Parshat Vayakhel
Parshat Shekalim
Shabbat Mevarchim
February 25-26, 2022 | 25 Adar I 5782
to Lola Sassover and children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren on the passing of Lola's husband, our beloved member, Emil Sassover, z"l. the funeral will be tomorrow morning at 9:30 am. More details and shiva info here.
BDJ Members Shani Rotkovitz and Boaz Hepner are recovering from major surgeries. We’d love to support them - to donate to their meal trains, select the following: Shani's Meal Train | Boaz's Meal Train
Masking Update: We are reviewing the latest health officer order regarding masking and will be in touch as soon as we have more information.

Ronni Lima, our BDJ bookkeeper, is retiring after 13 years at BDJ!
We want to thank her for service to our community. Going forward, we will be using a bookkeeping firm for our accounting needs and they can be reached at if you have any questions about your accounts or payments.
A note from Rav Yosef, "The Sword is Loose in the World" regarding the alarming reports coming in from Ukraine.

To donate to JDC's Ukraine Response, click here.
Farewell Kiddush:
We are looking forward to acknowledging Rabbanit Alissa's many contributions to BDJ and the wider LA community at a Kiddush in her honor on March 5th. Please be sure to join us that morning and if you would like to donate to the kiddush in her honor, you can do so below. Please make your donation/contribution by Monday, February 28th.
Come Work With Us!
BDJ Board of Directors: The Board Nomination Committee is seeking members who wish to serve on next year’s Board of Directors (starting in June). Anyone who is a member for 12 months or more and in good standing shall be eligible for consideration. If you are interested in serving or want to nominate a fellow member, please contact Catherine Schneider, board nomination committee chair
BDJ is Hiring! We have a number of positions opening up shortly and would appreciate any referrals (official job descriptions posted soon):
  • Membership Engagement / Communications Manager
  • Rechov Yeladim Director
  • Temp Office Assistant
Reminder: Special Guest Speaker this Shabbat! See Below!
Shabbat Special Guest Speaker: CA Assemblymember, Mr. Isaac Bryan

Mr. Bryan will discuss the intersections of Black and Jewish history, values, and concerns, and the ways that these inform the policy work that he is doing in the State Assembly.

Mr. Bryan’s visit is an excellent opportunity for us to get to know and to converse with a person whose career in political leadership is just beginning and which is likely to be a long and fruitful one. It is of course also an excellent opportunity for him to meet us. We are thankful to Zev Hurwitz who made the initial introduction between Mr. Bryan and BDJ.
If you require an accommodation in order to participate in Shabbat services with BDJ please contact We welcome and support children, teens, and adults with disabilities, mental health conditions, and their families and caregivers. Please reach out if you have any questions and/or would like to request an accommodation.
This Week
Weekday Minyanim: Mincha/Maariv will be at 5:35 PM this week.
Sunday, February 27th | 7:30 PM | BDJ Beit Midrash
A Heart of Many Rooms: Session IV (FINAL SESSION)
"A Nuanced Zionism & How it Can Save North American Zionism" with Professor Dov Waxman
Monday, February 28th | 7:30 PM | BDJ Beit Midrash
Gemara Shiur w/ Rav Yosef; A weekly (Every Monday!) text based talmud class. Zoom option!
Tuesday, March 1st | 7:30 PM | Helperin's Backyard (9338 Oakmore Rd)
Parsha Plug w/ Rabbanit Alissa; Zoom option available!
*Last Parsha Plug with Rabbanit Alissa - don't miss out!
Friday Evening, March 4th
BDJ Boomers Friday Night Dinner!
Registration Deadline is this Monday, February 28th. Register Here.
We, unfortunately, cannot accommodate anyone past the deadline.
Shabbat, March 5th
Shabbat of Ruach & Recognition of Rabbanit Alissa with a community
Farewell Kiddush in her honor.
BDJ full Purim schedule/offerings can be found here.

Mishloach Manot
  • Members: Please check your email from BDJ entitled "Order Mishloach Manot!" to order Mishloah Manot. If you need help locating your email, reach out to Jen at
  • Delivery Volunteers Needed: If you are able to deliver packages between March 13-17, please click here.

Matanot L'evyonim
  • Everyone may fulfill the mitzvah of matanot l'evyonim here.

Purim Halacha How-Tos
  • Please view all of the Purim Halacha How-Tos here.
Around the Community
TBA is offering an Overdose Prevention Workshop 3/1 @ 5:30PM at Temple Beth Am. Questions? Contact Rabbi Matt Shapiro.

Family Fun Day at Moshava Alevy! Come check out our campsite on 3/27. Info Here.

929 invites you to read Tanakh with new eyes: one chapter a day, every day, in sequence. Interested in joining/starting a BDJ group? Contact Hana Wexler
310 9910252. Info on the cycle here.
Jewish Teen Initiative Gender, Sexuality, & Suicide Prevention Parent Workshop. Mar. 24 Details/Register.

Shop ACHI: American Communities Helping Israel. Supporting Israeli businesses. More Info Here. Now Offering beautiful purim cards.

JWRC's production of Something's Rotten BY women FOR women (March 24, 27 & 28) featuring our very own BDJ members! Get Tickets Here.

JDAAIM Resources & 2022 Program: Click Here.
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) * 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) * 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) * 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 * 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 * Ariella Rivka bat Tzippora * Ronen ben Yehudit * Chaya Rachel Bat Carmi Adina (Hallie Schiff) * Boaz Yaakov Ben Leah Rivkah (Boaz Hepner) * Moshe ben Mildred (Jeff Feuer's Stepfather).