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Weekly News & Updates
September 15, 2022 - 19 Elul 5782
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"[Alexander the Great] said to [the Jewish Sages]: Is it better to live at sea, or is it better to live on dry land? They said to him: It is better to live on dry land, as all seafarers, their minds are constantly unsettled until they reach the dry land." Babylonian Talmud, Tamid 32a

When do you find yourself "at sea" or "on dry land"?
Upcoming Services & Events
Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, September 16, 8 pm

Join Rabbi Jillian Cameron and Cantor Juval Porat to welcome Shabbat together through soulful song, prayer, creative teachings, and communal connection. Featuring a drash by BCC board member Jonathan Falk! Click here to register for in-person attendance!
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Saturday, September 17, 10 am

BCC's Monthly Shabbat Morning Minyan continues in a most nontraditional way—by Zoom and in-person. 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.
S'lichot Service
Saturday, September 17, 7 pm

Join us for a night of reflection, study, music and community as we uncover the year past and look ahead at the new year to come. Featuring guest musician Evgeny Tonkha on Cello. Click here to register for in-person attendance!
Trans Havurah Hangout
Sunday, September 18, 1 pm

Na'avor (let's cross), BCC's trans Havurah, invites you to join our monthly Zoom hangout. We welcome people who are trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, GNC, intersex, and allies. Join us to catch up and schmooze! Contact if you need more information!
Elul Classes: The Land and the Holidays with Rabbinic Student Hannah Bender
Tuesday, September 20, 7 pm

We're excited to present this year's Elul Classes! Join BCC's clergy and our special guests to enrich your spiritual journey through this reflective and important time in the Jewish calendar. Sessions are on September 13 and 20 at 7 pm in place of our usual Tuesday Torah Study. Learn more about the Elul Classes here.
Save the Date
Reverse Tashlich (Beach Cleanup)
Sunday, October 2, 10 am

This year, BCC is joining our friends at Temple Beth Am as well as Jews around the country and the world to do our part in repairing and cleaning up the oceans as an expression of our Jewish traditions and values. We'll meet at Santa Monica Beach near lifeguard tower 26. Please bring towels, a picnic, and beach toys to hang out after as we transition into a BCC in Your Neighborhood Event: Santa Monica Beach Day. Click here to register for Reverse Tashlich through Repair the Seas. Early morning beach cleanup is not your thing? Come later and hang with new and old BCC friends and family at the beach! Click here to register for BCC in Your Neighborhood: Santa Monica Beach Day.
There is more!
For resources on community health, the war in Ukraine, and reproductive rights, please check out the resources page on the BCC website.
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Your continued support and generosity are critical. It allows us to ensure the breadth and depth of all we offer throughout the year, maintain our physical space, sustain our human resources and guarantee our place as a safe, progressive and vibrant LGBTQIA+ Jewish space in the Los Angeles community now and for generations to come. Thank you for your care and commitment to our beloved community.
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