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Shabbat Services

Aharei Mot-Kedoshim

Friday, May 1

 5:15 PMTot Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary
 7:00 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary

Saturday, May 2

 9:30 AMShabbat ServicesSanctuary
10:30 AMJunior CongregationSocial Hall
10:45 AMChildren’s ServicesChapel

Holiday Services

Shavuot

May 23-25
Saturday, May 23
9:30 PMFirst Evening ServiceSanctuary
10:00 PMStudy with Rabbi Chaim Seidler-FellerSanctuary
12:30 PMStudy through the night until sunriseSanctuary
Sunday, May 24
4:45 AMSunrise ServiceSanctuary
10:00 AMFirst Day ServiceSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
Following ServicesPicnic (weather permitting)Riverside Park
8:15 PMSecond Evening ServiceSanctuary
Monday, May 25
9:30 AMSecond Day Service (Yizkor)Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
More Information about Shavuot at BJ »

Morning Minyan

Week of April 26 - May 2

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

Yom Ha’atzmaut at BJ And The Upper West Side, April 22-26

April 26, 2015 • 9:00 am-11:00 pm •
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UWS Yom Ha'atzmautBJ is once again proud to be a part of the communal celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut on the Upper West Side. Please make sure to register to reserve places at www.uwsIsrael.org.

Location: Multiple Locations

Mission Mitzvah with Dreamcoat Experience

April 26, 2015 • 9:30 am-10:15 am •
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dreamcoat-experienceBJ teams up with the award-winning organization, Dreamcoat Experience, in a colorful, experiential adventure of Jewish values and mitzvot! Together we will sing, dance, and move our way towards becoming a mensch and explore ways to do tikkun olam, repair the world. Through song, story, yoga and circus arts, we'll explore big ideas using every part of our body, mind and soul. This program is geared towards children ages 5 and under and their parents. The cost for the 10-part series costs $120 per family for members and $150 per family for non-members. Program will not meet on 3/29, 4/5, and 5/24. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

April 27, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Zitzit Photo: Chajm Guski, https://www.flickr.com/photos/chajms/7173030580/The rabbis of the Talmud call prayer "avodat ha-lev," or "the service of the heart." Yet how can our hearts be in it when we don't understand what we're saying? Together we will study the language of the siddur in Hebrew, English, and transliteration, along with biblical, rabbinic, mystical, and modern texts on tefilah. Come deepen your understanding of the prayer book, and develop a more personal connection with Jewish prayer. Register here.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

April 28, 2015 • 8:30 am-10:00 am •
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Rabbi Hillel FriedmanWe will study excerpts from the Books of Samuel and Job. Both texts in their unique ways raise questions regarding standards for communal leadership, and those factors that we struggle with in order to find meaning in life. Rabbi Friedman is a longtime member of our BJ community. Members $100/Non-members $150. Register here.

Location: 89th Street First Floor

Creative Play Studio

April 28, 2015 • 3:15 pm-5:15 pm •
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photo 9Come play and explore! Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, creates an inviting space for kids to build with natural materials, expand on their creativity and open their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. The cost for the 17-class semester is $205 for members and $255 for non-members. The drop-in cost per class is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Bikkur Holim: Caring and Connection

April 28, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
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Helping hands.Our BJ community is defined by the connection we feel to each other. When that connection is threatened by illness or confinement, it is our spiritual obligation to offer support. Please join the Hesed Committee's Bikkur Holim Hevra and Chaplain Allison Kestenbaum for conversation and practical advice about how you can lift up other BJ members with acts of lovingkindness. Contact Billie to R.S.V.P. or for more information.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Jewish Music for Non-Professional Musicians

April 28, 2015 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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BJ Musician Uri Sharlin will introduce amateur musicians to the riches and variety of Jewish music in a friendly environment through a hands-on and enthusiastic approach. For any question please email Uri through his website. To register, visit 14streety.org/introtomusic.

