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    Join us to the name the BJ Chapel in honor of Rabbi Rachel Cowan, creating a holy gathering space dedicated to her continued legacy and commitment to BJ.

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    Join us for our spring fundraising concert, a celebration of how social change movements throughout the ages have been powered by the music of justice, resistance, and hope. 

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    Join Rabbi Felicia Sol, and MTM fellows Abi Weber and Margo Hughes-Robinson, for a Shabbat of joy, song, learning, and connection in nature, filled with the exclusive sound of women’s voices.

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Shabbat Services

Pesah VIII

Friday, April 26

6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th Street Sanctuary

Saturday, April 27

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

Holiday Services

Pesah

April 20 – April 27
Saturday, April 20
9:30 AMFirst Day Morning ServiceSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServicesReception Room, Middle Room
Sunday, April 21
9:30 AMSecond Day Morning ServiceSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceChapel
Thursday, April 25
7:30 PMSeventh Day Evening ServiceChapel
Friday, April 26
9:30 AMSeventh Day Morning ServiceSanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceChapel
6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat ServiceSanctuary
Saturday, April 27
9:30 AMEighth Day Morning Service (Yizkor)Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServicesReception Room, Middle Room
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Morning Minyan

Week of April 21 - 27

89th Street Community House | More info »

 

7:30 AMMonday
7:30 AMTuesday
7:30 AMWednesday
7:30 AMThursday

Jewish-Muslim Solidarity Fridays

Friday, April 19 | 1:00-2:30PM | Islamic Cultural Center Riverside Drive

Every Friday, Jewish Upper West Siders greet worshipers before and after their Friday prayers to show our support and solidarity. This effort began as a response to the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, but has grown to a regular practice of “loving our neighbor as ourselves.”

We invite you to bring a white sign that says “Jewish New Yorkers Support our Muslim Neighbors” or “We Stand With You.” We offer greetings of “A-salaam Aleikum” and “Jummah Mubarak.”

All are welcome, no registration required.

Hebrew Ulpan Classes אולפן עברית

Monday, April 22 | 5:00-7:00PM and 7:00-9:00PM | Community House

Registration for this series is closed. Classes are held every Monday. 

Join members of the BJ, Habonim and Shaare Zedek communities in a small group environment to build and improve your Hebrew conversational skills. The Hebrew Ulpan course teaches the fundamental structure of Hebrew and its basic forms, as well as the necessary vocabulary for everyday conversations, reading, and writing. This class is open to both members and non-members of the three synagogues so invite your friends to join!

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Monday Meditation Minyan

Monday, April 22 | 6:30-7:00PM | Chapel

Whether you have a deep meditation practice or are interested in exploring mindfulness for the first time, we invite you to join us for Monday Meditation Minyan, led by Yael Shy. Each session will begin with wisdom from the Jewish tradition, followed by focused meditation (with some guidance), a short discussion, and an opportunity for community members to recite Mourner’s Kaddish. No experience necessary; all are welcome.

Monday Meditation Minyan meets weekly, with the exception of national and Jewish holidays. To get a glimpse of what you can experience in-person, check out the live stream of this season’s first session.

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The Prophets with Hillel Friedman

Tuesday, April 23 | 9:00AM | 4th Floor Conference Room

Join Rabbi Hillel Friedman, longtime BJ member, for a perusal of the classical prophets. Together we will study excerpts from the classical prophets and apply their wisdom to our concerns in the 21st century.

This class meets every Tuesday. 

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Shirah with Shira—Spring Semester

Tuesday, April 23 | 4:00-4:45PM | Community House

Kadima@BJ is excited to continue our Hebrew immersion class geared towards children ages 2-5. Shira Averbuch will lead children and their parents/caregivers in music, stories, and movement. Children will gain a sense of community rooted in Jewish tradition while being exposed to Israeli culture, Hebrew language, and holiday customs. The cost for the semester is $200 for members and $300 for non-members. Both members and non-members may receive a sibling discount ($50 off). Contact Adina for more information.

This class meets every Tuesday from January 8-May 21

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Weekday Evening Minyan: A Pilot of the Center for Prayer and Spirituality

Mondays-Thursdays | 6:30PM | Community House

We are excited to announce that, beginning on Monday, April 1, we will be starting a three-month pilot of an evening minyan at BJ, with the hope that—through communal engagement—it will become a long-term practice.

Supplementing our Monday Meditation Minyan, we will now be offering a traditional, egalitarian evening minyan on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30PM. This minyan will be led by BJ spiritual leaders, staff, and community members alike, and together with our morning minyan, will provide twice-daily opportunities to say kaddish in community. And—quite literally—we need you to help make it happen!

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Hakhanah laTefillah

Saturday, April 27 | 8:45-9:25AM | Chapel

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. This series is open to all, no registration necessary.

Upcoming Dates: May 4, 18; June 1, 15

Aliyah for Holocaust Survivors and Their Families

Saturday, April 27 | During Shabbat and 8th Day Pesah Morning Services | Sanctuary

On the Shabbat before Yom Hashoah, we invite Holocaust survivors, their families, and their descendants for a special aliyah to commemorate those who perished, to pay tribute to those who survived, and to mark our commitment to Jewish life into the future.

Moving Traditions

Sunday, April 28 | 5:00-7:00PM | Community House 4th Floor

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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"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Reading Torah

Tuesday, April 30 | 12:30-1:45PM | Middle Room

Bring a bagged lunch and open up your soul to the nourishment and challenge of the Hassidic rabbis. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol as we re-imagine old world wisdom for everyday life. Each class will stand alone, so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is required. This series is free of charge.

