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    More than 30 renowned Jewish speakers will join us for an unforgettable day of learning for men and women. Let's stand at Sinai together! Register now or contact Jo Icaza for details, jicaza@bj.org

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    For our second More Shabbat, we're celebrating the Shabbat of Song with special events, great fun, and of course, music.

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    Join us to learn firsthand about the itinerary for this special trip to Morocco on June 18-26, 2015. Contact Lisa Steinberg to sign-up for the information session: lsteinberg@bj.org, 212-787-7600 x228.

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    Share your diverse experiences and views around Israel: take the Israel Survey and join the conversation in-person at our Speaking Across Conflict Workshops.

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Shabbat Services

Beshalah

Friday, January 30

 6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary

Saturday, January 31

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

Morning Minyan

Week of January 25-31

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Behind the Headlines in Israel

January 29, 2015 • 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

"Stories of the Talmudic Rabbis" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

January 29, 2015 • 12:30 pm-1:30 pm •
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Torah text. Photo: Harriet R. GorenWe will study stories that reflect the concerns and struggles, fears and fantasies, even the dark side of our Talmudic sages. We will attempt to look at ourselves in the mirror of the Talmud in order to understand and confront our own nature. No knowledge of Hebrew is required. Please bring your own lunch to the midtown location. Specific location information will be provided upon registration. Free of charge. Register Here starting Tuesday, September 23.

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Bim Bam Spring Session

January 30, 2015 • 9:15 am-10:00 am •
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15676775752_59c7c39596_zBim Bam is a pre-Shabbat class for children ages 3 and under to sing Hebrew and Shabbat-related songs, hear stories, and give tzedakah. We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. The program is led by educator, Rachel Brook, and musician Saskia Lane. Registration for the spring session is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. Because of the number of sessions, the cost is $270/members and $345/non-members per family (new members attend for free, please contact Allison Kapusta). If you can’t attend all classes, sign up for a 5 Class Pass at a specific time: 9:15AM and 10:15AM. It’s good for any spring date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by December 29, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on April 3 or April 10.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

Hand In Hand, Building a Shared Society in Israel

January 31, 2015 • 9:30 am-10:30 am •
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hand in handJoin us to hear from Lee Gordon, co-founder of Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel whose mission is to create a strong and inclusive shared society through a network of integrated bilingual schools and active communities. Lee will join us during and after services to share the organization's goals and vision for the future.

Location: 86th Street Sanctuary

"More Shabbat" at BJ: Shabbat Shirah

January 31, 2015 • 3:30 pm-8:00 pm •
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Havdalah CandleShabbat is the Jewish community’s most special and sacred time—and on January 31, we will celebrate one of the special Shabbatot of the year: Shabbat Shirah, the Shabbat of Song! Our More Shabbat on January 31 offers an entire afternoon of programming to keep you immersed in the spirit of Shabbat with our BJ Musicians right through Havdalah. Our full—and fun—day begins with regular Shabbat Morning Services and Community Kiddush and resumes at 3:30PM with a More Shabbat Schmooze. After enjoying whichever programs interest you, please join the rest of the BJ community for a special Havdalah service at 5:30PM. For more information, contact Jo at jicaza@bj.org.

Location: 89th Street Community House

PJs and Havdalah

January 31, 2015 • 5:15 pm-6:15 pm •
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Havdalah--150x150Families with children ages 5 and under are invited to explore Havdalah, the ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat, through art, song, and story. Kids are encouraged to come in pajamas to help create a warm and cozy atmosphere as we say goodbye to Shabbat and look f orward to the week ahead. Register here and contact Allison with any questions.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

February 2, 2015 • 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

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

February 3, 2015 • 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: The Gerer Rebbe's Commentary on Parashat HaShavua (The Weekly Torah Portion)

February 3, 2015 • 12:30 pm-1:45 pm •
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torah_yod_column_angled copyStudy 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 Street Middle Room

