Hebrew School

Kitah Aleph with RolyThe 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.

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

— BJ Member


Registration is now open for the 2015-16 school year. Click here to register online.

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


The Hebrew School meets at 270 West 89th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue) on Mondays and Thursdays, 4:00-6:00PM.

Gan and Aleph (Kindergarten and 1st Grade)4:00-5:30PM, Monday OR Thursday
Bet (Second Grade)4:00-6:00PM, Monday OR Thursday
Gimmel (Third Grade)4:00-6:00PM, Monday AND Thursday OR
4:00-6:00PM, Monday AND Shabbat morning
Dalet, Hey and Vav (Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades)4:00-6:00PM, Monday AND Thursday
JJP (Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades)4:00-6:00PM, Monday Meet-up AND JJP Courses
Zayin (Seventh Grade)4:00-6:00PM, Thursday only




Upcoming Hebrew School Events

Visions of Israel – BJ Family Trip 2015 - registration now open!


Wednesday December 23, 2015 – Saturday January 2, 2016 | Israel
Join us on our upcoming trip to Israel. We will explore places, meet people, spend Shabbat with our partner communities and create bonds to last a lifetime. For all information regarding cost, registration and itinerary please go to www.bj.org/trips.

Family Ice Cream Social

BJ Sukkah

Monday, September 28 | 5:30-7:00PM | 89th Street Sukkah

Welcome in the new school year with friends and ice cream! We invite all BJ families to come together in the sukkah on the 6th Floor of the 89th Street Community House at 5:30PM to schmooze and enjoy ice cream sundaes. This event is free. Please register here by September 25 and contact Esther with any questions.

Family Dinnertime in the Sukkah


Thursday, October 1 | 6:00-7:15PM | 89th Street Sukkah

Bring your own meals and enjoy a festive dining experience with other BJ families in the sukkah. All families are welcome! If you have any questions, contact Esther.

Movie Night and Sukkah Sleepover


Saturday, October 3  7:15PMSunday, October 4 8:30AM  | 89th Street 3rd floor Gym and 89th Street Sukkah

Come spend the night with your friends at BJ! Our night will begin with Havdalah and a movie, and the fun will continue with a sleepover in the BJ sukkah! Families are invited to join us for Havdalah before dropping off their children. This evening is open to all BJ youth in grades 4-6. Please register here, and email Ayala with any questions.


K-2 Sukkah Party

Sukkah Photo: Forestfortrees, 2004, Flickr

Sunday, October 4 | 2:00-3:00 PM | 89th Street Sukkah

Come join your BJ friends for an afternoon of kids only fun in the BJ Sukkah! Join us for music, arts and crafts, games, and snacks as we celebrate Sukkot together. This program is open to all BJ youth in grades K-2. $5 per child. Please register here.

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

Register for 2015-2016 BJHS and JJP Program

Interested in Jewish education for your children that embraces what BJ does best: music and song, spirited learning, and a strong emphasis on social justice and community building? Then register your child for the 2015-16 Hebrew School/Jewish Journey Project Program! Sign up online via our registration system (please note that our online application requires payment in full when registering), or download the paper application to pay by check or set up a payment plan, and send it to the BJ office with your $300 deposit. See our registration page to learn more about tuition, membership requirements, financial aid, and more.