Tuesdays, June 6-October 31 | 4:30-7:30PM | 89th Street Community House
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. Register here by May 1.
For more information, contact Larissa.
BJ Talks is a unique opportunity to hear from six of your fellow BJ members with divergent viewpoints on Jewish identity and intermarriage, presented in a TED Talks-style format.
Our exceptional speakers are: Carole Balin, Meredith Berkman, Todd Chanko, Kay Gardiner, Saul Nathan-Kazis, and Jack Stern.
Following the presentations, attendees will be invited to engage in small roundtable discussions to delve further into the ideas raised.
BJ members should have received an email with a registration link. If you have not received this link, please email JIBC@bj.org.
Every 3rd Saturday of the month | November 19, 2016-May 20, 2017 | 9:30AM-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
Led by Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, this intimate, conversation-based service is geared towards those who are exploring Jewish prayer for the first time or who hope to build confidence in their Hebrew language and prayer skills. Join us as we dive into Shabbat morning liturgy and engage in meaningful discussion around the language, songs, and concepts of the Torah. If you have questions or hope to get involved with Siah, please contact Arielle (x224).
Friday, May 19-Sunday, May 21 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Spend a weekend surrounded by the voices of women and exploring the theme: Marching Toward Sinai: Torah of Spiritual Resistance. Build deeper connections in the BJ community through beautiful services, a joyous Shabbat, and conversations with Rabbi Felicia Sol and former BJ Rabbinic Fellow Chen Ben-Or Tsfoni.
Member Double Room, $350; Member Single Room, $450; Non-members, $500. Discounted rates for members if registration is complete before March 1! There are a limited amount of single rooms. Register here. For bus transportation, click here. Contact Billie for information.
Saturday, March 25 | During Shabbat Services and at the Community Kiddush | 86th Street Sanctuary
“All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the Divine…” -Shemot/Exodus 35:21
The Torah teaches that the Mishkan (the sacred dwelling place of the Divine presence during the 40 years of wandering) could not have been built without the unique gifts and contributions of all those whose hearts and souls moved them to give.
Sunday, March 26 | 11:00AM | 89th Street Reception Room
Join Connections and longtime BJ member Ira Wolfman for a discussion on ten meaningful things he’s learned about Judaism: what he terms “lessons, observations, and provocations.” Ira is an editor and writer who runs an editorial consulting business, POE Communications. He specializes in creating educational materials for children in grades K-12 but has also spent much of the past 30 years writing about Jewish history and genealogy. His books include Jewish New York: Notable Neighborhoods and Memorable Moments and Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Offline Genealogy for Kids and Other Beginners. For the past four years, Ira has worked with the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, and has written numerous reviews of nonfiction books for the Jewish Book Council’s publications.
Brunch will be provided. Cost is $15 per person. Click here to register.
Sunday, March 26 | 12:00PM | 88th Street Kitchen
Join other 20s/30s as we make dinner for the BJ/SPSA Homeless Shelter. Suggested donation to help cover costs ($8-10); no cooking experience necessary. R.S.V.P. to Sarit at email@example.com.
Monday, March 27 | 7:00PM | 89th Street Middle Room
Would you like to do something concrete and powerful to spread a message of tolerance, sanctuary, and solidarity with non-citizens and other targeted members of our neighborhoods? Join a meeting to plan and organize the distribution of multi-language “Hate Has No Home Here” signs to local shops, schools, and offices. R.S.V.P. to Nora at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, March 27 | 6:30-8:30PM | R.S.V.P. for 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.
Tuesday, March 28 | 7:00-8:30PM | Location Upon R.S.V.P.
As both a human rights attorney and a soldier in the Israeli Special Forces, Gadi Ezra holds an unparalleled perspective on war. Ezra headed the Laws of War desk at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he advised policy makers and diplomats on humanitarian law, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights and sanctions regimes. While studying law in Tel-Aviv, Ezra was recruited to fight in Operation Cast Lead, during which his Special Forces unit was among the first infantry units to enter the Gaza Strip. Drawing from his personal experiences and his background as a human rights lawyer, Ezra examines the dilemmas that today’s soldiers face, including the complexities of abiding by the laws of warfare during actual combat. Please register here for this event.
Tuesday, March 28 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Current and prospective Bikkur Holim volunteers are invited to this learning session led by Rabbi Shuli Passow, BJ Director of Community Engagement. Together we will learn how to be present as a visitor, and also how to listen for what’s really going on underneath. Light snacks will be provided. Register here or contact Billie with questions.
