Upcoming Events

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Sell Your Hametz Through BJ

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Through Wednesday, April 1
Traditionally, avoiding hametz has meant getting rid of all hametz in your possession. Because this can cause major financial hardship as well as waste food, a custom was developed to sell the hametz to a non-Jewish person for the duration of Pesah. Once again, Rabbi Roly Matalon will be your agent for selling hametz – simply click here to sign up or to find out more information. The form closes on Wednesday, April 1 at 12:00PM. The sale goes into effect on Friday, April 3 at 10:45AM and the hametz reverts to your ownership on Saturday, April 11 at 8:25PM. For assistance with this process, please email Leah or call x234.

Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

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Saturdays, January 10, 24, February 7, 14, 21, March 7, 21, April 18, and May 2, 16, 30| 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.

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

Zitzit Photo: Chajm Guski, flickr

Mondays Jan 5-May 4 | 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
The rabbis of the Talmud call prayer “avodat ha-lev,” or “the service of the heart.” Yet how can our hearts be in it when we don’t understand what we’re saying? Together we will study the language of the siddur in Hebrew, English, and transliteration, along with biblical, rabbinic, mystical, and modern texts on tefilah. Come deepen your understanding of the prayer book, and develop a more personal connection with Jewish prayer.

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Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

Rabbi Hillel Friedman

Tuesdays, October 21May 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.

Bim Bam Spring Session


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.

Creative Play Studio

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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)

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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.

Bo-i Kallah - A Monthly Kabbalat Shabbat Service

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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.

Jewish Music for Non-Professional Musicians


Tuesdays, January 20-May 19 | 7:00-8:30PM | 14th Street Y (344 East 14th St)
BJ Musician Uri Sharlin will introduce amateur musicians to the riches and variety of Jewish music in a friendly environment through a hands-on and enthusiastic approach. For any question please email Uri through his website. To register, visit 14streety.org/introtomusic.

Join the #ShoutEquality Campaign


Following the success of Meet Me at Sinai, continue the conversation and celebrate National Women’s History Month with our #ShoutEquality campaign. Using #ShoutEquality on social media, share your ideas on what still needs to be done to achieve gender equality in Judaism. Together we can provoke real conversation and real change!

KesheTOT, Hebrew After School Program (6m-Pre-K). Registration For 2nd Semester Now Open

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Tuesdays, March 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.

Mission Mitzvah with Dreamcoat Experience


Sundays, March 8-May 31| 9:30-10:15AM | 89th Street Community House
BJ teams up with the award-winning organization, Dreamcoat Experience, in a colorful, experiential adventure of Jewish values and mitzvot! Together we will sing, dance, and move our way towards becoming a mensch and explore ways to do tikkun olam, repair the world. Through song, story, yoga and circus arts, we’ll explore big ideas using every part of our body, mind and soul. This program is geared towards children ages 5 and under and their parents. The cost for the 10-part series costs $120 per family for members and $150 per family for non-members. Program will not meet on 3/29, 4/5, and 5/24. Register here.

KesheTOT Shabbat Morning קשתות בשבת בבוקר


Saturday, March 21 | 10:00-10:45AM | 86th Street SPSA | קשתות בשבת בבוקר
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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. Please email Allison or Orli with any questions. Registration required. In collaboration with the IAC.

Shishi Israeli שישי ישראלי

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Friday, March 27 | 6:00-8:00PM | 89th Street Community House, 3rd floor
A special Pesach themed Shishi Israeli. Hurry up and sign up, as the last two have sold out quickly. Shishi Israeli is a magical combination of Shabbat and community for the whole family. Join us to welcome Shabbat in Hebrew with Israeli song and traditional Israeli Shabbat dinner. Cost: $15 adult, $8 child, $45 for the whole family. In collaboration with the IAC.  Registration required.

