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Shabbat Services

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Friday, January 27

6:00 PMShishi Isareli Kabbalat Shabbat89th St. 3rd Floor Gym
6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary

Saturday, January 28

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

Morning Minyan

Week of January 22-28

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

"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.

Making Sense of Israeli Politics: A Guide For the Perplexed

Every other Thursday, December 8-March 15 | 7:00-8:15PM | 89th Street Middle Room 

Although Israel is a relatively young country, its politics are rich and dynamic; some might say that they are contentious and Byzantine. In this conversation, we will examine the ideological basis of what unites and divides Israelis, the foundation and basic operations of Israel’s political system, and the key points of focus in Israel’s most heated political disputes.  Read more »

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.

 

"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Reading from the Torah

Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4 |12:30-1:45PM | 89th Street Middle Room

Bring a bag lunch and open up your soul to the nourishment and challenge of the Hassidic rabbis with the study of Itturei Torah: Torah Gems on the Weekly Torah Portion. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol as we imagine old world wisdom for everyday life. Each class will stand alone so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. Free of charge. Register here.

Registration for ‘Israel Celebrates 70’ Community Trip to Israel Now Open

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 »

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.

Community Conversations on Social Justice: Next Steps

Wednesday, January 18 and Tuesday, January 24 | 5:00-7:00PM and 7:30-9:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
IMPORTANT UPDATE: There will be no 7:30-9:30PM session on Wednesday January 18th.  Please register for one of the other three sessions instead.

We have heard from many members a desire to act post-election. Join us for a week-long community conversation to share what issues are most important to you. Through a series of table discussions and one-on-one conversations, we will evaluate where there is momentum and passion. Find out how you can also get involved with work that’s already happening. Register here.

*If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, please fill out this form so we can make sure to hear from as many community members as possible.

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 | 89th Street Chapel 

BJ introduces a new monthly Shabbat service 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).

Caregivers Gathering - Navigating Changing Relationships

Thursday, January 19 | 8:30AM-10:00AM | 89th Street First Floor
Together we will discuss navigating the inherent nature of the changing relationship over time between the caregiver and the care recipient.  We will also talk about coming to terms with the experience associated with observing loss of functioning in a care recipient and the caregiver’s ability to engage in a meaningful relationship. R.S.V.P. here. For BJ members only.

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.

Israeli Book Club Discusses "The Secret Book of Kings" by Yochi Brandes

Sunday, January 22 | 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. Join us for a good read and a nuanced conversation that will help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary issues in Israel. Our next book is The Secret Book of Kings by Yochi Brandes

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Men's Havurah Discussion Group

Sunday, January 22 | 10:30AM-12:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall

After morning minyan, the BJ men’s Havurah will be holding a bagel and lox brunch and discussion group. In the spirit of our yearlong JIBC programming, members will share their thoughts on Jewish identity and what it means from a male perspective. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Lee Rimsky at lee.rimsky@gmail.com

Purim Shpiel Auditions

Sunday, January 22 | Time provided upon request | 89th Street Community House
Show us what you’ve got and audition for the 2017 Purim Sphiel! Make great friends and lifetime memories by joining our Purim team. Open to K-8th graders. Please prepare a short song to audition (kids will receive their parts within a few weeks of their tryout). Contact Michael Kellberg at bjholidayshows@gmail.com to schedule an audition.

Webinar Follow-up to "Forging Jewish Identity: Models and Middles in Jewish Sources"

Wednesday, January 25 | 12:00PM | online

Join Rabbi Felicia Sol’s live interactive webinar as we explore and unfold the ideas raised in Dr. Christine Hayes’ January 11 Shalom Hartman lecture. Click here to access the webinar, which will become active at the scheduled date.

*Visit our JIBC webpage to view previous Shalom Hartman lectures.

Camp Shabbat Registrations

Jewish summer camp is nothing less than magical. It provides the perfect environment for children and teens to make lifetime friends while connecting to their Judaism in ways they never thought possible. In an effort to bring the spirit of camp to BJ, we have partnered with some of the most celebrated Jewish camps to bring you a weekend of food, fun, and elective camp activities. For more information contact Ayala or call x244.

