Upcoming Events

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Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

Prayer shawl. Photo: Oren Hayon

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.

Bo-i Kallah - A Monthly Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Shabbat Candles photo: gerard montigny

Friday, December 19, January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17  and May 15 | 7:00PM | 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.

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, April 18 | 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.

The Israeli Literature Book Group

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6 Mondays (Remaining dates – April 27, and TBD) | 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


Israel Dialogue Initiative Upcoming Events

BJ Town Square – Sunday, May 3 | 4:00-6:30 | 88th Street Sanctuary | Pre-registered members only (Doors open at 3:30PM, event begins at 4:00PM prompt)
Personal Reflections on Israel with Rabbis Matalon, Bronstein and Sol – Tuesday, June 9 | 6:30-8:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Speaking Across Conflict Workshops – All workshops are currently full, register here to join a waiting list.
For registration and more information please visit –  www.bj.org/IDI.

Jewish Journey Project Information Session

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Monday, April 20 and Thursday, May 14 | 5:00 – 6:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join us to learn more about the Jewish Journey Project (JJP) at BJ. Information Session with JJP Director Lori Forman-Jacobi and BJ Director of Education Ivy Schreiber on Monday, April 20 or Thursday, May 14. JJP at BJ is for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The Jewish Journey Project is an innovative Jewish education experience that re-imagines the after school model by enriching the program with participatory experiences, a flexible schedule, choice, and more familial and communal involvement. See more on the JJP website or BJ’s JJP pagePlease register here.

Yom Ha'atzmaut at BJ And The Upper West Side, April 22-26

UWS Yom Ha'atzmaut

​BJ is once again proud to be a part of the communal celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut on the Upper West Side. Below are the events hosted by BJ. Please make sure to register to reserve places at www.uwsIsrael.org.

Tekes Ma’avar, Transition Ceremony
Wednesday, April 22 | 7:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

Marking the transition from Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day to Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. The evening will start with a Limud, followed by prayer and song as we transition from solemnity and remembrance to rejoicing and celebrating ending with Shira Betzibur (sing-along). Co-sponsored by Mechon Hadar, Romemu, Shaare Zedek, West End Synagogue, Society for the Advancement of Judaism.

Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Wide Party
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

Journalism in a Land of Few Facts | 10:30AM-12:00PM | 270 West 89th Street
Join Jodi Rudoren, Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times, as she discusses her experience covering Israel and the Palestinians since May 2012. Co-presented by the Society for the Advancement of Judaism. Limited spaces; pre-registration strongly encouraged.

Shirim LeYeladim | 11:30AM-12:15PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Song session in Hebrew for Children with Shira Averbuch Yonatan Gutfeld, Keshet and KesheTOT leaders.


Join The Israeli Scouts for a Day! | 2:00-4:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join Shevet Tapuach, the Israeli Scouts of Manhattan as they run stalls for children ages 6-13 with activities to do with Israel, the Land and it’s people.


Envisioning Israel: What Does the Future Hold | 5:00-6:30PM | 270 West 89th Street
Celebrating Israel’s founding and it’s vision. Join Renowned law Professor, Ruth Gavison who will discuss with Dr. Jonathan Cummings her vision for the future of Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State, as well as looking into the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed laws that deal with nationality.


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

Building a Sustainable Israel: Lessons Learned Since Independence

Think Green

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.

Serving Lunch to Seniors


Sunday, April 26 | 12:00-2:00PM | Upper East side-Location Provided Upon R.S.V.P.
Join Tze’irim as we make an inter-generational impact and brighten the lives of low-income seniors. Help serve a hot kosher lunch and socialize with the residents of Met Council senior housing. This is a great way to help those in need while getting to know your peers and your elders. Afterwards, feel free to go grab a bite to eat with your fellow volunteers. Register here by Wednesday, April 22. The exact location will be provided upon registration.

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

Helping hands.

Tuesday, April 28 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Reception 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 new co-chairs Rise Dimson and Penny Dannenberg, 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.

Upcoming Environmental Justice Hevra Meeting

Transform Don't Trash NYC

Wednesday, April 29 | 6:30-8:45PM | Location TBA
Following our successful education event, Let’s Transform Our City, we are continuing community education and outreach for our new Environmental Justice Campaign. We are proud to be part of a diverse coalition to support the Transform Don’t Trash NYC Campaign, which proposes systemic changes to the commercial waste industry in New York City. We are looking to engage community members and local business owners in conversation regarding current commercial waste conditions and how City Council legislation would have a revolutionary effect on New York City, our environment, and its waste management practices. This local initiative would expand recycling diversion, improve job safety and truck quality, and lower emissions/pollution to contribute to broader efforts to stem the tide of climate change. Get involved! R.S.V.P. by contacting Les.

