Upcoming Events

Sanctuary Centennial Exhibition

Through January | During Community House Open Hours | Community House

The BJ Sanctuary Centennial Exhibition recounts the history and impact of our remarkable community, with a focus on the 100 years we have occupied our beloved 88th Street Sanctuary: 1918-2018. The eight panels reflect themes at the core of BJ, as we trace the beauty and the stories of the Sanctuary building and all that it has contained. Read more »

Hakhanah laTefillah

Saturday, January 19 | 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: February 2 , 16; March 2, 16; April 6, April 20; May 4; 18, June 1, 15.

BJ Mindfulness Retreat in Nature

January 20-27 | Costa Rica

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

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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MLK 2019: Pack Sensory Kits with Repair the World and BJ

Sunday, January 20 | 2:00-4:00PM | Frankel Hall

Join us and our partners Repair the World to package bags filled with sensory objects for kids in local Harlem schools and organizations. We’ll be making stress balls, yarn dolls, and fidget toys. This is a hands-on packaging project that will begin and culminate with a service learning. All ages are welcome! For more information, please email Jeremy Nicholson.

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Monday Meditation Minyan

Monday, January 21 | 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

Monday, January 21 | 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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The Prophets with Hillel Friedman

Tuesday, January 22 | 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, January 22 | 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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BJ’s Purim Shpiel—For Kindergarten-Sixth Graders (Auditions and Rehearsals)

Tuesday, January 22 | 4:00-7:00PM | Community House 4th Floor

Calling all actors! This year’s Shpiel is a full-scale Mamma-Mia-meets-Mordekhai musical spectacular, and we couldn’t be more excited. This disco-filled production is open to kindergarten-sixth graders, and no previous theater experience is necessary. Everyone who is interested will be cast in the show, but auditions (December 8-13) are required to help us get to know each actor and think about what role will be the best fit for them.

Those auditioning should prepare about 16 bars of a song to be sung a capella.

More interested in helping out behind the scenes? Email Emma about opportunities for involvement in tech crew and more.

See the website or email Emma for more information!

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Shirah with Shira—Spring Semester

Tuesday, January 22 | 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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Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Tuesday, January 22 | 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; join us at any time during the series; all welcome.

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Teen Learning Series

Wednesday, January 23 | 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

Wednesday, January 23 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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The Soap Myth: Concert Reading

Wednesday, January 23 | 7:00-9:00PM | Sanctuary

See BJ member and two-time Emmy Award and four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh star with seven-time Emmy Award and five-time Golden Globe Award winner Ed Asner in a concert reading of Jeff Cohen’s play The Soap Myth. Read more »

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

Embedded Gateways. Photo: Karoly Lorentey

Thursday, January 24 | 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.

Upcoming Dates: January 31; March 7, 14, 28; April 4, 11

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Bridging the Gap House Parties

Various Dates Beginning January 24 | 6:30PM | Various Locations on the UWS

What role might faith communities place in re-knitting the torn fabric of today’s America? How can we address preconceived notions of the “other” in our country? What can progressives come to learn, honor, and understand from conservatives, and vice versa?

Explore these questions and more at a Bridging the Gap house party, where BJ members who participated in the Bridging the Gap exchange with the Michigan Corrections Organization will share their personal reflections and open up conversation on how we can all learn from this powerful experience and apply it to our social change, as well as our spiritual work.

Each gathering will take place on the Upper West Side, in the home of a BJ member. Address details will be provided after registration.

In order to give as many people the opportunity to participate as possible, please do not register for more than one session. This program is open to BJ members only.

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Spring Bim Bam

Friday, January 25 | 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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Tu Bishvat Shabbat Community Potluck Dinner

Friday, January 25 | 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! Bring your friends, family, and your Tu Bishvat-inspired dairy/vegetarian creations. Our featured speaker is The Rev. Fletcher Harper, Episcopal priest and Executive Director of GreenFaith, an interfaith coalition for the environment that works with houses of worship, religious schools, and people of all faiths to help them become better environmental stewards.  He will speak on “Religious Responses to our Changing Climate”.

Under Fletcher’s leadership, GreenFaith has developed innovative programs linking religious belief and practice to the environment. An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally-recognized preacher on the environment, he has led multi-faith organizing for the 2014 and 2017 Peoples Climate Marches, played a lead role in the faith-based fossil fuel divestment movement, and coordinated the development of GreenFaith’s international work. He is author of GreenFaith – Mobilizing God’s People to Save the Earth.

