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November 29, 2020

Recipes for Prayer - Shortcuts in Prayer - Based on the Book by Rav Dov Zinger

 

November 26, 2020

Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Vayeitze – The Origin of Gratitude

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Parshat Vayeitze – The Origin of Gratitude

November 23, 2020

Women in the Mishnah: The Life and Legacy of Beruriah (Part 2) - with Community Scholar Sarah Robinson

Download the PDF source:

Beruriah Part 2 -- Smarter Than The Man 

 

November 22, 2020

Recipes for Prayer: Praying with Old Prayers - Based on the book by Rav Dov Zinger

November 19, 2020

Erev Shabbat Drasha with Rabbinic Intern Ezra Cohen: Talking Toldot

Download the PDF source at Talking and Toldot

November 18, 2020

The Legacy of Rabbi Sacks on the North American Jewish Community

A Conversation with Rabbi Mark Fishman and Rabbi Gershon Albert

November 17, 2020

Women in the Mishna: The Life and Legacy of Bruriah (Part 1) - with Community Scholar Sarah Robinson

Download the PDF source at Beruriah Part 1 -- Could it Be True?

November 15, 2020

The Jewish People and the State of Israel – A Conversation with Rav David Stav

November 15, 2020

Recipes for Prayer - Praying for the Shechina (Divine Presence) - Based on the book by Rav Dov Zinger

November 13, 2020 

Erev Shabbat Drasha with Community Scholar Michal Kohane - Olive Oil and the Month of Kislev.

Download the PDF source at Shabbat Learning for Rosh Hodesh Kislev

November 10, 2020

Health Matters in the Bible & Talmud with Community Scholar Michal Kohane

Part 3 of the Series:

Medical Procedures in the Talmud

Download the PDF source at Health Matters in the Bible & Talmud –#3

November 8, 2020

Recipes for Prayer: Unity Prayers - Based on the teachings of Rav Dov Zinger

November 5, 2020

 

Erev Shabbat Drasha:

Vayera – Praying through the Chaos

Dedicated in Memory of Grunia Slutsky-Kohn on her Shl

Download the PDF source at

DRASHA - Parshat Vayera 5781 - Praying through the Chaos.docx

November 4, 2020

Health Matters in the Bible & Talmud with Community Scholar Michal Kohane

Part 2 of the Series: Plagues in the Bible and Talmud

Download the PDF at Health Matters in the Bible & Talmud –#2

 

 

October 29, 2020

Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Lech Lecha - Faith is the Journey

Download the PDF at Lech Lecha Drasha 

October 27, 2020

Health Matters in the Bible & Talmud

with Community Scholar Michal Kohane

This year has forced us to look at physical health and wellbeing with new intensity.

Par 1: What is Health and Healing? Preventative Medicine in the Talmud

Download the PDF at  Health Matters in the Bible & Talmud –#1

October 26, 2020

Recipes for Prayer - Representing the Community

Based on the teachings of Rav Dov Singer.

October 22, 2020

Erev Shabbat Drasha - Parshat Noach: Falling Forward

October 15, 2020

Erev Shabbat Drasha - Parshat Bereishit: Creative Creation

Who was involved in the creation of humanity? We'll explore different approaches to this theologically tough question.

October 9, 2020

End of Sukkot Yizkor -

Choose Life by Choosing Happiness: In Memory of Rabbi Albert's grandmother, Grunia Slutsky-Kohn.

October 9, 2020

The Vexing Challenge of Shemini Atzeret

Rabbinic Intern Ezra Cohen helps us prepare for the final days of the Chag.

October 6, 2020

Musical Hallel for Sukkot

October 1, 2020

Erev Shabbat Drasha: Encountering the Deep Waters of Sukkot

Welcome to our new Rabbinic Intern Ezra Cohen as he shares powerful Torah with our community to prepare for the upcoming Chag of Sukkot.

September 27, 2020

Kol Nidrei Drasha and Service with Rabbi Albert and Noah Bar-Shain:

This Year You Are the Kohen Gadol

September 27, 2020

Erev Yom Kippur 5781 Yizkor Service: Creating Eternal Bonds

September 25, 2020

Meaning and Melodies of Yom Kippur - A Concert with Noah Bar-Shain and Rabbi Gershon Albert

The song sheet that includes the words as well as brief commentaries can be found at Meaning and Melodies Pre-Yom Kippur Concert - Song sheet. 

 

 

September 16, 2020

We so wish that we could share words of Torah with you together in person this Rosh Hashanah. But in the absence of face-to-face Torah, we are honored to share two video recordings with you to help bring you into this unique Rosh Hashanah.

Rabbi Albert's sermon is titled: "The Year the World Became Small: A Rosh Hashanah Drasha for Unprecedented Times." 

 

 

We are also sharing a Family Conversation Starter from Rabbi Shua Brick titled: "What Kind of Day is Rosh Hashanah?"

 

 

September 13, 2020

Meaning and Melodies of Rosh Hashanah - Concert with Noah Bar-Shain and Rabbi Albert

Click here for the songsheet and sources.

 

 

September 12, 2020

First Night Selichot at Beth Jacob Congregation

 

September 9, 2020

Lights of Return - On the Mystical Teshuva of Rav Kook (Part 3 of 3)

 

September 3, 2020

Erev Shabbat Drasha: Parshat Ki Tavo – New Fruits and New Years

 

 

September 1, 2020

Lights of Return - On the Mystical Teshuva of Rav Kook (Part 2 of 3)

 

 

 

August 27, 2020

Erev Shabbat Drasha - Parshat Ki Teitze - Returning Lost People to Themselves

Sources:
 
 
 

 

 

August 26, 2020

Lights of Return - On the Mystical Teshuva of Rav Kook: 

Rav Kook’s Torah, almost 90 years after his death, remains dazzling in its depth. His work Orot HaTeshuva (Lights of Return) is often considered an entry-point into his system of thought.

