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Shabbat Services

Shofetim

Friday, August 25

7:00 PMKabbalat Shabbat89th Street Gym

Saturday, August 25

9:30 AMShabbat Services89th Street Gym
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street 3rd Floor

Holiday Services

Yamim Nora’im 5778

For a complete schedule of services for the High Holy Days, click here.

 

For a summary of Children and Family Services, click here.

 

If you wish to attend services, we invite you to become a member of BJ. Find out more here.

Tisha Be’Av | Fast of 9th of Av

Monday, July 31

8:12 PMStart of the Fast
8:30 PMMa’ariv89th Street Gym

Tuesday, August 1

7:30 AMShaharit89th Street Gym
9:00 AMLearning Session89th Street Gym
6:00 PMLearning Session89th Street Gym
6:45 PMMinha89th Street Gym
8:49 PMEnd of the Fast
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Morning Minyan

Week of August 20 - 26

89th Street Community House | More info »
9:30 AMSunday
7:30 AMMonday
7:30 AMTuesday
7:30 AMWednesday
7:30 AMThursday
7:30 AMFriday

Kadima@BJ: Our new elective based Hebrew School Model

Kadima@BJ, our new elective-based Hebrew School model, has been successful and exciting for students this year. We have incorporated all that we learned last year and are excited to share that our new and improved Kadima@BJ model for next year will:

Yes to Love, No to Hate: An Interfaith Gathering of Solidarity, Hope, and Action

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 | 6:00PM | The Fourth Universalist Society, 160 Central Park West (between 75th and 76th Streets)

Join us this Wednesday for an Interfaith Gathering of Solidarity, Hope, and Action.
This is a time for NYC’s communities of faith to come together to reaffirm our shared spiritual values, to gain strength, and to affirm our commitment to each other in the fight against hatred and bigotry.

Join us as we pray and seek peace—shalom, salaam.

Join the Facebook event here to stay up-to-date, and click the button below to sign up.

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Connect with Community Members: Volunteer as a Yamim Nora'im Usher and Pledge Collector

Got a great smile? Like making people feel good? Sign up to volunteer as an usher or greeter, and be the warm and welcoming face of BJ for over 3,500 people who come to High Holy Days services. Ushers help by handing out mahzorim, directing members to open seats, and making sure services run smoothly.

Want to be part of the effort that sustains this community? Volunteer to collect Kol Nidre pledge cards on Erev Yom Kippur. Help make the High Holy Days happen! To sign up, click here.

A Night of Remembrance: A High Holiday Support Group for the Bereaved

Thursday, September 7 or Wednesday, September 13 | 6:30-8:00 PM | 89th Street Chapel
A group for those who have experienced loss and find the High Holidays painful or difficult to navigate. We will draw strength, support, and comfort from one another and the resources of our shared tradition. Light refreshments will be served. Facilitated by Rabbi Michael Boino, BJ’s coordinator of pastoral care and support through the Jewish Board’s Partners in Caring Program. Please choose one evening to attend. Click here for Thursday September 7 or click here for Wednesday September 13. Questions? Contact Michael by email or at x238.

 

Tot Shabbat

Shabbat

Friday, September 8 | 5:15-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary and Frankel Hall 

Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration with BJ staff and teens. Register here by Wednesday, September 6.

Contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The cost is $22/members, and $29/non-members. Children eat free.

Bim Bam and Bim Bam Hebrew Immersion

Bim Bam and Bim Bam Hebrew Immersion
Fridays, September 8-December 15 | 9:15-10:00AM, 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel

Bim Bam gives children under three a fun space to explore Shabbat through interactive songs and stories while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. Sessions at 9:15AM or 10:15AM feature both English and Hebrew songs, while the 11:15 AM class is full Hebrew immersion. The series is $220/members and $330/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Program is led by BJ music educator, Eliana Light. Hebrew Immersion is led by Shira Averbuch. Questions? Email Allison Kapusta.

