Upcoming Events

Register for BJ Hazorim CSA 2018

Tuesdays, June 5-October 30 | 4:30-7:30PM | BJ Community House
Registration now open!

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 »

Dialogue and Transformation - Photography Exhibit of Israeli Settler and Palestinian Women

Monday, April 16 through Sunday, June 10 | 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.

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Monday Minha Meditation

Mondays through June 25 | 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.

The Book of Genesis with Hillel Friedman

Tuesdays through 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 »

Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

Farmworkers' Rights

Tuesday, May 22 | 6:30-8:30PM | Location given upon R.S.V.P.

Get involved in the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign. We are asking questions, having conversations, and educating the community to expand our collective understanding of ethical consumption. In doing so, we aim to acknowledge the predominantly immigrant laborers who make New York’s multi-billion dollar agricultural economy possible. Through the passage of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, we hope to ensure that laborers who produce the food on which New Yorkers depend can have the dignity and equality they deserve.

Contact Lisa to R.S.V.P.

BJ/SPSA Racial Justice Education Meeting

Tuesday, May 22 | 7:00PM | SPSA, 263 West 86th Street 

Closing Rikers: A Brief History and Next Steps

We will screen “The State of Justice in New York City”, a panel featuring Judge Jonathan Lippman (the Chair of the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform.) The panel directly addressed different faith groups regarding the planned closure of Rikers Island. In the next week, we will send out a short list of readings to prepare you for the video and subsequent discussion.

Please note that this group is open to all, including those who were not able to attend our first meeting.

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Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Tuesdays through June 5 | 7:30-9:00PM | BJ Community House

Ethical questions of war and peace, global warming, immigration, and healthcare can be overwhelming. And yet, consciously or not, we answer critical ethical questions every day as we order our coffee, pay our workers, dine with our friends, and even shop online.
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Jewish Community Memorial Service

Wednesday, May 23 | 7:00PM | The Jewish Center (131 West 86th Street)
BJ will join the UJA-Federation of New York in a memorial service and program honoring the lives of active and retired service members of the United States Armed Services, and those who died defending our country. U.S. Army Colonel Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during the Vietnam War, will speak, followed by a hands-on volunteer project, sponsored by the Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute, to assemble care packages for service members overseas.
Contact Bruce Weiser at weiserb@ujafedny.org for more information.

Visit the Jewish Museum

Thursday, May 24 | 5:30PM | 1109 5th Avenue and East 92nd Street

Join BJ to see “Scenes from the Collection” a new, major exhibition of the Jewish Museum’s unparalleled collection featuring nearly 600 works from antiquities to contemporary art—many of which will be on view for the first time. There is no fee to join us and museum entry is pay-what-you-wish. Afterwards, we will grab a bite to eat somewhere nearby.

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Hakhanah laTefillah

Saturday, May 26 | 8:45-9:25AM | BJ 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.

K-2 Family Shabbat Experience

Saturday, May 26 | 10:45AM-12:00 noon | Frankel Hall 

Join us for a new Shabbat morning experience for children in grades K-2 and their families. Each session incorporates spirited prayer, singing, fun learning activities, and ample schmooze time, all led by our veteran service-leader, Sarah Rosenthal. We can’t wait to co-create this new community with you.

Contact Eliana Light for more information.

Jerusalem and the Temple Mount: National Center or Locus of Universal Worship

Saturday, May 26 | Following kiddush | BJ Community House

Jerusalem and the Temple Mount have emerged as critical foci of the Arab-Israeli conflict. On the surface it appears that their significance to the Jewish world is as a symbol of our national sovereignty that emanates from their essential holiness. Despite the broad consensus embracing this view, there is a compelling Jewish tradition that imagines Jerusalem and the Temple Mount becoming the site of universal devotion.

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A Conversation with Rabbis Matalon and Sol for Multifaith Couples

Tuesday, May 29 | 6:30PM | Location given upon registration

​With the new openness to multifaith couples at BJ, we would like to be in conversation with you about your experience and wisdom as we move into the future. What has been your experience? What avenues do you hope will be created? What conversations do you wish to have with us? What resources and support do you need, or think one needs, in building a Jewish home?

