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Shabbat Services

Mishpatim

Friday, February 24

6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary

Saturday, February 25

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

Holiday Services

Purim

Saturday, March 11

5:45 PMFamilies Purim CelebrationSanctuary
7:15 PMCommunity Purim Service and Megillah ReadingSanctuary

Sunday, March 12

9:30 AMPurim Morning Service and Megillah ReadingFrankel Hall
11:30 AMChildren’s Purim Spiel PerformanceSanctuary
12:30 PMPurim CarnivalSanctuary

 

Morning Minyan

February 19 - 25

89th Street | More info »
9:30 AMSunday
7:30 AMMonday
7:30 AMTuesday
7:30 AMWednesday
7:30 AMThursday
7:30 AMFriday

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 families. Help refugee parents provide for their children by donating your gently used children’s items. 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, Babies”R”Us and Buy Buy Baby, as well as Metrocards so that parents can take their children to doctors appointments.
UPDATE: To those of you who have already donated, thank you so much. A new request for a double stroller has come in for a mother, Ana, who has a 3-year-old and a newborn. Please let us know if you or someone you know has a double stroller to donate!

2017 Women's Retreat

Friday, May 19-Sunday, May 21 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Spend a weekend surrounded by the voices of women exploring the theme: Marching Toward Sinai: Torah of Spiritual Resistance. Build deeper connections in the BJ community in beautiful services, a joyous Shabbat, and a great time with Rabbi Felicia Sol and former BJ Rabbinic Fellow Chen Ben-Or Tsfoni. Member Double Room, $350; Member Single Room, $450; Non-members, $500. Discounted rates for members if registration is complete before March 1! There are a limited amount of single rooms. Register here. For bus transportation, click here. Contact Billie for information.

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

Saturday, March 11 | 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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Bystander Intervention Training

Sundays, February 19 and March 19 | 10:30AM-2:00PM | 89th Street Community House
What do you do when you witness racial, ethnic, religious or other forms of harassment? Bystander intervention and de-escalation involve a series of tools that can be consciously employed to defuse volatile situations. In this interactive workshop, these concepts will be presented in the context of self-defense and harm reduction. Students will identify verbal and non-verbal techniques to de-escalate conflict. Students will also learn the four Ds of bystander intervention – direct, distract, delay, and delegate. All of these tactics will be presented in tandem with the importance of larger scale community organizing and alternatives to policing. Sessions will be facilitated by Rachel Levy, a social worker and member of the BJ community trained by the Center for Anti-Violence Education.  Spots are limited for each session. Register here.

All of Us Are Guarantors: The Significance of Interest-Free Lending

Saturday, February 25 | During and after Shabbat morning services | 86th Street Sanctuary and Chapel 
Rabbi David Rosenn, Executive Director of the Hebrew Free Loan Society, will discuss the social, theological, and philanthropic meaning of interest-free lending.

Economic Inequality in the Present American Landscape: A Jewish Response, with Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller

Saturday, February 25 | 5:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
Contemporary social and political analysts have noted with alarm the growing inequality in American society. And the Jewish community with all of its affluence (and its financial scandals) has not yet focused on a mode of repair that would address the widening income gap that exists. This seminar raises the possibility of embracing an ethic of dayenu (enough) that is the core of an economics of sufficiency. Free and open to the public, no registration necessary.

 

Tze'irim Shelter Cooking

Sunday, February 26 | 11:00AM-1:00PM | 88th Street Kitchen
Join us as we give back to the community by cooking a meal for the BJ/SPSA Homeless Shelter. No cooking experience is necessary. Members and non-members welcome! Contact Haley (h.greenwaldgonella@gmail.com) for more information or R.S.V.P. here by February 22.

*Our homeless shelter is entirely volunteer-run, so if you sign up, we are counting on you! In order to help cover the cost of dinner for our shelter guests, we encourage participants to bring $8-10.


The Israeli Book Club Discusses Khirbet Khizeh

Sunday, February 26 | 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 Khirbet Khizeh by S. Yizhar . Register here

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Men's Havurah Discussion Group

Sunday, February 26 | 10:30AM-12:00PM | 89th Street Middle Room and Frankel Hall 
Join us for a continuation of our discussion on Jewish identity and intermarriage. We’ll start with brunch in the 89th Street Middle Room, celebrating Rosh Hodesh (the new month) with other BJ members before beginning our discussion in Frankel Hall at 11:00AM. The morning minyan at 9:30AM (on 89th Street) welcomes our participation before brunch. R.S.V.P. to Lee at lee.rimsky@gmail.com.

The BJ Celebrate Community Auction

Wednesday, March 1 | 6:30-9:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

From organizing community conversations about social justice to fighting for civil rights and defending refugees, from feeding the hungry on the Upper West Side to sheltering women in need, we all know that these important BJ initiatives require the collective Wisdom, Work, and Wealth within our community to orchestrate our efforts and maximize our impact. The BJ Celebrate Community Auction is a chance to put a spotlight on this critical work and to raise the funds BJ needs to sustain it. There are so many ways to get involved:

 

Teen Volunteers Needed at the BJ Celebrate Community Auction

Wednesday, March 1 | 6:30-9:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

BJ Teens, we need your help to make the BJ Celebrate Community Auction run smoothly!  Fill out this form to volunteer.  Email Michelle Geisler with questions.

