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Shabbat Services

Ahrei Mot-Kedoshim

Friday, May 5

5:15 PMTot Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary
7:00 PMBo-i Kallah Service89th St. Reception Room
7:00 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary

Saturday, May 6

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

Holiday Services

Pesah
April 10-18

Tuesday, April 11
9:30 AMFirst Day Morning ServiceSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
Wednesday, April 12
9:30 AMSecond Day Morning ServiceSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
Sunday, April 16
7:30 PMSeventh Day Evening ServiceSanctuary
Monday, April 17
9:30 AMSeventh Day Morning ServiceSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
8:00 PMEighth Day Evening ServiceSanctuary
Tuesday, April 18
9:30 AMEighth Day Morning Service (Yizkor)Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
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Morning Minyan

Week of April 30 - May 6

88th Street Sanctuary | More info »
9:30 AMSunday
7:30 AMMonday
7:30 AMTuesday
7:30 AMWednesday
7:30 AMThursday
7:30 AMFriday

Women's Retreat 2017

Friday, May 19-Sunday, May 21 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Spend a weekend surrounded by the voices of women and exploring the theme: Marching Toward Sinai: Torah of Spiritual Resistance. Build deeper connections in the BJ community through beautiful services, a joyous Shabbat, and conversations with Rabbi Felicia Sol and former BJ Rabbinic Fellow Chen Ben-Or Tsfoni.

Member Double Room, $350; Member Single Room, $450; Non-members, $550. There are a limited amount of single rooms. Deadline extended – Register here by May 1!

Contact Billie for information.

6th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Spring Retreat

Friday, April 28-Sunday, April 30 | Ramah Day Camp in Nyack
Join your fellow sixthgraders on our weekend B’nai Mitzvah Retreat! Students will participate in exciting B’nai Mitzvah programming with others in their grade while building community and spending Shabbat together. Early bird pricing is $225 per child for those who register by March 30; $325 for those who register after. Register here.

Shabbat-Friendly Bus to D.C. People's Climate March

Friday, April 28-Sunday, April 30 | Departing from BJ at 11:00AM Friday | Departing from D.C. at 2:30PM Sunday (pick up location TBD) 

The Jewish Hub is organizing Shabbat-friendly transportation to the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. The bus will pick up in Brooklyn and Manhattan on the morning of Friday, April 28th and will arrive in Washington, D.C. before Shabbat. There will be a return bus on Sunday morning, April 30 (around 9:30AM). Register here. Looking for Shabbat-friend accommodations? Contact Larissa Wohl.

Celebrate Israel: Ella's Trip to Israel, an Interactive Children's Performance

 

Sunday, April 30 | 11:30AM-12:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

Join MusicTalks for a fun filled Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration with the delightful children’s book, Ella’s Trip to Israel, narrated by Israeli actress Shira Averbuch. Come along as Ella discovers all of the most breathtaking Israeli sites such as Jerusalem, the Kotel, The Dead Sea, and the Israeli Shuk. Her magical journey through Israel will be brought to life with a sing along of the best known Israeli tunes, as well as original music written by Israeli composer Or Matias and performed by a musical ensemble. Following the interactive performance, the participants will be invited to meet the musicians up close and learn about the different instruments at our one of a kind “musical instrument petting zoo.”

$5 per person, walk-ins welcome. Please sign up here

 
Check out our preview video below!

Text and artwork from Ella’s Trip to Israel appears with the permission of Kar-Ben Publishing, a division of Lerner Publishing Group. www.karben.com. Copyright ©2011 by Vivian Newman

Israeli Folk Dancing for Yom Ha'atzmaut

Sunday, April 30 | 2:00-6:00PM | 89th Street Community House Gym

Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with the best of Israeli folk dances. Our friendly dancers will help you learn the steps (though a little experience in Israeli folk dancing is helpful!). The program ends with a mix of circle, line, and partner dances, selected mostly by request.

This special event is brought to you by Rikuday Dor Rishon, an Upper West Side community-based group dedicated to preserving the classic folk dances of Israel. Light refreshments will be served.

$5 entrance fee. Please sign up here

Israeli Settlements: A Conversation with Israeli Consul General Dani Dayan


Sunday, April 30 | 3:00-4:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary 

Fifty years after the Six-Day War, 400,000 Israelis are settled on the West Bank. Many consider settlements an impediment to peace, while others consider it a fulfillment of the Zionist vision. Join Israeli Consul General and former Chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria, Mr. Dani Dayan, for a special presentation on the impact of the settlements on Israel’s society and future. Register here for this event.  Read more »

HEROES: The Untold Stories Of The Jewish-Ethiopian Aliyah

Sunday, April 30 | 5:00-6:15PM | 89th Street Community House 


Join us for a special screening of excerpts from the work-in-progress documentary, HEROES. This feature film explores the experiences of the real-life heroes involved in the Jewish-Ethiopian aliyah to Israel. After the screening, there will be a Q&A featuring co-director Avishai Yeganyahu Mekonen and activists who were directly involved in the aliyah efforts. Visit the film’s webpage and sign up here to attend.

