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Shabbat Services

Tazria-Metzora

Friday, April 24

7:00 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary
7:00 PMHitoreri: Kabbalat Shabbat for Teens89th St. Reception Room

Saturday, April 25

 9:30 AMShabbat ServicesSanctuary
10:30 AMJunior CongregationSocial Hall
10:45 AMChildren’s ServicesChapel

Morning Minyan

Week of April 19-25

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Jewish Journey Project Information Session

April 20, 2015 • 5:00 pm-6:00 pm •
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Jewish Journey Project LogoJoin us to learn more about the Jewish Journey Project (JJP) at BJ. Information Session with JJP Director Lori Forman-Jacobi and BJ Director of Education Ivy Schreiber on Monday, April 20 or Thursday, May 14. JJP at BJ is for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The Jewish Journey Project is an innovative Jewish education experience that re-imagines the after school model by enriching the program with participatory experiences, a flexible schedule, choice, and more familial and communal involvement. See more on the JJP website or BJ's JJP pagePlease register here.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

April 20, 2015 • 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

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

April 21, 2015 • 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

Creative Play Studio

April 21, 2015 • 3:15 pm-5:15 pm •
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photo 9Come play and explore! Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, creates an inviting space for kids to build with natural materials, expand on their creativity and open their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. The cost for the 17-class semester is $205 for members and $255 for non-members. The drop-in cost per class is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Jewish Music for Non-Professional Musicians

April 21, 2015 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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BJ Musician Uri Sharlin will introduce amateur musicians to the riches and variety of Jewish music in a friendly environment through a hands-on and enthusiastic approach. For any question please email Uri through his website. To register, visit 14streety.org/introtomusic.

Location: 14th Street Y (344 East 14th St)

Introduction to Judaism

April 22, 2015 • 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

Bim Bam Spring Session

April 24, 2015 • 9:15 am-10:00 am •
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15676775752_59c7c39596_zBim Bam is a pre-Shabbat class for children ages 3 and under to sing Hebrew and Shabbat-related songs, hear stories, and give tzedakah. We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. The program is led by educator, Rachel Brook, and musician Saskia Lane. Registration for the spring session is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. Because of the number of sessions, the cost is $270/members and $345/non-members per family (new members attend for free, please contact Allison Kapusta). If you can’t attend all classes, sign up for a 5 Class Pass at a specific time: 9:15AM and 10:15AM. It’s good for any spring date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by December 29, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on April 3 or April 10.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

Hitoreri, Hitoreri: Teen-Only Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Dinner

April 24, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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shabbat shalomJoin Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and student Hazzan Shoshi Rosenbaum for a service full of singing, teen-led kavanot, mindfulness and spirit, followed by a Shabbat dinner. This event is just for teens! Register for dinner by Wednesday, April 22.

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Building a Sustainable Israel: Lessons Learned Since Independence

April 25, 2015 • 1:00 pm-2:30 pm •
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Think GreenUrban planner and land use specialist Kevin Dwarka, Ph.D., offers an overview of contemporary environmental issues in Israel with an emphasis on land use, transportation, and housing development. In light of Israel Independence Day (this year on April 23), these issues will be explored through the prism of Israeli independence as the turning point in the country’s management of land, water, and transport. Dr. Dwarka’s talk is based on his professional involvement with the Israel Smart Growth Policy Project, an urban planning initiative sponsored by the Israel Union for Environmental Defense and funded by the New Israel Fund’s Social Justice Fellowship. Registration required. This event is co-presented with the New Israel Fund and generously sponsored by the David, Ursula, & Adina Memorial Education Fund at Shaare Zedek.

Location: Congregation Shaare Zedek (212 West 93rd Street)

Havdalah and Pete Seeger Guitar-Themed Sing-Along

April 25, 2015 • 8:30 pm-10:00 pm •
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The entire BJ community is invited to join together for a Havdalah service, followed by a guitar sing-along inspired by Pete Seeger, who once performed at BJ. His folk songs of freedom will help us keep the spirit of Pesah alive. Yozma chair Craig Rosenberg will be joined by Jody Prusan in leading the evening. Song sheets will be provided. There's no charge, although please register here so we know how many to expect. Please arrive by 8:30. Havdalah will begin at 8:45. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by Yozma.

