First Friday Shabbat

Join us for our first monthly experimental services. The first Friday of each month starting October 2019, Cantor Juval Porat and Rabbi Alyson Solomon will explore a community theme or idea.

First Friday of the month, 7pm*

*Please note the earlier timing to allow for more awakened energy, variety and potentially even a fresh venue about town. 

BCC’s First Fridays are a great opportunity to experience Shabbat with fresh eyes and ears. Each month your clergy create a unique Shabbat experience drawing on key themes from the Hebrew month, its holidays and what’s going on in our world. For those of you haven’t yet shared our unique First Friday vibe, here’s your invitation.


FIRST FRIDAY Shabbat, May 1, 7pm

The Poetry of Israel & The Poetry of our Bodies – Honoring Israel’s Sacred Days, Yom Ha’Atzmaut & Yom Ha’Zikaron and Tending to our Inner Temple .

D’var Torah: Chair Yoga to Nurture Our Inner Temple and Shine our Light with Rabbi Solomon


 First Friday Shabbat:  What Does Liberation Mean to You?

Friday, April 3rd
7 to 8:30 pm
Via zoom
Queer Exoduses, Stories From Egypt
Friday, April 3rd, Q & A After Service
Please also join us for “Queer Exoduses, Stories from Egypt” – a virtual talk by guest speaker Tarek M. Salama during services. Salama is an Egyptian PhD student of Anthropology at UC Irvine. A feminist and queer activist, Salama has been engaged in LGBTQI organizing back in Egypt for the last 10 years.
Tarek’s dissertation research, entitled as “Queer Exoduses: Diasporic Egyptians, Remembering and Politics of Healing,” aims to situate the struggles of Egyptian LGBTQI community members, who had to leave Egypt because of state and societal violence in the last 8 years, in the larger picture of Militarization as a social, political and cultural project in Egypt.

February 7, at 6:15 at Temple Isiah!
10345 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Shabbat Shira (“The Sabbath of Song”) occurs annually when we read Exodus 15, the “Song of the Sea.” Join the BCC and Temple Isaiah Choirs for this special occasion, celebrating the history of Synagogue music of the Reform Movement.
(Rehearsal, if you’d like to join, will take place Wednesday, February 5th 7:30pm-9:30pm at Temple Isaiah)

Please note the deadline for RSVP is Wednesday RSVP HERE

Here are some elements you can count on:
• First Fridays begin at 7pm and the service experience runs about an hour. Note the earlier start time to allow for more awakened energy, variety and occasionally a fresh venue about town.

• We will sit in the round, to enjoy the view of our BCC friends and family.
• There will be beautiful Shabbat candles lit in the middle of the circle, to bask in the light.
• Our Shabbat candles will be lit by those celebrating a birthday, anniversary or joyous occasion in the month ahead.
• There will be a yummy oneg to follow and you’re invited to bring your favorite sweet or savory treat to share (vegetarian, please).

At our last First Friday Shabbat service of 2019, our focus was on healing and on how prayer and practice, particularly the Sh’ma said at bedtime, can support our journeys through the darkness and the light of life. Thank you to those who joined us.

Our First Friday Yoga Shabbat on Friday, January 3rd, included a gentle chair, standing and walking yoga experience for all bodies and backgrounds. For an inclusive and shared movement experience, we focused on chair yoga, walking and moving meditation and a series of standing and balance poses. This yoga aims to be accessible to all and interacts with the Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv evening service, including Kaddish. Wear loose and comfortable clothes and footwear, bring a friend and your open heart. Crafted with love and soul by yoga teachers, Rabbi Alyson Solomon and Oshri Liron and Cantor Juval Porat.

Here are our plans for future First Fridays:

• Feb 7 – 6:15pm start time – Shabbat Shira at Temple Isaiah –
Journey through the music of Reform Judaism

• March 6 – Pre-Purim Shabbat
• April 3 – Shabbat of stories and songs of liberation
• May 1 – Israel in its complexity with guests from A Wider Bridge
• June 5 – Revelation Shabbat – Celebrating diversity within (for
Pride month)
First Fridays are a great opportunity to experience the variety of
Jewish prayer modalities. We look forward to celebrating these
unique First Friday Shabbat experiences with you.



Stories of Forgiveness 

Friday, Oct 4, 7-8pm

During the October 4th Shabbat Service we will share voices from our Forgiveness Project. If you haven’t already contributed, please do so by October 1st! 

This year, forgiveness means to me…? We invite you to please click on this google form and share with us and each other an anonymous brief response to this question. Offer a personal insight, story, poem or song (100 word max). Click here to peruse and pray on each other’s creative responses.

For thoughts or questions about our monthly experimental Shabbat please email Rabbi Alyson Solomon.