  יום שישי, 27 במרץ, שישי ישראלי הוא שילוב קסום של קבלת שבת, שירה בציבור וארוחת שבת מסורתית ישראלית לכל המשפחה! כאן נפגשים ישראלים ואמריקאים ליצור שפה משותפת סביב שולחן השבת. בואו לקבל איתנו את השבת בשירה, אוכל וקהילה. עלות: $15 למבוגר, $8 לילד, $45 למשפחה. להרשמה לחץ כאן

Kiddush and Book Discussion—A Dialogue of Life: Toward the Encounter of Jews and Christians


Saturday, March 28 | Following Shabbat Morning Services | 86th Street Chapel
Join Rabbi Matalon, Pastor K Karpen of SPSA and Rabbi Silvinia Chemen of Comunidad Bet El in Buenos Aires (founded by Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer) for a discussion about the new book A Dialogue of Life: Toward the Encounter of Jews and Christians, co-authored by Rabbi Chemen and Francisco Canzani. No registration is required.

Day of Service: Riverside Park Conservancy


Sunday, March 29 | 10:00AM-1:00PM | 148th street, 10 Mile River Playground
Join the BJ teens as we volunteer to help clean up and maintain Riverside Park. All BJ teens are invited to participate! This event is mandatory for individuals who participated in either the domestic or international trip. Contact Esther with questions.

Journey to Freedom: Pesah Experience for Young Families


Sunday, March 29 | 10:15AM | 89th Street Community House
Join the educators of Dreamcoat Experience for a morning of music, story-telling, and song as we learn about the Israelites’ journey to freedom! We’ll reenact the crossing of the Red Sea through theater games and dramatic play and explore the themes and traditions of Passover. This program is for families with children ages 6 and under. RSVP here.


Parents’ Corner

At the BJHS model seder on April 14. Photo: Kristen Kersey

Monday, March 30 | Time TBA | Location TBA
You’re invited to join the Hebrew School Advisory Committee for learning and community building with fellow BJHS parents. More information to follow. Contact Allison with any questions.

Parents’ Corner: Passover


Monday, March 30 | 5:15–6:00 PM | Rabbi Felicia’s Office, 2nd Floor Community House
With Passover right around the corner, come join Rabbi Felicia and other parents to discuss: When the Four Questions Aren’t EnoughOpening up Questioning and Conversation at the Pesah Seder.  How can we best engage children who have moved beyond activities geared to keep them at the table (coloring, finger puppets and Passover bingo) to a phase of delving deeper into the Passover story? Plus, do you have a Hagaddah you particularly like, or one you’ve made?  If you can, please bring it to share with the group. For those who can’t attend in person, call-in information will be provided in advance.

The Israeli Literature Book Group

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6 Mondays (Remaining dates – 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 Falafel King is Dead by Sara Shilo, Stay tuned for our last book selection.

Books previously read in the book group-
World Cup Wishes / Eshkol Nevo
Suddenly a knock on the door / Etgar Keret
Dancing Arabs / Sayed Kashua
The Hilltop / Assaf Gavron
The Falafel King is Dead / Sara Shilo

A pigeon and a boy / Meir Shalev
Homesick / Eshkol Nevo
Second person singular / Sayed Kashua
And the Rat laughed/ Nava Semel
The people of forever are not afraid / Shani Boianjiu
To the End of the Land / David Grossman


Siyyum and Se’udat Mitzvah


Friday, April 3 | Following Morning Minyan | 89th Street Chapel
All are welcome to join in a siyyum with BJ Rabbinic Fellows Alex Braver, Sarit Horwitz and Bryan Wexler as they lead us in the completion of a tractate of rabbinic literature (Masekhet Rosh Hashanah), followed by a se’udat mitzvah (a meal accompanying the performance of a mitzvah–in this case it is the mitzvah of the completion of study). All first born in attendance are then permitted to eat and break the Fast of the Firstborn (Ta’anit Bekhorim).

