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Shabbat Services

Toledot

Friday, November 17

6:30 PMBo-i Kallah89th Street Reception Room
6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th Street Sanctuary

Saturday, November 18

9:30 AMShabbat Services88th Street Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street Reception and Middle Rooms
10:45 AMKulanu89th Street Chapel

Holiday Services

Wednesday, October 04

6:30 PMFirst Evening Sukkot Service88th Street Sanctuary

Thursday, October 05

9:30 AMFirst Day Sukkot Service88th Street Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street Middle Room
7:00 PMSecond Evening Sukkot Service88th Street Sanctuary

Friday, October 06

9:30 AMSecond Day Sukkot Service88th Street Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street Middle Room

Wednesday, October 11

6:30 PMShemini Atzeret Evening Service88th Street Sanctuary

Thursday, October 12

9:30 AMShemini Atzeret Morning Service88th Street Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street Middle Room
5:45 PMSimhat Torah Children’s Service88th Street Sanctuary
7:15 PMSimhat Torah Evening Service88th Street Sanctuary

Friday, October 13

9:30 AMSimhat Torah Morning Service88th Street Sanctuary

Morning Minyan

Week of November 19 - 25

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

Interfaith Thanksgiving Packathon to Benefit West Side Campaign Against Hunger

Saturday November 18 | 12:00-2:00PM | SPSA, 263 West 86th Street

Looking for a meaningful way to spend Shabbat afternoon? Join our partners, SPSA and the Muslim Community Network, to sort packaged thanksgiving sides and fill them assembly-line style into bags that will be distributed by WSCAH to the families they serve across NYC. Read more »

Soulful Start: Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

Saturdays November 18, December 2, 16 | 8:45-9:25AM | BJ 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.

A Fall Hike With Yozma

Sunday, November 19 | 9:00AM | Palisades 
Join Yozma (BJ members and friends in their 40s & 50s) for a moderate five-mile hike. We’ll meet outside the BJ Sanctuary to take the subway together to the George Washington Bridge. From there, we will walk across the bridge and onto the trails of the Palisades overlooking the Hudson, before doubling back to return. The track is mostly flat, but there is some trail hiking. Bring your lunch. R.S.V.P. to Craig Rosenberg.

Thousand Turkey Challenge

Sunday, November 19 | 12:15-1:30PM | Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 West 86th Street
BJ is proud to once again be part of the Thousand Turkey Challenge Community Coalition, which will be supporting the West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) in providing low-income families with turkeys and other Thanksgiving food.  Read more »

Family & Friends Game Day

Sunday, November 19 | 3:00-5:00PM | BJ Sanctuary

Spend a fun afternoon with your family & friends, and help support the BJ Teen Program! Come by for all different types of games and fun activities—board games, trivia, card games, and more! Families will even have the chance to compete in a rousing round of BJ-style Family Feud.  Read more »

Interfaith Peace Feast

Sunday, November 19 | 6:00-8:00PM | SPSA Social Hall, 263 West 86th Street 
Join our Muslim and Christian friends for a vegetarian potluck dinner with live music, icebreakers, and teachings and scriptural readings about peace. Family-friendly, festive, food-filled, and fun! Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Please R.S.V.P. here and provide all names and phone number. Preference is given to BJ members. Event is free of charge. Registration is not complete until you receive confirmation.

Sponsored in partnership with the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, Muslim Community Network, and Cordoba House.

"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Tuesdays, November 21, weekly through December 12 | 12:30-1:45PM | BJ 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. Read more »

Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Tuesdays, November 21 and 28, and December 12 | 7:30-9:00PM | Reception Room

Ethical questions of war and peace, global warming, immigration, and healthcare can be overwhelming.  And yet, consciously or not, we answer critical ethical questions every day as we order our coffee, pay our workers, dine with our friends, and even shop online. Read more »

Faith & Public Life: Study Sessions With BJ Rabbinic Fellows

Tuesdays, November 21, December 19, January 23, February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 8 | 8:30AM | BJ Chapel

Join BJ Rabbinic Fellows, Sarah Krinsky and Tobias Divack Moss, one Tuesday per month after morning minyan. Dive deeper into the questions we are exploring through our Faith & Public program, such as “Should We Pray for the Government or About It?”. Read more »

The Book of Genesis with Hillel Friedman

Tuesdays, November 21 | 9:30AM | BJ Middle Room
When we consider the Book of Genesis, many of us remember the tales we heard in our childhood.  As adults, we can together probe the book and find spiritual determinants that can add meaning to our lives today. Join Rabbi Hillel Friedman, longtime BJ member, for a perusal of the Book, for the opportunity to see how our ancestors carved out a spiritual world view while dealing with the culture surrounding them and their own family lives.

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Shishi Israeli Dinner for Adults 

Friday, November 24 | 8:00-10:00PM | BJ Community House

Shishi Israeli is where Israeli and Jewish Americans create a shared experience around the Shabbat dinner table. Shishi Israeli is Shabbat dinner with a special spice of “Israeliness”: warmth, Hebrew, Israeli food, singing and  the warmth of community. Get to know like-minded adults ages 35 and older, while enjoying the finest of Israeli cuisine. This month’s dinner will have a Thanksgiving theme. The program will also include a shira betzibur (sing-a-long) session of classic Israeli and Jewish songs.
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Assistant Rabbi Search: Listening Sessions

Tuesday, November 28; Wednesday, November 29; Sunday, December 10 | Various times | BJ Community House

BJ members are invited attend one of three listening sessions with the rabbis and Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, in order to broaden and deepen the community’s input into the Assistant Rabbi search. Read more »

BJ/SPSA Racial Justice Committee Meeting 

Tuesday, November 28 | 7:00PM | BJ Middle Room

In recent months, BJ has been developing a racial justice initiative in partnership with the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew. Join us, as we are now beginning to research potential partners, action steps, and will be meeting with organizations to learn about the current problems and issues.

