Upcoming Events

Sell Your Hametz at BJ

Through Thursday, March 29

Traditionally, avoiding hametz has meant getting rid of all hametz in your possession. Considering this can cause major financial hardship, as well as wasting 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. Sign up by Thursday, March 29 at 12:00PM. For assistance with this process, please email Kristen or call x255. Read more »

Register for BJ Hazorim CSA 2018

Tuesdays, June 5-October 30 | 4:30-7:30PM | BJ Community House
Registration now open!

Join BJ’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and pick up fresh, organic produce from Free Bird Farm at BJ once a week for 22 weeks. Choose from delicious vegetable, egg, fruit, and butter shares. Click here to find out more about the CSA. Questions? Contact Larissa. Read more »

Wiki-Torah with Tobias Divack Moss

Thursdays through May 10 6:30-8:00PM | BJ Middle Room

Join BJ Rabbinic Fellow Tobias Divack Moss for this weekly Torah study. Way before Wikipedia, Judaism developed an ever-expanding network of texts. Using the weekly portion as our starting point, we will follow these links of tradition that connect text to text, and generation to generation. Warm up the room with your presence and a cup of tea (bring your own or enjoy ours). New participants of any background are always welcome.

Note: there will be no class on March 29, April 5, and May 3.

March For Our Lives NYC

Saturday, March 24 | During and following Shabbat morning services | Meet at BJ Sanctuary

Join BJ in protesting gun violence. At our Shabbat morning service, we will hear from BJ member Alicia Samuels, an expert in gun violence and public health.

Immediately after services, BJ will join the March for Our Lives NYC. We will gather on the south side of 88th Street, across from the BJ Sanctuary, and walk together to Central Park West to meet up with the main march. If you plan to participate, please bring snacks and water, since we will be leaving right after services (before the Community Kiddush begins). Note: the rally begins at 11:00AM and the march begins at 12:00 noon).


Uncovering Siddur Lev Shalem: A Conversation with Rabbi Jan Uhrbach

Saturday, March 24 | 5:00PM | BJ Reception Room
Join Rabbi Roly Matalon in conversation with Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, Associate Editor of our recently adopted Siddur Lev Shalem. Learn about the process of this siddur’s creation, discover some of the gems found inside, and hear about its place in the landscape of contemporary Jewish life.

SOLD OUT: Israeli Culture Salon Series Part 2: The Founding Artistic Principles of Israel

Sunday, March 25 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location given upon registration

In this new salon series, BJ members will get to meet some of the most promising Israeli artists currently working in New York who are represented by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF). These musicians, artists,  singers, and actors will perform in an intimate home setting, drawing on an overlaying theme that will shed new light on Israeli arts and culture. Read more »

Empty Chair at the Seder: A Passover Bereavement Program

Monday, March 26  | 7:00PM | BJ Chapel
Passover can be extremely complicated and difficult for those of us who are bereaved. Join members of our community in drawing support and comfort from one another and our shared tradition. Facilitated by Hazzan Ari Priven and Rabbi Michael Boino, BJ Coordinator of Pastoral Care and Support through the Jewish Board’s Partners in Caring program. R.S.V.P. here or contact Michael at x238.

Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End Of Life

Sunday, March 25 | 2:30-4:00PM | Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street)
Jessica Zitter, M.D., MPH, and JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen will discuss the way people approach the end of life and what Judaism can teach us about dying well. Sponsored by What Matters. Dr. Zitter, who changed her professional career focus from critical care to palliative care, is a practicing physician, author, central figure in an Oscar-nominated short documentary, and editorial contributor to The New York Times. She is also exploring how her Judaism has drawn her to a career in medicine and a specialization in end-of-life issues. Chancellor Arnold Eisen, who was Dr. Zitter’s undergraduate advisor in Jewish Studies at Stanford University, will be in discussion with her about her professional journey, her Jewish values, and how they inform her current work. Contact the JCC for information at 646-505-5708 or click here to register