Creative Play Studio

February 3, 2015 • 3:15 pm-5:15 pm •
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photo 9Come play and explore! Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, creates an inviting space for kids to build with natural materials, expand on their creativity and open their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. The cost for the 17-class semester is $205 for members and $255 for non-members. The drop-in cost per class is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Introduction to Judaism

February 4, 2015 • 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

"Stories of the Talmudic Rabbis" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

February 5, 2015 • 12:30 pm-1:30 pm •
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Torah text. Photo: Harriet R. GorenWe will study stories that reflect the concerns and struggles, fears and fantasies, even the dark side of our Talmudic sages. We will attempt to look at ourselves in the mirror of the Talmud in order to understand and confront our own nature. No knowledge of Hebrew is required. Please bring your own lunch to the midtown location. Specific location information will be provided upon registration. Free of charge. Register Here starting Tuesday, September 23.

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Bim Bam Spring Session

February 6, 2015 • 9:15 am-10:00 am •
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15676775752_59c7c39596_zBim Bam is a pre-Shabbat class for children ages 3 and under to sing Hebrew and Shabbat-related songs, hear stories, and give tzedakah. We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. The program is led by educator, Rachel Brook, and musician Saskia Lane. Registration for the spring session is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. Because of the number of sessions, the cost is $270/members and $345/non-members per family (new members attend for free, please contact Allison Kapusta). If you can’t attend all classes, sign up for a 5 Class Pass at a specific time: 9:15AM and 10:15AM. It’s good for any spring date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by December 29, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on April 3 or April 10.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

Tot Shabbat

February 6, 2015 • 5:15 pm-7:00 pm •
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ShabbatFamilies will 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. Dinner will include delicious choices for adults as well as children, and vegetarian options will be available; dietary laws observed. While adults are finishing their meal, play curator, Linda White, will engage children in open play and exploration. Register here by Wednesday, February 4 and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions or specific dietary requests. Cost is $25/members, and $32/non-members; thanks to a generous donation, all children eat free.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

February 7, 2015 • 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

5th Grade Overnight

February 7, 2015 • 5:15 pm-9:00 am •
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If you’ve ever wondered what BJ looks like in the middle of the night, now’s your chance to find out! On Saturday, February 7, all 5th graders can sign up to spend the night at BJ and have a great time with new and old friends. This is a next step along the B'nai Mitzvah journey.

Parents should stay at the beginning for Havdalah at 5:15, and then at 6:00PM it’s kids-only, as we’re joined by 3rd and 4th graders for Movie Night. That night, we will have a special 5th grade only program and then only 5th graders will spend the night with BJ staff and educators. In the morning, parents can join us at 9:00AM for a light breakfast. The cost for the overnight is $40, and includes dinner, snacks, and breakfast. Register online before Friday, January 23. Please contact Nina Loftspring with questions.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

Havdalah & Movie Night

February 7, 2015 • 6:00 pm-8:00 pm •
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Havdalah CandleEnd Shabbat with a movie night and an Italian feast! BJ's third, fourth, and sixth graders and their families are invited to join together for Havdalah in Frankel Hall at 6:00PM. Following Havdalah, children will enjoy the film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, plus Italian food and gelatto! The cost is $20 per child, $30 on the night of. Register here by February 4 and contact Esther with any questions. 5th Graders will attend as part of 5th Grade Overnight.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

"Meet Me at Sinai" Day of Learning

February 8, 2015 • 9:00 am-5:30 pm •
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Attend this full day of panel discussions, films, dance, and more that celebrates 25 years of Standing Again at Sinai, and the changes in Judaism this book seeded. We will explore how Jewish feminism has enriched and challenged Jewish life in every domain, celebrate the progress we've made, and speak openly about where we can go from here. Register here. Contact Jo or call at x241 with any questions. Interested in this event? Make sure to check out part one of this two-part series on January 20, where Dr. Judith Plaskow herself will lead a discussion about her extraordinary book.

Location: 88th Street Synagogue and 89th Street Community House

Upcoming Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

February 9, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:45 pm •
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Farmworkers' RightsAttend 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 Farmworker 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 this meeting or have questions, please contact Lisa.

