Join One of BCC Groups, July-August 2017

BCC offers a variety of groups for members and friends to join together to socialize, support one another, and build community. In this issue we feature our Men’s Havurah, our “Books and Bagels” discussion group, our HIV positive support group, and our life transitions support group.

BCC Men’s Havurah Invites you to a Summer Garden Party

The men of BCC and their friends are invited to a summer evening of delicious food, drink, and friendly conversation in a serene garden setting. The party will be co-hosted by Jerry Nodiff and Mark Brown at Jerry’s home in Santa Monica, and men of all ages are welcome.

A delicious Mediterranean buffet dinner catered by Tender Greens will be provided, as well as wine and non-alcoholic beverages. The varied menu will include entrée choices of chicken, grilled albacore tuna, and a veggie option with a variety of salads.

DATE: Sunday, July 16th
TIME: 5:30 PM until dark
Address and parking info will be sent in response to your paid RSVP
RSVP deadline: Wednesday July 12th
COST: $20 for members; $25 for non-members

Checks, made payable to BCC, may be sent to the temple office. Please allow sufficient time to ensure payment arrives by the deadline. Please note in the memo line: “Men’s Hav, 7/16/17, and your choice of entree”. BCC members may also pay with their credit card on file. Your contribution will serve as your RSVP. If anyone has a hardship, please don’t hesitate to contact Mark Brown.

If you have questions, please email Jerry Nodiff or Mark Brown.

BCC Books and Bagels Focuses on the Middle East

BCC’s Book Group (Books and Bagels) has been meeting continuously since January 1995. The group meets monthly in members’ homes for a bagel brunch and discussion of a book selected by the group. We read a variety of books: fiction and non-fiction, American and Israeli, historical and contemporary. The only requirement (usually) is some Jewish content (LGBT content is a plus, but not required). Our next two meetings are as follows.

Sunday, July 30, 10:00 am,
Letters to a Young Muslim, by Omar Sarif Ghobush 

Though this book does not have Jewish content, it will be an interesting way to gain insight into a positive view of Muslim thinking about the modern world and resistance to extremist Islamic propaganda.  It takes the form of a letter from the UAE ambassador to Russia to his son, using diplomatic and other skills to encourage young Muslims to resist the attraction to extremism and violence.

Sunday, August 27, 10:00 am
Henna House, by Nomi Eve

This historical novel is about the events surrounding the airlift of Yemenite Jews to Israel in the 1940s, from the point of view of a Yemenite Jewish family.

The group is open to BCC members and non-members, and you are welcome to join us for a particular book that may interest you. RSVP is required for location and to ensure enough food. For more information, contact Larry Nathenson.

Chizuk Chiyuvi/HIV Positive Support Group Meets at a New Time

Starting on Saturday, July 1, BCC’s monthly support group for people living with HIV, and their friends and loved ones, will meet from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at BCC. “Chizuk chiyuvi” means “positive reinforcement,” and this group features discussions on pertinent topics, guest speakers, friendship and support. This is a confidential, safe, and comforting environment. For more information, contact Mark.

Need a Morale Boost? Try BCC’s Life Transitions Support Group

If you could use some help dealing with the stress of relationships, careers, economics, social life, family life, health or bereavement, you might want to give the BCC Life Transitions Group a try. The goal of the BCC Life Transitions Group is to enhance participants’ spiritual and emotional growth.

Participants have the opportunity to share their experiences, give and receive mutual support, and exchange coping skills with one another in a confidential atmosphere. Everyone is welcome – members and non-members. The group meets twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

This support group is facilitated by Shirley Hirschberg, Social Worker. Shirley is also available for individual sessions. For more information, please call the BCC office at (323) 931-7023, ext. 205.

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