Parshat Matot-Masei
July 9-10 | 1 Av 5781
Rosh Chodesh Av
Returning and Improving

Our journey of return to our building has simultaneously been a process of improving upon what we do. Beginning next Shabbat, July 24th, we will return to one of the most spiritually meaningful rituals of our Shabbat morning davening, the procession of the Torah through the Ezrat Nashim (Women's section). The procession will take place as the Torah is returned to the Aron, and our gabbaim and volunteers have created a system by which the procession will not affect the momentum and pacing of davening that we are committed to maintaining. At the same time, we have also devised a way to enhance the ritual's spiritual value, through a small but meaningful change. Rather than relinquishing the Torah at the bottom of the stairs, the woman who is carrying and embracing the Torah will walk it up the stairs and place it into the Aron, which will have been reopened by a gabbait. The shaliach tzibbur will remain at the center Shulchan throughout, reinforcing the status of the area in front of the Aron as belonging neither to the men's section nor to the women's section, which is of course the way we intentionally designed things when we renovated our holy space fifteen years ago. We are looking forward to this change further elevating our shul community's commitment to the idea that Torah is the inheritance of all of us, along with the imperatives to study her words and to walk in her ways.
Sponsorship Donations

  • Kiddush today is sponsored by Sheryl and Aharon Shimoni in honor of Selma Framson’s 98th birthday!
  • Seudah shlishit is sponsored by Mrs. Marie-Laure Ilie in memory of Paul Ilie.
  • Thank you to the Wernick family for donating our brand new Yachad siddurim! These special siddurim (in the back of the shul) are part of BDJ’s inclusion efforts to make davening as accessible as possible and help us continue to realize our values of warmth and hachnasat orchim. Learn more about the Yachad siddurim here.
  • Tot Shabbat this week is sponsored by Deb and Benny Smith in honor of their daughter Atara’s second birthday!

To sponsor in honor of a Simcha or Yahrzeit, click here.
  • Mazal Tov: To Selma Framson for her 98th birthday!
  • Mazal Tov: To parents Janet and Albert Fuchs and to siblings Bernard, Honor, and Victory on Liberty’s wedding to Ben Kolodny last weekend!
  • 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: 7:49 PM
  • Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 PM in the Beit Midrash

  • 8:25 Minyan meeting in the Beit Midrash. Post-Davening Learning with Nick Merkin
  • Rechov Yeladim: 9:00 AM in the Upstairs Classrooms (until 11:45 am)
  • Shacharit: 9:15 AM in the Sanctuary
  • Shiur B'ivrit: Approximately 11:00 AM in the Beit Midrash with Miriam Caiden (Torat Chayyim with Rav Yosef will return next week)
  • Tot Shabbat: 5:00 pm in the Garelick Backyard (see below for details).
  • Mincha/Maariv: 7:50 PM in the Sanctuary
  • Seudah Shlishit in the Beit Midrash for those fully vaccinated
  • Nothing But the Pshat with Alec Schramm
  • Havdalah: 8:51 PM
BDJ Babies Chevra Presents:
Tot Shabbat Seudah Shlishit!
July 10th, 5:00 pm
Garelick Backyard, 1631 Livonia Ave

All BDJ families with babies ages 3 and under are invited! There will be food, storytelling, singing, and, of course, much needed socializing. After this crazy year at home with our babies and toddlers, we are craving connection with each other and between our children. Rejoin life with your BDJ crew!
Special Sunday Edition of Nosh n' Drosh
Sunday, July 11th
Zoom Only
Torah and Mental Health: Processing Trauma and Loss

Rabbi Dr. Saul Haimoff (author of Handbook of Torah and Mental Health) is a clinical psychologist and rabbinic educator who uses Torah texts to elucidate mental health practices, and explores the ways that concepts of modern psychology can illuminate Torah sources as well. In "Processing Trauma and Loss," Rabbi Dr. Haimoff explores the lessons that our religious and national stories can teach us about navigating adversity in all shapes and forms.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 830 8571 0539
Passcode: 043180

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
The fast of Tisha B'Av begins at sundown on Shabbat, July 17th, even though Shabbat is not yet over. Please note the schedule and special procedures for going from Shabbat into Tisha B'Av.
Shabbat, July 17th
6:05 PM - Mincha  (no Seudah Shlishit at shul – eat Seudah Shlishit at home as usual)
8:03 PM – Fast Begins
8:47 PM – Shabbat Ends; over a Havdalah candle, recite:

ברוך המבדיל בין קודש לחול
and then
בורא מאורי האש

9:05 pm – Maariv followed by Eicha at BDJ and Schwarzberg Backyard 
Sunday, July 18th
8:30 AM: At Beth Jacob for Annual Joint BDJ-YICC-BJ-KI Shacharit & Kinnot (No Shacharit at BDJ)
6:10 PM: Annual Mincha/Learning/Maariv with the larger Pico Robertson Jewish Community at Temple Beth Am (Please remember Tallit and Tefillin for Mincha.)
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

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
  • WinLA Community Advisory and Leadership Council: How to Manage Stress and Emotional Well-Being During These Difficult Times, Wednesday, July 14th, 10:00-11:00 AM. Contact or text (424) 209-7051 to pre-register.
  • 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) * 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) * Illana bat Elke (Heather Thau's mother) * Gilad Tal (Julie Sugar's cousin)