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Shabbat Services


Friday, March 23

7:00 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th Street Sanctuary

Saturday, March 24

9:30 AMShabbat Services88th Street Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s Services89th Street Reception and Middle Rooms
10:45 AMKulanu89th Street Chapel

Holiday Services


March 30 – April 7
Saturday, March 31
9:30 AMFirst Day Morning ServiceBJ Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServicesMiddle Room
7:00 PMSecond Day Evening ServiceBJ Sanctuary
Sunday, April 1
9:30 AMSecond Day Morning ServiceBJ Sanctuary
10:30 AMChildren’s ServicesBJ Chapel
Thursday, April 5
7:00 PMSeventh Day Evening ServiceBJ Sanctuary
Friday, April 6
9:30 AMSeventh Day Morning ServiceBJ Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceBJ Chapel
7:00 PMKabbalat Shabbat ServiceBJ Sanctuary
Saturday, April 7
9:30 AMEighth Day Morning Service (Yizkor)Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceBJ Chapel, Frankel Hall, Middle Room
More Information about Pesah at BJ »


May 19-21
Saturday, May 19
9:00 PMFirst Evening ServiceBJ Sanctuary
9:30 PMTikkun Leil ShavuotBJ Sanctuary
Sunday, May 20
10:00 AMFirst Day ServiceBJ Sanctuary
11:15 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
12:30 PMPicnic (weather permitting)Riverside Park
7:30 PMSecond Evening ServiceBJ Sanctuary
Monday, May 21
9:30 AMSecond Day Service (Yizkor)BJ Sanctuary
10:45 AMChildren’s ServiceFrankel Hall
More Information about Shavuot at BJ »

Morning Minyan

Week of March 25 - 31

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

Sell Your Hametz at BJ

Through Thursday, March 29

Traditionally, avoiding hametz has meant getting rid of all hametz in your possession. Considering this can cause major financial hardship, as well as wasting food, a custom was developed to sell the hametz to a non-Jewish person for the duration of Pesah. Once again, Rabbi Roly Matalon will be your agent for selling hametz. Sign up by Thursday, March 29 at 12:00PM. For assistance with this process, please email Kristen or call x255. Read more »

Register for BJ Hazorim CSA 2018

Tuesdays, June 5-October 30 | 4:30-7:30PM | BJ Community House
Registration now open!

Join BJ’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and pick up fresh, organic produce from Free Bird Farm at BJ once a week for 22 weeks. Choose from delicious vegetable, egg, fruit, and butter shares. Click here to find out more about the CSA. Questions? Contact Larissa. Read more »

Wiki-Torah with Tobias Divack Moss

Thursdays through May 10 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.

Note: there will be no class on March 29, April 5, and May 3.

March For Our Lives NYC

Saturday, March 24 | During and following Shabbat morning services | Meet at BJ Sanctuary

Join BJ in protesting gun violence. At our Shabbat morning service, we will hear from BJ member Alicia Samuels, an expert in gun violence and public health.

Immediately after services, BJ will join the March for Our Lives NYC. We will gather on the south side of 88th Street, across from the BJ Sanctuary, and walk together to Central Park West to meet up with the main march. If you plan to participate, please bring snacks and water, since we will be leaving right after services (before the Community Kiddush begins). Note: the rally begins at 11:00AM and the march begins at 12:00 noon).


Uncovering Siddur Lev Shalem: A Conversation with Rabbi Jan Uhrbach

Saturday, March 24 | 5:00PM | BJ Reception Room
Join Rabbi Roly Matalon in conversation with Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, Associate Editor of our recently adopted Siddur Lev Shalem. Learn about the process of this siddur’s creation, discover some of the gems found inside, and hear about its place in the landscape of contemporary Jewish life.

SOLD OUT: Israeli Culture Salon Series Part 2: The Founding Artistic Principles of Israel

Sunday, March 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 »

Empty Chair at the Seder: A Passover Bereavement Program

Monday, March 26  | 7:00PM | BJ Chapel
Passover can be extremely complicated and difficult for those of us who are bereaved. Join members of our community in drawing support and comfort from one another and our shared tradition. Facilitated by Hazzan Ari Priven and Rabbi Michael Boino, BJ Coordinator of Pastoral Care and Support through the Jewish Board’s Partners in Caring program. R.S.V.P. here or contact Michael at x238.

Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End Of Life

Sunday, March 25 | 2:30-4:00PM | Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street)
Jessica Zitter, M.D., MPH, and JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen will discuss the way people approach the end of life and what Judaism can teach us about dying well. Sponsored by What Matters. Dr. Zitter, who changed her professional career focus from critical care to palliative care, is a practicing physician, author, central figure in an Oscar-nominated short documentary, and editorial contributor to The New York Times. She is also exploring how her Judaism has drawn her to a career in medicine and a specialization in end-of-life issues. Chancellor Arnold Eisen, who was Dr. Zitter’s undergraduate advisor in Jewish Studies at Stanford University, will be in discussion with her about her professional journey, her Jewish values, and how they inform her current work. Contact the JCC for information at 646-505-5708 or click here to register

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 »

Pre-Pesah WSCAH Food Drive

Through Wednesday, March 28 | Before Kabbalat Shabbat | BJ Sanctuary Foyer and Community House Entrance
Looking to get rid of your hametz before Pesah? There’s no better way to cleanse your home and to give back than by donating your food to our partners at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH). Through a supermarket-style food pantry, WSCAH alleviates hunger and creates a culture that promotes self-reliance and works for change. Check out the list of encouraged items. All food donations welcome. For more information, contact Larissa.

