Shabbat Nachamu
Parshat  Vaetchanan
July 31-August 1 | 11 Av 5780
  • Coronavirus: View our BDJ Calendar!  For mental health resources, click hereIf you are a member experiencing financial distress, please be in touch with Rav Yosef & Rabbanit Alissa.
Sign up for Weekday Minyan: Register Here. Please complete BDJ's 
Liability Form if you have not yet done so.
B'nai David-Judea's
Virtual Learning and Chesed 
is sponsored in honor of 
The Segal Family's Aliya
We wish them  tzeitchem l'shalom and much luck in their new home in Israel.
  • BDJ's Staff
  • Batsheva and Sheldon Kasdan
  • Kathi Barnhard and Gary Hiller
  • Drs. Jennifer and Yaron Elad
  • Naomi Weiss and Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg
  • Stacy and Ranon Kent
  • Susie and Fred Toczek
  • Cindy and Dr. Noam Drazin  
If you would like to sponsor BDJ's Virtual Learning and Chesed in honor of a Simcha or Yahrzeit, please click here or contact
Kabbalat Shabbat with guest Robby Helperin and the Clergy
6:30 PM on Zoom and Facebook Live!
Join Robby, Rav Yosef, and Rabbanit Alissa for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat. 
Bring your Siddur and daven along!
  • Shabbat Nachamu
  • Parshat  Vaetchanan
    • Dvar Torah from Rabbanit Alissa can be found here.
    • Covenant & Conversation with Rabbi Sacks:  The Infinite Game  can be found  here .
      • Accompanying Family Edition can be found here
  • Candle Lighting:  7:36 PM
  • Mincha After:  1:34 PM 
  • Havdalah:  8:35 PM
Shabbat Minyanim

Friday Night : 7:00 PM at the Blumofe Backyard

Saturday Morning :
9:00 AM: Kellner Backyard Minyan
9:45 AM: Blumofe Backyard Minyan

Saturday Evening : 7:00 PM at the Blumofe Backyard

Thank you again to our hosts - the Blumofe and Kellner families - and to all those helping in getting the minyanim set up this week!  No further registrations are being accepted for this week and walk-ins will not be allowed.  
  • Mazal Tov:  To  Leah and Ze'ev Korn upon the Bar Mitzvah of their son,  Amichai .
  • Mazal Tov: To Andrea and Michael Feldman upon the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Eloise. See below for Eloise's Bat Mitzvah Chesed Project information
  • Mazal Tov: To Eve and Gabriel Meyerson upon the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Rafi, next week.
  • Mazal Tov:  To grandparents  Andrew and Marci  Spitzer and Josh and Bonnie Sharfman  and parents  Talia and Zach  on the birth of a baby boy!
  • Mazal Tov: To grandparents Beth and Alan Tarko and parents Richelle & Noah on the birth of a baby boy!
  • Mazal Tov: To Leon Cohen on the engagement of his son Avi to Nechama Cohen of Chicago!
See our  BDJ Calendar for the most up-to-date info. 
Coronavirus Scam Prevention Presentation:
Presented by Bet Tzedek Legal Services
Wednesday, August 5th at 11:00 AM
Join via Zoom, register here.
An educational workshop to raise awareness and allow for discussion for the Senior community. This short presentation with Q&A will provide you with information and resources on how to protect yourself again potential scams.  For more information and to schedule a presentation contact 
Alisa Anderson, Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate at, or (323) 549-5810. 
Sponsored by the Jewish Community Foundation LA
Hosted by B'nai David-Judea Congregation & Westwood Kehilla.
Parents with Children in Public/Private School  Connect!
We've created a Whatsapp group for  Parents with Children in Public/Private School (non-day school) to help with sharing resources and information among families. 
YP Game Night!
Motzei Shabbat, August 8th at 8:45 PM
Join BDJ YPs for the first installment of our new monthly hangout! 
For more info, contact Zev and Claire Hurwitz at
Israel  Book Club Meeting: 
Apeirogon, by Colum McCann
Monday, August 10th at 8:00 PM
Join via Zoom
Everyone is invited to join us in reading this novel based upon the actual lives, experiences, and friendship of an Israeli man and a Palestinian man, both of whom lost young daughters to violence. Critically acclaimed for its artistic style, the book opens us important and complex issues that we will discuss together over two nights during the summer. The second discussion, covering the second half of the book (p. 243-End) will take place on  August 10th . You can purchase the book   here Looking forward! 
Town Hall: High Holidays at BDJ
Thursday, August 20th at 8:00 PM
Join via Zoom, Register Here
Community-Wide Virtual Meeting to review our plans for the holidays. We thank you for partnering with us and we look forward -- with God's help -- to welcoming 5781 together as a BDJ Family (in all of the ways we can!). 
  • High Holiday Survey: Please complete ASAP, if you have not yet done so  here
  • Membership: Membership forms were sent out via Shulcloud! Especially this year, registering or renewing your membership is crucial towards supporting the ongoing work of our community. If you have any questions or need financial assistance, please be in touch with Adynna at 
  • Yizkor Memorial Book: As the Holidays approach, our thoughts turn to our loved ones who will not be with us, except in spirit. We honor their memory by inscribing their names in our  Yizkor Memorial Book, which this year will be mailed to each member prior to Yom Kippur. To commemorate your loved one(s) - parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends - please fill out this  formBecause of logistical challenges due to COVID, we ask that you send your submissions no later than August 15th.   
  • Promote your Business: If you'd like to advertise in BDJ's 2020-2021 Calendar, please fill out this form Deadline August 15th. 
  • Tisha B'Av Programming 
    • Eicha and Kinnot Livestreamed from the Schwarzberg Backyard recording click here. 
    • Kinnot: Finding Comfort Together recording click here
    • Jewish Responses to a World Upended: From Sorrow to Hope.
      • Rabbanit Alissa's intro can be found here.
Thank you again to our volunteers who have already provided much needed support!   As a reminder, Josh Kahn is leading our volunteer efforts and can be reached at . Current BDJ efforts include phone calls and deliveries (food/medication).
BDJ Community Blood Drive
Sunday, August 23rd, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
One donation can potentially save up to three lives.
You can sign up here.
Eloise Feldman's  Chesed Project