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Mission Mitzvah with Dreamcoat Experience

April 26, 2015 • 9:30 am-10:15 am •
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dreamcoat-experienceBJ teams up with the award-winning organization, Dreamcoat Experience, in a colorful, experiential adventure of Jewish values and mitzvot! Together we will sing, dance, and move our way towards becoming a mensch and explore ways to do tikkun olam, repair the world. Through song, story, yoga and circus arts, we'll explore big ideas using every part of our body, mind and soul. This program is geared towards children ages 5 and under and their parents. The cost for the 10-part series costs $120 per family for members and $150 per family for non-members. Program will not meet on 3/29, 4/5, and 5/24. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

April 27, 2015 • 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

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

April 28, 2015 • 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

Creative Play Studio

April 28, 2015 • 3:15 pm-5:15 pm •
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photo 9Come play and explore! Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, creates an inviting space for kids to build with natural materials, expand on their creativity and open their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. The cost for the 17-class semester is $205 for members and $255 for non-members. The drop-in cost per class is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Bikkur Holim: Caring and Connection

April 28, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
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Helping hands.Our BJ community is defined by the connection we feel to each other. When that connection is threatened by illness or confinement, it is our spiritual obligation to offer support. Please join the Hesed Committee's Bikkur Holim Hevra and Chaplain Allison Kestenbaum for conversation and practical advice about how you can lift up other BJ members with acts of lovingkindness. Contact Billie to R.S.V.P. or for more information.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Jewish Music for Non-Professional Musicians

April 28, 2015 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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BJ Musician Uri Sharlin will introduce amateur musicians to the riches and variety of Jewish music in a friendly environment through a hands-on and enthusiastic approach. For any question please email Uri through his website. To register, visit 14streety.org/introtomusic.

Location: 14th Street Y (344 East 14th St)

Introduction to Judaism

April 29, 2015 • 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

Bim Bam Spring Session

May 1, 2015 • 9:15 am-10:00 am •
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15676775752_59c7c39596_zBim Bam is a pre-Shabbat class for children ages 3 and under to sing Hebrew and Shabbat-related songs, hear stories, and give tzedakah. We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. The program is led by educator, Rachel Brook, and musician Saskia Lane. Registration for the spring session is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. Because of the number of sessions, the cost is $270/members and $345/non-members per family (new members attend for free, please contact Allison Kapusta). If you can’t attend all classes, sign up for a 5 Class Pass at a specific time: 9:15AM and 10:15AM. It’s good for any spring date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by December 29, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on April 3 or April 10.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

Tot Shabbat

May 1, 2015 • 5:15 pm-7:00 pm •
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ShabbatFamilies 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. While adults are finishing their meal, play curator Linda White will engage children in open play and exploration. Register here by Wednesday, April 29 and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The new reduced cost is $20/members, and $27/non-members; thanks to a generous donation, all children eat free.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

May 2, 2015 • 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

Mission Mitzvah with Dreamcoat Experience

May 3, 2015 • 9:30 am-10:15 am •
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dreamcoat-experienceBJ teams up with the award-winning organization, Dreamcoat Experience, in a colorful, experiential adventure of Jewish values and mitzvot! Together we will sing, dance, and move our way towards becoming a mensch and explore ways to do tikkun olam, repair the world. Through song, story, yoga and circus arts, we'll explore big ideas using every part of our body, mind and soul. This program is geared towards children ages 5 and under and their parents. The cost for the 10-part series costs $120 per family for members and $150 per family for non-members. Program will not meet on 3/29, 4/5, and 5/24. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

BJ Hesed Genius Bar: Unleash the Power of Your Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop

May 3, 2015 • 12:00 pm-2:00 pm •
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iphone image smallerWondering how to use the features and functions of your mobile devices? Stop by any time during the session and get one-on-one support from our teens. R.S.V.P. to hesed@bj.org or x264.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Solomon's Couch: Deconstructing and Illuminating the Tahara Text

May 4, 2015 • 12:30 pm-2:00 pm •
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Torah text. Photo: Max Orenstein'And I will pour upon you pure water...' Tahara, the ritual purification of the body, is accompanied by a fascinating liturgy woven from many sources. The session will be led by two extraordinary teachers, Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, Director of Liturgical Arts at JTS, and Amichai Lau-Lavie, spiritual leader of Lab/Shul.  Registration encouraged.