No class on September 22 (Rosh Hashanah), September 29 (Yom Kippur), October 6 (Sukkot), November 24 (Thanksgiving)

 

Family Open House at Rabbi Felicia Sol's

Sunday, September 10 | 10:30AM-12:30PM | Location Upon Registration
BJ members with children in 2nd grade and younger are invited to reconnect with BJ friends and meet new people at Rabbi Felicia’s home. Enjoy snacks and schmoozing while children are engaged in games and play. Address provided upon registration. RSVP here.

Conversational Hebrew Group

Sunday, September 10 | 5:30-7:00PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.

Get together with other proficient Hebrew speakers to discuss current affairs with your BJ friends. Each month, a topic will be chosen and reading material in both English and Hebrew will be provided. At our meetings, we will hold a facilitated discussion in Hebrew on the chosen topic. Get to know other Hebrew speakers in our community and learn about and share your thoughts on current events and trends. Proficiency in Hebrew is required to fully participate in this salon.

This month we host Eliezra Kasuto, granddaughter of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, for an insider’s insight on Ben-Yehuda’s life’s work reviving the Hebrew language.

Please contact Nili for more details.

Selihot: Tuning the Soul for the Yamim Nora'im

Mondays, September 11, September 18 and September 25 | 7:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
We yearn for the divine just as the divine yearns to find us – simultaneous quests guided by the soulful, plaintive music of piyut. For the past 1,000 years, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews have gathered for the forty days from the beginning of the month of Elul through Rosh Hashanah, and up to Yom Kippur, rising at dawn to sing and to prepare the soul for repentance and renewal. Led by Rabbi Roly Matalon and music director Dan Nadel, our three-part series will engage us in that spiritual journey and get us ready for the upcoming sublime days of soul-searching and prayer through haunting melodies of ancient Jewish communities as well as modern Israeli poetry and song. The series is free of charge and open to the public.

Economic Justice Hevra Day Trip

Sunday, October 15 | 6:00AM-9:30PM | Riverhead Worker Center on Long Island

Support Immigrants, Labor Rights and Ethical Consumption.

Please join the Economic Justice Hevra for a day trip to the Riverhead Worker Center on Long Island to meet with farmworkers, tour local farms, and enjoy a delicious lunch in support of those who harvest the food we eat. We will be traveling together by bus. There is limited space available — please register your interest by September 12. We will then be in touch with further information, including cost, once we have an indication of numbers. Questions? Contact Paula for more details.

Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

Wednesday, September 13 | 6:30-8:30PM | Offsite Location

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. In doing so, we aim to acknowledge 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 New Yorkers depend can have the dignity and equality they deserve. If you are interested in attending these meetings or have questions, please contact Lisa. Location upon RSVP.

Join us for Selihot

Saturday, September 16 | 9:00PM | 89th Street Community House and 88th Street Sanctuary
Enter Yamim Nora’im through the Gate of Selihot, beginning with Havdalah at 9:00PM, followed by breakout sessions for learning and exploration with Rabbi Shuli Passow, Rabbi Michael Boino, Rabbi Adina Lewittes, and Cantor David Mintz.

  • Havdalah and breakout sessions | 9:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
  • Coffee break | 10:30PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
  • Selihot service | 11:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

New Member Brunch

Sunday, September 17 | 9:30AM | 89th Street Middle Room

Looking for ways to get to know B’nai Jeshurun on a smaller, more intimate scale? Morning minyan is a wonderful way to connect! Join us for brunch following morning minyan where we’ll welcome new members to our community, as well as prospective members, who would like to learn more about BJ. There is no charge, but please RSVP here.

Hebrew Ulpan - אולפן עברית

Mondays or Tuesdays, beginning September 18, 2017 | 89th Street Community House

Learn Hebrew at BJ! Join other members of the BJ community in a small group environment to build and improve your Hebrew conversational skills. The Hebrew Ulpan course is designed to enable students to recognize the fundamental structure of Hebrew and its basic forms, as well as to acquire the necessary vocabulary for everyday conversations, reading, and writing: Read more »

IAC KesheTOT@BJ

Tuesdays, September 19-December 12 | 4:00-5:00PM | 89th Street Community House

IAC KesheTOT is an innovative program for families with infants and toddlers from birth until 3.5 years old. Children gain a sense of community, flavored by Israeli culture and Jewish heritage. Programming includes music, stories, and movement. Families also celebrate Jewish holidays together in a uniquely Israeli way. IAC KesheTOT is conducted exclusively in Hebrew and run by Israeli teachers.
This unique program is a great fit for both Hebrew speakers and non-Hebrew speakers alike. Questions? Contact Itay Asaf for more details.