Eloise's Bat Mitzvah is this Shabbat. She has chosen to postpone all public celebration until after the pandemic. Meanwhile, for her Chesed Project, she wants to raise money and awareness for the needs of immunodeficient individuals by crafting homemade jewelry for donations to the Immune Deficiency Foundation. The jewelry will be designed from specialty material and tools (although no precious metals or stones) and will range from simple to elaborate, rings, bracelets, and necklaces.
To donate, click here. The deadline for donating for jewelry will be Sunday morning, 9:00am PDT, August 16, 2020. The top ten donors at that point will get to make requests for customized jewelry, with the very top donor getting two pieces. Everyone else (up to at least the top 30, maybe more) that donated at that point gets to select from pre-made jewelry, with priority based on donation rank. And no matter who you are, if you can give anything at all, you have the gratitude of Eloise, her family, the foundation, and a whole lot of people that could really use the help in these challenging times!
Tikkun Corona Lunch
The Schecter Family Delivers Food to PATH (People Assisting the Homeless)
Thank you to this past week's Tikkun Corona Lunch sponsors: 
Susan Fink and Robert Smith

Thank you to our most recent donors: 
Avigayil Metal

Thank you to our delivery volunteers: 
The Schechter Family

Update From The Los Angeles Mikvah:

As children return from sleepaway camps, and exposure to larger groups, we find it absolutely necessary to take the following precautions to protect all our users:

1) Everyone should have their kids tested, swabbed, upon returning home. If all tests are negative-AND-you have seen no symptoms, you may come to use the mikvah on your scheduled night.
2) Please wait 14 days, from the time of contact with anyone returning home from camp, before coming to use the mikvah.
It is our responsibility, as those who run the mikvah, and yours as users, to follow these guidelines and requirements for the safety of everyone in our very large community.
If you have any questions or concerns, you may text/call 
Vivian Lurie at 310-948- 4432.
Black & Jewish Identities: Opening up a Conversation on Racial Injustice, the Black Experience in America, and the Jewish Community  Presented by the Shalhevet Institute. 
Second session - August 10th, 7:30 PM
Rooted in understanding and empathy, while also being educational and goal-oriented. Moderated by Na'amit Nagel and Rav Ari Schwarzberg.  Register here

To view a dynamic list of LA COVID-19 cholim,  click 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) * Sarah Hindi bat Lily (Cary Glass' mother) * Yaakov ben Masha (Jack Plax) * 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) * Aharon Ben Rosa * Yehezkel ben Kaila (Fred Toczek's father)* Gilad ben Chaya Elisheva (Gil Segal) * Mordechai David ben Margalit (Zev Hurwitz' father) * Gutman Wolf ben Fruma Gutte/George Fendel (Reyna Zack's father)*  Zahava bat Devorah (Valerie Salkin) * Gavriela bat Esther * Sarah Golda bat Fradyl (Rav Yosef's mother) * Shlomo haCohen ben Rachel * Micha'yel ben Tzipporah (friend of Mina Rush) * Zvi ben Sima * Shalom David Ben Feigel (father of Boaz Hepner's friend) * Leah Rivka bat Ada (Boaz Hepner's mother) * Eliezer Yitzchak ben Shifra * Gavriel Ben Liza Leah * Aharon ben Sarah * Yair ben Bella Rivka (Sheryl Shimoni's nephew) * Aharon Avram ben Adina (Aron Wolf) * Yehudit bat Liba Tziviya (Yael Weinstock Mashbaum's mother) * Esther Freyda bat Elka (Alison Weinreb's mother) *  Esther bat Liba (Jill Lefferman's mother) * Moshe ben Melech  ( Adi Hepner's grandfather) *