Upcoming Events

Stand in Love and Solidarity with our Muslim Neighbors

Fridays, March 22 and 29 | 12:45-2:15PM | Islamic Cultural Center Riverside Drive, 1 Riverside Drive

Join us as we stand with other members of the UWS Jewish community while our Muslim neighbors attend their Jummah (Friday prayers).

They were there for us after the Pittsburgh terrorist attack and we want to return the love and support after the massacre in New Zealand.

Paying it Forward Shabbbat Dinners

Beginning Friday, March 22 | Various Times | Various Locations

Since October, over 100 BJ members have signed up to attend a Paying it Forward Shabbat Dinner in another member’s home, while committing to pay it forward by hosting a meal themselves in the future. Together, we are broadening Shabbat meal culture at BJ and transforming our community through building closer connections and elevating the beauty of Shabbat at home.

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Demystifying Mikvah with the Jewish Home Project

Sunday, March 24 | 10:30AM | West Side Mikvah, 236 West 74th Street
Traditionally associated with weddings, conversions, and niddah rituals, the mikvah can often feel removed from everyday Jewish practice and conversation. Those who have ventured into its sacred waters, however, know the power that this ritual space can hold. Curious about Jewish ritual immersion, or looking to deepen your understanding about this sacred ritual space? Do you consider the mikvah as a way to commemorate an important life-cycle event, but are you not sure what questions to ask or where to start?  This is the tour for you! Join the Jewish Home Project and Rabbinic Fellow Margo Hughes-Robinson for a mid-morning tour of the West Side Mikvah with ImmerseNYC and a discussion on the potential of mikvah practice for spiritual meaning.

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The Mitzvah of Lovingkindness

Sunday March 24 | 1:00PM | Community House 4th Floor

The mitzvah of bikkur holim (visiting the sick) is a tremendous act of hesed (lovingkindness). We would like to call upon all families to join us as we help those in need and learn more about about this mitzvah through a fun activity for kids and adults (great for grandparents and grandchildren too). The afternoon will culminate with a friendly visit to seniors at the nearby Atria Senior Living. Sign up is encouraged, but not required. Contact Galit with any questions.

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Hebrew Ulpan Classes אולפן עברית

Monday, March 25 | 5:00-7:00PM and 7:00-9:00PM | Community House

Registration for this series is closed. Classes are held every Monday. 

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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Monday Meditation Minyan

Monday, March 25 | 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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How to Daven: The Nuts & Bolts of Jewish Prayer

Monday, March 25 | 7:00-8:00PM | Chapel

Jewish prayer can seem like a mysterious collection of mumbles, bows, and songs. What’s going on when everyone is standing silently? How can I connect personally to the words on the page? How do I know when to bow?

In this three-part series, we’ll explore what it means to daven (pray) in a Jewish way. These sessions immediately follow Monday Meditation Minyan, so feel free to join us for both!

Note: On Monday, April 1, we will meet in the Middle Room.

The Prophets with Hillel Friedman

Tuesday, March 26 | 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.

This class meets every Tuesday. 

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"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Reading Torah

Tuesday, March 26 | 12:30-1:45PM | Middle Room

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

This class meets every Tuesday through June 18.

No class on April 23

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Shirah with Shira—Spring Semester

Tuesday, March 26 | 4:00-4:45PM | Community House

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

This class meets every Tuesday from January 8-May 21

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Introduction to Judaism

Wednesday, March 27 7:00PM | Community House
This class meets every Wednesday; registration is closed. 
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.
Note: There is no class on December 19, 26, or January 2

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Caregivers Support Group

Thursday, March 28 | 12:00 noon-1:00PM | Zoom (virtual meeting)

Are you coping with the challenges of caring for a family member? We are organizing a virtual group for caregivers to provide a supportive space inclusive of those who cannot travel. To sign up, please contact Michael Boino by February 1. He will provide you with your login information. This group is for BJ members only.

Upcoming Sessions: April 1, 18; May 2, 16

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

Embedded Gateways. Photo: Karoly Lorentey

Thursday, March 28 | 12:30-1:30PM | Location given 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.

Upcoming Dates: April 4, 11

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Next Stop...Kids

Thursdays, March 28; April 4, 11 | 7:00-8:30PM | Community House

Thinking about having children? Not sure if having a child is the next step for you? Expecting a child soon? Exploring parenthood through adoption, single parenting, or surrogacy? Join us for a three-part series as we explore a different element of parenthood in each expert-led session.