Thursday, March 30 | 7:00-8:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Join two peace activists–one an Israeli settler, Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, and one a Christian Palestinian, Antwan Saca–as they tell their personal stories and describe how the two intertwine. They come with no ready peace plans in hand, but only with the conviction that human understanding and trust will be the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom, and peace on the tiny sliver of land they both call home. Read more »
Thursday, March 30 | 10:45AM-12:00PM | New York City Hall
Join Rabbi Matalon and fellow BJ community members in supporting the dignity and rights of farm laborers. We will meet at 10:45AM in front of the City Hall steps near the Brooklyn Bridge. Let us know you’re coming here.
Click here for more information on the Justice for Farmworkers campaign and the work of Cesar Chavez.
Friday, March 31-Saturday, April 1 | 8:00-9:30PM Friday; during Shabbat morning services and 5:00-6:30PM Saturday | 88th and 89th Street
Join us in welcoming Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Vice-President of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles and Dean of its Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies. Here’s what we have in store:
- Friday: During our Community Shabbat Dinner, Artson will discuss “God of Becoming & Relationship: A New Way to Inspire Ourselves and Our Community.” Register for dinner here
- Saturday morning: At services Artson will deliver the D’var Torah, entitled “We Are All On The Way: Making the Process of Identity, Ethics, & Meaning Our Own.”
- Saturday afternoon: Artson will lecture on “Judaism as Wisdom: The World is Changing, Can Judaism Help?”
This Shabbat programming is sponsored by Stephen Stulman. Questions? Contact Billie.
Saturday, April 1 | 2:30-4:00PM | 89th Street Community House
Do you love Passover? Do you love chocolate?! If you are in 3rd-5th grade and answered yes to either of these questions, then this event is not to be missed! Come celebrate Passover in the most delicious way possible as we make our way through the Passover seder using interactive activities, Shabbat-friendly crafts, and–you guessed it–chocolate!
Members of Shorashim, email Michelle to R.S.V.P.
All other members may register here.
Saturday, April 1 | 5:00PM | 89th Street Community House
Celebrate Passover with Garinim! Students in K-2nd grade are invited to come and play games, decorate Elijah’s cup, and bring the Passover story to life. Members of Garinim, email Michelle to R.S.V.P. All other members may register here.
*Parents, want to have some fun while your children play? Israeli Wine Tasting for Young Couples and Parents will be taking place at the same time as Passover Palooza, so make sure to register now!
Saturday, April 1 | 5:00-6:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Spend a Shabbat afternoon tasting and learning about exquisite Israeli wines, noshing on cheese, and schmoozing with fellow BJ members. An Israeli wine expert from the Israeli Wine Producers Association will teach you everything you wanted to know about the growing wine industry in Israel while your children are entertained with Shabbat programming. This is a fabulous opportunity for young people (with or without kids) to get to know each other. This event is free but registration is required. Register here
We are happy to provide babysitting from 5:00-6:00PM for children ages 2 and up. The room will be supervised by BJ professional staff and teenage volunteers.
Sunday, April 2 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.
The Israeli Book Club is more than just a typical reading group: it is an intimate encounter with Israeli culture, society and politics. Our next book is A.B. Yehoshua’s first novel, The Lover (1977). In the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War, Adam, a middle-aged Israeli with a wife and daughter, searches for his wife’s lover amidst the chaos of battle. Through Adam’s quest a dramatic series of events unfold, exposing tensions on all fronts: among family, between generations, between Jews and Arabs, and in the broader landscape of Israel. Register here
Sunday, April 2 | 3:15-7:00PM (doors open at 3:00PM) | 88th Street Sanctuary
Earlier this year, BJ launched a racial justice initiative with the primary goal of exploring how issues of race, privilege, and power play out in our lives individually and within the BJ community. On April 2, we will take the next collective step in this work using the Pesah seder and its themes of liberation as a guide. Join us for singing, storytelling, and an in depth anti-racism workshop led by educator Diane Goodman.
The workshop is appropriate for adults and teens. During this portion of the event, separate programming will be available for children of all ages. We will conclude all together with dinner and song.
Sunday, April 2 | 10:30-11:30AM | 89th Street Community House
See Bryan lead Morning Minyan at 9:30AM. Following Minyan, Bryan will join us for breakfast. Members should have received an email containing the event registration link; however, if you did not receive this email, please contact Lisa Shillan.
Bryan Wexler will receive rabbinic ordination and an M.A. in Jewish Education this year from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Between 2012 and 2015, he served as rabbinic intern and rabbinic fellow in BJ’s Youth and Family department; currently he is a rabbinic intern at Park Avenue Synagogue. Bryan was selected as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He has been a unit head at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires and youth director and community educator at a synagogue in Massachusetts.
