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    After nourishing your soul, nosh with fellow BJ members at our Community Break Fast in Frankel Hall.

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    Our sanctuary is ornamented in a design with Coptic, Moorish and Persian elements and framed by dazzling stained glass windows.

Shabbat Services

Yom Kippur
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Friday, October 3

 6:00 PMKol Nidre
 6:00 PMFamily Service

Saturday, October 4

 9:00 AMYom Kippur Services
10:30 AMChildren’s Services
10:30 AMFamily Services
4:30 PMMinhah/Neila
7:00 PMChildren’s Procession
7:15 PMTeki’at Shofar and Havdalah

Holiday Services

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SelihotSeptember 20
Rosh HashanahSeptember 24-26
Shabbat ShuvahSeptember 26-27
Yom KippurOctober 3-4
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Morning Minyan

Week of September 28 - October 4

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9:15 AMSunday
7:15 AMMonday
7:15 AMTuesday
7:15 AMWednesday
7:15 AMThursday
7:15 AMFriday
  • Community Break Fast

    October 4, 2014 •
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    Lox Platter photo credit: Bagel BasketWe are delighted to offer a delicious meal to break the fast with the community following Yom Kippur services. We'll welcome new members at a special reserved table so you can share your first uplifting BJ Yom Kippur experience with each other as well as long-time BJ members. Cost: $15/child; $25/member; $35/non-member.  Register here by Thursday, October 2.

    Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

  • Sukkah Decorating Party

    October 6, 2014 • 3:30 pm-5:30 pm •
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    BJ Sukkah Make your mark on the BJ Sukkah! Children and families of all ages are welcome to join us for a fun-filled afternoon of creating decorations for the BJ Sukkah. We'll provide supplies, but feel free to bring your own to contribute as well.

    Location: 89th Street Sukkah

  • Sukkah at 89th Street Open to the Community

    October 8, 2014-October 16, 2014 •
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    Sukkot Pic Bring your lunch or dinner (strictly dairy/vegetarian), your friends and family, and experience the spirit of Sukkot with other BJ members. The Sukkah will be open at the following times:

    Wednesday, October 8   8:30-10:00PM
    Thursday, October 9   1:30-3:00PM, 9:00-10:00PM
    Friday, October 10   1:30-3:00PM
    Saturday, October 11   2:00-3:00PM
    Monday, October 13   3:00-5:00PM
    Tuesday, October 14   12:00-3:00PM
    Wednesday, October 15   1:00-3:00PM

    Location: 89th Street Sukkah

  • Sukkot Family Dinner

    October 9, 2014 • 5:30 pm-6:30 pm •
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    4602036591_3e33e3e011_nFamilies with elementary- and middle school-aged children are invited for a festive dinner in the BJ Sukkah. Join us for “pizza in the hut” before attending second night Sukkot services in the Sanctuary. $18 per family. Register online and email kkersey@bj.org with questions or dietary concerns.

    Location: 89th Street Sukkah (Rain Location: Frankel Hall)

  • Teen Sukkah Sleepover

    October 10, 2014 •
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    10714775394_915fd528a9_zFriday October 10 8:00PM. Enjoy a night under the stars! Start the evening at Kabbalat Shabbat services before heading up to the sukkah for games, snacks, and time spent with friends. Register online, and email Ayala with questions.

    Location: 89th Street Sukkah (Rain Location: Frankel Hall)

  • Tze’irim Sukkah Party

    October 10, 2014 • 8:30 pm-11:00 pm •
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    Sukka funBring a dairy/vegetarian potluck dish or a bottle of wine to share with other young Jewish professionals in their 20s and 30s. Meet us in the BJ Sukkah for kiddush after services, and then we'll have our potluck downstairs in the 89th Street Reception Room. Register here by Tuesday, October 7.

    Location: 89th Street Sukkah

  • 4th and 5th Grade Sukkah Sleepover

    October 11, 2014 • 8:00 pm-9:30 am •
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    4602644302_aa5b4fd2c2_nA night of games, songs, snacks, and fun ends with a special sleepover in the BJ Sukkah. Families are invited to join us in Havdalah before dropping off their children. Register online, and email Bryan with questions.

    Location: 89th Street Sukkah (Rain Location: Frankel Hall)

  • Bim Bam Sukkah Breakfast

    October 12, 2014 • 10:00 am-11:00 am •
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    sadies-sukkah-breakfastChildren aged three and under and their families are invited to the BJ Sukkah to sing, dance, socialize, and eat a late breakfast as we read the PJ Library book Sadie’s Breakfast in the Sukkah. This special Sukkot Bim Bam event is open to all of our Bim Bammers and youngest BJ members and will be led by an experienced musician. Cost is $18 per family and space is limited. Please register online and email Allison with questions.

