/ RYK; OFF WEEK
- Sefer HaChinuch with RYK; Sun., May 2, 8:30 PM; Zoom.
- Gemara Shiur w/ RYK; Mon., May 3, 8:00 PM; Zoom.
- Midrash Group w/ RYK; Tue., May 4, 7:45 AM; Zoom.
- Parsha Plug w/ RATN; Tue., May 4, 7:30 PM; Zoom.
- Panim El Panim w/ RATN; Wed., May 5, 12 PM; Zoom.
- Shiur b'Ivrit w/ Rabbi Boruch Sufrin, Thurs., May 13, 8:15 PM; Zoom.
- Briyut HaNefesh w/ RATN; Fri., May 7, 7:20 AM; Zoom.
(RYK: Rav Yosef; RATN: Rabbanit Alissa; AB: Aviva Banin, LB: Leila Balter)
SHAVUOT 2021/5781
Join BDJ for Shavuot!

We'll be learning and teaching throughout the chag -- in the building and in backyards, with friends and at home! We look forward to introducing חלום דניאלThe Daniel Barach z"l Shavuot Program, and learning from our Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Zuckier. Read the BDJ Shavuot Project journal (coming to you soon!), and sign up to be a host or a guest for a (health-protocol appropriate) meal with our Shavuot Membership Mashup!

** Deadline to sign up for Member Mashup is Sunday May 9 **
For more details and to see this year's complete Shavuot schedule, click here.
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month - Visit for a listing of local and national mental health and wellness resources.
Nosh & Drosh Returns!
Boaz and Ruth...Covid Halacha...Torah and Mental Health...Building Bridges...

These are several of the topics we'll explore in the 5781 edition Nosh & Drosh, the best thing for those long Shabbat summer afternoons. This summer's program will include guest panelists from across town and across the country, as well as from our own BDJ community. 

  • Mark your calendars for the first event, Shabbat Sh'lach, June 5Getting Caught in the Middle of the Intersectionality: Wrestling with Zionism and Social Activism.  Additional details to follow; locations will include private backyards and BDJ (and one mid-week zoom), and will follow local public health guidance. 
  • Our dear friend, Rabbi Dr. Chaim Tureff is being honored on Sunday, May 23, 2021 by Friendship Circle of Los Angeles for his years of dedication supporting Jewish children who have special needs.  Go to to RSVP or place an ad by Friday, May 7th. For more details, please contact
  • Diller Teen Fellows is now accepting applications for its next cohort! Open to Jewish teens who will be entering their 10th or 11th grade next fall. Apply here, or click here to nominate an amazing teen! Deadline to apply is May 17; more info here.
  • Shalom Bayis lecture with R' Chaim Tureff, Annie Statman LMFT, and Dr. Ernest Katz: Problems Facing Our Kids/What To Do About It. Via Zoom on Tues. May 11th, 8:00 PM. Zoom code 830 6484 6657 pw shalom. More info at
  • Get help making a Covid vaccine appointment, or sign up to assist others in finding their appointments!
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 * Arielle Shulamit bat Bracha Chana * 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) * Aviva Aliza bat HaRav veHeChazan Tehillah * Amichai Yehoshua ben Leah Feigele (Ami Korn) * Leah Chaya bat Basha * Wolf Isaac ben Nediva