BJHS Open House

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Thursdays, April 30 and May 7 | 5:00-6:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Are you thinking about Jewish education for the 2015-16 school year? Learn more about B’nai Jeshurun Hebrew School! Join Ivy Schreiber, Director of Education, on either April 30 or May 7, 5:00-6:00PM in the 88th Street Sanctuary for an informative Open House. Learn about the Hebrew School’s vision, tour the building, see classes in session, and hear from current parents and students. We look forward to sharing our school with you! Register here.

Sign Up for the BJ Hazorim CSA: Deadline May 1

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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 special Israeli dinner.  IAC Shishi Israeli is where Israeli and Jewish Americans will create a shared experience around the Shabbat dinner table. Includes Shabbat traditions, delicious dinner and Shira Betzibur (sing-along). Register here.

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.

BJ Hesed Genius Bar: Unleash the Power of Your Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop

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Sunday, May 3 | 12:00-2:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Wondering how to use the features and functions of your mobile devices? Stop by any time during the session and get one-on-one support from our teens. R.S.V.P. to hesed@bj.org or x264.

Upcoming Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

Farmworkers' Rights

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.

'And I am a Stranger:' Becoming Ruth, with Avivah Zornberg

Dr. Avivah Zornberg. Photo: Debbi Cooper, (www.debbicooper.co.il)

Monday, May 4 | 7:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Ruth is a stranger in more senses than one. Who is this unknown woman who is destined to become mother of royalty? What is the process by which she finds her way into a foreign and unwelcoming culture and religious tradition? How does destiny come about? Moderated by Seth Aronson, Psy.D. Co-sponsored by The William Alanson White Institute and BJ. For prices and registration click here. Discounts available for BJ member, students, and early registrants.

Parenting Teens to Lessen Your Child's Anxiety


Tuesday, May 5 | 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
The gap between who our children are and who they are 
supposed to be creates great anxiety in teens and parents – especially as the social/academic year draws to its frantic close.  Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Dr. Ron Taffel present spiritually and scientifically anchored child rearing strategies – seven keys to lessen anxiety during this time of transition and beyond, releasing children (and yourself) from the more destructive aspects of our pressured lives. This event is free of charge and open to all. Register here. 

Meet Israeli LGBT Activist and Film Producer Gal Uchovsky - Agent for Equality

Gal Uchovsky

Thursday, May 7 | 7:00PM | NYC LGBT Center, 208 W13th Street, NY
Over the past few decades, there has been an incredible change in the visibility and portrayal of LGBT people in Israeli media. Gal Uchovsky, screenwriter and producer of noted Israeli films Yossi & Jagger and The Bubble, joins us to screen clips from his films as he discusses the media’s role in advancing LGBT progress in Israel.

End of Year Shabbat Celebration Dinner


Friday, May 8 | 6:00-8:00PM | 89th Street Gym
Welcome in Shabbat with a family-friendly service and dinner. All families are invited to join Rabbi Felicia Sol and Hazzan Ari Priven for a musical service designed for school-aged children, followed by a delicious dinner! Cost is $18 per adult, $10 per child. Please register online and contact Esther with any questions or dietary concerns.

President of Albania Plans Historic Visit to BJ

Friday, May 8 | 7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Did you know Albania is the only European country to have more Jews after the Holocaust then before? Albania’s moral code, “Besa”, requires them to provide shelter and safety to anyone in need–saving the lives of  hundreds of Jews during the Shoah. Please welcome President Nishani to BJ’s Kabbalat Shabbat service where we will acknowledge Albania’s extraordinary display of humanity and compassion.

Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat Service

BJ Sanctuary Stained Glass Rose Window

Friday, May 8 | 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.

Tze'irim Spring Oneg

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Friday, May 8 | Following Services | 88th Street Frankel Hall
It’s been a long winter, but spring is finally here. Say goodbye to Netflix, change out of your sweatpants and come hang out at BJ. Join us for services at 7:00PM; there will be a special section for people in their 20s and 30s to sit together at services, followed by a festive cocktail reception. All you need to know is that there will be wine. Come schmooze and nosh with your friends, and remember what being social feels like. Cost: $10 Members; $15 Non-members.  R.S.V.P. here by Wednesday, May 6.

