Upcoming Events

High Holy Days Sermons 5779

Click here to listen to our rabbis’ High Holy Days sermons from Rosh Hashanah, including first evening with Rabbi Roly Matalon, first day with Rabbi Felicia Sol, first day with Rabbi Matalon, second day with Rabbi Sol, and second day with Rabbi Matalon. Video is also available for services that took place in the BJ Sanctuary. We will add Yom Kippur sermons following the High Holy Days.

Friday Evening Service: Please Note Change of Time!

Shabbat Evening Services: PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME!

From September 7, Kabbalat Shabbat will begin at 6:30PM

From October 5 throughout the winter, Kabbalat Shabbat will begin at 6:15PM

From March 15 throughout next summer, Kabbalat Shabbat will begin at to 6:30PM



Thursday, September 20 | 6:00PM | BJ Rooftop
Start the new year right by jumping into the mitzvah of Sukkah-building! Join us to help hang walls, raise the branches, and bring our Sukkah to life. Please R.S.V.P. to let us know you’re coming.

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Fall Teen Retreat

Friday, September 21-Sunday, September 23 | Hands In 4 Youth, 256 Macopin Road, West Milford, NJ

Looking to unwind and enjoy being with your friends during the High Holy Days? Join us for a meaningful Shabbat away from the city. Throughout the weekend, teens will connect with friends old and new while enhancing their connection to the BJ community. Participate in team-building and leadership development, along with plenty of other activities, including a low ropes course and cookout by the bonfire! Teens will not have to worry about missing school; we will leave after school lets out on Friday. This retreat is exclusively for teens in grades 8-12.

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Bim Bam in the Fall!

Fridays, September 21-December 14 | 10:15-11:00AM11:15AM-12:00PM | BJ 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. The 10:15AM session  features both English and Hebrew songs, while the 11:15AM session is full Hebrew immersion. The series (12 classes) is $240/members and $360/non-members. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New BJ members may attend for free. The program is led by Shira Averbuch. Questions? Contact Danielle Freedman (x260). No class on November 23. Read more »

Sliding into Sukkot: Family Breakfast

Sunday, September 23 | 10:15-11:30AM | BJ Community House Sukkah
Families with children are invited for a late breakfast in the BJ sukkah! Sing holiday tunes, shake the lulav, and create festive decorations to beautify our sukkah. The cost is $10 per family for BJ members and $18 per family for non-members. Contact Adina with any questions.

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All You Need Is Lulav!

Sunday, September 23 | 12:00PM | Meet at BJ Community House, Head to Lower East Side
Did you know that, in the late 19th century, the Lower East Side’s Jewish population was so large that, had it been a separate city, it would have been the largest Jewish city in the world?

Join us for an adventure on the Lower East Side. This sensory-rich learning experience for individuals and families of all ages will enhance your Sukkot celebrations. We will explore and shop (those who wish can purchase) for a special lulav and etrog set. Learn about the etrog (fruit of the hadar), lulav (palm frond), hadassim (at least three myrtle, leafy trees), aravot (willow twigs), as well as how to make a holder and rings woven from palm fronds to hold the branches together. Learn and practice how to take the four kinds, say the blessings, and wave them in all six directions.

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Open Sukkah Times 5779

Come one, come all to BJ’s open sukkah during these hours:

Sunday, September 23 | 7:00-10:00PM
Monday, September 24 | 12:00 noon-3:00PM and 7:30-10:00PM
Tuesday, September 25 | 12:00 noon-3:00PM
Wednesday, September 26 | 12:00 noon-2:00PM
Thursday, September 27 | 2:00-4:00PM
Friday, September 28 | 12:00 noon-3:00PM
Saturday, September 29 | 3:00-5:00PM
Sunday, September 30 | 7:00-10:00PM

No Longer Strangers: Prayer and Music in the Jewish African American Tradition

Tuesday, September 25 | 7:30PM | BJ Community House Sukkah
Much like Ashkenazic nigunim and Mizrahpiyut melodies, the music of the African American spiritual tradition, heard in familiar songs like “Motherless Child” and “Wade in the Water,” are part of a rich history that define a Jewish African American experience. Join BJ member Zakai Ben Chaim and BJ Music Director Dan Nadel for a unique musical collaboration exploring the cultural and spiritual significance of this powerful music as it is now being enfolded into our global Jewish identity and shaping a shared belief, history, and language. Limited seating is available for this special evening in the BJ Community Sukkah. Register here to join us!

