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Shabbat Services

Lekh Lekha

Friday, October 20

6:30 PMBo-i Kallah89th Street Reception Room
6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th Street Sanctuary

Saturday, October 21

9:30 AMShabbat Services88th Street Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street Reception and Middle Rooms
10:45 AMKulanu89th Street Chapel

Holiday Services

Wednesday, October 04

6:30 PMFirst Evening Sukkot Service88th Street Sanctuary

Thursday, October 05

9:30 AMFirst Day Sukkot Service88th Street Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street Middle Room
7:00 PMSecond Evening Sukkot Service88th Street Sanctuary

Friday, October 06

9:30 AMSecond Day Sukkot Service88th Street Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street Middle Room

Wednesday, October 11

6:30 PMShemini Atzeret Evening Service88th Street Sanctuary

Thursday, October 12

9:30 AMShemini Atzeret Morning Service88th Street Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street Middle Room
5:45 PMSimhat Torah Children’s Service88th Street Sanctuary
7:15 PMSimhat Torah Evening Service88th Street Sanctuary

Friday, October 13

9:30 AMSimhat Torah Morning Service88th Street Sanctuary

Morning Minyan

Week of October 22 - 28

89th Street Community House | More info »
9:30 AMSunday
7:30 AMMonday
7:30 AMTuesday
7:30 AMWednesday
7:30 AMThursday
7:30 AMFriday

Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays, October 18, 2017 – May 2, 2018 7:30PM | BJ Community House
This course offers an overview of the core beliefs, practices, and history of Judaism and the Jewish people. We hope to deepen the understanding of those just beginning to explore Jewish life as well as of those who would like to participate more fully in the life of the Jewish community. No prior knowledge or experience necessary. Registration required. Individuals: $435 (members) / $660 (non-members); Couples: $645 (members) /$975 (non-members).

Fall Teen Retreat

Friday, October 20-Sunday, October 22 | Location TBA

There is no better way to unwind from the High Holy Days that spending a weekend away with the BJ teen community! Throughout the weekend, teens will spend time with old friends, make new ones, and deepen their connection with the BJ community while experiencing a meaningful Shabbat outside of the city. Transportation will be provided. All meals are kosher or vegetarian and include snacks on Friday afternoon through breakfast on Sunday. Read more »

Middle East Security: Fresh Takes on Long-Standing Challenges

Sunday, October 22 | 2:00-6:00 PM | Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center, 1 E 65th Street

B’nai Jeshurun is cosponsoring an Israel Policy Forum (IPF) one-day conference, focused on shared US-Israel national security challenges in the region. The conference will feature plenary and break-out sessions, as well as high-level policy experts, including:

  • Efraim Halevy, former Director, Mossad

  • Hon. Michèle Flournoy, former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, US Defense Department; Co-Founder and CEO, CNAS

  • HRH Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi Chief of Intelligence; former Saudi Ambassador to the US and UK

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"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Tuesdays, October 24-December 12 | 12:30-1:45PM | BJ Middle Room
Bring a bag lunch and open up your soul to the nourishment and challenge of the Hassidic rabbis with the study of Itturei Torah: Torah Gems on the Weekly Torah Portion. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol as we imagine old world wisdom for everyday life. Each class will stand alone so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. Free of charge, but please register below. Read more »

BJ Community Fair and Sanctuary Tour

Wednesday, October 25 | 6:30PM | BJ Sanctuary

Come learn about ways to get involved at BJ! Want to learn more about BJ Refugee and Immigration work or how to become a Bikkur Holim volunteer to provide support to community members who are ill? Committee leaders and volunteers from all areas of synagogue life will be available to talk about their work, answer any questions, and help you connect. Tours of the BJ Sanctuary will also take place. Please RSVP here.

