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    Join us in welcoming Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Vice-President of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles and Dean of its Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies.

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    Read a message from our rabbis on BJ's commitment to social justice and responding to the prophetic vision.

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    Spend a weekend surrounded by the voices of women, partaking in beautiful services, and connecting with Rabbi Felicia Sol and Chen Ben-Or Tsfoni.

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Shabbat Services

Vayak’hel-Pekudei

Friday, March 24

7:00 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary
7:00 PMHitoreri – Teen Kabbalat Shabbat88th St. Frankel Hall

Saturday, March 25

9:30 AMShabbat ServicesSanctuary
10:20 AMKulanu (Junior Congregation)Social Hall
10:45 AMChildren’s ServicesChapel

Holiday Services

Pesah
April 10-18

Tuesday, April 11
9:30 AMFirst Day Morning ServiceSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
Wednesday, April 12
9:30 AMSecond Day Morning ServiceSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
Sunday, April 16
7:30 PMSeventh Day Evening ServiceSanctuary
Monday, April 17
9:30 AMSeventh Day Morning ServiceSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
8:00 PMEighth Day Evening ServiceSanctuary
Tuesday, April 18
9:30 AMEighth Day Morning Service (Yizkor)Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
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Morning Minyan

Week of March 26 - April 1

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

Registration Open for BJ Hazorim CSA 2017

Tuesdays, June 6-October 31 | 4:30-7:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Join BJ’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and pick up fresh, organic produce from Free Bird Farm at BJ once a week for 22 weeks. Choose from delicious vegetable, egg, fruit, and butter shares. Register here by May 1.

For more information, contact Larissa.

BJ Talks

Wednesday, March 15 | 7:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary | Members Only

BJ Talks is a unique opportunity to hear from six of your fellow BJ members with divergent viewpoints on Jewish identity and intermarriage, presented in a TED Talks-style format.

Our exceptional speakers are: Carole BalinMeredith BerkmanTodd ChankoKay GardinerSaul Nathan-Kazis, and Jack Stern.

Following the presentations, attendees will be invited to engage in small roundtable discussions to delve further into the ideas raised.

BJ members should have received an email with a registration link. If you have not received this link, please email JIBC@bj.org.

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Siah: A Monthly Minyan for Learners and Seekers

Shabbat Candles photo: gerard montigny

Every 3rd Saturday of the month | November 19, 2016-May 20, 2017 | 9:30AM-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel 

Led by Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, this intimate, conversation-based service is geared towards those who are exploring Jewish prayer for the first time or who hope to build confidence in their Hebrew language and prayer skills. Join us as we dive into Shabbat morning liturgy and engage in meaningful discussion around the language, songs, and concepts of the Torah. If you have questions or hope to get involved with Siah, please contact Arielle (x224).

Women's Retreat 2017

Friday, May 19-Sunday, May 21 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Spend a weekend surrounded by the voices of women and exploring the theme: Marching Toward Sinai: Torah of Spiritual Resistance. Build deeper connections in the BJ community through beautiful services, a joyous Shabbat, and conversations with Rabbi Felicia Sol and former BJ Rabbinic Fellow Chen Ben-Or Tsfoni.

Member Double Room, $350; Member Single Room, $450; Non-members, $500. Discounted rates for members if registration is complete before March 1! There are a limited amount of single rooms. Register here. For bus transportation, click here. Contact Billie for information.

Hitoreri, Hitoreri: Teen Only Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Dinner

Friday, March 24 | 7:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Join us for our monthly teen only Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing, kavannot, and mindfulness practice and followed by a Shabbat dinner. Register for dinner by Wednesday, March 22.

A Celebration Honoring BJ Volunteers

Saturday, March 25 | During Shabbat Services and at the Community Kiddush | 86th Street Sanctuary
“All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the Divine…” -Shemot/Exodus 35:21

The Torah teaches that the Mishkan (the sacred dwelling place of the Divine presence during the 40 years of wandering) could not have been built without the unique gifts and contributions of all those whose hearts and souls moved them to give.

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A Visit to Queens Baptist Church

Sunday, March 26 | Services begin at 10:00AM | Queens Baptist Church (93-23 217th Street, Queens Village, NY) 
After serving as our guest preacher on MLK weekend, Pastor Brian Ellis-Gibbs has invited us to join his congregation for worship. Transit information TBA for those who wish to travel to the church with BJ (alternatively, feel free to meet us there). Let us know if you’ll be joining us.

Adventures in Jewish Genealogy and History: Lessons, Observations, and Provocations

Sunday, March 26 | 11:00AM | 89th Street Reception Room

Join Connections and longtime BJ member Ira Wolfman for a discussion on ten meaningful things he’s learned about Judaism: what he terms “lessons, observations, and provocations.” Ira is an editor and writer who runs an editorial consulting business, POE Communications. He specializes in creating educational materials for children in grades K-12 but has also spent much of the past 30 years writing about Jewish history and genealogy. His books include Jewish New York: Notable Neighborhoods and Memorable Moments and Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Offline Genealogy for Kids and Other Beginners. For the past four years, Ira has worked with the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, and has written numerous reviews of nonfiction books for the Jewish Book Council’s publications.

