Upcoming Events

Bim Bam Summer Session

Children with Shabbat Candles

Friday Mornings, June 13 - August 15 | 9:15-10:00AM or 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. Each class is led by an experienced songleader/educator, and kids enjoy fun activities that connect song and motion to Jewish learning. We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. Registration for the summer session is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. The cost is $200 for members and $250 for non-members per family (new members can register for free, please contact Emily Walsh). 5-Class Passes are also available, $125/members and $175/non-members. Register by June 12, and know that space is limited.

Play Softball With BJ

Softball photo credit: mscaprikell

Thursdays through August 28 | Central Park
Friendly coed softball, beginning May 15 and ending in August. Contact Craig Rosenberg at crosenberg6@optonline.net for further information.

Tisha Be'Av Teaching "The Evolution of an Ideal: What Does Tikkun Olam Really Mean?"

Levi Cooper

Tuesday, August 5 | 6:00-7:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem for this Tisha Be’Av teaching session. Tikkun olam is a catchcry in contemporary liberal society. It is used as a slogan for activism, a call for political involvement, and an expression of the coveted ideal of social justice. What did the Sages mean when they coined the term “tikkun olam”? This teaching will invite us to explore how the meaning of the term has developed over the ages. We will conclude by considering the positive and negative aspects of the evolution of tikkun olam. Click here for the full Tisha Be’Av schedule.


Hazon Bike Ride: Join the BJ Revolutionaries

CSA and Hazon Ride 2009

Friday, August 29-Monday, September 1 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
It’s never too early to start planning for the late summer and what better way than to join the BJ Revolutionaries team for the 2014 Hazon New York Bike Ride. BJ has traditionally sent one of the largest and strongest team to the Ride, and we want this year to be no exception. It’s become an even more fulfilling experience now that the Ride’s base has returned to the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in the southern Berkshires. Click here to learn more about this year’s Ride and Retreat and to sign up. Contact Gil Kulick with any questions.

Food Donors Needed at the BJ/SPSA Homeless Shelter

SPSA volunteers set the table for the nightly dinner for the guests in the BJ/SPSA Shelter for Homeless Women. Photo: Jim Melchiorre

Monday and Tuesday | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday | 86th Street Social Hall

We have many open nights to fill through the end of the summer and early fall. Becoming a food donor is easy. Families, individuals or groups can get together to prepare a light meal for 10-12 people at the synagogue, the church, at home, or order in a light meal for our guests. If you are interested in signing up or learning more, please contact Larissa or call x272.

People's Climate March - Save the Date

Climate Image 3

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.