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

Parents’ Corner: Passover


Monday, March 30 | 5:15–6:00 PM | Rabbi Felicia’s Office, 2nd Floor Community House
With Passover right around the corner, come join Rabbi Felicia and other parents to discuss: When the Four Questions Aren’t EnoughOpening up Questioning and Conversation at the Pesah Seder.  How can we best engage children who have moved beyond activities geared to keep them at the table (coloring, finger puppets and Passover bingo) to a phase of delving deeper into the Passover story? Plus, do you have a Hagaddah you particularly like, or one you’ve made?  If you can, please bring it to share with the group. For those who can’t attend in person, call-in information will be provided in advance.

Parents’ Corner


Monday, April 13 | 5:15–6:00 PM | Rabbi Felicia’s Office, 2nd Floor Community House
Often parents report that their respective interest in Judaism – whether in level of observance, involvement and interest in community, or the value placed on having a Jewish identity – differs considerably between them. Negotiating common ground can be tricky, and sometimes one parent ends up doing the “heavy lifting.” Have you developed successful strategies to manage the differences in your family?  Join Rabbi Felicia and other parents to discuss Jewish parenting in partnership:  navigating when one partner is more involved in Judaism than the other. For those who can’t attend in person, call-in information will be provided in advance.

Post-Pesah Challah Baking


Thursday, April 16 | 8:00PM | Location provided upon registration
Join us as we come together, post Pesah, and welcome back chametz. We will bake challah from start to finish. Come learn about this delicious part of Jewish tradition and experience how our braided bread brings us closer together. Join us for learning, laughs, and a glass of wine with fellow BJ parents. Leave with your hand-made dough to take home, along with recipes and tips for how challah baking can become a regular part of your family’s week. $10 ingredients fee. All BJ families are welcome! We will meet at a member’s home, register early as space is limited. Please register online and email Esther at with any questions. Brought to you by the Hebrew School Advisory Committee.

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.

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