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    Mark your calendar for the BJ dinner of all dinners. Register now to host a dinner, attend a dinner, or join us at the after dinner dance party.

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    Please come to this special community service and help multiple faiths turn into one voice of gratitude.

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    Since 1914 the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has assisted Jewish communities from Moscow to Mumbai. Hear about their work over a delicious international Shabbat dinner.

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    Join us for the release of a ground-breaking report and toolkit that documents the incredible work of our Aging in NY Hevra. We made history!

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    Experience BJ tefillah in a more intimate setting, support your fellow BJ members who are saying kaddish and have coffee on us.

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    The rabbis' 5775 sermons explore the meaning of the gap between our realities and our aspirations.

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Shabbat Services

Vayetze

Friday, November 28

6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th Street Sanctuary

Saturday, November 29

9:30 AMShabbat ServicesSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services Chapel
4:15PMCommunity Minha

Morning Minyan

Week of November 23 - 29

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7:30 AMMonday
7:30 AMTuesday
7:30 AMWednesday
9:30 AMThursday
9:30 AMFriday

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

November 27, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Zitzit Photo: Chajm Guski, https://www.flickr.com/photos/chajms/7173030580/The rabbis of the Talmud call prayer "avodat ha-lev," or "the service of the heart." Yet how can our hearts be in it when we don't understand what we're saying? Together we will study the language of the siddur in Hebrew, English, and transliteration, along with biblical, rabbinic, mystical, and modern texts on tefilah. Come deepen your understanding of the prayer book, and develop a more personal connection with Jewish prayer. Register here.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

November 29, 2014 • 8:45 am-9:25 am •
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Prayer shawl. Photo: Oren HayonPlease 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.

Location: 86th Street Chapel

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

December 2, 2014 • 8:30 am-10:00 am •
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Rabbi Hillel FriedmanWe will study excerpts from the Books of Samuel and Job. Both texts in their unique ways raise questions regarding standards for communal leadership, and those factors that we struggle with in order to find meaning in life. Rabbi Friedman is a longtime member of our BJ community. Members $100/Non-members $150. Register here.

Location: 89th Street First Floor

Lunch and Learn: The Language of Truth

December 2, 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

Adonai, Open My Lips - אֲדֹנָי שְׂפָתַי תִּפְתָּח

December 2, 2014 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
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Prayer at Morning MinyanHow do I open my heart to prayer? What happens when I pray? Who do I pray to? What/Who do I pray for? How do I find my own voice in prayer? Together with Rabbi Roly Matalon we will open and examine these and other prayer related questions through personal reflection, text study, discussion and practice. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Middle Room

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

December 3, 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

Introduction to Judaism

December 3, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Sarit Horwitz, BJ Rabbinic Fellow, 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 by October 21: individuals $420/$636; couples $630/$945.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Behind the Headlines in Israel

December 4, 2014 • 8:30 am-9:15 am •
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Israeli News PapersWhat headlines are Israelis waking up to? Start the day with an overview of Israeli news in three key areas: politics, society and culture and Middle East events. Led by Dr. Jonathan Cummings, political analyst and scholar of Israel and the Middle East and husband of Orli Moss, BJ's Director of Israel Engagement. Registration required.

Location: 89th Street Community House

"Stories of the Talmudic Rabbis" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

December 4, 2014 • 12:30 pm-1:30 pm •
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Torah text. Photo: Harriet R. GorenWe will study stories that reflect the concerns and struggles, fears and fantasies, even the dark side of our Talmudic sages. We will attempt to look at ourselves in the mirror of the Talmud in order to understand and confront our own 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. Register Here starting Tuesday, September 23.

Location:

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

December 4, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Zitzit Photo: Chajm Guski, https://www.flickr.com/photos/chajms/7173030580/The rabbis of the Talmud call prayer "avodat ha-lev," or "the service of the heart." Yet how can our hearts be in it when we don't understand what we're saying? Together we will study the language of the siddur in Hebrew, English, and transliteration, along with biblical, rabbinic, mystical, and modern texts on tefilah. Come deepen your understanding of the prayer book, and develop a more personal connection with Jewish prayer. Register here.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

December 8, 2014 • 6:30 pm-8:45 pm •
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Panim el Panim LogoThe Hevra is part of Panim el Panim, BJ’s Community Organizing and Advocacy Initiative. Attend a meeting to get involved in the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign with BJ. We are asking questions, having conversations, and educating the community to expand our collective understanding of ethical consumption to include the predominately immigrant laborers, who make New York’s multi-billion dollar agricultural economy possible. Through the passage of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act, we hope to ensure that laborers who produce the food on which we depend in NYS can have the dignity and equality they deserve. If you are interested in attending this meeting or have questions, please contact Lisa.

