Upcoming Events

Baby Fingers

Wednesdays, October 10-November 14 | 3:30-4:30PM | Middle Room 
Learn American Sign Language through songs and play with other parents, educators, and children close to your child’s age. Go home each week with new vocabulary and new tunes to enhance communication between you and your child, with added focus on Judaic concepts, traditions, and holidays. Whether you intend to incorporate sign language in your life for the long term, or simply during this pre-verbal/developing verbal time, watch in awe as your child discovers the world of language. See the research come to life, as music and sign language both aid in the development of language and literacy. Stories, songs, games, and movement to music are included in our teaching methods. The 6-session series costs $120 for members, $180 for non-members. Contact Mike Witman with questions.

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Teen Learning Series

Wednesdays, October 2018 through May 2019 | 6:00-7:15PM | Community House Room 411

Want a chance to learn, study, and discuss some of the most intriguing issues facing Jewish teens today? Join us as we explore R-rated Talmud, the complexities of Israel, civil rights, poverty, and race within Judaism. Sessions will be facilitated by Aniko Gomory, Ayala Wasser, Rabbi Felicia Sol, Moshe Samuels, and outside facilitators.  Read more »

Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays Beginning October 17 7:00PM | Community House
This course offers an overview of the core beliefs, practices, and history of Judaism and the Jewish people. We hope to deepen the understanding of those just beginning to explore Jewish life as well as of those who would like to participate more fully in the life of the Jewish community. No prior knowledge or experience necessary. Individuals: $435 (members)/$660 (non-members); Couples: $650 (members)$980 (non-members). Please contact Billie with questions.
* There will be no class on November 21

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Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Wednesdays starting October 17 | 7:00-8:30PM | Reception Room

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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Peace in Dialogue: An Israel Salon with Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom

Thursday, November 15 | 7:00-8:30PM | Location Given Upon Registration

In the village of Neve Shalom hundreds of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian kids play in the schoolyard; over 60,000 Israeli and Palestinian professionals are trained in dialogue and negotiation; and people of all faiths join together to celebrate their neighbors’ holidays. This sounds too good to be true, right? Join Vered Marom and Samah Salaime, two women leaders in the only bi-national village in Israel, to hear about the educational, dialogue, and peace-building work being done in this unique community. Click here for more information.

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Bim Bam in the Fall!

Fridays through December 14 | 10:15-11:00AM11:15AM-12:00PM | Chapel 
Bim Bam gives children under three 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 session is full Hebrew immersion. The series (12 classes) is $240/members and $360/non-members. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New BJ members may attend for free. The program is led by Shira Averbuch. Questions? Contact Danielle Freedman (x260). No class on November 23. Read more »

Paying it Forward Shabbat Dinners

Fridays, Beginning October 12 | Various Times | Various Locations

Have a delicious Shabbat meal, build closer relationships, and help strengthen the BJ community all at the same time! Beginning on October 12, BJ members will be hosting a series of Pay-It-Forward-style Shabbat dinners in their homes.

What does this mean? Each dinner is open to BJ members from particular cohorts of the community; in signing up to attend, you are committing to host a Shabbat dinner of your own for other BJ members in the weeks or months ahead. You could host the same people who attended the first dinner, or invite an entirely new group from your own social circle at BJ. The choice is yours!

Not sure how to host a Shabbat meal? No problem. We’re rolling out a slew of workshops and online resources, including a complete Shabbat Dinner Hosting Guide.

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Bo-i Kallah

Friday, November 16 | 6:15PM | Reception Room
Join Rabbi Roly Matalon and BJ Music Director Dan Nadel for an alternative Kabbalat Shabbat service featuring melodies from the Sephardi and Mizrahi traditions, verses of Shir haShirim (Song of Songs), and beautiful piyutim (liturgical poems). Transitioning meaningfully into holy time by weaving together all of these elements, we invite you to bring a new dimension to your Kabbalat Shabbat. Read more about this service here

Hakhanah laTefillah

Saturdays, November 3 and 17, December 1 and 15 (2019 dates forthcoming) | 8:45-9:25AM | Chapel

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. This series is open to all, no registration necessary.