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BJ Writer's Havurah

Sunday, April 30 | 7:00PM | Location upon R.S.V.P. 
From writing your next big novel to writing your “to do” list, there is a little writer in all of us!  Come connect with us at the BJ Writers Havurah. We meet every other month and are looking to expand our group! For more information, please contact Shary Wagreich at sharywagdc@msn.com or call (646) 831-1915.

Fifty Years Since 1967: An Evening of Ceremony and Reflection

Monday, May 1 | 7:00-9:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

Join us for our traditional Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) ceremony, commemorating those who have lost their lives for the State of Israel. This year, the ceremony will focus on the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War and the unification of Jerusalem. After the ceremony, we will continue to explore topics central to this historical event, as well as the impact of the war on Israel’s relationship with its neighbors. Breakout sessions include a facilitated conversation with Resetting The Table, a discussion with our partners at Mechon Hadar, Shaare Tzedek, JTS, HUC, Columbia Hillel, and Romemu. We will conclude the evening with a dessert reception and a sing along session in celebration of Yom Haatzmaut. Please sign up here for this event.

Open Rehearsals of Shabbat Music

BJ Musicians Concert, March. Photo: Shahpar Nili

Wednesday, May 3 | 6:30-8:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

Join us for a monthly open rehearsal with music director Dan Nadel, Hazzan Ari Priven, and the rabbis to sing, learn new melodies, and delve deeper into prayer and music. All are invited to participate in co-creating our Shabbat prayer experience.

Hate Has No Home Here

Tuesday, May 2 | 6:30PM | 89th Street, 4th floor

We stand in solidarity with non-citizens and other targeted members of our community.  In response to the increasing expressions of hate in our society today, join this continuing multi-congregation effort as we distribute multi-language “Hate Has No Home Signs” signs for display in local shops and offices.  For more information, or to R.S.V.P., contact Nora Gaines.

Refugee and Immigration Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 3 | 6:30-8:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Through a partnership with HIAS and emerging relationships with other organizations, we are educating our community about the refugee crisis and developing opportunities to volunteer, advocate, and raise our Jewish voice. Join us at our next meeting to get involved in this important work. R.S.V.P. to Sandy.

Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

Thursday, May 4 | 6:30-8:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Attend 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. In doing so, we aim to acknowledge the predominately immigrant laborers who make New York’s multi-billion dollar agricultural economy possible. Through the passage of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, we hope to ensure that laborers who produce the food on which New Yorkers depend can have the dignity and equality they deserve. If you are interested in attending these meetings or have questions, please contact Lisa.

Bo-i Kallah - A Monthly Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Friday, May 5 | 7:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Rabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel will lead an alternative Kabbalat Shabbat service on the first 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 workweek anxieties behind to enter holy time and welcome Shabbat. Read more about this service here.

Where We Go From Here: Improving Israeli Security and Preserving the Two-state Option 

Saturday, May 6 | After Shabbat Services | 86th Street SPSA  

After leading Israel in the battlefield during his impressive military career, General Amnon Reshef now spearheads the Commanders for Israel’s Security (CIS), an unprecedented movement of 270 retired Israeli commanders and generals who advocate for taking intermediate steps towards enhancing Israel’s security while preserving conditions on the ground for a future two-state agreement. Together with the New York-based Israel Policy Forum (IPF), CIS is bringing their message to the American Jewish community and U.S. lawmakers. Join General Reshef in learning about his movement and their policy plans, which are currently gaining significant momentum within Israel’s policy-making and national security circles. No registration required. 

Soulful Start: Shira Yoga - An Integrated Practice for Body and Soul

Saturday, May 6 | 9:00AM | 86th Street Chapel

Bring voice, breath and body together in this  series that will combine two devotional practices: asana yoga and piyut (Hebrew liturgical poetry). Each month we will study a new piyut, sing and chant together, and explore the piyut’s theme through a gentle yoga practice. We’ll finish in time to head into the main service in the sanctuary for Torah reading. Rabbi Shuli Passow leads the yoga, with Rabbi Roly Matalon, Dan Nadel, and rabbinic fellow Arielle Rosenberg rotating each month to provide live musical accompaniment.

Never practiced yoga before? The yoga practice will be open to all levels, so no experience is necessary to participate.

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Mindfulness Meditation and the Counting of the Omer

Sunday, May 7 | 10:30AM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Whether you are already counting the Omer or are new to the practice, come experience this spiritual journey to Sinai, which includes meditation and an experiential overview of the Sefirot (divine attributes). The session will be led by Bernice Todres, longtime BJ member and teacher of mindfulness meditation.

The Israeli Book Club Discusses The Yellow Wind by David Grossman

Sunday, May 7 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.
The Israeli Book Club is more than just a typical reading group: it is an intimate encounter with Israeli culture, society, and politics. The next book we will discuss is David Gossman’s The Yellow Wind (1987).

