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    שלום ישראל The new BJ in Israel blog shares news and reflections from BJ members in Israel. Follow their current adventures in Jerusalem...

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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

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Friday, October 24

 6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary
 6:30 PMHitoreri: Kabbalat Shabbat for Teens89th St. Chapel

Saturday, October 25

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

Morning Minyan

Week of October 19-25

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9:30 AMSunday
7:30 AMMonday
7:30 AMTuesday
7:30 AMWednesday
7:30 AMThursday
7:30 AMFriday
  • Behind the Headlines in Israel

    October 23, 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

  • "I Have No Right to Be Silent" - Panel discussion on the work of Rabbi Marshall Meyer

    October 23, 2014 • 4:00 pm-6:00 pm •
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    Meyer-portraitBJ is happy to support this roundtable discussion on the remarkable and inspiring life of Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer, an ordinary man whose extraordinary convictions, faith, and impetuous personality impelled him to become one of the most important human rights activists during Argentina’s Dirty War. The discussion will feature academics from the University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, Duke University, and Dartmouth College. This event is free and open to the public. For more information see the UConn events page here.

    Location: University of Connecticut Ryan Building, 2nd Floor

  • The Light in the Emptiness: Rosh Hodesh Women's Group Heshvan

    October 25, 2014 • 5:00 pm-7:00 pm •
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    Rosh Hodesh HeshvanWomen's voices will fill the space of this month of Heshvan as we gather on Shabbat afternoon to welcome in the new month and say goodbye to Shabbat with song, story and study. A wonderful opportunity for women of all ages coming together to experience havdalah - whether you've been on the women's retreat or never attended a Rosh Hodesh Women's group before - Join us! Please bring a spice to share with the group for havdalah as well as a dairy or vegetarian kosher snack. Registration is not required.

    Location: 89th Street Reception Room

  • Israeli Literature Book Group is Back

    October 27, 2014 • 7:30 pm-9:00 pm •
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    world cup wishes 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. Our first book will be World Cup Wishes by Eshkol Nevo.

    Location: BJ Community House, 270 West 89th Street

  • Syrian Refugee and Humanitarian Activist Amin Ahmed to Speak at BJ

    October 28, 2014 • 8:30 am-9:30 am •
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    syria-location-mapAmin Ahmed organized secret aid for wounded Syrian refugees until he was forced to flee Syria. Undeterred, he relocated his aid efforts and found unexpected help from Israelis. Hear his story of transformation from mainstream Syrian to humanitarian activist, from an enemy of Israel to a friend. Register information to come, to attend in person or by phone. Cosponsored by the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees in Jordan.

    Location: 89th Street Community House

  • Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

    October 28, 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

    October 28, 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

  • Eldercare and In-Home Support: Free Legal and Accounting Clinic

    October 28, 2014 • 5:00 pm-8:00 pm •
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    image of a formNavigating legal and accounting requirements related to eldercare and homecare places a significant burden on domestic employers, causing added stress and worry at a time when many are already in the midst of family care crises. Members of our community seeking to be fair and respectful employers of domestic workers, home attendants, and eldercare providers often tell us that one of the major obstacles is "all that paperwork!" This one-time domestic employer clinic will help seniors and their families get the answers they need -- and provide some relief -- on issues such as: paying taxes, questions about employing immigrant workers, navigating state and federal laws, preparing necessary documentation. This clinic is convened by Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network in partnership with Breedlove and Associates, A Better Balance, the BJ Aging in NY Hevra, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. The clinic is being piloted as part of our ongoing Eldercare Pilot Training Program for Consumers. Space is limited! R.S.V.P. to Larissa.

    Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

  • Adonai, Open My Lips - אֲדֹנָי שְׂפָתַי תִּפְתָּח

    October 28, 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

    October 29, 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

    October 29, 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

    October 30, 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.

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  • When the End of Life Arrives: An Exploration of Death and Mourning

    October 30, 2014 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
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    serenityJoin Rabbi Felicia Sol for study and conversation on the rituals, customs and beliefs that our tradition offers at this most vulnerable and holy time. Registration encouraged

    Location: 89th Street Reception Room

  • Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

    October 30, 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

  • Shishi Israeli - שישי ישראלי

    October 31, 2014 • 6:00 pm-8:00 pm •
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    PrintShishi Israeli is a magical combination of Shabbat and community for the whole family. Join us to welcome Shabbat in Hebrew with Israeli song and traditional Israeli Shabbat dinner. Cost: $15 adult, $8 child, $45 for the whole family. Registration required.

      יום שישי, 31 באוקטובר שישי ישראלי הוא שילוב קסום של קבלת שבת, שירה בציבור וארוחת שבת מסורתית ישראלית לכל המשפחה! כאן נפגשים ישראלים ואמריקאים ליצור שפה משותפת סביב שולחן השבת. בואו לקבל איתנו את השבת בשירה, אוכל וקהילה. עלות: $15 למבוגר, $8 לילד, $45 למשפחה. להרשמה

    Location: 89th Street Community House

  • Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

    November 1, 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

  • Special Needs Havdalah Service

    November 1, 2014 • 5:30 pm-7:00 pm •
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    Havdalah CandleJoin Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Student Hazzan Shoshi Rosenbaum 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. Everyone is welcome, including members and non-members. Registration not required.

    Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

  • Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

    November 4, 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

    November 4, 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

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

    November 5, 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

    November 5, 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

  • B'nai Mitzvah Parent Orientation Meeting

    November 5, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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    Reading from the TorahParents of children in fourth grade, or whose birth dates fall between September 2004 and December 2005, are invited to an informational meeting that will detail each step of the B’nai Mitzvah planning process including date applications.  We highly encourage all parents to attend and there will an opportunity to ask questions. For more information contact Beth Tarson.

    Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

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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
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Parashat Naso

June 2, 2014 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Behukotai

May 19, 2014 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Behar

May 12, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Kedoshim

April 28, 2014 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Aharei Mot • Shabbat Hagadol

April 14, 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.