Upcoming Events

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Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

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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

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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.

Lunch and Learn: The Language of Truth: The Gerer Rebbe's Commentary on Parashat HaShavua (The Weekly Torah Portion)

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10 Tuesdays (January 13, 20 and 27,  February 3, 10 and 24,  March 3, 17, 24 and 31) | 12:30-1:45PM | 89th Street Middle Room
Study the weekly parashah through the commentary of the Sefat Emet, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Alter of Gur. Join Rabbi Felicia L. Sol for an exploration of this Hassidic commentary to delve deeper into the richness of our tradition while exploring our own spirituality through these texts. Participants are encouraged to come for the entirety of the class but each class will stand alone so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. All texts will be translated. Free of charge. Register here.

Bo-i Kallah - A Monthly Kabbalat Shabbat Service

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Friday, December 19, January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17  and May 15 | 6:30PM | 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.

Yiddish Women Writers Workshops


Thursday, February 19, and Wednesdays, March 11, 18 and 25 | 6:30-8:30PM | 89th Street Community House
As a follow-up to her lecture, Frieda Forman will continue her exploration of the works of Jewish women writers. The workshops will be taught in English, and texts will be available in English and the original Yiddish. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is required. Register here.

Join the #ShoutEquality Campaign


Following the success of Meet Me at Sinai, continue the conversation and celebrate National Women’s History Month with our #ShoutEquality campaign. Using #ShoutEquality on social media, share your ideas on what still needs to be done to achieve gender equality in Judaism. Together we can provoke real conversation and real change!

Tot Shabbat


Friday, March 6 | 5:15-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Families will enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner at 5:45PM downstairs in Frankel Hall complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. Dinner will include delicious choices for adults as well as children, and vegetarian options will be available. While adults are finishing their meal, play curator, Linda White, will engage children in open play and exploration. Register here by Wednesday, March 4 and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The new reduced cost is $20/members, and $27/non-members; thanks to a generous donation, all children eat free.

Tze'irim Purim Brunch to Honor Holocaust Survivors with Selfhelp


Sunday, March 8 | 10:30AM-3:00PM | Location Provided Upon R.S.V.P.
Join Tze’irim for the Selfhelp NextGen Purim Brunch honoring Holocaust survivors. Volunteers will give back to these survivors by bringing happiness, conversation, and connection. We are going to be volunteering with Selfhelp NextGen, the 20s/30s arm of Selfhelp (www.selfhelp.net) an organization that provides many essential senior services within the city, especially to Holocaust survivors. We will help set up the event, escort seniors from taxis to the event space, serve brunch and socialize with the seniors. The brunch will take place in the Lincoln Square area. You may volunteer for the entire event or for a part of the event (either 10:30 am to 2:00 pm or 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm). Please R.S.V.P. here as soon as possible as space is limited, but no later than Friday, February 27. Please indicate whether you will be joining us for the entire event or for a part of the event. Contact Monty with any questions.

Interfaith Peace Feast


Sunday, March 8 | 5:00-7:30PM | 86th Street Social Hall
Come join our interfaith friends for a vegetarian potluck dinner with good conversation, laughter, friendship building, and the opportunity to learn more about each other’s faith traditions and the common ground that unites us. All ages are welcome! Co-sponsored by the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, the Cordoba Initiative, and the Muslim Community Network. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Free of charge. Register here by Sunday, March 1.

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.

The Art of Healing: A Daylong Conference on Spirituality and the Arts at JTS

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Sunday, March 8 | 9:30AM-3:30PM | The Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street)
Discover how to draw on creative exploration and expression for spiritual sustenance. This day of learning will feature hands-on workshops and engaging seminars. Cost is $45 and includes lunch. Registration required.

Pre-Pesah Food Shopping in Midwood, Brooklyn


Tuesday, March 10 | 10:30AM-4:00PM | Pomegranate Market (1507 Coney Island Ave Brooklyn, NY 11230)
Come along on a subway ride to the lively Orthodox Jewish shopping area on Avenue M, Brooklyn. One of the neighborhood highlights is the renowned kosher supermarket Pomegranate,” where you can get hard to find kosher items, special produce and all sorts of pre-Pesah goodies. We will be making arrangements for delivery of food packages back to BJ to avoid carrying bags on the subway. (Avenue M subway has stairs to an elevated station.) Register here by Friday, March 6.

