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

“Both my son and my daughter attended Hebrew School and became b’nai mitzvah at BJ. It was a very enriching and satisfying experience for us all.”— 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.

Yom Ha'atzmaut at BJ And The Upper West Side, April 22-26

UWS Yom Ha'atzmaut

​BJ is once again proud to be a part of the communal celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut on the Upper West Side. Below are the events hosted by BJ. Please make sure to register to reserve places at www.uwsIsrael.org.

Tekes Ma’avar, Transition Ceremony
Wednesday, April 22 | 7:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

Marking the transition from Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day to Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. The evening will start with a Limud, followed by prayer and song as we transition from solemnity and remembrance to rejoicing and celebrating ending with Shira Betzibur (sing-along). Co-sponsored by Mechon Hadar, Romemu, Shaare Zedek, West End Synagogue, Society for the Advancement of Judaism.

Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Wide Party
Thursday, April 23 | 5:00-8:00PM | West 79th Street Boat Basin Cafe
The Hudson River turns into the Tel Aviv Tayelet (promenade) in celebration. 5:00PM families, 6:30PM Happy Hour. $5 in advance, $15 at the door.

Sunday, April 26

Journalism in a Land of Few Facts | 10:30AM-12:00PM | 270 West 89th Street
Join Jodi Rudoren, Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times, as she discusses her experience covering Israel and the Palestinians since May 2012. Co-presented by the Society for the Advancement of Judaism. Limited spaces; pre-registration strongly encouraged.

Shirim LeYeladim | 11:30AM-12:15PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Song session in Hebrew for Children with Shira Averbuch Yonatan Gutfeld, Keshet and KesheTOT leaders.


Join The Israeli Scouts for a Day! | 2:00-4:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join Shevet Tapuach, the Israeli Scouts of Manhattan as they run stalls for children ages 6-13 with activities to do with Israel, the Land and it’s people.


Envisioning Israel: What Does the Future Hold | 5:00-6:30PM | 270 West 89th Street
Celebrating Israel’s founding and it’s vision. Join Renowned law Professor, Ruth Gavison who will discuss with Dr. Jonathan Cummings her vision for the future of Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State, as well as looking into the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed laws that deal with nationality.


All the above is happening thanks to and in collaboration with and funded by UJA-Federation.

BJ Bowling: It's a Guy Thing!


Sunday, April 26 | 4:00-6:00PM | Frames (550 9th Avenue @ 40th Street)
BJ members Toby Kovacs and Elliot Katz, and their kids, are co-hosting an afternoon of bowling excitement and community fun. Join fellow BJ kids, girls and boys, and the adult guys in their lives (dads, grandpas, uncles, friends) for an afternoon of striking pins and making memories. Cost is $30 per person for unlimited bowling, shoes, food and beverage. Sign up online to participate, and call Toby at 917-375-8458 with questions. Brought to you by the Hebrew School Advisory Committee.

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.

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.

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