The Israeli novelist David Grossman’s impassioned account of what he observed on the West Bank in early 1987―not only the misery of the Palestinian refugees and their deep-seated hatred of the Israelis but also the cost of occupation for both occupier and occupied―is an intimate and urgent moral report on one of the great tragedies of our time. The Yellow Wind is essential reading for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of Israel today.

Register here

Healthcare Group Meeting

Monday, May 8 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Community House

During our Community Conversations on Social Justice this past January, healthcare surfaced as an issue that several members showed an interest in. Healthcare is an issue that is in transition and impacts us all. At this meeting, we will assess community interest in pursuing a social action agenda to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare. For more information, please contact Sylvia Vogelman or Susan Margolis.

Sharing Circle with the Rabbis

Wednesday, May 10 | 6:00PM-6:50PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall | Members Only

BJ Members are invited to join us for an intimate session with the rabbis ahead of the final lecture in our  JIBC series of Shalom Hartman Lectures, with Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman. We hope you will join us!

Registration is not required for this event, but please be sure to register for the lecture which follows.

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"In the Mirror" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

Thursdays, December 1, 8, and 15, January 5, 12, 19, and 26, February 2, 9, 16, and 23, March 2, 9, and 16 | 12:30-1:30PM | Location Provided Upon Registration
Through the close reading of short stories about the lives, struggles, and concerns of the Talmudic rabbis, we uncover deeper layers of our own selves and we become better equipped to wrestle with our human 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. BJ members only. To register, please click here or email Beth.

Bim Bam and Bim Bam Hebrew Immersion

Fridays, January 6-May 19  | 9:15-10:00AM, 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
Children ages 3 and under explore Shabbat through song and story while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. For sessions that feature both English and Hebrew stories, register for the 9:15AM or 10:15AM class. For full Hebrew immersion, register for the 11:15AM timeslot. The cost is $342/members and $475/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Program is led by BJ educator and musician, Shira Averbuch.

Register Now For ‘Israel Celebrates 70’ Community Trip

December 25, 2017 – January 3, 2018 | Registration open through May 2017 

Visiting Israel with fellow BJ members, rabbis and staff is always a memorable experience. Our Israel trips combine service, study, and prayer and are designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Israeli society and culture.

As Israel celebrates 70 years of Independence, we are delighted to announce a new community trip scheduled from December 25, 2017 to January 3, 2018.  Read more »

Soulful Start: Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

Every other Saturday (January 7, 21, February 4, 18, March 4, 18, April 1, 15, 19, May 13, 27) | 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.

Notary Services for BJ Members

Business hours | 89th Street

We are pleased to announce that our Human Resources and Administrative Associate, Shakeara Hatchett, is now authorized to provide notary services (for personal or business purposes) to all BJ members. Email Shakeara to set up a notary appointment.

Register for BJ Hazorim CSA 2017

Tuesdays, June 6-October 31 | 4:30-7:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Join BJ’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and pick up fresh, organic produce from Free Bird Farm at BJ once a week for 22 weeks. Choose from delicious vegetable, egg, fruit, and butter shares. Register here by May 1. Questions? Contact Larissa.

Click here to read The Jewish Standard’s feature article on Free Bird Farm.

Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays, November 2, 2016 – May 10, 2017 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street Community House
This course 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. Individuals $435 members /$660 non-members; Couples $645 members /$975 non-members. Click here to register or contact Billie with questions.

Siah: A Monthly Minyan for Learners and Seekers

Shabbat Candles photo: gerard montigny

Every 3rd Saturday of the month | November 19, 2016-May 20, 2017 | 9:30AM-12:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall 

Led by Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, this intimate, conversation-based service is geared towards those who are exploring Jewish prayer for the first time or who hope to build confidence in their Hebrew language and prayer skills. Join us as we dive into Shabbat morning liturgy and engage in meaningful discussion around the language, songs, and concepts of the Torah. If you have questions or hope to get involved with Siah, please contact Arielle (x224).

Kulanu Kids

Saturdays, October 8, 2016 – May 13, 2017 | 10:20AM – 12:00PM |  86th Street Social Hall

Join Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, the BJ rabbis, and a team of teen musicians in a family-friendly celebration of Shabbat. Previously known as Junior Congregation, Kulanu is a participatory prayer space in which 3rd-6th graders and their families will use song, games, prayer, and art to make Shabbat morning come alive. Upon meeting in the main sanctuary, we will take the Torah out of the ark and dance our way to the Kulanu space downstairs. For more information, contact Arielle Rosenberg.

 *On the second Saturday of every month, Kulanu is kids only.

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Parashat Teruma

March 4, 2017 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Yitro

February 18, 2017 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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February 11, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Bo

February 4, 2017 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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January 28, 2017 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Vayigash

January 7, 2017 • Rabbi Sarit Horwitz
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Parashat Miketz • Shabbat Hanukkah

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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.