Any day | Anytime | Anywhere
Project Zug (pronounced zoog, “pair” in Hebrew), an initiative of BJ member Rabbi Benjamin Ross, brings together Israelis and American Jews in online hevruta to learn about a diverse range of Jewish topics of their choice including Rabbinic Literature, Art and Philosophy, Jewish culture and history, Social Justice and Spirituality. Project Zug pairs will meet weekly for 30 minutes for three months. Texts and other interactive materials are provided. The cost is $36. For information contact Orli Moss. If you are ready just register by December 31.
Tuesday, December 3 | 6:30-9:00PM | Economic Justice, R.S.V.P. for meeting location
Wednesday, January 8 | 6:30-9:00PM | Aging in NY, R.S.V.P. for meeting location
The Economic Justice Hevra and Aging in NY Hevra are part of Panim el Panim, BJ’s Community Organizing and Advocacy Initiative. Join the Economic Justice Hevra to get involved in our new Justice for Farmworkers Campaign and the Aging in NY Hevra to get involved with our Elder Care Campaign. If you are interested in attending one of these meetings or have questions, please contact Amy for Economic Justice or Ellen for Aging in NY.
Lunch and Learn: The Language of Truth: The Gerer Rebbe's Commentary on Parashat HaShavua (The Weekly Torah Portion)
9 Tuesdays (October 8 through November 19, December 3 and 10) | 12:30-1:45PM | BJ Office Conference 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.
Tuesday, December 3 | 7:30PM | CUNY Grad Center Elebash Hall 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets)
Join Yozma for a Sephardic music journey with the New York Andalus Ensemble’s winter concert. Musicians and choir (including Yozma co-chair Debbie Leiderman) bring the audience straight to the Iberian Peninsula with engaging melodies in Ladino, Hebrew and Arabic, complete with explanations of the songs’ meanings. Come be enchanted! Tickets can be purchased at the door for $12. There will be an optional gathering after the concert at Arabesque Bar, 4 East 36th Street.
Tuesday, December 3 | 7:30PM | Session 73 (1359 First Avenue)
Join Tze’irim for a spirited celebration of Hanukkah. Enjoy happy hour specials, dreidels, gelt, and great company. We won’t have latkes, but we’ll have the next best thing: vodka latke shots. Registration is free and we encourage you to invite friends. Please sign up by Monday, December 2.
Wednesday, December 4 | 6:00-7:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Celebrate the eighth night of Hanukkah at an intergenerational BJ party. Mekusharim and teens are hosting Rabbi Esteban Gottfried and the Beit Tefilah Israeli ensemble, our partners in Tel Aviv. This special evening features music from the BJ Children’s Chorus, candle-lighting, Hanukkah trivia, sufganiot, latkes and more. Bring your family and friends. Registration is recommended.
Wednesday, December 4 | 5:00-7:30PM | 88th Street
Enjoy a light dinner with Orli Moss, BJ’s Director of Israel Engagement, and uncover the myths and facts about Israel’s connection to Hanukkah. After dinner, we’ll join the entire BJ community to celebrate the eighth night of Hanukkah and a concert with Rabbi Esteban Gottfried and the Beit Tefilah Israeli ensemble, our partners in Tel Aviv. This celebration also includes music from the BJ Children’s Chorus, candle-lighting, Hanukkah trivia, sufganiot, latkes and more. Register online; this event is for fifth and sixth grade students and families.
Friday, December 6 | 5:15PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Families will enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing. Services begin at 5:15PM in the main sanctuary 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, teen volunteers will engage children in games and more songs! Register by noon on Wednesday, December 4 and contact Kristen Kersey with any questions or specific dietary requests. Cost is $25/adult members, $32/adult non-members; thanks to a generous donation, all children eat free.
Friday, December 6 | Following the Service | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Do you love Jewish music? Do you enjoy singing? Then this dinner is for you! Join this post Hanukkah, three course dinner with wine, and enjoy the company of your fellow members in an intimate setting. Hazzan Ari Priven and BJ’s Student Hazzan Shoshi Rosenbaum will lead us in a joyous musical journey! To register click here, and for more information contact Guy Felixbrodt.
7 Saturdays | September 28, October 12 and 26, November 16 and 23, December 7 and 21 | 8:45-9:25AM | 86th Street Chapel
Please 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.
Sunday, December 8 | 10:30AM-3:00PM | 225 West 83rd Street
Make Hanukkah shine a little brighter for those who truly deserve it. Together with Tze’irim and other volunteers, we will help set up, cook and serve food, and most importantly, socialize with the honorees. Any time you can give is appreciated, but you do not have to stay for the entire brunch . The survivors will be coming at 12:00PM. R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, December 4.
Sunday, December 8 | 8:00PM | The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue
The celebrated Israeli artist passed away on November 26 leaving behind millions of inspired fans, young and old, around the world. With songs like “Ani V’ata Neshane et Ha’olam” Einstein inspired generations with his legacy. Join us as the community comes together to honor the life and work of Arik Einstein with an evening of his songs, clips, stories and special guests. Co-Presented by the JCC, BJ and others. The event is free but space is limited. Registration required.
Monday, December 9 | 7:00PM | 86th Street Sanctuary
Please join singers Victoria Clark, Ari Priven, Kelli O’Hara, Greg Naughton, David Hyde Pierce, Jane Kelly Williams and others for an evening of song! SPSA is raising funds to help fix the West End steps, the roof, and replace the sidewalks. Tickets are $40 (general admission, $20 for seniors and students), $100 (sponsor, includes select seating, reception with the artists and listing in program) and $250 (patron, includes premium seating, reception with artists and listing in program). Tickets may be purchased at brownpapertickets.com/event/513884. Please help us!