BJ/SPSA Racial Justice Committee Meeting and Research Action Training

Thursday, October 26 | 7:00 PM | BJ Community House Reception Room

In recent months, BJ has been developing a racial justice initiative in partnership with the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew. We are now beginning to research potential partners and action steps, and will be meeting with organizations to learn about the current problems and issues. This training will be led by Manhattan Together,  a local interfaith community organizing network of which BJ is a member. We will define our values and our goals, learn how to setup a strategic meeting, create criteria for potential partners, and determine how to move from problem to issue.  Read more »

The Other Peace Process: Interreligious Dialogue, a View from Jerusalem

Thursday, October 26 | 8:30-10:00 PM | Location Upon Registration

Join Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish at our upcoming Israel Salon, as he talks about the issues addressed in his latest book, The Other Peace Process. The book describes the message and methods of interreligious dialogue and action in the context of the political peace process, the peace-building processes, and cutting-edge programs in Israel and the surrounding region.

Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish is the Founding Director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI) and through his 25 years of service to this organization became one of the leaders in the field of interreligious dialogue in Israel and internationally. As a noted rabbi, author, and lecturer, he has spoken in synagogues, churches, mosques, universities, and at national and international conferences in Israel, North America, Europe, and the Far East. Read more »

Bo-i Kallah

Friday, October 27 | 6:30PM | BJ Chapel
Rabbi Roly Matalon, Deborah Sacks Mintz and, Music Director Dan Nadel will lead an alternative Kabbalat Shabbat service on the third Friday evening of each month. With the help of soulful melodies, verses of Shir haShirim (Song of Songs), liturgical poems, and Psalms, we will transition gently and with full kavannah from hol to kodesh, leaving workweek anxieties behind to enter holy time and welcome Shabbat. Read more about this service here.

How The Light Gets In: A Tribute Concert to Leonard Cohen

Sunday, October 29 | 7:00-9:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Leonard Cohen’s timeless work – as a songwriter, musician, poet, novelist and painter – spans more than 50 years and explores religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and love. Join Rabbi Aubrey Glazer, BJ Music Director Dan Nadel, Hazzan George Mordecai, and Shira Averbuch, with special feature performances by Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer and Hazzan Basya Schechter, for a tribute celebrating his life and music. Read more »

BJ and JCC Manhattan Host Renowned Israeli Author Eshkol Nevo

Wednesday, November 1 | 6:30-9:00PM | JCC Manhattan

One of Israel’s most celebrated novelists, Eshkol Nevo, is coming to New York for the launching of his most recent, bestselling novel Three Floors Up, which deals with residential life in Tel Aviv, crisis identity, and the darkness of parenthood. Read more »

Fresh Perspectives on the BDS Movement

Thursday, November 2 | 7:00-8:30 PM | BJ Community House

The Boycott Divest and Sanction movement (BDS) has been a “hot” topic in the Jewish community for a few years now, with growing impact especially on college campuses. What are the impacts of such a policy on the lives of both Israelis and Palestinians? Can it contribute to the end of the conflict or just damage any future negotiations? And how should the American Jewish community respond to those calling to boycott Israel? Read more »

Haleli Nafshi: Communal Singing and Havdalah

Saturday, November 4 | 5:30PM | BJ Chapel
Join us for our monthly Shabbat gathering, part of BJ’s initiative on communal singing as a spiritual practice. We’ll spend the final moments of Shabbat together, singing beautiful nigunim and zemirot as havdalah approaches. The evening will be filled with melodies that may be familiar and evocative alongside those that are challenging and new; filled with a spirit that ranges from celebratory and jubilant to meditative and peaceful. Please bring a vegetarian snack and/or drink to share.

Soulful Start: Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

Every other Saturday (November 4, 18, December 2, 16) | 8:45-9:25AM | BJ Chapel
Please join Rabbi Roly Matalon to prepare the soul and open the heart for Shabbat morning prayers through the singing of piyutim and reflections on kavannah.

Mission-Driven Communities in Israel - A New Approach to Social Change

Sunday, November 5 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.

Join Tamar Gil, Director of Partnerships at Eretz-Ir, for a presentation on Mission-Driven Communities in Israel – groups of social activists who settle in underprivileged cities, and work within their surrounding communities to make their cities better places to live in. Together with longtime residents, they define problems specific to their neighborhood, seek relevant solutions, and establish social initiatives and businesses, propelling educational, cultural, and economic change. BJ’s Tzedek Minyanim demonstrate similar components of this bottom-up model for community work. Read more »

Kavannah in Spiritual Writing

Monday, November 6 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Middle Room
As we prepare for our community kavannot for Hanukkah, join us for a unique workshop in spiritual writing. We’ll engage in hevruta learning, with time for writing and peer review. In this cohort-based approach to kavannah writing, we’ll craft our thoughts into an engaging reflection, while learning more about ourselves, and one another. Please contact Kristen to register and be sure to come with a laptop, pen and paper, or however you like to write.