Location: R.S.V.P. for Location

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

February 9, 2015 • 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

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

February 10, 2015 • 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: The Gerer Rebbe's Commentary on Parashat HaShavua (The Weekly Torah Portion)

February 10, 2015 • 12:30 pm-1:45 pm •
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torah_yod_column_angled copyStudy 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 Street Middle Room

Creative Play Studio

February 10, 2015 • 3:15 pm-5:15 pm •
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photo 9Come play and explore! Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, creates an inviting space for kids to build with natural materials, expand on their creativity and open their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. The cost for the 17-class semester is $205 for members and $255 for non-members. The drop-in cost per class is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Adonai, Open My Lips - אֲדֹנָי שְׂפָתַי תִּפְתָּח

February 10, 2015 • 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

Upcoming Aging in NY Hevra Meeting

February 11, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:45 pm •
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Panim el Panim LogoNow is a great time to get involved. The Hevra is meeting to regroup and recap all of the wonderful work from the past few months including our Elder Care Dialogue series and Report Release. Join us to learn more about the work we've been doing and next steps. R.S.V.P. to Larissa or call x272.

Location: 89th Street Middle Room

Introduction to Judaism

February 11, 2015 • 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

February 12, 2015 • 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

"Stories of the Talmudic Rabbis" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

February 12, 2015 • 12:30 pm-1:30 pm •
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Torah text. Photo: Harriet R. GorenWe will study stories that reflect the concerns and struggles, fears and fantasies, even the dark side of our Talmudic sages. We will attempt to look at ourselves in the mirror of the Talmud in order to understand and confront our own nature. No knowledge of Hebrew is required. Please bring your own lunch to the midtown location. Specific location information will be provided upon registration. Free of charge. Register Here starting Tuesday, September 23.

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A Talk by Frieda Forman: Their Stories, Our Stories: Yiddish Women Writers

February 12, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
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yiddish_women_writersDiscover the rarely explored works and lives of Yiddish women authors of the 20th Century.  Rescued from oblivion by feminist scholars and translators, these short stories, memoirs and novel extracts will bring to light our foremothers’ experience and history in Eastern Europe, North America, and Israel.  Recurring themes include family and gender relations, work, education, political life, migration and the Holocaust.  Texts will be available in translation and in the original Yiddish. Register here. Frieda Forman has been a teacher, writer and scholar in the fields of Jewish Studies and Women’s Studies for over four decades.  She was the founder and coordinator of the Women’s Educational Resources Centre at OISE/ University of Toronto, where she is currently an associate scholar.  She was the researcher, co- editor, and a translator of Found Treasures: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers, the first collection of Yiddish women’s literature in translation. More recently, she edited The Exile Book of Yiddish Women Writers. In conjunction with her talk, she will also lead a series of 4-6 Workshops/Discussions at BJ on Yiddish Women Writers,  dates to be announced.

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Bim Bam Spring Session

February 13, 2015 • 9:15 am-10:00 am •
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15676775752_59c7c39596_zBim Bam is a pre-Shabbat class for children ages 3 and under to sing Hebrew and Shabbat-related songs, hear stories, and give tzedakah. We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. The program is led by educator, Rachel Brook, and musician Saskia Lane. Registration for the spring session is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. Because of the number of sessions, the cost is $270/members and $345/non-members per family (new members attend for free, please contact Allison Kapusta). If you can’t attend all classes, sign up for a 5 Class Pass at a specific time: 9:15AM and 10:15AM. It’s good for any spring date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by December 29, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on April 3 or April 10.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat Service

February 13, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:00 pm •
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BJ Sanctuary Stained Glass Rose WindowLed by Rabbis Marcelo Bronstein and Rachel Cowan, Student Hazzan Shoshi Rosenbaum and Special Guest Karina Zilberman, this service involves meditation, reflection, deep listening and personal engagement with the parashah. Contact Sandra with any questions.

