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Summer B’not (that’s more than one Bat) Mitzvah

posted Jun 1, 2012, 5:48 PM by Rebecca Goodman   [ updated Jun 1, 2012, 5:53 PM by BIJ Educator ]

Ashley Aucar Becomes a Bat Mitzvah
June 2, 10:00am

Please join us as Ashley is called to the Torah for the first time.
The Aucar Family invites you to celebrate with them at the kiddush following services.
Read more about Ashley here, in the May/June BIJ Bulletin, page 9.

Shiloh Atkinson Becomes a Bat Mitzvah
June 23, 10:00am

Please join us as Shiloh is called to the Torah for the first time.
The Atkinson-Alberts Family invites you to celebrate with them at the kiddush following services.
Read more about Shiloh in here, the May/June BIJ Bulletin, page 9.

Don’t forget your Hebrew!

posted Jun 1, 2012, 5:33 PM by Rebecca Goodman

Sundays, 1:00-3:00pm – June 10, July 8 & August 12
Join me (Rebecca) during Craft ‘n Schmooze to brush up on your Hebrew during the summer so we start next fall ahead of where we were at the end of YAFE this year. Kids, please bring your books/binders from Hevruta Hebrew and we’ll do some activities, reading practice and since it’s summer… Hebrew games! Parents, bring your favorite craft and join others for a fun time to schmooze and craft (as the name implies) RSVP to Rebecca by Friday at noon before each session.

First Fridays this summer:

posted Jun 1, 2012, 5:32 PM by Rebecca Goodman

June 1, 6:30 pm First Friday – not Potluck!

Who doesn’t love BBQ? After such a successful BBQ of hamburgers, hotdogs, potato and macaroni salads on Purim – we’re doing it again! BIJ is providing the main dishes (burgers/dogs). Please bring a PARVE (no dairy) dessert to share. Rabbi Gottlieb and Song Leader Ricki Weintraub will lead us in a fun-filled Shabbat and family service. 

July 6, 6:30pm 4th of July Celebration
We’ll have a “regular” potluck and BIJ will provide apple pie and ice cream for dessert as we celebrate our independence!

August 3 @ Camp Newman
By popular demand, we return to URJ Camp Newman for the First Friday in August. You must sign up online to attend this special Shabbat dinner and service at camp. Join your BIJ friends and see what camp is all about! All details are available online at:

Hamantashen Baking

posted Mar 1, 2012, 9:10 AM by BIJ Educator   [ updated Feb 21, 2013, 7:05 PM ]

Hamentaschen Cookie Dough Recipe

1 stick margarine or butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

2 1/2 cups flour

1/3 cup orange juice

grated zest of 1 orange (or 1 tsp. orange peel spice)

  • In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar until well blended.
  • Add the 2 (beaten) eggs, and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, salt, orange zest and orange juice, blending until the dough is smooth and forms a ball.
  • Mix well and refrigerate dough for several hours or overnight
  • Makes about 2 1/2 dozen hamentaschen (see directions below).


(Ingredient proportions are approximate ...it’s a little of this, a little of that!)

Apricots or Prunes (2 cups)

Orange Juice (aprox. 1 cup)

Water (as needed to cover fruit = 1/2”)



  • Place approximately 2 cups apricots or prunes in a pot
  • Cover with a combination of 1/2 water and 1/2 fresh orange juice (or ready made with pulp)
  • Simmer until fruit is soft and has formed a jam like substance
  • Add honey and lemon to taste (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using extra flour to avoid sticking, roll out dough to 1/8” - 1/4” thick.
  • Using a round cutter approximately 3 1/2 - 4” in diameter, cut circles in the dough.
  • In the center of the circle, place a dollop (1 heaping tsp) of filling.
  • Fold edges over, 1/3rd at a time to form a triangle.

Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet 15-20 minutes or until edges and bottom turn golden brown.

Eat & Enjoy!


Kehillah Kedosha - Building a Holy Community - Family Education

posted Nov 22, 2011, 9:46 AM by BIJ Educator

Sunday, November 20       9:30 am - 12:00 pm
We’re exploring Kehillah Kedoshah – Holy Community!

Starting at 9:30 sharp … in the Mercaz (the school building).


Why are we in the Mercaz? Because it’s a Family Education Day this Sunday! Kids, Parents, Grandparents, and other family friends are welcome to join us!


