Parshat Chukat
June 18-19 | 8 Tammuz 5781
Kiddush is sponsored by:

The Kaplan and Kasirer Family in honor of Henry's Bar Mitzvah!

To sponsor in honor of a Simcha or Yahrzeit, click here.
  • Mazal Tov: To Henry Kaplan, parents Joanna Kasirer and Joshua Kaplan, and siblings Alexander and Lola on Henry's Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat!!

  • Mazal Tov: To Amy & Jeffrey Rabin and extended family on the wedding of their daughter Yael Rabin to Rafael Golding!!

  • Condolences: To Brian Ash, Avigayil Metal, and Rose and Wolf Ash on the passing of Brian's father, Luis Ash, z"l.
  • BDJ is hiring! Job listings and details are here. Please share with anyone you think would be interested. 
  • Teen Minyan Director
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Rechov Yeladim Counselor(s): contact Claire at
**Masks are still required for unvaccinated individuals except for those under 2 or with special needs.** Please see "June 15th State & Shul Reopening" under Broadcasts above for additional details.**
  • Friday Night Candlelighting: 7:49 PM
  • Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 PM in the Beit Midrash
  • Rechov Yeladim: 9:00 AM in the Upstairs Classrooms
  • Shacharit: 9:15 AM in the Sanctuary
  • Nosh n' Drosh: 5:00 PM at the Ablin Home
  • Mincha/Maariv: 7:35 PM in the Sanctuary
  • Seudah Shlishit in the Beit Midrash for those fully vaccinated
  • Nothing But the Pshat with Rav Yosef
  • Havdalah: 8:52 PM
Nosh n' Drosh
How in the World did Covid-Halacha work? Part One
5 PM || Ablin Home || 8832 S. Pickford St.
Childcare Available On-Site at the Ablin's backyard

Rosh HaShanah davening finished in record time in 2020. The ordinary rules and practices around Torah reading were also altered dramatically in light of Covid-spawned health concerns. Ditto for the rules of Mikvah preparation. Join Rav Yosef as we look back and explore how halachic authorities (including our own) set priorities and arrived at decisions during the pandemic, and to gain deeper understanding of halachic process more generally.
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, and please see the “Rechov Yeladim” below) 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. 
Rechov Yeladim Updates
  • Registration - No registration will be required going forward. 
  • Masks & Social Distancing - Masks will still be required at all times for children under 12, except for those under 2 or with special needs. The only other exception to this will be at snack/kiddush time where we will make sure to distance the kids when they are eating. Otherwise, there will no longer be social distancing for the kids. If you do not want your child to eat indoors, please make sure a counselor is informed when you drop off your child. Counselors will continue to wear masks. 
  • Kiddush - After shul ends (approx. 11:00 am), kiddush will be brought to your children to allow parents to enjoy kiddush downstairs in the social hall. If you choose this option, please make sure to pick up your child by 11:30 am (or a half hour after shul ends). 

We thank each of you in advance for your cooperation with these new procedures. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!
Bnai David-Judea Blood Drive
Sunday, June 20th (DRIVE FULL!) || 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Bnai David-Judea Social Hall
Next Drive at BDJ is July 25th - Sign Up Here!
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
Sharing Privilege: Making Space for Boaz and Ruth
Shabbat, June 26

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. If you would like to relate a personal story about an experience when you felt like a "Ruth," please click here no later than Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Anonymous submissions are welcome, and will be read by a panelist.  
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

  • Happy Father's Day!!
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)