Upcoming Events

"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Reading Torah

Tuesday, May 21 | 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.

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Weekday Evening Minyan: A Pilot of the Center for Prayer and Spirituality

Mondays-Thursdays | 6:30PM | Community House

We are excited to announce that, beginning on Monday, April 1, we will be starting a three-month pilot of an evening minyan at BJ, with the hope that—through communal engagement—it will become a long-term practice.

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Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Tuesday, May 21 | 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 or April 23). Join us at any time during the series; all welcome.

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Give the Gift of Life at the BJ Blood Drive

Wednesday, May 22 | 3:00-9:00PM | Sanctuary

Twice a year, we have the opportunity to provide this essential service to the community. Save a life and donate at the BJ Blood Drive. Learn more about how you can prepare to donate, including any restrictions that may apply. Donation typically takes 45 min-1 hr. Don’t forget to bring your donor ID card or number (if you have one).

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Interfaith Iftar

Thursday, May 23 | 7:00PM | Turkish Cultural Center, 56 West 45th Street, 4th Floor

Join members of New York City’s many faith traditions, connect across faith and ethnic lines, and and support our Muslim neighbors at this Interfaith Iftar. Sponsored by Peace Islands Institute New York, Interfaith Center of New York, Fellowship in Prayer, and the Synogague Coalition on the Refugee and Immigration Crisis.

Click below for more information, and to R.S.V.P.

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Jewish-Muslim Solidarity Fridays

Friday, May 24 | 1:00-2:30PM | Islamic Cultural Center Riverside Drive

Every Friday, Jewish Upper West Siders greet worshipers before and after their Friday prayers to show our support and solidarity. This effort began as a response to the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, but has grown to a regular practice of “loving our neighbor as ourselves.”

We invite you to bring a white sign that says “Jewish New Yorkers Support our Muslim Neighbors” or “We Stand With You.” We offer greetings of “A-salaam Aleikum” and “Jummah Mubarak.”

All are welcome, no registration required.

Call For New Ushers

Fridays and Saturdays | 6:30-8:00PM & 9:30-12:00PM | Sanctuary

BJ members, are you excited about making BJ a warmer and more welcoming place? Join our amazing group of ushers! Greet new members and guests, help prepare the sanctuary for services, and spread the love.

If interested, please email Laura Markowitz, and she will be happy to get you started.  

A Taste of Freedom: Chefugee Shabbat Dinner

Friday, May 24 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Frankel Hall
Join Rabbi Shuli Passow for a delicious Shabbat dinner cooked by one of the refugees we are supporting through the BJ Refugee and Immigration Committee’s Family Support Team. Enjoy a traditional Chadian meal with members of the BJ community.

Kourtegue grew up in Chad, and recently fled to the United States, making a new home for herself, her husband, and her son. Cooking has always been a central part of Kourtegue’s life, and she is excited to prepare a traditional Chadian meal featuring moula daraba (fish) served with fried rice, fresh salads, and boiled spiced vegetables.

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Hakhanah laTefillah

Saturday, May 25 | 8:45-9:25AM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan 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: June 8

Sponsor a Community Kiddush

Saturdays | Following Shabbat Morning Services | Community House 3rd Floor

A kiddush, the communal gathering that follows Shabbat morning service, is a traditional opportunity to mark joyous events and lifecycle occasions within the community. Sponsoring a Community Kiddush is a wonderful way to show your support, and is considered a tax-deductible donation if coordinated through the BJ office. If you’re interested in contributing to a kiddush in honor of a milestone or in memory of a loved one, please email Julie or call her at x258.

Hebrew Ulpan Classes אולפן עברית

Monday, May 27 | 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, May 27 | 6:30-7:00PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan 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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Rise Up: Music of Justice, Resistance, and Hope

Wednesday, May 29 | 7:00PM | Sanctuary

Rise Up, our spring fundraising concert, will celebrate how social change movements throughout the ages have been powered by the music of justice, resistance, and hope.

Through the music of Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Harry Belafonte, and many more, this journey will reflect a true global tapestry of sound, creating a uniquely BJ experience.

Featuring: Shira Averbuch, Or Bareket, Deborah Sacks Mintz, Dan Nadel, Shoko Nagai, Arun Ramamurthy, Tali Rubinstein, Will Stone, and Satoshi Takeishi, with a special appearance by Hazzan Ari Priven

Please join us by purchasing sponsorships and tickets that will allow BJ’s social change work to flourish and expand. Click the link below for more information.

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Community Forum with the Alliance of Families for Justice

Thursday, May 30 | 7:00-8:30PM | SPSA, 263 West 86th Street

Please join the Racial Justice Committee of B’nai Jeshurun, St. Paul and St. Andrew, and Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Alliance of Families for Justice, for a community forum to discuss the city’s plan to close Rikers Island.

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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

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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Israeli Queer Emigration

Saturday, June 1 | Following Kiddush | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

To open Pride Month at BJ, join Dr. Hila Amit and Israeli emigrants living in NYC, for an overview of the Israeli LGBTQ community and its intricate relationship with state. Dr. Amit the author of A Queer Way Out – The Politics of Israel Emigration, a new study about Israeli emigrants in NYC, London, and Berlin.

