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Sundays 1:30-3 pm, February 14, 21, & 28 
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Join Dr. Arie Zmora for a three-session course: Pandemics in Perspective – What can we learn from the historical experience? The course will discuss basic concepts to understand these pandemics and epidemics over time, including their causes, manifestations, and lethality, and will address the ways in which fear of epidemics and the helplessness to confront them triggered mass hysteria, stigmatization, and the scapegoating of marginalized groups through three case studies: the Black Death in medieval Europe, the death of the indigenous population in Mesoamerica during the 1500s, and the AIDS Epidemic in the US.


Sundays at 9:30 am starting on March 7

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For those who can already read Hebrew (decode), this is your chance to focus on learning Hebrew vocabulary and comprehension, primarily based on prayers found in the siddur. Learn with Cynthia Freedman starting on March 7! The class will be held at 9:30 am Sundays.

The fee is on a sliding scale: $50-180 for the entire course. Cost should not be a barrier. Payment arrangements can be made; contact Rabbi Tamar if a scholarship is needed. Questions? Contact Rabbi Tamar!


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Shabbat Youth Services

  • Minyan Katan: 9 am at for families with children ages 0 – 5
  • Youth Tefilah: 11 am at for kids in elementary school through 6th grade

Shabbat Morning Classes


We put together “Kiddush Kits” to help it feel a little more like Shabbat. The kits can be used on their own, or in conjunction with our online kiddush! If you can’t pick one up but would like one, let us know on the sign-up form.

If you would like to sponsor a future week’s kiddush kits, the cost is $400; go to and choose “I would like to sponsor a kiddush” under “Choose a Fund”.

If you would like a kit, you must sign up at by WEDNESDAY of that week; Kits can be picked up on Friday at Beth Jacob between 2-4 pm.


Let’s stay in touch during the pandemic! If you would like to send postcards to other congregants please let us know below and we will provide the cards and addresses, and make sure that everyone knows how much they are missed! Questions? Contact Frances.

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  • 21st Century Judaism
    Noon at
     – Judaism has come a long way, but where is it going? How can it speak to us as we journey ever onward into an uncertain future? Find out on Mondays at noon with Rabbi Rubin!
  • Swimming in the Sea of Talmud
    7:30 pm at
    – Join Rabbi Rubin for a deep dive into the repository of the rabbinic tradition on Monday evenings. Experience with Talmud study helpful, but not essential. All texts will be accessible in the original as well as via translation.
  • On One Foot: An Introduction to Judaism
    Noon at
    – This course with Rabbi Rubin and Rabbi Tamar is ideal for students seeking a basic orientation to fundamental Jewish concepts. The class is open to Beth Jacob members as well as the general community. Please go to to register.
  • Morning Mishnah
    After Minyan (Around 8 Am) at
     – A new class with Rabbi Tamar! Delve deep into the words of our oral tradition and its place in our lives today. See you Wednesdays after Minyan!

Wine and Chocolate Sale

To Benefit BJC Youth Programs

(and people who like wine and/or chocolate!)

The Beth Jacob Youth Committee is coordinating the annual Wine and Chocolate Sale, with proceeds going to benefit Beth Jacob youth programs. All wine and chocolates are kosher for Passover (and year-round!); stock up on your favorites, especially if you have an upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Wedding, or other simcha.
Peruse your choices on the order forms:

Divrei Torah

Check out our archive of Divrei Torah. These are available for those who missed them the first time, or who want to revisit them.

Click here to read them!

Medical Device Share

Many congregants have medical equipment in their homes that they needed temporarily, but no longer need. Many items are only gathering cobwebs (crutches, shower chairs, wheel chairs or “travel” chairs, etc.). Most of us would love for them to be used and are willing to lend them out.

Beth Jacob has set up a way to share your equipment or borrow what you need; go to Add your name and item to the list, or, if you need an item, contact the person who has it. Refuah Shleimah!