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The Spiritual State of Being a Woman in America

Thursday, March 28 | 7:00-8:30PM | Community House

Join us for a conversation with Ginna Green, Chief Strategy Officer of Bend the Arc.

Women have a long and powerful history of raising their voices against injustice in America. This Women’s History Month, Ginna Green will share her perspective on this struggle, what it means to be a Jewish woman of color fighting the sexism, racism, xenophobia, and antisemitism in our current political moment, and why our only path forward is to fulfill the true promise of a multiracial American democracy. Ginna will share her thoughts on the Women’s March, intersectionality, solidarity, and our calling as Jews in this time.

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Spring Bim Bam

Friday, March 29 | 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | Chapel 

Classes are held every Friday through May 17.

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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Campus Antisemitism and the Politics of Resentment

Saturday, March 30 | Following Kiddush | Chapel

’Twas the Best of Times, ‘Twas the Worst of Times

Many in the Jewish community are convinced that American universities are seething with antisemitism and are hotbeds of anti-Israel activism. Join Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller as he examines the accuracy of this assertion from the perspective of a campus professional. A nuanced and sober portrait will be presented—one that is at times troubling, yet also reassuring.

This event is open to all, no registration necessary.

Redemption: Musical Havdalah and Stories of Freedom

Saturday, March 30 | 7:00PM | Reception Room

Connections invites you a special musical havdalah, featuring powerful personal stories of displacement and freedom, as told by students of the Riverside Language Program. Nosh on delicacies from around the world, prepared by students from the Riverside Language Program, and share in an evocative havdalah service with this interfaith, multi-heritage community. Then enjoy moving songs and a unique performance by our very own music director, Dan Nadel, and New York-based international performer and songwriter Shira Averbuch. Taste the wine, smell the spices, and see and feel the warmth of the candle flame as we eat, celebrate, and sing together. Space is limited, please register today.

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Finding Your Haggadah

Sunday, March 31 | 10:30AM | Middle Room

Are you getting ready to lead a Pesah seder and need help choosing a haggadah? Not sure what a haggadah is or how to find the right one for your seder? Perhaps you already have a haggadah you usually use, and are looking to add meaning through supplementary readings and reflections. Join Rabbi Adina Lewittes after morning minyan for a pre-Pesah breakfast where we will compare different haggadot and explore creative ways to enjoy a text that will guide and inspire you and your seder guests.

Contact Sarah with any questions.

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Justice for Farmworkers: An Afternoon of Spirit, Song, and Social Justice

Sunday, March 31 | 3:00-5:00PM | Sanctuary

In honor of Cesar Chavez Day, the Economic Justice Hevra invites you to an afternoon of spirit, song, and social justice in support of New York’s 80,000 farmworkers who remain excluded from the basic labor protections entitled to all other workers. The decades-long campaign to pass the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act is still going strong. Join us to speak up and take action for the workers putting food on our tables every day.

The event will feature New York’s own Latin Grammy winning recording artists Flor de Toloache.

There is no fee for this event, but sign up is required.

Contact Lisa with any questions.

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From Generation to Generation: A Grandparenting Series

Mondays, April 1-15 | 7:30PM | Community House
Among the blessings and burdens of multi-generational families are questions about how each generation will assume responsibility for the past, present, and future. The continuous unpacking and repacking of bundles of family memories, values, commitments, and traditions that each carries with them—that each has inherited and each seeks to bequeath—brings great hope, but often great anxiety. For grandparents, this is often an invitation for deep reflection about the legacy they wish to leave their descendants, and the boundaries that bring both closeness and respect to family life.
Join BJ’s Jewish Home Project for one, or all, of the three sessions to explore these themes with other grandparents, practitioners, and teachers in settings filled with learning, sharing, and support.

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Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Tuesday, April 2 | 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.

This class meets every Tuesday (no class March 26). Join us at any time during the series; all welcome.

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Israeli Film Club

Tuesday, April 2 | 7:00-8:30PM | Community House

Join us for a five-session series, featuring five short Israeli films that were carefully chosen from dozens of prize-winning works. The films present various perspectives on key issues in Israeli society. These movies will serve as a platform for post-screening discussions, allowing participants to reflect on diverse and relevant aspects of the Israeli people, culture and politics.

This series is free of charge, but registration is required. Sign up for your preferred screening(s) via the form below.