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Family Pre-Service Oneg

Friday, September 28 | 5:45PM | BJ Community House Sukkah
Families are invited to enjoy appetizers and wine before Kabbalat Shabbat services. Connect with friends and get to know new families, then we will head to the sanctuary to enjoy services together.

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Community Shabbat Potluck in the Sukkah with Rabbi Erin Glazer

Friday, September 28 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Community House Sukkah
It’s the first Community Shabbat Dinner of the year! What better way to come together than in the Sukkah for a holiday about hospitality and the harvest? Bring something delicious to share, grab a bottle of your favorite kosher wine, and get ready to bring in Shabbat the BJ way: with a little singing, some learning with the newest member of BJ’s rabbinic team, Rabbi Erin Glazer, and the embrace of community. Please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish for 8-10 people, and consider including a bottle of kosher wine with your contribution. You can come early to drop your dish off in the Sukkah before heading to services. If you are able to volunteer to help set out food before dinner, please indicate this when you sign up.

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Kohelet and Qawwali

Saturday, September 29 | 1:00-2:00PM | BJ Chapel

The book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), traditionally read on Sukkot, has provoked and inspired readers for centuries. Join BJ Rabbinic Fellow Margo Hughes-Robinson and special musical guests for an opportunity to dig deeper into this text, and hear the reading of Megillat Kohelet in a new and participatory way, inspired by devotional music of the Sufi tradition. No registration necessary.

Aviv: 20s and 30s Havdalah and Sukkah Hop

Saturday, September 29 | 6:30PM | BJ Community House Sukkah

Join us for havdalah in the BJ sukkah, followed by drinks and a snack! Meet new friends and mingle with 20s and 30s in the community as we check out other sukkot on the UWS. This event is free but, please R.S.V.P. so we have the right amount of refreshments.

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Moving Traditions 2018-2019

Sundays (Monthly*), September 30, 2018-April 28, 2019 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location TBD

Rosh Hodesh (Sisterhood) and Shevet (Brotherhood), are small, single-gender, single-grade groups, led by Moving Traditions-trained adult mentors. Find your own Jewish community in a safe, relaxed space filled with activities, discussion, exploration, and fun. Our research-based and field-tested curriculum applies Jewish wisdom and values to supporting teens in the issues they care about most, such as relationships, gender roles, healthy sexuality, social media, pressure, and stress.

Dates: September 30, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, April 7, April 28

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Family Simhat Torah Celebration

 Monday, October 1 5:30-6:30PM | BJ Sanctuary 

Join us for a lively evening as we celebrate Simhat Torah together. Families are invited to help us mark the end of another Torah cycle and the beginning of a new one with dancing, hakafot (rotations around the room), singing, and good company! Contact Adina for more information.

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Aviv: 20s and 30s Simhat Torah Pre-Gathering

Monday, October 1 | 6:00PM | BJ Reception Room

Simhat Torah is a joyous holiday! Grab dessert and a drink, and mix and mingle with other 20s and 30s in our community. Then, at 7:30PM, we will move to the sanctuary to celebrate the holiday. 

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Wise Living

Beginning October 2 | Various Times | Various Locations

Grounded in mindfulness and spiritual practices such as meditation, journaling, movement, and blessings from Judaism and other faith traditions, Wise Living offers social, emotional, and spiritual insights to help individuals meet the challenges of these years with a sustaining spirit. Guided by the book Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit by BJ members Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Linda Thal, peer groups will be led by trained facilitators and meet regularly for meaningful and fulfilling discussions.

