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Shabbat Services

Vaethanan

Friday, July 27

7:00 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th Street Sanctuary

Saturday, July 28

9:30 AMShabbat Services88th Street Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street Chapel

Holiday Services

Tisha Be’Av | Fast of 9th of Av

Saturday, July 21

8:22 PMStart of the Fast
9:15 PMMa’ariv*88th Street Sanctuary
* Bring a flashlight

Sunday, July 22

9:30 AMShaharit89th Street Chapel
11:00 AMLearning Session89th Street Chapel
5:15 PMLearning Session89th Street Chapel
6:30 PMMinha89th Street Chapel
8:53 PMEnd of the Fast
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Morning Minyan

Week of July 22 - 28

89th Street Community House | More info »
9:30 AMSunday
7:30 AMMonday
7:30 AMTuesday
7:30 AMWednesday
7:30 AMThursday
7:30 AMFriday

Sponsor a Light Summer Kiddush

Saturdays, July 7 through September 1 | Following Shabbat Morning Services | BJ Community House

During the summer months, we provide a light kiddush of fruit and cookies following Shabbat morning services. If you’re interested in sponsoring a light kiddush, please email Davia or call her at x234.

From Destruction to Rebuilding: A Mindful Path to Resilience 

Sunday, July 22 | 11:00AM | BJ Chapel
Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein for a unique contemplative experience on Tisha Be-Av, exploring the nature of resilience in the long history of our people, and in our own lives today. No registration required, all are welcome.

The Impact of Destruction

Sunday, July 22 | 5:15PM | BJ Chapel
Together with Rabbi Michael Boino, through the study of traditional and modern texts and theory (no previous experience necessary), we will explore the themes of Tisha Be-Av as they relate to trauma and grief. No registration necessary, all are welcome to attend.

Occupy the Roof: Summer Social Justice Film Series

Tuesdays, July 24, August 7, August 21 | 7:00PM | BJ Rooftop

Sponsored by Panim, BJ’s Social Action Social Justice Groups, this film series will celebrate stories of people that shine a light on justice in a changing world.

Up next: Rosenwald, on July 24

Doors at 7:00PM, movie begins 7:45-8:00PM. Feel free to bring a dairy/vegetarian picnic dinner to enjoy on the roof before the screening begins. Light refreshments will be served.

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Summer Bim Bam

Fridays, June 8-August 10 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00 noon | BJ Chapel 
Bim Bam gives children under 3 a fun space to explore Shabbat through interactive songs and stories, while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. The 10:15AM session  features both English and Hebrew songs, while the 11:15AM class is full Hebrew immersion. The series (nine classes) is $180/$270 (members/non-members). After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New BJ members attend for free. The program is led by Shira Averbuch. Questions? Email Allison KapustaNo class on July 6.

Israeli Book Club Reads Pumpkinflowers

Sunday, July 29 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location Given Upon registration 

BJ’s Israeli Book Club is more than just your typical reading group—it is an intimate encounter with Israeli culture, society, and politics. Join us for a good read and nuanced conversation that will help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary Israeli issues.

About Pumpkinflowers

Raw and beautifully rendered, Pumpkinflowers is an unflinching look at the way we conduct war today.

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Upstander Training

Wednesday, August 1 | 6:30PM | Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street

BJ and Stephen Wise Free Synagogue are excited to co-host Dr. Debbie Almontaser, who will present a “101” level upstander training. The training will include community building, a call to action to stand up for one another, and upstander techniques with cultural sensitivity tips.

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20/30s Potluck on the Roof

Friday, August 10 | Following the Kabbalat Shabbat Service | BJ Rooftop
Make new friends and eat good food! Join fellow BJ members in their 20s and 30s for a potluck Shabbat dinner on the roof following Kabbalat Shabbat services.

