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Shabbat Services

Tetzaveh

Friday, February 23

6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th Street Sanctuary

Saturday, February 24

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

Purim

Wednesday, February 28

5:30PMFamily Purim CelebrationBJ Sanctuary
7:00PMCommunity Purim Service and Megillah ReadingBJ Sanctuary

Thursday, March 1

7:30AMPurim Morning Service and Megillah ReadingBJ Chapel

 

Morning Minyan

Week of February 18-24

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

Volunteer Opportunity: Donate Packages of Socks for Purim Tzedek Fest

Seeking donations now through February 25 | BJ Community House 2nd Floor

On February 25, the community will gather for a Purim Tzedek Fest to perform the mitzvah of matanot le-evyonim (care packages for the poor) by assembling care packages of treats and fresh new socks to be distributed at the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program during the week of Purim. If you would like to participate, please drop off packages of new, unworn socks (preferably in unisex sizes) to the BJ office. Questions? Email Larissa or call her on x272.

Bim Bam and Bim Bam Hebrew Immersion

Fridays, January 5-May 11 | 9:15-10:00AM10:15-11:00AM11:15AM-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.

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SOLD OUT: Eat, Schmooze, and Sing: Community Shabbat Dinner with Ari

Friday, February 16 | Following services | BJ Chapel

Do you love Jewish music? Do you enjoy singing? Then this dinner is for you! Get ready to elevate your Shabbat with friends, food, and soulful singing led by Hazzan Ari Priven. Join us for a three-course dinner with wine and enjoy the company of your fellow community members in an intimate setting.

This event is now full.

$20 for BJ members / $30 for non-members.

Take the Moral Foundations Questionnaire

Open for responses now through March 12 | YourMorals.Org

All members of the BJ community are invited to participate in a Moral Foundations Questionnaire. Dr. Jonathan Haidt will explore the responses of our community’s survey at his March 13 lecture on “The Jewish Art of Constructive Disagreement: Just What We Need In a Polarized Time”. Read more »

Pop-Up Play Space

 Saturdays, February 17 and 24 | 3:00-5:00PM | BJ Community House 3rd Floor
Escape the cold at BJ’s new Pop-Up Play Space! Kids ages 4 and under can jump, climb, tumble as they enjoy free playtime on our new equipment. A staff member will be present to supervise and ensure safety. Parents must be in the room with their children at all times. In partnership with SWAN Kids.
Saturdays require pre-registration. There is a drop-in option for Sundays, though all are encouraged to pre-register. $5 per child for members, $10 for non-members. Sunday drop-in is $10 for members, $15 for non-members.
Register here: February 17February 24.

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Faith & Public Life: Study Sessions With BJ Rabbinic Fellows

Tuesdays, monthly: 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?” and “Violence and Humility in Jewish Politics”. Read more »

The Book of Genesis with Hillel Friedman

Tuesdays, January 23-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 »

"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Tuesdays, January 16-May 15| 12:30-1:45PM | BJ Middle Room
Bring a bag lunch and open up your soul to the nourishment and challenge of the Hassidic rabbis with the study of Itturei Torah: Torah Gems on the Weekly Torah Portion. Read more »

Series Extended: Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Tuesdays, February 13, 20, and 27 | 7:30-9:00PM | BJ Community House

Extended due to popular demand. 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. Read more »

Shira Yoga Intensive with Rabbi Myriam Klotz

Wednesdays, February 14 and 21, Tuesday, February 27, and Wednesday, March 14 | 6:15-7:30PM | BJ Sanctuary
Join Rabbi Myriam Klotz and Dan Nadel for a four-week Shira Yoga Intensive. Integrating movement, Jewish texts, and global Jewish music. In our sanctuary-turned yoga studio, this intensive will provide a flexible space for yogis of all levels to explore the richness of Jewish creativity and spirituality through the body.

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Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

Wednesday, February 21 | 6:30-8:30PM | BJ Middle Room 

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.

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

Thursdays, February 15 and 22, and March 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 »

Wiki-Torah with Tobias Divack Moss

Thursdays, beginning February 8 6:30-8:00PM | BJ Middle Room

Join BJ Rabbinic Fellow Tobias Divack Moss for this weekly Torah study. Way before Wikipedia, Judaism developed an ever-expanding network of texts. Using the weekly portion as our starting point, we will follow these links of tradition that connect text to text, and generation to generation. Warm up the room with your presence and a cup of tea (bring your own or enjoy ours). New participants of any background are always welcome.

Shishi Israeli for Adults

Friday, February 23 | 8:00-10:00PM | BJ Community House

Join your fellow Israeli and Jewish Americans as we create a shared experience around the Shabbat dinner table. Shishi Israeli is Shabbat dinner with a special flavor of “Israeliness”—enjoy Hebrew conversation, Israeli food, song, and the warmth of community. Get to know like-minded adults ages 35 and older, while enjoying the finest of Israeli cuisine. The program will include a shira betzibur (sing-a-long) session of classic Israeli and Jewish songs.

All participants are welcome to attend Kabbalat Shabbat services starting at 6:30PM in the BJ Sanctuary. Doors open for the dinner at 7:45PM for candle lighting, appetizers, and schmoozing. Kiddush and hamotzi will be at 8:15PM.

