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    BJ is proud to be a part of the UWS celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut. We'll be hosting several events including a scavenger hunt, a concert, and Tekes Ma'aver. #uwsISRAEL

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    Mazel Tov to Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Rabbi Rachel Cowan, recipients of Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degrees from HUC-JIR on May 8.

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

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    Celebrate Shabbat from Eve to End with programs and activities for all ages on Friday and Saturday, April 25-26

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    Three Gateways to Shabbat: Join us for one of three different Kabbalat Shabbat services on the second Shabbat of the month. Next: May 9.

Shabbat Services

Kedoshim

Friday, April 25

7:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat 88th St. Sanctuary

Saturday, April 26

9:30 AM Shabbat Services 86th St. Sanctuary
10:30 AM Shabbat Discovery and Children’s Services

Morning Minyan

Week of April 20 - 26

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9:30 AM Sunday
7:30 AM Wednesday
7:30 AM Thursday
7:30 AM Friday
  • BJHS Open House

    April 24, 2014 • 5:00 pm-6:00 pm •
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    Thinking about Jewish education for the 2014-15 school year? Come learn more about the B'nai Jeshurun Hebrew School! Join Ivy Schreiber, Director of Education, to learn about the Hebrew School's vision, tour the school and see classes in session, and hear from current parents and students. Register online for the sessions on March 6 or April 24, and email Kristen with any questions.

    Location: 257 West 88th Street B'nai Jeshurun Sanctuary

  • The Power of Song: A Tribute to Pete Seeger, Community Sing Out and Shabbat Dinner

    April 25, 2014 • 7:30 pm-10:30 pm •
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    Panim el Panim presents an evening filled with songs of justice led by musicians Matt Turk and Gary Schreiner. Together we will celebrate BJ's community organizing and advocacy efforts by lifting our voices in song, honoring Pete Seeger, and partaking in a joyous meal. Join with your BJ friends and community, and meet new people at this special Shabbat dinner. Matt Turk is a BJ musician, folk troubadour, and a singer-songwriter in his own right, who performed and recorded with his friend Pete Seeger, and has a long standing relationship with Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival. Gary Schreiner is a multi-instrumentalist and Emmy Award-winning composer and producer. Register now online.

    Location: 257 West 88th Street B'nai Jeshurun Frankel Hall

  • Aliyah for Holocaust Survivors and Their Families

    April 26, 2014 •
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    On the Shabbat before Yom HaShoah, BJ invites Holocaust survivors, their families and descendants for a special aliyah that commemorates those who perished, pays tribute to those who survived and marks our commitment to Jewish life into the future.

    Location: 263 West 86th Street SPSA

  • Krav Maga

    April 26, 2014 • 3:00 pm-4:30 pm •
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    Get your heart pounding and your legs kicking on this Shabbat from Eve to End. Elementary school children ages 7-12 are invited to join certified Krav Maga instructors for an afternoon of learning on the Israeli self-defense system. No registration required, but be sure to wear comfortable clothing.

    Location: 270 West 89th Street B'nai Jeshurun Community House Third Floor Gym

  • Dreamcoat Experience Music and Play

    April 26, 2014 • 3:00 pm-4:30 pm •
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    Families with young children (ages 0-6) are invited to participate in Dreamcoat Exeprience, an award-winning creative Jewish education organization, for a Shabbat program celebrating the arrival of spring. Together with educator Stav Meishar, children will explore concepts of spring, nature and tikkun olam (repairing the world) through story-telling, drama games, yoga poses and more!

    Location: 270 West 89th Street B'nai Jeshurun Community House Third Floor Big Room

  • Building Dialogue and Trust in The Middle East

    April 26, 2014 • 3:30 pm-5:00 pm •
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    Join us to hear from Eden Fuchs and Ibrahim Issa from The Center for Emerging Futures (CEF). CEF specializes in holding large gatherings dedicated to the creation of dialogue, trust and partnership between Palestinians and Israelis living in Israel. In addition, they cultivate civil partnerships and organizational cooperation. Limited space. Please register.