Monday, April 3 | 6:30-8:00PM | 89th Street Community House
After a loved one dies, holidays can bring to the surface painful reminders of the loss. Participate in a meaningful discussion with other bereaved Jews about how to allow for grief, while still finding meaning and comfort in the themes of Pesah. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the community, this session will be led by Social Worker Shira Felberbaum and Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein. Cosponsored by BJ and The Jewish Board’s Partners in Caring and Shira Ruskay Centers. Please R.S.V.P.
Monday, April 3 | 7:00-9:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join our Tze’irim 20s and 30s for a community Seder to hear stories from current refugees and to honor the stories of refugees throughout history. Enjoy a delicious meal while reflecting upon immigration and exile from the time of Egypt up through today, and on what we can do now to help those in need. Cost is $10. Register here.
Wednesday April 4 | 6:30-8:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
Join us for a monthly open rehearsal with music director Dan Nadel, Hazzan Ari Priven, and the rabbis to sing, learn new melodies, and delve deeper into prayer and music. All are invited to participate in co-creating our Shabbat prayer experienc
Tuesday, April 4 | 6:30-8:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Join us for an exciting moment as we explore new campaign options. We will be joined by Mirele Goldsmith to hear about the Jewish Climate Action Network. Now is the time to bring your ideas and passion to this meaningful cause. R.S.V.P. to email@example.com.
Friday, April 7 | 7:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Rabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel will lead an alternative Kabbalat Shabbat service on the first 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 workweek anxieties behind to enter holy time and welcome Shabbat. Read more about this service here.
Friday, April 7 | 5:15-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
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 play curator, Linda White. Register here by Wednesday, April 5 and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The cost is $20/members, and $27/non-members. Children eat free.
Bring voice, breath and body together in this series that will combine two devotional practices: asana yoga and piyut (Hebrew liturgical poetry). Each month we will study a new piyut, sing and chant together, and explore the piyut’s theme through a gentle yoga practice. We’ll finish in time to head into the main service in the sanctuary for Torah reading. Rabbi Shuli Passow leads the yoga, with Rabbi Roly Matalon, Dan Nadel, and rabbinic fellow Arielle Rosenberg rotating each month to provide live musical accompaniment.
Never practiced yoga before? The yoga practice will be open to all levels, so no experience is necessary to participate.
Tuesday, April 11 | 6:30-10:30PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
For the final year, Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein will lead our Community Second Night Pesah Seder. This year we will explore the themes of liberation and human dignity through the lens of gender, focusing on the struggle for women’s equality in America today and in years past. Remember to bring your own Haggadah (yes, we want many different haggadot at our tables!) and your own kosher for Pesah wine (this is optional, sweet wine will be served). In addition to this being Marcelo’s final Seder, we also thank Carol Gelles and Shula Wiener for their tireless efforts these past ten years in helping put together this evening of delicious food in a beautiful setting. This event is for members only. Registration is full, to be added to the waitlist please contact Billie.
If you would like to volunteer to help prepare for the seder, please email Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need people on Sunday and Tuesday, to chop, dice, do basic cooking and food prep, and also prepare the table settings. You do not need to attend the seder to volunteer!
Friday, April 14| 7:00PM | 89th Street Gym
Led by Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, and Karina Zilberman, this service involves meditation, reflection, deep listening and personal engagement with the parashah. Please contact Beth with any questions.
Saturday, April 15 | 8:00PM | 89th Street Community House
Join Yozma (BJ’s 40’s & 50’s social group) for an evening of guitar-playing and singing led by BJ member Craig Rosenberg and fellow musicians. Singles, couples and families of all ages are welcome. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Register here.
*Co-sponsored by Metropolitan Jewish Singles.
Wednesday, April 26 | 7:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary | Members Only
BJ Members are invited to join us for a Fireside Chat with the Rabbis, where you will have a unique opportunity to hear your rabbis’ personal testimonies about how they are called to wrestle with the issues surrounding the contemporary meaning of Jewish identity and belonging, particularly as it pertains to intermarriage.
The Fireside Chat with the Rabbis is part of BJ’s year-long examination and discussion of Jewish identity and belonging. The rabbis will share some of the insights that they have culled from the Shalom Hartman lectures and our webinars and discussions about them, the JIBC salons, and the many members’ comments on the online Insights forum. Our goal is to address the possible programmatic, halakhic or cultural changes required to honor our unfolding tradition at BJ.
Register now for what will be a truly memorable evening.
This event is open to BJ members only. If you have not received your invitation with a link to the registration page, please email Lisa Shillan or call 212-787-7600 x276.