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Being a Grandparent in a Jewish Family: A Three-Part Series

Wednesday, November 29, December 6, and January 10 | 7:00PM-9:15PM | Frankel Hall

Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Bonding over life stories, lessons, values, family time, holidays, and wisdom—practical, emotional and spiritual, the love between grandparents and grandchildren can be truly formative, extending its influence for generations to come. Read more »

"In the Mirror" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

Thursdays, November 30, December 7, 14, and 21, January 11, 18, and 25, February 1, 8, 15, and 22, March 1, 8, and 15 | 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. This class is now full; please email Beth to be added to the wait list.

Lecture 2 with Dr Deborah Dash Moore: What Can New York Jewish History Teach Us about Faith in Public Life?

Thursday, November 30 | 7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary

Register now for the second in our Faith & Public Life Lecture Series, with Dr Deborah Dash Moore. Dr Moore is Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Read more »

Tot Shabbat

Friday, December 1 | 5:15-7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary and Frankel Hall

Families 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. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration. Register by Wednesday, November 29, and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The cost is $22/members, and $29/non-members. All children eat for free. Read more »

Hitoreri: Bring a Friend!

Friday, December 1 | 6:30PM | BJ Community House

Join us for this monthly tradition. BJ teens are invited to welcome in Shabbat with a mindfulness-style Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a delicious Shabbat dinner. This month, BJ teens are encouraged to fulfill the mitzvah of hakhnasat orhim (welcoming guests) by bringing a teenage friend from outside of the BJ community.

Registration closes on Wednesday, November 28.

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Community Potluck with Director of HIAS Israel

Friday, December 1 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Community House 3rd Floor
Since the first waves of African asylum seekers crossed the southern border into Israel over a decade ago, HIAS Israel has been a lead agency building the capacity of the public and private sectors to respond to the protection gaps and emerging needs of this vulnerable population. Join us in celebrating Shabbat at this special community potluck, featuring an intimate conversation with Director of HIAS Israel Sivan Carmel, where she will speak about the challenges faced by asylum seekers and HIAS’ work in this area.

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Turn the Tables on Food Justice

Friday, December 1 | 7:15-10:00 PM | JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th Street

What do you know about the food injustices in your neighborhood? Read more »

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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.

IAC KesheTOT@BJ

Tuesdays, October 3-December 12 | 4:00-5:00PM | BJ Community House

IAC KesheTOT is an innovative program for families with infants and toddlers from birth until 3.5 years old. Children gain a sense of community, flavored by Israeli culture and Jewish heritage. Programming includes music, stories, and movement. Families also celebrate Jewish holidays together in a uniquely Israeli way. IAC KesheTOT is conducted exclusively in Hebrew and run by Israeli teachers.
This unique program is a great fit for both Hebrew speakers and non-Hebrew speakers alike. Questions? Contact Itay Asaf for more details.

KesheTOT – Fall Semester (11 sessions)
BJ Member – $338
Non-Member – $390

 

Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays through May 2, 2018 7:30PM | BJ 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).

"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Tuesdays, November 21, weekly through December 12 | 12:30-1:45PM | BJ 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. Read more »

The Book of Genesis with Hillel Friedman

Tuesdays, November 21 | 9:30AM | BJ Middle Room
When we consider the Book of Genesis, many of us remember the tales we heard in our childhood.  As adults, we can together probe the book and find spiritual determinants that can add meaning to our lives today. Join Rabbi Hillel Friedman, longtime BJ member, for a perusal of the Book, for the opportunity to see how our ancestors carved out a spiritual world view while dealing with the culture surrounding them and their own family lives.

Register Now

"In the Mirror" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

Thursdays, November 30, December 7, 14, and 21, January 11, 18, and 25, February 1, 8, 15, and 22, March 1, 8, and 15 | 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. This class is now full; please email Beth to be added to the wait list.

Caregivers Support Groups

First Thursdays (December 7, January 4, February 1) | 4:15PM | BJ Community House 4th Floor Conference Room
A monthly support group for members of our community to draw strength, insight, and information from each other and our tradition. Read more »

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 Hayei Sarah

November 11, 2017 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Vayera

November 4, 2017 • Rabbi Adina Lewittes
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Parashat Lekh Lekha

October 28, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Noah • Shabbat Rosh Hodesh

October 21, 2017 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Bereshit

October 14, 2017 • Sarah Yael Krinsky
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Parashat Yom Kippur AM

September 30, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Yom Kippur AM

September 30, 2017 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Ha-azinu • Shabbat Shuva

September 23, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Ha-azinu • Shabbat Shuva

September 23, 2017 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelekh

September 16, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon

Teen Day of Service: Midnight Run

Saturday, December 2 | 8:00PM-midnight | BJ Community House and Other UWS Locations

Calling all BJ teens! Spend a night providing food, clothing, blankets, and other necessities to those in need with Midnight Run, an NYC volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless.

 

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We also need donations! We are specifically looking for warm clothing, jackets, blankets, socks, individually wrapped food items (granola bars, pretzels etc.), and travel sized toiletries. Please bring any donations to Michelle in the Family Life and Learning office on the 2nd floor.

** Parent drivers needed! Email Michelle if you can help out. **

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.