    Location: 270 West 89th Street B'nai Jeshurun Community House Reception Room

  • Shira Yoga: An Integrated Practice for Body and Soul

    April 26, 2014 • 5:30 pm-6:45 pm •
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    Bring voice, breath and body together in these sessions that will combine two devotional practices: Asana Yoga and Piyut (Hebrew liturgical poetry) led by Shuli Passow (Jewish educator, long time yoga practitioner and rabbinical student) and Dan Nadel (guitarist, composer, and synagogue musical director). We will study a new piyut, sing and chant together, and explore the piyut's theme through an embodied yoga practice. No experience in yoga or singing is necessary and all are welcome. A limited number of yoga mats available; please bring your own if you have one. Registration is required. The remaining sessions May 17, 7:15PM.

    Location: 270 West 89th Street B'nai Jeshurun Community House Middle Room

  • Teen Seudah Shlishit

    April 26, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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    Teens at BJ are invited to Seudah Shlishit (third meal of Shabbat) and an evening filled with singing, schmoozing, and snacks, leading up to Havdalah at 8:30PM with Ayala Wasser, Teen Coordinator. Extend your Shabbat afternoon experience and join us for the evening.

    Location: 270 West 89th Street B'nai jeshurun Community House Chapel

  • Yozma Spring Hike in Westchester

    April 27, 2014 • 9:00 am-2:00 pm •
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    Join Yozma for a 4-mile hike along the scenic Bronx River Parkway next to lakes and streams. Take the 10:25AM train from Grand Central Terminal to Bronxville, hike to Scarsdale where we'll have lunch at a 1950's-style small diner in Scarsdale, and then take the train back to Manhattan. R.S.V.P. to Craig Rosenberg as soon as possible as only 20 people can be accommodated.

    Location: Meet in Grand Central Terminal by the round information booth

  • Jews and Baseball: Chasing Dreams Exhibit at NMAJH

    April 27, 2014 • 11:00 am-2:00 pm •
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    Families with kids in grades K-7 are invited to join a special docent-led tour about the history of Jews in baseball. After our tour, gather on the mall across the street for a picnic lunch. Bring blankets, food and a ball for a game of catch. Cost is $12 per child and $16 per adult. Register online.

    Location: National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia

  • Greenmarket Scavenger Hunt

    April 27, 2014 • 1:00 pm-3:00 pm •
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    Join Yocheved Tupper in learning about sustainable, local, organic farming and why it is better for our bodies and for the world – especially when thinking about doing the mitzvah of feeding the hungry. We'll meet at BJ, and walk to the Greenmarket at 81st Street and Columbus. R.S.V.P. directly to Yocheved.

    Location: 257 West 88th Street and Columbus Avenue Greenmarket

  • Erev Yom HaShoah Commemoration Ceremony and One-Woman Show Decoding the Tablecloth

    April 27, 2014 • 6:45 pm-9:00 pm •
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    Once again we come together to commemorate Yom HaShoah, when the BJ community, and their family and friends, are invited to participate in The Reading and Hearing of the Names of those killed during the Shoah. The reading will follow the evening service at 6:45PM. Then we will present Decoding the Tablecloth by Gabriela Kohen, introduced by Myriam Abramowicz. This award-winning and critically acclaimed autobiographical one-woman-show, explores the effects of the Holocaust and immigration over five generations in her family. Forced to flee Poland in 1938, Kohen’s grandmother found herself living in Argentina, carrying only an heirloom tablecloth as a reminder of her life back home. Years later Kohen finds herself Jewish, Latina, and growing up in Brooklyn, and carrying on the family’s tradition with this same tablecloth. Ms. Kohen skillfully portrays over 20 characters in English, Spanish, and Yiddish as she struggles to make sense of her Jewish identity. We encourage you to add to the list of names that will be read by completing our Shoah Names form. Arrangement for The All-Night Vigil and BJ reading slot are still being made and will appear here. We thank BJ member Lilli Platt for her contribution toward this program in loving memory of her parents Hanna and Abraham Platt, Holocaust survivors.

    Location: 257 West 88th Street B'nai Jeshurun Sanctuary

  • Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day Speaker and Ceremony

    April 28, 2014 • 5:00 pm-6:00 pm •
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    We are blessed to host Mrs. Lore Strauss, grandmother of Theo Strauss, who survived the Shoah (Holocaust), as our speaker this year. This event will take place during BJHS, where all 5th, 6th, and 7th grade classes will attend. Non-BJHS students are also invited with their parents. R.S.V.P. to Emily Walsh.

