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Shabbat Services

Nitzavim

Friday, September 30

7:00 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary

Saturday, October 1

9:30 AMShabbat ServicesSanctuary
10:20 AMKulanu (Junior Congregation)Social Hall
10:45 AMChildren’s ServicesChapel

Holiday Services

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SelihotSeptember 24-25
Rosh HashanahOctober 2-4
Shabbat ShuvahOctober 7-8
Yom KippurOctober 11-12
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Morning Minyan

Week of October 2 - 8

89th Street | More info »
9:15 AMSunday
7:15 AMWednesday
7:15 AMThursday
7:15 AMFriday

Summer Shelter Food Donors and Volunteers Needed

Dahn Forman-Yossifov, Jessica Forman, Harrison Jaffe cooking for the BJHS shelter

Mondays and Tuesdays | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays | 86th Street Social Hall
Over the summer, we are in extra need of food donors and volunteers at the BJ/SPSA Shelter. Signing up for just one meal can be a huge help. Getting involved is easy. For food donors: families, individuals or groups can get together to prepare a light meal for 10-12 people at the synagogue, the church, at home, or even order in a light meal for our guests. Set up shifts are from 7:00-9:00PM and sleepover shifts from 9:00PM-7:00AM. Perform a mitzvah all while sleeping through the night! To sign up or learn more, contact Larissa or call x272.

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Children with Shabbat Candles

Fridays, September 9 – December 16 | 9:15 – 10:00AM and 10:15 – 11:00AM | 89th Street Chapel 
Children ages 3 and under explore Shabbat through Hebrew and English songs, stories, and traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. Registration is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. The cost is $252/members and $392/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Please contact Allison Kapusta.

Bim Bam - Hebrew Immersion

Children with Shabbat Candles

Fridays, September 9 – December 16 | 11:15-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel 
Experience the fun, music, and traditions of Shabbat in Hebrew! Children ages 3 and under explore Shabbat through stories, songs, and rituals such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah, in a class run entirely in Hebrew. No background in Hebrew language required. The cost is $252/members and $392/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Register online. Please contact Allison Kapusta.

Soulful Start: Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

Saturdays, September 10,24 October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17 | 8:45-9:25AM | 86th Street 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.

Selihot: Preparing the Soul for the Yamim Nora'im

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Wednesdays, September 21, September 28 and October 5 | 7:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
We yearn for the divine just as the divine yearns to find us – simultaneous quests guided by the soulful, plaintive music of piyut. For the past 1,000 years, Sephardic and Oriental Jews have gathered for the forty days from the beginning of the month of Elul through Rosh Hashanah, and up to Yom Kippur, rising at dawn to sing and to prepare the soul for repentance and renewal. Led by Rabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel, our three-part series will engage us in that spiritual journey and get us ready for the upcoming sublime days of soul-searching and prayer through haunting melodies of ancient Jewish communities as well as modern Israeli poetry and song. Join us at 7:00 PM  for light refreshments; program begins at 7:30 PM. The series is free of charge and open to the public.

Politics as Unusual: A Time of Prayer for Our Nation

Wednesdays through November 2 | 7:15PM | 86th Street SPSA
We will take time to reflect and pray on the big questions that this campaign season has us asking. Issues of identity, respect, tolerance, compassion and hope. What are our responses as people of faith? SPSA opens its doors and invites the community to join them for this weekly interfaith prayer vigil. We’ll start with a brief (non-partisan) reflection from one of our spiritual leaders on one of the big issues, followed by time for individual silent prayer. Those who wish can stay for conversation, cider and ginger snaps. Contact Charlene Floyd or Elizabeth Jensen charlenefloyd@aol.com or midwesteaj@gmail.com with questions. No R.S.V.P. required, free and open to the public.

 

Tot Shabbat

Shabbat

Friday, October 7 | 5:15-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration with play curator, Linda White. Register here by Wednesday, October 5 and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The cost is $20/members, and $27/non-members.

Hazak: Torah Chanting for 3rd-6th Graders

Saturday, October 8 | 9:30AM | 86th Street Social Hall
Join us for the opening session of Hazak, a space for 3rd-6th graders to learn how to chant from the Torah. We’ll be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Shabbat mornings of every month. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve been coming for years, we hope to get the year off to a great start!