Senior Aliyah

Image from the February, 2011 BJ Teen Service Learning Trip to the Dominican Republic. Photo: Emily Walsh

Saturday, May 9 | During Shabbat Morning Services | 86th Street
All BJ teen families, especially those of graduating seniors, are invited to join the entire community as we celebrate the accomplishments of our high school seniors. Seniors will be called to the Torah for a special aliyah during Shabbat morning services. Our senior class has contributed greatly to our community, and we are privileged to celebrate this time of accomplishment with them.

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.

Special Needs Minha

Havdalah Candle

Saturday, May 9 | 5:30-7:00PM | NEW LOCATION – 89th Street Reception Room
Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Hazzan Ari Priven for an interactive, warm, and inviting musical Minha service. As a demonstration of our commitment to inclusion, this will be an accessible experience, sensitive to children and young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. All are welcome, including members and non-members. Please note that the service will now be held in the 89th Street Reception Room. Registration not required.

End of Year Havdalah and Dessert Reception


Saturday, May 9 | 8:00-10:00PM | 89th Street Middle Room
Teens and families are invited to participate in a meaningful havdalah service, followed by a dessert reception and end of year celebration. Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our year together and honor those who are graduating from our teen program. $10/person. R.S.V.P. here by Wednesday, May 6th.

Poster Making for the Celebrate Israel Parade - Inter-generational event!

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.

Give the Gift of Life at the BJ Blood Drive

Give Blood Drawing

Wednesday, May 13 | 3:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Twice a year we have the opportunity to provide this very important service to the community. Give the gift of life by signing up now for the BJ Blood Drive. Learn more about how you can prepare to donate and learn about any restrictions that may apply. Sign up with Larissa or call x272 with the best time slot for you.

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.

Picnic in Riverside Park

Park Picnic

Saturday, May 16 | Following Services | Riverside Park
Celebrate springtime with a picnic lunch in Riverside Park following Shabbat services. Families are invited to bring their own lunch, picnic blankets, and outdoor games. We’ll provide cookies and fruit. We will walk to the park as a group after services at 86th Street.


Upcoming Bike Rides with Hazon and the BJ Revolutionaries


Sundays, May 17, 31, June 21 | 8:45AM | The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue
Friday, June 12 | 5:45-6:45PM | Columbus Circle Entrance to Central Park
BJ cyclists are invited to join the BJ Revolutionaries NY Hazon Ride team for some wonderful biking this spring and summer. These rides are part of a series of training rides for the New York Ride and Retreat, held on Labor Day weekend, for which BJ traditionally fields one of the strongest teams. They are free and open to everyone. Check out the full list of rides and details for each on our BJ Revolutionaries page or you can sign up directly on the Hazon website. For more information on our team, contact Michael Ekstract at ekstract@gmail.com.

Free Sunday Ride: Northern Manhattan


Sunday, May 17 | 8:45AM-11:00AM | The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue
On this ride, we will visit one of Manhattan’s newest official park spaces – Muscota Marsh, at the far northern tip of the Island, near the Columbia boat house, which opened last year. We will meet at the JCC Manhattan and cycle north on the Hudson Greenway and then through Inwood to reach Muscota Marsh. To head south, we will take the Harlem River Greenway, and then ride to Central Park. The loop is 17 miles long, and is generally flat, on bike paths and bike lanes. Click here to R.S.V.P.

Jews, Money, Kids, and Class: Parent Conversation with Ron Lieber


Monday, May 18 | 7:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
In his book The Opposite of SpoiledRon Lieber delivers a manifesto against silence around money in families. In his talk, he will bring this argument to life, distilling his best, most intuitive ideas from his half-decade of reporting on the topic. Ron likes conversations more than presentations, so please bring the toughest question your child has ever asked about money and stories of your own efforts to raise grounded young kids. BJ members and non-members are invited to attend – bring a friend! Free. Register here.

Shavuot Celebration at Children's Services

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Sunday, May 24 | 10:45AM-12:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
BJ Young Families celebrate Shavuot with a festive holiday service including singing, dancing and reading from the Torah. Children will assemble and decorate baskets of flowers to bring into the sanctuary. We’ll provide the flowers and families are invited to bring their own baskets as we honor the holiday tradition of bringing bikkurim, the first fruits, to Jerusalem.