The Book of Genesis with Hillel Friedman

Tuesdays, January 23-May 29 | 9:30AM | BJ Middle Room
When we consider the Book of Genesis, many of us remember the tales we heard in our childhood. Read more »

"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Tuesdays, January 16-May 15| 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. Read more »

Pre-Pesah WSCAH Food Drive

Through Wednesday, March 28 | Before Kabbalat Shabbat | BJ Sanctuary Foyer and Community House Entrance
Looking to get rid of your hametz before Pesah? There’s no better way to cleanse your home and to give back than by donating your food to our partners at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH). Through a supermarket-style food pantry, WSCAH alleviates hunger and creates a culture that promotes self-reliance and works for change. Check out the list of encouraged items. All food donations welcome. For more information, contact Larissa.

Taanit Bekhorot Siyyum and Se’udat Mitzvah

Friday, March 30 | Following Morning Minyan | BJ Sanctuary 
All are welcome to join Rabbinic Fellow Tobias Divack Moss as he leads us in the completion of a volume of rabbinic literature. All firstborns in attendance are then permitted to eat and break the Fast of the Firstborn.

RESCHEDULED: Sustainability and Environmental Committee Kickoff Meeting

Wednesday, April 4 | 6:30-8:30PM | BJ Reception Room 

Join us for the launch of this new committee, which will bring together our environmental advocacy and sustainability work. We are looking for any members interested in environmental work, whether through diving more deeply into how our own community can become more sustainable, or through exploring how we can advocate for better policies in our city and state. All are welcome. Questions? Contact Larissa.

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Israeli Book Club discusses Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander

Sunday, April 8 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location upon registration

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 nuanced conversation that will help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary issues in Israel.
After reading a book written by an Israeli author on liberal American Jews (The Ruined House by Ruby Namdar) it is time we read a book written by a liberal American Jews on Israel. Therefore, our next book will be Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander. 

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Kitah Bet Parent Meeting

Monday, April 9 | 6:15PM | BJ Community House 
Kitah bet (2nd grade) parents and students are invited to join Mike Witman, the Director of Family Life and Learning, and Ayala Wasser, the Assistant Director of Family Life and Learning, for light snacks and conversation to learn about our kitah gimmel (3rd grade) Kadima@BJ program.
While there is still much to look forward to as we finish up this school year, we are eager to share exciting changes in Kadima@BJ as your child transitions to kitah gimmel (3rd grade).
While the parent meeting is taking place, Youth Director Michelle Geisler will offer a taste of Shorashim (our 3rd-5th grade Youth Group), where kids will receive a sneak peak of the exciting youth programming that is up ahead!
R.S.V.P to Ayala. Please be in touch with any questions.

Monday Minha Meditation

Mondays beginning April 9 | 6:30-7:00PM | BJ Chapel

The Center for Prayer and Spirituality is thrilled to launch this new mindfulness initiative. Join us on Monday evenings for a community sit, as we work toward building a sustained communal meditation practice. The Monday Minha Meditations will contain explorations of guided teachings, meditation techniques, and silent sits, and will also provide an opportunity for community members to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish. No registration necessary. Whether you are experienced in meditation or are thinking about beginning a practice, all are welcome.

Monday Morning Beit Midrash Series: And You Shall Tell Your Children

Mondays, April 9, 16, 23, and 30, and May 7 and 14 | 8:30-9:30AM | BJ Middle Room

In the weeks between Passover and Shavuot, as we make our way from Egypt to Sinai, from liberation to dedication, join Rabbi Adina Lewittes for a text- and values-based conversation about the questions we ask and are asked by the next generation as we envision and build the Jewish future. Be prepared for a thought-provoking, challenging, personal, deep, and forthright dialogue on these pressing questions of our time. Open to all BJ members.

In order to get the most out of this series, we encourage attendance at all sessions; however, if you are unable to make all sessions you are still very welcome to join us.

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Questions are at the heart of Judaism. As Jewish life in America changes, so do our questions and those of our children and grandchildren about the meaning and value of Jewish practice and identity.

