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

“Each year being a member of BJ has become more important to me. Coming to BJ has influenced our family life, improved our marriage and has opened my eyes to the importance of acting on social values.” — BJ Member


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




Upcoming Hebrew School Events

September Family Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Dinner

Friday, September 19 | 6:00PM | 89th Street Reception and Middle Rooms
Families with children in elementary and middle school are invited to join Rabbi Felicia Sol and Rabbinic Fellow Bryan Wexler for our first family service of year. Welcome in Shabbat with a warm, musical, participatory service, followed by dinner. We invite all of our families to attend and reunite with friends after a long summer away. Register online and email kkersey@bj.org with questions or dietary concerns

Keshet Open House

Tuesday, September 9 | 7:00PM | 89th Street Community House Sixth Floor
In partnership with the Israeli American Council, BJ is launching a new Hebrew immersion program, Keshet, for Hebrew-speaking children in Pre-K through 3rd grade. The program aims to raise lifelong learners, motivated by passion and creativity, proud of their Jewish and Israeli heritage and excited to form bonds with other Jewish and Israeli peers. Join us for an open house to learn more and to hear from the program’s staff and educators. Click here to get a taste of the Keshet experience via YouTube. R.S.V.P. to Allison Kapusta.

Sukkot Family Dinner

Thursday, October 9 | 5:30PM | 89th Street Sukkah (Rain Location: Frankel Hall)
Families with elementary- and middle school-aged children are invited for a festive dinner in the BJ Sukkah. Join us for “pizza in the hut” before attending second night Sukkot services in the Sanctuary. $18 per family. Register online and email kkersey@bj.org with questions or dietary concerns.

Holiday Apple Picking and Picnic

Sunday, September 14 | 10:00AM | Dr. Davies Farm (306 Route 304, Congers, NY)
Join BJ families as we prepare to usher in a sweet New Year with a fun day of apple picking followed by a bring-your-own picnic (weather permitting). We will meet in front of BJ’s Community House at 9:15AM and then caravan up to Dr. Davies Farm in Congers, NY (near Nyack and Pearl River). If you prefer to meet us at the farm, please try to arrive by 10:00AM. This is sponsored by the Hebrew School Advisory Committee. Please contact Galit Lopatin Bordereau to R.S.V.P. or if you have questions.


Zayin Class Shabbat Dinner

Friday, September 19 | 8:30PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Seventh graders at BJHS and their families are invited to a special dinner to kick off the school year as a community. Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat services in the Sanctuary before heading downstairs for dinner. Register online and email kkersey@bj.org with questions or dietary requests.

4th and 5th Grade Sukkah Sleepover

Saturday, October 11 | 8:00PM | 89th Street Sukkah (Rain Location: Frankel Hall)
A night of games, songs, snacks, and fun ends with a special sleepover in the BJ Sukkah. Families are invited to join us in Havdalah before dropping off their children. Register online, and email Bryan with questions.

5th and 6th Grade Simhat Torah Dinner

Thursday, October 16 | 6:30PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Join families and friends for a festive Simhat Torah dinner, and then dance your heart out with the Torah at BJ’s Simhat Torah Service. This celebration will be our first mitzvah together as 5th and 6th grade families, kicking off a year filled with exciting, new mitzvah opportunities. Register online and email Nina with questions.


Tuesdays | 4:00-6:00PM |89th Street Community House
Keshet is the Hebrew word for “rainbow” and it is also a Hebrew acronym for Kehillat Safa V’ Tarbut – Community of Language and Culture. At the core of the program is the exceptional Israeli staff, committed to creating a nurturing Hebrew/Israeli environment for our participants. In addition to Hebrew language education, we also explore aspects of Jewish and Israeli identity as well as learn about Jewish values and holidays through an Israeli prism. We are united by our shared goals to develop fluency in the Hebrew language, to instill love for Israeli culture and to build a vibrant and diverse community. For grades K-3. Register here.