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Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

Farmworkers' Rights

Thursday, October 4 | 6:30-8:30PM | BJ Middle Room

Get involved in the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign. 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 predominantly 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.

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Tot Shabbat

Friday, October 5 | 5:15-7:30PM | 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. Register by Wednesday, October 3, and contact Danielle Freedman with any questions. The cost is $22 for members / $29 for non-members. All children eat for free. Read more »

Hakhanah laTefillah

Every Other Saturday Beginning October 6 | 8:45-9:25AM | BJ Chapel

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. This series is open to all, no registration necessary.

Hebrew Speaking Havurah

Second Sunday of Each Month* | 5:30-7:00PM | Location Given Upon Registration

Get together with other Hebrew speakers to discuss current affairs. Each month, a topic will be chosen and reading material (in both English and Hebrew) will be provided. At each meeting, we will hold a discussion in Hebrew.

The meetings are facilitated by Rabbi Yisrael Serok, former senior in the Mossad, who was in charge of the underground immigration of Jews from Syria and other Arab countries. Rabbi Serok has vast knowledge of both contemporary Israeli society and Jewish sources, and always offers a unique perspective on Israeli current affairs.

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Hebrew Ulpan Classes אולפן עברית

Beginning October 8 | Mondays, 5:00-7:00PM and 7:00-9:00PM | BJ Community House

Join members of the BJ, Habonim and Shaare Zedek communities in a small group environment to build and improve your Hebrew conversational skills. The Hebrew Ulpan course teaches the fundamental structure of Hebrew and its basic forms, as well as the necessary vocabulary for everyday conversations, reading, and writing. This class is open to both members and non-members of the three synagogues so invite your friends to join!

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The Five "W"s of Prayer: Who/What/When/Where/Why

Prayer shawl. Photo: Oren Hayon

Mondays, October 8-November 5 | 7:00-8:00PM | BJ Community House

Whether you have a committed prayer practice, find yourself lost in the siddur, or consider yourself somewhere in between, join Rabbinic Fellow Abi Weber for this five-part series as we explore the five W’s of prayer. Why do we pray? What are the components of prayer? When do we pray? Where do we pray? To whom do we pray? God? Ourselves? The community? By delving into ancient texts and contemporary conversations looking at the large theological questions of prayer, as well as its everyday practicalities, we will gain a deeper understanding of this Jewish spiritual practice. Each class will stand alone, so new participants are always welcome. 

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Kadima@BJ Shirah with Shira

Tuesdays, October 9-December 18 | 4:00-4:45PM | BJ Community House

Kadima@BJ is excited to announce a new Hebrew immersion class geared towards children ages 2-5. Shira Averbuch will lead children and their parents and caregivers in music, stories, and movement. Children will gain a sense of community rooted in Jewish tradition, while gaining exposure to Israeli culture, Hebrew language, and holiday customs. Cost for the fall semester is $200 for members and $300 for non-members. Both members and non-members may receive a sibling discount ($50 off). Contact Danielle Freedman for more information.

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Baby Fingers

Wednesdays, October 10-November 14 | 3:30-4:30PM | BJ Middle Room 
Learn American Sign Language through songs and play with other parents, educators, and children close to your child’s age. Go home each week with new vocabulary and new tunes to enhance communication between you and your child, with added focus on Judaic concepts, traditions, and holidays. Whether you intend to incorporate sign language in your life for the long term, or simply during this pre-verbal/developing verbal time, watch in awe as your child discovers the world of language. See the research come to life, as music and sign language both aid in the development of language and literacy. Stories, songs, games, and movement to music are included in our teaching methods. The 6-session series costs $120 for members, $180 for non-members. Contact Mike Witman with questions.