Tuesday, December 10 | 7:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Commenting on Rabbi Shai Held’s new book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, Rabbi Arthur Green writes that “In Shai Held, Abraham Joshua Heschel has found the reader he so richly deserves.” Join us for a remarkable evening of conversation as Rabbi Roly Matalon interviews Rabbi Shai Held about Heschel and his theological and spiritual legacy. We’ll talk about wonder, revelation, the nature of God, the meaning of prayer, the call to social justice and more. In partnership with Mechon Hadar. Free and open to the public. Registration suggested.
Tuesday, December 10 | 5:00-7:00PM | 88th Street Kitchen
Join fellow new members as we concoct culinary creations for the guests of our shelter. We will work together in the BJ kitchen and cook up a storm all while getting to know one another and experiencing the beauty of providing for those in need. R.S.V.P. to Monty Miller by Friday, December 6.
Wednesday, December 11 | 3:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Twice a year we have the opportunity to provide a very important service to the community. Give the gift of life by signing up now for the BJ Blood Drive. Learn more about how you can prepare to donate and learn about any restrictions that may apply. R.S.V.P. to Trudi or call x272 with the best time slot for you and with any questions.
Friday, December 13 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Led by Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, this service will involve meditation, reflection, deep listening and personal engagement with the parashah. The service will be followed by dinner in the 89th Street Middle Room. Register online for the dinner or contact Billie with questions.
Friday, December 13 | 6:00PM | 89th Street Gym
Families with children in elementary and middle school are invited to join Rabbi Felicia Sol and Hazzan Ari Priven in welcoming Shabbat at our family-friendly Friday night service. The service will last about an hour, followed by dinner at 89th Street. Register online for the dinner, and contact Kristen at x260 with questions or dietary needs.
Saturday, December 14 | 1:00-2:30PM | 86th Street Parlor Room
It may be cold outside, but the warmth of Shabbat continues after Kiddush. Join BJ Sings for an hour of Jewish music that will warm your heart.
One Saturday a month | First session Saturday, October 19 at 5:15PM (90 minutes before the end of Shabbat) | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Bring voice, breath and body together in these sessions that will combine two devotional practices: Asana Yoga and Piyut (Hebrew liturgical poetry) led by Shuli Passow (Jewish educator, long time yoga practitioner and rabbinical student) and Dan Nadel (guitarist, composer, and synagogue musical director). We will study a new piyut, sing and chant together, and explore the piyut’s theme through an embodied yoga practice. No experience in yoga or singing is necessary and all are welcome. A limited number of yoga mats available; please bring your own if you have one. Registration is required. The sessions are scheduled for November 16, 3:45PM; December 21, 3:45PM; January 25, 4:15PM: February 22, 4:45PM; March 22, 6:30PM; April 26, 7:00PM; May 17, 7:15PM.
Saturday, December 21 | 3:45PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Join BJ Rabbinic Fellows Alex Braver and Sarit Horwitz for a Seudah Shlishit (3rd meal of Shabbat) Tisch, filled with singing, learning, and some snacks. We’ll teach some new tunes and sing some familiar ones, have some time for schmoozing, and learn some exciting text together on the week’s parashah. We’ll conclude by joining the rest of the community for Havdalah at 5:15PM.
Mondays (October 7 – May 19) | 7:00-9:00PM | BJ Office, Conference Room
Sarit Horwitz, BJ Rabbinic Fellow, 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 by October 16: individuals $420/$636; couples $630/$945
Saturday, January 11 | 5:00-7:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Treating everyone with respect is an essential Jewish value that comes from the idea that we’re all made in God’s image, Betzelem Elohim. Take a look at the mitzvot that stem from this value with Hilary Schumer, and then participate in the Special Needs Havdalah, which is led by Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Hazzan Ari Priven. The Havdalah service is designed to be sensitive to children and young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, and is inclusive for all who attend. Register online; space is limited. This event is for fifth and sixth grade students and families.
Thursdays, October 10- May 22 | 7:00-9:00PM | BJ Office, Conference Room
Learn from the teachings of the Hassidic masters of 18th-early 20th century Europe on the weekly Torah portion with Alex Braver, BJ Rabbinic Fellow, and explore how their words might affect us each in a deeply personal way. Known for their interpretive creativity and theological daring, they believed that a hidden divine spark could be found in everything, from each individual letter in the Torah to our everyday thoughts and actions. “This is the essence of a person’s work in this world: to turn darkness into light, to lift up those sparks, to lift them up, up to their Root and their Source.” – R. Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev (1740-1809) Register by October 9.
Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
7 Thursdays (October 10, 17, 24, November 14, 21, December 5, 12) at 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. Free of charge; registration is required. Click here to R.S.V.P.
Tuesday, December 10, or Monday, December 16 | 6:00-9:00PM | 88th Street
Many of you have cooked for our shelter guests, but few have had the honor of hosting them during dinner. Educators Blair Nosan or Natalie Sela will meet you at 6:00PM to lead a discussion about the mitzvah of Hakhnassat Orhim, Welcoming Guests, before you serve our guests at 7:00PM. Each Mitzvah Moment is limited to two families in order to respect our guests’ space; we’ll continue to offer it throughout the year to make widely available. Register online for December 10 or December 16. This event is for fifth and sixth grade students and families.
Wednesday, December 11 | 7:00-9:00PM | 88th St. Frankel Hall
Join the Aging in NY Hevra to get involved with our Elder Care Campaign. Our next dialogue will continue to engage BJ members, caregivers, and care receivers in uncovering our shared values and aspirations for what elder care and elder care work should be. We are also discussing and grappling with the challenges we all face, as well as our differences. We are preparing to launch new innovative worker and consumer training in elder care. If you are interested in attending the dialogue or have questions, please contact Ellen or call x259.