Weekly News & Updates
January 13, 2022 - 11 Shvat 5782
In Your love You lead the people You redeemed;
In Your strength You guide them to Your holy abode.

Exodus 15:13

“Come here, I will show you a new way to the Creator – not through speech, but through song! Let us sing and Heaven will understand us.” – Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

At BCC, we recognize the powerful pathway music provides towards self-expression, building communities, spiritual practice, comfort and joy. We link up to communities across time and space through music while extending an invitation to be firmly rooted in the here and now.

In this week’s Torah portion, Moses and Miriam lead the Israelites in song, after having crossed the red sea, in what is considered one of the most recognizable poems from the Torah - the Song of the Sea. 

Just as the Israelites found strength in song, let us be informed and strengthened today by the music of our worship experience, whether in person or remotely, in times of joy and times challenge - let the music propel you towards the vision of your dreams and towards that which can not be expressed through words alone.

B’shira (in song),
Cantor Juval Porat
Upcoming Services & Events
Shabbat Evening Service - Remote Only!
Friday, January 14, 7:30 PM

Join Rabbi Jillian Cameron and Cantor Juval Porat to joyfully welcome Shabbat through soulful song, prayer, creative teachings and communal connection.

Please click the link below to join BCC family and friends in welcoming Shabbat together on Zoom. All streaming options continue to be available to BCC members and non-members alike. Services will also be accessible on Facebook.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Saturday, January 15, 10 AM

BCC's Monthly Shabbat Morning Minyan continues in a most nontraditional way—by Zoom. All BCC members and friends are invited to join in this service, which features rousing melodies, Torah reading, and uplifting prayers for healing and consolation in a warm, welcoming setting.
January Trans Havurah Hangout
Sunday, January 16, 1 PM

Na'avor (let's cross), BCC's trans havurah, invites you to join our monthly zoom hangout on Sunday, Jan 16, at 1:00 PM. We welcome people who are trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, GNC, intersex, and allies. Join us to catch up and schmooze!
Tu B'Shvat Seder
Sunday, January 16, 4 PM

Join Jewish Veg and BCC on Sunday, January 16 at 4 PM on Zoom to celebrate the environment together in honor of the ultimate plant-based holiday of Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish New Year for Trees! Rabbi Jonathan Klein and Cantor Juval Porat will be with us once again, guiding us through the Tu B'Shvat seder. We'll get to enjoy thought-provoking discussion with like-minded friends and end with a grounding meditation for the earth.

As part of our seder we will eat various fruits to celebrate the holiday. Once you register, we will send you a list of ideas of fruits you can bring to the Zoom room to follow along if interested.
Weekly Torah Study
Tuesdays, 7 - 8:30 PM

Join BCC's Rabbi Jillian Cameron every Tuesday 7 pm - 8:30 pm on Zoom as we explore the week's Torah portion through thoughtful discussion and conversation.

All are welcome; friends, familiar faces, and new ones. No prior experience needed!

Click the Register button below to register. Closed captions are available.
BCC Life Transitions Group
Every First and Third Wednesday,
7 PM

The goal of the BCC Life Transitions Group is to enhance participants' spiritual and emotional growth. It deals with issues in areas of concern such as relationships, careers, economics, social life, family, health, and bereavement. We meet every first and third Wednesday of the month. This support group is facilitated by Shirley Hirschberg, Social Worker. Upcoming dates: 1/19, 2/2.
Although Ohr Chayim is not meeting in-person this month, we're getting ready for Tu B'Shvat in our own ways from home! Looking for some fun Tu B'Shvat activities for all ages? (Not just kids: grown-ups too!) Check out the latest Ohr Chayim newsletter for some ideas. We look forward to continuing our virtual Hebrew learning throughout January and reuniting with our learning community in February!
Save the Date!
BCC Books & Bagels
Sunday, January 30, 10 AM

Join fellow BCC book lovers for the Book Group meeting on Zoom. This group meets once a month (typically the last Sunday) to discuss Jewish fiction or non-fiction book selections, sometimes with LGBT content. Space is limited. Please contact Larry Nathenson for the Zoom link at larrynath@aol.com.

The book for this month is Here Right Matters, by Alexander Vindman. A witness in the Trump impeachment hearings describes his Soviet Jewish upbringing and immigration as influences on his decision to stand up to abuse of power in the White House. Click here to learn more!
Proud B'Yachad - Proud Together | 10th Anniversary of A Wider Bridge
Monday, January 31, 5 - 6 PM

Join us in celebrating former BCC president and beloved member Bruce Maxwell who is being honored by our friends at A Wider Bridge with the 2022 Arthur Slepian Award for his tremendous leadership and compassion. Please join us at A Wider Bridge’s 10th Anniversary remote celebration as we honor Bruce and all the work of this important organization. For more information go to awiderbridge.org/celebration/
Elana Arian in Concert
with BCC's Cantor Juval Porat
Sunday, February 13, 5 PM

We are so excited to welcome the incredible musician and singer Elana Arian to BCC. Considered one of the leading voices in contemporary Jewish music, Elana is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, prayer leader, and recording artist, inspiring communities across the country with her soulful songwriting and spirit. For more info on Elana go to ElanaArian.com. This is an-person event that will be live-streamed. You will receive viewing information on February 13 at 10 am. Click here to get your tickets!
The deadline for submissions for the winter issue of G'vanim Magazine is Monday, January 31. The submission guidelines are here. Send your work to gvanim@bcc-la.org.
COVID-19 Update and Resources:

BCC will pause in-person indoor services and events for the month of January. We will reevaluate toward the end of January when medical professionals and public health officials have a better picture and more data concerning the Omicron variant. Remote-only Shabbat services will begin at 7:30 PM. Read the full statement here.

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In honor and celebration of BCC's 50th Anniversary, we want to plant 50 trees in LA! Help us reach our goal by making a donation of $36/tree. Please write “BCC trees” in the field for the names of honorees on the form. Click here to donate! More info on a community tree planting event is coming soon.
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