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The office is closed on Monday.

Service Schedule

December 22 @ 8:00 pm

Shabbat Service

December 23 @ 10:30 am

Shabbat Worship

December 29 @ 8:00 pm

Shabbat Service

December 30 @ 10:30 am

Shabbat Worship

January 5, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Shabbat Service

January 6, 2018 @ 10:30 am

Shabbat Worship

January 12, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Shabbat Service

January 13, 2018 @ 10:30 am

Shabbat Worship

January 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Shabbat Service

January 20, 2018 @ 10:30 am

Shabbat Worship

Full Service Schedule

Upcoming Events at BJC

December 20 @ 8:00 pm

Book Club

A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman

The story or standup routine serves as frantic memoir of being raised a Holocaust surviving mother and the cold indifference of a distant father. It reads as a continuous monologue with narrative interruptions by a childhood friend and others. The method brilliantly captures the atmosphere of a comedy club and the exhaustion a comic would feel as he bares his soul and tears down the props of propriety exposing repressed or painful memories.

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December 25 @ 4:00 pm

Chinese & A Movie


Chinese and a Movie!

Enjoy a tasty dinner of Chinese food and a showing of the cult classic Everything is Illuminated, starring Elijah Wood (Frodo from the Lord of the Rings). Everything is Illuminated is the story of a young American man’s quest to locate, in the Ukraine, the woman who saved his grandfather from the Holocaust. The town he seeks, Trochenbrod, is a real town and the original home of Rabbi Schnitzer’s family. Rabbi Schnitzer will share stories and photos from the real Trochenbrod.

$25 in advance, $28 at the door, $10 for children under 12 – free for kids under 5. Reservations through the BJC website or by telephone.

This year we also ask that attendees donate clothing (sizes Infant – 6 years) in new or nearly new condition for Jewish children in Cuba. Proceeds to benefit BJC’s Cuba Fund. Cash donations gratefully accepted.

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January 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Congregational and New Members Dinner

Join our new members for a traditional Shabbat dinner to express our gratitude to them for choosing BJC as their spiritual home. This is your chance to welcome them and get to know them at dinner followed by our Simcha B’Shabbat all music service.


Make your reservations through the BJC website, by email,, or by calling the BJC office.


Adults: $18; Children 6-12: $10; children under 6: No charge


(New members attend at no charge and will receive invitations)

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January 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Book Club


Killers of the Flower Moon, the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.

This nonfiction book revisits the shocking series of more than 24 murders of Osage
Indians in the 1920’s. At that time, the Osage were the richest people per capita in the
world because of the discovery of oil beneath their land. After allowing the murderers to
operate with impunity for a long time, the newly created F.B.I. took up the case, in what
became one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations. Under J. Edgar
Hoover’s direction, a former Texas Ranger put together an undercover team, including
one of the only Native American agents in the bureau to expose one of the most sinister
conspiracies in American history.

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February 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Great Names – Mark Hetfield


Welcoming Refugees: Learning from the Past, Rising to the Moment

Learn more about the current global refugee crisis and explore how Jewish values and history call on us to respond. Mark Hetfield is president and CEO of HIAS, the world’s oldest, and only Jewish global refugee agency. Mark began his career as a caseworker assisting Jewish refugees from the Soviet Union in Rome, Italy. More recently, he has led HIAS’ transformation from an organization focused on Jewish immigrants to a global agency assisting refugees of all faiths and ethnicities.

An expert in refugee and immigration law, policy, and programs, Mark Hetfield has led the HIAS organization’s (founded in 1881) transformation from one focused on Jewish immigrants to a global agency assisting refugees of all faiths and ethnicities. HIAS is currently a major implementing partner of the UN Refugee Agency and the Department of State.  Mark formerly served as senior advisor at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he directed a congressionally-authorized study on the treatment of asylum seekers (the most comprehensive study on expedited removal to date). He also adjudicated appeals at the Immigration and Naturalization Service and was posted to the US Embassy in Haiti, during a time in which the country was under the control of the military junta. 

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