 And You Shall Tell Your Children  

  וְהִגַּדְתָּ לְבִנְךָ 

What Are You Going To Tell Yours When They Ask:

  • Why be Jewish today?
  • Why should we—and how can we—cultivate a sense of Jewish obligation in a post-halakhic world?
  • Should Judaism be defined by what the texts say or by what Jews do?  
  • What should we hold onto and what should we re-imagine when we look to the Jewish future?
  • What place is there for Jewish particularity in our post-ethnic, hybrid society?
  • What role can our personal stories play in the ongoing unfolding of the American Jewish story?
  • What will Judaism look like as the Jewish people become more and more diverse?

This program is part of The Jewish Home Project.

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 10 | 7:00PM | 59E59 Street Theaters

Please join the BJ Refugee and Immigration Committee, the Synagogue Coalition on the Immigration & Refugee Crisis (SCRIC), and HIAS for a special performance of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story.

Inspired by the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees coming to Canada in 1908, Old Stock is a humorously dark folktale woven together with a high-energy concert. The performance will be followed by a brief, lively panel discussion on the current refugee & immigration crisis sponsored by the SCRIC.

Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Wednesday, April 11 | 6:30PM | BJ Sanctuary
Join us in commemoration of Yom HaShoah for the reading and hearing of the names of those killed in the Shoah, with special participation by our 7th grade Kadima@BJ class. This ceremony will be immediately followed by a powerful musical program, Voices of Spiritual Resistance in Terezín.

An all-night vigil will begin at 10:00PM at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism (15 West 86th Street), where the BJ reading slot will be from 12:30AM to 1:00AM.

Voices of Spiritual Resistance in Terezín

Wednesday, April 11 | 8:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Immediately following our Yom Hashoah Commemoration, join Cantor David Mintz, Dan Nadel, and an ensemble of world-class musicians for a exploration of the music written and performed in Terezin.

Between 1941 and 1945, approximately 140,000 Jews passed through the gates of Terezín, including some of Eastern Europe’s most prominent Jewish musicians. Even prior to the Nazis officially condoning cultural activities in the ghetto, these Jews began to create a musical life for themselves. They met in basements to sing Czech folk songs, listened to chamber music in attics, and eventually, created of cultural life full of choirs, cabaret, orchestras, operas, and even a jazz band called the Ghetto Swingers. In this powerful musical program, we will unpack how this music served as a mechanism for survival through expressions of comfort, connection, satire, and defiance.

Featuring Cantor David Mintz, Dan Nadel, Alexandra Joan, Vasko Dukovsky, Jessica Sandidge, Amy Maude Helfer, Dominic Armstrong, and Cantor Dan Singer.

Free and open to the public.

Caregivers Support Group

Once a month on Thursdays | March 8, April 12, May 10, and June 14 | 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 »

April Tot Shabbat

Friday, April 13 | 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 complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration. The cost is $22/members, and $29/non-members. All children eat for free. Register by Wednesday, April 11 and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions.


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Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, April 13 | 7:00PM | BJ Community House 3rd Floor
Join us for an intimate service featuring meditation, reflection, deep listening, and personal engagement with the parashah. Please email Kristen Kersey or call her at x255 with any questions.

Overcoming Israel's Key Social Challenges with Major General Nimrod Sheffer

Saturday, April 14 | After Shabbat services | BJ Community House
After kiddush, come down and meet Major General (Res.) Nimrod Sheffer, the former head of the Israel Defense Forces Planning Directorate (J5), where he was responsible for military strategy and international military cooperation.

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Inclusion Minha

Saturday, April 14 | 4:00PM | BJ Community House 
Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Hazzan Ari Priven for an interactive, warm, and inviting musical Minha service. As a demonstration of our commitment to inclusion, this will be an accessible experience, sensitive to children and young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Everyone is welcome, including members and non-members. Registration is not required.

Haleli Nafshi

Saturday, April 14 | 7:30PM | BJ Chapel
Join us for our monthly Shabbat gathering, part of BJ’s initiative on communal singing as a spiritual practice. We’ll spend the final moments of Shabbat together, singing beautiful nigunim and zemirot as havdalah approaches.