Tefillat HaDerekh with Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein

Tuesdays, November 7, December 5, February 13, March 6 | 7:00-9:00PM | BJ Middle Room
Life is a journey: we move in cycles, but the yearning of the soul is always to go back home. But where is home? Where is that place that resides in the deepest crevices of our Neshamot (souls)? Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein for an exploration of Tefillat haDerekh (the Traveler’s Prayer), which is recited before every journey we undertake. Through this prayer, we are going to dwell in, and pay attention to, the stations our souls have stopped in along our way.

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Caregivers Support Groups

First Thursdays (November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1) | 4:15PM | BJ Community House 4th Floor Conference Room
Second Thursdays (November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8) | 9:00AM | BJ Community House 4th Floor Conference Room
A monthly support group for members of our community to draw strength, insight, and information from each other and our tradition. Facilitated by Rabbi Michael Boino, BJ Coordinator of Pastoral Care and Support through the Jewish Board’s Partners in Caring Program. Choose either the morning or afternoon sessions. Contact Michael with any questions. R.S.V.P. required; click here for first Thursday afternoons or click here for second Thursday mornings.

Collaborating With Elie Wiesel: Slide Talk by Artist Mark Podwal

Sunday, November 12 | 11:00AM-12:30PM | BJ Reception Room

Artist Mark Podwal will visit BJ to talk about his career connecting his artistic talent to his interest in Jewish legend and tradition. Beyond creating artworks held by major museums and synagogues, one of Podwal’s most important collaborations was with author Elie Wiesel, as creator of the illustrations for many of Mr. Wiesel’s books. Podwal will reflect on his artistic interests and on his long friendship with Elie Wiesel. Read more »

Drastic changes in DACA, Immigration and Refugee policy: Why do they matter to us?

Thursday, November 9 | 7:00-8:30PM | Ansche Chesed, West 100th Street & West End Avenue
Join BJ’s Refugee Committee and The Synagogue Coalition on the Refugee and Immigration Crisis for an important evening to help us further understand how current policy impacts refugees and immigrants. Hear from a DACA recipient and understand the Jewish imperative to welcome the stranger and protect the refugee. Meet representatives from key organizations and learn about volunteer and advocacy opportunities. Speakers will include Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky, Congregation Ansche Chesed; Lourdes Rosado, Bureau Chief, Civil Rights Bureau, New York Attorney General Office; Melanie Nezer, HIAS Senior Vice President of Public Affairs; and a Representative from Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights.

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Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, November 10 | 6:30PM | BJ Community House 3rd Floor
Led by Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi Rachel Cowan, and Hazzan Ari Priven, this service involves meditation, reflection, deep listening, and personal engagement with the parashah. Please contact Kristen with any questions.

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Notary Services for BJ Members

Business hours | 89th Street

We are pleased to announce that our Human Resources and Administrative Associate, Shakeara Hatchett, is now authorized to provide notary services (for personal or business purposes) to all BJ members. Email Shakeara to set up a notary appointment.

Bim Bam and Bim Bam Hebrew Immersion

Bim Bam and Bim Bam Hebrew Immersion
Fridays, September 8-December 15 | 9:15-10:00AM, 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel

Bim Bam gives children under three a fun space to explore Shabbat through interactive songs and stories while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. Sessions at 9:15AM or 10:15AM feature both English and Hebrew songs, while the 11:15 AM class is full Hebrew immersion. The series is $220/members and $330/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Program is led by BJ music educator, Eliana Light. Hebrew Immersion is led by Shira Averbuch. Questions? Email Allison Kapusta.

