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Shabbat Services

Parshat Matot-Masei

Friday, August 5 (8 Av, 5782)
6:45 PM | Mincha/ Kabbalat Shabbat/ Maariv 
7:55 PM | Candle Lighting

Saturday, August 6 (9 Av, 5782)
9:00 AM | Shacharit
9:42 AM | Latest Time to Say Shema
11:00 AM | Drasha by Rabbi Albert: "The Art of Loss"
11:15 AM |  Kiddush Sponsored by the Harris Family (Meat)
12:30 PM |  Shabbat University with Rabbi Albert and Rav Shua (Double Header): "When the Ninth of Av Isn't Tisha B'Av" and "the Reception of Eicha throughout Jewish History"
1:30 PM | Early Mincha (We will return to shul after Shabbat for Maariv and Eicha) 

Fasting Schedule: Saturday Night, August 6 (9 Av, 5782)
8:12 PM | Fast Begins at Sunset (No Meal of Mourning "Seudat Mafseket" on Shabbat.)
8:56 PM | Shabbat is Over (No Labor can be done until 8:56 PM when Shabbat is over. See "Observances" section below for information on special rules concerning Havdala, and how to prepare for Eicha)
9:10 PM | Maariv Services with reading of Eicha (Lamentations)

Sunday, August 7 (10 Av, 5782)
8:00 AM until approx. 11:30 AM | Morning Services with Explanatory Kinnot by Rabbi Albert, Rav Shua, and members of Beth Jacob (no Talit or Tefilin)
11:30 AM | The Beit Hamikdash Experience - Family Friendly Learning and Crafts about the Building We Are Missing
Halachic Midday | 1:14 PM (Permitted to Sit on Regular Chairs)
Shiur on the Layers of Jerusalem’s Destruction | 7:00 PM
7:45 PM | Mincha for the Fast (with Talit and Tefilin) Outdoor Kumzitz, and Maariv
8:54 PM | Fast is Over (See "Observances" section below for information on special rules concerning Havdala)

Weekday Minyan Times

Mornings 6:45 AM | Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM | Sunday for Tisha B'Av (no Talit or Tefilin)

Evenings  6:45 PM | Sunday (for Tisha Ba'v; Talit and Tefilin)-Thursday Mincha/Maariv


Erev Shabbat Drasha: "the land of desire"

Join us Thursday, August 4th (tonight!), at 8:00 PM for an Erev Shabbat Drasha with Rabbi Albert on Parshat Devarim. Click here to join. See you there!

If you would like to catch up on previous drashot, you can find them on our website:




This week's Kiddush is sponsored by the Harris family to say a tremendous thank you and heartfelt “see you soon” to the BJC and GMT communities.  Jenna, Aaron, Annie, Max, Robbie & Gideon will be moving to the east coast to be closer to family. They wrote a letter to the community that can be seen here. They are also sponsoring this weeks Kiddush in celebration and with huge gratitude for Gideon Lev’s 1st birthday!

We are also saying goodbye to Tohar on August 6th.  Thank you again Tohar for all that you have done for our BJC and GMT Communities. You will be missed.

39 Melachot

On hiatus this week.

Shabbat Youth Activities  

9:45-11:15, Shabbat Groups

We will be meeting in the Upstairs Social Hall for Bridge K-3rd Grade as well as the  4th-8th graders. We will also have Tot Shabbat in the outdoor space between the Gan and the Brick House. Check recent announcements regarding the shul's updated mask policies. 

Tisha B'Av - History and Laws

Tisha B'Av - The "ninth day" in the Jewish month of Av, which starts at sundown on the eighth day and concludes at sundown on the ninth day of Av. This is the day when the intensity of the entire three week mourning period reaches its peak.

The Nine Days and Tisha B’av

The Nine Days of Av

During these days we decrease our joy as we remember the Temple and its destruction.