This dinner is presented in partnership with the Center for Prayer and Spirituality at B’nai Jeshurun and the Environmental Justice Hevra.

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Finding Peace in the Promised Land—Lessons for Life and Love Learned on the Israel Trail

Saturday, January 26 | Following Kiddush | Chapel 

Aryeh Green, author of My Israel Trail: Finding Peace in the Promised Land, hiked the entire length and breadth of Israel on Shvil Yisrael—the Israel National Trail—following his divorce. The lessons he learned on the physical trek, enabling his personal growth and ability move ahead with his life, and his intimate encounter with the land and people of Israel along the way, are the uplifting basis of this inspiring presentation.

No registration necessary, all are welcome.

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Shabbat Basketball

Saturday, January 26 | 3:30-6:00PM | 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.
3:30-4:30PM: Aviv (20s/30s)
4:45-6:00PM: Youth and Families
Upcoming Sessions: February 16, March 16, April 13

Young Families Day of Service

Sunday, January 27 | 10:30AM-12:00 noon | Community House 3rd Floor

Families with children in 2nd grade and under are invited to join us as we partner with Repair the World for a day of service. We will be making chili packets to donate to a local food pantry. Kids will be invited to assemble the bags, learn about what a pantry is and where hunger lives in NYC, and to consider the experience of food insecurity. We’ll use stories and facilitated play to shape our conversation and follow the lead of our biggest teachers, the kids in the room! Contact Adina with any questions.

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New Paradigms for Breaking the Impasse of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Sunday, January 27 | 12:30-5:00 PM | Sanctuary

With the Two State solution currently at a halt, it is time to consider new paradigms to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Two relatively new and unique movements will share the stage for the very first time to present their complementary work toward creating a just, peaceful, and harmonious future in Israel/Palestine. Roots/Shorashim/Judur, the Israeli Palestinian grassroots initiative for understanding, nonviolence, and transformation, brings together Israeli settlers and Palestinian activisits. A Land for All (formerly Two States One Homeland), advocates for Israeli Palestinian reconciliation based on a union of two sovereign states in one open land, with freedom of movement for all citizens. Read more »

Complex Conversations: Engaging with Diverse Opinions and Values

Sunday, January 27 | 3:00PM | Location Given Upon Registration

A big part of college is meeting people with different perspectives. Join us and learn how to successfully engage in dialogue about Israel with your new peers. We’ll explore strategies and talking points for how to keep your cool if things get heated on campus. The tools you learn will also help you navigate tough conversations beyond college.

This UJA Federation of New York event is intended for teens in high school and their parents.

Tickets: $18 per person

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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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Accompaniment Training with New Sanctuary Coalition

Monday, January 28 | 7:00-9:00PM | Reception Room
The New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC) accompaniment program recruits and trains volunteers to accompany people facing deportation to their immigration hearings and ICE check-ins. This provides moral support to the person facing deportation and enables volunteers to hold immigration authorities accountable. Standing in solidarity with migrants facing deportation also demonstrates to immigration judges, ICE officers, and government attorneys that there is a community mobilized against their deportation. NSC accompanies hundreds of people a year.

Once you’re trained, you become part of the accompaniment program. A this training, you’ll learn about upcoming accompaniments and can sign up for time slots and locations that work for you.

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What is the Talmud and Why Does it Matter?

Tuesday, January 29 | 6:30-8:00PM | Community House Room 411

What is the Talmud and why was it the greatest revolution in Jewish history? In this introductory talk of a six-week series, Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinic Fellow Abi Weber will introduce the BJ community to the philosophy of Rabbi Benay Lappe and her “traditionally radical” yeshiva, SVARA. All are welcome to join for this first session; interested participants will be asked to commit to the following five sessions.

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6th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Parent Meeting

Tuesday, January 29 | 6:30PM | Community House
Parents of children in 6th grade are invited to join Rabbi Felicia Sol, Hazzan Ari Priven, the Family Life and Learning team, and the B’nai Mitzvah team for an informational meeting to review the B’nai Mitzvah process for the upcoming year. We highly encourage all parents to attend. There will be an opportunity to ask any additional questions. For more information, and to R.S.V.P., contact Davia Rabinoff-Goldman.

 

February Tot Shabbat

Friday, February 1 | 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, January 31, 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 January 31 at 10:00AM). All children eat for free.