    Location: 89th Street Sukkah

  • Yozma Brunch in the BJ Sukkah

    October 12, 2014 • 11:45 am-1:15 pm •
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    Etrog_temani_33Yozma is BJ’s community of singles and couples of approximately ages 35-55.  Get to know us over a delicious kosher Mediterranean brunch, followed by dessert and coffee at a nearby café. Brunch is $15 per person; dessert and coffee are separate.  Please register here by Monday, October 6th.

    Location: 89th Street BJ Community House, 6th Floor Roof

  • Sip and Schmooze in the Sukkah

    October 12, 2014 • 4:30 pm-6:30 pm •
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    WineTop off your Sunday afternoon by schmoozing with old friends and new friends while enjoying some wonderful Israeli wines. An expert of Skyview Wines -- the city’s largest seller of Israeli wine -- will select the wines and be on hand to tell you about them. Some Israeli wine plus good conversation and a little nosh all make for a perfect event. Sponsored by Mekusharim. Cost: $20 per person. Register here by October 5 or pay cash at the door.

    Location: 89th Street Sukkah (Rain Location: 88th Street Sanctuary)

  • Drawing Waters / Simhat Beit Hashoeva

    October 12, 2014 • 6:30 pm-8:00 pm •
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    oud music A double-feature concert celebrating the music of Sukkot, Simhat Torah and more. Oud player Zach Fredman,lead of the Epichorus, a Judeo-Arab big band. Guitarist Dan Nadel will present a special piyut-meets-flamenco project, featuring multiple vocalists. The concert will feature some of New York's finest musicians, and is co-sponsored by the Leader Family Fund and the America Israel Cultural Foundation. The cost for this concert is $10/adults, $5/children. Please register by October 8.

    Location: 257 West 88th Street Sanctuary

  • Date Change: Shelter Volunteer Celebration and Potluck

    October 13, 2014 • 6:00 pm-8:00 pm •
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    Sukkah Photo: Forestfortrees, 2004, FlickrJoin us in the BJ Sukkah on the 6th floor for a chance to meet with the Social Action Coordinator and co-chairs from the BJ/SPSA Homeless Shelter. Now is a wonderful time to learn about volunteering and to meet the team who helps keep the shelter running year round. R.S.V.P. to Larissa or call x272.

    Location: 89th Street Sukkah

  • New Member Potluck Dinner in the Sukkah

    October 14, 2014 • 6:30 pm-8:00 pm •
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    6473246153_2c6dcd4ace_zCelebrate the harvest festival with other new members in the BJ Sukkah. Bring a dairy/vegetarian potluck dish to share. To register, email Monty Miller by Tuesday, October 7.

    Location: 89th Street Sukkah

  • Yozma Fall Foliage Hike Along the Old Croton Aqueduct

    October 19, 2014 •
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    Mercer_Slough_Fall_Foliage_(5116668467)_(2) Join Yozma for a four-mile hike along the Old Croton Aqueduct in one of New York State's beautiful historic parks. (The hike is mostly flat, with one sizeable uphill stretch at the beginning.) We'll enjoy scenic views of the Hudson River and have lunch at The Prime in Hastings-on-the-Hudson. Come to NYC's Grand Central Station, buy a ticket for the 10:20 am train to Irvington and one for the return trip from Hastings, and then meet us -- at 10:00 am sharp -- at the station's circular information booth.  We'll head to the train together (and, after the hike, take the train back together). R.S.V.P to Craig by October 12, although the earlier the better; there's a 20-person maximum.  Yozma is BJ’s community of singles and couples of approximately ages 35-55. 

    Location: Old Croton Aqueduct, NY

  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: American Cancer Society Walk

    October 19, 2014 • 7:30 am-2:00 pm •
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    ribbonJoin fellow BJ members in “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" as we walk together to raise funds for research. We will meet for a brief breakfast at 7:30AM, followed by a prayer service. To sign up, visit makingstrides.acsevents.org. The team name is B’nai Jeshurun. For questions or assistance, please contact Andrea at andmugs@aol.com or Ellen at ellenlandsberger@gmail.com

    Location: Meet at the 89th Street Community House

  • Israeli Literature Book Group is Back

    October 27, 2014 • 7:30 pm-9:00 pm •
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    6 MondaysIsraeli book Bookgroup (October 27, December 8, January 12, February 23, March 30, and May 4) | 7:30-9:00PM |BJ Community House, 270 West 89th Street Always wanted to read novels by Israel's greatest authors? What can the books teach us about Israeli society that we don't learn from the newspaper headlines? Led by BJ member Ellen Bender we will read books that provide insight and provoke conversation. Registration requested. Contact Orli Moss for more information. Our first book will be World Cup Wishes by Eshkol Nevo.

