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.
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. Wednesday, June 8; Thursday, June 23. All rides will meet at 6:30PM at the Community House, 270 West 89th Street.
Thursdays through early July | 7:00PM | Central Park
Play softball in co-ed, non-competitive, friendly games on Thursday nights in Central Park. Open to the entire BJ community. Contact Craig Rosenberg at email@example.com for more information.
Tuesday, May 31 | 7:00-8:30PM, Doors Open at 6:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Learn from leaders in the field about the global refugee crisis, hear first hand stories from refugees, and find out how to get involved in BJ’s advocacy and volunteer efforts. Speakers include Anwen Hughes, Deputy Legal Director, Human Rights First,
Congressman Jerry Nadler, U.S. House of Representatives,
Mark Hetfield, President and CEO, HIAS.
Doors open at 6:30PM. This event is free, but you must register here
Wednesday, June 1 | 6:30AM-6:30PM | Departing from Cathedral of St. John the Divine (110th and Amsterdam Avenue)
Farmworker Albany Day is the culmination of the 200 mile March for Farmworker Justice, which we hosted on Saturday, May 21. Join with farmworkers and allies from across New York State to meet with elected officials in Albany and lobby on behalf of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act. Your voice is important! In order to make change, we need people like you. Please register with BJ so we know you are attending: R.S.V.P. here. The group will be traveling by bus, leaving from St. John the Divine at 6:30AM. Reserve your lunch and spot on the bus for $20 through the Rural and Migrant Ministries website here . Call x272 for more information.
Friday, June 3 | 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, June 1. Space is limited.
Friday, June 3 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | 89th Street Reception Room
It’s the final community Shabbat potluck of the year! Bring something delicious to share, grab a bottle of your favorite kosher vino, and get ready to bring in Shabbat the BJ way–with a little singing, some words of Torah, and a whole lotta community. Please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish for 8-10 people, and consider including a bottle of kosher wine with your contribution. Sign up here and let us know what you’re bringing!
Saturday, June 4 | Following Saturday Morning Services | 86th Street Chapel
Everyone talks about the Jewish Renaissance taking place in Israel today, but where are Sephardi and other non-Ashkenazi Jews in this revolution? Hear the personal story of Dr. Shimon Vaknin, born and raised in a religious Moroccan-Israeli home, today a leading Bible scholar and the director of the new Secular Yeshiva in Beer Sheva. Learn about the challenges and hopes for Sephardi Judaism in Israel in the 21st century.
Saturday, June 4 | 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.
Sunday, June 5 | 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 a new release by Sarit Yishai Levi, one of the young and promising female authors in Israel, titled “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem”. This historic novel focuses on Sephardi-Ashkenazi tension in Israel over the span of a century. The book is available for a discounted price at the BJ offices, please contact Moshe Samuels for details.
Please sign up here for location.
Sunday, June 5 | 10:30AM | 5th Avenue between 54th and 55th street
Join the BJ rabbis, members and friends as we show our love and support of Israel. Get out your Israeli flag and bring an instrument as we walk/sing/roller blade or push your stroller down fifth avenue. Walkers should wear the official BJ parade t-shirt. The Celebrate Israel Fun Run will take place at 11:00AM – the start of the Parade as the “first” marching group. This one-mile fun run up Fifth Avenue will enable participants to start the Parade in a unique and fun way.
To register click here.
Monday, June 6 | 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 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.
Thursday, June 9 | 7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join us at this year’s meeting – hear about the past year, upcoming plans for our community, and elect new members to BJ’s Board of Trustees.
Fridays, June 10 – August 19 | 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 $198/members and $308/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Please contact Allison Kapusta. Register by May 26. Space is limited.
Wednesday, June 15 | 3:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Twice a year we have the opportunity to provide this very important service to the community. Give the gift of life by signing up now for the BJ Blood Drive. Learn more about how you can prepare to donate and learn about any restrictions that may apply. Don’t forget to bring your donor ID card or number if you have it. NYBS is going paper free and using computers to streamline the registration and questionnaire process. Sign up with Larissa or call x272 with the best time slot for you.
Sunday, June 19 | 8:45AM – 4:00PM | Cold Spring, New York
Looking to get out of the city and explore the outdoors? Join BJ’s 20s/30s group for a hike in Cold Spring, New York. Bring your own lunch to eat the top of Bull Hill and we’ll get ice cream together before heading back to NYC. Get some sun and meet new friends! We will be back in the city by 4pm. Sign up here, or reach out to Sarit at firstname.lastname@example.org with more questions.
Thursday, May 19 and Wednesday, June 22 | 6:30-8:00PM | 89th Street 1st Floor
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 22 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.
Friday, June 24 | 6:00–8:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Shishi Israeli is a community-wide event in which Israeli and Jewish Americans share in a heartfelt and uplifting experience around the Shabbat dinner table. Shabbat Traditions are embraced through a Hebrew Kabbalat Shabbat service with Rabbi Matalon, a delicious Israeli style dinner, Shira Betzibur (sing-along) and activities for kids of all ages. Shishi Israeli is an incomparable place to meet families and develop strong community bonds all while building a strong Israeli style Shabbat foundation. We encourage BJ members to join!
Sunday, June 5 | 11:00AM | 88th Street Kitchen
We will gather to cook healthy, delicious meals and deliver them to other BJ members in need of a little extra care and a warm sense of community. This includes those who have recently returned home from the hospital, are elderly and can’t cook for themselves, are in mourning, or who recently had a baby. If you would like to cook or deliver, if you or someone you know could use a meal from this group, or you have any questions, please fill out this form.