The evening will be filled with melodies that may be familiar and evocative, alongside those that are challenging and new; filled with a spirit that ranges from celebratory and jubilant to meditative and peaceful.

Please bring a vegetarian snack and/or drink to share.

Mark your calendars for next time: Saturday, May 5, 7:45PM.

UWS Celebrates Israel

Sunday, April 15 | 10:00AM-9:00PM | Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway 

Celebrate Israel’s 70th with an array of programs for all ages, including:

  • Keynote speaker Dennis Ross
  • Shows for kids
  • A street fair on 94th street featuring Israeli artists, live music, activities for kids, and kosher food trucks
  • Performances by Israeli group Yemen Blues
  • Wine tasting and food demonstrations 
  • Ongoing speakers and lectures throughout the day

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Why Write a Memoir, Even if Nobody Will Read It

Sunday, April 15 | 11:00AM-1:00PM | BJ Reception Room

Have you ever wanted to write your life story but find the prospect daunting?

Join us for brunch with authors Susan Charney and Mindy Lewis as they discuss the challenges, process, and rewards of writing a memoir and share their personal techniques for overcoming that little voice that says, “Who cares about my life story? I’m not a real writer!” or that all-time favorite, “I don’t remember!” There may be many reasons not to write, but they don’t hold up to the solid rewards of taking that leap, whether for yourself, as a legacy for your loved ones, or as a contribution to history. Read more »

Bowling with Ilanot (6th and 7th Grade Youth Group)

Sunday, April 15 | 2:00-3:30PM | Bowlmor Lanes (222 West 44th Street)

Are you ready for spring? Ready to get rid of some of that pent-up winter energy? Us, too! If you’re in 6th or 7th grade, you’re invited to join Ilanot for some much-needed bowling to knock down those winter blues! We will meet at BJ at 1:00PM to travel together by subway to Bowlmor Lanes. We will return to BJ by 4:30PM. See you there!

Dialogue and Transformation - Photography Exhibit of Israeli Settler and Palestinian Women

Monday, April 16 through June 15 | During community house opening hours | BJ Community House 

Over the past two summers, photographer Saskia Bory Keeley partnered with Roots, an initiative now in its fourth year led by a Palestinian and Israeli settler committee who works at the heart of the conflict in the West Bank. Keeley conducted photo workshops exclusively for women who would otherwise have no contact with each other. Developing photographic skills was an important aspect of the program and just as essential was the opportunity for women “from the other side” to interact in a safe setting–many for the very first time in their lives.

The photos presented in this exhibit are a sample of selected works created by these talented women, providing us with an insight into their own world, their home and family, and their view of the conflict.

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Desert Stars - New Hope for Israel's Most Marginalized Community

Monday, April 16 | 7:00-8:30PM | Location upon registration
Join Major General Nimrod Sheffer for an Up-close Encounter: New Hope for Israel’s Most Marginalized Community.
The Bedouin are currently at the bottom of every socioeconomic measure in Israel, including measures of employment and educational attainment. A staggering 29% of young Bedouin drop out of high school and a mere 8.7% of young Bedouin begin studies in higher education. Unemployment is high as only 22% of Bedouin women and 60% of Bedouin men hold jobs. The widening socio-economic gap between Bedouin and other Israelis engenders frustration and despair, further alienating the Bedouin community.

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Faith & Public Life: Study Sessions With BJ Rabbinic Fellows

Tuesdays, monthly: 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?” and “Violence and Humility in Jewish Politics”. Read more »

Ritual Lab: Preparing for an Emptier Nest

Tuesdays, April 17 and 24, and May 1 and 8 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Middle Room

Continuing with our series of Ritual Labsin which we explore and co-create rituals to mark some of life’s most meaningful transitionsour next cohort will delve into the experience of parents whose children are leaving the home and beginning adulthood. Whether it’s your oldest, youngest, intermediate or only child leaving the home, this is a transition with profound impact on family systems. Join Rabbi Michael Boino and Cantor David Mintz for an opportunity to explore the wisdom of our tradition, broaden our understanding of Jewish ritual, and together, co-create a new ritual to mark this transition.