Space is limited, don’t miss out! This event is in partnership with the Israel American Council (IAC).

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Israel – A Safe Haven For Whom?

Saturday, February 24 | Following Shabbat Morning Services | BJ Community House

Learn more about the African asylum seeker crisis in Israel with Tamara Newman, Director of International Relations at the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants. Read more »

Kol Nashim: Voices of Women Seudah Shlishit and Havdalah

Saturday, February 24 | 5:00PM | Rabbi Felicia Sol’s Home
Please join Rabbi Felicia Sol for an afternoon of singing, study, a potluck seudah shlishit, and havdalah. Please bring a dairy/vegetarian meal to share. Should registration exceed capacity, we will relocate this program to the BJ Community House. Registration is essential so we can keep track of numbers and communicate with you about any changes.

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Tze'irim - Havdalah and "Chefugee" Dinner 

Saturday, February 24 | 8:00PM | Frankel Hall
20s and 30s are invited to join us for a very special evening with Lutfi, a chef and refugee from Syria, who will prepare a traditional Syrian dinner for us. Lufti will share about his family history and the food he is preparing, as well as his personal story of being a refugee. Learn about the Syrian refugee experience, and how we, as young professionals at BJ, have the ability and opportunity to provide support.
This dinner is being held in partnership with Komeeda’s Displaced Kitchens. 
Questions? Email Tess.

Purim Tzedek Fest

Sunday, February 25 | 11:00AM-2:00PM | Frankel Hall

Join us as we prepare for Purim with a fun afternoon of hamentaschen baking and assembling matanot le-evyonim (care packages for the poor). With your help, we’ll be creating care packages of treats and fresh new socks to be distributed at the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program during the week of Purim. Read more »

Israeli Art and Culture Salon Series, Part 1: Influences of great Jewish artists on Israeli art and culture across art disciplines

Sunday, February 25 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location given upon registration

In this new salon series, BJ members will get to meet some of the most promising Israeli artists currently working in New York who are represented by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF). These musicians, artists,  singers, and actors will perform in an intimate home setting, drawing on an overlaying theme that will shed new light on Israeli arts and culture. Read more »

In Days To Come: with Author Avraham Burg

Monday, February 26 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Community House
Join author, politician, and businessman Avraham “Avrum” Burg for the launch of the English translation of his latest autobiography In Days to ComeBurg was a member of the Knesset, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Speaker of the Knesset, and Interim President of Israel. 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.

IAC Keshetot@BJ

Tuesdays, January 9-May 15 | 4:00-5:00PM | BJ Community House
IAC KesheTOT is an innovative program for families with infants and toddlers from birth until 3.5 years old. Read more »

The Book of Genesis with Hillel Friedman

Tuesdays, January 23-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 »

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

Thursdays, February 15 and 22, and March 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 »

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 Mishpatim • Shabbat Shekalim

February 10, 2018 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Yitro

February 3, 2018 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Beshalah • Shabbat Shira

January 27, 2018 • Rabbi Erin Glazer
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Parashat Bo

January 20, 2018 • Rabbi Joanna Samuels
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Parashat Va-era

January 13, 2018 • Lindsey Newman
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Parashat Shemot

January 6, 2018 • Rabbi Adina Lewittes
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Parashat Vayehi

December 30, 2017 • Sarah Yael Krinsky
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Parashat Vayigash

December 23, 2017 • Tobias Moss
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Parashat Miketz • Shabbat Hanukkah

December 16, 2017 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Vayeshev

December 9, 2017 • Rabbi Shuli Passow

Combating Climate Change through Fossil Fuel Divestment

Saturday, April 21 | Following kiddush | BJ Chapel

Join BJ environmental advocates and Monica Weiss from 350.org NYC for a lunchtime discussion on the topic of divestment from fossil fuels. All are welcome. Questions? Contact Larissa.

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Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

Monday, March 19 | 6:30-8:00PM | 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.

A Celebration Honoring BJ Volunteers

Saturday, March 10 | during and after Shabbat morning services | BJ Sanctuary and Community House
Every year, hundreds of individuals give of themselves to make BJ a sacred, spiritual, and caring home for so many. Come honor and be honored, as we celebrate the dedicated volunteers whose contributions build our community.

Teen Day of Service: Purim Carnival Volunteers

Sunday, March 4 | 12:00 noon | BJ Sanctuary

Calling all BJ Teens! Volunteer to run the fun at this annual event where the whole BJ community comes together to celebrate Purim with games, prizes, food, and– you guessed it–a giant bounce house!

Volunteers will help with set up, run booths at the Sensory Friendly Purim Carnival and the Post-Purim Carnival, and help with cleanup. Teens who participate will be eligible for up to four hours of community service.

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Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

Wednesday, February 21 | 6:30-8:30PM | BJ Middle Room 

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.

Volunteer Opportunity: Donate Packages of Socks for Purim Tzedek Fest

Seeking donations now through February 25 | BJ Community House 2nd Floor

On February 25, the community will gather for a Purim Tzedek Fest to perform the mitzvah of matanot le-evyonim (care packages for the poor) by assembling care packages of treats and fresh new socks to be distributed at the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program during the week of Purim. If you would like to participate, please drop off packages of new, unworn socks (preferably in unisex sizes) to the BJ office. Questions? Email Larissa or call her on x272.

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.