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June 16, 2022 - 17 Sivan 5782
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And on joyous occasions - your fixed festivals and new moon days - you shall sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and your sacrifices of well-being. They shall be a reminder of you before your God: I, Adonai, am your God.

Numbers 10:10
Upcoming Services & Events
Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, June 17, 8 pm

Join BCC members Miriam Zimmerman, Estaire Press and Jeanelle LaMance to welcome Shabbat together through soulful song, prayer, creative teachings, communal connection. Click here to register for in-person attendance!
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Saturday, June 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.
Trans Havurah Hangout
Sunday, June 19, 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!
Creating Community, Making History: 50 Years of Beth Chayim Chadashim
Thursday, June 23, 12 pm (PT)

This conversation will explore the history of Beth Chayim Chadashim, founded as the first synagogue by and for gay and lesbian Jews, 50 years ago in Los Angeles. The presenters will discuss factors that led to the formation of the congregation and its accomplishments and challenges in the early years. What impact did BCC have on queer Jews in other parts of the U.S. and world? How has the congregation developed over these 50 years and what lies ahead? 
Save the Date
BCC Out and About
Saturday, June 25, 12 pm

Join us for this monthly opportunity to explore all the fun (Jew-ish and LGBTQIA+-ish) things the LA area has to offer together!

Join us as we continue to celebrate Pride month, this time in Long Beach! Born this Gay is a FREE community event featuring queer musicians, artists, food Vendors, and drag performers. Let us know that you're coming by writing to Click here to learn more about the event!
Havdalah Healing Service
Saturday, June 25, 6 pm

Please join Cantor Juval Porat for a healing service, bidding farewell to Shabbat and welcoming in the new week with music, Jewish texts, and prayers of healing, recovery, strength, and hope. This event is remote only. Click here to register!
BCC Books & Bagels
Sunday, June 26, 10 am

Join fellow BCC book lovers for our monthly book group meeting on Zoom 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

The book for this month is People Love Dead Jews. by Dara Horn. A nonfiction exploration by a contemporary novelist about why so much discourse about Jews involves how they have been killed in the past and not how they live today.
There is more!
The War in Ukraine - Ways to Give Support to the Ukrainian People

HIAS - HIAS is responding with emergency humanitarian assistance to those who are displaced.
World Central Kitchen - WCK is serving thousands of meals in Ukraine and neighboring countries.
IsraAID Emergency Response Team - IsraAID provides urgent relief, psychological first aid. 
ALL OUT - ALL OUT is partnering with Kyiv Pride, Insight Ukraine, and other organizations to help get LGBT+ folks to safety.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles - The Jewish Federation is mobilizing to respond to the needs of the Jewish community in Ukraine. 
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The World's First LGBTQIA+ Synagogue
At BCC, we are dedicated to growing and sustaining our synagogue family - virtually and in person. We are grateful to so many of you who share your time, wisdom and resources with our community.

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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