Mazel Tov to our April Brit Mitzvah Celebrants and our Other High Achievers

Rabbi Lisa with new brit mitzvah Tracy Moore, Jeff Cohen, Marie Pedersen, and Michael Hyder. Photo by Ray Eelsing
Rabbi Lisa with new brit mitzvah Tracy Moore, Jeff Cohen, Marie Pedersen, and Michael Hyder. Photo by Ray Eelsing

We congratulate this year’s first group of adult brit mitzvah students at BCC, who completed their months-long course with Rabbi Lisa and Cantor Juval and were called to the Torah on April 12 and 13:

Friday, April 12
James Sutherland
Saturday, April 13
Jeffrey Cohen, Michael Hyder, Tracy Moore, and Marie Pedersen

Each of them chanted a part of their Torah portion from Leviticus, chapter 14, and gave a short drash on their section and how they understand its relevance for contemporary Judaism. This was a challenging portion dealing with people who must “leave the camp” due to leprosy or other illness, or whose homes must be purified or destroyed because of such contamination, and how we can reintegrate them and welcome them back into the community.

Please enjoy these photos, and congratulate the celebrants when you see them!

Our second group of students will be called to the Torah on the Shabbat before Memorial Day. We’ll celebrate on Friday night May 24 with Mark Homyk and Tera Klein, followed on Saturday morning May 25 by Ira Dankberg, Melissa Minkin, Ronnie Wexler, Todd Moellenberg, and Joy Zimnavoda.

These students have also studied with Rabbi Lisa and Cantor Juval for the last several months and are practicing day and night, sharing study techniques and supporting one another as they master new skills. Don’t be surprised if you see some of them again and again reading Torah and/or leading services at BCC. Come share in their accomplishments!

Click here to view more photos of our adult brit mitzvah students at work.

We also wish a hearty “mazel tov” to these BCC members on the recent or upcoming achievements and simchas.  

Dr. Les Zendle was elected President of the Board of Directors of Desert Healthcare District (Palm Springs) on April 23.  He previously served as Vice President.

Davi Cheng is one of three artists participating in the gallery show and art talk “True Colors: Artwork from Jews of Color Exploring Identity.”  The opening reception is on Saturday, May 4, with additional talks on Monday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 14, all at 6:30 pm. The show and talks are free, but tickets are required for the performance.  Located at The Gallery at the Braid in Santa Monica.

For a PDF of the gallery show click here


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