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Shabbat Services

Pesah Day One

Friday, April 3

 6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary

Saturday, April 4

 9:30 AMShabbat and Pesah ServicesSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServicesChapel

Holiday Services

Pesah

Friday, April 3
6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat and Erev Pesah ServiceSanctuary
Saturday, April 4
9:30 AMShabbat and First Day Morning ServiceSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
Sunday, April 5
9:30 AMSecond Day Morning ServiceSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
Thursday, April 9
7:00 PMSeventh Day Evening ServiceSanctuary
Friday, April 10
9:30 AMSeventh Day Morning ServiceSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
7:00 PMKabbalat Shabbat and Eighth Day Evening ServiceSanctuary
Saturday, April 11
9:30 AMShabbat and Eighth Day Morning Service (Yizkor)Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
More Information about Pesah at BJ »

Morning Minyan

Week of March 15-21

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

Day of Service: Riverside Park Conservancy

March 29, 2015 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm •
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nyc-parksJoin the BJ teens as we volunteer to help clean up and maintain Riverside Park. All BJ teens are invited to participate! This event is mandatory for individuals who participated in either the domestic or international trip. Contact Esther with questions.

Location: 148th street, 10 Mile River Playground

Journey to Freedom: Pesah Experience for Young Families

March 29, 2015 • 10:15 am-11:15 am •
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dreamcoat-experienceJoin the educators of Dreamcoat Experience for a morning of music, story-telling, and song as we learn about the Israelites' journey to freedom! We'll reenact the crossing of the Red Sea through theater games and dramatic play and explore the themes and traditions of Passover. This program is for families with children ages 6 and under. RSVP here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Parents’ Corner: Passover

March 30, 2015 • 5:15 pm-6:00 pm •
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women-choosing-single-parent-sliderWith Passover right around the corner, come join Rabbi Felicia and other parents to discuss: When the Four Questions Aren’t EnoughOpening up Questioning and Conversation at the Pesah Seder.  How can we best engage children who have moved beyond activities geared to keep them at the table (coloring, finger puppets and Passover bingo) to a phase of delving deeper into the Passover story? Plus, do you have a Hagaddah you particularly like, or one you’ve made?  If you can, please bring it to share with the group. For those who can’t attend in person, call-in information will be provided in advance.

Location: Rabbi Felicia’s Office, 2nd Floor Community House

Israeli Literature Book Group

March 30, 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

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

March 30, 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

March 31, 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

Lunch and Learn: The Language of Truth: The Gerer Rebbe's Commentary on Parashat HaShavua (The Weekly Torah Portion)

March 31, 2015 • 12:30 pm-1:45 pm •
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torah_yod_column_angled copyStudy the weekly parashah through the commentary of the Sefat Emet, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Alter of Gur. Join Rabbi Felicia L. Sol for an exploration of this Hassidic commentary to delve deeper into the richness of our tradition while exploring our own spirituality through these texts. Participants are encouraged to come for the entirety of the class but each class will stand alone so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. All texts will be translated. Free of charge. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Middle Room

Creative Play Studio

March 31, 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

March 31, 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 1, 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

Siyyum and Se’udat Mitzvah

April 3, 2015 • 8:15 am-9:15 am •
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siyumAll are welcome to join in a siyyum with BJ Rabbinic Fellows Alex Braver, Sarit Horwitz and Bryan Wexler as they lead us in the completion of a tractate of rabbinic literature (Masekhet Berakhot), followed by a se’udat mitzvah (a meal accompanying the performance of a mitzvah–in this case it is the mitzvah of the completion of study). All first born in attendance are then permitted to eat and break the Fast of the Firstborn (Ta’anit Bekhorim). Following Morning Minyan.

Location: 89th Street Chapel

Community Second Night Pesah Seder

April 4, 2015 • 6:30 pm-10:30 pm •
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Seder PlateFor the seventh year, Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein will be leading the Community Second Night Pesah Seder. This year we will explore the struggles of the farmworkers who plant and harvest our food and how the passover story of liberation from oppression is still relevant today. Please note that the Seder will take place on Shabbat, so it will not be a hot meal, although it will certainly be delicious. Registration is required. Remember to bring your own Haggadah (yes, we want different haggadot - this is a must!) and your own kosher for Pesah wine (this is optional - sweet wine will be served). For volunteer opportunities sign up here. This event is for members only. For questions or additional information, please contact Sandra Ghiorzo.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary and Frankel Hall

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

April 6, 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 7, 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 7, 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

April 7, 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 8, 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

Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat Service

April 10, 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

Aliyah for Holocaust Survivors and Their Families

April 11, 2015 • 9:30 am-10:30 am •
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Yom_Hashoah_candle-widgetOn the Shabbat before Yom HaShoah, BJ invites Holocaust survivors, their families and descendants for a special aliyah that commemorates those who perished, pays tribute to those who survived and marks our commitment to Jewish life into the future.

Location: 86th Street SPSA

Mission Mitzvah with Dreamcoat Experience

April 12, 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

Sparks of Change Foundation: Dialogue with Arab-Israeli Teens

April 12, 2015 • 10:00 am-12:00 pm •
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Space is limited! Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet with four Arab-Israeli teens from the Galilee, who are traveling to the US to meet Jewish-American youth. The goal is to increase understanding between the groups. Jewish-American students will learn what it's like to be an Arab living in Israel, and Arab-Israeli students will learn about what it's like to be a Jew in America. Please e-mail Ayala for more information, or to reserve your spot!

