Weekly News & Updates
October 7, 2021 - 1 Cheshvan 5782
So long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease.

Genesis 8:22

Happy Cheshvan! On Tuesday evening, we began the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. Cheshvan is often a fairly forgettable month in the calendar, as it is the only month in our entire year without a single holiday. In fact, the rabbis often refer to it as mar Cheshvan - bitter Cheshvan, because of this absence of holidays. I, however, take a slightly different approach. I embrace the mundane and find joy in this resumed regularity, for it offers me the time and opportunity to reconnect with all of you. If you’ve been wanting to chat with me, to catch up and check in, please be in touch. I will be reaching out to as many of you as I can, too. I cannot wait to spend this “boring” month getting back into the routine of our community, building relationships, listening to your stories, offering comfort where I am needed, and dreaming and planning together for all this year of 5782 can be at BCC.
Rabbi Jillian Cameron
Upcoming Services & Events
Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, October 8, 7:30 PM

Join us for Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Jillian Cameron and BCC member Marc Breindel, with a sermon by BCC member Jessica Donath, to joyfully welcome Shabbat through soulful song, prayer, creative teachings and communal connection.

Please click the registration link below to join BCC family and friends in welcoming Shabbat together on Zoom. Services will also be accessible on Facebook.
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: 10/20, 11/3.
Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, October 15, 7:30 PM

Join BCC's Rabbi Emerita, Lisa Edwards, and BCC's Cantorialist Emerita, Fran Chalin, 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. Services will also be accessible on Facebook.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Saturday, October 16, 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.
Save the Date!
October Trans Havurah Meetup
Monday, October 18, 6:30 PM

BCC's trans havurah invites you to join our October zoom hangout! We welcome people who are trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, GNC, intersex, and allies. Join us to catch up and schmooze! Click here to register!

The trans havurah is also planning an in-person hangout at an LA park (exact location TBD) on Sunday, October 31 at 3:00 PM. Fill out our form to RSVP and give your input on where to meet!
Meeting of BCC's Vegan Havurah
Sunday, October 24, 1 PM

Interested in veganism? Would you like to help plan future events for BCC’s Vegan Group (Havurah)? Then, join us for a planning meeting on October 24 at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom. You don’t need to be vegan to join the group. Among our past events were vegan Passover and Tu b’Shvat seders, vegan Rosh Hashanah lunch and film screening, and a talk by vegan author Gene Stone. Please click here to register.
BCC Books & Bagels
Sunday, October 31, 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 The Aleppo Codex, by Matti Friedman. A non-fiction thriller about the pursuit and recovery of an ancient Jewish text and the history surrounding it. Click here to learn more!
Ohr Chayim & Teen Track starts this Saturday, October 9 with a fabulous kick-off family Shabbat celebration, with an opportunity for our pre-teens and teens to explore Jewish texts, rituals, & values through social media such as TikTok while caregivers study with Rabbi Jillian. Want to learn more, register your family, or bring a friend? Email Rae Antonoff Portnoy, Director of Education: rae@bcc-la.org - we'd love to welcome you to our learning community! For more information, check out our website!
As part of BCC's 50th-anniversary celebration, we plan a concert that celebrates BCC’s accomplishments, as well as YOU - the remarkable people who make up this sacred community.

We invite you to send us your stories that may be woven (anonymously) into a series of monologues narrated by Cantor Juval Porat highlighting our communal journey. Please send your stories (videos, essays, poems and all other forms of expression are welcome!) to Cantor Juval at juval@bcc-la.org. The Cantor's Concert is on December 5th.

Deadline is October 20th. 

  • Can you think of a journey in your life from exclusion to inclusion?
  • Can you think of a moment in your life that inspired you to immerse yourself in activism?
  • Can you think of an experience in your life in which the embrace of failure led you to greater visioning, creating and innovating? 
  • Can you think of a story in your life in which you’ve found light in the darkness?
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