Upcoming Events

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Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

Prayer shawl. Photo: Oren Hayon

Saturdays, January 10, 24, February 7, 14, 21, March 7, 21, April 18, and May 2, 16, 30| 8:45-9:25AM | 86th Street 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.

Mission Mitzvah with Dreamcoat Experience


Sundays, March 8-May 31| 9:30-10:15AM | 89th Street Community House
BJ 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.

Deadline Extended: Sign Up for the BJ Hazorim CSA

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Tuesdays, June 9–November 3 | 4:30-7:30PM | 88th Street Foyer/Sidewalk
Join us for our sixth season of wonderful organic produce. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a chance for you to pick up fresh, organic produce from Free Bird Farm at BJ once a week beginning on June 9 at 88th Street. Choose from delicious vegetable, egg, fruit, and butter shares. Register here. The deadline has been extended to June 1. Our Community Gathering and Orientation will be on June 2. For more information, contact Larissa.

Upcoming Bike Rides with Hazon and the BJ Revolutionaries


Sundays, May 17, 31, June 21 | 8:45AM | The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue
Friday, June 12 | 5:45-6:45PM | Columbus Circle Entrance to Central Park
BJ cyclists are invited to join the BJ Revolutionaries NY Hazon Ride team for some wonderful biking this spring and summer. These rides are part of a series of training rides for the New York Ride and Retreat, held on Labor Day weekend, for which BJ traditionally fields one of the strongest teams. They are free and open to everyone. Check out the full list of rides and details for each on our BJ Revolutionaries page or you can sign up directly on the Hazon website. For more information on our team, contact Michael Ekstract.

Shavuot Celebration at Children's Services

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Sunday, May 24 | 10:45AM-12:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
BJ 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.


Shavuot Teacher-in-Residence: Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller

Saturday, May 23 | 10:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Study with Teacher-in-Residence Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, Executive Director of UCLA Hillel and director of the Hartman Fellowship for Campus Professionals. This educational study will take place following Shavuot services.


The 2015 Women's Retreat

Women's Retreat

Friday, May 29-Sunday, May 31 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Spend a weekend surrounded by the voices of women exploring a common theme: Parashat Naso: Lifting Up Purpose, Obligation and Blessing. Build deeper connections in the BJ community in beautiful services, a joyous Shabbat, and a great time with Rabbi Felicia Sol and BJ Rabbinic Fellow Sarit Horwitz. Member Double Room, $330; Member Single Room, $430; Non-members, $500. There are a limited amount of single rooms. Register here. For bus transportation, click here. Contact Billie for information.

Home-Hosted Shabbat Lunches

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Saturday, May 30 | Following Shabbat Services | Participant Homes
Join us for a warm and welcoming Shabbat experience. Sign up to either host or be hosted and share a Shabbat meal with a small group of other young families at BJ. This is a great opportunity to get to know new people in the community and build connections with those you may already know. Register here.


Free Sunday Ride: River Road


Sunday, May 31 | 8:45AM-1:30PM | The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue
We will meet at the JCC Manhattan and cross the GW Bridge and then head to the base of the Palisades. We will head north through the picturesque Palisades Park on River Road, at the base of the cliffs along the Hudson River. The park ends with a tough climb, where we can take a short break. We will head back to the GW Bridge on 9W, a popular bike route. This is a 30 mile ride with moderate hills. Click here to R.S.V.P.

Walk with BJ at the Celebrate Israel Parade


Sunday, May 31 | 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. To register and buy a T-Shirt click here.

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. For registration click here.

Celebrate Israel Festival

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Sunday, May 31 | 2:00-7:00PM | Pier 94, 711 12th Ave
This year’s theme – Jerusalem and Tel Aviv: Cities of Light, will give attendees the opportunity to get a taste of Israel’s greatest cities and discover the magic and history behind them. Featuring a performance by Israeli megastar Rita, a recreation of Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market, a community mural, teen pavilion, and more. For a full list of attractions, click here. Advance registration required.

Visions of Israel – BJ Family Trip 2015 - registration now open!


Wednesday December 23, 2015 – Saturday January 2, 2016 | Israel
Join us on our upcoming trip to Israel. We will explore places, meet people, spend Shabbat with our partner communities and create bonds to last a lifetime. For all information regarding cost, registration and itinerary please go to www.bj.org/trips.

