Remembrance and Renewal


The BJ community ushered in 5778 with new siddurim – Siddur Lev Shalem – from the Rabbincal Assembly. We have purchased 1,000 copies of this exciting new edition, which includes commentary and transliteration within its beautifully laid-out pages.

Almost half of the new siddurim have already been dedicated, but BJ members still have the opportunity to memorialize loved ones or celebrate lifecycle events by dedicating a siddur for $36. The newly designed bookplates  offer a chance to share a few words about the person being honored or memorialized.  (Click the sample image on the right to see the bookplate design).

This period is also a good time to consider remembering loved ones with a Memorial Plaque. Each spring, we hold an intimate and moving Dedication Ceremony, where families are invited to the sanctuary for a brief service and the chance to honor their loved ones as names are added to the memorial wall.

New this year, we introduced an online Yizkor Book, which can be viewed on the BJ website all year and will be renewed annually. Next year’s Yizkor Book will open for submissions in the lead-up to the High Holy Days.

Click “Remember and Renew Now” below to take part in any of the above opportunities, or contact Lisa Steinberg with any questions.

Remember and Renew Now


As BJ transitions to using the updated Siddur Lev Shalem as its primary prayer book for Shabbat and festivals, we would like to offer members the opportunity to bring a piece of BJ history into their homes. Over the years, many members have donated copies of Siddur Sim Shalom books in honor, or in memory, of loved ones. We have been fortunate to have dedicated volunteers sort and organize the prayer books so that our families can take their memories home with them. For a donation of $18 per book, we invite you to take a copy (or more!) of Siddur Sim Shalom for your home. We are happy to assist in preserving your memories of the past for years to come. For more information, contact Kristen Kersey.