Upcoming Events

Volunteer as a Yamim Nora’im Usher

We all know how wonderful it feels to be warmly greeted at High Holy Days services. By volunteering to usher where you attend services, you can be part of this important community connection. Sign up to perform this Yamim Nora’im mitzvah at www.bj.org/hhd-usher or email Monty Miller at mmiller@bj.org.

Selihot: Preparing the Soul for the Yamim Nora’im

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Wednesdays, September 3 and 17 | 8:00-9:30PM | 89th Street Chapel
Wednesdays, September 10 and October 1 | 8:00-9:30PM | Park Slope Jewish Center (1320 8th Ave, Brooklyn)
Engage in a spiritual journey for personal understanding and elevation through the ancient tunes of the Middle East and the Maghreb (Northern Africa)—melodies which unite mankind across boundaries of faith and race in the quest for a sublime existence. Join Rabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel for this four-part series at BJ and the Park Slope Jewish Center. This event is free, please R.S.V.P. to office@psjc.org for all dates and locations.

Bim Bam Fall Session

Friday Mornings, September 5-December 19 | 9:15-10:00AM, 10:15-11:00AM, and 11:15AM-12:00PM | 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. Registration for the fall session is now open for the 10:15AM and 11:15AM classes; the 9:15AM class is closed. The cost is $180/members and $230/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: 10:15AM or 11:15AM. It’s good for any fall date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by September 3, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on September 26, October 10 and 17, and November 28.

Open the Gates: Prepare for the Yamim Nora'im

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3 Mondays, September 8, 15 and 22 | 7:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Join BJ Rabbinic Fellows Sarit Horwitz, Alex Braver and Bryan Wexler as we use text study, conversation and personal reflection to explore what makes the liturgy of the Yamim Nora’im distinct. Services for these days are meant to help us reach a deeper emotional and spiritual place. Please register here.

Holiday Apple Picking and Picnic

Sunday, September 14 | 10:00AM | Dr. Davies Farm (306 Route 304, Congers, NY)
Join BJ families as we prepare to usher in a sweet New Year with a fun day of apple picking followed by a bring-your-own picnic (weather permitting). We will meet in front of BJ’s Community House at 9:15AM and then caravan up to Dr. Davies Farm in Congers, NY (near Nyack and Pearl River). If you prefer to meet us at the farm, please try to arrive by 10:00AM. This is sponsored by the Hebrew School Advisory Committee. Please contact Galit Lopatin Bordereau to R.S.V.P. or if you have questions.

Peoplehood With Purpose: Universalism, Particularism, and the High Holidays

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Monday, September 15 | 7:00-9:00PM | The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave.
Join us for a discussion with Rabbis Lawrence A. Hoffman, Asher Lopatin, and J. Rolando Matalon and Professor Lisa Grant, moderated by Rabbi Joy Levitt. In the High Holiday liturgy, are we reflecting on the condition of all humanity, or are we praying specifically for the Jewish people? Co-sponsored by BJ and the JCC in Manhattan. Cost is $15.00; $10.00 for JCC and BJ members. For more information call 646-505-5708, or register online.

Creative Play Studio

Tuesdays beginning on September 16 | 10:15AM and 11:15AM | 89th Street Community House
Join Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, for a creative and artistic play space with your child. This open play space will encourage children to explore and experiment with natural materials, build on their creativity and expand their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. Families can sign up for the fall semester, or can pay per session. This program is a collaboration of BJ Young Families and the Imagination Play Project. For ages 0-3. Register here.

After School Play Studio

Tuesdays beginning on September 16 | 3:30-5:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Come play and explore in our new after school program! 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. Families can sign up for the fall semester or can pay per session. This program is a collaboration of BJ Young Families and the Imagination Play Project. For ages Pre-K to third grade. Register here.

Hanukkat HaBayit: B’nai Jeshurun Community House Dedication

BJ Community House

Thursday, September 18 | 6:00PM | 89th Street Community House
All are welcome to bless our Community House with a mezzuzah hanging ceremony and more!