Upcoming Economic Justice Hevra Meetings

Farmworkers' Rights

Tuesday, March 10 | 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 these meetings or have questions, please contact Lisa.

Morocco Pre-Trip Educational Session 2

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Tuesday, March 10 | 7:00-8:30PM | 89th Street Chapel
Join renowned Jewish educator Peter Geffen for the second preparatory class for BJ’s trip to Morocco in June. Classes are open to the entire community; pre-registration is required. Please call Lisa at x228 to register.

Upcoming Aging in NY Hevra Meeting

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Thursday, March 12 | 6:30-8:30PM | R.S.V.P. For Location
Now is a great time to get involved. The Hevra is meeting to talk about next steps to build on the wonderful work from the past few months including our Elder Care Dialogue series and Report Release. Join us to learn more about the work we’ve been doing and what comes next. R.S.V.P. to Larissa or call x272.

Family Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Dinner

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Friday, March 13 | 6:00 – 8:00PM | 89th Street Gym
Welcome in Shabbat with our family-friendly service and dinner. Join Rabbinic Fellow Bryan Wexler and Hazzan Ari Priven for a musical service designed for school-aged children, followed by a delicious dinner! This month we are extending a special invitation to all of BJ’s Fifth Grade families. Please register online and contact Esther with any questions or dietary concerns.

Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat Service

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Friday, March 13 | 6:30PM | 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.

Grandma Rose's Magic: Storytime with Author Linda Marshall


Saturday, March 14 | 12:30-1:15PM | 86th Street
Stay after Children’s Services for an interactive storytime with PJ Library author, Linda Marshall, as she reads her book Grandma Rose’s Magic, which highlights the importance of hesed, acts of kindness and community. Children will enjoy helping the author narrate the story and exploring how mitzvot are a part of our daily lives. Lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P. here.

Author Assaf Gavron Speaks About His New Book - The Hilltop

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Saturday, March 14 | 5:15-6:30PM | 89th street Community House
Get a copy of the book and read it in time to meet Israeli acclaimed author Assaf Gavron. Join Dr. Jonathan Cummings, our Behind the Headlines analyst and Ellen Bender, our Israeli Literature group facilitator as they interview Gavron about his best selling new Novel, The Hilltop, and discuss his thoughts on the upcoming elections in Israel. This event is part of Hagiga Ivrit, a week long celebration of Hebrew language and culture in NYC.

“More Shabbat” at BJ: Begin a New Book

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Saturday, March 14 | 5:00-8:30PM | 89th Street Community House and 88th Street Synagogue
Our More Shabbat offers an afternoon of activities to keep you immersed in the Shabbat spirit. Our full—and fun—afternoon begins at 12:30PM with an interactive storytime for the little ones, and continues at 5:15PM with an interview of Israeli author Assaf Gavron. Afterwards, enjoy a special Seudah Shlishit with Rabbi Zach Fredman and The Epichorus, and close the day with a Community Havdalah. To learn more about More Shabbat click here, or contact Jo.

Sing Goodbye to Shabbat with The Epichorus


Saturday, March 14 | 6:30-7:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Share a bite to eat and join The Epichorus, an ensemble stirring the sounds of Judeo-Arabic retro-folk, as we celebrate the last hours of Shabbat with a music mix from 1930’s Egypt, the religious songs of Syrian and Iraqi Jews, Sufi and classical arabic tunes. The Epichorus will return listeners to the ecstatic states of the desert, the harem and the marketplaces of the Middle East and then bring them back to wrap up Shabbat at Havdalah. Open to all.

Parent Learning, Gaga, and Havdalah


Saturday, March 14 | 6:30 – 7:45PM | 89th Street Community House
Join YFE Rabbinic Fellow Bryan Wexler to explore a very important book – the Passover Haggadah. Parents will explore ways of making the Passover seder more kid-friendly and family-oriented over wine and snacks. While parents learn and schmooze, children will enjoy a game of Israeli Gaga and ice cream sundaes with teacher Ayala Wasser! Families will come together at 7:40 to usher out Shabbat in a Community Havdalah service. Parents attend free, $10/child. Registration required. Email Esther with any questions.

Community Havdalah with The Epichorus


Saturday, March 14 | 7:30-8:15PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Let us come together as a community for Havdalah, as we mark the separation between sacred time and ordinary time, and prolong the beauty and harmony of Shabbat through the music of The Epichorus. We will begin gathering around 7:30PM and take a moment before Havdalah to search for something special from this Shabbat that we want to carry with us into the week.

