Kadima@BJ, our new elective-based Hebrew School model, has been successful and exciting for students this year. We have incorporated all that we learned last year and are excited to share that our new and improved Kadima@BJ model for next year will:
- Reincorporate Hebrew into our elective model; Read more »
Join us this Wednesday for an Interfaith Gathering of Solidarity, Hope, and Action.
This is a time for NYC’s communities of faith to come together to reaffirm our shared spiritual values, to gain strength, and to affirm our commitment to each other in the fight against hatred and bigotry.
Join us as we pray and seek peace—shalom, salaam.
Join the Facebook event here to stay up-to-date, and click the button below to sign up.
Got a great smile? Like making people feel good? Sign up to volunteer as an usher or greeter, and be the warm and welcoming face of BJ for over 3,500 people who come to High Holy Days services. Ushers help by handing out mahzorim, directing members to open seats, and making sure services run smoothly.
Want to be part of the effort that sustains this community? Volunteer to collect Kol Nidre pledge cards on Erev Yom Kippur. Help make the High Holy Days happen! To sign up, click here.
Thursday, September 7 or Wednesday, September 13 | 6:30-8:00 PM | 89th Street Chapel
A group for those who have experienced loss and find the High Holidays painful or difficult to navigate. We will draw strength, support, and comfort from one another and the resources of our shared tradition. Light refreshments will be served. Facilitated by Rabbi Michael Boino, BJ’s coordinator of pastoral care and support through the Jewish Board’s Partners in Caring Program. Please choose one evening to attend. Click here for Thursday September 7 or click here for Wednesday September 13. Questions? Contact Michael by email or at x238.
Friday, September 8 | 5:15-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration with BJ staff and teens. Register here by Wednesday, September 6.
Contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The cost is $22/members, and $29/non-members. Children eat free.
Bim Bam and Bim Bam Hebrew Immersion
Fridays, September 8-December 15 | 9:15-10:00AM, 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
Bim Bam gives children under three a fun space to explore Shabbat through interactive songs and stories while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. Sessions at 9:15AM or 10:15AM feature both English and Hebrew songs, while the 11:15 AM class is full Hebrew immersion. The series is $220/members and $330/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Program is led by BJ music educator, Eliana Light. Hebrew Immersion is led by Shira Averbuch. Questions? Email Allison Kapusta.
No class on September 22 (Rosh Hashanah), September 29 (Yom Kippur), October 6 (Sukkot), November 24 (Thanksgiving)
Sunday, September 10 | 10:30AM-12:30PM | Location Upon Registration
BJ members with children in 2nd grade and younger are invited to reconnect with BJ friends and meet new people at Rabbi Felicia’s home. Enjoy snacks and schmoozing while children are engaged in games and play. Address provided upon registration. RSVP here.
Sunday, September 10 | 5:30-7:00PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.
Get together with other proficient Hebrew speakers to discuss current affairs with your BJ friends. Each month, a topic will be chosen and reading material in both English and Hebrew will be provided. At our meetings, we will hold a facilitated discussion in Hebrew on the chosen topic. Get to know other Hebrew speakers in our community and learn about and share your thoughts on current events and trends. Proficiency in Hebrew is required to fully participate in this salon.
This month we host Eliezra Kasuto, granddaughter of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, for an insider’s insight on Ben-Yehuda’s life’s work reviving the Hebrew language.
Mondays, September 11, September 18 and September 25 | 7:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
We yearn for the divine just as the divine yearns to find us – simultaneous quests guided by the soulful, plaintive music of piyut. For the past 1,000 years, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews have gathered for the forty days from the beginning of the month of Elul through Rosh Hashanah, and up to Yom Kippur, rising at dawn to sing and to prepare the soul for repentance and renewal. Led by Rabbi Roly Matalon and music director Dan Nadel, our three-part series will engage us in that spiritual journey and get us ready for the upcoming sublime days of soul-searching and prayer through haunting melodies of ancient Jewish communities as well as modern Israeli poetry and song. The series is free of charge and open to the public.
Sunday, October 15 | 6:00AM-9:30PM | Riverhead Worker Center on Long Island
Support Immigrants, Labor Rights and Ethical Consumption.
