Through Thursday, March 29
Traditionally, avoiding hametz has meant getting rid of all hametz in your possession. Considering this can cause major financial hardship, as well as wasting 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. Sign up by Thursday, March 29 at 12:00PM. For assistance with this process, please email Kristen or call x255. Read more »
Join BJ’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and pick up fresh, organic produce from Free Bird Farm at BJ once a week for 22 weeks. Choose from delicious vegetable, egg, fruit, and butter shares. Click here to find out more about the CSA. Questions? Contact Larissa. Read more »
Thursdays through May 10 | 6:30-8:00PM | BJ Middle Room
Join BJ Rabbinic Fellow Tobias Divack Moss for this weekly Torah study. Way before Wikipedia, Judaism developed an ever-expanding network of texts. Using the weekly portion 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 (bring your own or enjoy ours). New participants of any background are always welcome.
Note: there will be no class on March 29, April 5, and May 3.
Saturday, March 24 | During and following Shabbat morning services | Meet at BJ Sanctuary
Join BJ in protesting gun violence. At our Shabbat morning service, we will hear from BJ member Alicia Samuels, an expert in gun violence and public health.
Saturday, March 24 | 5:00PM | BJ Reception Room
Join Rabbi Roly Matalon in conversation with Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, Associate Editor of our recently adopted Siddur Lev Shalem. Learn about the process of this siddur’s creation, discover some of the gems found inside, and hear about its place in the landscape of contemporary Jewish life.
Sunday, March 25 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location given upon registration
In this new salon series, BJ members will get to meet some of the most promising Israeli artists currently working in New York who 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 overlaying theme that will shed new light on Israeli arts and culture. Read more »
Monday, March 26 | 7:00PM | BJ Chapel
Passover can be extremely complicated and difficult for those of us who are bereaved. Join members of our community in drawing support and comfort from one another and our shared tradition. Facilitated by Hazzan Ari Priven and Rabbi Michael Boino, BJ Coordinator of Pastoral Care and Support through the Jewish Board’s Partners in Caring program. R.S.V.P. here or contact Michael at x238.
Sunday, March 25 | 2:30-4:00PM | Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street)
Jessica Zitter, M.D., MPH, and JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen will discuss the way people approach the end of life and what Judaism can teach us about dying well. Sponsored by What Matters. Dr. Zitter, who changed her professional career focus from critical care to palliative care, is a practicing physician, author, central figure in an Oscar-nominated short documentary, and editorial contributor to The New York Times. She is also exploring how her Judaism has drawn her to a career in medicine and a specialization in end-of-life issues. Chancellor Arnold Eisen, who was Dr. Zitter’s undergraduate advisor in Jewish Studies at Stanford University, will be in discussion with her about her professional journey, her Jewish values, and how they inform her current work. Contact the JCC for information at 646-505-5708 or click here to register.
Tuesdays, January 23-May 29 | 9:30AM | BJ Middle Room
When we consider the Book of Genesis, many of us remember the tales we heard in our childhood. Read more »
Tuesdays, January 16-May 15| 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 with the study of Itturei Torah: Torah Gems on the Weekly Torah Portion. Read more »
Through Wednesday, March 28 | Before Kabbalat Shabbat | BJ Sanctuary Foyer and Community House Entrance
Looking to get rid of your hametz before Pesah? There’s no better way to cleanse your home and to give back than by donating your food to our partners at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH). Through a supermarket-style food pantry, WSCAH alleviates hunger and creates a culture that promotes self-reliance and works for change. Check out the list of encouraged items. All food donations welcome. For more information, contact Larissa.
Friday, March 30 | Following Morning Minyan | BJ Sanctuary
All are welcome to join Rabbinic Fellow Tobias Divack Moss as he leads us in the completion of a volume of rabbinic literature. All firstborns in attendance are then permitted to eat and break the Fast of the Firstborn.
Wednesday, April 4 | 6:30-8:30PM | BJ Reception Room
The Israeli Book Club is more than just a 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 issues in Israel.
