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    Join BJ and other Upper West Side organizations for a spectacular annual celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day.

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    Awaken your body, mind, and soul at Shabbat morning services. Click here for more information.

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    The 2016 Season runs 22 weeks from Tuesday June 7 - November 1. Veggies, Fruit, Egg and Butter shares available!

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    Celebrate BJ’s commitment to environmental stewardship and food justice with a “Green” Kiddush, click here for more information.

Shabbat Services

Aharei Mot

Friday, May 6

5:15 PMTot Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary
7:00 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary

Saturday, May 7

9:30 AMShabbat ServicesSanctuary
10:30 AMJunior CongregationSocial Hall
10:45 AMChildren’s ServicesChapel

Holiday Services

Yom Ha’atzmaut

May 11-12
Wednesday, May 11
7:00 PMYom Ha’atzmaut CeremonySanctuary
More Information about Yom Ha’atzmaut at BJ »

Morning Minyan

Week of May 1-7

89th Street | More info »
9:30 AMSunday
7:30 AMMonday
7:30 AMTuesday
7:30 AMWednesday
7:30 AMThursday
7:30 AMFriday

BJ Celebrate Community Auction - Bidding is Now Open!

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Wednesday, May 18 | 6:30-9:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

On Wednesday, May 18, join us at the culmination of the online auction as we celebrate together to support BJ. Come for wonderful food and drink, some great entertainment, a few surprises and the warmth of being together as a community–with the added fun of spirited bidding for fabulous auction prizes. Click here to bid online and click here to buy your ticket!

Mindfulness Meditation and the Counting of the Omer

Sundays, May 1 – June 5 | 8:30-9:20AM | 89th St. Chapel

Join a journey of personal transformation during the counting of the Omer, the seven week period between the holidays of Pesah and Shavuot. Each week we will focus on a specific attribute from the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah- Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, Malchut. Through study, reflection and mindfulness meditation, we will prepare for Sinai. All are welcome, and no experience in meditation is necessary.
This class will be led by BJ member Bernice Todres, a teacher of Mindfulness meditation for over 20 years.

Bike With the BJ Revolutionaries


The BJ Revolutionaries began as BJ’s team for the New York Hazon Ride and Retreat. The group has evolved to include any members of BJ’s extended community who enjoy cycling. Throughout the spring and summer, we get together for community bike rides with a fun, supportive atmosphere for all levels of cyclists, whether you are a seasoned pro who rides centuries or just getting on a bike for the first time since childhood.

Rides will include member planned casual rides and Hazon co-sponsored training rides. All rides are free and it is not necessary to sign-up for the Hazon Ride and Retreat in order to join any of the rides. There’s always time to socialize over rest breaks and post-ride beer or coffee. Our ride schedule is below. Contact BJrevolutionaries@gmail.com for more information.

R.S.V.P. Tuesday, May 3Wednesday, June 8Thursday, June 23. All rides will meet at 6:30PM at the Community House, 270 West 89th Street.

Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Shoah Id cards

Wednesday, May 4 | 6:45 PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Once again we come together to commemorate Yom HaShoah, when the BJ community, family and friends, are invited to participate in The Reading and Hearing of the Names of those killed during the Shoah. Everyone is welcome to read names. For more information about the vigil, click here.

The schedule of events will be as follows:

  • Evening Service
  • Reading from our Shoah Megillah
  • “Muslim Response to the Holocaust” panel featuring Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College, and Dr. Paul Radensky, Manager of Education Programing at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
  • All Night Vigil – Reading and Hearing of the Names of those killed during the Shoah, Congregation Rodeph Sholom (10 West 83rd Street) beginning at 10:00PM. The BJ slot to read names is 11:00-11:30PM. At 9:00AM on Thursday, May 5, we will move to the JCC.

Tot Shabbat


Friday, May 6 | 5:15-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a delicious dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in open play and exploration. Kids eat for free. Register here by Wednesday, May 4. Space is limited.

