Parshat Shemot
December 24-25 | 21 Tevet 5782
Changes for This Shabbat Keeping Our Community Safe and Well - A Message from Our BDJ Leadership.
Don't Miss Out:
Honoring: Jamie Garelick and Tzvi Wolf
Digital Journal Tribute/Ads Deadline is Jan 31st
Mazal Tov:
To Mina and Jordan Rush and family on the engagement of Atara Rush to Jason Eisner!
To Leon Cohen on the birth of a granddaughter to proud parents Avi and Nechama!
Kiddush is Sponsored By:
  • A donation to the kiddush fund has been made by Rena Selya Cohen in honor of Sari Abrams, Julie Fax, and all of the Sharsheret baking team volunteers.
Seudah Shlishit is Sponsored By:
  • Susan & Larry Handman in honor of the Yahrzeits of Norman Handman (father), David Glyn (brother-in-law), and Louis Hanover (grandfather), z'l.
To sponsor kiddush or seudah shlishit to celebrate
a simcha or honor a loved one, click here!
*Read Closely for Shabbat Modifications 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.
January 28th | Boomers' Friday Night Dinner! Save the Date!
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. Additional details and formal invitation to follow.
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.

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
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:

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.

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:

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.

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.
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 ben Chaya Golda (Zane Anthony Mendelson) * Rachael bat Rivka (Rochelle Frimmer, Debi Pomerantz's Aunt) * Daniella Leah bat Zeeva * David Aharon Yizchak Ben Micha’el HaCohen (David Stein).