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    A different text will be highlighted each week of Elul—throughout the week, read daily responses and reflections from members of our community.

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    Join Rabbi Roly Matalon and BJ’s shaliah, Moshe Samuels, as they explore some of the most urgent and nuanced issues facing Israeli society today.

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    Get your tickets now to see The Heart of Nuba on the BJ Rooftop, Tuesday August 21. Check out the full lineup.

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    Register now for a week in the Costa Rica rainforest exploring Jewish mindfulness practice with Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein.

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    Watch a short video message from Rabbis Roly Matalon, Felicia Sol, and Dini Lewittes introducing the Jewish Home Project.

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Shabbat Services

 

Shofetim

Friday, August 17

7:00 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th Street Sanctuary

Saturday, August 18

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 August 12 - 18

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 August 25 | 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.

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.

College Send-Off Dinner

Sunday, August 19 | Frankel Hall | 6:00-8:00PM

Looking to reunite with your friends from BJ before you head off to school this fall? Join us for dinner to connect, discuss, and reflect on the coming year. Aniko Gomory, the new Youth and Teen Engagement Coordinator, will be there and cannot wait to meet you! This is also an opportunity for you to tell us what you want out of Kesher, BJ’s new college engagement program. Email Aniko to R.S.V.P. See you there!

Occupy the Roof: Summer Social Justice Film Series (Plus Meet & Greet with Rabbi Erin Glazer)

Tuesday, 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: The Heart of Nuba, on August 21

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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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

Wednesdays, 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.

Elul Talks and Selihot

Saturday, September 1 | 8:30PM | BJ Community House and BJ Sanctuary
Join us as we prepare for this season of reflection and return with an evening of communal singing, meaningful learning, ritual, and prayer. We’ll begin with havdalah and singing at 8:30PM, followed by a collective heshbon hanefesh (accounting of the soul) guided by a film presentation from the Eli Talks series. After a coffee break, we’ll then gather in the BJ Sanctuary for a soul-stirring Selihot at 11:00PM. This event is open to all, no registration necessary.

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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A Night of Remembrance: A High Holiday Support Group for the Bereaved

Tuesday, September 4 | 7:00-8:30 PM | 89th Street Chapel
A group for those who have experienced loss and find the High Holidays painful or difficult to navigate. We will draw strength, support, and comfort from one another and the resources of our shared tradition. Facilitated by Rabbi Michael Boino, BJ’s coordinator of pastoral care and support through the Jewish Board’s Partners in Caring Program, with Hazzan Ari Priven. Light refreshments will be served.  Click here to register. Questions? Contact Michael by email or at x238.

 

Lost and Found: A Guide to High Holy Days Services with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Thursday, September 6 | 7:00 PM | BJ Middle Room

The Jewish Home Project presents a pre-High Holy Days workshop for multi-faith/multi-heritage families (but ALL families are welcome)!

Lost your place in the Mahzor, the High Holy Day prayer book? Counting how many pages are left until services are over? Wondering how prayers crafted so long ago could possibly speak to our current spiritual and social realities? Whether it’s ever possible to wipe the slate clean and really begin again? Why anyone who didn’t have to be in shul would actually want to be and even get something meaningful out of it?

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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.

Usher, Greet, and Volunteer at High Holy Days Services

Sunday, September 9-Wednesday, September 19 | Various Times | Various Locations

Got a great smile? Like making people feel good? Sign up to volunteer, usher, or greet, and be the warm and welcoming face of BJ for over 3,500 people who come to High Holy Days services. Want to be part of the effort that sustains this community? Volunteer to collect Kol Nidre pledge cards on Erev Yom Kippur. Help make the High Holy Days happen!

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Tashlikh on the Upper East Side

Monday, September 10 | 5:30PM | Carl Schurz Park Promenade at 86th Street

During the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, BJ members based on the Upper East Side are invited to gather for tashlikh closer to home. Join us for this spiritual practice in which we symbolically let go of the harmful behaviors that have impeded our growth over the past year by casting pieces of bread, representing those behaviors, into the East River.

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Hakhanah laTefillah

First and Third Saturday of the Month, beginning September 15 | 8:45-9:25AM | BJ 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.

 

The Mindful Calendar Series: Forgiveness

Saturday, September 15 | Following Kiddush | BJ Chapel

What does it mean to forgive? Does forgiving mean we have to condone hurtful actions? In this session we will bring gentle presence to the ways we’ve been hurt and have hurt others, as a step towards releasing ourselves from the corrosive chains of resentment. Forgiveness is a practice of courage and compassion: come prepared to share, to listen without judgement, and to open your heart in love. Read more »

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.

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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. This retreat is exclusively for teens in grades 8-12.

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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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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 Ekev

August 4, 2018 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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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

Usher, Greet, and Volunteer at High Holy Days Services

Sunday, September 9-Wednesday, September 19 | Various Times | Various Locations

Got a great smile? Like making people feel good? Sign up to volunteer, usher, or greet, and be the warm and welcoming face of BJ for over 3,500 people who come to High Holy Days services. Want to be part of the effort that sustains this community? Volunteer to collect Kol Nidre pledge cards on Erev Yom Kippur. Help make the High Holy Days happen!

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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.