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Tuesdays October 28, November 18, December 2 and 16, January 13 and 27, February 10 | 6:30-8:30PM | 89th Street Middle Room
How do I open my heart to prayer? What happens when I pray? Who do I pray to? What/Who do I pray for? How do I find my own voice in prayer? Together with Rabbi Roly Matalon we will open and examine these and other prayer related questions through personal reflection, text study, discussion and practice. Register here.
Tuesdays, October 21–May 19 | 8:30AM | 89th Street First Floor
We 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.
12 weeks (December 3, 2014-March 4, 2015) | 9:00AM-1:00PM | UJA-Federation of New York (130 East 59th Street New York, NY 10022)
The Hebrew Free Loan Society, with the support of UJA-Federation of New York, is pleased to offer basic business training to professionals age 50+ who were impacted by the recession and its aftermath and are looking to start a new business. This comprehensive, highly interactive course is designed to provide guidance and support in a group-oriented environment. In this course, you will learn how to develop and complete your business concept, determine the viability of your business idea and outline the critical steps to a successful business launch. Please visit hfls.org/encoreentrepreneurs to learn more and apply.
Thursdays (January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, and March 5) | 12:30-1:30PM | Location provided upon registration
We will study stories that reflect the concerns and struggles, fears and fantasies, even the dark side of our Talmudic sages. We will attempt to look at ourselves in the mirror of the Talmud in order to understand and confront our own nature. No knowledge of Hebrew is required. Please bring your own lunch to the midtown location. Specific location information will be provided upon registration. Free of charge. Please note, even if you were enrolled in the Fall 2014 semester you must re-register for the classes starting in January. To register, click here.
Friday Mornings, January 9 – May 22 | 9:15-10:00AM and 10:15-11:00AM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Bim 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.
Tuesdays, January 13-May 19 | 3:15-5:15PM | 89th Street Community House
Come 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.
Lunch and Learn: The Language of Truth: The Gerer Rebbe's Commentary on Parashat HaShavua (The Weekly Torah Portion)
10 Tuesdays (January 13, 20 and 27, February 3, 10 and 24, March 3, 17, 24 and 31) | 12:30-1:45PM | 89th Street Middle Room
Study 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.
Friday, December 19, January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17 and May 15 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Rabbi 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.
Saturday, January 31 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Special invitation to an exclusive opportunity for BJ families, friends and supporters to come together post-Havdalah for browsing and shopping with a special treat: a representative from the highly regarded Israeli boutique Gabrieli will offer a private showing of custom-made judaica, jewelry and more. Free of charge and no registration required, but R.S.V.P.s are appreciated. Email Galit, Melanie, and Nadine.
Saturday, January 31 | During Shabbat Morning Services | 86th Street Sanctuary
Join us to hear from Lee Gordon, co-founder of Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel whose mission is to create a strong and inclusive shared society through a network of integrated bilingual schools and active communities. Lee will join us during and after services to share the organization’s goals and vision for the future.
Saturday, January 31 | 3:30-8:00PM | 89th Street Community House
Shabbat is the Jewish community’s most special and sacred time—and on January 31, we will celebrate one of the most special Shabbatot of the year: Shabbat Shirah, the Shabbat of Song. Our More Shabbat offers an entire afternoon of programming to keep you immersed in the spirit of Shabbat with our BJ Musicians right through Havdalah. Our full—and fun—day begins with regular Shabbat Morning Services and Community Kiddush and resumes at 3:30PM with coffee and treats at a More Shabbat Schmooze. After enjoying whichever programs interest you, please join the rest of the BJ community for a special Havdalah service at 5:30PM. For more information, contact Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, January 31 | 3:30-4:00PM | 89th Street Community House
Come before our terrific More Shabbat programming for coffee, cookies, and conversation with your fellow BJ community members. Whether you’re new or longtime members, this is a great opportunity to meet other families and have a quick nosh before our other programs begin!
Saturday, January 31 | 4:45-5:45PM | 89th Street Community House
Experience the wonderful camp sing-along feeling together and join Matt Turk in a Camp sing-along for the Soul. Celebrate joyful, heartfelt melodies that we sing together during summer camp. Together we will sing camp favorites, nigunim, Jewish melodies from around the world and American folk music including Pete Seeger classics. Contact Jo with any questions.