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Teen Learning Series

Wednesdays, October 2018 through May 2019 | 6:00-7:15PM

Want a chance to learn, study, and discuss some of the most intriguing issues facing Jewish teens today? Join us as we explore R-rated Talmud, the complexities of Israel, civil rights, poverty, and race within Judaism. Sessions will be facilitated by Aniko Gomory, Ayala Wasser, Rabbi Felicia Sol, Moshe Samuels, and outside facilitators.  Read more »

An Evening with Human Rights Lawyer Bryan Stevenson

Wednesday, October 10 | 7:00-10:00PM | BJ Sanctuary

B’nai Jeshurun, in partnership with the JCC’s Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility, is proud to present an engaging and personal discussion with human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Just Mercy, Equal Justice Initiative), who will share his perspectives on the American justice system and the social, racial, and economic divides currently affecting our country.

Mr. Stevenson is one of the country’s most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates, and a leader in the movement against mass incarceration in the United States. Under his leadership, the Equal Justice Initiative has won major legal challenges elimintating excessive and unfair stencencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults.

Mr. Stevenson recently spearheaded the opening of the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which memorializes victims of lynching and white supremacy.

$10 for members of BJ or JCC/$18 non-members

Note: BJ members should enter the code BJ1018 to receive this rate.

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Family Shabbat Dinner: Goodbye Summer and Welcome Home

Friday, October 12 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Chapel

The holidays are over, but the year is just beginning! Join us for a “welcome home” Shabbat dinner as we say goodbye to summer and the holiday season, and get ready for the amazing year ahead. We hope you will join us and bring a friend. Families of all ages welcome. Register by Monday, October 8. 

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Aviv: 20s and 30s Shabbat Game Night

Friday, October 12 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Frankel Hall

Join us for a Shabbat game night with pizza and wine! Bring your favorite board game (one that doesn’t require a pencil) for a night of fun with other 20s and 30s in the community. The event is free, but please sign up so we know how much pizza to order.

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Haleli Nafshi

Saturday, October 13 | 6:00PM | 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 niggunim and zemirot as havdalah approaches.

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Family Open House at the Home of Rabbi Felicia Sol

Sunday, October 14 | 10:30AM-12:30PM | Location Given 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 Sol’s home. Enjoy snacks and schmoozing while children engage in games and play.

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Israeli Book Club

Sunday, October 14 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location Given Upon registration 

BJ’s Israeli Book Club is more than just your 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 Israeli issues.

About Our Holocaust

Beautifully translated from Hebrew, Our Holocaust is a novel narrated by a nameless child of Holocaust survivors. A prizewinner in Israel, it tells the story of relatives who are “collected” by virtue of the fact that they themselves have no one to call their own family since many of their parents, children, brothers and siblings were murdered during the Holocaust.

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Monday Meditation Minyan

Mondays, beginning October 15 | 6:30-7:00PM | BJ Chapel
Whether you have a deep meditation practice or are interested in exploring mindfulness for the first time, we invite you to join us for Monday Meditation Minyan, led by Yael Shy. Each session will begin with wisdom from the Jewish tradition, followed by focused meditation (with some guidance), a short discussion, and an opportunity for community members to recite Mourner’s Kaddish. No experience or registration necessary; all are welcome.

Monday Meditation Minyan meets weekly, with the exception of national and Jewish holidays.

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Ritual Lab: Emerging from a Year of Mourning

Mondays, October 15, 22, and 29 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Middle Room
Become a member of this year’s first Ritual Lab cohort, delving into the experience of mourners completing a year of saying Kaddish for a loved one. The daily action of saying Kaddish is among the most powerful of Jewish rituals, and yet there can be an additional sense of loss when the year of mourning concludes. Join 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 the act of emerging beyond the year of mourning.

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"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Reading Torah

Tuesdays, October 16-December 18 | 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. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol as we imagine old world wisdom for everyday life. Each class will stand alone, so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. This series is free of charge.

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“Wiki-Torah: Genesis” Weekly Torah Study with BJ Rabbinic Fellow Tobias Divack Moss

Tuesdays, October 16-December 18* | 6:30-7:45PM | BJ Chapel

Way before Wikipedia, Judaism developed an ever-expanding network of texts. Using the weekly portions from Genesis 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. New participants of any background are always welcome. Please sign up to let us know you are coming.

*No class on October 23 or December 4.

