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    Sukkot is a time of community, and you helped make this a Sukkot to remember. Enjoy our Sukkot 5775 slideshow.

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    The rabbis' 5775 sermons explore the meaning of the gap between our realities and our aspirations.

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    Join us on November 21 for BJ's next Bo-i Kallah service at 6:30PM, 89th St Community House. Read the Jewish Week article about our service here

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    Experience BJ tefillah in a more intimate setting, support your fellow BJ members who are saying kaddish and have coffee on us.

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    שלום ישראל The new BJ in Israel blog shares news and reflections from BJ members in Israel. Follow their current adventures in Jerusalem...

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    Our sanctuary is ornamented in a design with Coptic, Moorish and Persian elements and framed by dazzling stained glass windows.

Shabbat Services

Lekh-Lekha

Friday, October 31

 6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary

Saturday, November 1

 9:30 AMShabbat ServicesSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServicesChapel

Morning Minyan

Week of November 2-8

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7:30 AMMonday
7:30 AMTuesday
7:30 AMWednesday
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  • Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

    November 1, 2014 • 8:45 am-9:25 am •
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    Prayer shawl. Photo: Oren HayonPlease 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.

    Location: 86th Street Chapel

  • Special Needs Havdalah Service

    November 1, 2014 • 5:30 pm-7:00 pm •
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    Havdalah CandleJoin Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Student Hazzan Shoshi Rosenbaum for an interactive, warm, and inviting musical Havdalah service. As a demonstration of our commitment to inclusion, this will be an accessible experience, sensitive to children and young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Everyone is welcome, including members and non-members. Registration not required.

    Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

  • Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

    November 4, 2014 • 8:30 am-10:00 am •
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    Rabbi Hillel FriedmanWe will study excerpts from the Books of Samuel and Job. Both texts in their unique ways raise questions regarding standards for communal leadership, and those factors that we struggle with in order to find meaning in life. Rabbi Friedman is a longtime member of our BJ community. Members $100/Non-members $150. Register here.

    Location: 89th Street First Floor

  • Lunch and Learn: The Language of Truth

    November 4, 2014 • 12:30 pm-1:45 pm •
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    torah_yod_column_angled copy Study the weekly parashah through the commentary of the Sefat Emet, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Alter of Gur. Join Rabbi Felicia L. Sol for an exploration of this Hassidic commentary to delve deeper into the richness of our tradition while exploring our own spirituality through these texts. Participants are encouraged to come for the entirety of the class but each class will stand alone so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. All texts will be translated. Free of charge. Register here.

    Location: 89th St. Middle Room

  • Mindfulness Classes - The Art of Expanding Our Inner Awareness: Presentation by Rabbi Yoel Glick

    November 5, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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    BJ Sanctuary Stained Glass Rose Window Many of us long for a more personally meaningful prayer practice. In this class we offer meditation, contemplative text study, music and time for reflection to assist you in connecting more meaningfully with the words of the siddur and in finding your own words of prayer. Working this way in a group may help you understand more clearly why you pray, where your prayer could take you, and how it might change you. We hope it will​ connect you to prayer as a spiritual practice. Free: registration required.

    Location: 89th Street Reception

  • B'nai Mitzvah Parent Orientation Meeting

    November 5, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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    Reading from the TorahParents of children in fourth grade, or whose birth dates fall between September 2004 and December 2005, are invited to an informational meeting that will detail each step of the B’nai Mitzvah planning process including date applications.  We highly encourage all parents to attend and there will an opportunity to ask questions. For more information contact Beth Tarson.

    Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

  • Introduction to Judaism

    November 5, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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    Sarit Horwitz, BJ Rabbinic Fellow, 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. Registration required by October 21: individuals $420/$636; couples $630/$945.

    Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

  • Behind the Headlines in Israel

    November 6, 2014 • 8:30 am-9:15 am •
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    Israeli News PapersWhat headlines are Israelis waking up to? Start the day with an overview of Israeli news in three key areas: politics, society and culture and Middle East events. Led by Dr. Jonathan Cummings, political analyst and scholar of Israel and the Middle East and husband of Orli Moss, BJ's Director of Israel Engagement. Registration required.

    Location: 89th Street Community House

  • When the End of Life Arrives: An Exploration of Death and Mourning

    November 6, 2014 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
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    serenityJoin Rabbi Felicia Sol for study and conversation on the rituals, customs and beliefs that our tradition offers at this most vulnerable and holy time. Registration encouraged

    Location: 89th Street Reception Room

  • Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

    November 6, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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    Zitzit Photo: Chajm Guski, https://www.flickr.com/photos/chajms/7173030580/The rabbis of the Talmud call prayer "avodat ha-lev," or "the service of the heart." Yet how can our hearts be in it when we don't understand what we're saying? Together we will study the language of the siddur in Hebrew, English, and transliteration, along with biblical, rabbinic, mystical, and modern texts on tefilah. Come deepen your understanding of the prayer book, and develop a more personal connection with Jewish prayer. Register here.

    Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

  • Farm Fresh Community Shabbat Dinner

    November 7, 2014 • 7:45 pm-10:00 pm •
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    csa 2013 dinnerJoin us for the BJ Hazorim CSA's fourth annual Farm Fresh Community Shabbat Dinner. Each year we end our season with a delicious meal prepared by CSA members using organic produce from our partners at Free Bird Farm and area farmer's markets. Bring your friends and family - you won't want to miss out. Register by Monday, October 27 at 5:00PM. Contact Larissa with any questions or call x272.

