Upcoming Events

Visions of Israel – BJ Family Trip 2015 - registration now open!


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.

Bim Bam Summer Session

Children with Shabbat Candles

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.

BJ Mindfulness Retreat in Nature


January 17-24, 2016 | Costa Rica
Is multitasking in your daily life taking a toll? Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Sol Gonzalez and local nature guides for a week of simple living in the rich ecology of the Costa Rica rain forest and the rustic elegance and organic fine cuisine of La Montaña Azul Center. We will explore Jewish Mindfulness Practice as a way to connect more deeply with our soul, our truest values and with God’s creation, of which we are an integral part. Each day we will pray, meditate, set a kavanah (intention), follow integrative body movement practices, ‘bear witness’ to local social initiatives and experience nature. Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Environmental Justice Hevra Meeting

Transform Don't Trash NYC

Tuesday, July 7| 6:15-8:30PM | R.S.V.P. for Location
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.

Happy Hour and Central Park Ride with the BJ Revolutionaries

Wednesday, July 8  | 6:15-9:00PM | Candle Cafe West, 2427 Broadway between 89th and 90th
Following the success of our last ride and happy hour we are excited to offer this opportunity again. Join the BJ team for some happy hour drinks to meet other cyclists in the community and learn about the Hazon NY Ride and Retreat. For those who are interested, we will be leading a short evening ride through Central Park beforehand. Riders will meet at 6:15PM at the synagogue and those who wish just to join us at the bar can meet us there at 7:00PM. Let us know you’re coming by contacting signing up 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.

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.