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Pesah 2020 FAQ

In every generation, the Jewish people have brought the story of the Exodus from Egypt to life around the seder table with great creativity. Through the most trying of times, we have held onto our sacred narrative of liberation, clinging to the possibility of redemption that is yet to come. As we prepare for Pesah… Read More

Posted: March 31, 2020 by

Message from the Clergy

This week has brought both challenges and blessings. The physical distancing necessary to limit the impact of COVID-19 imposes material, spiritual and emotional burdens on all of us, each in our own way. At the same time, we have heard from so many BZBI members about the ways that people are connecting by phone and video and,… Read More

Posted: March 21, 2020 by

You Can Now Say Kaddish Online

The Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards issued new guidance for congregations declaring this period a sha’at ha-dahak, a time of extreme pressure, during which special allowances can be made for ritual practice. Specifically, we are now allowing a “virtual minyan” of ten people connected by audio and video to recite Kaddish. We hope you… Read More

Posted: March 18, 2020 by

Lunch & Learn Sources: Parashat Vayakhel

Posted: March 18, 2020 by

In Defense of Decency

Shabbat Zakhor 5780 / 7 March 2020

This morning’s special maftir Torah reading is a tough one to wrap our heads around. Taken from the book of Deuteronomy, it appears to call upon the Israelites to carry out full-scale genocide: “When the Lord your God grants you safety from all your enemies around you… you shall blot out the memory of Amalek… Read More

Posted: March 10, 2020 by