Upcoming Events

Seeking Volunteers With Auction Experience

Recruiting now through December 18
Help wanted! BJ is seeking volunteers who have experience working on successful benefits. We need energetic go-getters who are not afraid to ask for auction items and sponsorship, sell raffle tickets, and recruit others. We are seeking leaders who are eager to take on responsibilities and have ownership of specific projects.

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Second Chance Toys

Accepting donations now through December 19 | BJ Community House 1st Floor

In the spirit of giving, BJ is collecting gently used plastic toys (guidelines below) for immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and their families. This drive will benefit children in need and give our children the opportunity to donate something of their own…no need to buy anything new. Read more »

Bridging the Gap: Study Exchange with Michigan Corrections Officers

Accepting applications now through January 8, 2018

BJ’s Faith & Public Life initiative is exploring two truths that we are holding simultaneously at this political moment: The first, that Judaism calls us to alleviate the injustice and suffering we see in America, Israel and the wider world, and that the need to act on our values is greater than ever. The second, that we will only heal the widening rifts that run across our country by opening our hearts and minds to dialogue across lines of difference; not simply to talk but to listen and to forge a broader and deeper politics. Read more »

Hanukkah in #MyMikdash: Home-Based Candle-Lighting Parties

Tuesday, December 12-Tuesday, December 19 | Times and Locations TBD

Celebrate Hanukkah with other BJ members in their homes throughout the city! With BJ members hosting gatherings throughout Manhattan and beyond–for young families, 20s and 30s, multi-faith families, and more–there’s a place for everyone. Read more »

Shorashim Hanukkah Sleepover

Saturday, December 16-Sunday, December 17 | 7:30PM-8:30AM | BJ Community House

Students in grades 3-5 are invited to spend the night at BJ. We’ll celebrate the holiday together as we play dreidel by the light of the hanukkiah, eat Hanukkah treats, watch a movie, and (hopefully!) get a good night’s rest.

Rock Climbing with Ilanot

Sunday, December 17 | 12:30-4:30PM | BJ Community House & MPHC Climbing Gym

Grades 6 and 7 are invited to get out of the cold and climb up into the air! Read more »

Family Hanukkah Celebration

Sunday, December 17 | 3:45-4:30PM |Frankel Hall
Celebrate the sixth night of Hanukkah with BJ. Children ages 6 and under will join BJ educators for holiday songs, candle-making, crafts, and more.

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BJ Under One Roof Dedication & Hanukkah Celebration

Sunday, December 17 | Various Times | BJ Sanctuary 

Join us for an afternoon of celebration, as we formally dedicate our new, expansive space, celebrate our mikdash, and mark this incredible moment in the life of our community. Read more »

Hag ve Hesed–Hanukkah Candle Lighting

Tuesday, December 12-Tuesday, 19 | Evenings | Various locations
Hanukkah is just around the corner! Bring the light of the Hanukkah candles and perform a mitzvah. Many individuals in our community are home-bound, have a new baby, or have difficulty going outside during the winter.
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Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

Monday, December 18 | 6:30-8:30PM | Location Upon R.S.V.P.

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. In doing so, we aim to acknowledge the predominantly 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 New Yorkers depend can have the dignity and equality they deserve. Read more »

Faith & Public Life: Study Sessions With BJ Rabbinic Fellows

Tuesdays, monthly: December 19, January 23, February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 8 | 8:30AM | BJ Chapel

Join BJ Rabbinic Fellows Sarah Krinsky and Tobias Divack Moss one Tuesday per month after morning minyan. Dive deeper into the questions we are exploring through our Faith & Public program, such as “Should We Pray for the Government or About It?”. Read more »

The Book of Genesis with Hillel Friedman

Tuesdays, through May 29 | 9:30AM | BJ Middle Room
When we consider the Book of Genesis, many of us remember the tales we heard in our childhood. Read more »

Purim Shpiel Auditions

Tuesday, December 19 | 4:30-6:30PM | BJ Chapel
Children in grades K-6 are invited to audition for the shpiel of the year, the 2018 Purim Show! Make great friends and lifetime memories by joining the Purim Shpiel team. 

 

Miracles and Light: A Hanukkah Destressing Meditation Workshop

Tuesday, December 19 | 6:30-8:00PM | 238 Thompson Street, Room 475 (NYU Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life)

As the days get shorter and we get into the depth of winter, join us in a discussion and meditation to explore our own inner light (and darkness) and investigate the concept of miracles in our lives. Latkes and other treats will be served. Everyone is welcome! Read more »

Israeli Book Club: All The Rivers

Tuesday, December 19 | 6:30-8:00PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.
The Israeli Book Club is more than just a 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 issues in Israel.
Our next book will be All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan, one of the up-and-coming female authors in Israel today.

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Give the Gift of Life at the BJ Blood Drive

Give Blood Drawing

Wednesday, December 20 | 3:00-9:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Twice a year, we have the opportunity to provide this essential service to the community. Save a life and donate now at the BJ Blood Drive. Learn more about how you can prepare to donate, including any restrictions that may apply. Don’t forget to bring your donor ID card or number (if you have it).