Location: 14th Street Y (344 East 14th St)

Introduction to Judaism

April 29, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Sarit Horwitz, BJ Rabbinic Fellow, 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 by October 21: individuals $420/$636; couples $630/$945.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Bim Bam Spring Session

May 1, 2015 • 9:15 am-10:00 am •
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15676775752_59c7c39596_zBim Bam is a pre-Shabbat class for children ages 3 and under to sing Hebrew and Shabbat-related songs, hear stories, and give tzedakah. We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. The program is led by educator, Rachel Brook, and musician Saskia Lane. Registration for the spring session is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. Because of the number of sessions, the cost is $270/members and $345/non-members per family (new members attend for free, please contact Allison Kapusta). If you can’t attend all classes, sign up for a 5 Class Pass at a specific time: 9:15AM and 10:15AM. It’s good for any spring date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by December 29, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on April 3 or April 10.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

Tot Shabbat

May 1, 2015 • 5:15 pm-7:00 pm •
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ShabbatFamilies will enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner at 5:45PM downstairs in Frankel Hall complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. Dinner will include delicious choices for adults as well as children, and vegetarian options will be available. While adults are finishing their meal, play curator Linda White will engage children in open play and exploration. Register here by Wednesday, April 29 and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The new reduced cost is $20/members, and $27/non-members; thanks to a generous donation, all children eat free.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

May 2, 2015 • 8:45 am-9:25 am •
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Prayer shawl. Photo: Oren HayonPlease 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.

Location: 86th Street Chapel

Mission Mitzvah with Dreamcoat Experience

May 3, 2015 • 9:30 am-10:15 am •
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dreamcoat-experienceBJ teams up with the award-winning organization, Dreamcoat Experience, in a colorful, experiential adventure of Jewish values and mitzvot! Together we will sing, dance, and move our way towards becoming a mensch and explore ways to do tikkun olam, repair the world. Through song, story, yoga and circus arts, we'll explore big ideas using every part of our body, mind and soul. This program is geared towards children ages 5 and under and their parents. The cost for the 10-part series costs $120 per family for members and $150 per family for non-members. Program will not meet on 3/29, 4/5, and 5/24. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Inter-generational Dance Event with DOROT Young Professionals

May 3, 2015 • 11:00 am-2:00 pm •
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DOROT Winter Package DeliveryJoin DOROT Young Professionals and DOROT seniors for an exclusive performance by the Ballet Hispanico dance troupe and one-of-a-kind dance lessons, including Salsa, Merengue and Bachata. We will help prepare for the seniors to arrive and enjoy a day of dancing, performances, socializing and bringing joy to DOROT seniors. A kosher dairy lunch will be served. Space is limited. R.S.V.P. to cjacobs@dorotusa.org by Friday April 24.

Location: 171 West 85th Street

BJ Hesed Genius Bar: Unleash the Power of Your Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop

May 3, 2015 • 12:00 pm-2:00 pm •
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iphone image smallerWondering how to use the features and functions of your mobile devices? Stop by any time during the session and get one-on-one support from our teens. R.S.V.P. to hesed@bj.org or x264.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Upcoming Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

May 4, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:45 pm •
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Farmworkers' RightsAttend 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 to include the predominately immigrant laborers who make New York’s multi-billion dollar agricultural economy possible. Through the passage of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act, we hope to ensure that laborers who produce the food on which we depend in NYS can have the dignity and equality they deserve. If you are interested in attending this meeting or have questions, please contact Lisa.

Location: R.S.V.P. for Location

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

May 4, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Zitzit Photo: Chajm Guski, https://www.flickr.com/photos/chajms/7173030580/The rabbis of the Talmud call prayer "avodat ha-lev," or "the service of the heart." Yet how can our hearts be in it when we don't understand what we're saying? Together we will study the language of the siddur in Hebrew, English, and transliteration, along with biblical, rabbinic, mystical, and modern texts on tefilah. Come deepen your understanding of the prayer book, and develop a more personal connection with Jewish prayer. Register here.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Israeli Literature Book Group

May 4, 2015 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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Dancing Arabs by Sayed Kashua Always wanted to read novels by Israel's greatest authors? What can the books teach us about Israeli society that we don't learn from the newspaper headlines? Led by BJ member Ellen Bender we will read books that provide insight and provoke conversation. Registration requested. Contact Orli Moss for more information. The book for the upcoming gathering is -Dancing Arabs by Sayed Kashua. Other books on the list are - The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron, The Falafel King is Dead by Sara Shilo, and Some Day by Shemi Zarhin.