The restrictions of the Three Weeks are still in effect, which are as follows:

  1. Getting a haircut or shaving (many permit shaving, if it is necessary for work and before Shabbat)
  2. Getting married, as well as attending a wedding or any festive celebration (getting engaged is permitted)
  3. Listening to live music (some prohibit recorded music as well)
  4. Purchasing or wearing an item of particular significance, in that one would generally recite the blessing of "shehecheyanu" (e.g. a new suit, jewelry)

There are also several new restrictions, as follows (customs vary for those of Sephardic origin):

  1. Eating meat, including poultry (with the exception of Shabbat)
  2. Drinking wine or grape juice (with the exception of Shabbat)
  3. Wearing freshly laundered clothing (on Shabbat this is permitted, as well as for small children)
  4. Bathing for pleasure (one may bathe as necessary to clean one's self, preferably using colder water than usual)
  5. Significant home improvements

The three weeks and nine days conclude after Tisha B'Av, Sunday, August 7th (which this year is the 10th of Av, as the 9th of Av is on Shabbat), a day on which we will gather in the morning to recite kinnot (elegies) and mourn together.

Let's hope and pray to experience the fulfillment of the Talmud's statement, "Those who properly mourn Jerusalem will merit to see her rebuilt."

Tisha B'Av - History and Laws

Tisha B'Av - The "ninth day" in the Jewish month of Av, which starts at sundown on the eighth day and concludes at sundown on the ninth day of Av. This is the day when the intensity of the entire three week mourning period reaches its peak.


According to our sages, many tragic events occurred to our ancestors on this day:
  • The sin of the spies caused Hashem to decree that the Children of Israel who left Egypt would not be permitted to enter the land of Israel;

  • The first Temple was destroyed;

  • The second Temple was destroyed;

  • Betar, the last fortress to hold out against the Romans during the Bar Kochba revolt in the year 135, fell, sealing the fate of the Jewish people.

  • One year after the fall of Betar, the Temple area was plowed.

  • In 1492, King Ferdinand of Spain issued the expulsion decree, setting Tisha B'Av as the final date by which not a single Jew would be allowed to walk on Spanish soil.

  • World War I - which began the downward slide to the Holocaust - began on Tisha B'av.


The prohibitions on Tisha B'Av itself are similar to those of Yom Kippur. In addition to not eating or drinking, we are not allowed to wash, anoint oneself or wear leather shoes. In a prohibition more stringent than on Yom Kippur, we are only allowed to study certain portions of the Torah and Talmud on Tisha B'Av.



The observance of Tisha B'Av usually begins with the Seudah HaMafseket, the last meal before the fast commences. This year, when Tisha B’av begins on a Saturday night, we do not have a Seudah HaMafseket, and one may eat a normal “Seudah Shlis***” on Shabbat afternoon, as long as they finish their food and drink by the beginning of the fast (which begins approximately one hour before the end of Shabbat).



When Tisha B'Av falls out on Shabbat, the mourning begins Saturday night instead, disrupting our usual Havdalah practice. At the conclusion of Shabbat, the bracha of Boreh Meorei HaEsh upon a fire is made before the reading of Eicha. The bracha of Havdalah on a cup of wine, however, is delayed until after Tisha B'av is over on Sunday night, and the blessing over spices is omitted entirely. On Saturday night, once Shabbat is over and before performing Melacha (labor), one should also say "Baruch HaMavdil Bein Kodesh LeChol" (Blessed is He who separates between holy and mundane). Only after reciting “Baruch Hamavdil Bein Kodesh LeChol”, one should change out of leather shoes before making their way to shul. 

  • At the evening Ma'ariv service, the entire congregation sits on the floor and recites the Book of Eicha (Lamentations) where the prophet Jeremiah weeps the destruction, and we weep with him. The morning of Tisha B'Av is the saddest part of the day. We recite Kinot, and the men do not don Tefillin at Shacharit, because Tefillin are called "Pe-ar," "Glory," and this is definitely not a day of glory for the Jewish People.

  • It is forbidden to greet friends or acquaintances on Tisha B'Av. However, if greeted first, one should answer, but in a low tone in order not to arouse resentment.

  • Until Mincha on Tisha B'Av one should try to avoid sitting on a chair or bench. Instead, the custom is to stand or sit on the floor, just like a mourner during the Shiva (traditional seven days of mourning a loved one).

  • Beginning at Mincha sitting on chairs is permitted, and we reduce the intensity of the grief that has pervaded us so far. Also, men put on Tefillin and recite those Tefillot that were omitted at Shacharit.

Eruv is up this Shabbat!

For Eruv status and boundarie click  Oakland Eruv

The Eruv is checked every Friday and the website is updated weekly.

Read: "Oakland synagogue celebrates new year with long-awaited eruv"

Thu, August 11 2022 14 Av 5782