The Mindful Calendar Series: Gratitude

Saturday, November 17 | Following Kiddush | Chapel

How can gratitude bring greater meaning into our lives? Is it possible to experience gratitude when things are not going well?  In this session with Rabbi Shuli Passow, we will explore the idea of gratitude as a spiritual state, as well as methods for practicing and cultivating deeper gratitude–even when times are tough. Prepare for Thanksgiving with this interactive and heart-opening workshop.
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Centennial Gathering: Multigenerational Families

Saturday, November 17 | 4:30-6:00PM | Sanctuary

Over the sanctuary’s 100 years, many families have raised children—and now grandchildren—in the BJ Community. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol and Hazzan Ari Priven to share some stories from over the years, make havdalah, and reflect on the life of the sanctuary and the lives of our families. Children are encouraged to attend too. There will be food and games.
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Latkes All Night Long—A Hanukkah Play for Kindergarten, First-Third Graders (Rehearsals)

Tuesday, October 30-Tuesday, December 11 | Various Times | Various Locations

In this rocking holiday musical revue, BJ’s youngest actors will shine on stage as they tell the story of Hanukkah. Each child will have a speaking line and singing part, so Latkes All Night Long is a wonderful opportunity for actors at any level.

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Thousand Turkey Challenge and Launch Party

Sunday, November 18 | 12:00-1:30PM | SPSA, 263 West 86th Street
BJ is proud to, once again, be part of the Thousand Turkey Challenge Community Coalition, which will be supporting the West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) in providing low-income families with turkeys and other Thanksgiving food.

Activities include a turkey drawing contest for kids and tours of the emergency food pantry for all. Bring those turkey drawings and recipes! Refreshments will be served. Last year, over 1,000 families who visited the emergency food pantry received turkeys and other special food for the holiday. Let’s make this year even better.

Can’t make the kickoff? Sign up to hand out turkeys at WSCAH before Thanksgiving. You can also donate online; text TURKEY to 56512; or purchase a frozen turkey up to 14 pounds and drop it off at WSCAH during the week of Thanksgiving. Click here for more information, including drop-off times, or contact Larissa with any questions.

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Teen Day of Service: Thousand Turkey Challenge

Sunday, November 18 | 12:00-2:00PM | SPSA, 263 West 86th Street

Join the BJ Teen Community as we gather with the rest of the Upper West Side Community at WSCA’s Thousand Turkey Challenge! We will hear from local leaders, engage in our community, tour the food pantry, and process what hunger and poverty in the Upper West Side looks like. In lieu of paying for this event, we are asking that teens donate at least $10 cash in order to ensure that WSCA can provide holiday meals to underprivileged families in our neighborhood.

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Monday Meditation Minyan

Mondays, beginning October 15 | 6:30-7:00PM | Chapel
Whether you have a deep meditation practice or are interested in exploring mindfulness for the first time, we invite you to join us for Monday Meditation Minyan, led by Yael Shy. Each session will begin with wisdom from the Jewish tradition, followed by focused meditation (with some guidance), a short discussion, and an opportunity for community members to recite Mourner’s Kaddish. No experience necessary; all are welcome.

Monday Meditation Minyan meets weekly, with the exception of national and Jewish holidays. To get a glimpse of what you can experience in-person, check out the live stream of this season’s first session.

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Hebrew Ulpan Classes אולפן עברית

Mondays, Beginning October 8 | 5:00-7:00PM and 7:00-9:00PM | Community House

Join members of the BJ, Habonim and Shaare Zedek communities in a small group environment to build and improve your Hebrew conversational skills. The Hebrew Ulpan course teaches the fundamental structure of Hebrew and its basic forms, as well as the necessary vocabulary for everyday conversations, reading, and writing. This class is open to both members and non-members of the three synagogues so invite your friends to join!