Environmental and Food Justice Kiddush

Saturday, May 7 | After Shabbat Morning Services | 86th Street Social Hall
As the trees in Central Park begin to return to their green glory, B’nai Jeshurun is undergoing a flowering of our own with an Environmental and Food Justice Kiddush on May 7, parashat Aharei Mot.  In 2007, the dedication of our solar-powered ner tamid (the first in New York) symbolized our congregation’s commitment to energy sustainability.  Now, the Green Kiddush will mark the beginning steps towards greater sustainability in our eating and drinking.
Celebrate BJ’s commitment to environmental stewardship and food justice with a vegetarian kiddush featuring foods that meet environmental and labor standards.  We will minimize our environmental impact by using only recyclable and/or compostable dishes, utensils, and tablecloths.  Food waste — as little as possible –will be composted.  There will also be simultaneous green activities for children.
The Green Kiddush marks the beginning of greater of environmental awareness and sustainability at BJ. Please mark your calendars, come to celebrate with us, and look for more exciting ‘green’ changes in the months ahead!

Soulful Start: Shabbat Morning Learners’ Minyan

Reading Torah

Saturday, May 7 | 9:30-10:15AM | 86th Street Chapel
Build and strengthen your Shabbat morning tefillah foundation with our pilot 5-session Learners’ Minyan. Explore liturgy, melody, and mechanics with those of all levels of experience while engaging in meaningful prayer. Led by BJ Rabbinic Fellows and Rabbis on the first Shabbat morning of each month (Next Session: June 4).

Reimagining Bikkur Holim

Monday, May 9 | 6:30-8:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Caring for the sick and their caregivers, visiting the homebound or performing practical tasks to help those recovering from an illness are just a few of the ways Bikkur Holim volunteers serve our community now.  To strengthen our Bikkur Holim effort, support volunteers, and provide more care to our community, we invite you to join us for an inspiring evening of learning and training with BJ Director of Community Engagement Rabbi Shuli Passow, BJ Social Worker Shira Felberbaum, physical therapist Lynn Badain, and Bikkur Holim volunteers and care recipients. We will hear personal experiences, and refresh our Bikkur Holim skills as we reimagine and strengthen this essential service BJ members provide to their fellow members. We welcome new and current volunteers and fresh ideas. A light supper will be served. Click here to register.

Post-Pesah Challah Baking!


Tuesday, May 10 (NEW DATE) | 7:30PM | Member’s Home, Location Provided Upon Registration

We will bake challah from start to finish. Come learn about this delicious part of Jewish tradition and experience how our braided bread brings us closer together. Join us for learning, laughs and a glass of wine, leave with your hand-made dough to take home, along with recipes and tips for how challah baking can become a regular part of your family’s week. $15 ingredients fee. All BJ families are welcome! We will meet at a member’s home, register early as space is limited. Register here, and email Esther with any questions.
Brought to you by the Hebrew School Advisory Committee.

Yom Ha'atzmaut Ceremony: Exploring Culture and Democracy through Learning, Song, and Connection

Wednesday, May 11 | 7:00PM | 88th St. Sanctuary 

An ongoing tradition at BJ, this moving ceremony marks the transition between Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day and Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. After the ceremony we invite you to commemorate this special time with us through song, conversation, learning, food, and more! We will be offering three breakout study sessions, concluding with an Israeli singalong and a dessert reception.


7-7:15pm – Maariv (optional)

7:15 – 7:45pm – Tekes Ma’avar
7:45 – 8:30pm – Parallel Breakout Sessions

  • R. Avi Killip – Democratizing Torah: Israeli Women’s Midrash
  • Michal Heskelovich and Katie Greenberg – Beit Café Meets Beit Midrash: Secular Israelis and Their Quest for Meaning
  • Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer – Songs of Ascent, Songs of Dissent in Contemporary Israeli Music
  • R. Jonah Geffen – Landrace Zionism: What Traditional Farming Can Teach Us About Cultivating a Nourishing and Sustainable Bond With Israel

8:30 – 9pm – Israeli Jazz and Dessert

9 – 9:30pm – Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer – Intimate Holy-Land Songs and Stories

Co-presented by B’nai Jeshurun, Congregation Shaare Zedek, Mechon Hadar, JTS, Romemu, and West End Synagogue.