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

February 14, 2015 • 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

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

February 16, 2015 • 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

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

February 17, 2015 • 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

Creative Play Studio

February 17, 2015 • 3:15 pm-5:15 pm •
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photo 9Come play and explore! Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, creates an inviting space for kids to build with natural materials, expand on their creativity and open their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. The cost for the 17-class semester is $205 for members and $255 for non-members. The drop-in cost per class is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Introduction to Judaism

February 18, 2015 • 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

"Stories of the Talmudic Rabbis" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

February 19, 2015 • 12:30 pm-1:30 pm •
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Torah text. Photo: Harriet R. GorenWe will study stories that reflect the concerns and struggles, fears and fantasies, even the dark side of our Talmudic sages. We will attempt to look at ourselves in the mirror of the Talmud in order to understand and confront our own nature. No knowledge of Hebrew is required. Please bring your own lunch to the midtown location. Specific location information will be provided upon registration. Free of charge. Register Here starting Tuesday, September 23.

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Bim Bam Spring Session

February 20, 2015 • 9:15 am-10:00 am •
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15676775752_59c7c39596_zBim Bam is a pre-Shabbat class for children ages 3 and under to sing Hebrew and Shabbat-related songs, hear stories, and give tzedakah. We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. The program is led by educator, Rachel Brook, and musician Saskia Lane. Registration for the spring session is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. Because of the number of sessions, the cost is $270/members and $345/non-members per family (new members attend for free, please contact Allison Kapusta). If you can’t attend all classes, sign up for a 5 Class Pass at a specific time: 9:15AM and 10:15AM. It’s good for any spring date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by December 29, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on April 3 or April 10.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

Bo-i Kallah - A Monthly Kabbalat Shabbat Service

February 20, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:00 pm •
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Shabbat Candles photo: gerard montignyRabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel will lead an alternative Kabbalat Shabbat service on the third Friday evening of each month. With the help of soulful melodies, verses of Shir haShirim (Song of Songs), liturgical poems and Psalms we will transition gently and with full kavannah from hol to kodesh - leaving the ordinary work-week consciousness in order to enter holy time and welcome Shabbat. If you want to read more about this service please click here

Location: 89th Street Reception Room

Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

February 21, 2015 • 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

KesheTOT Shabbat Morning קשתות בשבת בבוקר

February 21, 2015 • 10:00 am-10:45 am •
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Keshetהצטרפו אלינו לשירים וריקודים בעברית, עם שירה ויונתן ועוד חברים. מיד אחרי למי שמעוניין יש תפילות ילדים ולאחריהן ארוחת צהריים קלה. ללא תשלום לחברי קהילה ולרשומים לתכנית קשתות במהלך השבוע. המחיר לאורחים- $15 לילד, $25 מעל ילד אחד. נא להירשם מראש. לשאלות ניתן לשלוח מייל לאורלי מוס. בשיתוף עם ה IAC

Experience Shabbat morning in Hebrew! Join us for a fun, musical,  Hebrew song session led by the educators and musicians of the KesheTOT program. Stay after for Children's Services which start at 10:45AM followed by a Kiddush lunch. Free for BJ members and KesheTOT weekly participants. $15 for one child, $25 for two children or more. Registration required. Please email Allison or Orli with any questions. In collaboration with the IAC.

Location: 86th Street SPSA

Israeli Literature Book Group

February 23, 2015 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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Dancing Arabs by Sayed Kashua Always wanted to read novels by Israel's greatest authors? What can the books teach us about Israeli society that we don't learn from the newspaper headlines? Led by BJ member Ellen Bender we will read books that provide insight and provoke conversation. Registration requested. Contact Orli Moss for more information. The book for the upcoming gathering is -Dancing Arabs by Sayed Kashua. Other books on the list are - The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron, The Falafel King is Dead by Sara Shilo, and Some Day by Shemi Zarhin.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

February 23, 2015 • 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

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

February 24, 2015 • 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: The Gerer Rebbe's Commentary on Parashat HaShavua (The Weekly Torah Portion)

February 24, 2015 • 12:30 pm-1:45 pm •
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torah_yod_column_angled copyStudy 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 Street Middle Room

