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.

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.

Volunteers Needed for Hesed: Shabbat Connections

Our community is strongest when we care for each other in times of need. Do a deed of lovingkindness by connecting with members of the BJ community who are homebound, lonely, or in need of some extra care. With regular and consistent phone calls we can brighten the days and warm the hearts of those who need it most. Please contact Joni Brenner at ShabbatConnections@bj.org for more information on how you can help.

Tze'irim Cooks for the Shelter

Sunday, August 30 | 3:00-5:00PM | 88th Street Kitchen
Join Tze’irim as we make dinner for the BJ/SPSA Homeless Shelter. We’ll gather for brunch at 1:00PM and start cooking after brunch is over. As usual, there is a suggested donation to help cover the cost of groceries ($6-10/person) and no cooking experience is necessary. R.S.V.P. by Friday, August 28. Brunch location T.B.D.

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.


K-2 Sukkah Party

Sukkah Photo: Forestfortrees, 2004, Flickr

Sunday, October 4 | 2:00-3:00 PM | 89th Street Sukkah

Come join your BJ friends for an afternoon of kids only fun in the BJ Sukkah! Join us for music, arts and crafts, games, and snacks as we celebrate Sukkot together. This program is open to all BJ youth in grades K-2. $5 per child. Please register here.

Morning Minyan Selihot Service

Monday, September 7 – Tuesday, September 22 (excluding Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah) | 7:15AM weekdays, 9:15AM Sundays and Labor Day (September 7)  | 89th St. Chapel

The time leading up to the Yamim Nora’im is traditionally accompanied by reflection, introspection, and special penitential prayers known as Selihot. Attending Selihot services at morning minyan provides an opportunity to sing some of the High Holy Day favorites that we only sing a few times a year. Come join us in this preparatory spiritual practice for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The Selihot service will be followed immediately by the minyan.

A Night of Remembrance: A High Holy Day Program for the Bereaved

Thursday, September 10 | 6:30-8:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
After a loved one dies, holidays can bring to the surface painful reminders of the loss.  Participate in a meaningful discussion with other bereaved Jews about how to allow for grief, while still finding meaning and comfort in the themes of the High Holy Days.  Light refreshments will be served. Cosponsored by BJ and The Jewish Board’s Partners in Caring and Shira Ruskay Centers. Please R.S.V.P. to Billie.


Tot Shabbat


Friday, September 11 | 5:15-7:00PM | 88th St. Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
Families 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. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration. Register here by Wednesday, September 9 and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The cost is $20/members, and $27/non-members. All children eat for free.

Casting Away: a Reflective Preparation for Tashlikh

Monday, September 14 | 4:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
What are you taking with you and what are you casting away as we enter the new year?  How have you been transformed this last year and how do you wish to be transformed?  Using Jewish text, contemporary poetry and imagery, BJ Rabbinic Fellows Alex Braver and Arielle Rosenberg will create a space for active exploration of our personal, communal and spiritual landscapes as we prepare for the ritual of tashlikh.

Returning to our Best Selves: Yoga for the New Year

Thursdays, September 10 and 17 | 10:00-11:30AM | 89th St. Reception Room
Led by Rabbi Shuli Passow, BJ’s new Director of Community Engagement, this two-part Jewish yoga series will integrate personal reflection, discussion and asana practice to explore the themes of the upcoming Jewish holy days. Join us for one or both sessions. Please bring a mat if you have one.
Note: These are open level classes and no prior experience with yoga is required; however if you are recovering from an injury or managing a chronic condition, please consult your physician before participating.

Session I: What Do I Want to Be A Part Of?
Rosh Hashanah offers us the opportunity to examine and renew our commitments to our families, friendships and community. We will explore what it means to take part in something larger than ourselves through discussion and in our bodies.

Session II: What Do I Want to Give?
As Yom Kippur approaches, we’ll take stock of the unique gifts we each have to offer and consider how we want to give of ourselves in the coming year.

V'taher Libeinu: Purify our Hearts (and our Bodies)

Sunday, September 20 | 10:15AM-12:00PM | 89th St. Chapel
Join Rabbi Sarit Horwitz and Alex Braver for a teaching, intention setting, and immersing in the mikveh on the Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. After morning minyan, we’ll learn together and travel to the West Side Mikveh. ImmerseNYC, a non-profit dedicated to teaching more people about the practice of mikveh, will be joining us at the mikveh. To R.S.V.P. and for cost information, please contact Sarit at shorwitz@bj.org.

Holiday Apple Picking and Picnic

Sunday, September 20 | 9:45AM | Dr. Davies Farm, Congers NY

Usher in a sweet New Year with a fun day of apple picking followed by a bring-your-own picnic (weather permitting).  We will meet at Dr. Davies Farm in Congers, NY (near Nyack and Pearl River), please arrive by 9:45AM.  Cost is $37 for a bag that holds 50 apples. Please R.S.V.P. here and use this rideshare document to offer or find a ride. Contact BJ Hebrew School parent Galit at galit.lb@gmail.com with questions.