Community Second Night Pesah Seder

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Saturday, April 4 | 6:30-10:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
For the seventh year, Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein will be leading the Community Second Night Pesah Seder. This year we will explore the struggles of the farmworkers who plant and harvest our food and how the passover story of liberation from oppression is still relevant today. Please note that the Seder will take place on Shabbat, so it will not be a hot meal, although it will certainly be delicious. Registration is required. Remember to bring your own Haggadah (yes, we want different haggadot – this is a must!) and your own kosher for Pesah wine (this is optional – sweet wine will be served). For volunteer opportunities sign up here. This event is for members only. For questions or additional information, please contact Sandra Ghiorzo.


Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat Service

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Friday, April 10 | 7:00PM | 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.

Aliyah for Holocaust Survivors and Their Families


Saturday, April 11 | At Shabbat Morning Services | 86th Street SPSA
On the Shabbat before Yom HaShoah, BJ invites Holocaust survivors, their families and descendants for a special aliyah that commemorates those who perished, pays tribute to those who survived and marks our commitment to Jewish life into the future.

Sparks of Change Foundation: Dialogue with Arab-Israeli Teens

Sunday, April 12 | 10:00AM | 89th Street Community House
Space is limited! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet with four Arab-Israeli teens from the Galilee, who are traveling to the US to meet Jewish-American youth. The goal is to increase understanding between the groups. Jewish-American students will learn what it’s like to be an Arab living in Israel, and Arab-Israeli students will learn about what it’s like to be a Jew in America. Please e-mail Ayala for more information, or to reserve your spot!

Parents’ Corner


Monday, April 13 | 5:15–6:00 PM | Rabbi Felicia’s Office, 2nd Floor Community House
Often parents report that their respective interest in Judaism – whether in level of observance, involvement and interest in community, or the value placed on having a Jewish identity – differs considerably between them. Negotiating common ground can be tricky, and sometimes one parent ends up doing the “heavy lifting.” Have you developed successful strategies to manage the differences in your family?  Join Rabbi Felicia and other parents to discuss Jewish parenting in partnership:  navigating when one partner is more involved in Judaism than the other. For those who can’t attend in person, call-in information will be provided in advance.

Israel Pre-Trip Information Session with Marcelo

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Monday, April 13 | 7:00-8:15PM | Location Provided Upon R.S.V.P.
Interested in traveling to Israel with Marcelo from June 25th to July 4th? Find out what to expect on this one of a kind trip with Marcelo and BJ Director of Israel Engagement Orli Moss at the home of trip participants Robin Fleischner and Ted Metzger. R.S.V.P. to Orli Moss.

Food Chains: A Documentary Film Screening with Guest Speaker, Journalist Michael Aronson

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Tuesday, April 14 | 6:30-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
This important film focuses on an intrepid group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW. Their story is one of hope and promise – to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain. After the film, journalist Michael Aronson and BJ Economic Justice Hevra leaders will speak to how the lessons of the Immokalee workers can help us achieve justice for farmworkers in NYS. Michael Aronson is the senior member of the Editorial Board of the NY Daily News, writing on politics, government, economics and foreign affairs. His editorials have won the Pulitzer Prize and the George Polk Award (there have only been four such Polk Awards for editorials bestowed since 1948). 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. Register here. For more information, contact Lisa.

Yom HaShoah Commemoration

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Wednesday, April 15 | 6:45 PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Once again we come together to commemorate Yom HaShoah, when the BJ community, family and friends, are invited to participate in The Reading and Hearing of the Names of those killed during the Shoah. Everyone is welcome to read names. This year marks the Reading of the Names project’s 20th anniversary and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Overnight volunteers are needed for this event. If you would like to help, please contact Myriam Abramowicz c/o Leah Michelson. For more information about the vigil, click here.