Please join Roly and Felicia for an evening of conversation in Roly’s home. This event is open to members only and registration is essential.

For additional information, contact Beth Tarson.

Interfaith Partners for Peace: Reflections on Our Trip to Israel

Wednesday, May 30 | 6:00PM | SPSA, 263 West 86 Street
Please join Rabbi Felicia Sol and Reverends K. Karpen and Lea Matthews as they share their experience of traveling to Israel with Christian and Jewish clergy and their encounters with the different voices of Israel.

Faith & Public Life Lecture—With Dr Yehuda Kurtzer

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 »

June Tot Shabbat

Friday, June 1 | 5:15-7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary and Frankel Hall 
Enjoy a kid-friendly family Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner in Frankel Hall complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children are welcome to engage in play and exploration. Be sure to register by Wednesday, May 30. Email Allison Kapusta or call her at x253 with any questions. The cost is $22/members, and $29/non-members. All children eat for free.

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Eat, Schmooze, and Sing: Community Shabbat Dinner with Ari

Friday, June 1 | Following Shabbat services | BJ Chapel 

Celebrate the beginning of Pride Month and elevate your Shabbat with friends, food, and soulful singing led by Hazzan Ari Priven. LGBTQ community members, friends and allies are invited to join for a three-course dinner with wine. All are welcome.

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Honoring Chaim Citron: Author and Beloved BJ Security Guard

Saturday, June 2 | Following kiddush | BJ Chapel  

Join us as we honor Chaim Citron, BJ’s beloved security guard and the author of the novel Wings of Hope, as he shares anecdotes from his novel and from his own experience of growing up in the early days of the State of Israel.

Chaim was born in 1951 in Tel Aviv-Yaffo. During his high school years he lived on Kibbutz Givat Haim Ehud, where he studied agricultural mechanics as a trade. At age 18, he was drafted into the Israeli Defense Force and served in the scout-mechanized infantry unit during the War of Attrition with Egypt and in the Yom Kippur War in Syria. Haim has lived in Queens, NY, since 1980, and returns to Israel annually to visit family and friends.

Haim is the proud father of two sons and one granddaughter. For the past 16 years he has worked at BJ as a security guard, where he remains grateful for all the kindness and support he has received from the community.

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Aliyah Honoring the Class of 2018

Saturday, June 2 | During Shabbat morning service | BJ Sanctuary
We would like to extend a special invitation to all teens in the senior class of 2018 (and their families) to this special Shabbat morning service, beginning at 9:30AM. This year’s senior class will be called to the bimah for an aliyah during the Torah service so that we can give them the yasher koah they deserve and wish them lots of mazal in all of their future endeavors! To sign up, email Michelle.

Israeli Book Club discusses The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu

Sunday, June 3 | 5:00-6:30PM | BJ Community House

The Israeli Book Club is more than just your 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 Israeli issues.

Our next book is The People of Forever Are Not Afraid. Written by up-and-coming Israeli author Shani Boianjiu, the novel follows the story of three female Israeli soldiers going through their right of passage. Read the Washington Post’s rave review of the novel.

Buy this book from BJ’s new page on Amazon and a small portion of the proceeds will be donated back to us at no additional cost to you.

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Journalism: The Family Business

Sunday, June 3 | 6:30PM | BJ Sanctuary 

In partnership with The Jewish Week, BJ is proud to present a talk with Clyde & Maggie Haberman. From Jerusalem to the White House, this father and daughter have covered some of the major stories of the last three decades for The New York Times. Hear them talk about their experiences in this discussion moderated by The Jewish Week’s Gary Rosenblatt.

Doors open at 6:00PM

BJ Member Registration

Non-members should register here.

Clyde Haberman
Former Jerusalem Bureau chief, columnist and editorial writer for The New York Times and author of “The Times Of The Seventies: The Culture, Politics and Personalities That Shaped The Decade.”
Maggie Haberman 
White House Correspondent for The New York Times and a political analyst for CNN. Haberman previously worked for Politico and the New York Daily News where she was a political reporter.