Please join the Economic Justice Hevra for a day trip to the Riverhead Worker Center on Long Island to meet with farmworkers, tour local farms, and enjoy a delicious lunch in support of those who harvest the food we eat. We will be traveling together by bus. There is limited space available — please register your interest by September 12. We will then be in touch with further information, including cost, once we have an indication of numbers. Questions? Contact Paula for more details.
Wednesday, September 13 | 6:30-8:30PM | Offsite Location
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. In doing so, we aim to acknowledge 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 New Yorkers depend can have the dignity and equality they deserve. If you are interested in attending these meetings or have questions, please contact Lisa. Location upon RSVP.
Saturday, September 16 | 9:00PM | 89th Street Community House and 88th Street Sanctuary
Enter Yamim Nora’im through the Gate of Selihot, beginning with Havdalah at 9:00PM, followed by breakout sessions for learning and exploration with Rabbi Shuli Passow, Rabbi Michael Boino, Rabbi Adina Lewittes, and Cantor David Mintz.
- Havdalah and breakout sessions | 9:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
- Coffee break | 10:30PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
- Selihot service | 11:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Sunday, September 17 | 9:30AM | 89th Street Middle Room
Mondays or Tuesdays, beginning September 18, 2017 | 89th Street Community House
Learn Hebrew at BJ! Join other members of the BJ community in a small group environment to build and improve your Hebrew conversational skills. The Hebrew Ulpan course is designed to enable students to recognize the fundamental structure of Hebrew and its basic forms, as well as to acquire the necessary vocabulary for everyday conversations, reading, and writing: Read more »
Tuesdays, September 19-December 12 | 4:00-5:00PM | 89th Street 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.
Non-Member – $390
Tuesdays, September 19-December 12 | 4:00-5:30PM | 89th Street Community House
IAC Keshet is open to both Hebrew and English speakers for families with children ages 4-6. The program is a comprehensive approach to building an engaged community through a connection to Israel, Hebrew language, Israeli culture, and Jewish values.
IAC Keshet is a national Israeli enrichment program that builds a warm, welcoming community of Israelis and Americans that share pride in their Jewish heritage and love for Israel. At IAC Keshet, your children will gain Hebrew language skills and build friendships through cultural activities and educational programming including music, dance, play, and arts.
Parents will be invited to join for special programs such as holiday celebrations throughout the year. Exact dates for these programs will be available shortly. Questions? Contact Itay Asaf for more details.
Non-Member – $1500
Friday, Oct 20-Sunday Oct 22 | Location TBA
There is no better way to unwind from the High Holy Days that spending a weekend away with the BJ teen community! Throughout the weekend, teens will spend time with old friends, make new ones, and deepen their connection with the BJ community while experiencing a meaningful Shabbat outside of the city. Transportation will be provided. All meals are kosher or vegetarian and include snacks on Friday afternoon through breakfast on Sunday. Read more »
With Meg Akabas
Wednesdays, October 25-December 13 | 10:00-11:30AM | 89th Street Community House
Join new parents and babies ages 0-5 months to gain information, share your experiences, and support one another in the early days of parenthood. We will explore topics such as the development of parental identity, bonding with your newborn, understanding and communicating with your baby, responding to baby’s needs, partner relationships, and parenting through a Jewish lens. Led by Meg Akabas, NYSPEP-Certified Parenting Educator and author of “52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom.”
January 14-21, 2018 | Costa Rica
Is multitasking in your daily life taking a toll? Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Sol Gonzalez, and local nature guides for a week of simple living in the rich ecology of the Costa Rica rain forest and the rustic elegance and organic fine cuisine of La Montaña Azul Center. We will explore Jewish Mindfulness Practice as a way to connect more deeply with our soul, our truest values and with God’s creation, of which we are an integral part. Each day we will pray, meditate, set a kavanah (intention), follow integrative body movement practices, ‘bear witness’ to local social initiatives and experience nature. Click here to learn more.
Sunday, September 24-Thursday September 28 | various times and locations
Perform a mitzvah by visiting homebound BJ members to blow the shofar in their homes. An orientation will take place on Tuesday September 12 at 6:30PM at BJ, to learn more about the mitzvah and the tekiot, and pairs of volunteer will be matched to make visits between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This volunteer opportunity is for shofar blowers of all ages, but you must have some experience and you must bring your own shofar. Please sign up here before September 8. Any questions, contact Galit Bordereau (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Paula Weiss (email@example.com).