Mondays beginning April 9 | 6:30-7:00PM | BJ Chapel
The Center for Prayer and Spirituality is thrilled to launch this new mindfulness initiative. Join us on Monday evenings for a community sit, as we work toward building a sustained communal meditation practice. The Monday Minha Meditations will contain explorations of guided teachings, meditation techniques, and silent sits, and will also provide an opportunity for community members to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish. No registration necessary. Whether you are experienced in meditation or are thinking about beginning a practice, all are welcome.
Mondays, April 9, 16, 23, and 30, and May 7 and 14 | 8:30-9:30AM | BJ Middle Room
In the weeks between Passover and Shavuot, as we make our way from Egypt to Sinai, from liberation to dedication, join Rabbi Adina Lewittes for a text- and values-based conversation about the questions we ask and are asked by the next generation as we envision and build the Jewish future. Be prepared for a thought-provoking, challenging, personal, deep, and forthright dialogue on these pressing questions of our time. Open to all BJ members.
In order to get the most out of this series, we encourage attendance at all sessions; however, if you are unable to make all sessions you are still very welcome to join us.
Questions are at the heart of Judaism. As Jewish life in America changes, so do our questions and those of our children and grandchildren about the meaning and value of Jewish practice and identity.
And You Shall Tell Your Children
What Are You Going To Tell Yours When They Ask:
This program is part of The Jewish Home Project.
Tuesday, April 10 | 7:00PM | 59E59 Street Theaters
Please join the BJ Refugee and Immigration Committee, the Synagogue Coalition on the Immigration & Refugee Crisis (SCRIC), and HIAS for a special performance of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story.
Wednesday, April 11 | 6:30PM | BJ Sanctuary
Join us in commemoration of Yom HaShoah for the reading and hearing of the names of those killed in the Shoah, with special participation by our 7th grade Kadima@BJ class. This ceremony will be immediately followed by a powerful musical program, Voices of Spiritual Resistance in Terezín.
An all-night vigil will begin at 10:00PM at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism (15 West 86th Street), where the BJ reading slot will be from 12:30AM to 1:00AM.
Wednesday, April 11 | 8:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Immediately following our Yom Hashoah Commemoration, join Cantor David Mintz, Dan Nadel, and an ensemble of world-class musicians for a exploration of the music written and performed in Terezin.
Between 1941 and 1945, approximately 140,000 Jews passed through the gates of Terezín, including some of Eastern Europe’s most prominent Jewish musicians. Even prior to the Nazis officially condoning cultural activities in the ghetto, these Jews began to create a musical life for themselves. They met in basements to sing Czech folk songs, listened to chamber music in attics, and eventually, created of cultural life full of choirs, cabaret, orchestras, operas, and even a jazz band called the Ghetto Swingers. In this powerful musical program, we will unpack how this music served as a mechanism for survival through expressions of comfort, connection, satire, and defiance.
Featuring Cantor David Mintz, Dan Nadel, Alexandra Joan, Vasko Dukovsky, Jessica Sandidge, Amy Maude Helfer, Dominic Armstrong, and Cantor Dan Singer.
Free and open to the public.
Once a month on Thursdays | March 8, April 12, May 10, and June 14 | 4:15PM | BJ Community House 4th Floor Conference Room
A monthly support group for members of our community to draw strength, insight, and information from each other and our tradition. Read more »
Friday, April 13 | 5:15-7:00PM | 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. The cost is $22/members, and $29/non-members. All children eat for free. Register by Wednesday, April 11 and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions.
Friday, April 13 | 7:00PM | BJ Community House 3rd Floor
Join us for an intimate service featuring meditation, reflection, deep listening, and personal engagement with the parashah. Please email Kristen Kersey or call her at x255 with any questions.
Saturday, April 14 | 7:30PM | 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 nigunim and zemirot as havdalah approaches.
The evening will be filled with melodies that may be familiar and evocative, alongside those that are challenging and new; filled with a spirit that ranges from celebratory and jubilant to meditative and peaceful.