    Location: 88th St. Frankel Hall

  • Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

    November 11, 2014 • 8:30 am-10:00 am •
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    Rabbi Hillel FriedmanWe will study excerpts from the Books of Samuel and Job. Both texts in their unique ways raise questions regarding standards for communal leadership, and those factors that we struggle with in order to find meaning in life. Rabbi Friedman is a longtime member of our BJ community. Members $100/Non-members $150. Register here.

    Location: 89th Street First Floor

  • Lunch and Learn: The Language of Truth

    November 11, 2014 • 12:30 pm-1:45 pm •
    +More details

    torah_yod_column_angled copy Study the weekly parashah through the commentary of the Sefat Emet, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Alter of Gur. Join Rabbi Felicia L. Sol for an exploration of this Hassidic commentary to delve deeper into the richness of our tradition while exploring our own spirituality through these texts. Participants are encouraged to come for the entirety of the class but each class will stand alone so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. All texts will be translated. Free of charge. Register here.

    Location: 89th St. Middle Room

  • Mindfulness Classes: Creating a Personal Prayer Practice with Rabbis Rachel Cowan and Marcelo Bronstein

    November 12, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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    BJ Sanctuary Stained Glass Rose Window Many of us long for a more personally meaningful prayer practice. In this class we offer meditation, contemplative text study, music and time for reflection to assist you in connecting more meaningfully with the words of the siddur and in finding your own words of prayer. Working this way in a group may help you understand more clearly why you pray, where your prayer could take you, and how it might change you. We hope it will​ connect you to prayer as a spiritual practice. Free: registration required.

    Location: 89th Street Chapel

  • Introduction to Judaism

    November 12, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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    Sarit Horwitz, BJ Rabbinic Fellow, 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. Registration required by October 21: individuals $420/$636; couples $630/$945.

    Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

  • When the End of Life Arrives: An Exploration of Death and Mourning

    November 13, 2014 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
    +More details

    serenityJoin Rabbi Felicia Sol for study and conversation on the rituals, customs and beliefs that our tradition offers at this most vulnerable and holy time. Registration encouraged

    Location: 89th Street Reception Room

  • Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

    November 13, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
    +More details

    Zitzit Photo: Chajm Guski, https://www.flickr.com/photos/chajms/7173030580/The rabbis of the Talmud call prayer "avodat ha-lev," or "the service of the heart." Yet how can our hearts be in it when we don't understand what we're saying? Together we will study the language of the siddur in Hebrew, English, and transliteration, along with biblical, rabbinic, mystical, and modern texts on tefilah. Come deepen your understanding of the prayer book, and develop a more personal connection with Jewish prayer. Register here.

    Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

  • Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

    November 15, 2014 • 8:45 am-9:25 am •
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    Prayer shawl. Photo: Oren HayonPlease 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.

    Location: 86th Street Chapel

  • Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

    November 18, 2014 • 8:30 am-10:00 am •
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    Rabbi Hillel FriedmanWe will study excerpts from the Books of Samuel and Job. Both texts in their unique ways raise questions regarding standards for communal leadership, and those factors that we struggle with in order to find meaning in life. Rabbi Friedman is a longtime member of our BJ community. Members $100/Non-members $150. Register here.

    Location: 89th Street First Floor

  • Lunch and Learn: The Language of Truth

    November 18, 2014 • 12:30 pm-1:45 pm •
    +More details

    torah_yod_column_angled copy Study the weekly parashah through the commentary of the Sefat Emet, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Alter of Gur. Join Rabbi Felicia L. Sol for an exploration of this Hassidic commentary to delve deeper into the richness of our tradition while exploring our own spirituality through these texts. Participants are encouraged to come for the entirety of the class but each class will stand alone so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. All texts will be translated. Free of charge. Register here.

    Location: 89th St. Middle Room

  • Adonai, Open My Lips - אֲדֹנָי שְׂפָתַי תִּפְתָּח

    November 18, 2014 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
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    Prayer at Morning MinyanHow do I open my heart to prayer? What happens when I pray? Who do I pray to? What/Who do I pray for? How do I find my own voice in prayer? Together with Rabbi Roly Matalon we will open and examine these and other prayer related questions through personal reflection, text study, discussion and practice. Register here.

    Location: 89th Street Middle Room

  • Introduction to Judaism

    November 19, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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    Sarit Horwitz, BJ Rabbinic Fellow, 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. Registration required by October 21: individuals $420/$636; couples $630/$945.

    Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

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Parashat Noah • Shabbat Rosh Hodesh

October 27, 2014 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Ki Tavo

September 13, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Ki Tetze

September 6, 2014 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Mas'ei

July 28, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Shlah-lekha

June 16, 2014 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Behaalotkha

June 9, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Naso

June 2, 2014 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Behukotai

May 19, 2014 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Behar

May 12, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Kedoshim

April 28, 2014 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol

Fall Kabbalat Shabbat Service Change of Time

Alarm Clock. Photo: Duncan Hill

Please note that beginning Friday, October 17, the Kabbalat Shabbat service will start at 6:30PM. We hope you will join us.

Jewish Bereavement and Support Groups

JBFCS

Draw strength, solace, and support from one another and from Jewish spiritual resources. Various support groups are co-led by a rabbi and a social worker. Meetings are held in NYC for Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations.  If you have lost a loved one and would like more information about these groups, click here.  If someone you love has lost someone they love, click here. Pre-registration is required for all groups. Sponsored by UJA/Federation and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.