KesheTOT – Fall Semester (13 sessions)
BJ Member – $338
Non-Member – $390

IAC Keshet@BJ

Tuesdays, September 19-December 12 | 4:00-5:30PM | 89th Street Community House 

IAC Keshet is open to both Hebrew and English speakers for families with children ages 4-6. The program is a comprehensive approach to building an engaged community through a connection to Israel, Hebrew language, Israeli culture, and Jewish values.

IAC Keshet is a national Israeli enrichment program that builds a warm, welcoming community of Israelis and Americans that share pride in their Jewish heritage and love for Israel. At IAC Keshet, your children will gain Hebrew language skills and build friendships through cultural activities and educational programming including music, dance, play, and arts.

Parents will be invited to join for special programs such as holiday celebrations throughout the year. Exact dates for these programs will be available shortly. Questions? Contact Itay Asaf for more details.

Keshet – Full Year (29 sessions)
BJ Member – $1400
Non-Member – $1500

Fall Teen Retreat

Friday, Oct 20-Sunday Oct 22 | Location TBA

There is no better way to unwind from the High Holy Days that spending a weekend away with the BJ teen community! Throughout the weekend, teens will spend time with old friends, make new ones, and deepen their connection with the BJ community while experiencing a meaningful Shabbat outside of the city. Transportation will be provided. All meals are kosher or vegetarian and include snacks on Friday afternoon through breakfast on Sunday. Read more »

BJ New Parents Group

With Meg Akabas 
Wednesdays, October 25-December 13 | 10:00-11:30AM | 89th Street Community House 
Join new parents and babies ages 0-5 months to gain information, share your experiences, and support one another in the early days of parenthood. We will explore topics such as the development of parental identity, bonding with your newborn, understanding and communicating with your baby, responding to baby’s needs, partner relationships, and parenting through a Jewish lens. Led by Meg Akabas, NYSPEP-Certified Parenting Educator and author of “52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom.”

Contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The cost is $224/members, and $280/non-members. Register Here.

BJ Mindfulness Retreat in Nature

January 14-21, 2018 | Costa Rica
Is multitasking in your daily life taking a toll? Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Sol Gonzalez, and local nature guides for a week of simple living in the rich ecology of the Costa Rica rain forest and the rustic elegance and organic fine cuisine of La Montaña Azul Center. We will explore Jewish Mindfulness Practice as a way to connect more deeply with our soul, our truest values and with God’s creation, of which we are an integral part. Each day we will pray, meditate, set a kavanah (intention), follow integrative body movement practices, ‘bear witness’ to local social initiatives and experience nature. Click here to learn more.

Volunteer Opportunity - The Mitzvah of the Shofar

Sunday, September 24-Thursday September 28 | various times and locations

Perform a mitzvah by visiting homebound BJ members to blow the shofar in their homes. An orientation will take place on Tuesday September 12 at 6:30PM at BJ, to learn more about the mitzvah and the tekiot, and pairs of volunteer will be matched to make visits between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This volunteer opportunity is for shofar blowers of all ages, but you must have some experience and you must bring your own shofar. Please sign up here before September 8. Any questions, contact Galit Bordereau (galit.lb@gmail.com) or Paula Weiss (pskw50@gmail.com).

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"In the Mirror" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

Thursdays, December 1, 8, and 15, January 5, 12, 19, and 26, February 2, 9, 16, and 23, March 2, 9, and 16 | 12:30-1:30PM | Location Provided Upon Registration
Through the close reading of short stories about the lives, struggles, and concerns of the Talmudic rabbis, we uncover deeper layers of our own selves and we become better equipped to wrestle with our human 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. BJ members only. To register, please click here or email Beth.