The schedule of events will be as follows:

  • Evening Service
  • Reading and Hearing of the Names of those killed during the Shoah
  • A video viewing of BJ Teens interviewing BJ Holocaust survivors followed by a Question and Answer session
  • All Night Vigil

Post-Pesah Challah Baking


Thursday, April 16 | 8:00PM | Location provided upon registration
Join us as we come together, post Pesah, and welcome back chametz. We will bake challah from start to finish. Come learn about this delicious part of Jewish tradition and experience how our braided bread brings us closer together. Join us for learning, laughs, and a glass of wine with fellow BJ parents. Leave with your hand-made dough to take home, along with recipes and tips for how challah baking can become a regular part of your family’s week. $10 ingredients fee. All BJ families are welcome! We will meet at a member’s home, register early as space is limited. Please register online and email Esther at with any questions. Brought to you by the Hebrew School Advisory Committee.

Israel Dialogue Initiative - Sign up now!


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We are excited to present the results and invite you to our upcoming Israel Dialogue Initiative (IDI) events, which will provide opportunities for our community to build dialogue across multiple points of view about Israel. These events will include communication-building workshops, community discussions, and spiritual and educational programming. For a schedule; registration and more information found at www.bj.org/IDI.



Events include:
Multiple Dates – Speaking Across Conflict Workshops (hurry to sign up before the date you want gets filled up)
Saturday, April 18 – D’var Torah by Rabbi Melissa Weintraub
Sunday, April 19 – Community wide discussion looking at the results of the survey
Sunday, May 3 – BJ Town Square
Tuesday, June 9 – Personal Reflections on Israel with Rabbis Matalon, Bronstein and Sol.

Building a Sustainable Israel: Lessons Learned Since Independence

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Saturday, April 25 | 1:00-2:15PM | Congregation Shaare Zedek (212 West 93rd Street)
Urban planner and land use specialist Kevin Dwarka, Ph.D., offers an overview of contemporary environmental issues in Israel with an emphasis on land use, transportation, and housing development. In light of Israel Independence Day (this year on April 23), these issues will be explored through the prism of Israeli independence as the turning point in the country’s management of land, water, and transport. Dr. Dwarka’s talk is based on his professional involvement with the Israel Smart Growth Policy Project, an urban planning initiative sponsored by the Israel Union for Environmental Defense and funded by the New Israel Fund’s Social Justice Fellowship. Registration required.

This event is co-presented with the New Israel Fund and generously sponsored by the David, Ursula, & Adina Memorial Education Fund at Shaare Zedek.

Havdalah and Pete Seeger Guitar-Themed Sing-Along

Saturday, April 25 | 8:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
The entire BJ community is invited to join together for a Havdalah service, followed by a guitar sing-along inspired by Pete Seeger, who once performed at BJ. His folk songs of freedom will help us keep the spirit of Pesah alive. Yozma chair Craig Rosenberg will be joined by Jody Prusan in leading the evening. Song sheets will be provided. There’s no charge, although please register here so we know how many to expect. Please arrive by 8:30. Havdalah will begin at 8:45. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by Yozma.

Save the Dates - Yom Ha'atzmaut at BJ, April 22-26

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BJ is proud to once again be a part of the communal celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut on the Upper West Side.

Wednesday, April 22 | 7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Be a part of our Tekes Ma’avar (transition ceremony), which marks the transition from Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day to Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Followed by a Shira BeTzibur (sing-along) of Israeli songs. Co-sponsored by Mechon Hadar, Romemu, West End Synagogue, Shaare Zedek.

Thursday, April 23 | 5:00-8:00PM | West 79th Street Boat Basin Cafe
The Hudson River turns into the Tel Aviv Tayelet (promenade) in celebration. 5:00PM families, 6:30PM Happy Hour. $5 in advance, $15 at the door.

Sunday, April 26 | Multiple Events:

10:30AM-12:00PM | 89th Street, Reception Room
Journalism in a Land of Few Facts—Jodi Rudoren, Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times discusses her experience covering Israel and Palestine since May 2012. (This event is limited in space, please sign up soon)

11:30AM-12:15PM | 88th Street
Shirim LeYeladim—a song session for children with Shira Averbuch & Yonatan Gutfeld.

