Parshat Devarim | Shabbat Hazon
July 16-17 | 8 Av 5781
As you may already be aware, as of Saturday night at 11:59, LA County’s Department of Health is again requiring indoor masking for all people, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. Beginning on Sunday morning then, masks will be required in our building at all times. The same will be true of course at our Community Shacharit and Kinnot at Beth Jacob. Our Mincha and Learning program at Temple Beth Am will be taking place entirely outdoors. We will share more details about the health order and how it will affect us as we receive them.
  • Kiddush in the Social Hall is sponsored by friends of the Merkins in honor of their upcoming aliya to Israel and in gratitude for their contributions to the BDJ community over the past 20 years.
Gail Katz and Mayer Bick * Julie and Alex Fax * Shana and Mordechai Fishman * Dr. Chana and Rabbi Paul Gelb * Sue and Larry Handman * Vicki and Duke Helfand * Heather and Joel Jacobson * Sari Abrams and Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky * Wendy and Rich Kellner * Stacy and Ranon Kent * Vivian and Jordan Lurie * Gaby and Rabbi David Mahler * Michal Scharlin and Michai Mazar * Hetty and Dr. Gil Melmed * Debi Pomerantz and Mike Mendelson * Dr. Rebecca Linfield and Dr. Leon Moskatel * Na'amit and Zev Nagel * Dorit and Harry Nelson * Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn and Akiva Newborn * Esther Macner and Chaim Plotzker * Rosie and Mark Rosenbaum * Molly and Dr. Zach Rubin * Dr. Laurel and Alec Schramm * Naomi Weiss and Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg * Dr. Rena Selya Cohen * Susan Fink and Robert Smith * Dr. Sara Smith and Ariel Stein * Dr. Talya and Rabbi David Stein * Dr. Shulamit Bendheim Steinlauf and Ari Steinlauf * Adynna and Michael Swarz * Beth and Alan Tarko * Nikki Sieger and Dr. Andres Terech * Mindy and Mark Treitel * Alison and Marnin Weinreb * Dr. Hannah and Dr. Bob Wexler* Tzvi Wolf
To sponsor in honor of a Simcha or Yahrzeit, click here.
  • Tzeitchem L’Shalom to the Merkin Family on your upcoming aliya!
  • Mazal Tov: To parents Andrea and Larry Gill and to siblings Micah (Lital), and Talia on Jonah's engagement to Ari Weintraub!
  • Mazal Tov: To Rachel Blumofe on becoming an Eagle Scout! As part of her final project, she created a series of Wilderness Safety videos to help our community and others be more comfortable and safe in the great outdoors. Kol Hakavod!
  • BDJ is hiring! Please pay special attention to our open Teen Minyan Director position. If you have any recommendations, please be in touch asap.
  • Friday Night Candlelighting: 7:47 PM
  • Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 PM in the Beit Midrash

  • 8:25 Minyan meeting in the Beit Midrash. Post-Davening Learning with Dr. Josh Sharfman
  • Rechov Yeladim: 9:00 AM in the Upstairs Classrooms (until 11:45 am)
  • Shacharit: 9:15 AM in the Sanctuary
  • Torat Chayyim will resume next week.
  • Mincha: 6:05 PM
  • There will be no shul Seudah Shlishit following Mincha. You must conclude your Seudah Shlishit at home by sundown, 8:03 PM.
  • Havdalah: 8:47 PM

The fast of Tisha B'Av begins at sundown on Shabbat, July 17th, even though Shabbat is not yet over. Please see "Tisha B'Av" below for information about how Tisha B'Av proceeds after Havdalah, or click here for more information.
After Havdalah, replace your shoes with non-leather shoes and please proceed to shul as quickly as possible. You may drive to shul if you wish. We will begin Ma'ariv at 9:05 PM promptly, and Ma'ariv will be followed by the reading of Eicha.

Tisha B'Av Evening (2 Locations)

There will be two venues for Ma'ariv & Eicha, each beginning at 9:05 PM:

  1. BDJ Social Hall - brief introductory comments with Rav Yosef
  2. Schwarzberg Backyard - 1657 S. Bedford St. Feel free to bring blankets, chairs, and/or flashlights. Men and women will each be reading chapters of Eicha.

In mourning, as in joy, we make a point of gathering as a physical community, and everyone’s physical presence together is a critical element of our Tisha B’av experience. If you are unable to physically attend the reading of Eicha and would like to hear the reading via Zoom, please contact Adynna, at, who will send you a link.
Tisha B'Av Morning

8:30 AM: At Beth Jacob for Annual Joint BDJ-YICC-BJ-KI Shacharit & Kinnot (No Shacharit at BDJ)
Tisha B'Av Afternoon (2 Locations)

  1. 6:10 PM: Annual Mincha/Learning/Maariv with the larger Pico-Robertson Jewish Community at Temple Beth Am. We are grateful to Temple Beth Am for opening their space, and for designating a room for Orthodox Tefilla. (Please remember Tallit and Tefillin for Mincha.) The learning program will be with our BDJ clergy, as well as the clergy from Beth Am and IKAR.
  2. 7:35 PM: Mincha at BDJ (with tallit and tefillin), followed by Divrei Torah with Jordan Lurie 
8:25 PM: Maariv (both locations)
8:35 PM: Fast Ends
Weekday Minyanim
- Mincha/Maariv will be at 7:45 pm this week
- Midrash Group w/ Rav Yosef; Tuesday at 7:45 AM; Zoom and in person
Young Professionals' Programs are Back!

  1. Torah on Tap with Rabbanit Alissa is back and in-person! Join us on Thursday, July 22 at 6:00 p.m. for drinks and D'vrei Torah at Founders Ale House (8771 W Pico Blvd).
  2. The fun continues two days later on Shabbat, July 24, with YP Minyan (also back and also in-person!) at 9:30 a.m. in the Beit Midrash. Bubbe's Famous Kiddush to follow! Sponsor an upcoming YP Kiddush to mark a birthday, milestone, mazal tov, or anything else--whether it's current, upcoming, or even something we missed during the past 16 months!
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 1st.
  • Yeshivat Chovevei Torah's 2nd Annual Climate Conference: July 25 at 4:00 PM PST. Click here to register
  • Jewish Family Service LA is seeking pantry volunteers for Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM at Pico and Robertson. Email Joyce Williams:
  • BDJ Blood Drive – Sun., July 25th from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. Sign Up Here
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) * 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) * 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) * Gilad Tal (Julie Sugar's cousin) * Baila Malka bat Ada Etti (Ze'ev Korn's mother)