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Born with Wings: An Evening with Daisy Khan

Monday, November 19 | 7:00PM | Middle Room

An honest and relevant conversation about the place of faith, spirituality, feminism, and activism in our daily lives. In a lively conversation with Rabbi Roly Matalon, Daisy will discuss how she realized her inner power, a power that led her down many paths. In her memoirBorn With Wings, she weaves the many aspects of her life together: her childhood in magical Kashmir; her time as an architectural designer in New York City; her search for a spiritual path; the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy; her work in interfaith bridge-building, promoting women’s rights around the world, and changing perceptions about American Muslims.

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The Prophets with Hillel Friedman

Tuesdays Beginning October 16 | 9:00AM | 4th Floor Conference Room
Join Rabbi Hillel Friedman, longtime BJ member, for a perusal of the classical prophets. Together we will study excerpts from the classical prophets and apply their wisdom to our concerns in the 21st century.

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"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Reading Torah

Tuesdays, October 16-December 18 | 12:30-1:45PM | Middle Room

Bring a bag lunch and open up your soul to the nourishment and challenge of the Hassidic rabbis. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol as we imagine old world wisdom for everyday life. Each class will stand alone, so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. This series is free of charge.

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Kadima@BJ Shirah with Shira

Tuesdays, October 9-December 18 | 4:00-4:45PM | Community House

Kadima@BJ is excited to announce a new Hebrew immersion class geared towards children ages 2-5. Shira Averbuch will lead children and their parents and caregivers in music, stories, and movement. Children will gain a sense of community rooted in Jewish tradition, while gaining exposure to Israeli culture, Hebrew language, and holiday customs. Cost for the fall semester is $200 for members and $300 for non-members. Both members and non-members may receive a sibling discount ($50 off). Contact Danielle Freedman for more information.

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Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

Farmworkers' Rights

Tuesday, November 20 | 6:45-8:30PM | Middle Room

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. Email Lisa Zucker to R.S.V.P.

Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service

Wednesday, November 21 | 7:00PM | SPSA, 263 West 86th Street
BJ and neighbors of all faith traditions will join together on the eve of Thanksgiving to sing, give thanks, and reflect upon social justice issues. Clergy from several churches and synagogues will be participating in the service. Please bring checks made out to the West Side Campaign Against Hunger. This event is open to all, no registration necessary.

“Wiki-Torah: Genesis” Weekly Torah Study with BJ Rabbinic Fellow Tobias Divack Moss

Saturdays, November 10, 24; December 8, 22 Following Shabbat Morning Services | Location TBD

Spend a few minutes at Kiddush, grab a plate of food, and come join a conversation about the weekly Torah portion. We encourage first-time participants to sign up below.

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The Book of Job

Mondays, November 26, December 10, 17, January 7, 14 | 7:00-8:00PM | Community House

The Book of Job is a fascinating, strange, and powerful text—impossibly difficult to translate, and even harder to understand. During these five sessions, we will engage with this text and broaden our understanding of it through literature and theater, while seeing what wisdom can be gleaned from it in our approach to the suffering of the world, our own experiences, and its theological implications.

Each session will build upon the previous session. Hebrew reading ability helpful, but not required.

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Medicare Fall Open Enrollment

Tuesday, November 27 | 10:00-11:30AM | Chapel

New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal invites you to participate in a enrollment awareness event. Join us to learn what you need to know about Medicare Fall Open Enrollment. Get connected to programs that help pay the costs associated with Medicare.

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Jews in the Modern World: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Tuesday, November 27 | 7:30PM | Sanctuary
Presented by Hadar, join Rabbi Shai Held and Rabbi David Ellenson, two of the American Jewish community’s most prominent leaders and thinkers, for a panel conversation. Moderated by Jane Eisner of The Forward, they will explore the big questions of modern Jewish life and their impact on Judaism, including: God, secularization, the Holocaust, Zionism, American politics, academic Jewish Studies, and much more.

Entrance fee is $5, but BJ members can use code BJ1127 to register for free! Optional reception before the program

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Cooking In Hebrew: A Course in Israeli Cuisine (Wednesday Class)

Fall: October 31November 28January 2February 6; Spring: March 6April 10May 15June 5 | 11:00AM-2:00PM | Frankel Hall

NOTE: Thursday class is currently full, so this Wednesday class has been created by popular demand. 