Bim Bam Fall Session

Children with Shabbat Candles

Fridays, September 11 – December 18  | 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15AM | 89th Street Chapel
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 is now open for the 9:15AM10:15AM, and 11:15AM classes. The cost is $234/members and $416/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off when the siblings are registered for the same class. New members attend for free. Please contact Allison Kapusta. Register by September 9, space is limited. There will be no class on November 27.

Rooftop Movie in the Sukkah

Ushpizin Movie

Thursday, October 1 | 8:00-10:00PM | 89th Street Sukkah
Join us for a viewing of Ushpizin, “a heart warming and light hearted look at the daily lives of ultra-Orthodox Jews learning, living and loving in modern-day Israel. Following the story of a family facing hardships, they must rely on their faith for miracles to happen during the holiday season.” Popcorn provided. This event is free. R.S.V.P. by Friday, September 25. Questions? Contact Larissa or call x272.

Family Ice Cream Social

BJ Sukkah

Monday, September 28 | 5:30-7:00PM | 89th Street Sukkah

Welcome in the new school year with friends and ice cream! We invite all BJ families to come together in the sukkah on the 6th Floor of the 89th Street Community House at 5:30PM to schmooze and enjoy ice cream sundaes. This event is free. Please register here by September 25 and contact Esther with any questions.

Movie Night and Sukkah Sleepover


Saturday, October 3  7:15PMSunday, October 4 8:30AM  | 89th Street 3rd floor Gym and 89th Street Sukkah

Come spend the night with your friends at BJ! Our night will begin with Havdalah and a movie, and the fun will continue with a sleepover in the BJ sukkah! Families are invited to join us for Havdalah before dropping off their children. This evening is open to all BJ youth in grades 4-6. Please register here, and email Ayala with any questions.


Early Childhood and Parenting Center: Open Play

September – December 2015 | Morning and Afternoon Programs | 89th Street Community House

These open play gathering spaces create safe environments where kids can explore and create while parents and caregivers meet and socialize over beverages and snacks. From tummy timers to toddlers and beyond, open play serves to nurture social, intellectual, and emotional development, while cultivating community among children and adults. For children 6 weeks-crawling, crawling-2 years, and 3-5 years. Click here for more information.

Explore Jewish Argentina With Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein

Wednesday, April 6 – Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | Argentina
Enjoy this opportunity to see Argentina in all its complexity through a uniquely Jewish lens. Among the highlights of this tour will be a visit to the Seminario Rabínico and Comunidad Bet-El, both founded by Rabbi Marshall Meyer. On this tour of vibrant Buenos Aires, you will also have the opportunity to visit an Estancia (ranch), taste Kosher Argentinian style BBQ called asado, and enjoy the gaucho skills show and folkloric dancing!  On an optional pre-trip to Patagonia, explore spectacular glaciers with a sailing excursion to National Glacier Park. For more information or to register, contact Lisa Steinberg at lsteinberg@bj.org or call 212-787-7600 x228.

Giving to Relieve Hunger

September 22 – September 23, 2015 | All Yom Kippur Service Locations

As a community, BJ addresses hunger on the local and global levels by supporting the West Side Campaign Against Hunger and Mazon. We encourage your participation by either bringing a check for WSCAH to Kol Nidre services (a designated donations box will be located at the sanctuary entrance), and/or writing a check to Mazon before breaking the fast and mailing it in one of the envelopes available at each Yom Kippur service location.

Enter Yamim Nora'im through the Gate of Selihot

Saturday, September 5 | 9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Selihot Teaching at 9:00PM followed by a coffee break at 10:30PM and the Selihot Service at 11:00PM.
Join us as we bid farewell to the last Shabbat of the year and enter into Yamim Nora’im through the gate of Selihot. Through study, song and conversation, we will explore the major themes of the Selihot Prayers.

Introduction to Judaism with BJ Rabbinic Fellow Alex Braver

Wednesdays, October 7, 2015 – May 4, 2016 | 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room
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. Registration required by October 6. Individuals $435 members /$660 non-members; Couples $645 members /$975 non-members. Click here to register or contact Alex with questions.

Return to your Source

Saturday, September 5 | 9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Havdalah and Selihot Teaching at 9:00PM followed by “Greet, Meet, and Eat” at 10:30PM and the Selihot Service at 11:00PM.
The first stop on the journey to where you’re going is figuring out from where you’ve come. You’ve got your entrance cards already, now come together for the night of Selihot – an evening of learning, song and meditation, kicking off with Havdalah and culminating in the Selihot service at 11:30PM.  Join us as we orient ourselves towards the Yamim Nora’im.

Family Dinnertime in the Sukkah


Thursday, October 1 | 6:00-7:15PM | 89th Street Sukkah

Bring your own meals and enjoy a festive dining experience with other BJ families in the sukkah. All families are welcome! If you have any questions, contact Esther.