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Shabbat Services

Vayigash

Friday, December 26

 6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary

Saturday, December 27

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

Morning Minyan

Week of December 21-27

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

KesheTOT Shabbat Morning קשתות בשבת בבוקר

December 20, 2014 • 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

Light the 5th Night: Single Moms and Kids Havdalah, Hanukkah Happening

December 20, 2014 • 5:00 pm-7:00 pm •
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Hanukkah Dreidels and GeltFrom the light of the Havdalah candle to the lighting of the Hanukkah candles, Rabbi Felicia Sol invites you to  join for the festivities: pizza, latkes, sufganiyot included. Registration is required. For any questions please contact Sandra Ghiorzo.

Location: 89th Street Community House

Tze'irim Hanukkah Party 2014

December 20, 2014 • 5:30 pm-10:00 pm •
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Skip the dreidel and move right onto Settlers: celebrate the 5th Night of Hanukkah with Tze’irim and some new games of chance! Join us at 89th Street for Havdalah and Hanukkah candle lighting before heading out to E’s Bar to play board games and toast to our continued defeat over the Greeks. $15 gets you drink tickets and snacks at E's. R.S.V.P. by Thursday, December 18.

Location: 89th Street Community House 3rd Floor

Rosh Hodesh Tevet Women's Group: Hag HaBanot - Festive Meal

December 21, 2014 • 6:00 pm-8:00 pm •
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a href="http://bjnyc.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/rosh-hodesh-tevet.jpg">rosh-hodesh-tevetEach year we gather as women to celebrate Hag HaBanot (The Festival of the Daughters), an ancient Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian Jewish celebration on Rosh Hodesh Tevet, by cooking and sharing in a festive meal. We are asking everyone to contribute, members ($10) and non-members ($15) and to bring a bottle of certified kosher wine, appetizer or dessert (for about 8 people). Please R.S.V.P by Wednesday, December 17th. We also need women to help cook the main meal, to set up and clean up.  Sign up for volunteer opportunities. Contact Sandra Ghiorzo with any questions.

Location: 88th Street Frankel Hall

Wrap Attack Teen Hannukah Celebration

December 21, 2014 • 6:00 pm-7:30 pm •
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hanukkah_giftCome celebrate Hanukkah with the BJ teens! We will wrap gifts togethers, eat yummy latkes, have a dreidel tournament, light candles and more! Please bring small gifts to donate to children in need. R.S.V.P. here by December 18th. Contact Ayala with any questions.

Location: 89th Street Middle Room

Yozma Hanukkah Ice-Skating & Schmoozing at Bryant Park

December 22, 2014 • 6:30 pm-9:00 pm •
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hanukkah_candlesJoin us to celebrate the 7th night of Hanukkah as we ice-skate on the rink at Bryant Park.  Finish in time to join us for some schmoozing at 8:00PM at the enclosed eating/drinking area above the rink. Or if skating is not your thing, just join us for the schmoozing. There’s no cost to be out on the ice, although skate rentals are $15, with an additional $8 or $10 for checking bags. Email Craig Rosenberg at crosenberg6@optonline.net by Monday December 15 for more details or to R.S.V.P.

Location: Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park (between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues)

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

December 23, 2014 • 8:30 am-10:00 am •
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Rabbi Hillel FriedmanWe will study excerpts from the Books of Samuel and Job. Both texts in their unique ways raise questions regarding standards for communal leadership, and those factors that we struggle with in order to find meaning in life. Rabbi Friedman is a longtime member of our BJ community. Members $100/Non-members $150. Register here.

Location: 89th Street First Floor

Introduction to Judaism

December 24, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Sarit Horwitz, BJ Rabbinic Fellow, offers an overview of the core beliefs, practices, and history of Judaism and the Jewish people. We hope to deepen the understanding of those just beginning to explore Jewish life as well as of those who would like to participate more fully in the life of the Jewish community. No prior knowledge or experience necessary. Registration required by October 21: individuals $420/$636; couples $630/$945.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Great Jews and Their Writings with Rabbi Hillel Friedman

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

Location: 89th Street First Floor

Introduction to Judaism

December 31, 2014 • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm •
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Sarit Horwitz, BJ Rabbinic Fellow, offers an overview of the core beliefs, practices, and history of Judaism and the Jewish people. We hope to deepen the understanding of those just beginning to explore Jewish life as well as of those who would like to participate more fully in the life of the Jewish community. No prior knowledge or experience necessary. Registration required by October 21: individuals $420/$636; couples $630/$945.

Location: 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room

Avodat Ha-Lev: Exploring Prayer and the Siddur

January 5, 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

January 6, 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

Introduction to Judaism

January 7, 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

January 8, 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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Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat Service

January 9, 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

January 10, 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

January 12, 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

January 13, 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)

January 13, 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

Adonai, Open My Lips - אֲדֹנָי שְׂפָתַי תִּפְתָּח

January 13, 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

Introduction to Judaism

January 14, 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

January 15, 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 15, 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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The Spiritual Journeys of BJ Women Artists

January 15, 2015 • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm •
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s_brawarskySandee Brawarsky, Culture Editor of The Jewish Week, and BJ Member, will moderate a panel comprised of three BJ women artists -- Helene Aylon, Susan Reimer-Torn, and Basya Schechter -- who grew up orthodox but then had serious questions about that world and their place in it. Years later, they found themselves attracted to BJ, its authentic spirituality and its broader, more open view of Judaism. Each of the artists will speak about the path she took and share some of their work. Register here.

Location: 89th Street Middle Room

KesheTOT Shabbat Morning קשתות בשבת בבוקר

January 17, 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

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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
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Parashat Ki Tavo

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

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

July 26, 2014 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon

Fall Kabbalat Shabbat Service Change of Time

Alarm Clock. Photo: Duncan Hill

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

Jewish Bereavement and Support Groups

JBFCS

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

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