Food is a world unto itself. It’s a peep-through window, a bridge between worlds and a key to different cultures. Food brings people together and opens hearts; food comforts and stimulates memories.

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Centennial Gathering: Board Members Past and Present

Wednesday, November 28 | 6:30-8:00PM | Sanctuary

We express sincere gratitude for 100 years of our sanctuary and the countless leaders who devoted their time and energy as members of the Board of Trustees. Join Rabbis Matalon and Sol, President Alan Mantel, and First Vice President Suzanne Shechter to reflect on how the community has changed and evolved and to celebrate its leadership past and present.

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"In the Mirror" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

Embedded Gateways. Photo: Karoly Lorentey

Thursdays, November 29; December 6, 13, 20; January 10, 17, 24; March 7, 14, 28; April 4, 11 | 12:30-1:30PM | Location Provided Upon Registration

We will continue our close reading of short stories about the lives, struggles, and concerns of the Talmudic rabbis, in order to uncover deeper layers of our own selves and to become better equipped to wrestle with our human nature. No knowledge of Hebrew is required; you are welcome to bring your own lunch to class. This series is free of charge, but open to BJ members only.

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Cooking In Hebrew: A Course in Israeli Cuisine (Thursday Class, FULL)

Fall: November 1, November 29, January 3, February 7; Spring: March 7, April 11, May 16, June 6 | 6:30-9:00PM | Frankel Hall

NOTE: Thursday class is currently full, click here for Wednesday class

Food is a world unto itself. It’s a peep-through window, a bridge between worlds and a key to different cultures. Food brings people together and opens hearts; food comforts and stimulates memories.

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An Evening With Pete Earley, Mental Health Advocate

Thursday, November 29 | 7:00PM | Temple Shaaray Tefila, 250 East 79th Street

Join Pete Earley, mental health advocate and New York Times best-selling author, to hear about the personal experiences which came to inspire his book Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness as a father fighting for his child and journalist in search of a better way in the “revolving doors” between hospitals and jails.

This event is hosted by Temple Shaaray Tefila, and sponsored in partnership with Manhattan Together/Metro IAF, a local faith-based organizing network of which BJ is a member. Manhattan Together is working to address issues of mass incarceration, especially the mis-incarceration of those with mental illness.

Register by Monday, November 26. If you’d like to help underwrite the cost of this program, register using the $18 suggested donation option. You may also register for free.

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"The Heights" Shabbat Havurah

Fridays, Every Other Month Beginning November 30 | Various Times | Washington Heights, Rotating in People’s Homes ​and/or Community Rooms 

This is a neighborhood-based havurah to bring the BJ “Heights” community together. We will celebrate Shabbat ​on Fridays and lead each other in prayer. This havurah will meet ​every other month on Friday nights. All ages welcome.

Group Leader: Mandy Braun

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Community Potluck Shabbat Dinner with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Friday, November 30 | Following the Kabbalat Shabbat Service | Reception and Middle Rooms

Pull out the quinoa and kale, the next community potluck Shabbat dinner is right around the corner! Get ready to make your Shabbat a little sweeter with friends, food, and soulful singing led by Rabbi Adina Lewittes. Bring your friends, family, and dairy/vegetarian creations.

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Learners' Minyan

First Saturday of Each Month, Beginning October 6 | 9:30AM | Frankel Hall
Join Rabbinic Fellow Margo Hughes-Robinson for a Shabbat morning learners’ minyan. This minyan is open to newcomers and regulars alike looking for a deeper understanding of the meaning of the prayers, the liturgical arc of the service, and a more intimate prayer experience and discussion. We will dive into the Shaharit service together and join the rest of the congregation for Torah service and Musaf.