Saturday, January 31 | 4:45-5:45PM | 89th Street Community House
Join us for some contemplation, discussion and some improvisational jazz! A study session/concert led by BJ Musicians Amanda Monaco and Jessie Reagen Mann, and Israeli vocalist Tammy Scheffer. Amanda has composed music to several verses from the Pirkei Avot (a collection of rabbinic wisdom compiled in the 3rd Century C.E.). We will study selected verses together followed by a performance of the music written to accompany them. Contact Jo with any questions.
Saturday, January 31 | 4:45PM | 89th Street Community House
BJ musicians-in-residence, educators and parents collaborate in this special program for children ages 6 and under. Come sing along to favorite songs, learn new songs, move to music and explore a tailor-made indoor playspace created by play curator Linda White. A special musical surprise from BJ teens will inspire us all. We will laugh, snack, play, dance and sing our way together into Havdalah. This program is a part of BJ’s More Shabbat. R.S.V.P. here.
Saturday, January 31 | 4:45PM | Teen Lounge (89th Street Mezzanine)
Join the BJ teens for seudah shlishit and havdallah. We will play games, eat food, sing songs, learn together, and end Shabbat with the larger BJ community. Parents are encouraged to join us for the community wide havdallah on the third floor of 89th street around 5:45pm. R.S.V.P. to Ayala.
Saturday, January 31 | 5:45-6:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Let us come together as a community for Havdalah, as we mark the separation between sacred time and ordinary time, and prolong the beauty and harmony of Shabbat Shirah. We will begin gathering around 5:45PM and take a moment before Havdalah to search for something special from this Shabbat that we want to carry with us into the week.
Saturday, January 31 | 5:45 – 8:00PM | 89th Street Gym
End Shabbat with a night of singing in this special Havdalah & Karaoke night! Families will join the More Shabbat community Havdalah at 5:45pm, and then 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students will join Rabbinic Fellow Bryan Wexler for a special event in honor of Shabbat Shira featuring live Karaoke, a sing-off, pizza and ice cream! The cost for the event is $20 per child, $30 at the door. Please register online and email Esther with question.
Sunday, February 1 | 10:00-10:45AM | 89th Street Community House
Celebrate the birthday for the trees at BJ! We’ll discover the connection between Judaism and the environment through art, music and story, and enjoy delicious fruits to celebrate the start of springtime in Israel. Program is free. R.S.V.P. here.
Sunday, February 1 | 11:00AM-1:00PM | Location provided with R.S.V.P.
Sex Trafficking is an epidemic that hurts people from every community, from all over the world including American born children. It is estimated that 27 million people, including 2 million children, are currently in bondage in modern-day slavery across the world.
Participate in a service learning project around sex trafficking and be thoroughly trained to canvas the community. We will raise awareness with hotels and community members by providing outreach materials, all to increase the likelihood of reaching a missing child or sex trafficking victim. You can be a part of our campaign and take action. R.S.V.P. here by Wednesday, January 28.
We are excited to launch new after-school programs in Hebrew. Come sing, play, and learn with us in Hebrew. The Keshet and KesheTOT programs that were established in Brooklyn and were instrumental in creating a Hebrew speaking community are coming to BJ. Keshet is the Hebrew word for rainbow and is also a Hebrew acronym for Kehillat Safa V’ Tarbut – Community of Language and Culture. KesheTOT is the plural of Keshet. Click here for a clip about Keshet. The programs are conducted in partnership with the IAC, Israeli American Council. For more information contact Allison Kapusta or Orli Moss
Keshet, K-3rd grade | Tuesdays, October 21-June 9 | 4:00-6:00PM | 89th Street Community House
At the core of this program is creating a nurturing Hebrew/Israeli environment. Through music, classic Israeli children’s authors and poets, arts n’crafts activities children learn Hebrew as well as explore aspects of Jewish and Israeli identity values and holidays through an Israeli prism. Join us for an Open House this Tuesday September 9 at 7:00PM at the BJ Community House 270 West 89th Street to hear more about Keshet. Register here. Cost for the year (30 sessions) $900 BJ memebrs, $950 non-members. Programs start on October 21 and run through June 9.
Tuesdays, February 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.
Thursday, February 5 | 6:00-8:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join the opening reception for the Israeli mayoral delegation hosted by BJ. Thirty Arab-Israeli mayors will be in NYC as part of a study tour looking to learn and be inspired by local initiatives of engaging minority groups in civic life. The delegation is an initiative of Givat Haviva.
