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Announcements & Times

Services at Beth Jacob

Alameda County now requires masking of all individuals indoors in public spaces. Therefore, all individuals must be masked indoors while on the Beth Jacob campus.


We will continue to host Kiddush outdoors.

We encourage members who need to take a “mask break” to do so; women may step into the yard and men can exit the building by the side door near the small sanctuary.

We will continue to have limited seating available in the yard for people who prefer to maintain more social distance.

The balcony will be open and restricted to fully vaccinated, masked individuals only.


Weekday Minyan Times


7:00 AM | Monday-Friday
8:00 AM | Sundays & Legal Holidays

Evenings This Week

6:00 PM | Sunday-Thursday
*In November, we will revert to weekday Maariv only at 6:45 PM.


Neighborhood Cleanup

Sunday, October 24th, 9:30 AM -11:30 AM

Meet in front of Edna Brewer Middle School (3748 13th Avenue). Equipment and refreshments are provided. Bring a hat, gloves, water bottle, and sunscreen. Masks are required!

This is a great activity for families to do together to support our BJC neighborhood. Volunteers who participated last month were surprised by how much they were able to do in a relatively short period of time.

Thank you!

1st Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Sacks z"l

The OU has partnered with the Sacks family and several shuls to produce a hybrid in-person & online event as part of the worldwide commemoration.

The event will be streamed here on Tuesday, October 26 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM PDT.

Rabbi David Bashevkin

Shabbat October 29-30

Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Rabbi David Bashevkin, including the return of Friday Night Shabbat Dinner and Lecture!

David Bashevkin is the director of education for NCSY, the youth movement of the Orthodox Union, and an instructor at Yeshiva University, where he teaches courses on public policy, religious crisis, and rabbinic thought. 

He completed rabbinic ordination at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, as well as a Master’s degree at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies focusing on the thought of Rabbi Zadok of Lublin under the guidance of Dr. Yaakov Elman. 

He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Public Policy and Management at The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, focusing on crisis management. 

He has published two books, Sin·a·gogue: Sin and Failure in Jewish Thought, as well as a Hebrew work B’Rogez Rachem Tizkor (trans. In Anger, Remember Mercy). David has been rejected from several prestigious fellowships and awards.

(R' Bashevkin includes this line intentionally in his biography. To learn why, join us for Shabbat to hear his presentation on sin and failure.)

Click here to register for the dinner for $18 a person. (No one will be turned away for lack of funds.) The deadline for registration is Wednesday, October 19th. 


Shabbat November 6th - Celebrate Rav Shua Brick's Chag Hasemicha (ordination ceremony) with Beth Jacob!




Shabbat November 19th - Welcome back to Community Scholar Sarah Robinson

Rabbi Albert

Stories of the Sages with Rabbi Gershon Albert

The Rabbis of the Mishnah and Talmud created the framework through which we interpret and live the Torah in our lives. Their lives, and the stories they wrote about them, are essential to understanding our tradition itself. Join us as we dig deep into these Aggadot (narrative sections) in the Talmud, based on the interpretations of Rabbi Ari Kahn.
Tuesdays at 8:00 PM - October 26, November 2, November 9th on Zoom. Click here to join. 
1) Where Does the Torah Live? Rabbi Eliezer, the Sages and a Problematic Oven
2) The Death of Rabbi Akiva’s Students and the Bar Kochva Revolts
3) Rabbi Zeira: The Short Man with the Big Heart

Hands-On Mitzvot Workshop

Start off each month right with this hands-on workshop for the whole family (children are especially encouraged to attend). The first Sunday mornings of each Jewish month we’ll explore a new mitzvah with Rav Shua and do some crafts to help us bring these values to life.

November 7th - Launch Event with Havdalah Workshop

Doughnuts and Coffee follow davening at 8:30 AM. We'll then meet in the Upstairs Social Hall for learning and hands-on crafts as we make our own Havdalah sets. Intended for participants of all ages (and ending on time for the Gan event that morning) please RSVP to Rav Shua to ensure we have enough supplies. See you there!

Lunchtime Talmud resumes at noon on Thursday, October 28th. 

Every Thursday at noon on Zoom!

Click here to join


BJC Office

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

To reach Lilly Krenn, Executive Director, please call 510.207.5130 or email

To reach Adira Aufhauser, Accounting Manager, please call 510.507.9228 or email

To reach Austin Blair, Facilities Manager, please call or email

To reach Jen Salvago-Keyes, Events Manager, please email

Thu, October 28 2021 22 Cheshvan 5782