Upon arrival, go up the stairs to the Beit Midrash, the large room on the right. If you don’t know where that is you can ask Anatoly or follow your ears – we’ll be singing!! At 9:45 you’ll go to your first workshop (you’ll pick two of these six options and more details will be provided Sunday morning).


1.       Dissonance and Accord – Creating Family Harmony through Song with Ricki

2.       From Generation to Generation – A Cooking Activity with Rikki

3.       Sages, Young and Old – Studying Jewish Texts with Rabbi Gottlieb

4.       Do You Have a Rav? – Studying Jewish Texts with Jamie

5.       Our Family Adventure – A Physical Activity with Dona
This session is full of adventure, boundary breaking, and fun! We’ll spend time in the fresh air as we tackle physical activities together. One by one, you and me, we’ll strengthen our kehillah kedoshah (holy community)!

6.       Our Family Tree – An Art Project with Shani and Brianna
Once upon a time, all families looked the same. Today very few families look like any other. Families are made up of supportive members. Sometimes they live in the same house. Sometimes they live in different houses. Some are related by blood and some are not. What makes a family? What does your family look like?

Rabbi Danny Installation Shabbat

posted Nov 17, 2011, 6:17 AM by BIJ Educator

Rabbi Gottlieb
Rabbi Danny Installation Shabbat
Friday & Saturday, November 11 & 12

Please don’t miss these exciting events; including our YAFE students taking part in the installation of Rabbi Gottlieb – they have been practicing and will be called to the bimah for a special song! We hope you’ll join us Shabbat morning!!! See below for more information, childcare options and to RSVP.

Erev Shabbat Services - Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 7:30pm
The Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 7:30pm on Friday night will welcome our honored out-of-town guests, including friends and family of Rabbi Gottlieb.  Rabbi Emma Gottlieb (our rabbi's daughter) will share a Dvar Torah and there will be special musical selections. We will also honor the Jewish War Veterans, who are co-sponsoring the Oneg, where we'll have an opportunity to meet and schmooze with the guests.A celebratory Kiddush luncheon will follow services.

Shabbat Morning Services - Saturday, September 12, 2011 @ 10:00am
Shabbat morning will begin at 9:00 am with Torah Study led by Rabbi Jordon Goldson. Shabbat morning service begin at 10:00 am; Rabbi Gottlieb's installation will take place as a part of the Torah service.  Long-time friend Rabbi Jordan Goldson of Congregation B'nai Israel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana will lead the installation ceremony. 

Childcare can be provided during the luncheon; when you RSVP, please notify the office if you are interested in childcare.

RSVP to the office ASAP    office@bij.org or 415.586.8833

Save the date to go to Camp Newman this winter!

posted Aug 21, 2011, 12:19 PM by BIJ Educator

Fall Kallah                               October 14-16, 2011
Reunion and Taste of Camp Newman (3rd-6th Grade)

Join us for a weekend of fun, camp friends and a great Shabbat experience!!  During the event the participants will be exposed to the excitement of Jewish camping, have the opportunity to make new friends, and get a taste of what Camp Newman has to offer.

West Coast Party                   January 13-16, 2012
There really ain't no party like it... (9th-12th Grade)
Bringing together over 350 teens from across the western United States, West Coast Party is a bi-annual event that allows Jewish teens to explore their Jewish identity in a safe, Jewish camp environment. Participants will have the opportunity to reunite with friends from Camp Newman, Camp Kalsman, NFTY, EIE, Mitzvah Corps, and NFTY in Israel while making new friends along the way.

Spring Kallah              March 2-4, 2012
Reunion and Taste of Camp Newman (6th-8th Grade)
Specially programmed for middle-school aged campers, Spring Kallah offers a weekend of fun, camp friends and a great Shabbat experience!! Whether you come to reunite with friends, make new friends, or just have some good old fashion fun, you won't want to miss out on this amazing event.  

Family Camp               April 27-29, 2012
Fun for the WHOLE Mishpacha! 
Join us for a taste of summer camp for the whole family. Celebrate Shabbat and the joy of Jewish living with your whole family. Enjoy arts, hiking, music, sports and more in a warm, enriching environment. 