The Changing Face of the American Jewish Family: A Daylong Colloquium


Monday, June 1 | 8:15AM-9:00PM | Women’s League Seminary Synagogue (3080 Broadway)
This program will bring together scholars from various social science disciplines, congregational rabbis, members of nontraditional families, Jewish educators, and representatives of communal/philanthropic organizations to discuss nontraditional families in modern Judaism. $50 for admittance to colloquium and evening panel; $10 for evening panel only; free for rabbis and full-time students. Register at www.jtsa.edu/jewishfamily.

3rd Annual Israel Film Center Festival

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June 4-11 | Times Vary | Locations Vary
A unique opportunity to view new top quality current Israeli cinema. Meet producers and directors for discussions before and after screenings. More information is available online. Special price for BJ members, enter code:  BNAI. The BJ Israeli literature group will attend Apples from The Desert screening on Sunday, June 7 at 2:00PM.

Capture the Moments: Smartphone Photography Master Class with Emmy Winner Roger Sherman


Thursday, June 4 | 5:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Roger Sherman is an Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated filmmaker and cinematographer. Using his eye for great cinematic shots, he is also an accomplished still photographer, having had work appear in Town & Country, Garden Design, and Newsweek, just to name a few. Join Roger as he passes on the secrets to getting the perfect picture or video with nothing more than the phone in your pocket. Who knows? You could be a future Emmy winner too! Register here.

The Israeli Literature Book Group

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6 Mondays (Remaining date – June 7) | email Orli Moss for time and location
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. Our last book selection for this year is – Apples From The Desert by Savyon Liebrecht. The book group will meet to attend two films that are being screened as part of the Israel Film Center Festival at the JCC in Manhattan. For more details email Orli Moss.

Books previously read in the book group-
World Cup Wishes / Eshkol Nevo
Suddenly a knock on the door / Etgar Keret
Dancing Arabs / Sayed Kashua
The Hilltop / Assaf Gavron
The Falafel King is Dead / Sara Shilo

A pigeon and a boy / Meir Shalev
Homesick / Eshkol Nevo
Second person singular / Sayed Kashua
And the Rat laughed/ Nava Semel
The people of forever are not afraid / Shani Boianjiu
To the End of the Land / David Grossman


Save the Date: BJ Annual Meeting 2015

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Thursday, June 4 | 7:00PM | 88th St. Sanctuary
Join us at this year’s meeting–hear about our Strategic Plan and other upcoming plans for our community, elect new members to BJ’s Board of Trustees and more. Come early for a cell phone photography master class at 5:00PM with award-winning cinematographer Roger Sherman. Register here.

Tot Shabbat


Friday, June 5 | 5:15-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Families 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, June 3 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.

Join Yozma For An Early Summer Hike


Sunday, June 7 | 8:00AM | Harriman, NY
Carpool to the Harriman area for a 5 mile hike, enjoying spectacular views of the Hudson River. Moderate difficulty, with one considerable uphill section. Hiking boots are required, and bring your own lunch. No cost, but drivers are needed. Meet at 8:00 am at hike leaders upper west-side apartment. Rain cancels the hike. R.S.V.P. as soon as possible, but not later than Sunday May 31st to Craig Rosenberg at crosenberg6@optonline.net.

Cycle Into Shabbat: Friday Ride


Friday, June 12 | 5:45-6:45PM | Columbus Circle Entrance to Central Park
Join us for some quick loops in the park before Shabbat begins on one of the longest days of year! We will meet at Columbus Circle and ride for about an hour (two loops, 6.25 miles per park loop). Click here to R.S.V.P.

Bim Bam Summer Session

Children with Shabbat Candles

Friday Mornings, June 12 – August 28  | 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15AM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Children ages 3 and under explore Shabbat through Hebrew and English songs, stories, and traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and eating challah. Registration for the summer session is now open for the 9:15AM10:15AM, and 11:15AM classes. The cost is $180/members and $228/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 which is good for any summer date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by May 1, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on July 3.