Please bring a vegetarian snack and/or drink to share.
Mark your calendars for next time: Saturday, May 5, 7:45PM.
Sunday, April 15 | 10:00AM-9:00PM | Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway
Celebrate Israel’s 70th with an array of programs for all ages, including:
- Keynote speaker Dennis Ross
- Shows for kids
- A street fair on 94th street featuring Israeli artists, live music, activities for kids, and kosher food trucks
- Performances by Israeli group Yemen Blues
- Wine tasting and food demonstrations
- Ongoing speakers and lectures throughout the day
Sunday, April 15 | 11:00AM-1:00PM | BJ Reception Room
Have you ever wanted to write your life story but find the prospect daunting?
Join us for brunch with authors Susan Charney and Mindy Lewis as they discuss the challenges, process, and rewards of writing a memoir and share their personal techniques for overcoming that little voice that says, “Who cares about my life story? I’m not a real writer!” or that all-time favorite, “I don’t remember!” There may be many reasons not to write, but they don’t hold up to the solid rewards of taking that leap, whether for yourself, as a legacy for your loved ones, or as a contribution to history. Read more »
Sunday, April 15 | 2:00-3:30PM | Bowlmor Lanes (222 West 44th Street)
Are you ready for spring? Ready to get rid of some of that pent-up winter energy? Us, too! If you’re in 6th or 7th grade, you’re invited to join Ilanot for some much-needed bowling to knock down those winter blues! We will meet at BJ at 1:00PM to travel together by subway to Bowlmor Lanes. We will return to BJ by 4:30PM. See you there!
Monday, April 16 through June 15 | During community house opening hours | BJ Community House
Over the past two summers, photographer Saskia Bory Keeley partnered with Roots, an initiative now in its fourth year led by a Palestinian and Israeli settler committee who works at the heart of the conflict in the West Bank. Keeley conducted photo workshops exclusively for women who would otherwise have no contact with each other. Developing photographic skills was an important aspect of the program and just as essential was the opportunity for women “from the other side” to interact in a safe setting–many for the very first time in their lives.
The photos presented in this exhibit are a sample of selected works created by these talented women, providing us with an insight into their own world, their home and family, and their view of the conflict.
Tuesdays, monthly: April 17, and May 8 | 8:30AM | BJ Chapel
Join BJ Rabbinic Fellows Sarah Krinsky and Tobias Divack Moss one Tuesday per month after morning minyan. Dive deeper into the questions we are exploring through our Faith & Public program, such as “Should We Pray for the Government or About It?” and “Violence and Humility in Jewish Politics”. Read more »
Tuesdays, April 17 and 24, and May 1 and 8 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Middle Room
Continuing with our series of Ritual Labs—in which we explore and co-create rituals to mark some of life’s most meaningful transitions—our next cohort will delve into the experience of parents whose children are leaving the home and beginning adulthood. Whether it’s your oldest, youngest, intermediate or only child leaving the home, this is a transition with profound impact on family systems. Join Rabbi Michael Boino and 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 this transition.
In this type of setting, creating a safe space and building a committed cohort is crucial. For these reasons, the Ritual Lab will not be drop-in. If this experience sounds right for you, we invite you to contact Kristen to become a part of this exciting cohort!
Wednesday, April 18 | 7:00-9:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Join us for our traditional Yom Ha’atzmaut ceremony, marking the transition between Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day, and Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. The first part of the ceremony will explore the evolution of Yom Hazikaron and how collective memory has been shaped in Israel over the past 70 years. Then we will move on to a festive reading of selected paragraphs of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, with local and Israeli leaders giving sermons on these readings. After the ceremony, we invite you to commemorate this special time with us through song, conversation, learning, food, and more!
Friday, April 20 | 7:00PM | BJ Reception Room
Join Rabbi Roly Matalon, Music Director Dan Nadel and Deborah Sacks Mintz for this alternative Kabbalat Shabbat service. 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 workweek anxieties behind to enter holy time and welcome Shabbat. Read more about this service here.