Coming up...

posted May 26, 2011, 1:38 PM by BIJ Educator   [ updated Aug 17, 2011, 10:28 AM ]

Baking and Crafting in the New Year                                       Sunday, August 21, 1:00pm
Join us as we bake round challah, honey cakes and make New Years cards as we celebrate Rosh Hashanah and the start of 5772.
RSVP to Rebecca: rgoodman@bij.org or 415.625.3613 

Nashot Mitzvah Service & Celebration

posted May 26, 2011, 1:25 PM by BIJ Educator

You are warmly invited to join us as we - the Nashot Mitzvah class of 5771 - are called to the Torah on Shabbat morning Parashat Shelach Lecha, June 18, 2011 at 10:00am.


Each of us will chant an aliyah and together will lead the tefilot, prayers, offer poems, deliver divrei Torah, teaching about the Torah portion, and share stories about our multi-year adventure in Jewish learning. 


A kiddush luncheon and celebration will follow. Please RSVP to the BIJ office at office@bij.org or by calling 415-586-8833.

  • Simcha Greenspan
  • Gail Harden
  • Myra Herpe
  • Terry Levy
  • Yvonne Lorvan
  • Jocelyn Pascoe
  • Sherrie Rosenberg
  • Robin Winburn-Woll

Save these Dates!!

posted Apr 13, 2011, 4:50 PM by BIJ Educator   [ updated Jul 21, 2011, 12:57 PM ]

Kasher the BIJ Kitchen                                               Sunday, April 17, 10:00am (no YFP)

Children and adults of all ages are invited to join Rabbi Glazer in learning what it means to kasher a kitchen for Pesach (Passover), as we prepare the BIJ kitchen. Feel free to bring some bits of bread for the ritual burning of chametz. Then join in the fun as we set the tables for our community’s second-night seder.

BIJ Annual Meeting                                                                        Sunday, May 1, 10:00am

First Friday Family Potluck Shabbat Dinner                                  Friday, May 6, 6:30pm

Families join us for the monthly potluck Shabbat dinner and service. We’ll celebrate birthdays and share our food. No YFP on Sunday this weekend, in honor of Mothers’ Day.

Youth-Led Shabbat & Faculty Appreciation                    Saturday, May 14, 10:00am

Don’t miss this celebratory event highlighting our students leading us in prayer and honoring our faculty for a fabulous year! No YFP on Sunday this weekend, in honor of our youth & faculty [and Bay to Breakers].

Lag B’Omer picnic                                                       Sunday, May 22, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Bring a picnic for yourself and an item to share with others at our final YFP event & end of the year celebration at the Walter Haas Playground on Addison. The major cross street is Diamond Heights Boulevard. Restrooms will be available across the street at the Goodman/Kerner home. Look for Ann Morgenstern and stake out a spot for your family! Rabbi Glazer will be there for the first portion of the picnic – looking forward to seeing you there!


YFP/yafe Committee Meeting                                                     Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 pm

If you have not yet RSVPd, please let Rebecca know your availability! Join us for our final committee meeting of this year. Your feedback about this year and ideas for the future is desired as we finalize plans for next fall. Help us determine the activities we will offer your child!

First Friday Family Potluck Shabbat Dinner                                 Friday, June 3, 6:30pm

Israel in the Gardens, Yerba Buena Gardens, SF                                   Sunday, June 4

An estimated 20,000 people will gather to enjoy Israeli music, film, food and to celebrate our Jewish community and Israel’s 63rd anniversary.

Craft ’n Shmooze                                                                  Sunday, June 12, 1:30-3:00 pm

Friday Night Feast & Farewell to Rabbi Glazer                        Friday, June 17, 6:30pm

First Friday Family Potluck Shabbat Dinner                                   Friday, July 1, 6:30pm

Havdallah, Game Night & Storytelling                                   Saturday, July 30, 6:30pm

Game night was such a success, we’re doing it again! With the addition of storytelling (and maybe a little acting) for the youngsters, don’t miss it!

First Friday goes to Camp Newman                                    Friday, August 5, 4:00 - 9:30pm

Beth Israel Judea members, staff and officers are warmly invited to enjoy a musical Shabbat at camp. The evening includes a reception with URJ Camp Newman officers, Shabbat dinner, singing and dancing. You must register online to attend.

Baking and Crafting in the New Year                                                Sunday, August 21

Join us as we bake round challah, honey cakes and make New Years cards as we celebrate Rosh Hashanah and the start of 5772.

More details online:  https://sites.google.com/site/bijyafe/

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