Parshat Lech Lecha
October 15-16 | 10 Cheshvan 5782
Sponsorship Donations

  • YP Minyan is sponsored by:
  • Elliot Shavalian in honor of Rabbanit Alissa and her father's speedy recovery!
  • Danna Shapiro in honor of those who opened their homes and huts to her and her parents over sukkot
  • Kochava DiBiase in gratitude for the kindness and welcoming of B'nai David's YP
  • Zev and Dov Hurwitz in honor of Claire's 2nd 29th birthday!
  • Tzvi Wolf in celebration of Mitch Marmon and JJ Goldstein's engagement.
  • Mendel Weintraub in honor of Hashem and the helpers. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Mendel started an amazing new job!)
  • Rabbanit Alissa, Akiva, Ella, and Judy in honor of our amazing BDJ family and our fabulous YP leadership and chevre. We love you guys!
  • Emil Stern in honor of Jackie Mason telling jokes in heaven while Jonathan Sacks politely waits for him to stop.
To sponsor in honor of a Simcha or Yarzheit, click here.
  • Mazal Tov: To JJ Goldstein and Mitch Marmon on their engagement!
  • Thank You: To our blood drive donors from this past Sunday – we collected 44 units of life-saving blood (130% of goal) which can save up to 132 lives! Kol hakavod! 
  • Rav Yosef is out of town this Shabbat and will be returning on Monday.
Our congregation's response to the Afghan refugee families' needs has been incredible. We have already, in less than a week, surpassed the goal of $4500 to settle one refugee family in San Diego, and we are now well on the way to funding a second. If you wish to contribute, please use the button below to reach the pledge page.
  • Friday Night Candlelighting: 6:01 PM
  • Mincha/Maariv: 6:05 PM in the Abrams/Kanefsky backyard (1537 Durango Ave)

  • 8:25 Minyan is not meeting this week. It will return next week in the Beit Midrash.
  • Rechov Yeladim: 9:00 AM in the Upstairs Classrooms
  • Shacharit: 9:15 AM in the Sanctuary
  • YP Minyan: 9:30 AM in the Beit Midrash
  • Teen Minyan: 10:00 AM at the Kolieb Backyard (9023 Cresta Dr)
  • Mincha: 5:45 PM in the Sanctuary
  • Seudah Shlishit & Maariv in the Beit Midrash for those fully vaccinated
  • Nothing But the Pshat with Alec Schramm
  • Havdalah: 6:56 PM
Weekday Minyanim

  • Mincha/Maariv: 6:00 PM
Gemara Shiur
With Rav Yosef
Begins on Monday Evening, October 18th, 7:30-9:00 PM
Everyone is invited to join this year’s Gemara shiur, at which we’ll be studying the third perek of Massechet Shabbat. This perek takes us into both conceptual and practical discussions about how “cooking” is defined in terms of Shabbat law, and how we can work within that definition to nonetheless produce hot food and beverages for and on Shabbat. Following the “cooking” sugyot, the perek moves to a comprehensive study of that concept we call muktzah, and we will discover that it is in fact not one, rather numerous sub-concepts and categories, each with its own parameters and spiritual goals.
Each Gemara shiur includes guided Havruta time. While previous experience with Gemara is a significant plus, everyone is welcome and you may use whichever version of Gemara (Original, Steinsaltz, Artscroll, etc.) works best for you.
We’ve decided to begin the year in an outdoor setting, and are thankful to Rae Drazin who has volunteered her backyard at 1740 Bagley Ave for the first three shiurim. There will also be a zoom option, accessible through this link. We will do our best to optimize the effectiveness of the zoom option.
Please join us on Tuesday, October 19th at 8 PM for
as our vaccine experts discuss updates regarding the booster in Los Angeles and our community.