Israel Film Center Festival

Tuesday, June 5 – Tuesday, June 12 | Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue

BJ is proud to partner with the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan’s Israel Film Center Festival.

BJ members receive 20% off all tickets with discount code IFCBJ18.

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Sustainability and Environmental Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 5 | 6:30-8:30PM | BJ Middle Room

Join us for our second meeting where we will report back on issues, partnerships, and opportunities. Further, we will continue to explore our group environmental work options. We are always looking for new members, so whether you’re interested in diving more deeply into how our community can become more sustainable, or exploring how we can advocate for better policies in our city and state, this group is for you.

Iftar in a Synagogue—Standing with Survivors of Violence

Thursday, June 7 | 6:15-9:30PM | Temple Emanu-El, 1 East 65th Street

Join BJ and other congregations around the city at the Muslim Jewish Solidarity Committee’s flagship event. The theme of this year’s Iftar (traditional meal eaten to end the fast each day of Ramadan) is survivors of all forms of violence across the world. In addition to a diverse organization fair, our inspiring speakers include Sabeeha Rehman, Ruth Messinger, and Robina Niaz. Ticket price includes a kosher or halal dinner.

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The Ongoing Battle of the Orthodox Feminist Movement

Thursday, June 7 | 7:00-8:30PM | Location given upon registration 

Join attorney Yael Rockman, Executive Director of Kolech—the leading Orthodox feminist organization in Israel. Their mission is to further the status and rights of women in the realms of halakha, religious leadership and community life. Yael will discuss the successes and ongoing challenges of the Orthodox feminist movement as it clashes with the reactionary conservative rabbinic establishment and often toxic public atmosphere.

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Summer Bim Bam

Fridays, June 8-August 10 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00 noon | BJ Chapel 
Bim Bam gives children under 3 a fun space to explore Shabbat through interactive songs and stories, while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. The 10:15AM session  features both English and Hebrew songs, while the 11:15AM class is full Hebrew immersion. The series (nine classes) is $180/$270 (members/non-members). After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New BJ members attend for free. The program is led by Shira Averbuch. Questions? Email Allison KapustaNo class on July 6.

Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, June 8 | 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.

Teen End of the Year Brunch and Bounce

Sunday, June 10 | 11:30AM | Frankel Hall

We can’t let the school year fly by without one last hurrah! Teens and their families are invited to join us for a celebratory brunch, where we will honor the class of 2018 and look back on an amazing year of BJ Teen events. Read more »

BJ/SPSA Racial Justice Committee Meeting

Monday, June 11 | 6:30PM | BJ Reception Room

Join us for the next BJ/SPSA Racial Justice Committee meeting, open to all who want to get involved with the program. Hear updates from subcommittees and help us determine priorities.

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On Being Podcast Recording with Krista Tippett

Tuesday, June 12 | 6:30PM | 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 »

Caregivers Support Group

Thursday, June 14 | 4:15PM | BJ Community House 4th Floor Conference Room

A support group for members of our community to draw strength, insight, and information from each other and our tradition. Read more »

2018 Annual Meeting

Thursday, June 14 | 7:00-9:00PM | BJ Sanctuary

BJ members are invited to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting, where you will hear reports from our rabbis, executive director, board leaders, and treasurer about this year’s tremendous accomplishments. We will look ahead to next year’s goals, programmatic highlights, and financial outlook, as well as sharing in a moment to say “thank you” to outgoing trustees and to welcome the new trustees to the board.

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Bo-i Kallah

Friday, June 15 | 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

Summer Yom Iyyun with Hadar

Wednesday, July 18 | 8:30AM to 5:00PM | BJ Chapel

Join Hadar for a day of learning on the topic of Virtue: Who We Are and Why it Matters. Jewish ethics focuses not just on what we do, but on who we are. Character traits are essential to living a moral and holy life. Join us as we explore such questions as: What kind of human beings are we asked to be? What is the relationship between right actions and right intentions? Why is law necessary, but not sufficient to Judaism’s vision of a religious life? Should we assess our leaders primarily by their accomplishments or their character?

Hadar has kindly offered a reduced rate of $65 for BJ members with the case-sensitive discount code BJ65Yi.

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