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

“BJ is a sanctuary where we are proud to be Jews and where we feel good about the values our children learn.”— BJ Member


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




Upcoming Hebrew School Events

Family Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Dinner

Shabbat from Eve to End

Friday, March 13 | 6:00 – 8:00PM | 89th Street Gym
Welcome in Shabbat with our family-friendly service and dinner. Join Rabbinic Fellow Bryan Wexler and Hazzan Ari Priven for a musical service designed for school-aged children, followed by a delicious dinner! This month we are extending a special invitation to all of BJ’s Fifth Grade families. Please register online and contact Esther with any questions or dietary concerns.

Parent Learning, Gaga, and Havdalah


Saturday, March 14 | 6:30 – 7:45PM | 89th Street Community House
Join YFE Rabbinic Fellow Bryan Wexler to explore a very important book – the Passover Haggadah. Parents will explore ways of making the Passover seder more kid-friendly and family-oriented over wine and snacks. While parents learn and schmooze, children will enjoy a game of Israeli Gaga and ice cream sundaes with teacher Ayala Wasser! Families will come together at 7:40 to usher out Shabbat in a Community Havdalah service. Parents attend free, $10/child. Registration required. Email Esther with any questions.

Shishi Israeli שישי ישראלי

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Friday, March 27 | 6:00-8:00PM | 89th Street Community House, 3rd floor
A special Pesach themed Shishi Israeli. Hurry up and sign up, as the last two have sold out quickly. Shishi Israeli is a magical combination of Shabbat and community for the whole family. Join us to welcome Shabbat in Hebrew with Israeli song and traditional Israeli Shabbat dinner. Cost: $15 adult, $8 child, $45 for the whole family. In collaboration with the IAC.  Registration required.

  יום שישי, 27 במרץ, שישי ישראלי הוא שילוב קסום של קבלת שבת, שירה בציבור וארוחת שבת מסורתית ישראלית לכל המשפחה! כאן נפגשים ישראלים ואמריקאים ליצור שפה משותפת סביב שולחן השבת. בואו לקבל איתנו את השבת בשירה, אוכל וקהילה. עלות: $15 למבוגר, $8 לילד, $45 למשפחה. להרשמה לחץ כאן

Poster Making for the Celebrate Israel Parade

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.

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