Join Rabbi Albert for a series of 30-minute classes to explore Rav Kook’s concept of Teshuva as a movement that encompasses not only our own journeys, but the entirety of the universe.

Part 1 of 3

 

 

August 20, 2020

Parshat Shoftim – Pure, Simple, Whole: Resolving to Find our Place in the Chaos

 

Also, here is a link for the sources if people would like to read them: 

DRASHA - Parshat Shoftim – Pure, Simple, Whole - Resolving to Find our Place in the Chaos.docx

 

 

August 13, 2020

Erev Shabbat Drasha - Parshat Re'eh: Forty Days of Renewal

 

 

 

August 6, 2020

Erev Shabbat Drasha - Parshat Eikev: A Neo-Chasidic Manifesto Revisited

 

July 30, 2020

Tisha B’av lecture with Professor Shawn Zelig Aster of Bar Ilan University:

How Did Jeremiah Defend the Jews?
A discussion of key points during the process of the destruction of the First Temple, and how Jeremiah's mission, articulated in chapter 1 of the book, to defend the Jews, is fulfilled at each point. The shiur will illustrate why the Shulkhan Arukh limits our Tish'a B'av learning of Navi (Books of the Prophets) to Jeremiah, as opposed to other prophets. 

Watch the recording at  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1boLsk-U7ZrPszsShBJGJSycYKPzfn6RS/view

 

July 27, 2020

Talmudic Tales of Destruction: Part Three of a Three-Part Series with Community Scholar Michal Kohane:

Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Yochanan: What Comes After Destruction?

For the class material click here

  

 

July 23, 2020

Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Devarim / Shabbat Chazon with young leader Ali Zak.

During the month of July, we are very excited that some of our talented BJC young adults will virtually "come home" and offer words of Torah for our Erev Shabbat Drasha.

 

July 19th, 2020 

Talmudic Tales of Destruction: Part Two of a Three-Part Series with Community Scholar Michal Kohane

The Romans and the Rabbis: “This Kingdom was Decreed by Heaven”

 

 

July 17, 2020

Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Matot- Masei with special guest Ari Rosenthal

Dedicated in memory of (L'iluy Nishmat) Yonim Eliezer Meir ben Tania Chana V'Yehoshua

 

July 12, 2020

Talmudic Tales of Destruction: A Three-Part Series with Community Scholar Michal Kohane

Part 1: So The Temple is Gone, Who Cares? Introduction to the Three Weeks

 

 

July 6, 2020

Recipes for Prayer: Prayer as Love (for the other)

 

 

June 29, 2020

Recipes for Prayer: The Prayer of Generations - based on the book by Rav Dov Singer

 

 

 

June 22, 2020

Recipes for Prayer: Uniting as One based on the Book by Rav Dov Singer

 

 

 

 

 

June 1, 2020

Monday Tefilah Talks: Recipes for Prayer - Words Matter (today more than ever)
Based on the book by Rav Dov Singer

May 28, 2020

The Flood and the Mountain: Erev Shavuot Drasha and Community Yizkor

 

May 26, 2020

Tikun "Erev" Shavuot - Climbing to Har Sinai Together:

Click the following link to download the  Shavuot Study Guide

 

May 24, 2020

Digging Deeper in Sefer Rut with Community Scholar Sarah Robinson (Part 3):

 

Cheesecake Parfait Making for Kids with Avigayil and Shoshana Edelman.  Click the link to watch the recording  

https://www.facebook.com/rabbigershonalbert/videos/1136845370008453/

 

A Yom Yerushalayim Message from our Bat Sheirut Adi:

 

Musical Hallel this morning in Celebration of Yom Yerushalayim:

 

May 19, 2020

COVID-19 and the Future of Jewish Education with Rabbi Howard Jacoby Ruben, Adam Eilath and Tania Smith Schweig

 

May 17, 2020

Digging Deeper in Sefer Rut (Part 2) with Community Scholar @Sarah Robinson

 

May 12, 2020

The Business of Kosher Wine - BJC Oakland Fireside Chat

 

May 11, 2020

Digging Deeper in Sefer Rut (Part 1) with Community Scholar Sarah Robinson

 

 

 

May 6, 2020

The second episode of Perek on a Pod - POP Podcast with guest scholar Rabbi Gershon Albert can be found here: 

Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/episode/2BPIXzPAOoy9ipKJacqWyF?si=FMdaylyhTb2dqZ3BKKa5Pg

Apple Podcastshttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/perek-on-a-pod/id1509736317

Perek on a Pod Websitehttp://www.lev-avos.com/pop/2020/5/6/pop-episode-12-rabbi-gershon-albert

 

April 28, 2020

What an incredible honor to remember Israel's fallen and celebrate the miracle of Israel's 72nd birthday together with Beth Jacob Congregation of OaklandCBI Berkeley and OHDS - Yom Ha'atzma'ut Sameach!!!

 

April 21, 2020

Yom Hashoah Commemoration with Beth Jacob Congregation of Oakland

 

March 26, 2020

Although we couldn't be physically together at Beth Jacob, we gathered virtually to sing the beautiful words of Hallel as we celebrate Rosh Chodesh Nissan, the month of Ge'ula (redemption.)

 

Tue, December 1 2020 15 Kislev 5781