Location: 89th Street Community House

'And I am a Stranger:' Becoming Ruth, with Avivah Zornberg

May 4, 2015 • 7:30 pm-9:30 pm •
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Dr. Avivah Zornberg. Photo: Debbi Cooper, (www.debbicooper.co.il)Ruth is a stranger in more senses than one. Who is this unknown woman who is destined to become mother of royalty? What is the process by which she finds her way into a foreign and unwelcoming culture and religious tradition? How does destiny come about? Moderated by Seth Aronson, Psy.D. Co-sponsored by The William Alanson White Institute and BJ. For prices and registration click here. Discounts available for BJ member, students, and early registrants.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

May 5, 2015 • 8:30 am-10:00 am •
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Rabbi Hillel FriedmanWe will study excerpts from the Books of Samuel and Job. Both texts in their unique ways raise questions regarding standards for communal leadership, and those factors that we struggle with in order to find meaning in life. Rabbi Friedman is a longtime member of our BJ community. Members $100/Non-members $150. Register here.

Location: 89th Street First Floor

Creative Play Studio

May 5, 2015 • 3:15 pm-5:15 pm •
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photo 9Come play and explore! Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, creates an inviting space for kids to build with natural materials, expand on their creativity and open their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. The cost for the 17-class semester is $205 for members and $255 for non-members. The drop-in cost per class is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Jewish Music for Non-Professional Musicians

May 5, 2015 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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BJ Musician Uri Sharlin will introduce amateur musicians to the riches and variety of Jewish music in a friendly environment through a hands-on and enthusiastic approach. For any question please email Uri through his website. To register, visit 14streety.org/introtomusic.

Location: 14th Street Y (344 East 14th St)

Parenting Teens to Lessen Your Child's Anxiety

May 5, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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ron-taffelThe gap between who our children are and who they are supposed to be creates great anxiety in teens and parents – especially as the social/academic year draws to its frantic close. Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Dr. Ron Taffel present spiritually and scientifically anchored child rearing strategies - seven keys to lessen anxiety during this time of transition and beyond, releasing children (and yourself) from the more destructive aspects of our pressured lives. This event is free of charge and open to all. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Introduction to Judaism

May 6, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Sarit Horwitz, BJ Rabbinic Fellow, 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 by October 21: individuals $420/$636; couples $630/$945.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Meet Israeli LGBT Activist and Film Producer Gal Uchovsky - Agent for Equality

May 7, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Gal UchovskyOver the past few decades, there has been an incredible change in the visibility and portrayal of LGBT people in Israeli media. Gal Uchovsky, screenwriter and producer of noted Israeli films Yossi & Jagger and The Bubble, joins us to screen clips from his films as he discusses the media's role in advancing LGBT progress in Israel.

Location: NYC LGBT Center, 208 W13th Street, NY

Bim Bam Spring Session

May 8, 2015 • 9:15 am-10:00 am •
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15676775752_59c7c39596_zBim Bam is a pre-Shabbat class for children ages 3 and under to sing Hebrew and Shabbat-related songs, hear stories, and give tzedakah. We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. The program is led by educator, Rachel Brook, and musician Saskia Lane. Registration for the spring session is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. Because of the number of sessions, the cost is $270/members and $345/non-members per family (new members attend for free, please contact Allison Kapusta). If you can’t attend all classes, sign up for a 5 Class Pass at a specific time: 9:15AM and 10:15AM. It’s good for any spring date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by December 29, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on April 3 or April 10.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

President of Albania Plans Historic Visit to BJ

May 8, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Did you know Albania is the only European country to have more Jews after the Holocaust then before? Albania's moral code, "Besa", requires them to provide shelter and safety to anyone in need–saving the lives of hundreds of Jews during the Shoah. Please welcome President Nishani to BJ's Kabbalat Shabbat service where we will acknowledge Albania's extraordinary display of humanity and compassion.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat Service

May 8, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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BJ Sanctuary Stained Glass Rose WindowLed by Rabbis Marcelo Bronstein and Rachel Cowan, Student Hazzan Shoshi Rosenbaum and Special Guest Karina Zilberman, this service involves meditation, reflection, deep listening and personal engagement with the parashah. Contact Sandra with any questions.

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Tze'irim Spring Oneg

May 8, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Wine_Flickr_Dan ZelazoIt's been a long winter, but spring is finally here. Say goodbye to Netflix, change out of your sweatpants and come hang out at BJ. Join us for services at 7:00PM; there will be a special section for people in their 20s and 30s to sit together at services, followed by a festive cocktail reception. All you need to know is that there will be wine. Come schmooze and nosh with your friends, and remember what being social feels like. Cost: $10 Members; $15 Non-members.  R.S.V.P. here by Wednesday, May 6.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

Senior Aliyah

May 9, 2015 • 9:30 am-11:30 am •
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Image from the February, 2011 BJ Teen Service Learning Trip to the Dominican Republic. Photo: Emily WalshAll BJ teen families, especially those of graduating seniors, are invited to join the entire community as we celebrate the accomplishments of our high school seniors. Seniors will be called to the Torah for a special aliyah during Shabbat morning services. Our senior class has contributed greatly to our community, and we are privileged to celebrate this time of accomplishment with them.

