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    This year, try a Purim M&M: Music & Mitzvot of course! March Megillah Madness at BJ is your chance to get out, get down, and give back.

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    Join renowned Jewish educator Peter Geffen, Rabbi Roly Matalon, and BJ member, Moroccan born Marina Pinto Kaufman, on an incomparable discovery of Morocco.

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    From Israel to the Isabella Freedman Center, BJ's trips and retreats provide an intimate setting for BJ members, spiritual leaders and staff to explore, experience and exhale!

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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

Ki Tissa

Friday, March 6

 5:15 PMTot Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary
 6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary

Saturday, March 7

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

Holiday Services

Purim

Sunday, March 1

11:00 AMPurim CarnivalSanctuary
1:00 PMChildren’s Purim Spiel PerformanceSanctuary

Wednesday, March 4

5:45 PMYoung Families Purim CelebrationSanctuary
7:00 PMCommunity Purim Service and Megillah ReadingSanctuary

Thursday, March 5

7:30 AMPurim Morning Service and Megillah Reading89th St. Chapel

 

Morning Minyan

Week of March 1-7

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9:30 AMSunday
7:30 AMMonday
7:30 AMTuesday
7:30 AMWednesday
7:30 AMThursday
7:30 AMFriday

Behind the Headlines in Israel

March 5, 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

Special Purim S’eudah with the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program

March 5, 2015 • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm •
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Judith Bernstein Co- ChairsThis year we are hosting a community s’eudah (festive meal) at the lunch program. We invite you to join our lunch program guests and other members for a wonderful meal, music, celebration and good company. A small donation to supplement the meal is required. For more information or to register, contact Larissa.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

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

March 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

March 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

Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

March 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

Tze'irim Purim Brunch to Honor Holocaust Survivors with Selfhelp

March 8, 2015 • 11:30 am-3:00 pm •
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self_help(1)Join Tze'irim for the Selfhelp NextGen Purim Brunch honoring Holocaust survivors. Volunteers will give back to these survivors by bringing happiness, conversation, and connection. We are going to be volunteering with Selfhelp NextGen, the 20s/30s arm of Selfhelp (www.selfhelp.net) an organization that provides many essential senior services within the city, especially to Holocaust survivors. We will help set up the event, escort seniors from taxis to the event space, serve brunch and socialize with the seniors. The brunch will take place in the Lincoln Square area. You may volunteer for the entire event or for a part of the event (either 10:30 am to 2:00 pm or 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm). Please R.S.V.P. here as soon as possible as space is limited, but no later than Friday, February 27. Please indicate whether you will be joining us for the entire event or for a part of the event. Contact Monty with any questions.

Location: Location Provided Upon R.S.V.P.

Interfaith Peace Feast

March 8, 2015 • 5:00 pm-7:30 pm •
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peace-festCome join our interfaith friends for a vegetarian potluck dinner with good conversation, laughter, friendship building, and the opportunity to learn more about each other's faith traditions and the common ground that unites us. All ages are welcome! Co-sponsored by the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, the Cordoba Initiative, and the Muslim Community Network. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Free of charge. Register here by Sunday, March 1.

Location: 86th Street Social Hall

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

March 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

March 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

Creative Play Studio

March 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

Upcoming Economic Justice Hevra Meetings

March 10, 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 these meetings or have questions, please contact Lisa.

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

Yiddish Women Writers Workshops

March 11, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
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img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-298386" src="http://bjnyc.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/yiddish_women_writers-150x150.jpg" alt="yiddish_women_writers" width="75" height="75" />As a follow-up to her lecture, Frieda Forman will continue her exploration of the works of Jewish women writers. The workshops will be taught in English, and texts will be available in English and the original Yiddish. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is required. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Introduction to Judaism

March 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

Upcoming Aging in NY Hevra Meeting

March 12, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
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Panim el Panim LogoNow is a great time to get involved. The Hevra is meeting to talk about next steps to build on 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 what comes next. R.S.V.P. to Larissa or call x272.

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

Bim Bam Spring Session

March 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

March 13, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:30 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

Behind The Headlines meets the Israeli Literature Group and Interview Author Assaf Gavron

March 14, 2015 • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm •
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The Hilltop, Assaf GavronJoin Dr. Jonathan Cummings, our Behind the Headlines analyst and Ellen Bender, our Israeli Literature group facilitator as they interview Gavron about his acclaimed new Novel, The Hilltop, and discuss his thoughts on the upcoming elections in Israel. This event is part of Hagiga Ivrit, a week long celebration of Hebrew language and culture in NYC.