Bo-i Kallah - A Monthly Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Friday, March 3 | 6:30PM | 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.

Tot Shabbat

Shabbat

Friday, March 3 | 5:15-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary 

Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration with play curator, Linda White. Register here by Wednesday, March 1. Contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The cost is $20/members, $27/non-members. Children eat free.

Fourth Grade B’nai Mitzvah Journey: Opening Ritual

Saturday, March 4 | 4:30-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
Families of all 2016/2017 4th grade students (or students whose birth dates fall between September 2006 and December 2007) are invited to BJ’s annual B’nai Mitzvah Journey Opening Ritual, where the entire Torah will be unrolled and each student will find the parasha (portion) that they will read when called to the Torah for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol for this extraordinary event that brings together all 4th grade students and families as they begin their journey toward becoming b’nai mitzvah.  Register here

5th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Sleepover

Saturday, March 4 | 6:45PM | 89th Street Community House

What does it mean to become a B’nai Mitzvah? Why is it important? 5th grade students will explore the themes of B’nai Mitzvah through art, multimedia, and conversation and discover which mitzvot are especially important to us. Afterwards we’ll enjoy games, a movie, and a sleepover as we form a community that will remain with us throughout the B’nai Mitzvah journey. Pick-up is 9:00AM the following morning. Sign up here or email Ayala Wasser for more information.

*This event is for 5th graders only, but all family members are invited to join us for Havdalah at 6:45PM.

Helen Radin Memorial Zayin Adar Teaching: The Liturgy of Loss

Saturday, March 4 | 5:30PM | 89th Street Community House
In our tradition, Zayin Adar (the 7th of Adar) is the date assigned to the birth and death of Moses. The eighth annual Zayin Adar learning event is held in memory of Helen Radin, z”l, honoring the work of BJ’s Hevra Kadisha. Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, Director of the JTS Block/Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts and Associate Editor of Siddur Lev Shalem, will lead us in a study and discussion of the way that liturgy can help us through loss–from the prayers recited at a tahara, to an insider’s look into the new prayerbook’s innovations around mourning and yizkor.

A New Agenda For Israel

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

Today Israel is one of the most unequal economies in the Western world. Roughly 20 percent of Israelis and over 30 percent of children live below the poverty line.  A recent study shows that the average salary of CEOs is 44 times the average wage of Israeli employees, and 91 times the minimum wage. Professor Danny Gutwein is one of the most prominent voices for social justice and equality in Israel today. During this talk, Gutwein will discuss the quest for social justice as a means of healing the divisions in Israeli society. In addition, he will describe the negative effects of economic inequality on Israel’s social structure and political system, along with potential methods of remedying these issues. Register here Read more »

Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

Monday, March 6 | 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.

Open Rehearsals of Shabbat Music

BJ Musicians Concert, March. Photo: Shahpar Nili

Tuesday, March 7 | 6:30-8:00PM | 89th Street Chapel

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.

Refugee Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 7 | 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.

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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.

Making Sense of Israeli Politics: A Guide For the Perplexed

Every other Thursday, December 8-March 16 | 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 »

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).

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.

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 families. Help refugee parents provide for their children by donating your gently used children’s items. 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, Babies”R”Us and Buy Buy Baby, as well as Metrocards so that parents can take their children to doctors appointments.
UPDATE: To those of you who have already donated, thank you so much. A new request for a double stroller has come in for a mother, Ana, who has a 3-year-old and a newborn. Please let us know if you or someone you know has a double stroller to donate!

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.

BJ's Stories of Freedom

Tuesday, February 14-Friday, March 31 | online

Many of us have immigrant and refugee stories that come from our own lives or the lives of our loved ones. Were it not for the openness of this country, many of us would not be here today. During the 49 days of the Omer that carry us from Redemption to Revelation, we will be sharing refugee and immigrant stories from those within the BJ community in regular emails. Stand with all who are still awaiting freedom and refuge and submit your story here by Friday, March 31. 

*Though we hope to be able to use all of the stories that we receive, we may have to make selections depending on the number of submissions.

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.

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 Beshalah • Shabbat Shirah

February 11, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Bo

February 4, 2017 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Va-era • Shabbat Rosh Hodesh

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

December 31, 2016 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Vayeshev

December 24, 2016 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Vayishlah

December 17, 2016 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein, Dr Ron Taffel
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Parashat Vayetze

December 10, 2016 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Toledot

December 3, 2016 • Rabbi Shuli Passow
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Parashat Hayei Sarah

November 26, 2016 • Arielle Rosenberg

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.

Teen Day of Service: Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 12 | 12:00-3:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

BJ teens are an integral part of our annual Purim Carnival! Every year, the entire BJ community comes together to celebrate Purim with  games, crafts, and a bounce house. In addition to running booths and activities, teens will have the opportunity to partake in the festivities and enjoy mishloach manot.  Sign up to volunteer here. For more information, contact Michelle.

Teen Volunteers Needed at the BJ Celebrate Community Auction

Wednesday, March 1 | 6:30-9:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

BJ Teens, we need your help to make the BJ Celebrate Community Auction run smoothly!  Fill out this form to volunteer.  Email Michelle Geisler with questions.

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.