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The Amazing Life of Eliezer Ben Yehudah—A Post Kiddush talk with Ben Yehuda's Granddaughter Eliezra

Saturday, December 1 | Following Shabbat Services | Reception Room

Few modern-day Jewish leaders have had such a profound impact on contemporary Judaism as the visionary Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, who inspired a near impossible feat: transform Hebrew, which, for centuries, had been used only in study, into the spoken language we all know today. Join his granddaughter Eliezra after kiddush as she tells his amazing life story from an insider’s perspective, sharing details never told before. No registration necessary.

Erev Hanukkah Hoorah: A Shul In

Saturday, December 1 – Sunday, December 2 | 6:00PM-9:00AM | Community House 3rd Floor

Come spend the night before Hanukkah with your favorite BJ youth group! We’re inviting all 6th and 7th graders to come spend the night spinning the dreidel, noshing on latkes and doughnuts, and hanging out with your friends at our Hanukkah Shul In! From our crazy menorah competition to our holiday gift wrapping drive, we’ll have a blast celebrating the festival of lights. Dinner, snacks, and breakfast will be served.

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Israeli Book Club

Second Person Singular Book Cover

Sunday, December 2 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location Given Upon registration 

BJ’s 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.

About Second Person Singular

From one of the most important contemporary voices to emerge from the Middle East comes a gripping tale of love and betrayal, honesty and artifice, which asks whether it is possible to truly reinvent ourselves, to shed our old skin and start anew.

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Moving Traditions 2018-2019

Sundays (Monthly*), September 30, 2018-April 28, 2019 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location TBD

Rosh Hodesh (Sisterhood) and Shevet (Brotherhood), are small, single-gender, single-grade groups, led by Moving Traditions-trained adult mentors. Find your own Jewish community in a safe, relaxed space filled with activities, discussion, exploration, and fun. Our research-based and field-tested curriculum applies Jewish wisdom and values to supporting teens in the issues they care about most, such as relationships, gender roles, healthy sexuality, social media, pressure, and stress.

Dates: September 30, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, April 7, April 28

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BJ Sanctuary Centennial Gala

Monday, December 3 | 6:30PM | Sanctuary
Join us as we celebrate 100 years in our historic sanctuary and honor Jeannie Blaustein, Peter Bokor, and Rabbi Rachel Cowan z”l.

The gala will gather the community in celebration as we mark the centennial of our historic sanctuary, and as we recognize the incredible contributions of our honorees.

This beautiful evening will provide an opportunity for the community to invest in BJ’s future. Gala proceeds will be directed to BJ’s endowment, helping to ensure that BJ remains vital, affordable, and sustainable for generations to come.

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Aviv: The Tova Project with 20s and 30s

Thursday, December 6 | 6:30PM | Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, 1 West 4th Street

Our very own rabbinic fellow, Tobias Divack Moss, will be presenting an evening of music and story in honor of his Israeli folksinging grandmother, Tova.  Read more »

Latkes All Night Long—A Hanukkah Play

Friday, December 7-Tuesday, December 11 | Various Times | Location TBD

In this rocking holiday musical revue, BJ’s youngest actors (kindergarten through third grade) will shine on stage as they tell the story of Hanukkah.

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Hanukkah Tot Shabbat

Friday, December 7 | 5:15-7:30PM | 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. Register by Thursday, December 6, and contact Adina with any questions. Prior to the deadline, the cost is $22 for members/$29 for non-members ($29 for members/$34 for non-members after December 6 at 10AM). All children eat for free.

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Friday, December 7 | During and Following the Kabbalat Shabbat Service | Chapel and Middle Room

Hitoreri, our monthly teen only Kabbalat Shabbat & dinner, is a BJ teen tradition. Teens participate in a mindfulness-style Kabbalat Shabbat service, led by one of the BJ rabbis, where we leave behind the hectic energy of the school week and transition into the peacefulness of Shabbat. This is followed by a delicious Shabbat dinner and plenty of down time for the teens to catch up and hang out.