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Hilkhot Teshuvah: Pathways Towards Transformation

Saturdays, August 18, August 25, September 1, September 8 | Following Kiddush | BJ Chapel
Is transformation really possible? Can human beings truly change? Join Rabbi Shuli Passow and Cantor Dave Mintz for an exploration of Hilkhot Teshuvah, Maimonides’ guide for engaging in the process of teshuvah and transforming our lives. We’ll study the texts, discuss how they relate to our lives, and consider how they can help us return home to the best versions of ourselves. Meeting after Shabbat morning kiddush throughout the month of Elul, this series will offer a powerful framework as we prepare for the Yamim Nora’im. Join for just one session or the entire series. No registration necessary.

Sounds and Silence: Mindfully Hearing the Shofar

Tuesday, August 28 | 7:00PM | BJ Chapel
The sounding of the shofar during Elul and the Yamim Nora’im is deeply soul-stirring, as it awakens primitive sensations and emotions. How can we prepare to listen with intention and be aware of the messages that resonate within us? Led by Jonathan Silver, one of our Baalei Tekiya, this session will include mindfulness meditation and the sounding of the shofar to help our preparation for the Yamim Nora’im. No registration required, all are welcome.

Hatanu Lefanekha: Tuning Our Souls for Teshuvah

Mondays, August 29, September 5, and September 12 | 6:30PM | BJ Chapel
For the past thousand years, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews have gathered for the forty days from the beginning of the month of Elul, through Rosh Hashanah, and up to Yom Kippur, rising at dawn to sing Selihot prayers and to prepare the soul for repentance and renewal. Led by Rabbi Roly Matalon and Music Director Dan Nadel, this three-part poetical and musical experience will engage us in that spiritual journey and get us ready for the upcoming sublime days of soul-searching and prayer of the Yamim Nora’im. The series is free of charge and open to all.

Hebrew Speaking Havurah

Second Sunday of Each Month*, Beginning September 2 | 5:30-7:00PM | Location Given Upon Registration

Get together with other Hebrew speakers to discuss current affairs. Each month, a topic will be chosen and reading material (in both English and Hebrew) will be provided. At each meeting, we will hold a discussion in Hebrew.

The meetings are facilitated by Rabbi Yisrael Serok, former senior in the Mossad, who was in charge of the underground immigration of Jews from Syria and other Arab countries. Rabbi Serok has vast knowledge of both contemporary Israeli society and Jewish sources, and always offers a unique perspective on Israeli current affairs.

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Friday Evening Service: Please Note Change of Time!

Shabbat Evening Services: PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME!

Beginning on Friday, September 7, evening services will start at 6:30PM.
Beginning on Friday, October 5, evening services will start at 6:15PM.

20s and 30s Break Fast

Wednesday, September 19 | Following Ne’ilah Services | Location Given Upon Registration

Join us for a delicious 20s and 30s break fast following Ne’ilah services! The event is free for members, but registration is required.

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Community Break Fast

Wednesday, September 19 | Following Ne’ilah Services | Frankel Hall
Join us at a delicious Community Break Fast, generously sponsored by Helena Diamant Glass in cherished memory of her beloved parents, Regina Landwirth Diamant and Karl Diamant.

Pricing:

  • BJ Members: Free
  • Non-Members: $10

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Fall Teen Retreat

Friday, September 21-Sunday, September 23 | Hands In 4 Youth, 256 Macopin Road, West Milford, NJ

Looking to unwind and enjoy being with your friends during the High Holy Days? Join us for a meaningful Shabbat away from the city. Throughout the weekend, teens will connect with friends old and new while enhancing their connection to the BJ community. Participate in team-building and leadership development, along with plenty of other activities, including a low ropes course and cookout by the bonfire! Teens will not have to worry about missing school; we will leave after school lets out on Friday.

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Fall Teen Retreat 2018

The BJ teens at the Community Garden in Gedera, Israel. Photo: Alex Chemodanov

Friday, September 21-Sunday, September 23 | Hands In 4 Youth, 256 Macopin Rd, West Milford, NJ

Looking to unwind and enjoy being with your friends during the High Holy Days? Join us for this relaxing and meaningful getaway. Throughout the weekend, teens will connect with friends—old and new—while enhancing their connection to the BJ community. Teens will engage in Shabbat in an intentional and joyful way through team-building, leadership development, and plenty of fun activities, including a ropes course! Transportation will be provided. All meals are included.