This event is free, but pre-registration strongly encouraged. Please register here.

May Heschel Webinar

Wednesday, May 11 | 12:00-12:45PM | www.bj.org/mayheschelwebinar
Tune in live and join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein for a discussion of the Abraham Joshua Heschel essay “An Analysis of Piety” from Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity (page 305). Marcelo will answer your questions live. Type your questions into a chat section live during the webinar and participate in the discussion. Visit www.bj.org/mayheschelwebinar to participate during the live event, or view the completed live webinar anytime later. Contact Billie at bdistefano@bj.org or x264 with questions.  Looking for more information about the year-long study? Visit www.bj.org/heschel.


BJHS Open House


K-2nd: Monday, May 9 | 5:00-6:00PM | 89th Street Community House
3rd-6th: Thursday, May 12 | 5:00-6:00PM | 89th Street Community House

Are you interested in Hebrew School for the 2016-2017 school year? Ivy Schreiber, Director of Education, will be leading two informative open houses in May. Learn about the Hebrew School’s vision, tour the building, see classes in session, and hear from current parents and students. We encourage families of incoming K-2nd grade students to attend the Monday session, and 3rd-7th grade to attend the Thursday session. R.S.V.P. here. We look forward to sharing our school with you!

Heschel Friday

Friday, May 13 | 8:30-9:15AM |  89th St. Chapel
Start your day with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (and Rabbinic Fellows Alex and Arielle) immediately after morning minyan as we dive into a discussion of Heschel’s article “An Analysis of Piety”. All are welcome. Please read the article before the session.


Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat Service

BJ Sanctuary Stained Glass Rose Window

Friday, May 13 | 7:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Led by by Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Karina Zilberman, this service involves meditation, reflection, deep listening and personal engagement with the parashah. Please contact Beth at btarson@bj.org with any questions.

Gallery Talk– Journey: The Land of Milk and Honey

Sunday, May 15 | 12:30-13:30PM | 89th Street Community House Reception Room

Michal Nachmany will talk about dreams, realizations, and her new exhibition Journey: The Land of Milk and Honey. Nachmany’s work explores the process of layering and recreating Israeli collective memory and history using mixed media, printmaking, collage, and installation. She juxtaposes themes of personal and cultural narrative, nostalgia, and repetition using American and Israeli memorabilia, old legal contracts and letters, photo albums, matchboxes, postcards, and other found objects, giving them new life and new context.

This event is free, but pre-registration strongly encouraged. Please register here.

Israeli Folk Dancing for Yom Ha'atsmaut

Sunday, May 15 | 2:00-5:00PM | 89th Street Community House Gym

Celebrate Yom Ha’atsmaut with the best of Israeli folk dances. Our friendly dancers will help you learn the steps, but a little experience in Israeli folk dancing is helpful. The program ends with a mix of circle, line, and partner dances, most by request. Ron Eliran, Israel’s Ambassador of Song, will come to sing for us while we are dancing.
This special event is brought to you by Rikuday Dor Rishon, an Upper West Side community-based group dedicated to preserving the classic folk dances of Israel. Light refreshments will be served.

$5 entrance fee, please register here.

Note: Those who dance with us at BJ can continue at our 7:15pm session at Bridge for Dance (2726 Broadway @ 104 St.) & learn some great Yom Ha’atzmaut dances from a fantastic teacher for only $5. Teaching will be followed by open dancing.

“Dira Lehaskir - Apartment for Rent" - A Yom Ha'atzmaut Musical Show For Kids


Sunday, May 15 | English – 11:00AM, Hebrew – 3:00PM | 88th St. Sanctuary 

BJ and The Israeli House host MusicTalks for an interactive performance of Israeli author Leah Goldberg’s  famous children’s book Dira Lehaskir -Apartment to Let!