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Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Wednesdays starting October 17 | 7:00-8:30PM | Frankel Hall

Ethical questions of war and peace, global warming, immigration, and healthcare can be overwhelming. And yet, consciously or not, we answer critical ethical questions every day as we order our coffee, pay our workers, dine with our friends, and even shop online.
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"In the Mirror" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

Embedded Gateways. Photo: Karoly Lorentey

Thursdays, October 18, 25; November 1, 29; December 6, 13, 20; January 10, 17, 24; March 7, 14, 28; April 4, 11| 12:30-1:30PM | Location Provided Upon Registration

We will continue our close reading of short stories about the lives, struggles, and concerns of the Talmudic rabbis, in order to uncover deeper layers of our own selves and to become better equipped to wrestle with our human nature. No knowledge of Hebrew is required; you are welcome to bring your own lunch to class. This series is free of charge, but open to BJ members only. Read more »

Let it Rise: Challah Baking 101

Sunday, October 21 | 1:00-4:00PM | Frankel Hall and BJ Kitchen
Nothing evokes the feeling of Shabbat (or brings people running!) quite like the smell of freshly-baked challah. This hands-on introductory course, led by Vanessa Harper (the rabbinical student and baker behind @lechlechallah on Instagram), will teach you how to use your own two hands and a few simple ingredients to bring the magic of homemade bread to your own Shabbat table. You’ll leave with flour on your shirt, your own braided challah ready to bake at home, and a wealth of knowledge around challah’s history, rituals, and significance.

If yeast intimidates you and a three-stranded braid might as well be a knitted sweater, this class is for you. If you can make challah with your eyes closed, this class is not for you (wait for the master class on interpretive challah shaping later this year). This class features a learning session that will be geared towards adult learners; younger learners comfortable with this level are welcome.

There is a materials fee of $18/person, space is limited.

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Taste of Other Israel—Short Film Screening 

Thursday, October 25 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Community House 
Join for a screening of three thought-provoking short films from the JCC’s Other Israel Film Festival. The festival presents films that give an in-depth look into Israeli and Palestinian societies and minority populations in Israel. Come watch, learn, and discuss topics important to Israeli society today, led by Hai Piasetzki, the UWS Jewish Agency Shaliah (emissary) to the UWS. Make sure to join us for the full festival from November 1-8 (more info at www.otherisrael.org).
The screening is free but registration is required.

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Reach for Shabbat Retreat

Friday, October 26-Sunday, October 28 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center

Mark your calendars for our annual for Shabbat Family retreat! This retreat is an incredible opportunity to get to know our Kadima@BJ community, including other families and teachers. Throughout the weekend, we will experience the power of a community coming together to create a home away from home.

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Om Shalom Trio

Saturday, October 27 | 7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Join cellist Jessie Reagan Mann and the Om Shalom Trio for an evening of globe-spanning music, merging Indian classical music and various Jewish melodies to create a unique blend and sound. The Om Shalom Trio is a group of award-winning eastern and western classical and world music artists who have traveled the globe performing individually and as an ensemble. Limited seating available, register below.

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Meet IDF Special Forces Rescue Unit 669 Alumni

Sunday, October 28 | 5:00-6:30PM | BJ Community House

Join us for an evening of stories and insights into the special world of Unit 669—Israel’s elite combat search and rescue unit. Learn how the unit’s alumni utilize the unique skills gained in their military service, their comradely, and devotion to saving people’s lives to continue providing humanitarian aid and promote social action in Israel and around the globe.

The 669 Alumni Organization was founded on the same principles and values as the unit itself: helping others, embracing social responsibility, and contributing to the public good in order to make the country and its people stronger. Our mission is to help empower the unit’s veterans to maximize their human capital, positively impacting not only their own futures and community, but also Israeli society overall. Click here to read a summary of the organization’s activities in the last three years.

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Cooking In Hebrew: A Course in Israeli Cuisine (Thursday Class, FULL)

Fall: November 1, November 29, January 3, February 7; Spring: March 7, April 11, May 16, June 6 | 6:30-9:00PM | Frankel Hall

NOTE: Thursday class is currently full, click here for Wednesday class

Food is a world unto itself. It’s a peep-through window, a bridge between worlds and a key to different cultures. Food brings people together and opens hearts; food comforts and stimulates memories.

