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Announcements & Times

Weekday Minyan Times

8:00 AM | Sunday
6:45 AM | Monday-Friday

We will have Coffee and Biscotti at Monday and Thursday morning Minyans going forward as a thank you to those who participate in our daily services.

4:30 PM | Sunday Mincha/Maariv
6:45 PM | Monday-Thursday Maariv

Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday Maariv services will be a Shiva Minyan at the Rubin-Shaham home.

Services at Beth Jacob

Alameda County recently lifted its local masking Health Officer Order and re-aligned with the State's Face Masking Guidance.

In keeping with those local and state guidelines, Beth Jacob will no longer require masks indoors. The Reopening Committee notes that COVID is still circulating at high levels in our communities and everyone should exercise caution.

The Committee strongly recommends wearing a mask in indoor public settings, including the Beth Jacob Sanctuary and Upstairs Social Hall, to protect the wearer and those around them from infection and long COVID.



Save the Date - December 18th, 12PM-2PM

Annual Chanukah Carnival Returns!!!
Prepare for the first night of Chanukah by joining us in the Upstairs Social Hall, Sunday December 18th from 12-2PM. There will be music, cotton candy, Chanukah-themed games and activities, as well as our annual Golden Latke Competition! 

Volunteers Needed - Please let Rav Shua know if you can help setting up, overseeing, or cleaning up some stations at the carnival. 

Annual Golden Latke Competition

Do you think you make the best Latkes? Put your skills and family recipe to the test. We will be frying up these latkes in the morning on-site, Sunday Dec. 18th,  in advance of the carnival, where the testing and voting will take place. The winner will go home not only with the Golden Latke but with bragging rights as well. Please email Rav Shua if you would like to enter the competition.  

Adult Learning

Lunchtime Talmud
Our weekly Talmud shiur, 30 years in the running, still makes learning Talmud feel fresh for both beginners and those with experience. This year, we are tackling Masechet Gittin, discussing the laws of religious divorce, witnesses, and rabbinical courts. Every Thursday at noon on Zoom. Click here to join.

Hands On Mitzvah Workshops with Eliezer Cohn Following our post-Shabbat Maariv Service, December 10th, Eliezer Cohn will lead a live, interactive demonstration helping understand the inner mechanics of electricity to have a deeper understanding on why Shabbat and electricity does not mix. Join us, it should be... electrifying. 

Coffee, Cookies and Kabbalah on Sunday mornings
Join Eliezer Cohn for a guided text study to help infuse spirituality into our daily lives. Sunday mornings after Minyan from 8:45 - 9:15 AM.

book club

All the meetings are on Zoom from 7:30-8:30.

Monday, Jan. 9th:  The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land

Monday, Feb. 27th:  The Finkler Question Monday, April 24th In Case We're Separated

All books are available in print through Robin Gluck at Contact Robin for the Zoom link. 

Happy reading!

Meet our Banot Sherut: Noemi, Doron, and Tal!

We are so pleased to welcome three Banot Sherut to the Gan Mah Tov and Beth Jacob communities: Doron Shefer, Noemie Kohn and Tal Barron! 

In addition to working with Gan teachers to enhance the level of Jewish and Hebrew learning at Gan Mah Tov, they will be working with Rav Shua to bring excitement to our youth programming across Shabbat and Chagim.

Please help us make our Banot feel welcome by inviting them to your home for meals and outings, especially for Shabbat and Chag. More info about them will be in the Beat and separate emails.

Click here for information about the new school year at Gan Mah Tov.

Meet Esther and Eliezer Cohn!

Esther and Eliezer are newlyweds and eager to join the Oakland community! Eliezer is starting a new position as the Director of Israel Advocacy for NCSY and will be working with Rav Shua to create an exciting calendar of middle school programming at Beth Jacob throughout the year! He is the CEO of Kooper Studios, a production company focusing on brand development and marketing. Esther will be working as the Jewish resource specialist for Gan Mah Tov.

Esther is originally from Cedarhurst, New York and more recently lived in Herzliya, Israel. She attended college for her BA in psychology and is working on her Master’s in Social Work. Eliezer was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas and has spent the last four years in Tel Aviv. Together, Esther and Eliezer, who will be living at BJC,  are committed to strengthening Jewish tradition and spiritual life in all aspects of personal and community life.

BJC Office

The Beth Jacob Office is now open
8:00AM-4:00PM Monday-Thursday
8:00AM-3:00 PM, Friday


Brian Fox - Executive Director , 510.866.2547
Channah Klapper - Communication Associate
Jen Salvago-Keyes - Events Manager
Adira Aufhauser - Accounting Manager, 510.507.9228
Austin Blair - Facilities Manager


Thu, December 8 2022 14 Kislev 5783