BJ Community Forum: Strategic Plan Update and Discussion

Thursday, September 18 | 7:00PM |  88th Street Sanctuary
An interactive evening to learn about and discuss the findings from our strategic planning work. Please let us know if you plan to attend by registering.

September Family Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Dinner

Friday, September 19 | 6:00PM | 89th Street Reception and Middle Rooms
Families with children in elementary and middle school are invited to join Rabbi Felicia Sol and Rabbinic Fellow Bryan Wexler for our first family service of year. Welcome in Shabbat with a warm, musical, participatory service, followed by dinner. We invite all of our families to attend and reunite with friends after a long summer away. Register online and email kkersey@bj.org with questions or dietary concerns.

Zayin Class Shabbat Dinner

Friday, September 19 | 8:30PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Seventh graders at BJHS and their families are invited to a special dinner to kick off the school year as a community. Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat services in the Sanctuary before heading downstairs for dinner. Register online and email kkersey@bj.org with questions or dietary requests.

Israeli Innovations to Address Climate Change

Yossi Abramowitz

Saturday, September 20 | During Shabbat Services | 86th Street
As we get ready to walk as a community in the People’s Climate March on September 21, hear from Yossi Abramowitz, entrepreneur, environmentalist and human rights activist, about cutting edge technology and initiatives in Israel. President and CEO of Energiya Global Capital as well as co-founder of the Arava Power Company, he previously served three decades at NGOs in the fields of human rights, education and hunger and was co-nominated three times for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the former Soviet Union.

Enter Yamim Nora'im through the Gate of Selihot

Saturday, September 20 | 9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Selihot Teaching at 9:00PM followed by a Coffee Break at 10:30PM and the Selihot Service at 11:00PM.
Join us as we bid farewell to the last Shabbat of the year and enter into Yamim Nora’im through the gate of Selihot. Through study, song and conversation, we will explore the major themes of the Selihot Prayers.

Young Families Rosh Hashanah Celebration

Sunday, September 21 | 10:00-11:00AM | 89th Street Reception Room
Celebrate the Jewish New Year with BJ Young Families! Program begins with an interactive musical performance by Shira Kobren of Shira and Friends, followed by an art project and tasty apples and honey for a sweet new year. Open to families with children ages 5 and under. Free of charge; R.S.V.P. here.

People's Climate March - Save the Date

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Sunday, September 21 | Time and Location TBA
With our future on the line and the whole world watching, people from across the country will mobilize to demand concrete action on climate change and an economy that works for people and the planet – a world with good jobs, clean air, and safe communities for everyone. In September, world leaders are convening in NYC for a summit on climate change. Let’s send them a message that will galvanize action to save our environment. We’re excited to begin the Shmita (sabbatical) year, when the Torah instructs us to nurture the life-giving capacities of the earth and the people who depend on it as part of the Jewish Climate Change contingent on September 21.  Stay tuned for more details. Let us know if you will march with BJ here.

Selihot at Daily Minyan

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Monday, September 22-Friday, October 3 (excluding Rosh Hashanah, September 25-26 and Shabbat, September 27) | 7:15AM all days except Sunday, September 28 at 9:15AM | 89th Street Community House 1st Floor
The time leading up to the Yamim Nora’im is traditionally accompanied by reflection, introspection, and special penitential prayers known as Selihot. Attending Selihot services at morning minyan provides an opportunity to sing some of the high holy day favorites that we only sing a few times a year. Come join us in this preparatory spiritual practice for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The Selihot service will be followed immediately by the minyan at 7:30AM (9:30AM on September 28).

2nd Annual Israeli Yom Kippur Services

Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4 | 86th Street SPSA Chapel
Israelis living in the NYC area will feel at home at our special Israeli Yom Kippur services, which combine traditional liturgy with modern Israeli text. Contact Orli Moss.