Location: 86th Street

Upcoming Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

May 4, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:45 pm •
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Farmworkers' RightsAttend 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 Location

Israeli Literature Book Group

May 4, 2015 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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Dancing Arabs by Sayed Kashua 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. The book for the upcoming gathering is -Dancing Arabs by Sayed Kashua. Other books on the list are - The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron, The Falafel King is Dead by Sara Shilo, and Some Day by Shemi Zarhin.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

May 4, 2015 • 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

'And I am a Stranger:' Becoming Ruth, with Avivah Zornberg

May 4, 2015 • 7:30 pm-9:30 pm •
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Dr. Avivah Zornberg. Photo: Debbi Cooper, (www.debbicooper.co.il)Ruth is a stranger in more senses than one. Who is this unknown woman who is destined to become mother of royalty? What is the process by which she finds her way into a foreign and unwelcoming culture and religious tradition? How does destiny come about? Moderated by Seth Aronson, Psy.D. Co-sponsored by The William Alanson White Institute and BJ. For prices and registration click here. Discounts available for BJ member, students, and early registrants.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

May 5, 2015 • 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

Creative Play Studio

May 5, 2015 • 3:15 pm-5:15 pm •
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photo 9Come play and explore! Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, creates an inviting space for kids to build with natural materials, expand on their creativity and open their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. The cost for the 17-class semester is $205 for members and $255 for non-members. The drop-in cost per class is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Jewish Music for Non-Professional Musicians

May 5, 2015 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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BJ Musician Uri Sharlin will introduce amateur musicians to the riches and variety of Jewish music in a friendly environment through a hands-on and enthusiastic approach. For any question please email Uri through his website. To register, visit 14streety.org/introtomusic.

Location: 14th Street Y (344 East 14th St)

Parenting Teens to Lessen Your Child's Anxiety

May 5, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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ron-taffelThe gap between who our children are and who they are supposed to be creates great anxiety in teens and parents – especially as the social/academic year draws to its frantic close. Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Dr. Ron Taffel present spiritually and scientifically anchored child rearing strategies - seven keys to lessen anxiety during this time of transition and beyond, releasing children (and yourself) from the more destructive aspects of our pressured lives. This event is free of charge and open to all. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Introduction to Judaism

May 6, 2015 • 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

Bim Bam Spring Session

May 8, 2015 • 9:15 am-10:00 am •
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15676775752_59c7c39596_zBim Bam is a pre-Shabbat class for children ages 3 and under to sing Hebrew and Shabbat-related songs, hear stories, and give tzedakah. We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. The program is led by educator, Rachel Brook, and musician Saskia Lane. Registration for the spring session is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. Because of the number of sessions, the cost is $270/members and $345/non-members per family (new members attend for free, please contact Allison Kapusta). If you can’t attend all classes, sign up for a 5 Class Pass at a specific time: 9:15AM and 10:15AM. It’s good for any spring date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by December 29, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on April 3 or April 10.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat Service

May 8, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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BJ Sanctuary Stained Glass Rose WindowLed by Rabbis Marcelo Bronstein and Rachel Cowan, Student Hazzan Shoshi Rosenbaum and Special Guest Karina Zilberman, this service involves meditation, reflection, deep listening and personal engagement with the parashah. Contact Sandra with any questions.