Friday, April 28-Sunday, April 30 | Departure time TBD | Pickup Location TBD
Sunday, April 30 | 11:30AM-12:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join MusicTalks for a fun filled Yom Ha’hatzmaut celebration with the delightful children’s book, Ella’s Trip to Israel. Come along as Ella discovers all of the most breathtaking sites, such as Jerusalem, the Kotel, The Dead Sea, and the Israeli Shuk. Her magical journey through Israel will be brought to life with a sing along of the best known Israeli tunes, as well as original music composed by the Israeli composer Or Matias and performed by a musical ensemble. Following the interactive performance, the participants will be invited to meet the musicians up close and learn about the different instruments at our one of a kind “musical instrument petting zoo.”
$5 per person, walk-ins welcome. Registration information to come.
Sunday, April 30 | 2:00-6:00PM | 89th Street Community House Gym
Celebrate Yom Ha’atsmaut with the best of Israeli folk dances. Our friendly dancers will help you learn the steps (though a little experience in Israeli folk dancing is helpful!). The program ends with a mix of circle, line, and partner dances, selected mostly by request.
This special event is brought to you by Rikuday Dor Rishon, an Upper West Side community-based group dedicated to preserving the classic folk dances of Israel. Light refreshments will be served.
$5 entrance fee. Registration information to come.
Sunday, April 30 | 3:00-4:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Fifty years after the Six-Day War, 400,000 Israelis are settled on the West Bank. Many consider settlements an impediment to peace, while others consider it a fulfillment of the Zionist vision. Join Israeli Consul General and former head of the Yesha Council, Mr. Dani Dayan, for a special presentation on the impact of the settlements on Israel’s society and future. Register here for this event. Read more »
Sunday, April 30 | 5:00-6:15PM | 89th Street Community House
Join us for a special screening of excerpts from the work-in-progress documentary, HEROES. This feature film explores the real-life heroes involved in the Jewish-Ethiopian aliyah to Israel. After the screening, there will be a Q&A featuring co-director Avishai Yeganyahu Mekonen and activists who were directly involved in the aliyah efforts. Visit the film’s webpage here. Registration information to come.
Monday, May 1 | 7:00-9:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Wednesday, May 10 | 6:00PM-6:50PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall | Members Only
BJ Members are invited to join us for an intimate session with the rabbis ahead of the final lecture in our JIBC series of Shalom Hartman Lectures, with Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman. We hope you will join us!
Registration is not required for this event, but please be sure to register for the lecture which follows.
Wednesday, May 10 | 7:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join us for the final instalment of the JIBC Shalom Hartman lecture series, a key component of our year-long program. Our final speaker in the Shalom Hartman lecture series is Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman. Hartman is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute and author of Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself. He is the founder of some of the most extensive education and enrichment programs for scholars, rabbis, and religious and lay leaders in Israel and North America.
Hartman has a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy from Hebrew University, an M.A in political philosophy from New York University, an M.A. in religion from Temple University, and Rabbinic ordination from the Shalom Hartman Institute. He is the author of The Boundaries of Judaism; co-editor of Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life; co-author of Spheres of Jewish Identity; and lead author of Speaking iEngage: Creating a New Narrative Regarding the Significance of Israel for Jewish Life. He is currently completing his next book, entitled Who are the Jews? Register now.
Sunday, May 14 | 5:00-6:30PM | 89th Street Community House
The miraculous victory of the Six-Day War left a huge impact on local culture in the late 60s and early 70s. This musical presentation will feature classic songs from the post-war era, performed by our very own BJ musical ensemble. Moti Zeira, head of our partner organization HaMidrasha, will examine the impact of the war on Israeli music, the rise of military super-groups, and the subversive messages hidden within some of the all-time classics of that era.
Wednesday, May 17 | 12:00PM | Online
Join Rabbi Roly Matalon’s live interactive webinar as we explore and unfold the ideas raised in Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman’s May 10 Shalom Hartman lecture. Click here to access the webinar, which will become active at the scheduled date.
*Visit our JIBC webpage to view previous Shalom Hartman lectures and webinars.
Wednesday, May 17 | 7:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary | Members Only
This event is open to BJ Members only. More details coming soon.
Sunday, May 21 | 7:00-8:30PM | 89th Street Community House
In the American Jewish community, young Jews are starting to pull away from Israel as their values and the actions of the state of Israel come into conflict. The Jewish youth in American are like youth all over the world: they are more liberal and less religious then their elder generations. In Israel, the situation is reversed: the youth are getting more right wing and religious than their elders. Why is this the case and what does this mean for both the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the relationship between American and Israeli Jews? Join Joel Braunold of ALLMEP and Yona Shem-Tov of Encounter in exploring these questions of generational divide.