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.

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

BJHS Open House

Thursday, April 24 | 5:00-6:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Thinking about Jewish education for the 2014-15 school year? Come learn more about the B’nai Jeshurun Hebrew School! Join Ivy Schreiber, Director of Education, to learn about the Hebrew School’s vision, tour the school and see classes in session, and hear from current parents and students. Register online, and email Kristen with any questions.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga

Saturday, April 26 | 3:00-4:30PM | 89th Street Gym
Get your heart pounding and your legs kicking on this Shabbat from Eve to End. Elementary school children ages 7-12 are invited to join certified Krav Maga instructors for an afternoon of learning on the Israeli self-defense system. No registration required, but be sure to wear comfortable clothing.

Jews and Baseball: Chasing Dreams Exhibit at NMAJH

Jews and Baseball

Sunday, April 27 | 11:00AM | National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia
Families with kids in grades K-7 are invited to join a special docent-led tour about the history of Jews in baseball. After our tour, gather on the mall across the street for a picnic lunch. Bring blankets, food and a ball for a game of catch. Cost is $12 per child and $16 per adult. Register online.

Greenmarket Scavenger Hunt

NYC GreenMarket by Barbara L. Hanson Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Sunday, April 27 | 1:00-3:00PM | 88th Street & Columbus Avenue Greenmarket
Join Yocheved Tupper in learning about sustainable, local, organic farming and why it is better for our bodies and for the world – especially when thinking about doing the mitzvah of feeding the hungry. We’ll meet at BJ, and walk to the Greenmarket at 81st Street and Columbus. R.S.V.P. directly to Yocheved.

Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day Speaker and Ceremony

Monday, April 28 | 5:00-6:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
We are blessed to host Mrs. Lore Strauss, grandmother of Theo Strauss, who survived the Shoah (Holocaust), as our speaker this year. This event will take place during BJHS, where all 5th, 6th, and 7th grade classes will attend. Non-BJHS students are also invited with their parents. R.S.V.P. to Emily Walsh.

Serve Guests at the BJ/SPSA Homeless Shelter

SPSA volunteers set the table for the nightly dinner for the guests in the BJ/SPSA Shelter for Homeless Women. Photo: Jim Melchiorre

Monday, April 28 | 6:15-9:00PM | 88th Street
Join Natalie Sela for a light dinner and discussion about the mitzvah of Hakhnassat Orhim, welcoming guests, before you serve guests at the Shelter at 7:00PM.  This is limited to two families in order to respect our guests’ space. R.S.V.P. to Natalie.

Visit BJ Member at the Atria Senior Living Center

DOROT Winter Package Delivery

Wednesday, April 30 | 4:00-5:30PM | 88th Street and Atria Senior Living Center
Join Emily Walsh in learning about the mitzvah of respecting our elderly, and pay a visit to a long-time BJ member who lives at the Atria.  We hope kids who participate in this mitzvah will want to continue making regular visits with the member in the future. R.S.V.P. directly to Emily.

Jewish Journey Project (JJP) Information Session

Jewish Journey Project Logo

Thursday, May 1 | 5:00-6:00PM | 89th Street Middle Room
Families with children entering fourth, fifth and sixth grades in the fall are invited to a special open house to learn more about the Jewish Journey Project at B’nai Jeshurun. This innovative Jewish education experience re-imagines the after school model by enriching the program with participatory experiences, a flexible schedule, choice, and more familial and communal involvement. Come learn about this program for the 2014-15 school year. Register online and email Kristen with questions.

Israeli Dancing

Israeli Dancing

Saturday, May 3 | After Kiddush | 86th Street Social Hall
In celebration of Israel’s 66th birthday join us for Israeli Dancing.


Teen Shabbat

Saturday, May 3 | 9:30AM | 86th Street Sanctuary
Join us this Shabbat as the rabbis sit with the congregation and the teens lead the service. The BJ Teens will lead tefillot (prayers), read Torah and Haftarah, deliver d’vrei Torah (teachings), and share about their experiences in the many parts of our teen program at BJ. The seventh graders at the Hebrew School will also be honored with a special aliyah celebrating their graduation from BJHS and inviting them into the teen community. We invite you to learn more about what our teens have done in, and for, our community this year.

Shirim LeYeladim: Hebrew Songs for Children

Hebrew Children's Songs

Sunday, May 4 | 10:00-10:45AM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Come join the rakevet (train), climb on the Aviron (airplane), and join the rikudim (dancing) with a song session for children ages 1-6 in Hebrew. Registration recommended.

Yom Ha'atzmaut Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, May 4 | 11:00AM-1:30PM | 88th Street & Upper West Side
Join a team with Chaya Bender on a scavenger hunt exploring the Israeli surprises of the Upper West Side with photo challenges, riddles and more. Prizes for the winning team, guaranteed fun for all ages! The hunt will culminate in a groovy concert of modern Israeli music 1:00-1:30PM. Rain or shine. For families with children in 4th-7th grades. R.S.V.P. directly to Chaya.