Location: 86th Street

Solomon's Couch: Deconstructing and Illuminating the Tahara Text

May 9, 2015 • 12:30 pm-2:00 pm •
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Torah text. Photo: Max Orenstein'And I will pour upon you pure water...' Tahara, the ritual purification of the body, is accompanied by a fascinating liturgy woven from many sources. The session will be led by two extraordinary teachers, Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, Director of Liturgical Arts at JTS, and Amichai Lau-Lavie, spiritual leader of Lab/Shul.  Registration encouraged.

Location: 86th Street

Special Needs Minha

May 9, 2015 • 5:30 pm-7:00 pm •
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Havdalah CandleJoin 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. All are welcome, including members and non-members. Please note that the service will now be held in the 89th Street Reception Room. Registration not required.

Location: NEW LOCATION - 89th Street Reception Room

End of Year Havdalah and Dessert Reception

May 9, 2015 • 8:00 pm-10:00 pm •
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Teens and families are invited to participate in a meaningful havdalah service, followed by a dessert reception and end of year celebration. Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our year together and honor those who are graduating from our teen program. $10/person. R.S.V.P. here by Wednesday, May 6th.

Location: 89th Street Middle Room

Mission Mitzvah with Dreamcoat Experience

May 10, 2015 • 9:30 am-10:15 am •
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dreamcoat-experienceBJ teams up with the award-winning organization, Dreamcoat Experience, in a colorful, experiential adventure of Jewish values and mitzvot! Together we will sing, dance, and move our way towards becoming a mensch and explore ways to do tikkun olam, repair the world. Through song, story, yoga and circus arts, we'll explore big ideas using every part of our body, mind and soul. This program is geared towards children ages 5 and under and their parents. The cost for the 10-part series costs $120 per family for members and $150 per family for non-members. Program will not meet on 3/29, 4/5, and 5/24. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Poster Making for the Celebrate Israel Parade

May 11, 2015 • 5:00 pm-7:00 pm •
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Join us in designing and decorating the main banner BJ members will carry on the Celebrate Israel Parade on May 31, or create your own individual poster to carry with you as you walk. If you are creative, talented, or want to support the team effort, come and join us. R.S.V.P. to omoss@bj.org so we can order you a slice, too.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

May 11, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Zitzit Photo: Chajm Guski, https://www.flickr.com/photos/chajms/7173030580/The rabbis of the Talmud call prayer "avodat ha-lev," or "the service of the heart." Yet how can our hearts be in it when we don't understand what we're saying? Together we will study the language of the siddur in Hebrew, English, and transliteration, along with biblical, rabbinic, mystical, and modern texts on tefilah. Come deepen your understanding of the prayer book, and develop a more personal connection with Jewish prayer. Register here.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

May 12, 2015 • 8:30 am-10:00 am •
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Rabbi Hillel FriedmanWe will study excerpts from the Books of Samuel and Job. Both texts in their unique ways raise questions regarding standards for communal leadership, and those factors that we struggle with in order to find meaning in life. Rabbi Friedman is a longtime member of our BJ community. Members $100/Non-members $150. Register here.

Location: 89th Street First Floor

Creative Play Studio

May 12, 2015 • 3:15 pm-5:15 pm •
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photo 9Come play and explore! Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, creates an inviting space for kids to build with natural materials, expand on their creativity and open their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. The cost for the 17-class semester is $205 for members and $255 for non-members. The drop-in cost per class is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Jewish Music for Non-Professional Musicians

May 12, 2015 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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BJ Musician Uri Sharlin will introduce amateur musicians to the riches and variety of Jewish music in a friendly environment through a hands-on and enthusiastic approach. For any question please email Uri through his website. To register, visit 14streety.org/introtomusic.