Community Break Fast

Saturday, October 4 | Following Ne’ilah | 88th Street Frankel Hall
We are delighted to offer a delicious meal to break the fast with the community following Yom Kippur services. We’ll welcome new members at a special reserved table so you can share your first uplifting BJ Yom Kippur experience with each other as well as long-time BJ members. Cost: $15/child; $25/member; $35/non-member.  Register here by Tuesday, September 30.

Sukkah Decorating Party

BJ Sukkah

Monday, October 6 | 3:30-5:30PM | 89th Street Sukkah
Make your mark on the BJ Sukkah! Children and families of all ages are welcome to join us for a fun-filled afternoon of creating decorations for the BJ Sukkah. We’ll provide supplies, but feel free to bring your own to contribute as well.

Sukkot Family Dinner

Thursday, October 9 | 5:30PM | 89th Street Sukkah (Rain Location: Frankel Hall)
Families with elementary- and middle school-aged children are invited for a festive dinner in the BJ Sukkah. Join us for “pizza in the hut” before attending second night Sukkot services in the Sanctuary. $18 per family. Register online and email kkersey@bj.org with questions or dietary concerns.

Tze’irim Sukkah Party

Friday, October 10 | 8:00PM | 89th Street Sukkah
Bring a dairy/vegetarian potluck dish or a bottle of wine to share in the BJ Sukkah with other young Jewish professionals in their 20s and 30s. Register here by Tuesday, October 7.

Teen Sukkah Sleepover

Friday, October 10 | 8:00PM | 89th Street Sukkah (Rain Location: Frankel Hall)
Enjoy a night under the stars! Start the evening at Kabbalat Shabbat services before heading up to the sukkah for games, snacks, and time spent with friends. Register online, and email Ayala with questions.

4th and 5th Grade Sukkah Sleepover

Saturday, October 11 | 8:00PM | 89th Street Sukkah (Rain Location: Frankel Hall)
A night of games, songs, snacks, and fun ends with a special sleepover in the BJ Sukkah. Families are invited to join us in Havdalah before dropping off their children. Register online, and email Bryan with questions.

Bim Bam Sukkah Breakfast

Sunday, October 12 | 10:00-11:00AM | 89th Street Sukkah

Children aged three and under and their families are invited to the BJ Sukkah to sing, dance, socialize, and eat a late breakfast as we read the PJ Library book Sadie’s Breakfast in the Sukkah. This special Sukkot Bim Bam event is open to all of our Bim Bammers and youngest BJ members and will be led by an experienced musician. Cost is $18 per family and space is limited. Please register online and email Allison with questions.

Shelter Volunteer Celebration and Potluck

Sukkah Photo: Forestfortrees, 2004, Flickr

Sunday, October 12 | 2:00-5:00PM | 89th Street Community House Sukkah
Join us in the BJ Sukkah on the 6th floor for a chance to meet with the Social Action Coordinator and co-chairs from the BJ/SPSA Homeless Shelter. Now is a wonderful time to learn about volunteering and to meet the team who helps keep the shelter running year round. R.S.V.P. to Larissa or call x272.

Israeli Wine Tasting Sponsored by Mekusharim

Sunday, October 12 | 5:30PM | 89th Street Sukkah (Rain Location: 88th Street Sanctuary)
All are invited to toast the harvest festival with a special tasting of Israeli wines in the BJ Sukkah, led by BJ member and wine expert, Avi Ashman. Cost: $15. Register here by Tuesday, October 7, or pay cash at the door.

Drawing Waters / Simhat Beit Hashoeva

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Sunday, October 12 | 6:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
A double-feature concert celebrating the music of Sukkot, Simhat Torah and more. Oud player Zach Fredman, leader of the Epichorus and Rabbi of The New Shul, and guitarist Dan Nadel will present a special piyut-meets-flamenco project. The concert will feature some of New York’s finest musicians, and is co-sponsored by the Leader Family Fund and the America Israel Cultural Foundation. The cost for this concert is $10/adults, $5/children. Please register by October 8.