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BJ’s Purim Shpiel—For Third-Sixth Graders (Auditions and Rehearsals)

TBD-Sunday, March 17 | Various Times | Location TBD

Get your groggers ready and break out your dancing shoes! This year’s Purim Shpiel is going to be a hit! Third-sixth grade performers (or those interested in helping out behind-the-scenes) will definitely want to join us for this full-scale Mamma Mia-meets-Mordehai-themed extravaganza!

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Family Pre-Party—100 Years of Song: Community Centennial and Hanukkah Celebration

Sunday, December 9 | 3:45-4:30PM | Frankel Hall

Families of all ages are invited to join the Family Life and Learning department for the celebration before the celebration! Join us for a lively pre-party for as we enjoy some delicious snacks, play games, see our wonderful BJ Theater Company perform, and celebrate Hanukkah and 100 years of the BJ sanctuary. This event is free of cost; feel free to reach out to abeiner@bj.org with any questions.

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100 Years of Song: Community Centennial and Hanukkah Celebration

Sunday, December 9 | 4:30PM | Sanctuary

As we mark the centennial of the BJ Sanctuary, join us and add your voice to a musical journey through the songs that have sustained us communally, culturally, and spiritually over the past 100 years. Led by special guest artists, this joyous celebration is for community members of all ages. Whether you’re a new member, or your family has been part of our community for 100 years, this celebration is for you. Read more »

Hebrew-Speaking Havurah

Second Sunday of Each Month* | 5:30-7:00PM | Location Given Upon Registration

Get together with other Hebrew speakers to discuss current affairs. Each month, a topic will be chosen and reading material (in both English and Hebrew) will be provided. At each meeting, we will hold a discussion in Hebrew.

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Give the Gift of Life at the BJ Blood Drive

Give Blood Drawing

Wednesday, December 12 | 3:00-9:00PM | Sanctuary

Twice a year, we have the opportunity to provide this essential service to the community. Save a life and donate now at the BJ Blood Drive. Learn more about how you can prepare to donate, including any restrictions that may apply. Donation typically takes 45 min-1 hr. Don’t forget to bring your donor ID card or number (if you have one). Questions? Contact Larissa Wohl.

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The Spiritual State of Being a Woman in America

Torah text. Photo: Max Orenstein

Thursday, December 13; January 10; February 7 | 7:00-8:30PM | Community House

With the emergence of #metoo movement, the Kavanaugh hearings, and misogyny voiced from the highest office in the country, what does this mean for women? How can we turn to religious life for support, while also acknowledging the patriarchy that exists in religious texts and spaces?  Join Rabbi Felicia Sol for an exploration of these questions through experiences, textual learning, and conversations with guest speakers. The first session will be for those who identify as women only, and the following two sessions will be open for all.

December 13 – Open to those who identify as women

January 10* – With Reverend Amy Butler, Senior Pastor of Riverside Church

February 7* – TBD

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Family Shabbat Dinner: PJs and Hanukkah!

Friday, December 14 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Chapel

A Hanukkah-themed breakfast for dinner can’t be beat, so join us for PJ Shabbat! Children will enjoy music, games, and a bedtime story. Come in your coolest, goofiest, or favorite PJs. A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Gan families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, December 10.

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On the Map: Movie Screening and Conversation with Israeli Basketball Legend Tal Brody

Saturday, December 15 | 7:00-9:30PM | Community House 3rd Floor
Join us for a screening of the documentary On the Map. After the film, stay for a conversation with the star, Israeli basketball legend Tal Brody. Light refreshments, popcorn, and soft drinks will be served.
Ticket Pricing: $10 online,  $15 at the door

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Teen Day of Service: Midnight Run

Saturday, December 15 | 8:00PM-12:00AM | Community House & Various Locations on the UWS

BJ Teens are invited to spend a night providing food, clothing, blankets, and other necessities to those in need with Midnight Run.

Donated items such as warm clothing, blankets, and travel-sized toiletries should be brought to the Community House during community open hours or during this event.

Parent drivers are needed, so email Aniko if you can help out.

About Midnight Run:

Midnight Run is an NYC-based volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless.