  • Booster Doses: Who, What and When?
  • New Mandates: LA County & what can we expect

Our Medical Panel: 
Dr. Gil Melmed, MD
Dr. Julie Higashi, MD
Dr. Zach Rubin, MD

Moderated by Rav Yosef
After completing registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom meeting.
  • Teen Girls Ice Cream Social with Rabbanit Alissa and Miriam Well on Sunday, October 17th, from 4:30-6:00 pm at the Katz-Bick home.
  • Tikkun Olam Lunch on Sunday, October 31st at 11:00! Located at B'nai David. Lend a hand on-site! Register to volunteer by contacting
We are excited to announce several new additions to our Rechov Yeladim program launching this week! Children in Pre-1st to 6th grade will have the opportunity to begin an exciting sports activity led by Zev Hurwitz in the Social Hall. Pre-1st through 3rd grade will have their sports activity from 9-9:30 AM, followed by 4th-6th grade from 9:30-10 AM. Otherwise, here are the new room assignments:

6m-23m — Room 5
2s & 3s — Room 1
4s & 5s — Room 6
Pre-1st-1st grade — Room 2
2nd-3rd grade — Room 4
4th-6th grade — Rooms 7 & 8
Stay tuned for other new programs happening soon!
  • New and engaging Tefillah & Parasha Curriculum with recordings provided by Rabbanit Alissa
  • Cocoa Club for 4th-6th grade girls with Rabbanit Alisa (2nd and 4th Shabbats of the month) and Cookie Club for 4th-6th grade boys with Rav Yosef (1st and 3rd Shabbats of the month) at 10:30 am
  • Sponsor a kiddush in Rechov Yeladim to celebrate something in your child’s life – reach out to Claire ( to sponsor!
  • Other programs including Tot Shabbat for 0-4 year olds, chesed opportunities and Minyan 4 Minions for 1st-4th graders coming soon!

As a reminder, all children must wear a mask covering their mouth and nose at all times in Rechov Yeladim to participate.

We are looking forward to launching these new and original Rechov Yeladim programs! 

~ Claire Hurwitz & Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn
  • Jewish Family Services LA - New Dads Connect. Come learn and connect with other new dads and receive professional support in a four-week online group, starting October 20th! More details here.
  • Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for Guided Meditation & Reflections twice a month on Thursdays at 8am and Fridays at 12pm. To register or to learn more, please email Marlee Goldshine at or call 323-761-8132.
  • The LA Jewish Community Children's Choir will meet in person for five sessions, socially distanced and outdoors! Join them by emailing It begins November 7th! Please see flyer for details!
  • RespectAbility, an organization with whom we partner on disability inclusion, is gathering data to help in its mission to create a more inclusive society for people with disabilities. Please click here to fill out a ten-minute survey on disability inclusion in faith organizations.
  • The Jewish Federation is offering $250 Ralphs gift cards to help young adults during the pandemic. The age range is 18-40. You can find more information and a link to the application (which takes less than 5 minutes) here.
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 * 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 * 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) * Leah Rivka bat Ada * Shulamit bat Miriam * Yoseph Ben Gittel Pessel * Bracha Merel bat Rivka (Bernice Epstein) * 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) * Yitzchak Shlomo ben Mirel Devorah (Chaim Plotzker’s son) * Amichai Yehoshua ben Leah Feigele (Ami Korn) * Leah Chaya bat Basha * Wolf Isaac ben Nediva * 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) * Farah bat Mozelle Tobe (Brenda Robin's mother) * HaRavYitzchak ben Tobeh (Audrey Kraus' father) * Paltiel Moshe Ben Shapsa Zev v’ Asna Fayga (Margy Horowitz's cousin) * Avraham Chaim ben Rivka * Susan Bercovici (Daughter-In-Law of Rica Bercovici) * Sarah Yaffa bat Elka Tzivia * Aaron Ben Mai * Nechemya Ben Gittel (father of Carly Mann) * Aliza Talia Sarah bat Dina Rachel (Rachel Lesin Kasirer's friend) * Tzvia bat Yona * Dan ben Esther (Dan Schechter) * Yehoshua Michael ben Yafa Peninah (Boaz Hepner's friend Josh Rothstein)