Parshat Emor
April 30-May 1 | 19 Iyar 5781

Together with all of Am Yisrael, we mourn for the victims of the tragic event in Meron, and pray for the physical recovery of the injured and, over time, the emotional healing of the families who lost loved ones.

We can each support the affected families using this link.

Virtual Learning and Chesed is sponsored by

  • Irene and Stephen Moff in honor of the birth of Atara Arnina Gereboff

  • Susan Fink and Robert Smith in honor of:

  • Wendy and Rich Kellner, for generously hosting davening
  • Sandy and Noah Blumofe, for continuing to host davening
  • Sari Abrams and Rabbi Kanefsky, for hosting morning minyan
  • The staff of BDJ, who continue to figure out how to use technology to benefit the shul and to move the shul forward.

To sponsor in honor of a Simcha or Yahrzeit, click here.
  • Mazal tov: to Matt Rosenbaum and Alexis Hershfield on the birth of a baby boy!
  • If you would like to hop onto the meal train, click here.

  • Mazal tov: to Ashley and Liron Nelik on the birth of a daughter, Natalie Maya!

  • Mazal tov: to Amira Felsenthal and Aron Lipczer, and to Felisa and David Felsenthal and family on Amira and Aron's upcoming wedding!

  • Community Condolence: We are saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Rabbi Morley Feinstein, senior rabbi of University Synagogue. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • 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, in a new Lag b'Omer Kabbalat Shabbat video on the BDJ Facebook page.
- Shabbat Minyanim: for location and times, scroll down.
- Shabbat Zmanim:
  • Friday Night Candlelighting: 7:18 PM
  • Mincha after: 1:24 PM
  • Havdalah: 8:18 PM
- Rechov Yeladim w/ AB, LB; Sun. May 2, 9:00 AM; Zoom.
- Gesher w/ RYK; Sun., May 2, 9:30 AM in the Terech backyard
- 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., My 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; Thurs. May 6, 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)
The Public Policy Committee of American Jewish Committee Los Angeles
and Congregation B’nai David-Judea present

A Candidates Forum:
Assembly District 54 Special Election

Monday, May 3, 2021
5:30-6:45 p.m. PDT, via Zoom

The 54th Assembly District will hold a special election on May 18 to fill the seat vacated by Sydney Kamlager-Dove, who now serves in the California State Senate representing District 30. This Candidates Forum will be an opportunity for residents of the 54th Assembly District to learn each candidate’s position on issues of concern to their potential future constituents. If there is a subject of particular interest to you, please email Brian Hertz at
Friday Night: The Blumofe Backyard at 7:00 PM

Saturday Morning:

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

  • Teen Minyan (7th-12th grade) at 10:00 AM at the Blumofe Backyard (1717 Crest Dr.) - please note change of location this week

Shabbat Afternoon: The Blumofe Backyard at 7:20 PM
  • Shiur between Mincha and Maariv with Rav Yosef

**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 1st

Please note that 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 for 1st-3rd graders: OFF WEEK
  • 1st-3rd graders are invited to join their parents in the main minyan (with preregistration)

  • Tween Minyan for 4th-6th graders: 9:00 AM at the Garelick Backyard (1631 Livonia Avenue) - note earlier time
Thank you again to the Blumofe, Garelick, and Weiss-Cohen families for hosting tefilla and Rechov Yeladim this shabbat - and to all those who have helped us get ready to return to davening in the BDJ building! 
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!

For more details and to see this year's complete Shavuot schedule, click here.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and throughout the month we will be sharing resources from BDJ and the wider community.

  • May 1st-2nd: NAMI Westside Los Angeles presents Wellness Weekend. For the full schedule of events click here.

The LA Yoetzet Halacha Initiative
invites you to join the

Global Family Health and Halacha Virtual Conference
Sunday May 2nd - Wednesday 5th, 2021

The Global Health and Halacha Virtual Conference will convene to strengthen relationships and marriages, to address medical and emotional challenges, and to heal individuals, families and communities through Torah’s timeless wisdom.

The conference is completely free of cost. Register today at

Featuring speakers from the Los Angeles community and around the world:

  • Yoetzet Halacha Ilana Gadish will be presenting with Dr. Yardaena Osband and Rachel Tuchman, LMHC on "Educating our Children for Healthy and Holy Intimacy” on May 2nd at 9:30 AM PDT

  • Dr. Chana Gelb and Yoetzet Halacha Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel will be presenting on “Mental Health in Halacha” on May 2nd at 8:00 PM PDT

  • Yoetzet Halacha Yardena Bodenheimer and Reb Zvi Ryzman, moderated by Dr. Sahar Wertheimer will be presenting on “Sperm Donors, Egg Donors, and Surrogates: Halacha in Practice” on May 3rd at 8:00 PM PDT

  • Yoetzet Halacha Dr. Jordana Topp and Dr. Iris Orbuch will be presenting on “Pelvic Pain, Painful Periods, Unexplained Infertility: Endometriosis and its Halachic Implications” on May 4th at 7:30 PM PDT

  • Yoetzet Halacha Ilana Gadish, Dr. Larry Platt and Dr. Hindi Posy will be presenting on “Midor LeDor: Preconception Genetic Testing” on May 4th at 8:30 PM PDT
  • 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
  • Hillside Memorial Park and Cemetery's Mother's Day Remembrance and Celebration Service with Rabbanit Alissa and her mom, Rabbi-Cantor Didi Thomas, along with Dov Rosenblatt and other musical guests. Sun. May 9th starting 9:00 AM via livestream; more info here.
  • 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