Weekly News & Updates
November 11, 2021 - 7 Kislev 5782
Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely Adonai is present in this place, and I did not know it!”

Genesis 28:16

In this week’s Torah portion, we read of Jacob’s momentous dream of the ladder, set on the ground with its top reaching heaven and angels of God ascending and descending it. 

This image of perpetual ascension and descent along the ladder reminds me of how we, too, never quite stand still - we, too, have periods of ascent and descent, and what goes up must come down (like a good nigun!) as we try to make sense of each direction we’re headed towards. 

This week, when looking at the ascending angels, perhaps we can see ourselves in them as beings striving towards their highest ideals, the best versions of themselves, with our tasks accomplished, our values and belief systems fully manifested and our spirituality fully formed. Perhaps we can see ourselves in the descending angels as well, as messengers of wisdom, bringing all of those best visions of ourselves to the ground, to our everyday lives, our relationships and human challenges, finding opportunities to awaken to the truth of each moment.

On whatever rung of the ladder you might find yourself this week, may you meet yourself and others with compassion and gentleness. 

I look forward to welcoming in Shabbat with our board member Miriam Zimmerman and all of you, remotely or in person.

Early Shabbat Shalom,
Cantor Juval Porat
Upcoming Services & Events
Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, November 12, 8 PM

Join Cantor Juval Porat and BCC member Miriam Zimmerman to joyfully welcome Shabbat through soulful song, prayer, creative teachings and communal connection.

Registration for in-person attendance is currently limited to fully vaccinated BCC members and is closed for this week. Each week on Monday, a new registration link will be sent to members.

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 and on the BCC website.
Years & Years, BCC's Cantor's Concert
Sunday, December 5, 5 PM

Join us to celebrate 50 years of BCC, told through the stories of those who make up this trailblazing community. For 90 minutes, Cantor Juval Porat will take us on a musical and theatrical journey through the lives and times of the community. He'll make us laugh and cry as we relive the highs and lows of five decades of LGBTQIA communal life together.

The concert will be available virtually. However, a select number of tickets will be available to fully vaccinated members to attend in-person! Please indicate your interest in in-person attendance when purchasing your ticket.
Weekly Torah Study
Tuesdays, 7 - 8:30 PM

Join BCC's Rabbi Jillian Cameron (this week, BCC member Adam Barron will lead the discussion) 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: 11/17, 12/1.
Ohr Chayim & Teen Track have started exploring some of Judaism's Great Debates -- after all, what's more Jewish than debating the ethics of "how to be good people"? From the debates between Abraham & God to Hillel & Shammai to the debates we have among ourselves today, Judaism is full of intriguing ethical quandaries for us to explore how Jewish values can guide our actions as we grow & learn. Interested in joining us for our next great debate on November 20? Email Rae Antonoff Portnoy, Director of Education, at rae@bcc-la.org -- we'd love to celebrate Shabbat & explore Jewish values with you!
Save the Date!
Ruach Chayim Shabbat Service
Friday, November 19, 8 PM

Ruach Chayim is back! Stay tuned for more information and a registration link for in-person attendance! Join Rabbi Jillian Cameron and Cantor Juval Porat to joyfully welcome Shabbat through soulful song, prayer, creative teachings and communal connection. Registration for in-person attendance is currently limited to fully vaccinated BCC members. Click here to register for the Zoom service!
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Saturday, November 20, 10 AM

BCC's Monthly Shabbat Morning Minyan continues to meet by Zoom and, this month for the first time, at BCC. 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. Click below to join remotely or email minyan@bcc-la.org to inquire about in-person attendance. Click here to register!
November Trans Havurah Hangout
Sunday, November 21, 1 PM

BCC's trans havurah invites you to join our November hangout on Zoom! We welcome people who are trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, GNC, intersex, and allies. Join us to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, support each other, and be together. Click here to register!
BCC Books & Bagels
Sunday, November 28, 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 Son of Hamas, by Mosab Hassan Yousef. The true story of a Palestinian raised in a prominent Hamas family who questions his values and commitments, becomes an Israeli collaborator, and is exiled as a result.
Ohr Chayim + Teen Track: HannukahFEST
Saturday, December 4, 10 AM

Celebrate Hanukkah with BCC's youth & their families with singing, art, games, and PJ Library storytime hosted by the fabulous Pickle from Drag Queen Story Hour of the West Hollywood Public Library! Bring some canned food to donate so we can share some love & light with those in need in our community. We'll be gathering outdoors & masked in the BCC parking lot; dress for the weather and bring a blanket for some extra storytime coziness!
This event is free and open to anyone ages 2-18 and their families, with a suggested donation of $5-10 per non-member family. Activity options will be finalized based on the ages of those who RSVP by November 29. Click here to register!
Join BCC and our religious school, Ohr Chayim, in donating your canned foods this year to help the food insecure and build a Can Menorah at BCC! Money or Food Donations will go towards SOVA Community Food & Resource Program of Jewish Family Services Los Angeles. Click here to donate money, bring cans to Shabbat services, or contact our office to schedule a time to drop off your food donations.
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