Teen Shabbat

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Saturday, March 14 | 9:30AM | 86th Street Sanctuary
Teen Shabbat is a special opportunity for BJ Teens to lead the whole main service on Shabbat morning. There are parts available for teens to read Torah and Haftorah, lead prayers, and deliver d’vrei Torah and d’vrei tefillah. This is an opportunity for the BJ Teens to give back to the community that has supported them throughout the year. All teens who have participated in our Service Learning programs this year are required to participate. If you are interested in participating in Teen Shabbat, please contact Shoshi.

Making Sense of the Results: Post-Israeli Elections Conversation


Wednesday, March 18 | 7:30-9:30PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Twenty four hours after the Israeli polling stations close, Haaretz journalist Chemi Shalev and Dr. Jonathan Cummings from JCRC’s Israel Talk will discuss the results and possible outcomes. We’ll then break-out into small groups for a community dialogue about Israel. Participation costs $5 and is limited. Register here. For questions contact Orli Moss

KesheTOT Shabbat Morning קשתות בשבת בבוקר


Saturday, March 21 | 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.

Rosh Hodesh Nisan Women's Group: The Art of Cleaning Out - Getting to the Essence


Saturday, March 21 | 12:00-1:30PM | 86th Street Chapel
Join Rabbi Felicia Sol for Rosh Hodesh Nisan as we receive the wake up call that Pesah is just around the corner and clean up must begin. Please bring a dairy/kosher snack to share with the group. Registration is not required.

Home-Hosted Shabbat Lunch

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Saturday, March 21 | Following Shabbat Services | Member Homes
Join us for a warm and welcoming Shabbat lunch experience. Sign up to either host or be hosted and enjoy a delicious 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.

Diwan Saz Concert


Sunday, March 22 | 7:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Diwan Saz is a multicultural group of Jewish, Muslim, Arab and Beduin musicians from Israel. Led by saz and baglama musician Yohai Barak, they perform ancient music from Central Asia, Turkey, Persia, and the Holy Land, perfectly illustrating that music is the language that can unite people from all walks of life.

According to our own Rabbi Roly Matalon: “For many years, I have been researching, performing and teaching Middle Eastern musical traditions. Diwan Saz brings many of the musical threads that have been of profound interest to both myself and BJ. I consider Diwan Saz to have unique cultural significance because they represent and blend the diverse traditional musical and religious heritages existing in Israel, including Beduin and Christian traditions.”

This very special BJ concert will be the culmination of Diwan Saz’s North American tour, and an opportunity to see a band quite unlike any other. Cost: $20 for general admission; $30 for general admission, plus a donation to support the musicians; $50 for VIP access to a pre-concert reception with the band.

Hear the music of Diwan Saz here and register here.

Let's Transform Our City

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Monday, March 23 | 6:45-8:45PM, doors at 6:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
How can BJ help advance an environmental justice agenda in the commercial waste sector? Join us to learn more about a local initiative to pass City Council legislation, which would expand recycling diversion, raise labor standards, create new green jobs, improve job safety and truck quality, and lower emissions/pollution in the commercial waste sector. New York City recently set a goal to reduce 80% of its greenhouse gas emissions – a leading cause of climate change – by 2050. We won’t meet this challenge without taking action on commercial waste. Speakers to include Justin Wood, Community Organizer for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Jackie Cornejo, Director of the Don’t Waste LA Project, and Council Member Antonio Reynoso. R.S.V.P. here. For more information, contact Larissa or call x272.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin Speaks on “Navigating The Challenges of Friendship Through Illness, Grief and Sickness of Heart”


Tuesday, March 24 | 6:30–8:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
“Illness is friendship’s proving ground,” writes Letty Cottin Pogrebin in her latest book, How To Be A Friend To A Friend Who’s Sick. Fascinated by the varied reactions of her friends during her recent bout with breast cancer, she was inspired to interview more than 80 people to learn what those who are hurting — physically or emotionally — wished their friends or relatives had said or done to provide help and comfort. Everyone knows someone who is sick or suffering. Yet when a friend is ill, many of us feel awkward or uncertain about how to respond. Pogrebin will talk about about a new etiquette of discussing illness based on honesty, empathy, and a large dose of humor. R.S.V.P. here by Friday, March 20.