Location: 14th Street Y (344 East 14th St)

Give the Gift of Life at the BJ Blood Drive

May 13, 2015 • 3:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Give Blood DrawingTwice a year we have the opportunity to provide this very important service to the community. Give the gift of life by signing up now for the BJ Blood Drive. Learn more about how you can prepare to donate and learn about any restrictions that may apply. Sign up with Larissa or call x272 with the best time slot for you.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Introduction to Judaism

May 13, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Sarit Horwitz, BJ Rabbinic Fellow, 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 by October 21: individuals $420/$636; couples $630/$945.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Jewish Journey Project Information Session

May 14, 2015 • 5:00 pm-6:00 pm •
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Jewish Journey Project LogoJoin us to learn more about the Jewish Journey Project (JJP) at BJ. Information Session with JJP Director Lori Forman-Jacobi and BJ Director of Education Ivy Schreiber on Monday, April 20 or Thursday, May 14. JJP at BJ is for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The Jewish Journey Project is an innovative Jewish education experience that re-imagines the after school model by enriching the program with participatory experiences, a flexible schedule, choice, and more familial and communal involvement. See more on the JJP website or BJ's JJP pagePlease register here.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Bim Bam Spring Session

May 15, 2015 • 9:15 am-10:00 am •
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15676775752_59c7c39596_zBim Bam is a pre-Shabbat class for children ages 3 and under to sing Hebrew and Shabbat-related songs, hear stories, and give tzedakah. We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. The program is led by educator, Rachel Brook, and musician Saskia Lane. Registration for the spring session is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. Because of the number of sessions, the cost is $270/members and $345/non-members per family (new members attend for free, please contact Allison Kapusta). If you can’t attend all classes, sign up for a 5 Class Pass at a specific time: 9:15AM and 10:15AM. It’s good for any spring date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by December 29, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on April 3 or April 10.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

Bo-i Kallah - A Monthly Kabbalat Shabbat Service

May 15, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:00 pm •
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Shabbat Candles photo: gerard montignyRabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel will lead an alternative Kabbalat Shabbat service on the third 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 the ordinary work-week consciousness in order to enter holy time and welcome Shabbat. If you want to read more about this service please click here

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Community Shabbat Dinner With The Gvanim Participants From Israel

May 15, 2015 • 7:30 pm-9:30 pm •
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Gvanim logoWelcome Shabbat with food, wine and interesting conversation as we host the Gvanim Program participants for services followed by Shabbat dinner. Gvanim in Hebrew means “color hues”, a fitting name for a program dedicated to the acceptance and celebration of the entire spectrum of religious observance, from Orthodox to secular Judaism. Created by the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco the program develops the leadership that is essential to promote tolerance for diverse forms of Jewish religious expression in Israel among Israelis from diverse backgrounds. The Participants will be in New York as part of their visit to North America. Contact Orli Moss with questions.

Location: Location TBD

Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

May 16, 2015 • 8:45 am-9:25 am •
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Prayer shawl. Photo: Oren HayonPlease 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.

Location: 86th Street Chapel

KesheTOT Shabbat Morning קשתות בשבת בבוקר

May 16, 2015 • 10:00 am-10:45 am •
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Keshetהצטרפו אלינו לשירים וריקודים בעברית, עם שירה ויונתן ועוד חברים. מיד אחרי למי שמעוניין יש תפילות ילדים ולאחריהן ארוחת צהריים קלה. ללא תשלום לחברי קהילה ולרשומים לתכנית קשתות במהלך השבוע. המחיר לאורחים- $15 לילד, $25 מעל ילד אחד. נא להירשם מראש. לשאלות ניתן לשלוח מייל לאורלי מוס. בשיתוף עם ה IAC

Experience Shabbat morning in Hebrew! Join us for a fun, musical,  Hebrew song session led by the educators and musicians of the KesheTOT program. Stay after for Children's Services which start at 10:45AM followed by a Kiddush lunch. Free for BJ members and KesheTOT weekly participants. $15 for one child, $25 for two children or more. Registration required. Please email Allison or Orli with any questions. In collaboration with the IAC.

Location: 86th Street SPSA

Picnic in Riverside Park

May 16, 2015 • 12:00 pm-2:00 pm •
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Park PicnicCelebrate springtime with a picnic lunch in Riverside Park following Shabbat services. Families are invited to bring their own lunch, picnic blankets, and outdoor games. We'll provide cookies and fruit. We will walk to the park as a group after services at 86th Street.

Location: Riverside Park

Free Sunday Ride: Northern Manhattan

May 17, 2015 • 8:45 am-11:00 am •
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muscota-marshOn this ride, we will visit one of Manhattan’s newest official park spaces – Muscota Marsh, at the far northern tip of the Island, near the Columbia boat house, which opened last year. We will meet at the JCC Manhattan and cycle north on the Hudson Greenway and then through Inwood to reach Muscota Marsh. To head south, we will take the Harlem River Greenway, and then ride to Central Park. The loop is 17 miles long, and is generally flat, on bike paths and bike lanes. Click here to R.S.V.P.