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Hitoreri

Friday, February 1 | 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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Learners' Minyan

Saturday, February 2 | 9:30AM | Frankel Hall
Join Rabbinic Fellow Abi Weber 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 the Torah service and Musaf. Meets the first Saturday of each month.

Gargantuan Games

Saturday, February 2 | 4:30-6:00PM | Community House 3rd Floor

Do you love playing games and having fun with all of your BJ friends? How about if those games were LIFESIZE? Kindergarteners through 5th graders are invited to join us for a fantastic Shabbat afternoon of friendly competition as we play our favorite games with a gargantuan twist.

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20s and 30s Wine Tasting

Wine_Flickr_Dan Zelazo

Saturday, February 2 | 4:30-6:00PM | Chapel

Join BJ’s Aviv and Young Families groups for a Shabbat afternoon wine tasting. Taste and learn about exquisite Israeli wines, nosh on cheese, and schmooze with fellow community members. This is a fabulous opportunity for young people (with or without kids) to get to know each other. Contact Adina Beiner with any questions.

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Israeli Art and Culture Salon Series

Sunday, February 3 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location Given Upon Registration

Meeting Dates: January 6, February 3, March 3, 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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Refugee Cultural Culinary Exchange

Sunday, February 3 | 6:00PM | Frankel Hall and Kitchen

Join the Family Support Team of the BJ Refugee and Immigration Committee to share a community meal cooked by a newly-arrived Pakistani refugee. You can also come early and learn how to cook the recipes directly from Sapna. Come hear Sapna’s story, help support her family, and connect with the community over a tasty dinner!

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Moving Traditions 2018-2019

Sunday, February 3 | 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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Own Your Tradition: A Community Beit Midrash on Prayer

Tuesday, February 5 | 6:30-8:00PM | Community House Room 411

Jewish learning can sometimes feel like a series of disconnected texts, curated by the teacher from mysterious sources. In this five-week series, which is a follow-up to “What is the Talmud and Why Does it Matter?” (an introductory talk on January 29), we will explore the meaning of prayer by unlocking one of the primary sources itself: Tractate Berakhot of the Babylonian Talmud. How did prayer come to be what it is today? We will decode this text together, in the process learning to add our own voices to the ongoing project that is Torah Judaism. 

Upcoming Meeting Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5

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Next Stop...Marriage

Tuesdays, Beginning February 5 | 6:30-8:30PM | Middle Room   

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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Jewish Mindfulness and Healing Relationships

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26 | 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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After Charlottesville: An Evening with Roberta Kaplan and Karen Dunn

Tuesday, February 5 | 7:30-9:00PM | Sanctuary

Join us for a special presentation by Roberta Kaplan and Karen Dunn—two of America’s leading litigators—on their work representing Charlottesville residents injured at the August 2017 white nationalist rally. Their groundbreaking lawsuit against white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and affiliated hate groups is designed to make it clear that inciting and engaging in violence based on racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism has no place in this country. Sign up is encouraged, but not required.

This event is co-sponsored by the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew (SPSA), the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, and the Fourth Universalist Society.

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

Wednesday, February 6 | 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; food comforts and stimulates memories.

Register now for the spring semester.

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Liturgical Hebrew Class

Wednesdays, Beginning February 6 | 6:30-8:00PM | Location Given Upon Registration 

This class is geared towards those who wish to improve their reading skills and understanding of the Hebrew found in Jewish liturgy (Bible and Siddur). Each class will focus on a chosen key prayer from the Siddur and a short piece from key Torah portions. We will read and analyze the texts highlighting the important words and phrases. The ability to decode and read Hebrew (even slowly) is essential, though comprehension is not.

This class is held every Wednesday through April 3, a total of eight sessions (no class on Purim). The cost is $160. 

Classes are taught by BJ member and Hebrew teacher Michal Nachmani. For over three decades Michal has taught Modern and Liturgical Hebrew language through active learning, individualized attention, and a touch of Israeli culture. She has taught Hebrew at Central Synagogue, Rodeph Shalom, Temple Sh’harei Te’fila, SWFS, JCC Manhattan, the Ulpan Center, Makor, the Academy of Jewish Religion, and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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Guided Exhibition Tour at the Museum of Arts and Design

Thursday, February 7 | 11:00AM-12:00 noon | Museum of Arts and Design Lobby, 2 Columbus Circle

BJ member and museum Ddcent Bena Green will lead a tour of “The Future of Craft,” an exhibition with works representing the latest advances in the studio craft field.  In addition to their aesthetic values, many of the works connect strikingly to the social and political issues of our time. Combined museum and tour fee is $17, which you will pay at the door. This tour has a maximum of 20 participants, so sign up now below.