 

Community Break Fast

Wednesday, October 12 | Following Ne’ila Services | Location Provided Upon R.S.V.P.

Keep the spirit of the holidays going at this community break fast, and close out Yom Kippur in style.  Free for BJ members, $10 for non-members. Register here by October 5. This break fast is generously sponsored by Helena Diamant Glass in cherished memory of her beloved parents, Regina Landwirth Diamant & Karl Diamant.

BJ Sukkah Building

Thursday, October 13 | 5:30-9:30PM| 89th Street Rooftop

Start the new year right by jumping into the mitzvah of Sukkah building the day after Yom Kippur! Come any time starting at 5:30PM and help hang walls, string lights, and bring the BJ Sukkah to life.  If need be, we will finish the building on Saturday night, October 15, after Shabbat. Please let us know you’re coming. Click here to R.S.V.P.

Bim Bam Sukkah Breakfast

Sukkah Photo: Forestfortrees, 2004, Flickr

Sunday, October 16 | 9:30-10:30AM | 89th Street Sukkah
Families with children ages 5 and under are invited for a late breakfast in the BJ sukkah! Join in a sing along with Shira Kobren featuring your favorite Bim Bam and holiday tunes, movement, and story. Create festive decorations to beautify our sukkah and stay after for the community Sukkah decorating party which begins at 11:00AM. The cost is $18 per family. Register here.

Family Dinner in the Sukkah!

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Monday, October 17 | 6:00PM | 89th Street Sukkah
Families are invited for dinner in the BJ Sukkah! Join us as we shake the lulav and etrog, sing holiday songs, and share a festive holiday meal together. Open to members and non-members with children of all ages. Cost is $10 per person or $36 per family. Please register here by October 13.

English Language Tutoring Pilot Program

Wednesday, October 19 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Community House Middle Room
We are excited to be launching an English language tutoring pilot program in partnership with the English Speaking Union. It was initiated by the BJ Refugee Committee to help people make the transition to life in our country.The pilot will run each Sunday from October 30-December 18, 10:00AM-12:00PM (except for Thanksgiving weekend) at BJ. If you are interested in volunteering you must attend the mandatory training on October 19 at BJ and commit to working with your partner every week. Based on how the pilot goes, we may continue the program in 2017. We are hoping to pair each interested volunteer with a tutoring partner, however there may not be pairings for everyone. This pilot is for BJ members only with the hope to expand to the greater community. R.S.V.P. here. Contact Susan with questions.

 

 

Community Shabbat Potluck in the Sukkah

Friday, October 21 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | 89th Street Sukkah, 6th Floor
It’s the first Community Shabbatluck of the year! What better way to come together than in the Sukkah for a holiday about hospitality and the harvest. Bring something delicious to share, grab a bottle of your favorite kosher vino, and get ready to bring in Shabbat the BJ way–with a little singing, some words of Torah, and a whole lotta community. Please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish for 8-10 people, and consider including a bottle of kosher wine with your contribution. You can come early to drop your dish off in the Sukkah before heading to services. If you are able to volunteer to help set out food before dinner, let us know. Sign up here and let us know what you’re bringing!

Family Simhat Torah Celebration

Raising the Torah

Monday, October 24 | 6:00-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join the BJ rabbis and musicians for a festive evening of singing, dancing, and celebrating the Torah! Families participate in hakafot around the sanctuary and hear a part of the last parsha in the Torah being read before we start it all over again!

Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi Present Marc Chagall's Musical World

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Saturday, October 29 | 8:00 PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi return to BJ for a concert presenting music from Strom’s new musical “Chagall”. Marc Chagall himself said that Yiddish and klezmer music were his greatest inspirations. Come hear new original and traditional tunes that bring the great Chagall’s artwork to life. Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi have been playing for audiences throughout the world for over thirty years. What makes Strom’s ensemble unique is a large amount of the band’s repertoire comes from Strom’s ethnographic field research he has conducted among the Jews and Roma of Eastern Europe. Many of the klezmer tunes and Yiddish songs he collected would have vanished since the informants (Holocaust survivors) he learned them from have since passed away. $10 for BJ members/students/seniors; $18 non-members. Register here.