    Location: 257 West 88th Street B'nai Jeshurun Sanctuary

  • Serve Guests at the BJ/SPSA Homeless Shelter

    April 28, 2014 • 6:15 pm-9:00 pm •
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    Join Natalie Sela for a light dinner and discussion about the mitzvah of Hakhnassat Orhim, welcoming guests, before you serve guests at the Shelter at 7:00PM. This is limited to two families in order to respect our guests' space. R.S.V.P. to Natalie.

    Location: 257 West 88th Street B'nai Jeshurun Frankel Hall

  • Yom Hashoa Film Screening and Q&A- The Lady In No. 6

    April 28, 2014 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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    Alice Herz-Sommer was the world's oldest Holocaust survivor reaching the age of 110! Join us as we screen the academy award winning movie for Best Short Documentary about her life . The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Caroline Stoessinger who wrote the book about Alyce inspiring the making of the movie. Never before seen footage of Caroline's meetings with Alice will be shown as well. FREE admission; R.S.V.P. recommended here.

    Location: 257 West 88th Street B'nai Jeshurun Sanctuary

  • Visit BJ Member at the Atria Senior Living Center

    April 30, 2014 • 4:00 pm-5:30 pm •
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    Join Emily Walsh in learning about the mitzvah of respecting our elderly, and pay a visit to a long-time BJ member who lives at the Atria. We hope kids who participate in this mitzvah will want to continue making regular visits with the member in the future. R.S.V.P. directly to Emily.

    Location: 257 West 88th Street and Atria Senior Living Center

  • Confronting Mental Health: A Series cosponsored by BJ and Drisha

    April 30, 2014 • 6:30 pm-9:00 pm •
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    3 Wednesdays (April 30, May 7, May 14) Join the BJ and Drisha communities for a three-part series on mental health. At 6:30PM, choose one of a selection of three-part workshops, followed by ma'ariv and refreshments. Finally, at 7:45PM, join together as a community for a series of lectures focusing on our attitudes towards mental illness, and the challenges faced by individuals and the community. Individuals with lived experience, family members, mental health professionals, clergy, and concerned members of the community are invited to participate in this critical conversation. Registration suggested, free of charge. Click here for more information about the workshops and lectures and to register.

    Location: Drisha Institute of Jewish Education, 37 West 65th Street, 5th Floor

  • Screening and Panel Discussion of ABC Documentary Featuring Rabbi Sol

    April 30, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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    Many female rabbis and cantors face an interesting quandary. On one hand, “Be fruitful & multiply” is the Torah’s first commandment followed later by “For you shall be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” Imagine the dilemma if you wish to be fruitful and holy, but you’re a female, rabbi or cantor…who is single. A screening of All of the Above: Single, Clergy, Mother, a one-hour documentary that aired on ABC affiliated stations featuring Rabbi Felicia Sol, highlights the stories of four single, female rabbis/cantors who adopt children or undergo medical procedures to create families of their own. The film explores the choices demanded of Jewish women and the often competing desires of motherhood and faith. The documentary reveals the complicated, intriguing, sometimes frustrating, and ultimately fulfilling journey that is both unique and common to all Jewish-American women: a journey worthy of exultation and one that will define the future of Jewish women for years to come. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with Rabbi Felicia Sol, Rabbi Lisa Gelber, Associate Dean The Rabbinical School, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Filmmaker Debra Gonsher Vinik. Free of Charge.

    Location: 257 West 88th Street B'nai Jeshurun Sanctuary

  • May Tot Shabbat

    May 2, 2014 • 5:15 pm-7:00 pm •
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    Families will enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner at 5:45PM downstairs in Frankel Hall complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. Dinner will include delicious choices for adults as well as children, and vegetarian options will be available; dietary laws observed. While adults are finishing their meal, teen volunteers will engage children in games and more songs! Register by Wednesday, April 30 and contact Kristen Kersey with any questions or specific dietary requests. Cost is $25/members, and $32/non-members; thanks to a generous donation, all children eat free.

    Location: 257 West 88th Street B'nai Jeshurun Sanctuary

  • Yom Ha’atzmaut – BJ Celebrates Israel’s 66th Birthday

    May 3, 2014-May 7, 2014 •
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    Once again BJ is proud to be a part of the communal celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut on the Upper West Side . With songs for children, text study, dancing, and Tekes Ma'avar commemoration of the fallen. Sign up at www.uwsisrael.org. In collaboration with and funded by UJA-Federation.

