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Shabbat Services

Miketz

Friday, December 15

6:30 PMBo-i Kallah89th Street Reception Room
6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th Street Sanctuary

Saturday, December 16

9:30 AMShabbat Services88th Street Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street Reception and Middle Rooms
10:45 AMKulanu89th Street Chapel

Holiday Services

Wednesday, October 04

6:30 PMFirst Evening Sukkot Service88th Street Sanctuary

Thursday, October 05

9:30 AMFirst Day Sukkot Service88th Street Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street Middle Room
7:00 PMSecond Evening Sukkot Service88th Street Sanctuary

Friday, October 06

9:30 AMSecond Day Sukkot Service88th Street Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street Middle Room

Wednesday, October 11

6:30 PMShemini Atzeret Evening Service88th Street Sanctuary

Thursday, October 12

9:30 AMShemini Atzeret Morning Service88th Street Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street Middle Room
5:45 PMSimhat Torah Children’s Service88th Street Sanctuary
7:15 PMSimhat Torah Evening Service88th Street Sanctuary

Friday, October 13

9:30 AMSimhat Torah Morning Service88th Street Sanctuary

Morning Minyan

Week of December 10 - 16

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

Seeking Volunteers With Auction Experience

Recruiting now through December 18
Help wanted! BJ is seeking volunteers who have experience working on successful benefits. We need energetic go-getters who are not afraid to ask for auction items and sponsorship, sell raffle tickets, and recruit others. We are seeking leaders who are eager to take on responsibilities and have ownership of specific projects.
Is this you or someone you know? Click here to apply no later than Monday, December 18!
Questions? Email auction@bj.org.

Second Chance Toys

Accepting donations now through December 19 | BJ Community House 1st Floor

In the spirit of giving, BJ is collecting gently used plastic toys (guidelines below) for immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and their families. This drive will benefit children in need and give our children the opportunity to donate something of their own…no need to buy anything new. Read more »

Bridging the Gap: Study Exchange with Michigan Corrections Officers

Accepting applications now through January 8, 2018

BJ’s Faith & Public Life initiative is exploring two truths that we are holding simultaneously at this political moment: The first, that Judaism calls us to alleviate the injustice and suffering we see in America, Israel and the wider world, and that the need to act on our values is greater than ever. The second, that we will only heal the widening rifts that run across our country by opening our hearts and minds to dialogue across lines of difference; not simply to talk but to listen and to forge a broader and deeper politics.

To engage deeply in the second truth described above, we are excited to be organizing a unique encounter between BJ members and correction officers from across Michigan, and are now inviting BJ members to apply to participate in this program.

Please read the following program overview and FAQs to learn more, and fill out the application by January 8, 2018. Click here to see the complete overview as a PDF. Read more »

Hag ve Hesed–Hanukkah Candle Lighting

Tuesday, December 12-Tuesday, 19 | Evenings | Various locations
Hanukkah is just around the corner! Bring the light of the Hanukkah candles and perform a mitzvah. Many individuals in our community are home-bound, have a new baby, or have difficulty going outside during the winter.
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Hanukkah in #MyMikdash: Home-Based Candle-Lighting Parties

Tuesday, December 12-Tuesday, December 19 | Times and Locations TBD

Celebrate Hanukkah with other BJ members in their homes throughout the city! With BJ members hosting gatherings throughout Manhattan and beyond–for young families, 20s and 30s, multi-faith families, and more–there’s a place for everyone. Read more »

Parenting Series: #2 Raising a Teenager; the Scariest Job You Have

Wednesday, December 13 | 6:00-7:15PM | BJ Community House

Join us as Betsy Stone continues our parenting series focused on teens.  How do we respond to our teens and their difficulties? Why is there an uptick in depression and anxiety? What’s the impact of social media in their lives?
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"In the Mirror" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

Thursdays, December 14, and 21, January 11, 18, and 25, February 8, 15, and 22, March 1, 8, and 15 | 12:30-1:30PM | Location Provided Upon Registration
Through the close reading of short stories about the lives, struggles, and concerns of the Talmudic rabbis, we uncover deeper layers of our own selves and we become better equipped to wrestle with our human nature.  Read more »

Bo-i Kallah

Friday, December 15 | 6:30PM | BJ Reception Room
Join Rabbi Roly Matalon, Deborah Sacks Mintz, and Music Director Dan Nadel for this alternative Kabbalat Shabbat service. With the help of soulful melodies, verses of Shir haShirim (Song of Songs), liturgical poems, and Psalms, we will transition gently and with full kavannah from hol to kodesh, leaving workweek anxieties behind to enter holy time and welcome Shabbat. Read more about this service here.

Soulful Start: Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

Saturday, December 16 | 8:45-9:25AM | BJ Chapel
Please join Rabbi Roly Matalon to prepare the soul and open the heart for Shabbat morning prayers through the singing of piyutim and reflections on kavannah.

Mini Maccabiah

Saturday, December 16 | 5:15-7:00PM | BJ Community House

Students in  grades K-2 are invited to team up and have some fun at this Garinim Hanukkah-themed competition! Who has the best dreidel spin? Who is a master of Maccabee wisdom? Come and find out!  Read more »

Shorashim Hanukkah Sleepover

Saturday, December 16-Sunday, December 17 | 7:30PM-8:30AM | BJ Community House

Students in grades 3-5 are invited to spend the night at BJ. We’ll celebrate the holiday together as we play dreidel by the light of the hanukkiah, eat Hanukkah treats, watch a movie, and (hopefully!) get a good night’s rest.

