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Shabbat Services

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Friday, January 19

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

Saturday, January 20

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 January 14 - 20

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

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

Thursdays, January 11, 18, and 25, February 8, 15, and 22, and 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 »

Sicily Trip Information Sessions

Interested in being part of BJ’s upcoming Sicily trip (Monday May 28-Tuesday, June 5) with Rabbi Adina Lewittes and Executive Director Colin A. Weil?

  • Thursday, January 11 | 1:00-2:00PM in the BJ Chapel with Dini
  • Saturday, January 13 |  Colin will be available during kiddush for an informal chat and Q&A
  • Thursday, January 18 | 7:00-8:00PM in the BJ Middle Room with Colin
  • Tuesday, January 23 | 6:30-7:30 PM in the BJ Chapel with Dini

This is your chance to find out more about this unique adventure and ask any questions you may have before the sign-up deadline on January 28.

If you can’t make any of the above sessions but would like to speak to Dini or Colin about the trip, please contact Lyndsey Hunter at lhunter@bj.org or x239 to arrange a call.

BJ Mindfulness Retreat in Nature

January 14-21 | Costa Rica
Is multitasking in your daily life taking a toll? Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Karina Zilberman, Sol Gonzalez, and local nature guides for a week of simple living in the rich ecology of the Costa Rica rain forest and the rustic elegance and organic fine cuisine of La Montaña Azul Center. We will explore Jewish Mindfulness Practice as a way to connect more deeply with our soul, our truest values and with God’s creation, of which we are an integral part. Each day we will pray, meditate, set a kavanah (intention), follow integrative body movement practices, ‘bear witness’ to local social initiatives and experience nature. Click here to learn more.

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 »

Camp Shabbat Programming and Registrations

Jewish summer camp is nothing less than magical. It provides the perfect environment for children and teens to make lifetime friends while connecting to their Judaism in ways they never thought possible. In an effort to bring the spirit of camp to BJ, we have partnered with some of the most celebrated Jewish camps to bring you a weekend of food, fun, and elective camp activities. For more information, contact Jacey or call x260.

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Camp Shabbat: Experience the Magic of Summer Camp

Friday, January 19 | 6:30PM | BJ Sanctuary

Experience the magic of Jewish summer camp. Join us for BJ Shabbat services brimming with kavannot given by past and present campers of all ages! Read more »

Bo-i Kallah

Friday, January 19 | 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.

Women's March on NYC: UWS Jewish Contingent

Saturday, January 20 | Following Shabbat Morning Services | BJ Sanctuary
Join us and other members of the UWS Jewish community as we raise our voices in the streets to demand equality for all humans at the 2018 Women’s March on NYC.

The BJ community will gather after services to walk together to meet the rest of the UWS Jewish Contingent at the corner of CPW & W86th Street (between 12:30-1:00PM).  We will head from there to where the march will be queuing up on Central Park West. Click here for rally and main march information.

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PJs and Havdalah

Saturday, January 20 | 5:00-6:00PM | BJ Chapel
Families with children ages 5 and under are invited to experience havdalahthe ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat, through art, song, and story. Read more »

Camp Shabbat: Family Havdalah and Peulat Erev

Saturday, January 20 | 6:00-8:00PM | BJ Community House
BJ has partnered with many Jewish camps to create camp-like evening programming for the whole family. Come learn about exactly what it is that makes camp so special. Participate in various camp activities and take part in a spirited havdalah ceremony. Contact Jacey with questions. We cannot wait to see you there!

Hakhanah laTefillah

Saturday, January 20 | 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.

The Post Panel Discussion with Dr. Adam Arenson

Sunday, January 21 | 5:00-7:00PM | BJ Community House

The Freedom of Press Advocacy Tzedek Minyan invites you to a panel discussion about the new Steven Spielberg movie, The Post, and the current challenges facing our free press. 
See the movie on your own, then join the conversation, facilitated by renowned American historian and BJ member Dr. Adam Arenson. All are welcome. For questions and to R.S.V.P., contact Susan.

Faith & Public Life: Study Sessions With BJ Rabbinic Fellows

Tuesdays, monthly: 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, 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 »

Dolores Screening with the Economic Justice Hevra

Tuesday, January 23 | 7:00PM | JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue

Join the Economic Justice Hevra at a screening of the movie Dolores. Dolores Huerta co-founded the first farm workers’ unions with Cesar Chavez. Watch the trailer. Read more »

Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Tuesday, January 23, | 7:30-9:00PM | BJ Reception Room

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 »

Parenting Series: #3 Helping Your Teen

Wednesday, January 24 | 6:00-7:15PM | BJ Community House

Join us as Betsy Stone addresses the question of how to help our teens.  Read more »

Shabbaton with Assistant Rabbi Candidate Erin Glazer

Friday, January 26-Sunday, January 28 | Various times and locations

Meet Assistant Rabbi candidate Erin Glazer. Rabbi Glazer is currently based in Washington D.C., where she is the Senior Engagement Officer at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. She also serves as VP of Networking for the Women’s Rabbinic Network National Board, and on the Editorial Advisory Committee for the Psalm 27 Book Project, CCAR Press. 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.

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

Thursdays, January 11, 18, and 25, February 8, 15, and 22, and 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, 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 »

Caregivers Support Groups

Thursday, 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 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
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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

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.