Creative Play Studio

February 24, 2015 • 3:15 pm-5:15 pm •
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photo 9Come play and explore! Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, creates an inviting space for kids to build with natural materials, expand on their creativity and open their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. The cost for the 17-class semester is $205 for members and $255 for non-members. The drop-in cost per class is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Upcoming Environmental Justice Hevra Meeting

February 24, 2015 • 6:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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TransformDontTrashNYCReport_FINAL_Lo_thumb140x180Join us as we undertake community education and outreach for our new Environmental Justice Campaign. We are proud to join a diverse coalition to support the Transform Don't Trash NYC Campaign, which proposes systemic changes to the commercial waste industry in New York City. We are looking to engage community members and local business owners in conversation regarding current commercial waste conditions and how City Council legislation would have a revolutionary effect on New York City, our environment, and its waste management practices. This local initiative would expand recycling diversion, improve job safety and truck quality, and lower emissions/pollution to contribute to broader efforts to stem the tide of climate change. Get involved! R.S.V.P. by contacting Les.

Location: R.S.V.P. for location

Introduction to Judaism

February 25, 2015 • 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

February 26, 2015 • 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

"Stories of the Talmudic Rabbis" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

February 26, 2015 • 12:30 pm-1:30 pm •
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Torah text. Photo: Harriet R. GorenWe will study stories that reflect the concerns and struggles, fears and fantasies, even the dark side of our Talmudic sages. We will attempt to look at ourselves in the mirror of the Talmud in order to understand and confront our own nature. No knowledge of Hebrew is required. Please bring your own lunch to the midtown location. Specific location information will be provided upon registration. Free of charge. Register Here starting Tuesday, September 23.

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Bim Bam Spring Session

February 27, 2015 • 9:15 am-10:00 am •
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15676775752_59c7c39596_zBim Bam is a pre-Shabbat class for children ages 3 and under to sing Hebrew and Shabbat-related songs, hear stories, and give tzedakah. We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. The program is led by educator, Rachel Brook, and musician Saskia Lane. Registration for the spring session is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. Because of the number of sessions, the cost is $270/members and $345/non-members per family (new members attend for free, please contact Allison Kapusta). If you can’t attend all classes, sign up for a 5 Class Pass at a specific time: 9:15AM and 10:15AM. It’s good for any spring date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by December 29, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on April 3 or April 10.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

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Parashat Bo

January 24, 2015 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Shemot

January 10, 2015 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Miketz • Shabbat Hanukkah

December 20, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Vayeshev

December 13, 2014 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Vayishlah

December 6, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Toledot

November 22, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Hayei Sarah

November 15, 2014 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Vayera

November 8, 2014 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Lekh Lekha

November 1, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Noah • Shabbat Rosh Hodesh

October 25, 2014 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol

Fall Kabbalat Shabbat Service Change of Time

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

Jewish Music for Non-Professional Musicians

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Tuesdays, January 20-May 19 | 7:00-8:30PM | 14th Street Y (344 East 14th St)
BJ Musician Uri Sharlin will introduce amateur musicians to the riches and variety of Jewish music in a friendly environment through a hands-on and enthusiastic approach. For any question please email Uri through his website. To register, visit 14streety.org/introtomusic.

Gabrieli's Pop-up Shop for BJ Families and Friends

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Saturday, January 31 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Special invitation to an exclusive opportunity for BJ families, friends and supporters to come together post-Havdalah for browsing and shopping with a special treat: a representative from the highly regarded Israeli boutique Gabrieli will offer a private showing of custom-made judaica, jewelry and more. Free of charge and no registration required, but R.S.V.P.s are appreciated. Email Galit, Melanie, and Nadine.

 

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.

Sign up for the BJ Babysitting List

Are you interested in babysitting kids in the BJ Community? If you are at least 14 years of age and have some free time, sign up for our Babysitting List, and make your name available to the community. Fill out our Google doc and email Esther with any questions

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.  Pre-registration is required for all groups. Sponsored by UJA/Federation and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.