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Weekly News & Updates
September 9, 2021 - 3 Tishrei 5781
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of gathering with some community members in the BCC parking lot for the second day Rosh Hashanah creative text study session. It was lovely to see people in person, but it was even more meaningful to hear from others give of themselves as we engaged with our ancient texts. Our clergy thoughtfully chose an excerpt from the poem On Giving by Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), a Lebanese artist, poet, and writer, to accompany the source texts on the biblical concept of Shmita, the year of release, where humans allow the land to rest and recover, and debts are canceled. I hope to see many more of you at one of the in-person opportunities during the upcoming festival of Sukkot. See below for sign-up instructions. You will also receive a separate Sukkot invitation in your inbox tomorrow.
 
On Giving
You give but little when you Give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
You often say, "I would give, but only to the deserving."
The trees in your orchard say not so,
nor the flocks in your pasture.
They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.
See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver,
and an instrument of giving.
For in truth it is life that gives unto life while you,
who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.
 
With immense gratitude to our clergy, my fellow lay leaders, our tireless volunteers, and each member of our extended BCC family for generously giving of yourselves in a myriad of ways,
 
Jessica Donath
Executive Vice President
Upcoming Services & Events
Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, September 10, 7:30 PM

Join us for Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Jillian Cameron and Cantor Juval Porat to joyfully welcome Shabbat through soulful song, prayer, creative teachings and communal connection.

Please click the registration link below to join BCC family and friends in welcoming Shabbat together on Zoom. Services will also be accessible on Facebook.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Saturday, September 18, 10 AM

BCC's Monthly Shabbat Morning Minyan continues in a most nontraditional way—by Zoom. 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.
September Trans Havurah Hangout
Sunday, September 19, 1 PM

BCC's trans havurah invites you to join our September hangout. We welcome people who are trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, GNC, intersex, and allies. Join us to catch up and schmooze!
BCC Life Transitions Group
Every First and Third Wednesday,
7 PM

The goal of the BCC Life Transitions Group is to enhance participants' spiritual and emotional growth. It deals with issues in areas of concern such as relationships, careers, economics, social life, family, health, and bereavement. We meet every first and third Wednesday of the month. This support group is facilitated by Shirley Hirschberg, Social Worker. Upcoming dates: 9/22, 10/6.
BCC Books & Bagels
Sunday, September 26, 10 AM

Join fellow BCC book lovers for the Book Group meeting on Zoom. This group meets once a month (typically the last Sunday) to discuss Jewish fiction or non-fiction book selections, sometimes with LGBT content. Space is limited. Please contact Larry Nathenson for the Zoom link at larrynath@aol.com.

The book for this month is Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty and Law, by Jeffrey Rosen. A series of interviews with the late Supreme Court justice on a variety of topics that influenced her legal thinking and her approach to the law, by a noted and accessible legal writer.
Save the Date!
Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah events are coming up. Don't forget to sign up and register!
Events marked with an asterisk (*) are in person!

Yom Kippur Morning: click here to register!
Yom Kippur Afternoon: click here to register!
Yom Kippur Youth and Family Service: click here to register!
12 Step Meeting: click here to register!
Yizkor/Ne'ilah: click here to register!
*Erev Sukkot Celebration: click here to register!
*Lunch in the Sukkah: click here to sign up for a time!
*In the Sukkah with HIAS: click here to register!
*Havdalah in the Sukkah: click here to register!
Simchat Torah Service (begins with Yizkor): click here to register!
Announcements
Seeking Name Readers for Yizkor Service

At BCC, it is our tradition to read the names of our loved ones and community members we remember at Yizkor on Yom Kippur. We are looking for two people who want to take turns reading names aloud during our Zoom service on September 16th at 5 pm. Please let the office know of your interest by sending an email with the subject line Names to bcc@bcc-la.org.
In celebration of our 50 year anniversary, we invite you to show us your love of BCC!

Simply take a short video of yourself, share your name and how long you’ve been a member of BCC followed by “I love BCC because…”

Alternatively, we invite you to hold up a sign that says “BCC because…” and take a picture of it. It could be “BCC because of the community”, “BCC because of my ability to live out my Judaism as a queer person” and more!

Share your submissions with us at bcc@bcc-la.org to get featured on BCC's website and social media platforms!
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