Location: 89th Street Community House

Parents’ Corner

April 13, 2015 • 5:15 pm-6:00 pm •
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Often parents report that their respective interest in Judaism – whether in level of observance, involvement and interest in community, or the value placed on having a Jewish identity – differs considerably between them. Negotiating common ground can be tricky, and sometimes one parent ends up doing the “heavy lifting.” Have you developed successful strategies to manage the differences in your family?  Join Rabbi Felicia and other parents to discuss Jewish parenting in partnership:  navigating when one partner is more involved in Judaism than the other. For those who can’t attend in person, call-in information will be provided in advance.

Location: Rabbi Felicia’s Office, 2nd Floor Community House

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

April 13, 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 14, 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 14, 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

Food Chains: A Documentary Film Screening with Guest Speaker, Journalist Michael Aronson

April 14, 2015 • 6:30 pm-9:00 pm •
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Farmworkers' RightsThis event is part of the Economic Justice Hevra's work on the Farmworker Justice Campaign, calling for fair labor practices for farmworkers in NYS. "Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger – earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW – who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed – to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain." For more information, contact Lisa.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Jewish Music for Non-Professional Musicians

April 14, 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)

Morocco Pre-Trip Educational Session

April 14, 2015 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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Location: 89th Street Chapel

Yom HaShoah Commemoration

April 15, 2015 • 6:45 pm-10:00 am •
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Shoah Id cardsOnce again we come together to commemorate Yom HaShoah, when the BJ community, family and friends, are invited to participate in The Reading and Hearing of the Names of those killed during the Shoah. Everyone is welcome to read names. This year marks the Reading of the Names project's 20th anniversary and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Overnight volunteers are needed for this event. If you would like to help, please contact Myriam Abramowicz c/o Leah Michelson. For more information about the vigil, click here.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Introduction to Judaism

April 15, 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

Post-Pesah Challah Baking

April 16, 2015 • 8:00 pm-10:00 pm •
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challah_breadJoin us as we come together, post Pesah, and welcome back chametz. We will bake challah from start to finish. Come learn about this delicious part of Jewish tradition and experience how our braided bread brings us closer together. Join us for learning, laughs, and a glass of wine with fellow BJ parents. Leave with your hand-made dough to take home, along with recipes and tips for how challah baking can become a regular part of your family's week. $10 ingredients fee. All BJ families are welcome! We will meet at a member's home, register early as space is limited. Please register online and email Esther at with any questions. Brought to you by the Hebrew School Advisory Committee.

Location: Location provided upon registration

Bim Bam Spring Session

April 17, 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

April 17, 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

Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

April 18, 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

April 18, 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

Mission Mitzvah with Dreamcoat Experience

April 19, 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 20, 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 21, 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 21, 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

April 21, 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 22, 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

April 24, 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

Building a Sustainable Israel: Lessons Learned Since Independence

April 25, 2015 • 1:00 pm-2:30 pm •
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Think GreenUrban planner and land use specialist Kevin Dwarka, Ph.D., offers an overview of contemporary environmental issues in Israel with an emphasis on land use, transportation, and housing development. In light of Israel Independence Day (this year on April 23), these issues will be explored through the prism of Israeli independence as the turning point in the country’s management of land, water, and transport. Dr. Dwarka’s talk is based on his professional involvement with the Israel Smart Growth Policy Project, an urban planning initiative sponsored by the Israel Union for Environmental Defense and funded by the New Israel Fund’s Social Justice Fellowship. Registration required. This event is co-presented with the New Israel Fund and generously sponsored by the David, Ursula, & Adina Memorial Education Fund at Shaare Zedek.

Location: Congregation Shaare Zedek (212 West 93rd Street)

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

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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
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Parashat Vayishlah

December 6, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon

Sell Your Hametz Through BJ

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Through Wednesday, April 1
Traditionally, avoiding hametz has meant getting rid of all hametz in your possession. Because this can cause major financial hardship as well as waste food, a custom was developed to sell the hametz to a non-Jewish person for the duration of Pesah. Once again, Rabbi Roly Matalon will be your agent for selling hametz – simply click here to sign up or to find out more information. The form closes on Wednesday, April 1 at 12:00PM. The sale goes into effect on Friday, April 3 at 10:45AM and the hametz reverts to your ownership on Saturday, April 11 at 8:25PM. For assistance with this process, please email Leah or call x234.

Fall Kabbalat Shabbat Service Change of Time

Alarm Clock. Photo: Duncan Hill

Please note that beginning Friday, October 17, the Kabbalat Shabbat service will start at 6:30PM. We hope you will join us.

The Community Table: Recipes and Stories from the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and Beyond

Community Table book Katja Goldman

The Community Table is the next must-have cookbook! Co-authored by BJ member Katja Goldman, this book features  both classic recipes and contemporary dishes with a farm-to-table emphasis and international flavors. Pre-order your copy by March 23 at www.jccmanhattan.org for a discounted price of $20.

Join the #ShoutEquality Campaign

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Following the success of Meet Me at Sinai, continue the conversation and celebrate National Women’s History Month with our #ShoutEquality campaign. Using #ShoutEquality on social media, share your ideas on what still needs to be done to achieve gender equality in Judaism. Together we can provoke real conversation and real change!

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

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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.