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

President of Albania Plans Historic Visit to BJ

May 8, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Did you know Albania is the only European country to have more Jews after the Holocaust then before? Albania's moral code, "Besa", requires them to provide shelter and safety to anyone in need–saving the lives of hundreds of Jews during the Shoah. Please welcome President Nishani to BJ's Kabbalat Shabbat service where we will acknowledge Albania's extraordinary display of humanity and compassion.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Special Needs Havdalah Service

May 9, 2015 • 5:30 pm-7:00 pm •
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Havdalah CandleJoin Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Hazzan Ari Priven for an interactive, warm, and inviting musical Havdalah service. As a demonstration of our commitment to inclusion, this will be an accessible experience, sensitive to children and young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. All are welcome, including members and non-members. Please note that the service will now be held in the 89th Street Reception Room. Registration not required.

Location: NEW LOCATION - 89th Street Reception Room

Mission Mitzvah with Dreamcoat Experience

May 10, 2015 • 9:30 am-10:15 am •
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dreamcoat-experienceBJ teams up with the award-winning organization, Dreamcoat Experience, in a colorful, experiential adventure of Jewish values and mitzvot! Together we will sing, dance, and move our way towards becoming a mensch and explore ways to do tikkun olam, repair the world. Through song, story, yoga and circus arts, we'll explore big ideas using every part of our body, mind and soul. This program is geared towards children ages 5 and under and their parents. The cost for the 10-part series costs $120 per family for members and $150 per family for non-members. Program will not meet on 3/29, 4/5, and 5/24. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Poster Making for the Celebrate Israel Parade

May 11, 2015 • 5:00 pm-7:00 pm •
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Join us in designing and decorating the main banner BJ members will carry on the Celebrate Israel Parade on May 31, or create your own individual poster to carry with you as you walk. If you are creative, talented, or want to support the team effort, come and join us. R.S.V.P. to omoss@bj.org so we can order you a slice, too.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

May 11, 2015 • 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

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

May 12, 2015 • 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

Creative Play Studio

May 12, 2015 • 3:15 pm-5:15 pm •
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photo 9Come play and explore! Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, creates an inviting space for kids to build with natural materials, expand on their creativity and open their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. The cost for the 17-class semester is $205 for members and $255 for non-members. The drop-in cost per class is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Jewish Music for Non-Professional Musicians

May 12, 2015 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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BJ Musician Uri Sharlin will introduce amateur musicians to the riches and variety of Jewish music in a friendly environment through a hands-on and enthusiastic approach. For any question please email Uri through his website. To register, visit 14streety.org/introtomusic.

Location: 14th Street Y (344 East 14th St)

Give the Gift of Life at the BJ Blood Drive

May 13, 2015 • 3:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Give Blood DrawingTwice a year we have the opportunity to provide this 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. Sign up with Larissa or call x272 with the best time slot for you.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Introduction to Judaism

May 13, 2015 • 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

Jewish Journey Project Information Session

May 14, 2015 • 5:00 pm-6:00 pm •
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Jewish Journey Project LogoJoin us to learn more about the Jewish Journey Project (JJP) at BJ. Information Session with JJP Director Lori Forman-Jacobi and BJ Director of Education Ivy Schreiber on Monday, April 20 or Thursday, May 14. JJP at BJ is for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The Jewish Journey Project is an innovative Jewish education experience that re-imagines the after school model by enriching the program with participatory experiences, a flexible schedule, choice, and more familial and communal involvement. See more on the JJP website or BJ's JJP pagePlease register here.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Bim Bam Spring Session

May 15, 2015 • 9:15 am-10:00 am •
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15676775752_59c7c39596_zBim Bam is a pre-Shabbat class for children ages 3 and under to sing Hebrew and Shabbat-related songs, hear stories, and give tzedakah. We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. The program is led by educator, Rachel Brook, and musician Saskia Lane. Registration for the spring session is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. Because of the number of sessions, the cost is $270/members and $345/non-members per family (new members attend for free, please contact Allison Kapusta). If you can’t attend all classes, sign up for a 5 Class Pass at a specific time: 9:15AM and 10:15AM. It’s good for any spring date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by December 29, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on April 3 or April 10.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

Bo-i Kallah - A Monthly Kabbalat Shabbat Service

May 15, 2015 • 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

Community Shabbat Dinner With The Gvanim Participants From Israel

May 15, 2015 • 7:30 pm-9:30 pm •
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Gvanim logoWelcome Shabbat with food, wine and interesting conversation as we host the Gvanim Program participants for services followed by Shabbat dinner. Gvanim in Hebrew means “color hues”, a fitting name for a program dedicated to the acceptance and celebration of the entire spectrum of religious observance, from Orthodox to secular Judaism. Created by the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco the program develops the leadership that is essential to promote tolerance for diverse forms of Jewish religious expression in Israel among Israelis from diverse backgrounds. The Participants will be in New York as part of their visit to North America. Contact Orli Moss with questions.