Location: R.S.V.P. for meeting location

The Israeli Literature Book Group is Back

December 8, 2014 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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Etgar KeretAlways 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. The book for this gathering is -Suddenly a knock on the Door by Etgar Keret. Other books on the list are -Dancing Arabs by Sayed Kashua, The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron, The Falafel King is Dead by Sara Shilo, and Some Day by Shemi Zarhin.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

December 9, 2014 • 8:30 am-10:00 am •
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Rabbi Hillel FriedmanWe will study excerpts from the Books of Samuel and Job. Both texts in their unique ways raise questions regarding standards for communal leadership, and those factors that we struggle with in order to find meaning in life. Rabbi Friedman is a longtime member of our BJ community. Members $100/Non-members $150. Register here.

Location: 89th Street First Floor

Give the Gift of Life at the BJ Blood Drive

December 10, 2014 • 3:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Give Blood DrawingTwice a year we have the opportunity to provide a very important service to the community. Give the gift of life by signing up now for the BJ Blood Drive. Learn more about how you can prepare to donate and learn about any restrictions that may apply. R.S.V.P. to Trudi or call x272 with the best time slot for you and with any questions.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

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

December 10, 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

Introduction to Judaism

December 10, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Sarit Horwitz, BJ Rabbinic Fellow, 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 by October 21: individuals $420/$636; couples $630/$945.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

"Stories of the Talmudic Rabbis" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

December 11, 2014 • 12:30 pm-1:30 pm •
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Torah text. Photo: Harriet R. GorenWe will study stories that reflect the concerns and struggles, fears and fantasies, even the dark side of our Talmudic sages. We will attempt to look at ourselves in the mirror of the Talmud in order to understand and confront our own 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. Register Here starting Tuesday, September 23.

Location:

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

December 11, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
+More details

Zitzit Photo: Chajm Guski, https://www.flickr.com/photos/chajms/7173030580/The rabbis of the Talmud call prayer "avodat ha-lev," or "the service of the heart." Yet how can our hearts be in it when we don't understand what we're saying? Together we will study the language of the siddur in Hebrew, English, and transliteration, along with biblical, rabbinic, mystical, and modern texts on tefilah. Come deepen your understanding of the prayer book, and develop a more personal connection with Jewish prayer. Register here.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Eldercare Dialogues: A Grassroots Strategy to Transform Long-Term Care, Urban Justice Center Report and Toolkit Release

December 11, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Eldercare Dialogue Photo Credit: Red PapillonJoin us for the final Eldercare Dialogue of 2014! Celebrate B’nai Jeshurun and the Aging in NY Hevra’s work to ensure dignity and respect for seniors, care workers, and our families. At this Dialogue and press event, we will release a ground-breaking report and toolkit from the Urban Justice Center that documents our Dialogues; discuss our plans for 2015 and how we will continue to build caring communities that value all of our interdependence; and celebrate the successful launch of our innovative Eldercare Pilot Training Program for Consumers and Workers. Elected officials and press will attend. Convened by the Eldercare Dialogues Consortium: Adhikaar, B'nai Jeshurun, Damayan, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Light refreshments will be provided. For more info click here. R.S.V.P. to rachel@jfrej.org or call (212) 787-7600 x272.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

December 13, 2014 • 8:45 am-9:25 am •
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Prayer shawl. Photo: Oren HayonPlease 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.

Location: 86th Street Chapel

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

December 16, 2014 • 8:30 am-10:00 am •
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Rabbi Hillel FriedmanWe will study excerpts from the Books of Samuel and Job. Both texts in their unique ways raise questions regarding standards for communal leadership, and those factors that we struggle with in order to find meaning in life. Rabbi Friedman is a longtime member of our BJ community. Members $100/Non-members $150. Register here.

