Mondays and Tuesdays | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays | 86th Street Social Hall
Over the summer, we are in extra need of food donors and volunteers at the BJ/SPSA Shelter. Signing up for just one meal can be a huge help. 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.
Sunday, August 28 | 9:00AM- 2:00PM (rain or shine)| The Washington National Monument, Washington DC
In the midst of the greatest refugee crisis since WWII, volunteers and advocates from across the country will gather to raise awareness about the magnitude of the crisis, encourage advocacy and U.S. action to alleviate suffering through relief efforts and support, and stand in solidarity with refugees and displaced people worldwide. We will call on the U.S. to provide more refugee resettlement and increased support to countries and organizations already involved, support proven relief efforts overseas, and offer resources for those who wish to help, raising a collective voice against intolerance. Interested in going down to DC to participate? Let us know! Visit the DCRally4Refugees website for more details on the rally.
Friday, September 2-Monday, September 5 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
Join the BJ team and cyclists from all over New York for a relaxing and meaningful Shabbat retreat at Hazon’s home at Isabella Freedman. The Hazon Ride & Retreat is a fully-supported ride, fundraiser, and community experience for people of all cycling levels and ages. Guests enjoy delicious, kosher, farm-to-table food, engaging educational workshops, fun outdoor activities, and two days of cycling around the beautiful Berkshires. To sign up for this year’s ride and retreat and for more details, visit the Hazon website. Contact Michael Ekstract with questions about the BJ team.
Fridays, September 9 – December 16 | 9:15 – 10:00AM and 10:15 – 11:00AM | 89th Street Chapel
Children ages 3 and under explore Shabbat through Hebrew and English songs, stories, and traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. Registration is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. The cost is $252/members and $392/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Please contact Allison Kapusta.
Fridays, September 9 – December 16 | 11:15-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
Experience the fun, music, and traditions of Shabbat in Hebrew! Children ages 3 and under explore Shabbat through stories, songs, and rituals such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah, in a class run entirely in Hebrew. No background in Hebrew language required. The cost is $252/members and $392/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Register online. Please contact Allison Kapusta.
Friday, September 9 | 5:15-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
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 here by Wednesday, September 7 and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The cost is $20/members, and $27/non-members. Children eat for free.
Sunday, September 11 | 10:00AM-12:00PM | Beth Olam Cemetery, 2 Cypress Hills Street, Ridgewood, New York
Join us, in conjunction with our cemetery partners, Congregation Shearith Israel and Temple Shaaray Tefilla, for a visit to Beth Olam Cemetery. Attendees will receive a tour of the grounds and learn about the history of this beautiful and historic cemetery or take part in a special Geniza service to bury ritual objects in a new dedicated section. In addition, there will be a recitation of memorial prayers in the “metaher house” – the small chapel designed by Calvert Vaux. Please register here.
Monday, September 12 | 7:00-8:30PM | The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street
“By the power of complete non attachment the frog floats” – Jaso
Zen poet Norman Fischer and Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein explore their respective wisdom traditions and compare notes about life, death, and the way we get from one to the other. Cost: $22 per person or $19.80 if Rubin Museum of Art member. Please register here.
Monday, September 12 | 6:30-8:30PM | 89th Street Middle Room
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 to include the predominately 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 we depend in NYS can have the dignity and equality they deserve. If you are interested in attending these meetings or have questions, please contact Lisa.
Friday, September 16 | 6:00-9:00PM | 89th St. Community House
Shishi Israeli is where Israeli and Jewish Americans will create a shared experience around the Shabbat Dinner table. Join Rabbi Matalon for a Shabbat service in Hebrew, followed by a delicious dinner of Mediterranean cuisine and Shira Betzibur (sing-along) of contemporary Israeli and traditional Shabbat songs. Activities for children are offered throughout the event. Register here for this event.
Friday, September 16 | 7:00-9:00PM | Frankel Hall
Join the BJ teens for our Teen only Kabbalat Shabbat service and dinner. Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Hazzan Shoshi Rosenbaum for a service full of singing, teen-led kavanot, mindfulness, and spirit, followed by a Shabbat dinner. This event is just for teens! Register for dinner here. Please register by Thursday, September 15.
Saturday, September 17 | After Shabbat Morning Services, 12:30-1:45PM | 86th St. Sanctuary
Join Tamar Gil, Director of Resource Development of “Tor Hamidbar” for a discussion about the role of intentional communities in changing the face of Israel’s urban periphery.
Tor HaMidbar is an Israeli NGO based in Be’er Sheva. For more than 10 years, it has promoted the geographic and social peripheries of Israel through mission-driven communities and social business initiatives with a focus on working with local populations. Tor HaMidbar’s network of communities and entrepreneurs is spread throughout 20 cities from the Negev to the Galil (www.torhamidbar.org.il).
Saturdays from September 17, 2016 – May 27, 2017 | 10:20AM-12:00PM | 86th Street Social Hall
Join Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, BJ rabbis and a team of musicians in a family-friendly celebration of Shabbat with song, games, prayer, art and open sharing. Geared toward kids in 3rd-6th grades and their whole family!
Previously known as Junior Congregation, Kulanu is a celebratory, participatory prayerspace meant to build skills and open the heart. Join us!
We will meet in the main sanctuary of 86th Street at 10:20AM to take the Torah out of the ark and dance together to the Kulanu space downstairs. With questions or to get involved, please contact Arielle at email@example.com!
Sunday, September 18 | 11:00AM-1:00PM | Little Stony Point, 3011 New York 9D, Cold Spring, NY
Join us for an experience of walking, meditating, singing, and praying in the majesty of the Hudson Valley as we prepare for Yamim Noraim. The walk will be led by Rabbi Brent Chaim Spodek, a former BJ Rabbinic Fellow, Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, and Rabbi Rachel Cowan. This is a very accessible trail walk that can be done by people with a wide range of strength and ability. Car pooling and van sharing will leave BJ at 9:15AM. Cost: $40 per person. Please bring your own water and lunch. Please register here.
Sunday, September 18 | 5:00-6:30PM | 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 a nuanced conversation that will help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary issues in Israel.
Our next book is “Esau” by one of Israel’s most celebrated authors, Meir Shalev (to be hosted at BJ on November 13).
We yearn for the divine just as the divine yearns to find us – simultaneous quests guided by the soulful, plaintive music of piyut. For the past 1,000 years, Sephardic and Oriental Jews have gathered for the forty days from the beginning of the month of Elul through Rosh Hashanah, and up to Yom Kippur, rising at dawn to sing and to prepare the soul for repentance and renewal. Led by Rabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel, our three-part series will engage us in that spiritual journey and get us ready for the upcoming sublime days of soul-searching and prayer through haunting melodies of ancient Jewish communities as well as modern Israeli poetry and song. Join us at 7:00 PM for light refreshments; program begins at 7:30 PM. The series is free of charge and open to the public.
Saturday, September 24 | During Shabbat Morning Services | 86th Street Sanctuary
We are honored that Alice Shalvi, professor and advocate for women’s rights in Israel, will deliver the D’var Torah at BJ. Born in Germany and educated in England, Shalvi moved to Israel in 1949. She was the founding chairwoman of the Israel Women’s Network (1984-2000) and served as president of The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, as well as the principal of Pelech, an experimental religious school for girls in Jerusalem (1975-1990).
Sunday, November 13 | 5:00-6:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
BJ is honored to host one of Israel’s most celebrated novelists, Meir Shalev, for the launch of is latest novel “Two-She Bears”. Join us in a conversation with the author followed by a Q&A session and book signing.
Monday 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.
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.
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.