2:00-4:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Shevet Tapuach, The Israeli Scouts of Manhattan, set up stalls for children ages 6-14 with activities pertaining to Israel, the Land and her people.

5:00-6:30PM | 89th Street, Reception Room
Israeli Law Prof. Ruth Gavison discusses the issues facing Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State. (This event is limited in space, please sign up soon)

Registration at www.uwsISRAEL.org.

All the above are happening thanks to and in collaboration with and funded by UJA-Federation.

BJ Bowling: It's a Guy Thing!


Sunday, April 26 | 4:00-6:00PM | Frames (550 9th Avenue @ 40th Street)
BJ members Toby Kovacs and Elliot Katz, and their kids, are co-hosting an afternoon of bowling excitement and community fun. Join fellow BJ kids, girls and boys, and the adult guys in their lives (dads, grandpas, uncles, friends) for an afternoon of striking pins and making memories. Cost is $30 per person for unlimited bowling, shoes, food and beverage. Sign up online to participate, and call Toby at 917-375-8458 with questions. Brought to you by the Hebrew School Advisory Committee.

Bikkur Holim: Caring and Connection

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Tuesday, April 28 | 6:30PM | 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room
Our BJ community is defined by the connection we feel to each other. When that connection is threatened by illness or confinement, it is our spiritual obligation to offer support. Please join the Hesed Committee’s Bikkur Holim Hevra and Chaplain Allison Kestenbaum for conversation and practical advice about how you can lift up other BJ members with acts of lovingkindness. Contact Billie to R.S.V.P. or for more information.

Calling All Fresh Produce Lovers: Sign Up for the BJ Hazorim CSA

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Tuesdays, June 9–November 3 | 4:30-7:30PM | 88th Street Foyer/Sidewalk
Join us for our sixth season of wonderful organic produce. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a chance for you to pick up fresh, organic produce from Free Bird Farm at BJ once a week beginning on June 9 at 88th Street. Choose from delicious vegetable, egg, fruit, and butter shares. Register here. Registration closes May 1. Our Community Gathering and Orientation will be on Tuesday, May 26. For more information, contact Larissa.


Tot Shabbat


Friday, May 1 | 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. While adults are finishing their meal, play curator Linda White will engage children in open play and exploration. Register here by Wednesday, April 29 and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The new reduced cost is $20/members, and $27/non-members; thanks to a generous donation, all children eat free.

A Celebration of Latin Dance!

Sunday, May 3 | 12:00-2:00PM | DOROT, 171 West 85th Street
Featuring performances and dance lessons by the world-renowned Ballet Hispanico dance troupe. There will be an exclusive performance and one-of-a-kind dance lesson. Dairy lunch will be served. DOROT seeks to improve the lives and health of the elderly, addressing the challenges of an aging society. R.S.V.P. to Carrie Jacobs at cjacobs@dorotusa.org.

Upcoming Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

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Monday, May 4 | 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.

Solomon's Couch: Deconstructing and Illuminating the Tahara Text

Torah text. Photo: Max Orenstein

Saturday, May 9 | 12:30PM | 86th Street 
‘And I will pour upon you pure water…’ Tahara, the ritual purification of the body, is accompanied by a fascinating liturgy woven from many sources. The session will be led by two extraordinary teachers, Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, Director of Liturgical Arts at JTS, and Amichai Lau-Lavie, spiritual leader of Lab/Shul.  Registration encouraged.

Poster Making for the Celebrate Israel Parade

Monday, May 11 | 5:00-7:00PM | 89th Street Community House
Join us in designing and decorating the main banner BJ members will carry on the Celebrate Israel Parade on May 31, or create your own individual poster to carry with you as you walk. If you are creative, talented, or want to support the team effort, come and join us. R.S.V.P. to omoss@bj.org so we can order you a slice, too.

