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Shabbat Services


Friday, July 1

 7:00 PMKabbalat ShabbatSanctuary

Saturday, July 2

 9:30 AMShabbat ServicesSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServicesFrankel Hall

Morning Minyan

Week of June 26 - July 2

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

Tribe Ride: Bike with BJ

Sunday, July 31 | 8:45AM-2:30PM | 270 West 89th Street
Enjoy a day of casual riding with our cycling community! This ride is a part of Hazon’s Tribe Ride series with Friends of the Arava Institute and open to all cyclists. Ride leaders and marshals will be there to guide you. Route TBA. Participants are kindly requested to bring their own water and snacks. All riders are required to wear a helmet. R.S.V.P. or contact bjrevolutionaries@gmail.com for more information.

Bim Bam Summer Session

Children with Shabbat Candles

Fridays, June 10 – August 19 | 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 $198/members and $308/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Please contact Allison Kapusta. Register by May 26. Space is limited.

BJ Mindfulness Retreat in Nature

Costa Rica Waterfall

January 15-22, 2017 | Costa Rica
Is multitasking in your daily life taking a toll? Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Sol Gonzalez and local nature guides for a week of simple living in the rich ecology of the Costa Rica rain forest and the rustic elegance and organic fine cuisine of La Montaña Azul Center. We will explore Jewish Mindfulness Practice as a way to connect more deeply with our soul, our truest values and with God’s creation, of which we are an integral part. Each day we will pray, meditate, set a kavanah (intention), follow integrative body movement practices, ‘bear witness’ to local social initiatives and experience nature. Click here to learn more.

Step Up To The Plate With BJ Softball

Thursdays through early July | 7:00PM | Central Park
Play softball in co-ed, non-competitive, friendly games on Thursday nights in Central Park. Open to the entire BJ community. Contact Craig Rosenberg at crosenberg6@optonline.net for more information.

Volunteer with BJ to Support Syrian Refugees

Sunday, June 26 | 12:30-1:30PM | 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue
BJ is joining the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees and partner JDC on their collaboration with Heart to Heart International to support the urgent need for humanitarian supplies to aid Syrian refugees. More than 600 volunteers from diverse faith organizations, including children, adults and families, will gather and work side by side to assemble more than 7,500 emergency hygiene kits to be distributed to Syrian refugees. The kits will be shipped directly from NYC to Istanbul (via partnership with FedEx) and then transported to refugees for distribution by a local NGO. If you would like to volunteer, you can sign up here for our time slot. Please be sure to register with the “organization” option and type in B’nai Jeshurun. Questions? Contact Larissa or call x272.

Visions of Men's Spirituality: A Conversation with Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein

Monday June 27| 6:30 PM| 89th Street Reception Room
A new BJ Men’s Havurah was formed this year to provide a space for community, reflection and invention.  Please join us for a conversation on the nature of men’s spirituality and the role of this grassroots havurah at BJ.  Come ready to challenge and be challenged, to get to know new people, and to explore the intersections of gender and spirituality in new, opening ways. Rabbi Marcelo joins us as a guest speaker for this event. All who identify as male are invited to join the havurah.  Please R.S.V.P. to Lee Rimsky at  lee.rimsky@gmail.com.

Aging in NY Hevra Presents Documentary Film: Care

Wednesday, June 29 | 7:00PM (doors open at 6:30PM) | 88th Street Sanctuary
Together with Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, and the movement of the Caring Majority, the Aging in NY Hevra presents a screening and discussion of the new documentary film: Care.

Care delves deeply into the world of home eldercare through the eyes of both paid caregivers, unpaid family caregivers, and elders. It features many compelling stories of BJ, JFREJ, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance members, as well as footage of our ground-breaking Eldercare Dialogues program. Through stories Care reveals the deep humanity and poignancy of care work, as well as the challenges and frustrations faced by elders, their families, and care workers. It also reveals the beginning of a movement grappling with how we can better care for our elders, and those who care for them, as our nation ages. R.S.V.P. Here.

Membership Open House

Wednesday, July 6 | 4:00-8:00PM | 89th Street Community House
Do you have questions about membership at BJ, but don’t know who to ask? Need assistance filling out the membership forms? Want to meet other community members? We’ll have light snacks, drinks, and answers to all your questions! Members and non-members welcome.

Tze'irim 20s and 30s Shabbatluck Dinner

 Friday, July 15 | 8:30PM | 89th Street Community House
After Kabbalat Shabbat services, join other BJ folks in their 20s/30s for a potluck Shabbat dinner. Make new friends and eat good food. Sign-up here, or contact Rabbi Sarit Horwitz at shorwitz@bj.org with any questions.

BJ Marches for a Clean Energy Revolution

Sunday, July 24 | Philadelphia, PA
Climate change continues its march across the land, imperiling the well-being of millions, including all of us in New York City. Our tradition calls upon us to be shomrei adamah, “stewards of the earth,” from generation to generation…and if not now, when? With the eyes of the world on Philadelphia the day before the Democratic National Convention, thousands will demand that our national leaders justly transition to 100% renewable energy and keep the fossil fuels that drive climate change in the ground. BJ is joining the Faith Contingent, just as we did for the Climate March. We will have a bus of Jewish activists going from Brooklyn and the UWS.  Join us!  Sign up to attend and encourage your friends and family to come. Learn more about the Clean Energy March or contact the Jewish contingent, jewsforcleanenergy@gmail.com for more information.

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.

Spoonful of Hesed

Sunday, June 5 | 11:00AM | 88th Street Kitchen
We will gather to cook healthy, delicious meals and deliver them to other BJ members in need of a little extra care and a warm sense of community. This includes those who have recently returned home from the hospital, are elderly and can’t cook for themselves, are in mourning, or who recently had a baby. If you would like to cook or deliver, if you or someone you know could use a meal from this group, or you have any questions, please fill out this form.

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Parashat Naso

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Parashat Behukotai

June 4, 2016 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Behar

May 28, 2016 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Emor

May 21, 2016 • Rabbi Alex Braver
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Parashat Kedoshim

May 14, 2016 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Aharei Mot

May 7, 2016 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Metzora • Shabbat Hagadol

April 16, 2016 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Shemini • Shabbat Parah

April 2, 2016 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Tzav

March 26, 2016 • Arielle Rosenberg
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Parashat Vayikra • Shabbat Zakhor

March 19, 2016 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein

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.

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.