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Caregivers Support Group

Thursdays, Beginning February 7 | 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: February 21; March 7, 28; April 1, 18; May 2, 16

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

Thursday, February 7 | 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; food comforts and stimulates memories.

Register now for the spring semester.

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7th Grade Trip to Washington D.C.

Friday, February 8-Sunday, February 10 | 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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Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, February 8 | 6:15PM | Community House 3rd Floor
Join us for an intimate service featuring meditation, reflection, deep listening, and personal engagement with the parashah. Please contact Kristen Kersey (x255) with any questions.

Family Shabbat Dinner: Jews around the World

Friday, February 8 | Following the Kabbalat Shabbat Service | 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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Aviv Shabbat Game Night

Friday, February 8 | Follow the Kabbalat Shabbat Service | Frankel Hall
The Aviv Shabbat Game Night is back by popular demand! Join us for a Shabbat a night with pizza and beer! Bring your favorite board game (one that doesn’t require a pencil) for a night of fun with other 20s and 30s in the community. The event is free, but please sign up so we know how much pizza to order.

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Demystifying Mikvah with the Jewish Home Project

Sunday, February 10 | Time TBD | 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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Hebrew-Speaking Havurah

Sunday, February 10 | 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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The Complexities of Antisemitism in Today's America

Thursday, February 14 | 7:30PM | Sanctuary

With antisemitism on the rise in America, views in the Jewish community diverge on how to understand it and address it. Join us for a conversation with Rabbi Jill Jacobs and Yair Rosenberg, moderated by Jane Eisner. They’ll discuss how antisemitism is manifesting on both the political left and right today, and offer their insights on how American Jews can effectively work to dismantle it.

Doors open at 7:00PM.

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Infertility Support Group

Monthly Beginning Monday, February 15 | Time TBD | The Jewish Board, 135 West 50th Street
This group is open to individuals and couples of all ages and backgrounds who are struggling with the frustration of infertility. We will provide a safe space to feel supported, combat isolation, and share common experiences and resources on this journey. Come build a network with others who are going through a similar process. Jewish spiritual resources may be used to draw examples and give hope during these times of uncertainty.

Please email Amy Warren, LMSW, or call her at 212-632-4693, for more information and a screening.

Upcoming Dates TBD

A Converso´s Journey to the Rabbinate

Saturday, February 16 | Following Kiddush | Chapel

Rabbi Haim Casas will speak of his amazing life journey, from his converso childhood to his ordination in 2017 as the first Spanish-born rabbi in over 500 years.

After graduating from the University of Seville Law School, Rabbi Casas committed himself to the recovery of Jewish Spain. In 2005, he co-founded a cultural center and museum called Casa de Sefarad in the heart of the Jewish quarter of Cordoba. Additionally, along with other Jewish leaders, he started Beit Rambam, the first progressive congregation in the south of Spain. In 2010, he opened Casa Mazal, a cultural café devoted to Sephardic gastronomy.

In 2012, Rabbi Casas started his rabbinic training at Leo Baeck College in London. He was ordained in 2017, and now works with Jewish communities and cultural organizations throughout the UK, France, Switzerland, Spain, and Morocco. His dream is to preserve and promote Spanish Jewish heritage, including promoting spaces in Spain and Morocco where people can encounter an inclusive and diverse experience of Judaism.

Teen Service Learning Trip to the Dominican Republic

Sunday, February 17–Sunday, February 24 | 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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White Supremacy, Racism, and Antisemitism: A Conversation with Eric Ward

Wednesday, February 20 | 7:30PM | Sanctuary

What is the relationship between antisemitism, racism, and white supremacy? How has antisemitism historically been intertwined with other forms of bigotry in America, and how are they connected today? Eric Ward, executive director of the Western States Center, will share his analysis, drawing on his decades of work as a civil rights strategist.

Doors open at 7:00PM.

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Jump Into Memoir

Sunday, Feburary 24 | 12:00 noon | Location TBD

Every life has stories worth writing, but how does one begin? Inspired by writing prompts to jump-start the creative process, participants will harness both memory and imagination to shape their stories on the page, while simultaneously exploring elements of craft. Short pieces will be read aloud in an atmosphere of supportive, collaborative discussion. Bring a notebook or pad and preferred writing implements. This workshop is open to writers of all levels.