Brunch will be provided. Cost is $15 per person. Click here to register.

Tze’irim Shelter Cooking

Sunday, March 26 | 12:00PM | 88th Street Kitchen

Join other 20s/30s as we make dinner for the BJ/SPSA Homeless Shelter. Suggested donation to help cover costs ($8-10); no cooking experience necessary. R.S.V.P. to Sarit at shorwitz@bj.org.

Hate Has No Home Here

Monday, March 27 | 7:00PM | 89th Street Middle Room
Would you like to do something concrete and powerful to spread a message of tolerance, sanctuary, and solidarity with non-citizens and other targeted members of our neighborhoods?  Join a meeting to plan and organize the distribution of multi-language “Hate Has No Home Here” signs to local shops, schools, and offices. R.S.V.P. to Nora at ngaines@bankstreet.edu

Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

Monday, March 27 | 6:30-8:30PM | R.S.V.P. for 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.

From the Law Books to the Battlefield: A Conversation with Gadi Ezra

Tuesday, March 28 | 7:00-8:30PM | Location Upon R.S.V.P.

As both a human rights attorney and a soldier in the Israeli Special Forces, Gadi Ezra holds an unparalleled perspective on war. Ezra headed the Laws of War desk at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he advised policy makers and diplomats on humanitarian law, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights and sanctions regimes. While studying law in Tel-Aviv, Ezra was recruited to fight in Operation Cast Lead, during which his Special Forces unit was among the first infantry units to enter the Gaza Strip. Drawing from his personal experiences and his background as a human rights lawyer, Ezra examines the dilemmas that today’s soldiers face, including the complexities of abiding by the laws of warfare during actual combat. Please register here for this event. 

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Bikkur Holim Gathering: Sacred Listening

Tuesday, March 28 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Current and prospective Bikkur Holim volunteers are invited to this learning session led by Rabbi Shuli Passow, BJ Director of Community Engagement. Together we will learn how to be present as a visitor, and also how to listen for what’s really going on underneath. Light snacks will be provided. Register here or contact Billie with questions.

Painful Hope: A Different Approach To Solving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Thursday, March 30 | 7:00-8:30PM | 89th Street Community House 

Join two peace activists–one an Israeli settler, Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, and one a Christian Palestinian, Antwan Saca–as they tell their personal stories and describe how the two intertwine. They come with no ready peace plans in hand, but only with the conviction that human understanding and trust will be the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom, and peace on the tiny sliver of land they both call home. Read more »

Cesar Chavez Rally for New York State Farmworkers

Thursday, March 30 | 10:45AM-12:00PM | New York City Hall

Join Rabbi Matalon and fellow BJ community members in supporting the dignity and rights of farm laborers. We will meet at 10:45AM in front of the City Hall steps near the Brooklyn Bridge. Let us know you’re coming here.

Click here for more information on the Justice for Farmworkers campaign and the work of Cesar Chavez. 

Shabbat with Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Friday, March 31-Saturday, April 1 | 8:00-9:30PM Friday; during Shabbat morning services and 5:00-6:30PM Saturday | 88th and 89th Street

Join us in welcoming Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Vice-President of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles and Dean of its Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies. Here’s what we have in store:

  • Friday: During our Community Shabbat Dinner, Artson will discuss “God of Becoming & Relationship: A New Way to Inspire Ourselves and Our Community.” Register for dinner here
  • Saturday morning: At services Artson will deliver the D’var Torah, entitled “We Are All On The Way: Making the Process of Identity, Ethics, & Meaning Our Own.”
  • Saturday afternoon: Artson will lecture on “Judaism as Wisdom: The World is Changing, Can Judaism Help?”

This Shabbat programming is sponsored by Stephen Stulman. Questions? Contact Billie.

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Shorashim Chocolate Seder

Saturday, April 1 | 2:30-4:00PM | 89th Street Community House

Do you love Passover?  Do you love chocolate?!  If you are in 3rd-5th grade and answered yes to either of these questions, then this event is not to be missed!  Come celebrate Passover in the most delicious way possible as we make our way through the Passover seder using interactive activities, Shabbat-friendly crafts, and–you guessed it–chocolate!  

Members of Shorashim, email Michelle to R.S.V.P.

All other members may register here.  

Passover Palooza!

Saturday, April 1 | 5:00PM | 89th Street Community House
Celebrate Passover with Garinim!  Students in K-2nd grade are invited to come and play games, decorate Elijah’s cup, and bring the Passover story to life. Members of Garinim, email Michelle to R.S.V.P. All other members may register here.  

*Parents, want to have some fun while your children play? Israeli Wine Tasting for Young Couples and Parents will be taking place at the same time as Passover Palooza, so make sure to register now!

