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Shabbat Services

Ki Tetze

Friday, August 28

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

Saturday, August 29

 9:30 AMShabbat Services88th St. Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services88th St. Frankel Hall

Holiday Services

High Holy Days 5776

SelihotSeptember 5
Rosh HashanahSeptember 13-15
Shabbat ShuvahSeptember 18-19
Yom KippurSeptember 22-23
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Morning Minyan

Week of August 23-29

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

Three Avenues of Preparation: Melodies of the High Holidays

September 2, 2015 • 6:30 pm-7:30 pm •
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Could you use a refresher on the melodies sung during services? Or never been to BJ before for the High Holy Days? Get your vocal cords ready and join Hazzan Ari Priven to learn several of the melodies we sing on the High Holy Days. No Hebrew reading or musical background required. To listen to some of the melodies, click here, or to purchase our High Holy Day CD, click here.

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Selihot: Preparing the Soul for the Yamim Nora’im

September 2, 2015 • 8:00 pm-9:30 pm •
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We yearn for the divine just as the divine yearns to find us–simultaneous quests guided by the soulful, plaintive music of piyut. For the past 1,000 years, Sephardic and Oriental Jews have gathered for the forty days from the beginning of the month of Elul through Rosh Hashanah, and up to Yom Kippur, raising at dawn to sing and to prepare the soul for repentance and renewal. Led by Rabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel, our three-gathering series will engage in that spiritual journey through haunting melodies of ancient Jewish communities as well as modern Israeli poetry and song and get us ready for the upcoming sublime days of soul-searching and prayer.

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Hazon's New York Ride and Retreat with the BJ Revolutionaries

September 4, 2015 •
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<img class="alignleft wp-image-301321" src="http://www.bj.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/IMG_30751-300x200.jpg" alt="IMG_3075" width="100" height="75" Join the BJ team and cyclists from all over New York for a relaxing and meaningful Shabbat retreat at Hazon’s home at Isabella Freedman, and for two days of glorious cycling through the Berkshires and Hudson Valley into New York City. BJ has traditionally sent one of the largest and strongest team to the Ride and we want this year to be no exception. It’s more than just a ride: Spend Shabbat hiking on the Mohawk Trail, canoeing on the lake, exploring the Adamah organic farm, and enjoying delicious kosher farm-to-table meals. Practice Judaism in a diverse community, with options including yoga, musical services, and traditional prayers. Non-riders are welcome to join to help crew (a vital and energetic part of the weekend), or just come for Shabbat. To sign up for this year's ride and retreat and for more details, visit the Hazon website. Contact Gil Kulick or Michael Ekstract with questions about the BJ team.

Location: Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

Three Avenues of Preparation: What Do I Want to Be a Part of? A Textual Exploration

September 9, 2015 • 6:30 pm-7:30 pm •
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Along with Rabbis Felicia Sol and Sarit Horwitz, come engage in text study, personal reflection and meaningful conversation inspired by the question of the week “What Do I Want to Be a Part Of?”.

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Selihot: Preparing the Soul for the Yamim Nora’im

September 9, 2015 • 8:00 pm-9:30 pm •
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We yearn for the divine just as the divine yearns to find us–simultaneous quests guided by the soulful, plaintive music of piyut. For the past 1,000 years, Sephardic and Oriental Jews have gathered for the forty days from the beginning of the month of Elul through Rosh Hashanah, and up to Yom Kippur, raising at dawn to sing and to prepare the soul for repentance and renewal. Led by Rabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel, our three-gathering series will engage in that spiritual journey through haunting melodies of ancient Jewish communities as well as modern Israeli poetry and song and get us ready for the upcoming sublime days of soul-searching and prayer.

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Returning to our Best Selves: Yoga for the New Year

September 10, 2015 • 10:00 am-11:30 am •
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Led by Rabbi Shuli Passow, BJ's new Director of Community Engagement, this two-part Jewish yoga series will integrate personal reflection, discussion and asana practice to explore the themes of the upcoming Jewish holy days. Join us for one or both sessions. Please bring a mat if you have one. Click here for more information.

Location: 89th St. Reception Room

Three Avenues of Preparation: Giving of the Heart: A Meditation for Aseret Yemei Teshuvah

September 16, 2015 • 6:30 pm-7:30 pm •
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Join Rabbis Marcelo Bronstein and Rachel Cowan to help gear your soul up for Yom Kippur. Guided by the question of the week, “What Do You Want to Give?”, participants will have an opportunity to explore mindfulness and mediation practices in the context of the High Holy Days.

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Selihot: Preparing the Soul for the Yamim Nora’im

September 16, 2015 • 8:00 pm-9:30 pm •
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We yearn for the divine just as the divine yearns to find us–simultaneous quests guided by the soulful, plaintive music of piyut. For the past 1,000 years, Sephardic and Oriental Jews have gathered for the forty days from the beginning of the month of Elul through Rosh Hashanah, and up to Yom Kippur, raising at dawn to sing and to prepare the soul for repentance and renewal. Led by Rabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel, our three-gathering series will engage in that spiritual journey through haunting melodies of ancient Jewish communities as well as modern Israeli poetry and song and get us ready for the upcoming sublime days of soul-searching and prayer.

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Returning to our Best Selves: Yoga for the New Year

September 17, 2015 • 10:00 am-11:30 am •
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Led by Rabbi Shuli Passow, BJ's new Director of Community Engagement, this two-part Jewish yoga series will integrate personal reflection, discussion and asana practice to explore the themes of the upcoming Jewish holy days. Join us for one or both sessions. Please bring a mat if you have one. Click here for more information.

Location: 89th St. Reception Room

BJ Community Holiday Apple Picking and Picnic

September 20, 2015 • 9:45 am-12:00 pm •
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Usher in a sweet New Year with a fun day of apple picking followed by a bring-your-own picnic (weather permitting). We will meet at Dr. Davies Farm in Congers, NY (near Nyack and Pearl River), please arrive by 9:45AM. Cost is $37 for a bag that holds 50 apples. Please R.S.V.P. here and use this rideshare document to offer or find a ride. Contact BJ Hebrew School parent Galit at galit.lb@gmail.com with questions.

Location: Dr Davies Farm, 306 New York 304, Congers, NY 10920, United States

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Parashat Shoftim

August 22, 2015 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Pinhas

July 11, 2015 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Shlah-lekha

June 13, 2015 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Behaalotkha

June 6, 2015 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Naso

May 30, 2015 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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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

Summer Food Donors and Volunteers Needed for Shelter

SPSA volunteers set the table for the nightly dinner for the guests in the BJ/SPSA Shelter for Homeless Women. Photo: Jim Melchiorre

Monday and Tuesday | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday | 86th Street Social Hall

Help us fill our meal gaps this summer! Becoming a food donor is easy. 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. We are also in need of additional sleepover volunteers. Perform a mitzvah all while sleeping through the night! To sign up or learn more, contact Larissa or call x272.

Journey: From the Land of Milk and Honey

Monday-Friday, September 3-18 | 10:00AM-7:00PM or by appointment | La Boîte

Michel Nachmany’s debut exhibition is an exploration of the artist’s personal, physical, and emotional journeys that were born in Israel and continue to unfold and take root in America. For more information about the exhibition, click here.

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