There will be a brunch at 12:00 noon, followed by the workshop at 12:30PM.

This program is $15 per person.

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Inclusion Advocacy Training for Jewish Women and Girls with Disabilities and their Allies

Sunday, February 24 | 1:00-5:00PM | Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue
RespectAbility is pleased to facilitate a community-wide inclusion advocacy training event for Jewish women and girls with disabilities and their allies, thanks to funding from New York Women’s Foundation.

This community-wide event helps put the “D” of disability into diversity. Given that roughly 20% of the Jewish population has a disability, and half of the population has a loved one or dear friend with a disability, it is the largest minority in our nation.

RespectAbility is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit that advocates on behalf of all people with disabilities, both visible and invisible (including anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and more), by fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities.

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Antisemitism and Jews by Choice

Monday, February 25 | 7:00-8:30PM | Chapel
Join Rabbinic Fellow Margo Hughes-Robinson of an evening learning and discussion on antisemitism and the unique experience of Jews by choice in processing its history and realities. This event is open to members only.

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Parenting Towards Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Torah text. Photo: Max Orenstein

Wednesday, February 27 | 6:30-8:00PM | Location Given Upon Registration
Parents of current 5th and 6th graders are invited to join Rabbi Felicia Sol at her home for an evening of community and conversation regarding parenting towards your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah. There will be study, discussion on spiritual questions raised in traditional texts, wine, and light appetizers. This evening will be a parents-only event. Please register below by Monday, February 18.

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The Spiritual State of Being a Woman in America

Thursday, February 28 (NEW DATE)| 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.

In this final session of the series, Rabbi Felicia Sol will be joined by Professor Yifat Bitton, legal academic and social activist for equality, specializing in anti-discrimination law and critical-egalitarian theory of law.

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Family Shabbat Dinner: Seasonal Sensation

Friday, March 8 | 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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Israeli Book Club

Second Person Singular Book Cover

Tuesday, March 12 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Community House

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.

BJ’s Israeli Book Club is honored to host award winning Israeli author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen for a reading from her acclaimed novels Waking Lions and One Night, Markovitch.

About One Night, Markovitch

Two men are crossing the sea to marry women they have never met, in order to help them escape war-torn Europe for the Jewish homeland.

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BJ’s Purim Shpiel

Sunday, March 17 | Time TBD | Location TBD

Calling all actors! This year’s Shpiel is a full-scale Mamma-Mia-meets-Mordechai musical spectacular, and we couldn’t be more excited. The main Shpiel performance will take place as part of the Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 17.

 

Other Performances (Specifics TBD):

  • Tuesday, March 19
  • Wednesday, March 20
  • Thursday, March 21

More performances to be announced!

Click here for audition and rehearsal information.

Family Purim Celebration

Wednesday, March 20 | 5:30-6:30PM | Sanctuary 

Celebrate Purim at BJ with your whole family! Families with children in 2nd grade and under are encouraged to come in costume and experience a kid-friendly version of the Purim story, music, snacks, and a costume parade. This program is free. Contact Adina Beiner with any questions.

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Family Shabbat: Shabbat Israeli Cool!

Friday, April 12 | 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 | 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

Register now 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 | 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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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

With the ongoing revelation in the #metoo era of the structural and institutionalized sexism that still persists in our time, we encounter our tradition as women with a range of emotion. As we prepare for Shavuot and the revelation of Torah once again, we will join together as women to confront the emotions that are revealed in our texts, in our liturgy, and raise up a Torah that is both broken and holy, just as we too are broken and holy.

Join Rabbi Felicia Sol 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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College Student Eastern European Exploration

Tuesday, June 11-Monday, June 17 | Berlin, Germany, and Prague, Czech Republic

Join fellow BJ college students for our first ever Eastern European tour (Prague and Berlin). Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with the BJ community while taking in the towering spires of the Old City in Prague, Czech Republic, and the bustling creativity of Berlin, Germany. We will explore Jewish life of the past and meet with the leaders guiding the vibrant Jewish communities of today. This trip will be complete with must-see landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Charles Bridge, and the John Lennon Wall. Trip staff will include Rabbi Roly Matalon and Family Life and Learning Associate Director. Ayala Wasser.

This trip is open to all BJ students who graduated high school from 2015-2018.

Register by Thursday, March 14.

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