Hebrew School

Hebrew School Model SederThe Hebrew School strives to create a rich, vibrant learning environment in which we can nourish our children’s growing Jewish identities, create a community of peers that is part of the larger community at BJ and the global Jewish community, and build the skills that children will need to be participatory members of their community.

The Hebrew School is a place where our children can learn new skills and ideas, struggle with questions of theology, meaning, and connection at an age-appropriate level, and test what they have learned through prayer, discussion, and interaction with BJ’s spiritual leaders and staff.

Please see our Vision Statement, and download copies of our Family Handbook and calendar for the year.


The Hebrew School meets at 270 West 89th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue) on Mondays and Thursdays, 4:00-6:00PM. The first day of Hebrew School is Monday, September 15.

Gan and Aleph (Kindergarten and First Grade)4:00-5:30PM, Monday OR Thursday
Bet (Second Grade)4:00-6:00PM, Monday OR Thursday
Gimmel, Dalet, Hey and Vav (Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grades)4:00-6:00PM, Monday AND Thursday
Zayin (Seventh Grade)4:00-6:00PM, Monday only

“Our family and BJ are integrally woven together. We have been enriched by its members, the people who participate in the daily minyan and Shabbat services and by the spiritual leaders – on a daily basis, and in times of joy as well (and in particular) in times of grief.”— BJ Member


For more information, including membership requirements, financial aid, and payment schedules, and registration forms, click here.




Upcoming Hebrew School Events

Jewish Journey Project Information Session

Jewish Journey Project Logo

Monday, April 20 and Thursday, May 14 | 5:00 – 6:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join us to learn more about the Jewish Journey Project (JJP) at BJ. Information Session with JJP Director Lori Forman-Jacobi and BJ Director of Education Ivy Schreiber on Monday, April 20 or Thursday, May 14. JJP at BJ is for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The Jewish Journey Project is an innovative Jewish education experience that re-imagines the after school model by enriching the program with participatory experiences, a flexible schedule, choice, and more familial and communal involvement. See more on the JJP website or BJ’s JJP pagePlease register here.

BJHS Open House

BJHS kids raising hands

Thursdays, April 30 and May 7 | 5:00-6:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Are you thinking about Jewish education for the 2015-16 school year? Learn more about B’nai Jeshurun Hebrew School! Join Ivy Schreiber, Director of Education, on either April 30 or May 7, 5:00-6:00PM in the 88th Street Sanctuary for an informative Open House. Learn about the Hebrew School’s vision, tour the building, see classes in session, and hear from current parents and students. We look forward to sharing our school with you! Register here.

Poster Making for the Celebrate Israel Parade - Inter-generational event!

Monday, May 11 | 5:00-7:00PM | 89th Street Community House
Join us in designing and decorating the main banner BJ members will carry on the Celebrate Israel Parade on May 31, or create your own individual poster to carry with you as you walk. If you are creative, talented, or want to support the team effort, come and join us. R.S.V.P. to omoss@bj.org so we can order you a slice, too.

Picnic in Riverside Park

Park Picnic

Saturday, May 16 | Following Services | Riverside Park
Celebrate springtime with a picnic lunch in Riverside Park following Shabbat services. Families are invited to bring their own lunch, picnic blankets, and outdoor games. We’ll provide cookies and fruit. We will walk to the park as a group after services at 86th Street.


Jews, Money, Kids, and Class: Parent Conversation with Ron Lieber


Monday, May 18 | 7:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
In his book The Opposite of SpoiledRon Lieber delivers a manifesto against silence around money in families. In his talk, he will bring this argument to life, distilling his best, most intuitive ideas from his half-decade of reporting on the topic. Ron likes conversations more than presentations, so please bring the toughest question your child has ever asked about money and stories of your own efforts to raise grounded young kids. BJ members and non-members are invited to attend – bring a friend! Free. Register here.

Celebrate Israel Festival

Celebrate Israel IAC

Sunday, May 31 | 2:00-7:00PM | Pier 94, 711 12th Ave
This year’s theme – Jerusalem and Tel Aviv: Cities of Light, will give attendees the opportunity to get a taste of Israel’s greatest cities and discover the magic and history behind them. Featuring a performance by Israeli megastar Rita, a recreation of Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market, a community mural, teen pavilion, and more. For a full list of attractions, click here. Advance registration required.

Visions of Israel – BJ Family Trip 2015


Wednesday December 23, 2015 – Saturday January 2, 2016 | Israel
Join us on our upcoming trip to Israel. We will explore places, meet people, spend Shabbat with our partner communities and create bonds to last a lifetime. For all information regarding cost, registration and itinerary please go to www.bj.org/trips.

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