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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Kapusta. No class on July 6.
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.
Raw and beautifully rendered, Pumpkinflowers is an unflinching look at the way we conduct war today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shabbat Evening Services: PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME!
Beginning on Friday, October 5, evening services will start at 6:15PM.
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.
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.
- BJ Members: Free
- Non-Members: $10
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.
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.
- 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!
Fridays, September 21-December 14 | 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-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 »
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
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 »
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.
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.