Bike to the Beach with the BJ Revolutionaries and Hazon

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Sunday, June 21 | 9:30AM | The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue
Join the BJ Revolutionaries in the annual ride to Coney Island. This is a great day trip that starts in five locations around the NY metro area. Meet up with other riders as you cycle across bridges and on greenways through the city. All routes end at the Shorefront Y on Coney Island between 12:00-1:00PM for lunch and spending time at the beach. Our starting location is for intermediate and advanced riders. Please arrive a few minutes early – we want to leave on time so that you have ample time at the beach. Cue sheets will be provided for all riders, however this ride is NOT fully supported. You should bring filled water bottles and a helmet. It is best to carry some energy bars, some cash, and identification. Please note: Helmets are REQUIRED for all riders – if you are not wearing one, you will not be allowed to ride. There will be the option to either bike back to your starting location or you can choose to take the subway home. R.S.V.P. here.

American Friends of Rabin Medical Center Fifth Annual Cheryl Diamond NYC 5k Schlep: Jewish Breast & Ovarian Cander Run/Walk

Sunday, June 21 | 9:00AM | Battery Park
American Friends of Rabin Medical Center is excited to announce our fifth annual Cheryl Diamond NYC 5K Schlep: Jewish Breast and Ovarian Cancer Run/Walk The event will benefit the BRCA Multidisciplinary Clinic founded to serve women at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer as well as research to find cures for breast and ovarian cancers at Rabin Medical Center’s Davidoff Cancer Center—a world class facility whose sole focus is on the treatment and prevention of cancer. Your support will help make this event a success! To sign-up to run, walk, or donate, visit www.afrmc.kintera.org/schlep15 or call the AFRMC office at 212.279.2522. Adult Runner/Walker: $36; Youth Runner/Walker: $18; Cancer Survivor: Free.

KesheTOT, Hebrew After School Program (6m-Pre-K). Registration For 2nd Semester Now Open

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Tuesdays, March 3-June 15 | 4:00-5:00PM | 89th Street Community House
KesheTOT is an innovative program for families with infants and toddlers from 6 months-Pre K. It is a place where families with young children can meet and develop a sense of community, flavored by Israeli culture. Programs include art, music, stories and movement. KesheTOT is conducted exclusively in Hebrew. The program is for Hebrew speakers and non-Hebrew speakers alike. Cost per semester:$270 BJ members (1 child) $330 BJ members (2 children), $345 non-members (reductions for siblings). Register here.

American Jewish Society for Service’s (AJSS) Volunteer Opportunity for Teens


Sunday, August 2–Sunday, August 16 | Memphis, TN
JAM: Memphis is your chance to experience immersive, authentic service opportunities without having to leave the country. You will get to select a service track that fits your interestschoose from housing, hunger or educationand learn how to tackle these social issues as you work with leaders in the field. As you explore Memphis’ culture (Blues! Bbq! Civil rights!) in the evenings, you’ll get to experience an entirely different world from the one you left in NY. Come change lives on AJSS this summer. Visit ajss.org/jam-memphis for more information.

Hazon's New York Ride and Retreat with the BJ Revolutionaries


Friday, September 4-Monday, September 7 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
Join the BJ team and cyclists from all over New York for a relaxing and meaningful Shabbat retreat at Hazon’s home at Isabella Freedman, and for two days of glorious cycling through the Berkshires and Hudson Valley into New York City. BJ has traditionally sent one of the largest and strongest team to the Ride and we want this year to be no exception. It’s more than just a ride: Spend Shabbat hiking on the Mohawk Trail, canoeing on the lake, exploring the Adamah organic farm, and enjoying delicious kosher farm-to-table meals. Practice Judaism in a diverse community, with options including yoga, musical services, and traditional prayers. Non-riders are welcome to join to help crew (a vital and energetic part of the weekend), or just come for Shabbat. To sign up for this year’s ride and retreat and for more details, visit the Hazon website. Contact Gil Kulick or Michael Ekstract with questions about the BJ team.


IDI Upcoming Events: Personal Reflections on Israel with Rabbis Matalon, Bronstein and Sol


Tuesday, June 9 | 6:30-8:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Beginning the evening with Limmud in small groups, we will continue to hear our Rabbis share their personal stories that formed their relationship with Israel. There will open time for Questions and answers. Please register.