    Location: BJ Community House, 270 West 89th Street

  • Lunch and Learn: The Language of Truth

    October 28, 2014 • 12:30 pm-1:45 pm •
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    torah_yod_column_angled copy Study the weekly parashah through the commentary of the Sefat Emet, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Alter of Gur. Join Rabbi Felicia L. Sol for an exploration of this Hassidic commentary to delve deeper into the richness of our tradition while exploring our own spirituality through these texts. Participants are encouraged to come for the entirety of the class but each class will stand alone so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. All texts will be translated. Free of charge. Register here.

    Location: 89th St. Middle Room

  • Mindfulness Classes: Creating a Personal Prayer Practice with Rabbis Rachel Cowan and Marcelo Bronstein

    October 29, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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    BJ Sanctuary Stained Glass Rose Window Many of us long for a more personally meaningful prayer practice. In this class we offer meditation, contemplative text study, music and time for reflection to assist you in connecting more meaningfully with the words of the siddur and in finding your own words of prayer. Working this way in a group may help you understand more clearly why you pray, where your prayer could take you, and how it might change you. We hope it will​ connect you to prayer as a spiritual practice. Free: registration required.

    Location: 89th Street Chapel

  • When the End of Life Arrives: An Exploration of Death and Mourning

    October 30, 2014 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
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    serenityJoin Rabbi Felicia Sol for study and conversation on the rituals, customs and beliefs that our tradition offers at this most vulnerable and holy time. Registration encouraged

    Location: 89th Street Reception Room

  • Lunch and Learn: The Language of Truth

    November 4, 2014 • 12:30 pm-1:45 pm •
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    torah_yod_column_angled copy Study the weekly parashah through the commentary of the Sefat Emet, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Alter of Gur. Join Rabbi Felicia L. Sol for an exploration of this Hassidic commentary to delve deeper into the richness of our tradition while exploring our own spirituality through these texts. Participants are encouraged to come for the entirety of the class but each class will stand alone so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. All texts will be translated. Free of charge. Register here.

    Location: 89th St. Middle Room

  • Mindfulness Classes: Creating a Personal Prayer Practice with Rabbis Rachel Cowan and Marcelo Bronstein

    November 5, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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    BJ Sanctuary Stained Glass Rose Window Many of us long for a more personally meaningful prayer practice. In this class we offer meditation, contemplative text study, music and time for reflection to assist you in connecting more meaningfully with the words of the siddur and in finding your own words of prayer. Working this way in a group may help you understand more clearly why you pray, where your prayer could take you, and how it might change you. We hope it will​ connect you to prayer as a spiritual practice. Free: registration required.

    Location: 89th Street Chapel

  • When the End of Life Arrives: An Exploration of Death and Mourning

    November 6, 2014 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
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    serenityJoin Rabbi Felicia Sol for study and conversation on the rituals, customs and beliefs that our tradition offers at this most vulnerable and holy time. Registration encouraged

    Location: 89th Street Reception Room

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Parashat Ki Tavo

September 13, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Ki Tetze

September 6, 2014 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Mas'ei

July 28, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Shlah-lekha

June 16, 2014 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Behaalotkha

June 9, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Naso

June 2, 2014 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Behukotai

May 19, 2014 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Behar

May 12, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Kedoshim

April 28, 2014 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Aharei Mot • Shabbat Hagadol

April 14, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon

Office Closings for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

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The BJ office will close at 1:00PM on Wednesday, September 24 and remain closed through Friday, September 26 in observance of Rosh Hashanah. The BJ office will close at 1:00PM on Friday, October 3 in observance of Yom Kippur. LeShanah Tovah. May you be inscribed for a sweet year filled with good health, peace and prosperity.

Giving to Relieve Hunger

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As a community, BJ addresses hunger on the local and global levels by supporting the West Side Campaign Against Hunger and Mazon. We encourage your participation by either bringing a check for WSCAH to Kol Nidre services (a designated donations box will be located at the sanctuary entrance), and/or writing a check to Mazon before breaking the fast and mailing it in one of the envelopes available at each Yom Kippur service location.

Listen to 'Count Down, Gear Up' Webinar Audio

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The month of Elul is a time of deep contemplation before the Yamim Nora’im. In a webinar on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Rabbis Matalon, Bronstein, and Sol shared their insights on the topic: Father, King, Judge: Can we pray to the God of the High Holy Days? Listen to the “Count Down, Gear Up” webinar (running time:45 minutes). A transcript of the webinar is coming soon.

Sukkah at 89th Street Open to the Community

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Wednesday October 8-Wednesday October 15 | Times Vary | 89th Street Sukkah
Bring your lunch or dinner (strictly dairy/vegetarian), your friends and family, and experience the spirit of Sukkot with other BJ members. The Sukkah will be open at the following times:

Wednesday, October 8   8:30-10:00PM
Thursday, October 9   1:30-3:00PM, 9:00-10:00PM
Friday, October 10   1:30-3:00PM
Saturday, October 11   2:00-3:00PM
Monday, October 13   3:00-5:00PM
Tuesday, October 14   12:00-3:00PM
Wednesday, October 15   1:00-3:00PM