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Shabbat Services

Hayei Sarah

Friday, November 25

6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary

Saturday, November 26

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

Holiday Services

Sukkot to Simhat Torah

SukkotOct. 16-25
Shemini AtzeretOct. 23-24
Simhat TorahOct. 24-25
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Morning Minyan

Week of December 4-10

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

Siah: A Monthly Minyan for Learners and Seekers

Shabbat Candles photo: gerard montigny

Every 3rd Saturday | 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).

The 10th Annual Other Israel Film Festival


Thursday, December 1 – Thursday, December 8 | JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave.

BJ is proud to partner with JCC Manhattan in presenting some of the most thought provoking Israeli documentaries. BJ members will enjoy discounted tickets for three of this years best Israeli feature films.

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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.

Bo-i Kallah - A Monthly Kabbalat Shabbat Service


Friday, December 2 | 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 work-week anxieties behind to enter holy time and welcome Shabbat. To read more about this service, please click here.

Special Needs Havdalah Service

Saturday, December 3 | 4:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Hazzan Ari Priven 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.

Creating A Caring Community: Hesed at BJ


Saturday, December 3 | During Shabbat Morning Services and Kiddush | 86th Street
We will hear from leadership of various Hesed groups at BJ, including Bikkur Holim (caring for the sick), Hevra Kadisha (caring for mourners), and others. Learn how you can ask for help from your fellow BJ members and how to volunteer.

The Lion Who Loved Strawberries


Sunday, December 4 | 10:30AM-12:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

Families won’t want to miss this interactive, musical performance of the popular Israeli children’s book, The Lion Who Loved Strawberries!  Children ages 3-9 will take part in the story through engaging musical activities and watch instruments come to life as vibrant storybook characters. Following the performance, children can meet the instruments up close at our musical instrument petting zoo.  With Ramah Nyack, PJ Library, and Music Talks. Register here.

BJ/SPSA Racial Justice Book Study: Just Mercy


Monday, December 5 | 7:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Thursday, January 5 | 7:00PM | SPSA, 263 West 86th Street

After our wonderful 25th Anniversary weekend, the BJ and SPSA communities are coming together to combine our racial justice work. Join us for the first of two sessions as we dive into Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, “a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice.” The group will be reading up to Chapter 8 for the first session. Register here.

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 a relatively young country, Israel’s politics are rich and dynamic. Some might say that they are contentious and Byzantine. We explore the ideological and institutional foundations of the Israeli political system, and some of the key issues in Israeli politics.  We examine the ideological basis of what unites and divides Israelis, how the political system works, and the principal disputes at the center of debates in Israel. Read more »

Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves: A Gathering for Caregivers


Thursday, December 8 | 6:00 PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Whether you are currently caring for a loved one or think you may soon be a caregiver, please join your fellow BJ members as we build community and learn practical advice from each other.  We will share stories, learn about resources, and discuss how to navigate the system and overcome roadblocks.  All BJ members are welcome at this gathering, including those who are direct in-home caregivers or who manage care from a distance.  Doors open at 6:00PM for snacks and schmooze; program begins at 6:30PM. Please sign up here or contact Billie for more information. Co-sponsored by the Bikkur Holim committee and the Panim el Panim Aging Hevra. For BJ members only.

Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat Service

BJ Sanctuary Stained Glass Rose Window

Friday, December 9 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Gym
Led by Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, and Karina Zilberman, this service involves meditation, reflection, deep listening, and personal engagement with the parashah. Please contact Beth with any questions.

Israel, Ecology, and Interreligious Cooperation

Saturday, December 10 | After Shabbat Morning Services | 89th Street Chapel
In Israel, Jews, Christians, and Muslims live on the same land, breathe the same air, and drink the same water. Environmental challenges transcend borders and religious affiliations and therefore exist as an arena of joint, urgent concern among diverse groups of people. The Environmental Hevra hosts Rabbi Yonatan Neril, Founder & Executive Director of The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, an organization that works to promote a sustainable and spiritually-aware society through the leadership of faith communities. Neril will share a unique perspective on interfaith sustainability work both in Israel and internationally, through the prism of Jewish teachings. He will also discuss his recent participation in the Fez Climate Conscience Summit and the UN COP-22 climate change conference in Marrakesh.

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

Enlightenment in nature

Saturday, December 10 | 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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Maccabi-Gaga: A Hanukkah Extravaganza!

