Parshat Vaera | Shabbat Mevarchim
December 31, 2021 - January 1, 2022
28 Tevet 5782
Rechov Yeladim Closed This Shabbat
Though we had hoped to reopen Rechov Yeladim for this Shabbat, the high transmission in our community right now has prompted us to wait one more week. God-willing, we will be open again for the Shabbat of January 8th.
Last Chance:
Honoring: Jamie Garelick and Tzvi Wolf
Digital Journal Tribute/Ads Deadline is TOMORROW!
Mazal Tov:
To Ayala Katz, parents Gail Katz and Mayer Bick, siblings Aliza, Sophia, and Samuel, and the entire family on Ayala's Bat Mitzvah this Shabbat!
Deb and Benny Smith, big sister Atara, and the Smith Fink and Mizrahi families on the birth of a baby girl!
Meal Train Information Here.
Abraham and Farnaz Zilkha and to big siblings Layla and Daniel on the birth of a baby boy!
To New Member, Kochava DiBiase!
  • A donation to the Kiddush Fund has been made by Michele Gold in honor of the yarzheit of her father Henry Berwald, z"l.

  • A donation to the Kiddush Fund has been made by Rose Wolfe in honor of the yarzheit of her mother, Rebecca Seidman, Rivka bat Reisl and David, z"l.

  • A donation to the Kiddush Fund has been made by an anonymous donor in honor of Rabbanit Alissa and her continued support of our community!

  • Seudah Shlishit is sponsored in loving memory of our Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather, The Harlow, Ciment, Melmed and Fishman families.
To sponsor kiddush or seudah shlishit to celebrate
a simcha or honor a loved one, click here!
*Read Closely for Shabbat Modifications to Keep Our Community Safe
This Week
Weekday Minyanim:
  • Friday (tomorrow) Shacharit | 8AM
  • Sunday Shacharit | 8AM
  • Monday Shacharit | 6:30 AM (Rosh Chodesh)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday Shacharit | 7 AM
  • Thursday Shacharit | 6:45 AM
  • Mincha/Maariv will be at 4:45 PM this week.
January 15th, Shabbat Morning, MLK Birthday Weekend
Immediately following Tefilla
with Isaac Bryan CA Assemblymember, 54th District 
We are honored to host our newly elected CA Assemblymember who will offer reflections on the meaning of Dr. King’s legacy for his life and for his work. Additional details here.
We’ll start with a delicious dinner and plenty of catch up and schmooze time in the BDJ Social Hall and conclude by listening to a dynamic and interesting speaker. We’d love to know if you’d be interested in joining us that night, conditions permitting. Please let us know by emailing Debra at
January 30th, 9:30 AM | A Heart of Many Rooms: Building a Complex & Nuanced Zionism.
Session III: Personal Stories and Perspectives from East Jerusalem.
with speakers Amal Khayat and Mahfouz Turk.

After the second session of BDJ’s three-part series, “Nuanced Zionism,” our BDJ group agreed that we couldn’t yet move to the final planned session without also including voices from East Jerusalem:

Amal Khayat is a graduate of Al Quds University in East Jerusalem, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Health at the Hebrew University. She is a dialogue facilitator with an organization called Siach Shalom, and is also the Palestinian coordinator for a UK-based organization called Solutions Not Sides.

Mahfouz Turk is an East Jerusalem photojournalist who has been documenting the Palestinian story in East Jerusalem and the West Bank for many decades.

Additional details and formal invitation to follow.
Around the Community
Hadran: Advancing Talmud Study for Women is offering "The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Gemara Course." More info/register here.

The LA Yoetzet Halacha Initiative invites you to a shiur with Dr. Jordana Topp: Bring Back that Loving Feeling. Refresh your Knowledge and Inspiration for Taharat Hamishpacha. Jan 4 at 8PM. For women only. At the home of Adena Frenkel. For address, email:

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles/Teen Talk App + LAJTI offering the second training cohort infused in Jewish values and community building. Learn more.

Ladino & Hebrew Language Class offered Tu/Th afternoons at Intiwasi School- 9017 W Pico Blvd starting April 19th. More info/register here.
JFS LA New Support Groups for parents and caregivers of children, teens and adults with special needs. Click below for details & registration:

The Bnot Chul Program offers an integrated gap year, providing Torah learning for female students. Rabbanit Avital Engelberg from Yeshivat Maharat runs the program and invites BDJ families to be in touch with her directly!" Learn more here.

Maple Counseling – Funding for mental health services at a very low cost is available through a generous partnership with the Federation. Apply for a supported funding program - for info call (310) 271-9999 or visit online. Quality mental health care is for everyone.

Misheberach List
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) * Leah Chaya bat Basha * Wolf Isaac ben Nediva * 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) * Gila bat Shoshie (mother of Michaly Lahat) * Avtalyon Zerachyah Ben Miriam Bracha (Avi Goldberg) * Eran Yakov ben Sara (Sara Naor's father) * Aliza Sara bat Miriam Chaya * Reuven Menachem HaCohen ben Chaya Golda (Zane Anthony Mendelson) * Rachel Chana bat Rivka (Rochelle Frimmer, Debi Pomerantz's Aunt) * Daniella Leah bat Zeeva * David Aharon Yizchak Ben Micha’el HaCohen (David Stein) * Miriam Aliza bat Shifrah Chana.