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Pre-Elections in Israel: Elections 101

Tuesday, April 2 & Wednesday, April 10 | 7:00-8:30PM | Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave

On April 9, Israel will be holding a critical general election. After three terms of Bibi Netanyahu as prime minister, the center-left block will try to win, and the right ultra-orthodox block will try to maintain its power. The Israeli political system is more complicated than ever before, and, in turn, hard to navigate. These two sessions, held pre and post elections respectively, will help you understand the political map leading up to the elections, and analyze their results.

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Teen Learning Series

Wednesday, April 3 | 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 »

April Tot Shabbat

Friday, April 5 | 5:15-7:30PM | Sanctuary and Frankel Hall

Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, led by Rabbi Erin Glazer, Shira Averbuch, and Michael Witman. Stay and join us for a dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration. Register by Thursday, April 4, 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 April 4 at 10:00AM). All children eat for free.

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Hitoreri

Friday, April 5 | 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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Bo-i Kallah

Friday, April 5 | 6:30PM | 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

Saturday, April 6 | 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.

Upcoming Dates: April 20; May 4; 18, June 1, 15.

Teen Shabbat

Saturday, April 6 | 9:30AM | Sanctuary

Everyone is invited to take part in this special annual tradition as we give our rabbis a break and the BJ teens lead us in a Shabbat morning service from beginning to end! The teens have been working hard to prepare a very special Shabbat morning service complete with Torah, tefillot, and Divrei Torah. We can’t wait to see the Sanctuary full of friendly faces and that unique BJ Shabbat spirit!

Teens, if you are not yet signed up to participate, and would like to, email Aniko.

Exclusion to Inclusion

Saturday, April 6 | Following Kiddush | Chapel 

Join us for a presentation by Ami Ayalon, AKIM Israel Chair, former member of the Knesset, and former head of Shin Bet.

Israel had gone through many changes in the way the state is addressing people with disabilities. In the past they were segregated from society, put in institutions away from community centers. Today, Israelis meet more individuals with disabilities in their everyday life. Much of this change is due to AKIM’s advocacy for inclusion.

Join Ami Ayalon as he introduces AKIM Israel’s person-centered approach, and how they are working to make it public policy. Ayalon will be accompanied by Ya’acov Brown, an individual with Down syndrome, who is currently serving in the IDF as part of AKIM’s unique “Equal in Uniform” program.

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Let My People Go!

Sunday, April 7 | 2:00-4:00PM | Sanctuary

Join us for a BJ/SPSA gathering to learn about mass incarceration. This will be an afternoon of teaching, learning, and song grounded in the themes of Easter, Passover, and freedom.

This inaugural educational forum is sponsored by Panim’s BJ/SPSA Racial Justice Committee. This event will feature remarks from the BJ/SPSA clergy, music with Shira Averbuch, and discussion with Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Alliance of Families for Justice, among others. The forum will broaden our understanding of the systemic, political, and personal issues which impact mass incarceration. Join us in our effort to strengthen our alliances with others committed to ending abuses in our criminal justice system.

There is no fee for this event, but sign up is required and donations are welcome. Snacks will be provided.

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Moving Traditions

Sunday, April 7 | 5:00-7:00PM | Community House 4th Floor

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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Israeli Art and Culture Salon Series

Sunday, April 7 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location given upon registration

Remaining Dates: April 7, May 5, June 2

In this six-part salon series, BJ members will get to meet some of the most promising Israeli artists working in New York today. These musicians, visual 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.

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Empty Chair at the Seder: A Passover Bereavement Program

Tuesday April 9 | 7:00PM | Chapel
Passover can be complicated and difficult for those of us who are bereaved. Join members of our community in drawing support and comfort from one another and our shared tradition. This event is facilitated by Hazzan Ari Priven and Rabbi Michael Boino (BJ’s Coordinator of Pastoral Care and Support) through the Jewish Board’s Partners in Caring program. Email Michael, or call him at x238, with any questions.

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

Wednesday, April 10 | 11:00AM-2:00PM | Frankel Hall

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; it comforts and stimulates memories.

Register now for the spring semester.

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Podcasts, Popcorn, and Prosecco

Wednesday, April 10 | 7:00-10:00PM | Location TBD
Are you into podcasts and looking for a place to talk about them? Join BJ’s 20s and 30s group, Aviv, for a series of guided discussions, each centered around a different podcast! Just like a book club, we will all listen to a set podcast episode before each meeting, where we will come together for a guided discussion. The location and podcast episode for each session will be provided after sign-up.
Come to as many or as few sessions as you’d like—first-time podcast listeners are welcome.
There is no charge for this event, but sign-up is required so we can make sure we we don’t run out of popcorn and prosecco!