Location: The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue

Mission Mitzvah with Dreamcoat Experience

May 17, 2015 • 9:30 am-10:15 am •
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dreamcoat-experienceBJ teams up with the award-winning organization, Dreamcoat Experience, in a colorful, experiential adventure of Jewish values and mitzvot! Together we will sing, dance, and move our way towards becoming a mensch and explore ways to do tikkun olam, repair the world. Through song, story, yoga and circus arts, we'll explore big ideas using every part of our body, mind and soul. This program is geared towards children ages 5 and under and their parents. The cost for the 10-part series costs $120 per family for members and $150 per family for non-members. Program will not meet on 3/29, 4/5, and 5/24. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

May 19, 2015 • 8:30 am-10:00 am •
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Rabbi Hillel FriedmanWe will study excerpts from the Books of Samuel and Job. Both texts in their unique ways raise questions regarding standards for communal leadership, and those factors that we struggle with in order to find meaning in life. Rabbi Friedman is a longtime member of our BJ community. Members $100/Non-members $150. Register here.

Location: 89th Street First Floor

Creative Play Studio

May 19, 2015 • 3:15 pm-5:15 pm •
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photo 9Come play and explore! Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, creates an inviting space for kids to build with natural materials, expand on their creativity and open their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. The cost for the 17-class semester is $205 for members and $255 for non-members. The drop-in cost per class is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Jewish Music for Non-Professional Musicians

May 19, 2015 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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BJ Musician Uri Sharlin will introduce amateur musicians to the riches and variety of Jewish music in a friendly environment through a hands-on and enthusiastic approach. For any question please email Uri through his website. To register, visit 14streety.org/introtomusic.

Location: 14th Street Y (344 East 14th St)

Bim Bam Spring Session

May 22, 2015 • 9:15 am-10:00 am •
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15676775752_59c7c39596_zBim Bam is a pre-Shabbat class for children ages 3 and under to sing Hebrew and Shabbat-related songs, hear stories, and give tzedakah. We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. The program is led by educator, Rachel Brook, and musician Saskia Lane. Registration for the spring session is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. Because of the number of sessions, the cost is $270/members and $345/non-members per family (new members attend for free, please contact Allison Kapusta). If you can’t attend all classes, sign up for a 5 Class Pass at a specific time: 9:15AM and 10:15AM. It’s good for any spring date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by December 29, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on April 3 or April 10.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

Shavuot Celebration at Children's Services

May 24, 2015 • 10:45 am-12:00 pm •
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Shavuot CSBJ Young Families celebrate Shavuot with a festive holiday service including singing, dancing and reading from the Torah. Children will assemble and decorate baskets of flowers to bring into the sanctuary. We'll provide the flowers and families are invited to bring their own baskets as we honor the holiday tradition of bringing bikkurim, the first fruits, to Jerusalem.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

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Parashat Tzav • Shabbat Hagadol

March 28, 2015 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Ki Tisa

March 7, 2015 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Tetzave • Shabbat Zakhor

February 28, 2015 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Mishpatim • Shabbat Shekalim

February 14, 2015 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Beshalah • Shabbat Shira

January 31, 2015 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Bo

January 24, 2015 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Shemot

January 10, 2015 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Miketz • Shabbat Hanukkah

December 20, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Vayeshev

December 13, 2014 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein

Fall Kabbalat Shabbat Service Change of Time

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Please note that beginning Friday, April 10, the Kabbalat Shabbat service will start at 7:00PM. We hope you will join us.

Meet Israeli LGBT Activist and Film Producer Gal Uchovsky - Agent for Equality

Gal Uchovsky

Thursday, May 7 | 7:00PM | NYC LGBT Center, 208 W13th Street, NY
Over the past few decades, there has been an incredible change in the visibility and portrayal of LGBT people in Israeli media. Gal Uchovsky, screenwriter and producer of noted Israeli films Yossi & Jagger and The Bubble, joins us to screen clips from his films as he discusses the media’s role in advancing LGBT progress in Israel.

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

Jewish Bereavement and Support Groups

JBFCS

Draw strength, solace, and support from one another and from Jewish spiritual resources. Various support groups are co-led by a rabbi and a social worker. Meetings are held in NYC for Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations.  If you have lost a loved one and would like more information about these groups, click here.  Pre-registration is required for all groups. Sponsored by UJA/Federation and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.