The entire family is invited to enjoy this timeless classic narrated by actress Shira Averbuch, stop motion animation, and accompanied by an eleven-piece orchestra.

Following the performance, the children will discover the exciting world of conducting through an engaging “conductors workshop” and meet the instruments from the story at our “instrument petting zoo”!

Show in English will begin at 11:00AM (doors open 10:30AM)

Show in Hebrew will begin at 3:00PM (doors open 2:30PM)

$5 entrance fee, please register here.



The UWS Celebrates Israel

Tuesday, May 10 – Sunday, May 15 | Upper West Side

Join us for the Upper West Side’s spectacular annual celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Synagogues, schools, and Jewish organizations are coming together to sponsor events throughout the neighborhood celebrating the rich and complex culture, history, and people of Israel.

To see all of the programs offered through out the neighborhood, click here.


Identity and Family Building in the 21st Century

Thursdays, May 19 and June 9 | 6:30-8:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room

B’nai Jeshurun has a richly woven tapestry of families.  Shira Felberbaum and Ruth Kobrin, social workers at BJ, are meeting with many family constellations which enrich the congregational community.  Thus far, they have held meetings with single parents by choice, inter-faith couples, and LGBTQ families.

On May 19 at 6:30 PM, we invite multi-cultural families, seeking to blend or balance Jewish birth heritage in their everyday lives, to join us in discussion.

On June 9 at 6:30 PM, we will meet in discussion with couples who wish to share thoughts on fertility challenges and new age options.

Every family faces many challenges.  We invite you to join and share unique problems, different coping skills, and positive solutions.  R.S.V.P to Billie.

Special Yom Ha'Atsmaut Exhibit - Journeys: The Land of Milk and Honey

Sunday, May 1 – Friday, May 20 | 89th Street Community House Reception Room

“If I said this out loud today l would be greeted by universal laughter. In five years perhaps, and certainly in fifty years, everyone will perceive it.”  (Herzl’s Diary, September 3, 1897)

The image of Theodor Herzl standing on his hotel balcony in Basel, Switzerland as he contemplates the future state of the Jewish people is familiar to almost every Jew and Israeli. The image reminds us of a time when such a modern state was a mere idea. Today, a little over 100 years later, the State of Israel is a vision realized.

Michal Nachmany’s art captures some of the evolution from a vision embodied in Herzl’s lonely figure on the balcony, to the realization of a state during the first half of the 20th century, and afterwards. Nachmany’s exhibit begins with Herzl as a starting point and then explores the process of imagination, memory, and the building of communities during the years leading to the founding of Israel and beyond.

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Volunteers Needed for Hesed: Shabbat Connections

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.

BJ/SPSA Shelter Volunteer Opportunities

SPSA volunteers set the table for the nightly dinner for the guests in the BJ/SPSA Shelter for Homeless Women. Photo: Jim MelchiorreMonday and Tuesday | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday | 86th Street Social Hall

Our shelter is always looking for new set up and sleepover volunteers and food donors. Getting involved is easy. For food donors: families, individuals or groups can get together to prepare a light meal for 10-12 people at the synagogue, the church, at home, or even order in a light meal for our guests. Set up shifts are from 7:00-9:00PM and sleepover shifts  from 9:00PM-7:00AM. Perform a mitzvah all while sleeping through the night! To sign up or learn more, contact Larissa or call x272.

Meals for New Parents

Like to cook?  Be part of new effort to reach out with a loving hand to families in our community!  Join a team of people who will sign up to cook meals for parents when a baby is born.  Contact Enid Lotstein at Enid.Lotstein@gmail.com.

Service and Hospitality: Volunteer with the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program

Thursdays | 11:30AM-1:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Every Thursday at BJ we welcome guests into our synagogue for a delicious lunch, friendly companionship, and music performed by a BJ member every other week. Join our lunch program by volunteering and taking part in the warm and welcoming atmosphere we offer to our guests. To learn more about this opportunity or to volunteer contact Larissa Wohl or call x272.