Location: 89th Street First Floor

Lunch and Learn: The Language of Truth

December 16, 2014 • 12:30 pm-1:45 pm •
+More details

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

Adonai, Open My Lips - אֲדֹנָי שְׂפָתַי תִּפְתָּח

December 16, 2014 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
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Prayer at Morning MinyanHow do I open my heart to prayer? What happens when I pray? Who do I pray to? What/Who do I pray for? How do I find my own voice in prayer? Together with Rabbi Roly Matalon we will open and examine these and other prayer related questions through personal reflection, text study, discussion and practice. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Middle Room

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

December 17, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
+More details

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

Introduction to Judaism

December 17, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Sarit Horwitz, BJ Rabbinic Fellow, 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 by October 21: individuals $420/$636; couples $630/$945.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Behind the Headlines in Israel

December 18, 2014 • 8:30 am-9:15 am •
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Israeli News PapersWhat headlines are Israelis waking up to? Start the day with an overview of Israeli news in three key areas: politics, society and culture and Middle East events. Led by Dr. Jonathan Cummings, political analyst and scholar of Israel and the Middle East and husband of Orli Moss, BJ's Director of Israel Engagement. Registration required.

Location: 89th Street Community House

"Stories of the Talmudic Rabbis" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

December 18, 2014 • 12:30 pm-1:30 pm •
+More details

Torah text. Photo: Harriet R. GorenWe will study stories that reflect the concerns and struggles, fears and fantasies, even the dark side of our Talmudic sages. We will attempt to look at ourselves in the mirror of the Talmud in order to understand and confront our own 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. Register Here starting Tuesday, September 23.

Location:

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

December 18, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
+More details

Zitzit Photo: Chajm Guski, https://www.flickr.com/photos/chajms/7173030580/The rabbis of the Talmud call prayer "avodat ha-lev," or "the service of the heart." Yet how can our hearts be in it when we don't understand what we're saying? Together we will study the language of the siddur in Hebrew, English, and transliteration, along with biblical, rabbinic, mystical, and modern texts on tefilah. Come deepen your understanding of the prayer book, and develop a more personal connection with Jewish prayer. Register here.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Bo-i Kallah - A Monthly Kabbalat Shabbat Service

December 19, 2014 • 6:30 pm-8:00 pm •
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Shabbat Candles photo: gerard montignyRabbi Roly Matalon and musician 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 the ordinary work-week consciousness in order to enter holy time and welcome Shabbat. If you want to read more about this service please click here

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

December 23, 2014 • 8:30 am-10:00 am •
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Rabbi Hillel FriedmanWe will study excerpts from the Books of Samuel and Job. Both texts in their unique ways raise questions regarding standards for communal leadership, and those factors that we struggle with in order to find meaning in life. Rabbi Friedman is a longtime member of our BJ community. Members $100/Non-members $150. Register here.

Location: 89th Street First Floor

Introduction to Judaism

December 24, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Sarit Horwitz, BJ Rabbinic Fellow, 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 by October 21: individuals $420/$636; couples $630/$945.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

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Parashat Toledot

November 24, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Hayei Sarah

November 17, 2014 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Vayera

November 10, 2014 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Lekh Lekha

November 3, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Noah • Shabbat Rosh Hodesh

October 27, 2014 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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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

Fall Kabbalat Shabbat Service Change of Time

Alarm Clock. Photo: Duncan Hill

Please note that beginning Friday, October 17, the Kabbalat Shabbat service will start at 6:30PM. We hope you will join us.

Jewish Bereavement and Support Groups

JBFCS

Draw strength, solace, and support from one another and from Jewish spiritual resources. Various support groups are co-led by a rabbi and a social worker. Meetings are held in NYC for Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations.  If you have lost a loved one and would like more information about these groups, click here.  If someone you love has lost someone they love, click here. Pre-registration is required for all groups. Sponsored by UJA/Federation and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.

B'nai Mitzvah Application

If you were unable to attend the B’nai Mitzvah 4th Grade Parent Orientation Meeting please find more information here or contact Beth Tarson. Applications received by December 19 will receive first consideration.