Cooking In Hebrew (מבשלים בעברית), is a unique workshop series sponsored by the World Zionist Organization—Department for Diaspora Activities. Throughout the meetings, participants learn to prepare traditional Israeli and Middle-Eastern kosher dishes, exposing them to Israel’s multi-cultural society, and an opportunity to improve on their Hebrew in the process. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or cooking necessary – this program is suitable for beginners and fluent Hebrew speakers alike! In each session, participants will prepare a three-course meal that relates to an upcoming event or holiday in the Jewish calendar. Throughout the class, they will learn more about Jewish culinary traditions that relate to that holiday, learn related Hebrew vocabulary, and, later, eat the meal. Read more »

Yedid Nefesh: Uncovering the Melodies of Shabbat

Friday, November 2 | 5:30PM | BJ Chapel
Prepare to enter Shabbat by joining Hazzan Ari Priven for this new opportunity to unlock the melodies that you’ll hear throughout Shabbat services. Discover exciting new melodies, let the old favorites into your heart, and prepare for Shabbat in a truly beautiful way. No registration necessary, all are welcome.

Moot Court—Religious Freedom in Israel

Sunday, November 4 | 5:00-7:00PM | BJ Community House 

The moot court program will present a path-breaking human rights petition to the Israeli High Court of Justice. The petition will assert that the Court should finally recognize freedom to marry outside the country’s Chief Rabbinate. The oral argument will debate the continued viability of the Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly over matters of personal status like marriage and divorce. The petitioners will assert that Israel’s founders never intended to create a straitjacket over such matters forever, and that the modern reality of the Jewish state demands that matters of personal status like marriage no longer be exclusively controlled by an increasingly rigid religious bureaucracy. The respondents will argue that divergent approaches to personal status will fracture the unity of the Jewish people if the clear mandates of Jewish law in the sensitive arena of personal status, preserving rabbinical authority over marriage, and safeguarding the legitimacy of children are disregarded.

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Israel Salon: Healing Across The Divides

Thursday, November 8 | 7:00-8:30PM | Location Given Upon Registration

Come and meet Patrick Levy and Nehad Fattah, the Israeli and Palestinian coordinators of Healing Across The Divides (HATD)—an organization whose goal is to improve the health of marginalized people living in Israel and the West Bank via community-based intervention. By providing grants for three-year projects that will operate simultaneously on both sides of the fence, serve as a platform for relationship building between communities and practitioners, and produce measurable improved health for Israelis and Palestinians, HATD hopes to promote a resolution to the conflict. In the meeting, we will learn more about the organization and the amazing grantees and projects they support, along with how they overcome the unique challenges that they encounter while running such programs.

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Family Shabbat Dinner: Camp Shabbat

Friday, November 9 | Dinner Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Chapel

Experience the magic of Jewish summer camp. Join us for BJ Shabbat services and a dinner brimming with kavannot given by past and present campers of all ages! Make sure to sport your favorite camp t-shirt; the dinner will be filled with “camp-style” shirah. A special, but not exclusive, invitation goes out to our Kitah Bet families! Register by Monday, November 5.

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Aviv: 20s and 30s Shabbat Dinner

Friday, November 9 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Frankel Hall

Join us for a Kabbalat Shabbat service and a catered Kosher Shabbat dinner! Mix and mingle with 20s and 30s from the community and make new friends over dinner. The cost is $18 for members and $25 for non-members.

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The Mindful Calendar Series: Forgiveness

Saturday, November 17 | Following Kiddush | BJ Chapel

What does it mean to forgive? Does forgiving mean we have to condone hurtful actions? In this session with Rabbi Shuli Passow, we will bring gentle presence to the ways we’ve been hurt and have hurt others, as a step towards releasing ourselves from the corrosive chains of resentment. Forgiveness is a practice of courage and compassion: come prepared to share, to listen without judgement, and to open your heart in love.
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BJ Sanctuary Centennial Gala

Monday, December 3 | 6:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Save the date for the BJ Sanctuary Centennial Gala: a spectacular evening to honor the leadership of Jeannie Blaustein and Peter Bokor and to celebrate the life and work of Rabbi Rachel Cowan. More details to come.