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

Thursday, April 11 | 6:30-9:00PM | Frankel Hall

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; it comforts and stimulates memories.

Register now for the spring semester.

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The Insights of Rav Soloveitchik on the Haggadah

Thursday, April 11 | 7:00-8:30PM | Community House Room 411

Prepare for Pesah by joining Rabbi Adina Lewittes to study some of Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik (the Rav)’s commentary on the Haggadah, which will enhance your seder table discussions and enrich your Jewish learning. 

Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik, known simply as the Rav, is one of modern Judaism’s most important thinkers. He was the leading talmudist and philosopher who guided modern Orthodoxy’s relationship with the realities, promises, and problems of the 20th century. Beloved teachers of such important leaders as Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, Rabbi David Hartman, and so many others, the Rav combined rigorous talmudic analysis with deep philosophical exploration in his teachings about Jewish religious life and the universal human experience.

Registration is encouraged, but not required.

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Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, April 12 | 6:30PM | Community House 3rd Floor

Join us for an intimate service featuring meditation, reflection, deep listening, and personal engagement with the parashah. Contact Kristen Kersey (x255) with any questions.

Family Shabbat: Shabbat Israeli Cool!

Friday, April 12 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat services | Middle Room and 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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ReGroup Shabbat Dinner

Friday, April 12 | Following the Kabbalat Shabbat Service | Frankel Hall

Join us for a hametz-filled Shabbat dinner, at which you’ll learn how to create a Shabbat meal in your own home. Hametz is the leavened food and grain products we don’t eat on Pesah, such as challah, pasta, cookies, and more. 

ReGroup is a program open to people who want to create a Jewish home that have been through an intensive course of Jewish learning, as well as multi-faith, multi-heritage, and multicultural families, and people who are currently in, or have completed, the conversion process.

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Shabbat Basketball

Saturday, April 13 | Various Times | Community House 3rd Floor

Wondering what to do on a cold Shabbat afternoon? Join us for a casual pick-up basketball game. No need to be a pro—all skill levels are welcome. Bring yourself, sneakers, and your A-game.

3:00-3:45PM: Kindergarten-3rd Grade

3:45-5:00PM: Aviv (20s/30s)

5:00-6:15PM: 4th Grade and Up

Putting the Mitzvah in B'nai Mitzvah

Sunday, April 14 | 11:00AM-12:30PM | Chapel

5th grade families are invited to join us in the next step of the B’nai Mitzvah journey. Come explore the idea of mitzvot, and think more about the meaning behind the ritual of B’nai Mitzvot, while spending time with other 5th grade families. Breakfast will be served.

Please contact Adina with any questions.

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Israeli Book Club

Sunday, April 14 | 7:00-8:30 PM | 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.

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Hebrew-Speaking Havurah

Sunday, April 14 | 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.

This class meets on the second Sunday of each month*, registration is closed. 

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Moving Stories

Tuesday, April 16 | 7:00PM | Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave

Join us as we co-present a screening of the film Moving Stories. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and some of the film’s stars.

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Pre-Pesah WSCAH Food Drive

Through Wednesday, April 17 | During Community House Open Hours | Sanctuary and Community House
Looking to get rid of your hametz before Pesah? There’s no better way to cleanse your home and give back than by donating your food to our partners at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH). Through a supermarket-style food pantry, WSCAH alleviates hunger and creates a culture that promotes self-reliance and works for change.

Check out the list of encouraged items.

All food donations are welcome. Feel free to drop off items in the designated boxes at the Sanctuary foyer and the Community House entrance.

For more information, contact Larissa.

Sell Your Hametz at BJ

Through Thursday, April 18 | Various Times | Various Locations

Traditionally, avoiding hametz has meant getting rid of all hametz in your possession. Considering this can cause major financial hardship, as well as food waste, a custom was developed to sell the hametz to a non-Jewish person. Once again, Rabbi Roly Matalon will be your agent for selling hametz.

Sign up by Thursday, April 18 at 12:00PM.

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Seeking Second Night Seder Hosts

Saturday, April 20 | Various Times | Various Locations

We are looking for Seder hosts who are able to open up their table to members of the BJ community on the second night of Pesah.

If you are interested, please email Kristen.