 

 

Pricing:

  • Early Bird (register by August 31): $275
  • General: $315

We encourage those of you who are able to do so to make a donation in order to ensure that all BJ teens can participate in this event. Please contact Aniko (ex. 242) with any questions! 

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Bim Bam in the Fall!

Fridays, September 21-December 14 | 10:15-11:00AM11:15AM-12:00PM | BJ Chapel 
Bim Bam gives children under three a fun space to explore Shabbat through interactive songs and stories while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. The 10:15AM session  features both English and Hebrew songs, while the 11:15AM session is full Hebrew immersion. The series (12 classes) is $240/members and $360/non-members. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New BJ members may attend for free. The program is led by Shira Averbuch. Questions? Contact Danielle Freedman (x260). No class on November 23. Read more »

Moving Traditions 2018-2019

Sundays (Monthly*), September 30, 2018-April 28, 2019 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location TBD

Rosh Hodesh (Sisterhood) and Shevet (Brotherhood), are small, single-gender, single-grade groups, led by Moving Traditions-trained adult mentors. Find your own Jewish community in a safe, relaxed space filled with activities, discussion, exploration, and fun. Our research-based and field-tested curriculum applies Jewish wisdom and values to supporting teens in the issues they care about most, such as relationships, gender roles, healthy sexuality, social media, pressure, and stress.

Dates: September 30, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, April 7, April 28

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Tot Shabbat

Friday, October 5 | 5:30-7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary and Frankel Hall 
Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration. Register by Wednesday, October 3, and contact Danielle Freedman with any questions. The cost is $22 for members / $29 for non-members. All children eat for free. Read more »

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Notary Services for BJ Members

Business hours | BJ Community House

Our Human Resources and Administrative Associate, Shakeara Hatchett, is now authorized to provide notary services (for personal or business purposes) to all BJ members. Email Shakeara to set up a notary appointment.

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Parashat Matot-Mas'ei

July 14, 2018 • Rabbi Ayelet Cohen
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Parashat Pinhas

July 7, 2018 • Rabbi Anne Ebersman
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Parashat Balak

June 30, 2018 • Cantor David Mintz
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Parashat Hukat

June 23, 2018 • Martha Ackelsberg
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Parashat Korah

June 16, 2018 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Shlah-lekha

June 9, 2018 • Rabbi Shuli Passow
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Parashat Behaalotkha

June 2, 2018 • Rabbi Adina Lewittes
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Parashat Naso

May 26, 2018 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Bemidbar

May 19, 2018 • Rabbi Sarah Yael Krinsky
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Parashat Behar-Behukotai

May 12, 2018 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon

Volunteers Needed for Hesed: Shabbat Connections

Our community is strongest when we care for each other in times of need. Do a deed of lovingkindness by connecting with members of the BJ community who are homebound, lonely, or in need of some extra care. With regular and consistent phone calls we can brighten the days and warm the hearts of those who need it most. Please contact Joni Brenner at ShabbatConnections@bj.org for more information on how you can help.

Meals for New Parents

Like to cook?  Be part of new effort to reach out with a loving hand to families in our community!  Join a team of people who will sign up to cook meals for parents when a baby is born.  Contact Enid Lotstein at Enid.Lotstein@gmail.com.

Service and Hospitality: Volunteer with the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program

Thursdays | 11:30AM-1:00PM | Frankel Hall
Every Thursday at BJ we welcome guests into our synagogue for a delicious lunch, friendly companionship, and music performed by a BJ member every other week. Join our lunch program by volunteering and taking part in the warm and welcoming atmosphere we offer to our guests. To learn more about this opportunity or to volunteer contact Larissa Wohl or call x272.