Notary Services for BJ Members

Business hours | 89th Street

We are pleased to announce that our Human Resources and Administrative Associate, Shakeara Hatchett, is now authorized to provide notary services (for personal or business purposes) to all BJ members. Email Shakeara to set up a notary appointment.

Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays, November 2, 2016 – May 10, 2017 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street Community House
This course 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. Individuals $435 members /$660 non-members; Couples $645 members /$975 non-members. Click here to register or contact Billie with questions.

Summer Service Locations

Saturday, June 17 through Labor Day 

To accommodate summer renovations to the 88th St. Sanctuary and to offer air conditioning, all BJ services are located at 89th Street, 3rd floor, during the month of June and through Labor Day.  Read more »

Sponsor a Light Summer Kiddush

Saturdays, July 1 through September 2 | After Morning Services | 89th Street Community House

During the summer months, we provide a light kiddush of fruit and cookies following Shabbat morning services. If you’re interested in sponsoring a light kiddush, please email Davia or call her at x234.

Kulanu Kids

Saturdays, October 8, 2016 – May 13, 2017 | 10:20AM – 12:00PM |  86th Street Social Hall

Join Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, the BJ rabbis, and a team of teen musicians in a family-friendly celebration of Shabbat. Previously known as Junior Congregation, Kulanu is a participatory prayer space in which 3rd-6th graders and their families will use song, games, prayer, and art to make Shabbat morning come alive. Upon meeting in the main sanctuary, we will take the Torah out of the ark and dance our way to the Kulanu space downstairs. For more information, contact Arielle Rosenberg.

 *On the second Saturday of every month, Kulanu is kids only.

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Parashat Pinhas

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Parashat Balak

July 8, 2017 • Rabbi Mira Rivera
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Parashat Hukat

July 1, 2017 • Sarah Yael Krinsky
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Parashat Shlah-lekha

June 17, 2017 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Behaalotkha

June 10, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Naso

June 3, 2017 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Bemidbar

May 27, 2017 • Arielle Rosenberg
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Parashat Behar-Behukotai

May 20, 2017 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Emor

May 13, 2017 • Rabbi Sarit Horwitz

Connect with Community Members: Volunteer as a Yamim Nora'im Usher and Pledge Collector

Got a great smile? Like making people feel good? Sign up to volunteer as an usher or greeter, and be the warm and welcoming face of BJ for over 3,500 people who come to High Holy Days services. Ushers help by handing out mahzorim, directing members to open seats, and making sure services run smoothly.

Want to be part of the effort that sustains this community? Volunteer to collect Kol Nidre pledge cards on Erev Yom Kippur. Help make the High Holy Days happen! To sign up, click here.

Volunteers Needed for Hesed: Shabbat Connections

Our community is strongest when we care for each other in times of need. Do a deed of lovingkindness by connecting with members of the BJ community who are homebound, lonely, or in need of some extra care. With regular and consistent phone calls we can brighten the days and warm the hearts of those who need it most. Please contact Joni Brenner at ShabbatConnections@bj.org for more information on how you can help.

Hate Has No Home Here

Have a spare half hour? Join our Hate Has No Home Here campaign. Summer is a great time to offer multi-language “Hate Has No Home Here” signs to local shopkeepers, restaurants, and businesses. A single sign can give hope and comfort to a passing undocumented immigrant, Muslim parent, or other targeted community member. And if you’re traveling, consider taking a few signs to Cape Cod, Maine, or Italy! For more information, contact Nora Gaines.

Meals for New Parents

Like to cook?  Be part of new effort to reach out with a loving hand to families in our community!  Join a team of people who will sign up to cook meals for parents when a baby is born.  Contact Enid Lotstein at Enid.Lotstein@gmail.com.

Service and Hospitality: Volunteer with the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program

Thursdays | 11:30AM-1:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Every Thursday at BJ we welcome guests into our synagogue for a delicious lunch, friendly companionship, and music performed by a BJ member every other week. Join our lunch program by volunteering and taking part in the warm and welcoming atmosphere we offer to our guests. To learn more about this opportunity or to volunteer contact Larissa Wohl or call x272.