Next Stop...Marriage

Tuesdays, April 30; May 7, 14 | 7:00-8:30PM | Chapel

Couples are invited to join us for a three-part pre-marriage series to help you prepare for your wedding and beyond. Explore a different element of marriage in each expert-led session.

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6th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Retreat

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

Please join Rabbi Erin Glazer, Hazzan Ari Priven, Mike Witman, Ayala Wasser, and Shira Averbach 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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"Sing—Now!—to God!"—Miriam and Moses

Monday, May 6 | 7:00PM | Sanctuary

Join Avivah Zornberg for a discussion on the history of Miriam, the prophetess who speaks enviously of her brother Moses. She will offer an intimate glimpse into the tensions between brother and sister, both leaders, both prophets. Midrashic material will illuminate this mysterious relationship.

Registration information coming soon.

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Interpretive Challah Shaping: A Masterclass with @lechlechallah

Thursday, May 9 | 7:00-9:00PM | Frankel Hall

A homemade challah is the beautiful and delicious centerpiece of the Jewish holiday table. With a few new techniques in your hands, that challah can become a midrashic masterpiece as well!

Student Rabbi Vanessa Harper (also known as @lechlechallah on Instagram) sees challah dough as an amazing artistic medium for exploring Jewish text and tradition. She teaches her methodology and shaping skills to people of all ages and artistic abilities to empower them to bring beautiful Torah to their own tables.

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Family Shabbat Dinner: Final Fiesta in Honor of Kitah Zayin

Friday, May 10 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat services | 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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Register for BJ Hazorim CSA 2019

Tuesdays, June 4-October 29 | 4:30-7:30PM | Community House
Registration now open!

Join BJ’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and pick up fresh, organic produce from Free Bird Farm at BJ once a week for 22 weeks. Choose from delicious vegetable, egg, fruit, and butter shares. Questions? Contact Larissa.

Register by Wednesday, May 15

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Life in Three Jerusalems: East, West, and Haredi

Wednesday, May 15 | 7:00-8:30PM | Reception Room  

What does Jerusalem look like through the eyes of an Arab woman who lives in Silwan, the eyes of a Haredi man who lives in Mea Shearim, or the eyes of a couple who lives in Rehavia? Where do these visions intersect? Where do they pass by each other unknowingly? Where do they collide? How do we bring them closer together? As Jerusalem Day draws near, join Michal Sherez Shilor, the founder of 0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem, as she brings different narratives of Jerusalem residents, and the way they affect life in the city, to light. We will take a deeper look at the complexities and intricacies of the multicultural, and seemingly torn, city that has become a capital of diversity, activism, and hope.

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ReGroup

Thursday, May 16 | 7:00PM | Chapel

Are you seeking a Jewish home for your spiritual search? Wondering about what role Judaism can play in your multi-faith or multi-heritage family? Maybe you’ve completed an intensive course of Jewish learning, and are searching for a community in which to continue your journey. Want to connect with other people going through, or who have recently finished, the conversion process? ReGroup is the place for you. We’ll share our experiences of building our Jewish identities and explore different ways of bringing Judaism and Jewish living into our lives.

To learn more, or to R.S.V.P., email Sarah.

Women's Retreat 2019

Friday, May 31-Sunday, June 2 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, 116 Johnson Road, Falls Village, CT

Meet Me at Sinai: Women’s Love, Rage, and Righteous Indignation at a Time of Revelation

Join Rabbi Felicia Sol, and MTM fellows Abi Weber and Margo Hughes-Robinson, for a glorious Shabbat of joy, song, learning, and connection in a beautiful, natural environment filled with the exclusive sound of women’s voices. Whether you are new to BJ or a long-time member, the Women’s Retreat creates an atmosphere of connection where all are embraced for who they are. Community is built throughout the weekend and sustains itself when we get back to NYC.

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June Tot Shabbat

Shabbat

Friday, June 7 | 5:15-7:30PM | Sanctuary and Frankel Hall

Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, led by Rabbi Erin Glazer, Shira Averbuch, and Michael Witman. Stay and join us for a dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration. Register by Thursday, June 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 June 6 at 10:00AM). All children eat for free.

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Seder BaBayit

Saturday, April 20 | Various Times | Various Locations

Are you looking for a seder in a friendly home where you can eat, schmooze, sing, and celebrate Pesah with fellow BJ members?

Spaces are limited, so sign up now to be hosted for a wonderful seder on the 2nd night of Pesah.

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