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Refugee and Immigration Committee Meeting

Monday, December 17 | 6:30-8:30PM | Middle Room
The committee will be meeting to address the emergent issues facing our community and immigrant/refugee communities. All are welcome. To sign up, email Susan.

Singing Communities Intensive with Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble

Monday, December 24-Thursday, December 27 | Various Times | Various Locations

BJ’s Center for Prayer and Spirituality is proud to partner with Hadar to present this year’s Singing Communities Intensive. This four-day immersive experience offers a chance to experience the depth of Jewish music, study traditional melodies and sounds, and participate in the creative process of bringing new music into being.

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Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble in Concert

Thursday, December 27 | 7:30PM | Sanctuary
Sing with Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble live at their biggest concert of the year! The music of the Hadar Ensemble blends traditional Jewish sounds and melodies with eclectic influences such as jazz, bluegrass, Balkan, flamenco, and klezmer. The results are joyful, raucous, meditative, and heart-opening. Explore the depths of Jewish communal music as we sing together on this unforgettable evening.

*Participants of the Singing Communities Intensive are invited to attend the concert free of charge.*

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Spring Bim Bam

Fridays January 4- May 17 2019 | 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | Chapel
Bim Bam gives children under three a fun space to explore Shabbat through interactive songs and stories while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. The 10:15 AM session features both English and Hebrew songs, while the 11:15 AM session is full Hebrew immersion. The series (12 classes) is $240/members and $360/non-members. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New BJ members may attend for free. The program is led by Shira Averbuch. Questions? Contact Adina (x248).

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Israeli Art and Culture Salon Series

Every First Sunday, January-June 2019 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location Given Upon Registration

In this six-part salon series, BJ members will get to meet some of the most promising Israeli artists working in New York today, each of whom 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 overarching theme that will shed new light on Israeli arts and culture. The series is curated by BJ’s music director Dan Nadel, and facilitated by BJ’s shaliah Moshe Samuels.

Meeting Dates: January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2

Interested in hosting one of these fabulous salons? Please contact Moshe Samuels.

Family Shabbat Dinner: Tu Bishvat is Going Tu BGreat

Friday, January 11, 2019 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Chapel

This month’s family Shabbat dinner will be Tu Bishvat themed! Join us for great food, better company, and fun games for children and adults alike as we prepare to celebrate the Jewish birthday of the trees. A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Aleph families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, January 7.

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Teen Civil Rights Journey to Georgia and Alabama

Thursday, January 17–Monday, January 21, 2019 | Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia

8th and 9th graders, join us as we venture south to learn about the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as explore the struggle for racial justice and equality happening today. Our partner organization, Etgar 36, is dedicated to developing the future political voice by taking Jewish teens on a journey through America and empowering them to get involved politically and socially to change the world. We will explore the link between Jews and the Civil Rights movement and understand why Jews, as a people who have known oppression, must care and act when others are oppressed. Cost is $1,450 per teen. Register by November 18

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BJ Mindfulness Retreat in Nature

Register now for January 20-27, 2019 | Costa Rica

Is multitasking in your daily life taking a toll? Spend a week of simple living in the rich ecology of the Costa Rican rain forest and the rustic elegance and organic fine cuisine of La Montaña Azul Center. Led by Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, we will explore Jewish mindfulness practices as a way to connect more deeply with our souls, 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.
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Ritual Lab: Emerging from a Year of Mourning

Mondays January 28-February 11 | 7:00-8:30PM | Middle Room
Become a member of the next Ritual Lab cohort, delving into the experience of mourners completing a year of saying Kaddish for a loved one. The daily action of saying Kaddish is among the most powerful of Jewish rituals, and yet there can be an additional sense of loss when the year of mourning concludes. Join 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 the act of emerging beyond the year of mourning.

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Jewish Mindfulness and Healing Relationships

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2019 | 7:00-8:00PM | Chapel

Family life can be the landscape where we find great meaning and purpose, and at the same time, be the container for some of our most challenging relationships and emotions. Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein for an exploration of these universal conflicts, and the tools that mindfulness practice and the wisdom of our tradition can offer in bringing a sense of healing to complex familial relationships.

