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    Join us at this year's meeting–hear about our Strategic Plan and other upcoming plans for our community. Come early for a cell phone photography master class with an Emmy winner!

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    Join Rabbi Felicia Sol, BJ Rabbinic Fellow Sarit Horwitz and fellow BJ women for an uplifting weekend. Register now.

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    Walk with the BJ Community in the Celebrate Israel Parade on May 31! Register now.

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

Shabbat Services

Bemidbar

Friday, May 22

6:40 PMMinha88th St. Frankel Hall
7:00 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary

Saturday, May 23

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

Holiday Services

Shavuot

May 23-25
Saturday, May 23
9:30 PMFirst Evening ServiceSanctuary
10:00 PMStudy with Rabbi Chaim Seidler-FellerSanctuary
12:30 AM (Sunday)Study through the night until sunriseSanctuary
Sunday, May 24
4:45 AMSunrise ServiceSanctuary
10:00 AMFirst Day ServiceSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
Following ServicesPicnic (weather permitting)Riverside Park
8:15 PMSecond Evening ServiceSanctuary
Monday, May 25
9:30 AMSecond Day Service (Yizkor)Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
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Morning Minyan

Week of May 24-30

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7:30 AMTuesday
7:30 AMWednesday
7:30 AMThursday
7:30 AMFriday

Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

May 30, 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

Home-Hosted Shabbat Lunches

May 30, 2015 • 12:00 pm-2:00 pm •
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Shabbat lunchJoin us for a warm and welcoming Shabbat experience. Sign up to either host or be hosted and share a Shabbat meal with a small group of other young families at BJ. This is a great opportunity to get to know new people in the community and build connections with those you may already know. Register here.

Location: Participant Homes

Free Sunday Ride: River Road

May 31, 2015 • 8:45 am-1:30 pm •
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river-road-300x300We will meet at the JCC Manhattan and cross the GW Bridge and then head to the base of the Palisades. We will head north through the picturesque Palisades Park on River Road, at the base of the cliffs along the Hudson River. The park ends with a tough climb, where we can take a short break. We will head back to the GW Bridge on 9W, a popular bike route. This is a 30 mile ride with moderate hills. Click here to R.S.V.P.

Location: The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue

Mission Mitzvah with Dreamcoat Experience

May 31, 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

Walk with BJ at the Celebrate Israel Parade

May 31, 2015 • 11:00 am-4:00 pm •
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Israel Parade 2013Join the BJ Rabbis, members and friends as we show our love and support of Israel. Get out your Israeli flag and bring an instrument as we walk / sing / roller blade or push your stroller down fifth avenue. Walkers should wear the official BJ parade t-shirt. To register and buy a T-Shirt click here. The Celebrate Israel Fun Run will take place at 11:00AM – the start of the Parade as the “first” marching group. This one-mile fun run up Fifth Avenue will enable participants to start the Parade in a unique and fun way. For registration click here.

Location: 5th Avenue between 54th and 55th street

Celebrate Israel Festival

May 31, 2015 • 2:00 pm-7:00 pm •
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logo-67-nyThis year’s theme – Jerusalem and Tel Aviv: Cities of Light, will give attendees the opportunity to get a taste of Israel’s greatest cities and discover the magic and history behind them. Featuring a performance by Israeli megastar Rita, a recreation of Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda Market, a community mural, teen pavilion, and more. For a full list of attractions, click here. Advance registration required.

Location: Pier 94, 711 12th Ave

The Changing Face of the American Jewish Family: A Daylong Colloquium

June 1, 2015 • 8:15 am-9:00 pm •
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jts-logoThis program will bring together scholars from various social science disciplines, congregational rabbis, members of nontraditional families, Jewish educators, and representatives of communal/philanthropic organizations to discuss nontraditional families in modern Judaism. $50 for admittance to colloquium and evening panel; $10 for evening panel only; free for rabbis and full-time students. Register at www.jtsa.edu/jewishfamily.

Location: Women's League Seminary Synagogue (3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027)

3rd Annual Israel Film Center Festival

June 4, 2015 • 9:00 am-5:00 pm •
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Israel Film Center logoA unique opportunity to view new top quality current Israeli cinema. Meet producers and directors for discussions before and after screenings. More information is available online. Special price for BJ members, enter code:  BNAI. The BJ Israeli literature group will attend Apples in The Desert screening on Sunday, June 7 at 2:00PM.

Location: Locations Vary

Capture the Moments: Smartphone Photography Master Class with Emmy Winner Roger Sherman

June 4, 2015 • 5:30 pm-6:30 pm •
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roger-shermanRoger Sherman is an Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated filmmaker and cinematographer. Using his eye for great cinematic shots, he is also an accomplished still photographer, having had work appear in Town & Country, Garden Design, and Newsweek, just to name a few. Join Roger as he passes on the secrets to getting the perfect picture or video with nothing more than the phone in your pocket. Who knows? You could be a future Emmy winner too! Register here.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Cycle Into Shabbat: Friday Ride

June 12, 2015 • 5:45 pm-6:45 pm •
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central-park-300x300Join us for some quick loops in the park before Shabbat begins on one of the longest days of year! We will meet at Columbus Circle and ride for about an hour (two loops, 6.25 miles per park loop). Click here to R.S.V.P.

Location: Columbus Circle Entrance to Central Park

Bike to the Beach with the BJ Revolutionaries and Hazon

June 21, 2015 • 9:30 am-3:00 pm •
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Bike to the Beach 2010Join the BJ Revolutionaries in the annual ride to Coney Island. This is a great day trip that starts in five locations around the NY metro area. Meet up with other riders as you cycle across bridges and on greenways through the city. All routes end at the Shorefront Y on Coney Island between 12:00-1:00PM for lunch and spending time at the beach. Our starting location is for intermediate and advanced riders. Please arrive a few minutes early – we want to leave on time so that you have ample time at the beach. Cue sheets will be provided for all riders, however this ride is NOT fully supported. You should bring filled water bottles and a helmet. It is best to carry some energy bars, some cash, and identification. Please note: Helmets are REQUIRED for all riders – if you are not wearing one, you will not be allowed to ride. There will be the option to either bike back to your starting location or you can choose to take the subway home. R.S.V.P. here.

Location: The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue

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Parashat Emor

May 9, 2015 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Aharei Mot / Kedoshim

May 2, 2015 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Tazri'a-Metzora

April 25, 2015 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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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

Spring 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

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