Beyond the Four Questions: ​BJ Rabbis​ Discuss Your Questions about Pesah

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Wednesday, March 25 | 1:00PM | 89th Street Community House Middle Room
Get your own questions answered at a pre-Pesah Q&A with Roly, Marcelo and Felicia. Want to understand the holiday’s deeper meaning? Recharge your seder? No question is too big or too small. Open to all. Audio dial-in available. Contact Billie.

Songs of My Beloved: A Musical Celebration of Shir HaShirim


Wednesday, March 25 | 7:00-8:30PM | Drisha (37 West 65th Street, 5th Floor)
Join Rabbi Matalon, Musicians Dan Nadel and Tali Rubinstein and Drisha faculty for an evening of learning and song. This event is co-sponsored by Drisha and B’nai Jeshrurun. Cost is $5/students, $10/non-students. To register please click here.

Shishi Israeli שישי ישראלי

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Friday, March 27 | 6:00-8:00PM | 89th Street Community House, 3rd floor
A special Pesach themed Shishi Israeli. Hurry up and sign up, as the last two have sold out quickly. Shishi Israeli is a magical combination of Shabbat and community for the whole family. Join us to welcome Shabbat in Hebrew with Israeli song and traditional Israeli Shabbat dinner. Cost: $15 adult, $8 child, $45 for the whole family. In collaboration with the IAC.  Registration required.

  יום שישי, 27 במרץ, שישי ישראלי הוא שילוב קסום של קבלת שבת, שירה בציבור וארוחת שבת מסורתית ישראלית לכל המשפחה! כאן נפגשים ישראלים ואמריקאים ליצור שפה משותפת סביב שולחן השבת. בואו לקבל איתנו את השבת בשירה, אוכל וקהילה. עלות: $15 למבוגר, $8 לילד, $45 למשפחה. להרשמה לחץ כאן

Kiddush and Book Discussion—A Dialogue of Life: Toward the Encounter of Jews and Christians


Saturday, March 28 | Following Shabbat Morning Services | 86th Street Chapel
Join Rabbi Matalon, Pastor K Karpen of SPSA and Rabbi Silvinia Chemen of Comunidad Bet El in Buenos Aires (founded by Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer) for a discussion about the new book A Dialogue of Life: Toward the Encounter of Jews and Christians, co-authored by Rabbi Chemen and Francisco Canzani. No registration is required.


Parents’ Corner

At the BJHS model seder on April 14. Photo: Kristen Kersey

Monday, March 30 | Time TBA | Location TBA
You’re invited to join the Hebrew School Advisory Committee for learning and community building with fellow BJHS parents. More information to follow. Contact Allison with any questions.

The Israeli Literature Book Group

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6 Mondays (Remaining dates – March 30, and May 4) | 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 selsction.

Community Second Night Pesah Seder

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Saturday, April 4 | 6:30-10:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary and Frankel Hall – Members only
For the seventh year, Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein will be leading the Community Second Night Pesah Seder. This year we will explore the struggles of the farmworkers who plant and harvest our food and how the passover story of liberation from oppression is still relevant today. Please note that the Seder will take place on Shabbat, so it will not be a hot meal, although it will certainly be delicious. Registration is required. Remember to bring your own Haggadah (yes, we want different haggadot – this is a must!) and your own kosher for Pesah wine (this is optional – sweet wine will be served). Volunteer opportunities will be announced soon, stay tuned. This event is for members only. For questions or additional information, please contact Sandra Ghiorzo.


Save the Date: Food Chains Documentary Film Screening and Guest Speaker

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Tuesday, April 14 | 6:30-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
This event is part of the Economic Justice Hevra’s work on the Farmworker Justice Campaign, calling for fair labor practices for farmworkers in NYS. “Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger – earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW – who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed – to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain.” For more information, contact Lisa.

Save the Date: Yom HaShoah Commemoration

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Wednesday, April 15 | 6:45 PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
The Reading and Hearing of the Names of those killed during the Shoah will follow the evening service BJ. This year marks the Reading of the Names project’s 20th anniversary and the 70th anniversary of  the liberation of Auschwitz. The vigil and name reading will start on April 15 and continue all night into the following day. For more information about the commemoration of Yom HaShoah at BJ, and the continued vigil, click here.

Building a Sustainable Israel: Lessons Learned Since Independence

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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.

Calling All Fresh Produce Lovers: Sign Up for the BJ Hazorim CSA

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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 4 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.


Poster Making for the Celebrate Israel Parade

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.