Teen Spring Retreat


Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17 | Camp Ramah, Nyack, NY
Join the BJ teens the weekend of May 15-17 for our end of the year Spring Shabbat Retreat, at Ramah Nyack! After the great success of our Kickoff retreat, continued teen participation throughout the year, and requests for another weekend getaway, we know this will be the perfect end to a great year. Don’t miss out on this great weekend that will be full of shabbat, song, campfires, sports, learning and more! Transportation will be provided to and from Nyack, and no school will be missed to attend this event!

 Register here to attend! In order to secure our space at Ramah Nyack, 25 teens must register by March 31st!  Please note, that in completing this registration form, you are agreeing to the cost of $225 (or $275 after March 31). You can opt to “pay by cash of check later.” Again note: if you complete the registration form, the cost of $225 or $275 will be added to your BJ account if we receive the required number of participants by March 31.

Community Shabbat Dinner With The Gvanim Participants From Israel

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Friday, May 15 | 7:30PM | Location TBD
Welcome Shabbat with food, wine and interesting conversation as we host the Gvanim Program participants for services followed by Shabbat dinner. Gvanim in Hebrew means “color hues”, a fitting name for a program dedicated to the acceptance and celebration of the entire spectrum of religious observance, from Orthodox to secular Judaism. Created by the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco the program develops the leadership that is essential to promote tolerance for diverse forms of Jewish religious expression in Israel among Israelis from diverse backgrounds. The Participants will be in New York as part of their visit to North America. Contact Orli Moss with questions.

The 2015 Women's Retreat

Women's Retreat

Friday, May 29-Sunday, May 31 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Spend a weekend surrounded by the voices of women exploring a common theme. Build deeper connections in the BJ community in beautiful services, a joyous Shabbat, and a great time with Rabbi Felicia Sol and BJ Rabbinic Fellow Sarit Horwitz. Member Double Room, $330; Member Single Room, $430; Non-members, $500. There are a limited amount of single rooms. Register here. For bus transportation, click here. Contact Jo for information.

The Changing Face of the American Jewish Family: A Daylong Colloquium


Monday, June 1 | 8:15AM-9:00PM | Women’s League Seminary Synagogue (3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027)
This program will bring together scholars from various social science disciplines, congregational rabbis, members of nontraditional families, Jewish educators, and representatives of communal/philanthropic organizations to discuss nontraditional families in modern Judaism. $50 for admittance to colloquium and evening panel; $10 for evening panel only; free for rabbis and full-time students. Register at www.jtsa.edu/jewishfamily.

American Friends of Rabin Medical Center Fifth Annual Cheryl Diamond NYC 5k Schlep: Jewish Breast & Ovarian Cander Run/Walk

Sunday, June 21 | 9:00AM | Battery Park
American Friends of Rabin Medical Center is excited to announce our fifth annual Cheryl Diamond NYC 5K Schlep: Jewish Breast and Ovarian Cancer Run/Walk The event will benefit the BRCA Multidisciplinary Clinic founded to serve women at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer as well as research to find cures for breast and ovarian cancers at Rabin Medical Center’s Davidoff Cancer Center—a world class facility whose sole focus is on the treatment and prevention of cancer. Your support will help make this event a success! To sign-up to run, walk, or donate, visit www.afrmc.kintera.org/schlep15 or call the AFRMC office at 212.279.2522. Adult Runner/Walker: $36; Youth Runner/Walker: $18; Cancer Survivor: Free.

Israel Community Trip With Rabbi Marcelo - Registration Is Open

welcome to Israel

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.

American Jewish Society for Service’s (AJSS) JAM: Memphis


Sunday, August 2–Sunday, August 16 | Memphis, TN
JAM: Memphis is your chance to experience immersive, authentic service opportunities without having to leave the country. You will get to select a service track that fits your interestschoose from housing, hunger or educationand learn how to tackle these social issues as you work with leaders in the field. As you explore Memphis’ culture (Blues! Bbq! Civil rights!) in the evenings, you’ll get to experience an entirely different world from the one you left in NY. Come change lives on AJSS this summer. Visit ajss.org/jam-memphis for more information.

After-School Programs in Hebrew (K-third grade)


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.