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.
Friday Mornings, June 12 – August 28 | 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15AM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Children ages 3 and under explore Shabbat through Hebrew and English songs, stories, and traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and eating challah. Registration for the summer session is now open for the 9:15AM, 10:15AM, and 11:15AM classes. The cost is $180/members and $228/non-members per family (new members attend for free, please contact Allison Kapusta). If you can’t attend all classes, sign up for a 5 Class Pass which is good for any summer date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by May 1, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on July 3.
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.
Tuesday, August 4 | 6:30-8:00PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.
Volunteers Needed! Join members of the Environmental Justice Hevra in canvassing business owners on the Upper West Side to gather information on commercial waste collection for the Transform Don’t Trash NYC Campaign. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to do it, training is provided. You will be paired up with another BJ member to canvass at whatever time is convenient for you. For more information and to sign up, please contact Les.
Monday, August 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 Farmworkers 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 this meeting or have questions, please contact Lisa.
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.
Thursday, July 30 | 6:00-7:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Thursday, August 20 | 12:30-2:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Dealing with the unique challenges of living alone in New York as a woman over 55 can be overwhelming. Join the BJ social workers, Ruth Kobrin and Shira Felberbaum, and your fellow BJ members for conversation and support at one or both of these two sessions. Please contact Billie with questions or to register (walk-ins welcome).
Catch a cool breeze and a cold beer with BJ’s 20s/30s community. Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat services in our usual spot (right side of the sanctuary, beneath the windows), before heading around the block to the Community House’s sixth floor. Beer/wine open bar and hor d’oeuvres under the stars- what could be better? R.S.V.P. here by Thursday, August 6.
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.
Wednesdays, September 2, 9 and 16 | 8:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
We yearn for the divine just as the divine yearns to find us–simultaneous quests guided by the soulful, plaintive music of piyut. For the past 1,000 years, Sephardic and Oriental Jews have gathered for the forty days from the beginning of the month of Elul through Rosh Hashanah, and up to Yom Kippur, raising at dawn to sing and to prepare the soul for repentance and renewal. Led by Rabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel, our three-gathering series will engage in that spiritual journey through haunting melodies of ancient Jewish communities as well as modern Israeli poetry and song and get us ready for the upcoming sublime days of soul-searching and prayer. The series is free of charge and open to the public.