Rock Climbing with Ilanot

Sunday, December 17 | 12:30-4:30PM | BJ Community House & MPHC Climbing Gym

Grades 6 and 7 are invited to get out of the cold and climb up into the air! Read more »

Family Hanukkah Celebration

Sunday, December 17 | 3:45-4:30PM |Frankel Hall
Celebrate the sixth night of Hanukkah with BJ. Children ages 6 and under will join BJ educators for holiday songs, candle-making, crafts, and more.

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BJ Under One Roof Dedication & Hanukkah Celebration

Sunday, December 17 | Various Times | BJ Sanctuary 

Join us for an afternoon of celebration, as we formally dedicate our new, expansive space, celebrate our mikdash, and mark this incredible moment in the life of our community. Read more »

Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

Monday, December 18 | 6:30-8:30PM | Location Upon R.S.V.P.

Attend a meeting to get involved in the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign with BJ. We are asking questions, having conversations, and educating the community to expand our collective understanding of ethical consumption. In doing so, we aim to acknowledge the predominantly immigrant laborers who make New York’s multi-billion dollar agricultural economy possible. Through the passage of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, we hope to ensure that laborers who produce the food on which New Yorkers depend can have the dignity and equality they deserve. Read more »

Faith & Public Life: Study Sessions With BJ Rabbinic Fellows

Tuesdays, monthly: December 19, January 23, February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 8 | 8:30AM | BJ Chapel

Join BJ Rabbinic Fellows Sarah Krinsky and Tobias Divack Moss one Tuesday per month after morning minyan. Dive deeper into the questions we are exploring through our Faith & Public program, such as “Should We Pray for the Government or About It?”. Read more »

The Book of Genesis with Hillel Friedman

Tuesdays, through May 29 | 9:30AM | BJ Middle Room
When we consider the Book of Genesis, many of us remember the tales we heard in our childhood. Read more »

Purim Shpiel Auditions

Tuesday, December 19 | 4:30-6:30PM | BJ Chapel
Children in grades K-6 are invited to audition for the shpiel of the year, the 2018 Purim Show! Make great friends and lifetime memories by joining the Purim Shpiel team. 

 

Miracles and Light: A Hanukkah Destressing Meditation Workshop

Tuesday, December 19 | 6:30-8:00PM | 238 Thompson Street, Room 475 (NYU Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life)

As the days get shorter and we get into the depth of winter, join us in a discussion and meditation to explore our own inner light (and darkness) and investigate the concept of miracles in our lives. Latkes and other treats will be served. Everyone is welcome! Read more »

Israeli Book Club: All The Rivers

Tuesday, December 19 | 6:30-8:00PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.
The Israeli Book Club is more than just a 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 issues in Israel.
Our next book will be All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan, one of the up-and-coming female authors in Israel today.

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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.

"In the Mirror" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

Thursdays, December 14, and 21, January 11, 18, and 25, February 8, 15, and 22, March 1, 8, and 15 | 12:30-1:30PM | Location Provided Upon Registration
Through the close reading of short stories about the lives, struggles, and concerns of the Talmudic rabbis, we uncover deeper layers of our own selves and we become better equipped to wrestle with our human nature.  Read more »

The Book of Genesis with Hillel Friedman

Tuesdays, through May 29 | 9:30AM | BJ Middle Room
When we consider the Book of Genesis, many of us remember the tales we heard in our childhood. Read more »

Caregivers Support Groups

First Thursdays (January 4, February 1) | 4:15PM | BJ Community House 4th Floor Conference Room
A monthly support group for members of our community to draw strength, insight, and information from each other and our tradition. Read more »

Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays through May 2, 2018 7:30PM | BJ Community House
This course offers an overview of the core beliefs, practices, and history of Judaism and the Jewish people. We hope to deepen the understanding of those just beginning to explore Jewish life as well as of those who would like to participate more fully in the life of the Jewish community. No prior knowledge or experience necessary. Registration required. Individuals: $435 (members) / $660 (non-members); Couples: $645 (members) /$975 (non-members).
Please contact Billie with questions.

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Parashat Vayeshev

December 9, 2017 • Rabbi Shuli Passow
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Parashat Vayishlah

December 2, 2017 • Rabbi Adina Lewittes
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Parashat Vayetze

November 25, 2017 • Rabbi Michael Boino
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Parashat Toledot

November 18, 2017 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Hayei Sarah

November 11, 2017 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Vayera

November 4, 2017 • Rabbi Adina Lewittes
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Parashat Lekh Lekha

October 28, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Noah • Shabbat Rosh Hodesh

October 21, 2017 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Bereshit

October 14, 2017 • Sarah Yael Krinsky
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Parashat Yom Kippur AM

September 30, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon

Toiletry Kit Making and Exploring Poverty Issues

Monday, January 15 | 10:00AM-12:00 noon | BJ Sanctuary

BJ is proudly partnering with Repair the World NYC for a series of hands-on activities including making toiletry gift sets for the guests of the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program, learning about the challenges that face those our most vulnerable New Yorkers, and a mini budgeting challenge. Read more »

Racial Justice Giving Circle

Sunday, January 14 | 2:00-4:00PM | BJ Reception Room

BJ is proudly partnering with Repair the World NYC for a series of hands-on activities including the Racial Justice Giving Circle.  Read more »

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 | 88th Street 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.