No class on September 22 (Rosh Hashanah), September 29 (Yom Kippur), October 6 (Sukkot), November 24 (Thanksgiving)



Tuesdays, October 3-December 12 | 4:00-5:00PM | BJ Community House

IAC KesheTOT is an innovative program for families with infants and toddlers from birth until 3.5 years old. Children gain a sense of community, flavored by Israeli culture and Jewish heritage. Programming includes music, stories, and movement. Families also celebrate Jewish holidays together in a uniquely Israeli way. IAC KesheTOT is conducted exclusively in Hebrew and run by Israeli teachers.
This unique program is a great fit for both Hebrew speakers and non-Hebrew speakers alike. Questions? Contact Itay Asaf for more details.

KesheTOT – Fall Semester (11 sessions)
BJ Member – $338
Non-Member – $390


"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Tuesdays, October 24-December 12 | 12:30-1:45PM | BJ Middle Room
Bring a bag lunch and open up your soul to the nourishment and challenge of the Hassidic rabbis with the study of Itturei Torah: Torah Gems on the Weekly Torah Portion. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol as we imagine old world wisdom for everyday life. Each class will stand alone so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. Free of charge, but please register below. Read more »

"In the Mirror" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

Thursdays, November 30, December 7, 14, and 21, January 11, 18, and 25, February 1, 8, 15, and 22, March 1, 8, and 15 | 12:30-1:30PM | Location Provided Upon Registration
Through the close reading of short stories about the lives, struggles, and concerns of the Talmudic rabbis, we uncover deeper layers of our own selves and we become better equipped to wrestle with our human nature. No knowledge of Hebrew is required. Please bring your own lunch to the midtown location. Specific location information will be provided upon registration. Free of charge. BJ members only. This class is now full; please email Beth to be added to the wait list.

Kulanu Kids

Saturdays, October 8, 2016 – May 13, 2017 | 10:20AM – 12:00PM |  86th Street Social Hall

Join Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, the BJ rabbis, and a team of teen musicians in a family-friendly celebration of Shabbat. Previously known as Junior Congregation, Kulanu is a participatory prayer space in which 3rd-6th graders and their families will use song, games, prayer, and art to make Shabbat morning come alive. Upon meeting in the main sanctuary, we will take the Torah out of the ark and dance our way to the Kulanu space downstairs. For more information, contact Arielle Rosenberg.

 *On the second Saturday of every month, Kulanu is kids only.

The Book of Genesis with Hillel Friedman

Tuesdays, beginning October 24 | 9:30AM | BJ Middle Room
When we consider the Book of Genesis, many of us remember the tales we heard in our childhood.  As adults, we can together probe the book and find spiritual determinants that can add meaning to our lives today. Join Rabbi Hillel Friedman, longtime BJ member, for a perusal of the Book, for the opportunity to see how our ancestors carved out a spiritual world view while dealing with the culture surrounding them and their own family lives.

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Parashat Bereshit

October 14, 2017 • Sarah Yael Krinsky
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Parashat Yom Kippur AM

September 30, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Yom Kippur AM

September 30, 2017 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Ha-azinu • Shabbat Shuva

September 23, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Ha-azinu • Shabbat Shuva

September 23, 2017 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelekh

September 16, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelekh

September 16, 2017 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Ki Tavo

September 9, 2017 • Rabbi Adina Lewittes
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Parashat Ki Tetze

September 2, 2017 • Tobias Moss
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Parashat Shoftim

August 26, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon

Volunteers Needed for Hesed: Shabbat Connections

Our community is strongest when we care for each other in times of need. Do a deed of lovingkindness by connecting with members of the BJ community who are homebound, lonely, or in need of some extra care. With regular and consistent phone calls we can brighten the days and warm the hearts of those who need it most. Please contact Joni Brenner at ShabbatConnections@bj.org for more information on how you can help.

Meals for New Parents

Like to cook?  Be part of new effort to reach out with a loving hand to families in our community!  Join a team of people who will sign up to cook meals for parents when a baby is born.  Contact Enid Lotstein at Enid.Lotstein@gmail.com.

Service and Hospitality: Volunteer with the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program

Thursdays | 11:30AM-1:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Every Thursday at BJ we welcome guests into our synagogue for a delicious lunch, friendly companionship, and music performed by a BJ member every other week. Join our lunch program by volunteering and taking part in the warm and welcoming atmosphere we offer to our guests. To learn more about this opportunity or to volunteer contact Larissa Wohl or call x272.