Friday, February 6 | 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; dietary laws observed. While adults are finishing their meal, play curator, Linda White, will engage children in open play and exploration. Register here by Wednesday, February 4 and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions or specific dietary requests. Cost is $25/members, and $32/non-members; thanks to a generous donation, all children eat free.
Saturday, February 7 | 5:15 PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
If you’ve ever wondered what BJ looks like in the middle of the night, now’s your chance to find out! On Saturday, February 7, all 5th graders can sign up to spend the night at BJ and have a great time with new and old friends. This is a next step along the B’nai Mitzvah journey.
Parents should stay at the beginning for Havdalah at 5:15, and then at 6:00PM it’s kids-only, as we’re joined by 3rd and 4th graders for Movie Night. That night, we will have a special 5th grade only program and then only 5th graders will spend the night with BJ staff and educators. In the morning, parents can join us at 9:00AM for a light breakfast. The cost for the overnight is $40, and includes dinner, snacks, and breakfast. Register online before Friday, January 23. Please contact Nina Loftspring with questions.
Saturday, February 7 | 6:00-8:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
End Shabbat with a movie night and an Italian feast! BJ’s third, fourth, and sixth graders and their families are invited to join together for Havdalah in Frankel Hall at 6:00PM. Following Havdalah, children will enjoy the film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, plus Italian food and gelatto! The cost is $20 per child, $30 on the night of. Register here by February 4 and contact Esther with any questions. 5th Graders will attend as part of 5th Grade Overnight.
Sunday, February 8 | 9:00AM-5:30PM | 88th Street Synagogue and 89th Street Community House
Attend this full day of panel discussions, films, dance, and more that celebrates 25 years of Standing Again at Sinai, and the changes in Judaism this book seeded. We will explore how Jewish feminism has enriched and challenged Jewish life in every domain, celebrate the progress we’ve made, and speak openly about where we can go from here. Register here. Contact Jo or call x241 with any questions.
Monday, February 9 | 6:30-8:45PM | 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 to include the predominately immigrant laborers who make New York’s multi-billion dollar agricultural economy possible. Through the passage of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act, we hope to ensure that laborers who produce the food on which we depend in NYS can have the dignity and equality they deserve. If you are interested in attending this meeting or have questions, please contact Lisa.
Wednesday, February 11 | 6:30-8:45 PM | 89th Street Middle Room
Now is a great time to get involved. The Hevra is meeting to regroup and recap all of the wonderful work from the past few months including our Elder Care Dialogue series and Report Release. Join us to learn more about the work we’ve been doing and next steps. R.S.V.P. to Larissa or call x272.
Wednesdays, February 11, 18, & 25 | 6:30-9:15PM | Drisha Institute for Jewish Education (37 West 65th Street, 5th Floor)
Our friends at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education extend an invitation to learn more about hunger and food insecurity in the United States, to consider our responsibilities toward those in need, and to find out what we can do to help. See more about the program here and participate to become a more informed citizen better prepared to effect change.
Wednesday, February 11 | 7:00-8:30PM | 89th Street Chapel
Join renowned Jewish educator Peter Geffen to learn about the upcoming World Jewish Studies Seminar opportunity to travel to Morocco with BJ. This incredible trip will bring a limited number of BJ members to this beautiful and culturally varied country, with an eye for its Jewish history. There will be a minimum required donation to BJ for the trip. Registration is required for this informational session – please call Lisa Steinberg at x228.
Thursday, February 12 | 6:30 – 8:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Discover the rarely explored works and lives of Yiddish women authors of the 20th Century. Rescued from oblivion by feminist scholars and translators, these short stories, memoirs and novel extracts bring to light our foremothers’ experience and history in Eastern Europe, North America, and Israel. Recurring themes include family and gender relations, work, education, political life, migration and the Holocaust. Texts will be available in translation and in the original Yiddish. Register here.
Frieda Forman has been a teacher, writer and scholar in the fields of Jewish Studies and Women’s Studies for over four decades. She was the founder and coordinator of the Women’s Educational Resources Centre at OISE/University of Toronto, where she is currently an associate scholar. She was the researcher, co- editor, and a translator of Found Treasures: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers, the first collection of Yiddish women’s literature in translation. More recently, she edited The Exile Book of Yiddish Women Writers.