This class meets every Tuesday through June 18.

No class on April 23

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Stories from the Shoah

Tuesday, April 30 | 5:00PM | Sanctuary

A first hand account from a BJ member and wartime veteran in Germany.

In preparation for Yom Hashoah, Kadima@BJ will be hosting Vernon Leopold in conversation with Myriam Abramowicz—both members of the BJ community. Vernon Leopold escaped Düsseldorf Germany in 1938 and was later drafted by the U.S. Army in the intelligence platoon that held off the Germans at the Battle of the Bulge. It became the most decorated platoon in the war. He will discuss his time in Germany, journey to the United States, and the experience of returning to Germany in combat as a member of the U.S. Army. While Vernon and Myriam will be speaking with the Kadima 5th and 6th grade classes, all BJ members are warmly invited to attend. Myriam Abramowicz is a filmmaker, teacher, social activist and global humanitarian. She developed innovative programs at BJ and around the world.

Please contact Galit Lopatin Borderau to R.S.V.P.

Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Tuesday, April 30 | 7:00-8:30PM | Reception Room

Ethical questions of war and peace, global warming, immigration, and healthcare can be overwhelming. And yet, consciously or not, we answer critical ethical questions every day as we order our coffee, pay our workers, dine with our friends, and even shop online.

This class meets every Tuesday (no class March 26 or April 23). Join us at any time during the series; all welcome.

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Next Stop...Marriage

Tuesdays, April 30; May 7, 14 | 7:00-8:30PM | Chapel

Couples are invited to join us for a three-part pre-marriage series to help you prepare for your wedding and beyond. Explore a different element of marriage in each expert-led session.

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Yom Hashoah Commemoration

Wednesday, May 1 | 6:30PM | Sanctuary

Join us for a truly powerful commemoration of Yom Hashoah. We will gather for minha and the reading of the names of relatives of BJ members who perished in the Shoah, with special participation by our 7th grade class. This will be followed by ma’ariv and a presentation from our guest speaker, Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger. Those who would like to actively take part are invited to read from the BJ Shoah Megillah or by bringing your own names.

To contribute names for the BJ Shoah Megillah, to be read aloud to the community, please contact Kristen.

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Introduction to Judaism

Wednesday, May 1 7:00PM | Community House
This class meets every Wednesday; registration is closed. 
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. Individuals: $435 (members)/$660 (non-members); Couples: $650 (members)$980 (non-members). Please contact Billie with questions.
Note: There is no class on December 19, 26; January 2; April 17, 24

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Podcasts, Popcorn, and Prosecco

Wednesday, May 1 | 7:00-10:00PM | Reception Room
Are you into podcasts and looking for a place to talk about them? Join BJ’s 20s and 30s group, Aviv, for a series of guided discussions, each centered around a different podcast! Just like a book club, we will all listen to a set podcast episode before each meeting, where we will come together for a guided discussion.

The past several years have seen a rise in antisemitic hate crimes in the United States and around the globe. How are we to understand this phenomenon, and how might we respond? Join us on the eve of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) to commemorate the tragedies of the past, understand the present, and envision a future free from hatred. The podcast for our discussion features Eric Ward and Dove Kent, two leading activists and teachers on antisemitism. Check out their interview here.

Come to as many or as few sessions as you’d like—first-time podcast listeners are welcome.
There is no charge for this event, but sign-up is required so we can make sure we we don’t run out of popcorn and prosecco!

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Caregivers Support Group

Thursday, May 2 | 12:00 noon-1:00PM | Zoom (virtual meeting)

Are you coping with the challenges of caring for a family member? We are organizing a virtual group for caregivers to provide a supportive space inclusive of those who cannot travel. To sign up, please contact Michael Boino by February 1. He will provide you with your login information. This group is for BJ members only.

Upcoming Session: May 16

6th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Retreat

Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5 | Camp Ramah Nyack, Christian Herald Rd, Nyack, NY

Join your fellow 6th graders at our weekend-long B’nai Mitzvah Retreat! Students will participate in exciting programs that bring them closer to becoming B’nai Mitzvah while building community with each other. Transportation will be provided, as well as snacks on Friday afternoon through breakfast on Sunday.

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Young Families Retreat

Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5 | Camp Ramah Nyack, Christian Herald Rd, Nyack, NY

Please join Rabbi Erin Glazer, Hazzan Ari Priven, Mike Witman, Ayala Wasser, and Shira Averbach for a fun and energizing Shabbat weekend filled with outdoor games, music, hiking, learning opportunities, community building, a campfire, and more. This retreat is geared toward BJ families with children in second grade and below. Register by April 15. 

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Spring Bim Bam

Friday, May 3 | 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | Chapel 

Classes are held every Friday through May 17 (excluding April 19, 26).

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 10:15 AM session features both English and Hebrew songs, while the 11:15 AM 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 Adina (x248).

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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 Metzora • Shabbat Hagadol

April 13, 2019 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Shemini • Shabbat Parah

March 30, 2019 • Rabbi Chayim Seidler-Feller
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Parashat Tzav

March 23, 2019 • Margo Hughes-Robinson
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Parashat Vayikra • Shabbat Zakhor

March 16, 2019 • Rabbi Erin Glazer, Rabbi Naamah Kelman
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Parashat Pekudei

March 9, 2019 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Ki Tissa

February 23, 2019 • Rabbi Adina Lewittes
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Parashat Tetzave

February 16, 2019 • Abi Weber
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Parashat Teruma

February 9, 2019 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Mishpatim

February 2, 2019 • Rabbi Erin Glazer

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.