Aviv: The Tova Project with 20s and 30s

Thursday, December 6 | 6:30PM | Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, 1 West 4th Street

Our very own rabbinic fellow, Tobias Divack Moss, will be presenting an evening’s worth of music and story in honor of his grandmother, Tova.  Read more »

Family Shabbat Dinner: PJs and Hanukkah!

Friday, December 14 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Chapel

A Hanukkah-themed breakfast for dinner can’t be beat, so join us for PJ Shabbat! Children will enjoy music, games, and a bedtime story. Come in your coolest, goofiest, or favorite PJs. A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Gan families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, December 10.

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Israeli Art and Culture Salon Series

Every First Sunday, January-June 2019 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location Given Upon Registration

In this six-part salon series, BJ members will get to meet some of the most promising Israeli artists working in New York today, each of whom 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 overarching theme that will shed new light on Israeli arts and culture. The series is curated by BJ’s music director Dan Nadel, and facilitated by BJ’s shaliah Moshe Samuels.

Meeting Dates: January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2

Interested in hosting one of these fabulous salons? Please contact Moshe Samuels.

Family Shabbat Dinner: Tu Bishvat is Tu BGreat

Friday, January 11, 2019 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Chapel

This month’s family Shabbat dinner will be Tu Bishvat themed! Join us for great food, better company, and fun games for children and adults alike as we prepare to celebrate the Jewish birthday of the trees. A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Aleph families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, January 7.

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Teen Civil Rights Journey to Georgia and Alabama

Thursday, January 17–Monday, January 21, 2019 | Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia

8th and 9th graders, join us as we venture south to learn about the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as explore the struggle for racial justice and equality happening today. Our partner organization, Etgar 36, is dedicated to developing the future political voice by taking Jewish teens on a journey through America and empowering them to get involved politically and socially to change the world. We will explore the link between Jews and the Civil Rights movement and understand why Jews, as a people who have known oppression, must care and act when others are oppressed. Cost is $1,450 per teen. Register by October 5.

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BJ Mindfulness Retreat in Nature

Register now for January 20-27, 2019 | Costa Rica

Is multitasking in your daily life taking a toll? Spend a week of simple living in the rich ecology of the Costa Rican rain forest and the rustic elegance and organic fine cuisine of La Montaña Azul Center. Led by Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, we will explore Jewish mindfulness practices as a way to connect more deeply with our souls, 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.
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Jewish Mindfulness and Healing Relationships

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2019 | 7:00-8:00PM | BJ Chapel

Family life can be the landscape where we find great meaning and purpose, and at the same time, be the container for some of our most challenging relationships and emotions. Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein for an exploration of these universal conflicts, and the tools that mindfulness practice and the wisdom of our tradition can offer in bringing a sense of healing to complex familial relationships.

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7th Grade Trip to Washington D.C.

Friday, February 8-Sunday, February 10, 2019 | Washington, D.C.

This 7th grade trip focuses on our Jewish past, present, and future. Through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, intensive reflection, a Shabbat experience, the Newseum, and more, we will explore what it means to live a full Jewish life in light of our modern history and current events. This formative trip also serves as a community-building experience for our B’nai Mitzvah class.

If you are enrolled in Kadima@BJ, please select the prepaid option when registering. All 7th graders are invited to join us for this experience—the cost for those who have not prepaid is $450.

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Family Shabbat Dinner: Jews around the World

Friday, February 8, 2019 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Chapel

Join us as we celebrate Jewish communities from all around the world! We will explore different customs, cuisines, and traditions over Shabbat dinner. Do you have a special family tradition? Share it here! A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Gimmel and Dalet families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, February 4th.