In this type of setting, creating a safe space and building a committed cohort is crucial. For these reasons, the Ritual Lab will not be drop-in. If this experience sounds right for you, we invite you to contact Kristen to become a part of this exciting cohort!

Yom Ha'atzmaut Ceremony: Israel at 70 – Vision vs. Reality

Wednesday, April 18 | 7:00-9:00PM | BJ Sanctuary 

Join us for our traditional Yom Ha’atzmaut ceremony, marking the transition between Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day, and Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. The first part of the ceremony will explore the evolution of Yom Hazikaron and how collective memory has been shaped in Israel over the past 70 years. Then we will move on to a festive reading of selected paragraphs of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, with local and Israeli leaders giving sermons on these readings. After the ceremony, we invite you to commemorate this special time with us through song, conversation, learning, food, and more!

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Bo-i Kallah

Friday, April 20 | 7:00PM | BJ Reception Room
Join Rabbi Roly Matalon, Music Director Dan Nadel and Deborah Sacks Mintz for this alternative Kabbalat Shabbat service. 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 workweek anxieties behind to enter holy time and welcome Shabbat. Read more about this service here

Pete Seeger & Friends Guitar Sing-Along

Saturday, April 21 | 8:00PM | Frankel Hall
Enjoy a short havdalah service followed by an evening of guitar-playing and singing, featuring songs by Pete Seeger and friends.
This event is open to the entire BJ community, and is sponsored by Yozma (our group for BJ members in their 40s & 50s).

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Teen Shabbat

Saturday, April 21 | 9:30AM | BJ Sanctuary

Everyone is invited to take part in this special annual tradition as we give our rabbis a break and the BJ teens lead us in a Shabbat morning service from beginning to end! The teens have been working hard to prepare a very special Shabbat morning service\ complete with torah, tefillot, and divrei torah. We can’t wait to see the sanctuary full of friendly faces and that unique BJ Shabbat spirit!

Teens: if you are not yet signed up to participate and would like to, email Michelle.

Mental Health First Aid Training

Sunday, April 22 | 9:00AM-5:00PM | BJ Frankel Hall
Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. Like CPR, participants will learn a five-step action plan on how to interact with a person in crisis until professional help arrives. At the end of the training everyone will receive a certificate of completion. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the BJ Bikkur Holim committee. Read more »

Israeli Folk Dancing for Yom Ha'atzmaut

Sunday, April 22 | 2:00-6:00PM | BJ Community House 3rd Floor

Experience a trip around Israel on its 70th birthday through dance.  Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with the best of the classic Israeli folk dances.  All are welcome to join in the dancing.   Request your favorites.  You also will have the opportunity to experience prominent Israeli folk dance choreographers, leaders and musicians (TBA). 

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Israel's Supersized Celebration

Sunday, April 22 | 2:00-3:30PM | BJ Community House

Who’s got the biggest birthday coming up? Israel, that’s who!

Students in grades K-5 are invited to come down to BJ for a huge party filled with over-sized games, food, and gigantic fun.

We are excited to see you there! 

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Rabbinic Power In Past and Modern Times - A Conversation With Brother Rabbis Amichai and Benny Lau

Sunday, April 22 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Community House 

BJ and The Midrasha in Manhattan invite you to join brothers and rabbis Amichai and Benny Lau, of New York City and Jerusalem respectively, who will sit together to speak about rabbinic power, its role in the past, and in modern times. They will each speak to their unique working experiences and to their belonging to a longstanding rabbinic dynasty.

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The BJ Celebrate Community Auction

Wednesday, April 25 | 6:30-9:30PM | BJ Community House and Sanctuary

Join us for an evening of food, fun, and friends at our third Celebrate Community Auction.

There are so many ways to participate!