Sunday, December 11 | 3:00-5:00PM | 89th Street Gym

Join Shorashim as we work up a sweat Maccabee style with an epic 3rd-5th grade Gaga tournament!  Kids will hop into BJ’s new inflatable Gaga pit to play a high energy, dodgeball-like game that is a beloved activity at Jewish camps across the globe.  Those who would prefer something a bit more low-key can come cheer on their friends while they make their own Hanukkah-themed crafts.  Register here.

(Members of Shorashim: email Michelle to R.S.V.P.)

Upcoming Refugee Committee Meeting


Tuesday, December 13 | 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.

Jewish Identity, Belonging, and Community: The Shalom Hartman Institute Public Lectures



Wednesdays, December 14, January 11, March 8, May 10 | 6:30-8:30PM on December 14, 7:00-9:00PM otherwise | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join us for this lecture series exploring what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century. From the anxieties surrounding intermarriage to the shifting conceptions of Judaism in the modern age, our lecturers will address this question from a wide range of perspectives. Speakers include Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past, Dr. Christine Hayes, Yale Professor of Religious Studies, Rabbi Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute and author of The Boundaries of Judaism, and Dr. Orit Avnery, research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and author of Liminal Women: Belonging and Otherness in the Books of Ruth and Esther. Admission is free and open to the public. Register here.

Hartman Lecture Series, Part I: Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer


Wednesday, December 14 | 6:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary 

We are excited to announce the first of our four-part lecture series, an event which anchors our year-long conversation: Jewish Identity, Belonging, and Community. 

Presented in partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, the program will feature Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, president of SHI-NA and a leading writer on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, the value of the Jewish past in relation to the present, and the questions surrounding leadership and change in American Jewish life.

Dr. Kurtzer received his doctorate in Jewish Studies from Harvard University and an MA in Religion from Brown University, and is a recipient of both The Bronfman Youth and Wexner Graduate fellowships. Read more about Dr. Kurtzer here. To attend this or any of the other upcoming lectures, register here.

We invite you to review the following pre-reading and pre-watching lecture materials:

  1. Pre-reading Packet
  2. Pre-watching, Video 1: Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer 2016 HART Talk
  3. Pre-watching, Video 2: Mijal Bitton 2016 HART Talk

Songs of Sacred Time with Arielle Rosenberg and Dan Nadel


Wednesday, December 14 | 8:00PM | JCC Manhattan, 76th St. and Amsterdam Ave.

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with New York’s most passionate voices and instrumentalists. Under the musical directorship of the immensely talented Dan Nadel, we will be treated to diverse repertoire from both Sephardic and Ashkenazi traditions as well as a few surprises sure to illuminate the night. Featuring vocalists Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer of Romemu, and Arielle Rosenberg of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun joined by Tavche Gravche, a unique acoustic ensemble featuring Mr. Nadel on flamenco guitar, clarinetist Vasko Dukovski, upright bassist Daniel Ori, and percussionist Rich Stein.

$12/ticket through Dec 7. $18/ticket after. Register here.

Tze'irim 20s and 30s Shabbatluck Dinner

 Friday, December 9 | 7:45PM | 89th Street Community House
Make new friends and eat good food! Join fellow BJ members in their 20s/30s for a potluck Shabbat dinner after Kabbalat Shabbat services. Sign up here or contact Rabbi Sarit Horwitz at shorwitz@bj.org with any questions.

Family Hanukkah Celebration!

Hanukkiah lit for 7th Night. CC Image courtey of Dave Williss on Flickr.

Saturday, December 17 | 4:00-5:15PM | 89th Street Community House
Celebrate Hanukkah in your pajamas! Kids ages 0-5 will join BJ and Keshet educator, Shira Averbuch, for songs, Hanukkah candle-making, and gift wrapping. Kids in kindergarten-2nd grade and members of Garinim will enjoy a Hanukkah Olympics with BJ Youth Director, Michelle Geisler, including relay races, digging for gelt, and more! We will come together to say goodbye to Shabbat with a musical Havdalah ceremony. We ask that each family bring at least one new toy or book which we will wrap together and donate to children in need. Light dinner provided. With Israel American Council. Free admission. R.S.V.P. here.

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Parashat Hayei Sarah

November 26, 2016 • Arielle Rosenberg
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Parashat Vayera

November 19, 2016 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Lekh-Lekha

November 12, 2016 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Noah

November 5, 2016 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Bereshit

October 29, 2016 • Arielle Rosenberg
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Parashat Ha-azinu

October 15, 2016 • Rabbi Sarit Horwitz
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Parashat Vayelekh • Shabbat Shuva

October 8, 2016 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein, Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Nitzavim

October 1, 2016 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon, Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein, Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Ki Tavo

September 24, 2016 • Alice Shalvi
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Parashat Ki Tetze

September 17, 2016 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon

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.