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Teen Service Learning Trip to the Dominican Republic

Sunday, February 17–Sunday, February 24, 2019 | The Dominican Republic

10th-12th graders, join us on our annual service learning trip. Help build much-needed schools and complete a community center for some of the poorest neighborhoods of Santo Domingo. Spend off-hours in classic Caribbean style—socializing, dancing, laughing, and practicing your Spanish. Afternoons will be spent on educational excursions to the Zona Colonial, artisan markets, beaches, and caves. We will be partnering with Visions Service Adventures, a reliable organization that has well-established relationships with the communities in which we will be working. Cost is $2,400 per teen. Register by October 15.

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Family Shabbat Dinner: Seasonal Sensation

Friday, March 8, 2019 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Chapel

Join the Family Life and Learning team for a joyful Shabbat dinner. As we exit winter, this dinner will celebrate the wonderful ways in which the seasons heighten our different senses. A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Hey families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, March 4. 

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Family Shabbat: Shabbat Israeli Cool!

Friday, April 12, 2019 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Chapel

We hope you and your family will join us for our April Family Shabbat dinner! Our Israeli-themed dinner will celebrate Israeli culture, Shinshinim will introduce our students to new and fun Israeli games, and we will enjoy the delicious cuisine. A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Vav families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, April 8. 

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6th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Retreat

Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5, 2019 | Camp Ramah Nyack, Christian Herald Rd, Nyack, NY

Join your fellow 6th graders at our weekend-long B’nai Mitzvah Retreat! Students will participate in exciting programs that bring them closer to becoming B’nai Mitzvah while building community with each other. Transportation will be provided, as well as snacks on Friday afternoon through breakfast on Sunday.

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Young Families Retreat

Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5, 2019 | Camp Ramah Nyack, Christian Herald Rd, Nyack, NY

Mark your calendars for a fun and energizing Shabbat weekend filled with outdoor games, music, hiking, learning opportunities, community building, a campfire, and more. This retreat is geared toward BJ families with children in second grade and below. Register by April 15. 

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Family Shabbat Dinner: Final Fiesta in Honor of Kitah Zayin

Friday, May 10, 2019 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat | BJ Chapel

Join us for a special Shabbat Dinner honoring our 7th grade students, officially welcoming them into the BJ Teen Program. Everyone is encouraged to join us beforehand for Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:30PM in the Sanctuary, where our Kitah Zayin students will share reflections from their year with the community. A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Zayin families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, May 6.

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Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays October 17, 2018 through May 8, 2019 7:00PM | BJ Community House
This course offers an overview of the core beliefs, practices, and history of Judaism and the Jewish people. We hope to deepen the understanding of those just beginning to explore Jewish life as well as of those who would like to participate more fully in the life of the Jewish community. No prior knowledge or experience necessary. Registration required. Individuals: $435 (members) / $660 (non-members); Couples: $650 (members) /$980 (non-members).
Please contact Billie with questions.

Cooking In Hebrew: A Course in Israeli Cuisine (Wednesday Class)

Fall: October 31November 28January 2February 6; Spring: March 6April 10May 15June 5 | 11:00AM-2:00PM | Frankel Hall

NOTE: Thursday class is currently full, so this Wednesday class has been created by popular demand. 

Food is a world unto itself. It’s a peep-through window, a bridge between worlds and a key to different cultures. Food brings people together and opens hearts; food comforts and stimulates memories.

Cooking In Hebrew (מבשלים בעברית), is a unique workshop series sponsored by the World Zionist Organization—Department for Diaspora Activities. Throughout the meetings, participants learn to prepare traditional Israeli and Middle-Eastern kosher dishes, exposing them to Israel’s multi-cultural society, and an opportunity to improve on their Hebrew in the process. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or cooking necessary – this program is suitable for beginners and fluent Hebrew speakers alike! In each session, participants will prepare a three-course meal that relates to an upcoming event or holiday in the Jewish calendar. Throughout the class, they will learn more about Jewish culinary traditions that relate to that holiday, learn related Hebrew vocabulary, and, later, eat the meal. Read more »