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Annual Celebrate Israel Parade

Sunday, June 2 | 12:15PM | 53rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue

Join the BJ rabbis and fellow members of the BJ community as we show our support of Israel on its 71st anniversary. Get out your Israeli flag as we walk/sing/rollerblade/push strollers down 5th Avenue. We will be marching as part of an Upper West Side coalition of synagogues. An official parade t-shirt will be provided at the meeting point.

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Israeli Art and Culture Salon Series

Sunday, June 2 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location given upon registration

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.

Featured Guests: Musician Or Bareket and author Dr. Hila Amit

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Israeli Book Club

Monday, June 3 | 7:00-8:30PM | Middle Room

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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The 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival

Monday, June 3-Wednesday, June 12 | Various Times| Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave

BJ is proud to partner with Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan in presenting some of the best Israeli films of 2018-2019.

BJ members will enjoy a 25% discount on all tickets by using the code ifcbj19.

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2019 Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 4 | 7:00PM | Sanctuary

BJ members are invited to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting, where you will hear reports from our rabbis, executive director, board leaders, and treasurer about this year’s tremendous accomplishments. We will look ahead to next year’s goals, programmatic highlights, and financial outlook, as well as sharing in a moment to say “thank you” to outgoing trustees and to welcome the new trustees to the board.

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Cooking in Hebrew: A Course in Israeli Cuisine

Thursday, June 6 | 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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Summer Bim Bam

Fridays, Beginning June 7 | 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | Community House

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. Led by Shira Averbuch, the 10:15 AM session features both English and Hebrew songs, while the 11:15 AM session is full Hebrew immersion.

The series (6 classes) is $120/members and $180/non-members. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New BJ members may attend for free by contacting Adina (x248).

Upcoming Sessions: June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12

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June Tot 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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Paying it Forward Shabbat Dinners

Friday, June 7 | 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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Shavuot Community Picnic

Sunday, June 9 | 12:30PM | Riverside Park

Following morning services, we will walk over to Riverside Park to celebrate Shavuot as a community for a potluck picnic. Bring a blanket and some food, and have a great time with your fellow BJ members in our beautiful neighborhood park. This event is open to all, no registration necessary. 

Register for BJ Hazorim CSA 2019 (Deadline Extended to June 1)

Tuesdays, June 11-November 5 | 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 Saturday, June 1

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Israeli Film Club

Tuesday, June 11 | 7:00-8:30PM | Middle Room

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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Town Hall on Homelessness

Wednesday, June 12 | 6:00-8:00PM | Sanctuary

Join Council Member Helen Rosenthal, BJ, and the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness & Housing for a special town hall about homelessness and how to support our homeless neighbors. We will hear from city officials, advocates for the homeless, and New York City residents who are working in partnership with local shelters. Be part of the community conversation and learn how to be part of the solution. All are welcome. 

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Dangerous Torah—Summer Kick Off and Lecture Series

Tuesdays, June 18, 25; July 9 | 7:30-9:00PM | Community House

Torah can be riveting, exciting, thought-provoking, and difficult. What do we do when the texts we love also make us uncomfortable? To that end, Hadar is proud to present Dangerous Torah. We will tackle tough questions posed by Jewish texts and contexts, and the joys of wrestling with them.

BJ members can register for free using the code BJMEMBER.

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Podcasts, Popcorn, and Prosecco

Wednesday, June 19 | 7:00-10:00PM | Reception Room
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.

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Our Immortal Soul—Film Screening and Q&A

Tuesday, July 16 | 7:00PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

Based on the best-selling book by Brazilian Rabbi Nilton Bonder, this documentary presents the story of characters who resorted to transgression as the only possible way to do what was right. Among the topics covered are infidelity, atheism, homosexuality, betrayal, breakup, and innovations in politics, religion, art, and science. Interviews with prominent non-conformists (among them Michael Lerner, Rebecca Goldstein, Etgar Keret, Uri Avneri, Reb Zalman Schachter, Rabbi Steven Greenberg, Noam Chomsky, and the Rosenberg Brothers) are interspersed with choreography from Deborah Colker’s dance company.

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Save the Date: Reach for Shabbat Retreat

Friday, November 8-Sunday, November 10 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center

Mark your calendars for our annual Reach for Shabbat Retreat! This retreat is an incredible opportunity to get to know other families in the community. Throughout the weekend, we will experience the power of a community coming together on Shabbat to create a home away from home. Read more »

Southeast Civil Rights Journey

Sunday November 17-Tuesday, November 19 | Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham

Join Rabbi Felicia Sol, along with Reverend Lea Matthews from SPSA, on a civil rights journey through Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham. Together, we will work to deepen our understanding of the Civil Rights movement and how systemic racism is both historical and present today by immersing ourselves in experiences from church services at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma to visiting the Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum & Lynching Memorial and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

This trip is open to BJ and SPSA members only.

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