 

Family Camp Shabbat Dinner and Services 
Friday, January 27 | 6:30PM Kabbalat Shabbat followed by dinner (5:15PM dinner for K-2 children) | 88th Street Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
During dinner and services, we will sing camp tunes, chat with campers and their families, wear our favorite camp t-shirts, and celebrate in exciting new ways. All current campers, camp alumni, potential camp families, and community members are encouraged to join. $18 for adults, $10 children (free for Hey/Vav families).  Register by Monday, January 23.

General registration

Hey/Vav registration

*Families with young children are invited to attend the K-2 Camp Shabbat Dinner and Services for an earlier version of the program above. The K-2 Shabbat dinner will begin prior to services at 5:15PM.

 

Camp Shabbat Evening
Saturday, January 28 | 5:30-9:00PM | 89th Street Community House
In partnership with Camp RamahURJ Eisner, Crane Lake CampsCamp JRFJCC Manhattan’s Camp Setttoga, 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, and Sababa Surf Camp, BJ presents a taste of Jewish camping. The evening will feature a spirited havdalah ceremony followed by a wide range of activities including Israeli dance lessons, arts and crafts, science experiments, surfing instruction, and an action-packed Gaga tournament. This event is free and open to everyone. Register here

 

Camp Shabbat Sleepover
Saturday, January 28 – Sunday, January 29 | 8:30PM – 8:30AM | 89th Street Community House
After our evening activities, children in grades 3-8 can keep the fun going and stay the night for a taste of sleepaway camp.  $18 for BJ members, $36 for non-members (free for members of Shorashim and Ilanot). Register here (in addition, please fill out this form to provide us with more information about your child, such as allergies and dietary restrictions).

Book Reading and Discussion with Author Sabeeha Rehman

Saturday, January 28 | following Kiddush | 86th Street Chapel

Join author and blogger Sabeeha Rehman as she reads selections from her memoir, Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim. Rehman will describe her encounters with Jews and Shabbat, her engagement in feminist and interfaith work, the parenting challenges she has faced in the Christmas season, and more.

 

Community Organizing Training Sessions

Sunday, January 29 | 1:00-6:00PM | 89th Street Middle Room
Monday, February 20 | 10:00AM-4:00PM | 89th Street Gym
Now is the time to get involved. Gain skills at one or both of our training sessions, led by our partners at Manhattan Together and designed to provide you with a foundation in community organizing. All levels of experience are welcome.  Sign up here.

 

Fact vs. Fiction: Understanding the News in the Age of Information Overload

Wednesday, February 1 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Do you have difficulty assessing all the information that comes your way? News comes from so many sources these days: mainstream media, social media feeds, satire shows, independent media outlets, and more. How do you determine what news is true? Since Election Day, there has been a growing concern about the amount of false information in the media and the importance of critical thinking and fact-checking. Join us for a discussion about the current state of the news and what you can do to decipher between fact and fiction. Co-hosted with Council Member Helen Rosenthal’s Office. Register here

BJ Families Helping Refugee Families: Donation Drive

Wednesday, February 1-Tuesday, February 28 | All day | 89th Street Community House 
In partnership with the International Rescue Committee, the BJ Refugee Committee is running a gently used donation drive for refugee mothers. Help refugee women provide for their children by donating your gently used children’s things. We are seeking unopened packages of diapers (any size) and wipes, gently used strollers, and Pack ’n Plays. We are also seeking gift cards from Visa, American Express, Baby’s R’ Us and buybuyBaby, as well as Metrocards so that parents can take their children to doctors appointments.

Mr. Gaga Playing at Lincoln Center

Wednesday, February 1-Thursday, February 9 | Various times | Film Society of Lincoln Center
The film Mr.Gaga tells the story of Ohad Naharin, the artistic director of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company and one of the world’s most important choreographers.  Filmed over the course of eight years, the documentary mixes intimate rehearsal footage with breathtaking dance sequences. BJ members receive discounted tickets for $11 when they order online. Go to www.filmlinc.org, select the desired show time, and enter promo code GAGA17.

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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.