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

Thursdays, December 21, January 11, 18, and 25, February 8, 15, and 22, March 1, 8, and 15 | 12:30-1:30PM | Location Provided Upon Registration
Through the close reading of short stories about the lives, struggles, and concerns of the Talmudic rabbis, we uncover deeper layers of our own selves and we become better equipped to wrestle with our human nature.  Read more »

Caregivers Support Groups

First Thursdays (January 4, February 1) | 4:15PM | BJ Community House 4th Floor Conference Room
A monthly support group for members of our community to draw strength, insight, and information from each other and our tradition. Read more »

Bim Bam and Bim Bam Hebrew Immersion

Fridays, January 5-May 11 | 9:15-10:00AM10:15-11:00AM11:15AM-12:00 noon | BJ Chapel 
Bim Bam gives children under 3 a fun space to explore Shabbat through interactive songs and stories while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah.

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Tot Shabbat

Friday, January 5 | 5:15-7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner at 5:45PM downstairs in Frankel Hall complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. Read more »

IAC Keshetot@BJ

Tuesdays, January 9-May 16 | 4:00-5:00PM | BJ Community House
IAC KesheTOT is an innovative program for families with infants and toddlers from birth until 3.5 years old. Read more »

Parents' Corner: Evening Edition

Tuesday, January 9 | 7:15-8:30PM | BJ Chapel
Join Rabbi Anne Ebersman and the Kadima Advisory Committee for an evening session of Parents’ Corner. We’ll discuss the emotional challenges which can arise as our tweens and teens begin to separate from us, gravitate toward their peer group, and form their own identity—the important developmental stage known as “separation/individuation.” Parents of children of all ages welcome; the discussion will focus on tweens and teens.

Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Tuesdays, January 9, 23 | 7:30-9:00PM | BJ Reception Room

Extended due to popular demand. 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. Read more »

Being a Grandparent in a Jewish Family: A Three-Part Series

Wednesday January 10 | 7:00-9:15PM | Frankel Hall

Bonding over life stories, lessons, values, family time, holidays, and wisdom—practical, emotional and spiritual, the love between grandparents and grandchildren can be truly formative, extending its influence for generations to come. Read more »

BJ Mindfulness Retreat in Nature

January 14-21, 2018 | Costa Rica
Is multitasking in your daily life taking a toll? Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, 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.

Racial Justice Giving Circle

Sunday, January 14 | 2:00-4:00PM | BJ Reception Room

BJ is proudly partnering with Repair the World NYC for a series of hands-on activities including the Racial Justice Giving Circle.  Read more »

Toiletry Kit Making and Exploring Poverty Issues

Monday, January 15 | 10:00AM-12:00 noon | BJ Sanctuary

BJ is proudly partnering with Repair the World NYC and NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee for a series of hands-on activities including making toiletry gift sets for the guests of the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program, learning about the challenges that face those our most vulnerable New Yorkers, and a mini budgeting challenge. Read more »

"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Tuesdays, January 16-March 27 | 12:30-1:45PM | BJ Middle Room
Bring a bag lunch and open up your soul to the nourishment and challenge of the Hassidic rabbis with the study of Itturei Torah: Torah Gems on the Weekly Torah Portion. Read more »

Camp Shabbat: Experience the Magic of Summer Camp

Friday, January 19 | 6:30PM | BJ Sanctuary

Experience the magic of Jewish summer camp. Join us for BJ Shabbat services brimming with kavannot given by past and present campers of all ages! Read more »

PJs and Havdalah

Saturday, January 20 | 4:45-5:45PM | BJ Chapel
Families with children ages 5 and under are invited to experience havdalahthe ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat, through art, song, and story. Read more »

Meetup for Parents and Babies

Wednesdays, January 24-February 28 | 10:30-11:30AM | BJ Community House 

Parents with babies ages 0-8 months are invited to meet other parents, gain practical tools, and enjoy some bonding time with your baby in a supportive environment.
Meg Akabas, NYSPEP Certified Parenting Educator, will facilitate conversations about bonding with your newborn, development of parental identity, partner relationships, understanding and communicating with your baby, and responding to baby’s needs, while babies relax and play.
A great opportunity for first-time parents, as well as second- or third-timers, to connect and learn.

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Parenting Series: #3 Helping Your Teen

Wednesday, January 24 | 6:00-7:15PM | BJ Community House

Join us as Betsy Stone addresses the question of how to help our teens.  Read more »

Tefillat haDerekh with Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein

Tuesdays, February 13, March 6 | 7:00-9:00PM | BJ Middle Room
Life is a journey: we move in cycles, but the yearning of the soul is always to go back home. Read more »

Faith & Public Life Lecture—The Jewish Art of Constructive Disagreement: Just What We Need In a Polarized Time

Tuesday, March 13 | 7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary

Register now for the third in our Faith & Public Life Lecture Series, with Dr Jonathan Haidt. Dr Haidt is Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University Stern School of Business. Read more »

Young Professionals: Back to Camp Night

Saturday, January 20 | 5:30PM | BJ Community House 3rd Floor

You’re never too old for camp! Join us as we recreate the magic of summer camp. We will take you back to your favorite camp memories of singing as we end Shabbat together. You’ll have the opportunity to experience a beautiful havdalah ceremony, play an exciting gaga tournament, and be a part of a loud and energetic camp fire. Don’t miss out on drinks, snacks, and the opportunity to reminisce with your peers. All are welcome, even if you didn’t go to summer camp; it’s never too late! Read more »