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Shabbat Services

Hukkat

Friday, June 30

7:00 PMKabbalat Shabbat89th Street Gym

Saturday, July 1

9:30 AMShabbat Services89th Street Gym
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street 1st 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.

Morning Minyan

Week of June 25 - July 1

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

Summer Services: Location Changes

Saturday, June 17 through Labor Day | See Timetable For Locations

To accommodate summer renovations to the 88th St. Sanctuary and to offer air conditioning, all BJ services will migrate to the 89th St. Gym during the month of June and through Labor Day. Please see below for details of when services will move:  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.

Play Softball with BJ

Thursday Evenings | June 8 through early July
Each week, we invite you to join us for a friendly, non-competitive, co-ed softball game in Central Park. Please contact Craig Rosenberg at crosenberg6@optonline.net for more information.

Bim Bam and Bim Bam Hebrew Immersion

Fridays, June 9-August 18 | 9:15-10:00AM, 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | 89th Street Middle Room
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 $200/members and $300/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 Kobren.

*No class on June 30.

JIBC Follow-up Conversations with the Rabbis (Members Only)

Following the rabbis’ announcements at BJ’s Annual Meeting on June 15, as we embrace a significant change in how we approach the future of Jewish life in our community, all members are invited to attend an open, follow-up conversation with Roly and Felicia.

Please choose one of the following opportunities:

  • Thursday, June 29 | 6:30-7:45PM | 89th Street Community House, 3rd Floor
  • Thursday, July 6 | 12:30-1:45PM | Midtown Location, RSVP for details
  • Wednesday, July 12 | 8:30-9:45AM | 89th Street Community House, 3rd Floor
  • Wednesday, July 19 | 6:30-7:45PM | 89th Street Community House, 3rd Floor

In order to keep these gatherings intimate, registration is required and attendance will be limited to a maximum of 40 people per session.
* The July 6 session is limited to 25 people.

BJ members will receive an email with the booking link. If you haven’t yet received yours, please contact Lisa Shillan with your preferred session.

 

Second Level Bystander Intervention Training

Tuesday, July 18 | 5:30PM | 89th Street Community House
This training is for those who have already attend a first level training either at BJ with Rachel Levy, a social worker and member of the BJ community, trained by the Center for Anti-Violence Education, or elsewhere. Space is limited. Register here.

Musical Performance by Nigun HaLev’s Youth Caravan

Wednesday, July 12 | 7:00-8:00 PM | 89th St. Community House

Show your love and support for our partners at Nigun HaLev by taking part in an authentic experience of Israeli Jewish renewal! For ten days in July, hosted by BJ, Nigun HaLev’s Youth Caravan will visit Jewish summer camps where they will perform and meet with local youth.

On July 12, they will perform classic Jewish Israeli tunes from the Nigun HaLev repertoire at BJ. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but registration is required. Read more »

Hike the South Mountain Reservation with BJ

Sunday, July 16 | 10:00AM | South Mountain Reservation (meet at the Milburn NJ train station parking lot at 10am)

The South Mountain Reservation is a historic nature reservation 40 minutes from NYC in Essex County, New Jersey. The hike boasts rivers, waterfalls, hills, and a historic lookout used by the American Army in the Revolutionary War.
B’nai Jeshrun Tze’irim members will hike the South Mountain Reservation, which is easily accessed by public transit by taking NJ transit (Penn Station) to Millburn, NJ. The hike can be between 6-9 miles depending on the preferences of the group members.
Participants should bring 1 liter of water, salty snacks, long pants (to prevent ticks), sunscreen, boots/athletic shoes and a hat. 
Please contact Ben Swerdlow to RSVP. Please indicate how many miles you are comfortable hiking, relevant medical history, and your blood type (in case of emergency).

See INDECENT On Broadway

Tuesday, July 18 | 7:00PM | Cort Theater, 138 West 48th Street

INDECENT, written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel and directed by Tony Award-winner Rebecca Taichman, is now playing at the Cort Theatre on Broadway. A story about the love and passion to create theatre, even in the most difficult of circumstances, INDECENT is a celebration of Jewish history and culture. The play follows a troupe of actors, the cast of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, who risked their lives and careers against enormous challenges to perform a work in which they deeply believed, at a time when art, freedom and truth were on trial. It is a story told with compassion, honesty, but also with great theatricality, and joyous songs and dances.

With beautiful klezmer music underscoring the play throughout, outstanding choreography by David Dorfman and a fabulous ensemble, the New York Times raves INDECENT is “superbly realized and remarkably powerful,” and The Forward says it is “an ecstatic onstage celebration and a deep, powerful love letter to theater at its most touching and romantic.”  INDECENT received Tony Awards for Best Director and Best Lighting Design, and was nominated for Best Play.

Special offer applies for groups of 10+:
• $79 (regular price $129) Orchestra and Front Mezzanine
• $61 (regular price  $99) Rear Mezzanine
• $39 (regular price $59) Front Balcony

Click here to book your ticket!

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.

Early-bird pricing* is $200 per child for those who register by September 1, and $275 for those who register after. We encourage those of you who are able to do so to make a donation in order to ensure that all BJ teens can participate in this event. Please contact Contact Michelle with any questions! Register here.

*Early bird discount will be applied at checkout

BJ Mindfulness Retreat in Nature

January 14-21, 2018 | Costa Rica
Is multitasking in your daily life taking a toll? Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi Rachel Cowan, 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.

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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.

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 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
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Parashat Aharei Mot / Kedoshim

May 6, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Tazri'a-Metzora

April 29, 2017 • Sarah Yael Krinsky
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Parashat Shemini

April 22, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Vayikra

April 1, 2017 • Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

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.

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 heart 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.