Location: 89th street Community House

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

March 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

March 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

Lunch and Learn: The Language of Truth: The Gerer Rebbe's Commentary on Parashat HaShavua (The Weekly Torah Portion)

March 17, 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

March 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

Yiddish Women Writers Workshops

March 18, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
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img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-298386" src="http://bjnyc.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/yiddish_women_writers-150x150.jpg" alt="yiddish_women_writers" width="75" height="75" />As a follow-up to her lecture, Frieda Forman will continue her exploration of the works of Jewish women writers. The workshops will be taught in English, and texts will be available in English and the original Yiddish. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is required. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Introduction to Judaism

March 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

Behind the Headlines in Israel

March 19, 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

Bim Bam Spring Session

March 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

March 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

March 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

March 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

Diwan Saz Concert

March 22, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Sunday, March 22 | 7:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary Diwan Saz is a multicultural group of Jewish, Muslim, Arab and Beduin musicians from Israel. Led by saz and baglama musician Yohai Barak, they perform ancient music from Central Asia, Turkey, Persia, and the Holy Land. These leading musicians perfectly illustrate that music is the international language that can unite people from all walks of life. This is what our very own Rabbi Roly Matalon had to say about them: “For many years I have been a researching, performing and teaching the musical traditions of the peoples of the Middle East. Indeed, I am a member of the New York Arabic Orchestra, dedicated to the performance of the classical and contemporary Arabic repertoire, as well as a co-founder of Piyut North America, dedicated to the spreading of the global liturgical music of the Jewish people among the American Jewish community. Diwan Saz brings many of the musical threads that have been of profound interest to me and to my congregation. I consider Diwan Saz to have unique cultural significance because they represent the traditional musical and religious heritages of many people in Israel. Diwan Saz’s music is a blend of musical traditions from which many Israelis descend. There are also several native heritages represented including Beduin and Christian traditions.” This very special concert at BJ will be the culmination of their North American tour and an opportunity to see a band quite unlike any other. Price is $20 for General Admission, $30 with a donation to the musicians, or $50 for access to a pre-concert reception with the musicians. Hear the music of Diwan Saz: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCeOW5XaVpA REGISTER HERE: http://systems.bj.org/form/diwan-saz-concert

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Diwan Saz Concert

March 22, 2015 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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diwan-sazDiwan Saz is a multicultural group of Jewish, Muslim, Arab and Beduin musicians from Israel. Led by saz and baglama musician Yohai Barak, they perform ancient music from Central Asia, Turkey, Persia, and the Holy Land, perfectly illustrating that music is the language that can unite people from all walks of life. According to our own Rabbi Roly Matalon: "For many years, I have been researching, performing and teaching Middle Eastern musical traditions. Diwan Saz brings many of the musical threads that have been of profound interest to both myself and BJ. I consider Diwan Saz to have unique cultural significance because they represent and blend the diverse traditional musical and religious heritages existing in Israel, including Beduin and Christian traditions." This very special BJ concert will be the culmination of Diwan Saz's North American tour, and an opportunity to see a band quite unlike any other. Cost: $20 for general admission; $30 for general admission, plus a donation to support the musicians; $50 for VIP access to a pre-concert reception with the band. Hear the music of Diwan Saz here and register here.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

March 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

March 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)

March 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

March 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

Yiddish Women Writers Workshops

March 25, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
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img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-298386" src="http://bjnyc.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/yiddish_women_writers-150x150.jpg" alt="yiddish_women_writers" width="75" height="75" />As a follow-up to her lecture, Frieda Forman will continue her exploration of the works of Jewish women writers. The workshops will be taught in English, and texts will be available in English and the original Yiddish. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is required. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Introduction to Judaism

March 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

Bim Bam Spring Session

March 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

Israeli Literature Book Group

March 30, 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

March 30, 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

March 31, 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)

March 31, 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

March 31, 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

April 1, 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

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Parashat Tetzave • Shabbat Zakhor

February 28, 2015 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Mishpatim • Shabbat Shekalim

February 14, 2015 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Beshalah • Shabbat Shira

January 31, 2015 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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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

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 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.

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.