Israeli Wine Tasting for Young Couples and Parents (Babysitting Provided)

Saturday, April 1 | 5:00-6:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary 

Spend a Shabbat afternoon tasting and learning about exquisite Israeli wines, noshing on cheese, and schmoozing with fellow BJ members. An Israeli wine expert from the Israeli Wine Producers Association will teach you everything you wanted to know about the growing wine industry in Israel while your children are entertained with Shabbat programming. This is a fabulous opportunity for young people (with or without kids) to get to know each other. This event is free but registration is required. Register here

We are happy to provide babysitting from 5:00-6:00PM for children ages 2 and up. The room will be supervised by BJ professional staff and teenage volunteers.

The Israeli Book Club Discusses 'The Lover' by A.B. Yehoshua

Sunday, April 2 | 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. Our next book is A.B. Yehoshua’s first novel, The Lover (1977). In the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War, Adam, a middle-aged Israeli with a wife and daughter, searches for his wife’s lover amidst the chaos of battle. Through Adam’s quest a dramatic series of events unfold, exposing tensions on all fronts: among family, between generations, between Jews and Arabs, and in the broader landscape of Israel. Register here

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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.

Bim Bam and Bim Bam Hebrew Immersion

Fridays, January 6-May 19  | 9:15-10:00AM, 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
Children ages 3 and under explore Shabbat through song and story while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. For sessions that feature both English and Hebrew stories, register for the 9:15AM or 10:15AM class. For full Hebrew immersion, register for the 11:15AM timeslot. The cost is $342/members and $475/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 educator and musician, Shira Averbuch.

"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Reading from the Torah

Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 21, 28; April 4 |12:30-1:45PM | 89th Street Middle Room

Bring a bag lunch and open up your soul to the nourishment and challenge of the Hassidic rabbis with the study of Itturei Torah: Torah Gems on the Weekly Torah Portion. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol as we imagine old world wisdom for everyday life. Each class will stand alone so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. Free of charge. Register here.

Registration for ‘Israel Celebrates 70’ Community Trip to Israel Now Open

December 25, 2017 – January 3, 2018 | Registration open through May 2017 

Visiting Israel with fellow BJ members, rabbis and staff is always a memorable experience. Our Israel trips combine service, study, and prayer and are designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Israeli society and culture.

As Israel celebrates 70 years of Independence, we are delighted to announce a new community trip scheduled from December 25, 2017 to January 3, 2018.  Read more »

Soulful Start: Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

Every other Saturday (January 7, 21, February 4, 18, March 4, 18, April 1, 15, 19, May 13, 27) | 8:45-9:25AM | 86th Street Chapel
Please 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.

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.

Siah: A Monthly Minyan for Learners and Seekers

Shabbat Candles photo: gerard montigny

Every 3rd Saturday of the month | November 19, 2016-May 20, 2017 | 9:30AM-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel 

Led by Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, this intimate, conversation-based service is geared towards those who are exploring Jewish prayer for the first time or who hope to build confidence in their Hebrew language and prayer skills. Join us as we dive into Shabbat morning liturgy and engage in meaningful discussion around the language, songs, and concepts of the Torah. If you have questions or hope to get involved with Siah, please contact Arielle (x224).

BJ's Stories of Freedom

Tuesday, February 14-Friday, March 31 | online

Many of us have immigrant and refugee stories that come from our own lives or the lives of our loved ones. Were it not for the openness of this country, many of us would not be here today. During the 49 days of the Omer that carry us from Redemption to Revelation, we will be sharing refugee and immigrant stories from those within the BJ community in regular emails. Stand with all who are still awaiting freedom and refuge and submit your story here by Friday, March 31. 

*Though we hope to be able to use all of the stories that we receive, we may have to make selections depending on the number of submissions.

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.

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 Teruma

March 4, 2017 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Yitro

February 18, 2017 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Beshalah • Shabbat Shirah

February 11, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Bo

February 4, 2017 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Va-era • Shabbat Rosh Hodesh

January 28, 2017 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Vayigash

January 7, 2017 • Rabbi Sarit Horwitz
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Parashat Miketz • Shabbat Hanukkah

December 31, 2016 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Vayeshev

December 24, 2016 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Vayishlah

December 17, 2016 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein, Dr Ron Taffel
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Parashat Vayetze

December 10, 2016 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon

BJ/SPSA Shelter Volunteer Opportunities

SPSA volunteers set the table for the nightly dinner for the guests in the BJ/SPSA Shelter for Homeless Women. Photo: Jim MelchiorreMonday and Tuesday | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday | 86th Street Social Hall

Our shelter is always looking for new set up and sleepover volunteers and food donors. Getting involved is easy. For food donors: families, individuals or groups can get together to prepare a light meal for 10-12 people at the synagogue, the church, at home, or even order in a light meal for our guests. Set up shifts are from 7:00-9:00PM and sleepover shifts  from 9:00PM-7:00AM. Perform a mitzvah all while sleeping through the night! To sign up or learn more, contact Larissa or call x272.

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.

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.