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

“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 Food Drive


Through Monday, March 2 | 88th and 89th Street
BJ is holding a community-wide food drive to collect non-perishables that will be used by Hebrew School students to make Mishloah Manot that will be given to guests at BJ’s lunch program on Purim, March 4. We are asking all of BJ to donate items like canned food, dry pastas, cereal and rice by Monday, March 1. There will be boxes labelled BJHS Food Drive at 86th, 88th, and 89th Street where you can drop off your donations. See our video message from Kitah Zayin here. It’s Purim, do a Mitzvah!

Shishi Israeli שישי ישראלי

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Friday, February 27 | 6:00-8:00PM | 89th Street Community House, 3rd floor
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. Our February dinner is sold out.
For registration for the March 27 Shishi Israeli, click here.

  יום שישי, 27 בפברואר, 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. ההרשמה לשישי ישראלי בפברואר נסגרה
להרשמה לשישי ישראלי ב- 27 במרץ, לחץ כאן

Purim Carnival


Sunday, March 1 | 10:30AM-12:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Celebrate Purim with the entire BJ community!  Everyone ages 2 to 92 is invited to this joyful celebration. The carnival will be complete with fun games, crafts, activities and our famous bounce house for the kids. Assemble mishloah manot for family and friends and observe the mitzvah of matanot l’evyonim—gifts for the needy—by making hamentaschen that will be served in BJ’s Judith Bernstein Lunch Program. Enjoy delicious snacks and experience the Purim Spiel, a play put on by kids in our community. Carnival is open for children ages 6 and under from 10:30-11:00AM and open to the rest of the community from 11:00AM-12:30PM.

Children's Purim Spiel Performance


Sunday, March 1 | 1:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join BJ’s youngest performers for two shows for the price of one (free) following the Purim Carnival! The K-2 show will feature a lighthearted retelling of the Purim story through rhyme, classic and not-so-classic Purim songs Utzu Etza, Hag Purim, and more! Then the 3rd-6th grade performers will debut Burning, a Frozen-themed show featuring cameos from classic Purim characters. Come laugh, cry, and boo!

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.

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