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7th Grade Trip to Washington D.C.

Friday, February 8-Sunday, February 10, 2019 | Washington, D.C.

This 7th grade trip focuses on our Jewish past, present, and future. Through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, intensive reflection, a Shabbat experience, the Newseum, and more, we will explore what it means to live a full Jewish life in light of our modern history and current events. This formative trip also serves as a community-building experience for our B’nai Mitzvah class.

If you are enrolled in Kadima@BJ, please select the prepaid option when registering. All 7th graders are invited to join us for this experience—the cost for those who have not prepaid is $450.

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Family Shabbat Dinner: Jews around the World

Friday, February 8, 2019 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Chapel

Join us as we celebrate Jewish communities from all around the world! We will explore different customs, cuisines, and traditions over Shabbat dinner. Do you have a special family tradition? Share it here! A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Gimmel and Dalet families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, February 4th.

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Teen Service Learning Trip to the Dominican Republic

Sunday, February 17–Sunday, February 24, 2019 | The Dominican Republic

10th-12th graders, join us on our annual service learning trip. Help build much-needed schools and complete a community center for some of the poorest neighborhoods of Santo Domingo. Spend off-hours in classic Caribbean style—socializing, dancing, laughing, and practicing your Spanish. Afternoons will be spent on educational excursions to the Zona Colonial, artisan markets, beaches, and caves. We will be partnering with Visions Service Adventures, a reliable organization that has well-established relationships with the communities in which we will be working. Cost is $2,400 per teen. Register by November 18.

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Family Shabbat Dinner: Seasonal Sensation

Friday, March 8, 2019 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Chapel

Join the Family Life and Learning team for a joyful Shabbat dinner. As we exit winter, this dinner will celebrate the wonderful ways in which the seasons heighten our different senses. A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Hey families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, March 4. 

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BJ’s Purim Shpiel

Sunday, March 17 | Time TBD | Location TBD

Get your groggers ready and break out your dancing shoes! This year’s Purim Shpiel is going to be a hit! The main Shpiel performance will take place as part of the Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 17. More performances to be announced!

Click here for audition and rehearsal information.

Family Shabbat: Shabbat Israeli Cool!

Friday, April 12, 2019 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Chapel

We hope you and your family will join us for our April Family Shabbat dinner! Our Israeli-themed dinner will celebrate Israeli culture, Shinshinim will introduce our students to new and fun Israeli games, and we will enjoy the delicious cuisine. A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Vav families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, April 8. 

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6th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Retreat

Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5, 2019 | Camp Ramah Nyack, Christian Herald Rd, Nyack, NY

Join your fellow 6th graders at our weekend-long B’nai Mitzvah Retreat! Students will participate in exciting programs that bring them closer to becoming B’nai Mitzvah while building community with each other. Transportation will be provided, as well as snacks on Friday afternoon through breakfast on Sunday.

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Young Families Retreat

Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5, 2019 | Camp Ramah Nyack, Christian Herald Rd, Nyack, NY

Mark your calendars for a fun and energizing Shabbat weekend filled with outdoor games, music, hiking, learning opportunities, community building, a campfire, and more. This retreat is geared toward BJ families with children in second grade and below. Register by April 15. 

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Family Shabbat Dinner: Final Fiesta in Honor of Kitah Zayin

Friday, May 10, 2019 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat | Chapel

Join us for a special Shabbat Dinner honoring our 7th grade students, officially welcoming them into the BJ Teen Program. Everyone is encouraged to join us beforehand for Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:30PM in the Sanctuary, where our Kitah Zayin students will share reflections from their year with the community. A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Zayin families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, May 6.

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Midnight Madness—For 8th-12th Graders

Saturday, May 18-Sunday, May 19 | Time TBD | Location TBD

In this 24-hour play festival, teen writers, actors, and directors come together to produce an evening of original work with just 24 hours of prep. BJ teens won’t want to miss this always hilarious, SNL-style theater event!

Fore more information, contact Emma Miller.