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70 Years Later: Israel- Utopian Vision, Complicated Reality

Saturday, April 28 | Following Shabbat Morning services | BJ Community House

Seventy years have passed since the founders of Israel declared that the State of Israel “will be based on freedom, justice, and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel.” But has the Jewish State lived up to this goal? And what means are needed in order to get there? How can a young state facing so many challenges fulfill the Utopian vision of the prophets of Israel, if at all? Join Rabbi Tamir Nir, head of the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv, as he explores these questions, examining contemporary issues in Israeli society through the lens of classic and modern Jewish texts.

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Israeli Culture Salon Series part 3: Israel's 70th - A Retrospective Through Art and Song  

Sunday, April 29 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location given upon registration

For our third and final Israel Culture Salon in this series, join guitarist Nadav Lev, choreographer Dana Katz, and film editor Shira Arad as they present their works and reflect on Israeli culture 70 years after the establishment of the State.

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Israel's Security at 70: An Evening with Former Mossad Director Danny Yatom

Wednesday, May 2 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Sanctuary
Seventy years after Israel’s independence, the Jewish state faces a Middle East landscape that grows more complicated by the day. To help unpack the latest developments, Israel Policy Forum and B’nai Jeshurun are offering this timely and important program featuring Danny Yatom, former Mossad Director and Knesset member.
Over the course of an opening address and moderated dialogue, Yatom will address Israel’s security challenges regarding Syria, Hezbollah, Iran, and Hamas, as well as the uncertain future facing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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BJ and Ramah Minyan

Friday, May 4 | 7:00PM | BJ Chapel

May the fourth be with you! BJ and the Ramah Minyan are partnering  for a Star Wars-themed minyan for 20s and 30s! Minyan will be followed by a delicious dinner, so bring your crew. Kabbalat Shabbat will begin at 7:00PM. Registration for dinner is opening soon.

And remember, all friends of Ramah and of BJ are welcome to join us.

Interested in leading Kabbalat Shabbat or Maariv, or giving a d’var? Email theramahminyan@gmail.com.

Come to Albany to Lobby for Farmworker Justice

Tuesday, May 15 6:30AM-6:30PM | Departing from Cathedral of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue
Your voice is important! Join with farmworkers and allies from across New York State to meet with elected officials and lobby on behalf of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act. There has been some movement with the bill and we hope this year we can get it passed.The group will be traveling by bus to Albany, departing from St. John the Divine at 6:30AM. To reserve your spot on the bus (lunch provided), register here. Cost is $20.
Email Paula Galowitz at for more information.

Give the Gift of Life at the BJ Blood Drive

Wednesday, May 16 | 3:00-9:00PM | BJ Sanctuary

Twice a year, we have the opportunity to provide this essential service to the community. Save a life and donate now at the BJ Blood Drive. Learn more about how you can prepare to donate, including any restrictions that may apply. Donation typically takes 45 min-1 hr. Don’t forget to bring your donor ID card or number (if you have one).

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Refugee and Immigration Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 16 | 6:30-8:30PM | BJ Reception Room 

Through a partnership with HIAS and emerging relationships with other organizations, we are educating our community about the refugee crisis and developing opportunities to volunteer, advocate, and raise our Jewish voice. Join us at our next meeting to get involved in this important work. R.S.V.P. to Sandy.


Faith & Public Life Lecture—With Dr Yehuda Kurtzer

Wednesday, May 30 | 7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary

Register now for the last in our Faith & Public Life Lecture Series, with Dr Yehuda Kurtzer. Dr Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and teaches widely in the Institute’s many platforms. Read more »

On Being Podcast Recording with Krista Tippett

Tuesday, June 12 | 7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary

Join us for a live recording of On Being with Krista Tippett—the podcast that opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We will explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives. Read more »

Kulanu Band at Kulanu

Saturday, May 12 | 10:45AM | BJ Chapel
Our Kulanu Band is sounding great! The guitars, pianos, flutes, and drums are all coming together and our Kadima@BJ students are looking forward to welcoming you to this special Kulanu, where they will help lead the service! We hope you will all be there!