Saturday, April 21 | 9:30AM | BJ Sanctuary
Everyone is invited to take part in this special annual tradition as we give our rabbis a break and the BJ teens lead us in a Shabbat morning service from beginning to end! The teens have been working hard to prepare a very special Shabbat morning service\ complete with torah, tefillot, and divrei torah. We can’t wait to see the sanctuary full of friendly faces and that unique BJ Shabbat spirit!
Teens: if you are not yet signed up to participate and would like to, email Michelle.
Sunday, April 22 | 9:00AM-5:00PM | BJ Frankel Hall
Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. Like CPR, participants will learn a five-step action plan on how to interact with a person in crisis until professional help arrives. At the end of the training everyone will receive a certificate of completion. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the BJ Bikkur Holim committee. Read more »
Sunday, April 22 | 2:00-6:00PM | BJ Community House 3rd Floor
Experience a trip around Israel on its 70th birthday through dance. Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with the best of the classic Israeli folk dances. All are welcome to join in the dancing. Request your favorites. You also will have the opportunity to experience prominent Israeli folk dance choreographers, leaders and musicians (TBA).
Sunday, April 22 | 2:00-3:30PM | BJ Community House
Who’s got the biggest birthday coming up? Israel, that’s who!
Students in grades K-5 are invited to come down to BJ for a huge party filled with over-sized games, food, and gigantic fun.
We are excited to see you there!
Sunday, April 22 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Community House
BJ and The Midrasha in Manhattan invite you to join brothers and rabbis Amichai and Benny Lau, of New York City and Jerusalem respectively, who will sit together to speak about rabbinic power, its role in the past, and in modern times. They will each speak to their unique working experiences and to their belonging to a longstanding rabbinic dynasty.
Wednesday, April 25 | 6:30-9:30PM | BJ Community House and Sanctuary
Join us for an evening of food, fun, and friends at our third Celebrate Community Auction.
There are so many ways to participate!
- Donate an auction prize;
- Become a sponsor and support the Jewish Home Project;
- Contribute to the Shabbat Catalog;
- Enter the raffle;
- Bid on your favorite prize (online bidding opens April 9); and
- Join the party!
Saturday, April 28 | Following Shabbat Morning services | BJ Community House
Seventy years have passed since the founders of Israel declared that the State of Israel “will be based on freedom, justice, and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel.” But has the Jewish State lived up to this goal? And what means are needed in order to get there? How can a young state facing so many challenges fulfill the Utopian vision of the prophets of Israel, if at all? Join Rabbi Tamir Nir, head of the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv, as he explores these questions, examining contemporary issues in Israeli society through the lens of classic and modern Jewish texts.
Sunday, April 29 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location given upon registration
Friday, May 4 | 7:00PM | BJ Chapel
May the fourth be with you! BJ and the Ramah Minyan are partnering for a Star Wars-themed minyan for 20s and 30s! Minyan will be followed by a delicious dinner, so bring your crew. Kabbalat Shabbat will begin at 7:00PM. Registration for dinner is opening soon.
And remember, all friends of Ramah and of BJ are welcome to join us.
Interested in leading Kabbalat Shabbat or Maariv, or giving a d’var? Email email@example.com.
Wednesday, May 16 | 3:00-9:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Wednesday, May 16 | 6:30-8:30PM | BJ Reception Room
Through a partnership with HIAS and emerging relationships with other organizations, we are educating our community about the refugee crisis and developing opportunities to volunteer, advocate, and raise our Jewish voice. Join us at our next meeting to get involved in this important work. R.S.V.P. to Sandy.
Wednesday, May 30 | 7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Register now for the last in our Faith & Public Life Lecture Series, with Dr Yehuda Kurtzer. Dr Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and teaches widely in the Institute’s many platforms. Read more »
Tuesday, June 12 | 7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Join us for a live recording of On Being with Krista Tippett—the podcast that opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We will explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives. Read more »