Location: Location TBD

Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

May 16, 2015 • 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

KesheTOT Shabbat Morning קשתות בשבת בבוקר

May 16, 2015 • 10:00 am-10:45 am •
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Keshetהצטרפו אלינו לשירים וריקודים בעברית, עם שירה ויונתן ועוד חברים. מיד אחרי למי שמעוניין יש תפילות ילדים ולאחריהן ארוחת צהריים קלה. ללא תשלום לחברי קהילה ולרשומים לתכנית קשתות במהלך השבוע. המחיר לאורחים- $15 לילד, $25 מעל ילד אחד. נא להירשם מראש. לשאלות ניתן לשלוח מייל לאורלי מוס. בשיתוף עם ה IAC

Experience Shabbat morning in Hebrew! Join us for a fun, musical,  Hebrew song session led by the educators and musicians of the KesheTOT program. Stay after for Children's Services which start at 10:45AM followed by a Kiddush lunch. Free for BJ members and KesheTOT weekly participants. $15 for one child, $25 for two children or more. Registration required. Please email Allison or Orli with any questions. In collaboration with the IAC.

Location: 86th Street SPSA

Mission Mitzvah with Dreamcoat Experience

May 17, 2015 • 9:30 am-10:15 am •
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dreamcoat-experienceBJ teams up with the award-winning organization, Dreamcoat Experience, in a colorful, experiential adventure of Jewish values and mitzvot! Together we will sing, dance, and move our way towards becoming a mensch and explore ways to do tikkun olam, repair the world. Through song, story, yoga and circus arts, we'll explore big ideas using every part of our body, mind and soul. This program is geared towards children ages 5 and under and their parents. The cost for the 10-part series costs $120 per family for members and $150 per family for non-members. Program will not meet on 3/29, 4/5, and 5/24. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

May 19, 2015 • 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

Creative Play Studio

May 19, 2015 • 3:15 pm-5:15 pm •
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photo 9Come play and explore! Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, creates an inviting space for kids to build with natural materials, expand on their creativity and open their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. The cost for the 17-class semester is $205 for members and $255 for non-members. The drop-in cost per class is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Jewish Music for Non-Professional Musicians

May 19, 2015 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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BJ Musician Uri Sharlin will introduce amateur musicians to the riches and variety of Jewish music in a friendly environment through a hands-on and enthusiastic approach. For any question please email Uri through his website. To register, visit 14streety.org/introtomusic.

Location: 14th Street Y (344 East 14th St)

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Parashat Tzav • Shabbat Hagadol

March 28, 2015 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Ki Tisa

March 7, 2015 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Tetzave • Shabbat Zakhor

February 28, 2015 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Mishpatim • Shabbat Shekalim

February 14, 2015 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Beshalah • Shabbat Shira

January 31, 2015 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Bo

January 24, 2015 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Shemot

January 10, 2015 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Miketz • Shabbat Hanukkah

December 20, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Vayeshev

December 13, 2014 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein

Fall Kabbalat Shabbat Service Change of Time

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Please note that beginning Friday, April 10, the Kabbalat Shabbat service will start at 7:00PM. We hope you will join us.

Sign up for the BJ Babysitting List

Are you interested in babysitting kids in the BJ Community? If you are at least 14 years of age and have some free time, sign up for our Babysitting List, and make your name available to the community. Fill out our Google doc and email Esther with any questions

Jewish Bereavement and Support Groups

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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.  Pre-registration is required for all groups. Sponsored by UJA/Federation and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.