Join us this year as we celebrate the first 50 years of BCC and envision the next 50.
These events, programs, and holiday observances reflect our continued commitment to innovating – bridging the legacy of the past with the possibilities of tomorrow. Each calendar entry connects to a rainbow of Jewish values that guide our individual and communal lives. We honor our history, weaving our story into the quilt of Jewish memory. We celebrate all of our Identities, our stories and experiences; we are proud of being Jewish and Queer and so much more.
Thank you for stopping by to celebrate with us!
|Date & Time||Event Title & Description|
|September 6-8, 2021||Rosh HaShanah with Rabbi Jillian Cameron & Cantor Juval Porat
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|September 15-16, 2021||Yom Kippur with Rabbi Jillian Cameron & Cantor Juval Porat
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December 1-6, 2021
|Chanukah with Rabbi Jillian Cameron & Cantor Juval Porat|
|December 5, 2021||Cantor’s Concert with Cantor Juval Porat|
|January 16, 2022||Tu B’Shvat Event with Rabbi Jillian Cameron & Cantor Juval Porat — Postponed (New Date TBD)|
|February 5, 2022||Palm Springs Gathering — Postponed (New Date TBD)|
|February 13, 2022||Elana Arian Concert|
|March 16-17, 2022||Purim with Rabbi Jillian Cameron & Cantor Juval Porat|
|April 18-22, 2022||Passover with Rabbi Jillian Cameron & Cantor Juval Porat|
|April 29 –
May 1, 2022
|World Congress Events|
|May 22, 2022||BCC Vision Awards|
|July, 2022||Time Capsule Buried on Anniversary Date
For BCC’s 50th Anniversary celebration, we’ll be dedicating our time capsule in July in honor of BCC member Harriet Perl, z”l. There are two ways for you to participate and help celebrate our 50th Anniversary:
1. Memorabilia Contribution: We’re now collecting items to include in the time capsule. Do you have small BCC memorabilia, such as vintage T-shirts, buttons, mugs, or other BCC keepsakes that you’d be willing to contribute? Please contact BCC member Mark Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) about your donation.
2. A Message to Your Future Self: The Time Capsule will be opened in the not-too-distant future. How about writing a very brief message to your future self? What will you say to you? Simply email your message to Mark Miller to place in the time capsule.
And keep your eyes peeled for more exciting events, including the Rabbi’s Installation!
Simply take a short video of yourself, share your name and how long you’ve been a member of BCC followed by “I love BCC because…”
Alternatively, we invite you to hold up a sign that says “BCC because…” and take a picture of it. It could be “BCC because of the community”, “BCC because of my ability to live out my Judaism as a queer person” and more!
Share your submissions with us at email@example.com to get featured on BCC’s website and social media platforms!
BCC’s merch store is back! Head over to our Bonfire store to pick up some exclusive 50th anniversary designs — and support the world’s first LGBTQ+ synagogue at the same time!
“On April 4, 1972, four Jews were among those who showed up for a weekly rap group at L.A.’s Metropolitan Community Church. In less than four years MCC, the first church with an outreach to gays and lesbians, had grown to 15,000 members in 40 U.S. cities. In Los Angeles the “mother church,” led by Rev. Troy Perry and located near USC, had 725 members. The presence of Jews at the church was understandable. In 1972 the existence of lesbian and gay Jews was virtually unheard of. It was a time when same-sex activity was illegal, homosexuality was still classified as a mental illness, and to be openly gay or lesbian usually meant loss of employment and rejection by family and Jewish community. The Stonewall Riots in New York’s Greenwich Village, often considered the watershed event in the modern gay liberation movement, had occurred less than three years earlier.” … Read more on BCC’s History page!