Hebrew Ulpan Course

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, November through Early April | 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street Community House

Learn Hebrew at BJ this year! Join other BJ members and talented educators in a small group environment to build and improve your Hebrew conversational skills. The Hebrew Ulpan course is designed to enable students to recognize the fundamental structure of Hebrew and its basic forms, as well as to acquire the necessary vocabulary for everyday conversations, reading and writing:

  • Comprehension: Listening to short stories and recorded conversations.
  • Conversation: Simple dialogues and stories from everyday life.
  • Reading: Easy dialogues and passages without vowels; headlines; and simple, short texts in easy Hebrew.
  • Writing: Short dialogues and passages on the topics taught in class.
  • Grammatical Skills: Elementary syntactic and grammatical structures, inflection of the strong verb in the past and present tenses; frequent weak verbs

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Mindfulness Class: Tikkun HaNefesh with Rabbis Rachel Cowan and Marcelo Bronstein

BJ Sanctuary Stained Glass Rose Window

Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14, 21 | 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street Middle Room

Tikkun HaNefesh – a mindful approach to developing and strengthening some of the soul qualities most valued in Jewish tradition: generosity (hakart hatov), gratitude (hodayah), patience (savlanut), joy (simha), equanimity (hishtavut), and humility (anavah). We will work with texts, silence, journaling, and contemplative listening to recognize these qualities in ourselves, as well as working with the obstacles to expressing them as fully as we would like. These classes are free. Please register by clicking here.

Bo-i Kallah–A Monthly Kabbalat Shabbat Service

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Friday, November 4 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Rabbi 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.

Save the Date: Get Out The Vote in Pennsylvania

Sunday, November 6 | Time and Location TBD
Looking to get involved leading up to the General Election on November 8? Join us as we travel to the Philadelphia area to Get Out the Vote! We are still working out all of the details with our partner organization. If you are interested in coming along, let us know here. Contact Larissa or call x277 with any questions.

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Parashat Ki Tavo

September 24, 2016 • Alice Shalvi
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Parashat Ki Tetze

September 17, 2016 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Shoftim

September 10, 2016 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Ekev

August 27, 2016 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Va-ethanan • Shabbat Nahamu

August 20, 2016 • Rabbi Joanna Samuels
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Parashat Devarim • Shabbat Hazon

August 13, 2016 • Rabbi Sarit Horwitz
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Parashat Mattot-Mas’ei

August 6, 2016 • Arielle Rosenberg
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Parashat Balak

July 23, 2016 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Hukat

July 16, 2016 • Rabbi Shuli Passow
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Parashat Korah

July 9, 2016 • Arielle Rosenberg

BJ/SPSA Shelter Volunteer Opportunities

SPSA volunteers set the table for the nightly dinner for the guests in the BJ/SPSA Shelter for Homeless Women. Photo: Jim MelchiorreMonday and Tuesday | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday | 86th Street Social Hall

Our shelter is always looking for new set up and sleepover volunteers and food donors. Getting involved is easy. For food donors: families, individuals or groups can get together to prepare a light meal for 10-12 people at the synagogue, the church, at home, or even order in a light meal for our guests. Set up shifts are from 7:00-9:00PM and sleepover shifts  from 9:00PM-7:00AM. Perform a mitzvah all while sleeping through the night! To sign up or learn more, contact Larissa or call x272.

Save the Date: Get Out The Vote in Pennsylvania

Sunday, November 6 | Time and Location TBD
Looking to get involved leading up to the General Election on November 8? Join us as we travel to the Philadelphia area to Get Out the Vote! We are still working out all of the details with our partner organization. If you are interested in coming along, let us know here. Contact Larissa or call x277 with any questions.

English Language Tutoring Pilot Program

Wednesday, October 19 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Community House Middle Room
We are excited to be launching an English language tutoring pilot program in partnership with the English Speaking Union. It was initiated by the BJ Refugee Committee to help people make the transition to life in our country.The pilot will run each Sunday from October 30-December 18, 10:00AM-12:00PM (except for Thanksgiving weekend) at BJ. If you are interested in volunteering you must attend the mandatory training on October 19 at BJ and commit to working with your partner every week. Based on how the pilot goes, we may continue the program in 2017. We are hoping to pair each interested volunteer with a tutoring partner, however there may not be pairings for everyone. This pilot is for BJ members only with the hope to expand to the greater community. R.S.V.P. here. Contact Susan with questions.

 

 

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.