New Member Potluck Dinner in the Sukkah

Tuesday, October 14 | 6:30-8:00PM | 89th Street Sukkah (270 West 89th Street)
Celebate the harvest festival with other new members in the BJ Sukkah. Bring a dairy/vegetarian potluck dish to share. To register, email Monty Miller by Tuesday, October 7.

Tze'irim Simhat Torah Happy Hour

Thursday, October 16 | 6:00-7:15PM | 86th Street Social Hall
Get into a celebratory mood with Tze’irim and join other young Jewish professionals in their 20s and 30s at the SPSA Social Hall before we walk together to the 88th Street Sanctuary for BJ’s inspiring Simhat Torah services. Bring friends and your favorite bottle of wine or dessert (dairy/vegetarian). Register here by Monday, October 13.

5th and 6th Grade Simhat Torah Dinner

Thursday, October 16 | 6:30PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Join families and friends for a festive Simhat Torah dinner, and then dance your heart out with the Torah at BJ’s Simhat Torah Service. This celebration will be our first mitzvah together as 5th and 6th grade families, kicking off a year filled with exciting, new mitzvah opportunities. Register online and email Nina with questions.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: American Cancer Society Walk


Sunday, October 19 | 7:30AM | Meet at the 89th Street Community House
Join fellow BJ members in “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” as we walk together to raise funds for research. We will meet for a brief breakfast at 7:30AM, followed by a prayer service. To sign up, visit makingstrides.acsevents.org. The team name is B’nai Jeshurun. For questions or assistance, please contact Andrea at andmugs@aol.com or Ellen at ellenlandsberger@gmail.com

New After-School Programs in Hebrew (6 months - 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.

KesheTOT, 6 months-Pre-k | Tuesdays, October 21-February 17 | 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, $345 non-members (reductions for siblings). Register here. First semester, October 21-February 17. Second semester February 24-June 9.


Introduction to Judaism

Stained Glass at BJ Golden Stairway

Wednesdays, October 22 – May 13 | 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street 2nd Floor 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 21: individuals $420/$636; couples $630/$945.

Israeli Literature Book Group is Back

Israeli book Bookgroup

6 Mondays (October 27, December 8, January 12, 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. Our first book will be World Cup Wishes by Eshkol Nevo.

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Prayer at Morning Minyan

Tuesdays October 28, November 18, December 2 and 16, January 13 and 27, February 10 | 6:30-8:00PM | 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.

Lunch and Learn: The Language of Truth: The Gerer Rebbe's Commentary on Parashat HaShavua (The Weekly Torah Portion)

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7 Tuesdays (October 28, November 4, 11, 18 and 25,  December 2 and 16) | 12:30-1:45PM | 89th St. 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.

Mindfulness Classes: Creating a Personal Prayer Practice with Rabbis Rachel Cowan and Marcelo Bronstein

BJ Sanctuary Stained Glass Rose Window

7 Wednesdays (October 29, November 5, 12 and 19, December 3, 10 and 17) | 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
Many of us long for a more personally meaningful prayer practice. In this class we offer meditation, contemplative text study, music and time for reflection to assist you in connecting more meaningfully with the words of the siddur and in finding your own words of prayer. Working this way in a group may help you understand more clearly why you pray, where your prayer could take you, and how it might change you. We hope it will​ connect you to prayer as a spiritual practice. Free: registration required.


"Stories of the Talmudic Rabbis" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

Torah text. Photo: Harriet R. Goren

5 Thursdays (October 30, November 20, December 4, 11 and 18) | 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.  Register Here

When the End of Life Arrives: An Exploration of Death and Mourning


3 Thursdays (October 30, November 6 and 13) | 6:30-8:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Join Rabbi Felicia Sol for study and conversation on the rituals, customs and beliefs that our tradition offers at this most vulnerable and holy time. Registration encouraged.

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

Zitzit Photo: Chajm Guski, flickr

Thursdays, Oct. 30-Dec. 18; Mondays Jan. 5-May 11 | 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room
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. Register here.

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