Community Updates

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Virtual Community Dinner 
April 24th, 6:30 pm
Join us virtually for the Shabbat dinner formerly known as “Out in the Neighborhood” – now on Zoom! We hope to host a fun biweekly Friday @ 6:30 un-wind with friends old and new, over delicious food you either order or prepare yourself. Everyone’s invited!
We’ll play with activities that bring us joy and camaraderie. It would be great if people could share their dinner (by picture and explanation); news stories that have nothing to do with the pandemic; physical items for “show & tell” about what keeps you cheerful (or just sane) – your favorite puzzle, CD, DVD, video game, photo of fond memory, book, etc.; and suggestions for future activities. Be creative!
Please RSVP by sending an email to Marc Breindel marclb@yahoo.com. You will receive the zoom link before the meeting. Please don’t share this link.
Ruach Chayim Shabbat Services
Friday, April 24th 8 to 9:30 pm
Join BCC’s Interim Rabbi, Rabbi Alyson Solomon, and and Cantor Juval Porat for singing and prayers as we welcome Shabbat separate from one another, yet together in community. Click this link to join: https://bit.ly/2VLdtPl.
You can download our Friday night prayer book herehttps://bcc-la.org/pdf/BCC_siddur_april14_2011.pdf . At the end of service we will be counting the Omer. You’re invited to print out this handy colorful guidehttps://bit.ly/2xPp7jI and peruse 49 contributions by BCC members https://bcc-la.org/?s=Omer.
Verse of the week:
Leviticus 14:53: He [the Priest] shall then send away the live bird outside the city, onto the [open] field. He shall thus effect atonement for the house, and it sould be ritually fit.
Service leaders:
Rabbi Alyson Solomon and Cantor Juval Porat
Officer of the evening:
James Sutherland

 

Passover with BCC Zoom

How is this Passover different from all other Passovers?
Our Second Night Seder on Thursday, April 9, from 6-8 pm, will be held virtually this year (Zoom Meeting ID: 415 315 924, Password: 021139.) Thanks to Zoom, we hope to still be able to come together as a community, connecting with each other in spite of physical distancing.
This year, we’ll be using the Queer Passover Haggadah, compiled and with original readings by Rabbi Nikki Lyn DeBlosi – Ph.D., who teaches at NYU’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, as an alternative to our regular Haggadah. We hope you find this change something to look forward to.
We very much look forward to yet again celebrate our Z’man Cheiruteinu – season of liberation – with all of you!
Below you will find warm greetings from Rabbi Nikki. After that, a list of resources we hope you will find useful preparing for this Passover that may feel and look different.
If you are struggling to adjust to our new (temporary) normal or feel lonely, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Interim Rabbi Alyson Solomon or Cantor Juval Porat.
Please note: that the deadline for ordering catered meals for your seder can be as early as TODAY!

 

 

Tuesday Torah Study with Rabbi Alyson Solomon, Tuesday, March 31, 7:15pm –  Via Call-In or Zoom

Meeting ID: 606 376 839
Password: 269979

Conference call number:
(323) 247-9810. At the prompt for the “pin” dial – 4798#.
Note: we will NOT meet at BCC or via zoom. Simply call in.

Blessings available here – bcc-la.org/tuesday-torah-study.
If you don’t yet have a humash, the Five Books of Moses, at home, or you’d like to expand your Jewish library, here are a few to consider investing in:
https://www.amazon.com/Etz-Hayim-Commentary-David-Lieber/dp/0827607121
https://www.amazon.com/Torah-Dr-Tamara-Cohn-Eshkenazi/dp/B00461M8J0
https://www.amazon.com/Torah-Queeries-Weekly-Commentaries-Hebrew/dp/0814720129
https://www.amazon.com/Five-Books-Moses-Leviticus-Deuteronomy/dp/0805211195
https://www.ccarpress.org/shopping_product_detail.asp?pid=50297

Public access on-line: https://www.sefaria.org
If you’d like help selecting a humash for your needs, drop me a note. Each one has its perks.
All are welcome to attend our virtual Torah study.

Shabbat Services, Friday, March 27, 8pm – Live stream
On Friday, the new live stream system will be up and running. Please join us via live stream (and not in person) so that as a community, we can experience Shabbat in our homes. Here are some Zoom tutorials to help you out if you get stuck.

Our Community

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our email addresses are RabbiAlysonSolomon@BCC-LA.org and Juval@BCC-LA.org. We will also reach out to you individually in the following days. If you would like to join us in calling each of our BCC congregants, please email us and we will send you a few names and numbers. We’d love your help. You may even make a (new) friend!

These are challenging times for all of us. Each day is unfolding with new and different requirements for our health – and we will continue to adapt. We care about how you are coping. Please keep in touch with your BCC friends and family. We are all in this together.

Our caring community continues to be a backbone of BCC, especially during these times. Currently led by Evelyn Poplawski and Glenn Chester, we are grateful for the calls they make, the cards they send and the care they extend. To learn more about our caring community and/or see what you can do to assist, please visit our website: bcc-la.org/care.

BCC is also part of the http://jewitathome.com/ platform – a joint effort of many communities here in Los Angeles offering resources during coronavirus days. Clergy and staff from all of our synagogue communities are committed to supporting our entire community even when we cannot be close to each other physically. Social distancing does not mean social isolation. This website contains a compilation of resources, activities, and media in order for you and your families to remain connected to Jewish community and Torah during this challenging time. Subscribe and receive a daily email of the day’s events!

We hope some of the following texts, resources and videos will be of support to you at this time.

May our earth, our scientists, our healers and inventors, in all their Divine capacities, guide us through this time of change with courage and compassion. May we, brave people of faith and hope, continue to reach out to each other with care and love.

While we may be physically alone, we are spiritually connected.

On Community
– Being Alone, Together, Especially During Challenging Times, a video message from Rabbi Solomon
– How Reform Congregation’s are coping with covid.

Taking Action
– Consider joining our larger Los Angeles Jewish community in an effort to “adopt” someone in need, make calls or offer help with shopping for groceries or supplies at icanhelp.site
– The Religious Action Center urges us to reach out as advocates and allies of those who are most vulnerable at this time. Please consider reaching out to your senators and stand with others in need.

Prayer & Study
– Liturgy for concerns regarding the coronavirus.
Prayer in a Time of Coronavirus.
Nisim B’chol Yom (Daily Miracles) for Coronavirus.
– Rabbi Solomon’s Torah on the miracle and the strength of the human body, especially during these times (at minute 40:35).
Jewish stories to enjoy on your own or with family.

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As members of the LGBTQ community, we know what it means to live through an epidemic. Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of our sibling congregation CBST in New York reminds us of our strengths: Community, ritual and joy.

Following Mayor Eric Garcetti’s direction and the recommendations of the CDC to limit gatherings, we want to do our share to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the most vulnerable among us. We therefore ask that you do not come to BCC unless necessary. Instead, we have set up livestream and Zoom conference web connections. Here are some Zoom tutorials in case you get stuck.

We are suspending all in-person gatherings, including Shabbat services, Torah Study, workshops and our second night Passover seder until further notice.

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