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: Parashat Naso: Lifting Up Purpose, Obligation and Blessing. 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.

Home-Hosted Shabbat Lunches

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Saturday, May 30 | Following Shabbat Services | Participant Homes
Join us for a warm and welcoming Shabbat experience. Sign up to either host or be hosted and share a Shabbat meal with a small group of other young families at BJ. This is a great opportunity to get to know new people in the community and build connections with those you may already know. Register here.


Free Sunday Ride: River Road


Sunday, May 31 | 8:45AM-1:30PM | The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue
We will meet at the JCC Manhattan and cross the GW Bridge and then head to the base of the Palisades. We will head north through the picturesque Palisades Park on River Road, at the base of the cliffs along the Hudson River. The park ends with a tough climb, where we can take a short break. We will head back to the GW Bridge on 9W, a popular bike route. This is a 30 mile ride with moderate hills. Click here to R.S.V.P.

Celebrate Israel Festival

Celebrate Israel IAC

Sunday, May 31 | 2:00-7:00PM | Pier 94, 711 12th Ave
This year’s theme – Jerusalem and Tel Aviv: Cities of Light, will give attendees the opportunity to get a taste of Israel’s greatest cities and discover the magic and history behind them. Featuring a performance by Israeli megastar Rita, a recreation of Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market, a community mural, teen pavilion, and more. For a full list of attractions, click here. Advance registration required.

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)
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.

Cycle Into Shabbat: Friday Ride


Friday, June 12 | 5:45-6:45PM | Columbus Circle Entrance to Central Park
Join us for some quick loops in the park before Shabbat begins on one of the longest days of year! We will meet at Columbus Circle and ride for about an hour (two loops, 6.25 miles per park loop). Click here to R.S.V.P.

Bim Bam Summer Session

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Friday Mornings, June 12 – August 28  | 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15AM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Children ages 3 and under explore Shabbat through Hebrew and English songs, stories, and traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and eating challah. Registration for the summer session is now open for the 9:15AM10:15AM, and 11:15AM classes. The cost is $180/members and $228/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 which is good for any summer date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by May 1, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on July 3.

Bike to the Beach with the BJ Revolutionaries and Hazon

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Sunday, June 21 | 9:30AM | The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue
Join the BJ Revolutionaries in the annual ride to Coney Island. This is a great day trip that starts in five locations around the NY metro area. Meet up with other riders as you cycle across bridges and on greenways through the city. All routes end at the Shorefront Y on Coney Island between 12:00-1:00PM for lunch and spending time at the beach. Our starting location is for intermediate and advanced riders. Please arrive a few minutes early – we want to leave on time so that you have ample time at the beach. Cue sheets will be provided for all riders, however this ride is NOT fully supported. You should bring filled water bottles and a helmet. It is best to carry some energy bars, some cash, and identification. Please note: Helmets are REQUIRED for all riders – if you are not wearing one, you will not be allowed to ride. There will be the option to either bike back to your starting location or you can choose to take the subway home. R.S.V.P. here.

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

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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.

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.

American Jewish Society for Service’s (AJSS) Volunteer Opportunity for Teens


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.

Hazon's New York Ride and Retreat with the BJ Revolutionaries


Friday, September 4-Monday, September 7 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
Join the BJ team and cyclists from all over New York for a relaxing and meaningful Shabbat retreat at Hazon’s home at Isabella Freedman, and for two days of glorious cycling through the Berkshires and Hudson Valley into New York City. 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 more than just a ride: Spend Shabbat hiking on the Mohawk Trail, canoeing on the lake, exploring the Adamah organic farm, and enjoying delicious kosher farm-to-table meals. Practice Judaism in a diverse community, with options including yoga, musical services, and traditional prayers. Non-riders are welcome to join to help crew (a vital and energetic part of the weekend), or just come for Shabbat. To sign up for this year’s ride and retreat and for more details, visit the Hazon website. Contact Gil Kulick or Michael Ekstract with questions about the BJ team.


Visions of Israel – BJ Family Trip 2015


Wednesday December 23, 2015 – Saturday January 2, 2016 | Israel
Join us on our upcoming trip to Israel. We will explore places, meet people, spend Shabbat with our partner communities and create bonds to last a lifetime. For all information regarding cost, registration and itinerary please go to www.bj.org/trips.