In conjunction with her talk, she will also lead a series of 4-6 Workshops/Discussions at BJ on Yiddish Women Writers, dates to be announced.
Friday, February 13 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Led 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.
Saturday, February 14 | 5:15-6:15PM | 89th Street Community House
Families with children ages 5 and under are invited to explore Havdalah, the ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat, through art, song, and story. Kids are encouraged to come in pajamas to help create a warm and cozy atmosphere as we say goodbye to Shabbat and look forward to the week ahead. Register here and contact Allison with any questions.
Saturday, February 21 | 10:00-10:45AM | 86th Street SPSA | קשתות בשבת בבוקר
Additional dates- March 21, April 18, May 16 תאריכים נוספים
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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. Please email Allison or Orli with any questions. Registration required. In collaboration with the IAC.
Saturday, February 21 | 5:30-7:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Student Hazzan Shoshi Rosenbaum for an interactive, warm, and inviting musical Havdalah 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 not required.
6 Mondays (Remaining dates- February 23, March 30, and May 4) | 7:00-8:30PM | 89th Street Community House
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 – The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron. Other books on the list are – The Falafel King is Dead by Sara Shilo, and Some Day by Shemi Zarhin.
Tuesday, February 24 | 6:00-9:00PM | R.S.V.P. for location
Join us as we undertake community education and outreach for our new Environmental Justice Campaign. We are proud to join a diverse coalition to support the Transform Don’t Trash NYC Campaign, which proposes systemic changes to the commercial waste industry in New York City. We are looking to engage community members and local business owners in conversation regarding current commercial waste conditions and how City Council legislation would have a revolutionary effect on New York City, our environment, and its waste management practices. This local initiative would expand recycling diversion, improve job safety and truck quality, and lower emissions/pollution to contribute to broader efforts to stem the tide of climate change. Get involved! R.S.V.P. by contacting Les.
Tuesday, March 10 | 10:30AM-4:00PM | Pomegranate Market (1507 Coney Island Ave Brooklyn, NY 11230)
Come along on a subway ride to the lively Orthodox Jewish shopping area on Avenue M, Brooklyn. One of the neighborhood highlights is the renowned kosher supermarket “Pomegranate,” where you can get hard to find kosher items, special produce and all sorts of pre-Pesah goodies. We will be making arrangements for delivery of food packages back to BJ to avoid carrying bags on the subway. (Avenue M subway has stairs to an elevated station.) Register here by Friday, March 6.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin Speaks on “Navigating The Challenges of Friendship Through Illness, Grief and Sickness of Heart”
Tuesday, March 24 | 6:30–8:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
“Illness is friendship’s proving ground,” writes Letty Cottin Pogrebin in her latest book, How To Be A Friend To A Friend Who’s Sick. Fascinated by the varied reactions of her friends during her recent bout with breast cancer, she was inspired to interview more than 80 people to learn what those who are hurting — physically or emotionally — wished their friends or relatives had said or done to provide help and comfort. Everyone knows someone who is sick or suffering. Yet when a friend is ill, many of us feel awkward or uncertain about how to respond. Pogrebin will talk about about a new etiquette of illness based on honesty, empathy, and a large dose of humor. R.S.V.P. here by Friday, March 20.
Tuesday, April 14 | 6:30-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
This 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.
Thursday June 25 – Saturday July 4 | Multiple locations, Israel
What if you could get an in depth view into Israeli society in only 10 days? Join Rabbi Marcelo and BJ’s Orli Moss on our next BJ community trip to Israel and meet interesting people, visit captivating places and hear about both the vision and the realities shaping Israel’s history in real time. Take a deep dive into the evolution of Kibbutzim, hear from the founders of organizations impacting Israeli society, and spend an Israeli Shabbat with BJ’s partners. Whether this is your first visit to Israel or your tenth, this amazing opportunity to travel with our BJ community is one you really shouldn’t miss. Click here for more information and to register.
Every 2nd Thursday, remaining dates: January 29, February 12, 26 March 12 | 8:30-9:15AM following Morning Minyan | 89th Street Community House
What headlines are Israelis waking up to? Start the day with an overview of Israeli news in three key areas: politics, society and culture and Middle East events. Led by Dr. Jonathan Cummings, political analyst and scholar of Israel and the Middle East and husband of Orli Moss, BJ’s Director of Israel Engagement. Registration required. To join over the phone please dial -866.672.5590 Conference code – 975 5145 531.