Thursdays through early July | 7:00PM | Central Park
Play softball in co-ed, non-competitive, friendly games on Thursday nights in Central Park. Open to the entire BJ community. Contact Craig Rosenberg at email@example.com for more information.
Sundays, May 1 – June 5 | 8:30-9:20AM | 89th St. Chapel
Join a journey of personal transformation during the counting of the Omer, the seven week period between the holidays of Pesah and Shavuot. Each week we will focus on a specific attribute from the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah- Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, Malchut. Through study, reflection and mindfulness meditation, we will prepare for Sinai. All are welcome, and no experience in meditation is necessary.
This class will be led by BJ member Bernice Todres, a teacher of Mindfulness meditation for over 20 years.
Tuesday, May 31 | 7:00-8:30PM, Doors Open at 6:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Wednesday, June 1 | 6:30AM-6:30PM | Departing from Cathedral of St. John the Divine (110th and Amsterdam Avenue)
Farmworker Albany Day is the culmination of the 200 mile March for Farmworker Justice, which we hosted on Saturday, May 21. Join with farmworkers and allies from across New York State to meet with elected officials in Albany and lobby on behalf of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act. Your voice is important! In order to make change, we need people like you. Please register with BJ so we know you are attending: R.S.V.P. here. The group will be traveling by bus, leaving from St. John the Divine at 6:30AM. Reserve your lunch and spot on the bus for $20 through the Rural and Migrant Ministries website here . Call x272 for more information.
Friday, June 3 | 5:15-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a delicious dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in open play and exploration. Kids eat for free. Register here by Wednesday, June 1. Space is limited.
Friday, June 3 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | 89th Street Reception Room
It’s the final community Shabbat potluck of the year! Bring something delicious to share, grab a bottle of your favorite kosher vino, and get ready to bring in Shabbat the BJ way–with a little singing, some words of Torah, and a whole lotta community. Please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish for 8-10 people, and consider including a bottle of kosher wine with your contribution. Sign up here and let us know what you’re bringing!
Saturday, June 4 | 9:30-10:15AM | 86th Street Chapel
Build and strengthen your Shabbat morning tefillah foundation with our pilot 5-session Learners’ Minyan. Explore liturgy, melody, and mechanics with those of all levels of experience while engaging in meaningful prayer. Led by BJ Rabbinic Fellows and Rabbis on the first Shabbat morning of each month.
Sunday, June 5 | 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 a new release by Sarit Yishai Levi, one of the young and promising female authors in Israel, titled “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem”. This historic novel focuses on Sephardi-Ashkenazi tension in Israel over the span of a century. The book is available for a discounted price at the BJ offices, please contact Moshe Samuels for details.
Please sign up here for location.
Sunday, June 5 | 10:30AM | 5th Avenue between 54th and 55th street
Join the BJ rabbis, members and friends as we show our love and support of Israel. Get out your Israeli flag and bring an instrument as we walk/sing/roller blade or push your stroller down fifth avenue. Walkers should wear the official BJ parade t-shirt. The Celebrate Israel Fun Run will take place at 11:00AM – the start of the Parade as the “first” marching group. This one-mile fun run up Fifth Avenue will enable participants to start the Parade in a unique and fun way.
To register click here.
Monday, June 6 | 6:30-8:30PM | Location Upon R.S.V.P.
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 to include 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 we depend in NYS can have the dignity and equality they deserve. If you are interested in attending these meetings or have questions, please contact Lisa.
The BJ Revolutionaries began as BJ’s team for the New York Hazon Ride and Retreat. The group has evolved to include any members of BJ’s extended community who enjoy cycling. Throughout the spring and summer, we get together for community bike rides with a fun, supportive atmosphere for all levels of cyclists, whether you are a seasoned pro who rides centuries or just getting on a bike for the first time since childhood.
Rides will include member planned casual rides and Hazon co-sponsored training rides. All rides are free and it is not necessary to sign-up for the Hazon Ride and Retreat in order to join any of the rides. There’s always time to socialize over rest breaks and post-ride beer or coffee. Our ride schedule is below. Contact BJrevolutionaries@gmail.com for more information.
Thursday, June 9 | 7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Film Screening and Discussion - Excerpt from “Praying With My Legs: The Spiritual Witness of Abraham Joshua Heschel”
Friday, June 10 | 6:15PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
In the spirit of Shavuot and of our yearlong community study of Heschel’s Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity, please join us for the U.S. premiere of “Abraham Joshua Heschel and Moses,” a 16-minute video excerpt from member Steve Brand’s feature documentary about Heschel’s life, thought, and transformative impact. The video, produced last year for a major exhibition on Moses at the Musee d’art et d’histoire du Judaisme in Paris, is comprised of two parts. The first deals with Heschel’s understanding of what Moses experienced at Mount Sinai. The second section focuses on Heschel’s relationship with Martin Luther King. Both men frequently evoked Moses and the Exodus in their speeches and writings about Black Americans’ struggle for dignity and equal rights. Filmmaker Steve Brand will be present to introduce the film and to answer any questions you may have about it.
Fridays, June 10 – August 19 | 9:15 – 10:00AM and 10:15 – 11:00AM | 89th Street Chapel
Children ages 3 and under explore Shabbat through Hebrew and English songs, stories, and traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. Registration is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. The cost is $198/members and $308/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Please contact Allison Kapusta. Register by May 26. Space is limited.
Bring voice, breath and body together in this pilot 5-session 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 level; all are welcome and no experience is necessary to participate.
Saturday, June 11-Sunday, June 12| 9:30PM-4:45AM | 88th Street Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
9:30PM: Evening Service
10:00PM-Midnight: Celebrate the culmination of our yearlong community study of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s “Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity” with Professor Susannah Heschel. Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, where her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship and the history of anti-Semitism. An award winning author, her books include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany as well as over seventy articles. She has also edited numerous books, including Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism.
Throughout the night: Study will continue through the night with Rabbis Felicia L. Sol and J. Rolando Matalon, and BJ Rabbinic Fellows Rabbi Sarit Horwitz, Rabbi Alex Braver, and Arielle Rosenberg, until the Sunrise Shavuot Service at 4:45AM
Wednesday, June 15 | 3:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Twice 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. Don’t forget to bring your donor ID card or number if you have it. NYBS is going paper free and using computers to streamline the registration and questionnaire process. Sign up with Larissa or call x272 with the best time slot for you.
Sunday, June 19 | 8:45AM – 4:00PM | Cold Spring, New York
Looking to get out of the city and explore the outdoors? Join BJ’s 20s/30s group for a hike in Cold Spring, New York. Bring your own lunch to eat the top of Bull Hill and we’ll get ice cream together before heading back to NYC. Get some sun and meet new friends! We will be back in the city by 4pm. Sign up here, or reach out to Sarit at firstname.lastname@example.org with more questions.
Thursday, May 19 and Wednesday, June 22 | 6:30-8:00PM | 89th Street 1st Floor
B’nai Jeshurun has a richly woven tapestry of families. Shira Felberbaum and Ruth Kobrin, social workers at BJ, are meeting with many family constellations which enrich the congregational community. Thus far, they have held meetings with single parents by choice, inter-faith couples, and LGBTQ families.
On May 19 at 6:30 PM, we invite multi-cultural families, seeking to blend or balance Jewish birth heritage in their everyday lives, to join us in discussion.
On June 22 at 6:30 PM, we will meet in discussion with couples who wish to share thoughts on fertility challenges and new age options.
Every family faces many challenges. We invite you to join and share unique problems, different coping skills, and positive solutions. R.S.V.P to Billie.
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.
Monday 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.
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.