    Location: UWS, New York, NY, United States

  • Teen Shabbat

    May 3, 2014 •
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    Join us this Shabbat as the rabbis sit with the congregation and the teens lead the service. The BJ Teens will lead tefillot (prayers), read Torah and Haftarah, deliver d’vrei Torah (teachings), and share about their experiences in the many parts of our teen program at BJ. The seventh graders at the Hebrew School will also be honored with a special aliyah celebrating their graduation from BJHS and inviting them into the teen community. We invite you to learn more about what our teens have done in, and for, our community this year.

    Location: 263 West 86th Street SPSA

  • Teen Shabbat Seating for B’nai Mitzvah Children

    May 3, 2014 • 9:30 am-12:00 pm •
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    Each spring, the teens take over the main service, and lead our congregation in Shaharit (Shabbat morning services). We’ll have a special section for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade families to sit together, and hope you’ll join us for the special Community Kiddush honoring the teens.

    Location: 263 West 86th Street SPSA

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Parashat Aharei Mot • Shabbat Hagadol

April 14, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Metzora

April 7, 2014 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Tazri'a • Shabbat Hahodesh

March 31, 2014 • Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum
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Parashat Tzav • Shabbat Zakhor

March 15, 2014 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Vayikra

March 8, 2014 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Pekudei • Shabbat Shekalim

March 1, 2014 • JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen
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Parashat Ki Tissa

February 15, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Terumah

February 1, 2014 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Mishpatim

January 25, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Yitro

January 18, 2014 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein

Volunteer and Connect - The Time to Pledge Your Involvement is Now

volunteer-connectGet involved at BJ in the new year. Make 5774 the year you choose to volunteer, meet new people, and give back to this very special community. Fill out the pledge form (also found in your membership renewal mailing) to select one or several opportunities that speak to you. For more information, contact Billie Di Stefano.

New in 5774: Three Gateways to Shabbat

US 5128Join us for one of three different Kabbalat Shabbat services on the second Shabbat of every month.

Family Kabbalat Shabbat Service | 6:00PM | 89th Street 3rd Floor
Families with children in elementary and middle school are invited to join the BJ spiritual leaders in welcoming Shabbat at our family-friendly Friday night service. The service will last about an hour. A dinner will follow, registration required. Contact Kristen for more information.

Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat  | 6:45PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Led by Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, this service involves meditation, reflection, deep listening and personal engagement with the parashah. A dinner will follow in the 89th Street Middle Room, registration required. Contact Sandra for more information.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service | 7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
For those who wish to come 15 minutes early we will begin with spiritual preparation singing beautiful Shabbat melodies.

We look forward to welcoming and celebrating Shabbat together with you.

Remaining dates in 2014 are: April 11, May 9, June 13.

As If It Were Yesterday Now at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

asifitwereyesterdayAs If It Were Yesterday, directed by BJ member Myriam Abramowicz with Esther Hoffenberg, is now in the collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. This award-winning 1980 documentary is about the little-known heroism of the Belgian people who, during the Nazi occupation, hid, placed or helped over 4000 Jewish children escape deportation and extermination, often doing so at the risk of their own lives. Through interviews with adult survivors and with the Belgians who sheltered Jewish children, a poignant story emerges. The film can be viewed at the Library at no charge.  For more information, call the Library at 917-275-6975.

 

Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Rabbi Rachel Cowan Receive Doctorate of Divinity from HUC-JIR

Thursday, May 8 | 4:00PM | Congregation Emanu-El, 10 East 66th Street
Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein will be awarded the honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in recognition of his 25 years of distinguished professional service. Rabbi Rachel Cowan, a member of the BJ community and Rabbi Bronstein’s co-leader of our Mindfulness Retreats and Services, will also receive the Doctorate of Divinity. All are welcome to attend the ceremony.

All donations in honor of Rabbi Bronstein’s and/or Rabbi Cowan’s honorary degree should be sent to:
Eve Starkman
HUC-JIR
One West Fourth Street
New York, NY 10012
Make checks payable to HUC-JIR, and write IHO Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein or IHO Rabbi Rachel Cowan in the memo field.
In celebration of this special honor, be sure to attend the Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 6:45PM on Friday, May 9, in the 89th Street Reception Room.

Blaustein's Kiss by Judith Felsenfeld

FelsenfeldBlaustein’s Kiss is a new book of short stories written by BJ member Judith Felsenfeld about the complexities of multigenerational family life. Published by Epigraph, the book is available for purchase at Amazon.