Taanit Bekhorot Siyyum and Se’udat Mitzvah

Friday, March 30 | Following Morning Minyan | BJ Sanctuary 
All are welcome to join Rabbinic Fellow Tobias Divack Moss as he leads us in the completion of a volume of rabbinic literature. All firstborns in attendance are then permitted to eat and break the Fast of the Firstborn.

RESCHEDULED: Sustainability and Environmental Committee Kickoff Meeting

Wednesday, April 4 | 6:30-8:30PM | BJ Reception Room 

Join us for the launch of this new committee, which will bring together our environmental advocacy and sustainability work. We are looking for any members interested in environmental work, whether through diving more deeply into how our own community can become more sustainable, or through exploring how we can advocate for better policies in our city and state. All are welcome. Questions? Contact Larissa.

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Israeli Book Club discusses Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander

Sunday, April 8 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location upon registration

The Israeli Book Club is more than just a 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 issues in Israel.
After reading a book written by an Israeli author on liberal American Jews (The Ruined House by Ruby Namdar) it is time we read a book written by a liberal American Jews on Israel. Therefore, our next book will be Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander. 

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Kitah Bet Parent Meeting

Monday, April 9 | 6:15PM | BJ Community House 
Kitah bet (2nd grade) parents and students are invited to join Mike Witman, the Director of Family Life and Learning, and Ayala Wasser, the Assistant Director of Family Life and Learning, for light snacks and conversation to learn about our kitah gimmel (3rd grade) Kadima@BJ program.
While there is still much to look forward to as we finish up this school year, we are eager to share exciting changes in Kadima@BJ as your child transitions to kitah gimmel (3rd grade).
While the parent meeting is taking place, Youth Director Michelle Geisler will offer a taste of Shorashim (our 3rd-5th grade Youth Group), where kids will receive a sneak peak of the exciting youth programming that is up ahead!
R.S.V.P to Ayala. Please be in touch with any questions.

Monday Minha Meditation

Mondays beginning April 9 | 6:30-7:00PM | BJ Chapel

The Center for Prayer and Spirituality is thrilled to launch this new mindfulness initiative. Join us on Monday evenings for a community sit, as we work toward building a sustained communal meditation practice. The Monday Minha Meditations will contain explorations of guided teachings, meditation techniques, and silent sits, and will also provide an opportunity for community members to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish. No registration necessary. Whether you are experienced in meditation or are thinking about beginning a practice, all are welcome.

Monday Morning Beit Midrash Series: And You Shall Tell Your Children

Mondays, April 9, 16, 23, and 30, and May 7 and 14 | 8:30-9:30AM | BJ Middle Room

In the weeks between Passover and Shavuot, as we make our way from Egypt to Sinai, from liberation to dedication, join Rabbi Adina Lewittes for a text- and values-based conversation about the questions we ask and are asked by the next generation as we envision and build the Jewish future. Be prepared for a thought-provoking, challenging, personal, deep, and forthright dialogue on these pressing questions of our time. Open to all BJ members.

In order to get the most out of this series, we encourage attendance at all sessions; however, if you are unable to make all sessions you are still very welcome to join us.

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Questions are at the heart of Judaism. As Jewish life in America changes, so do our questions and those of our children and grandchildren about the meaning and value of Jewish practice and identity.

 And You Shall Tell Your Children  

  וְהִגַּדְתָּ לְבִנְךָ 

What Are You Going To Tell Yours When They Ask:

  • Why be Jewish today?
  • Why should we—and how can we—cultivate a sense of Jewish obligation in a post-halakhic world?
  • Should Judaism be defined by what the texts say or by what Jews do?  
  • What should we hold onto and what should we re-imagine when we look to the Jewish future?
  • What place is there for Jewish particularity in our post-ethnic, hybrid society?
  • What role can our personal stories play in the ongoing unfolding of the American Jewish story?
  • What will Judaism look like as the Jewish people become more and more diverse?

This program is part of The Jewish Home Project.

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 10 | 7:00PM | 59E59 Street Theaters

Please join the BJ Refugee and Immigration Committee, the Synagogue Coalition on the Immigration & Refugee Crisis (SCRIC), and HIAS for a special performance of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story.

Inspired by the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees coming to Canada in 1908, Old Stock is a humorously dark folktale woven together with a high-energy concert. The performance will be followed by a brief, lively panel discussion on the current refugee & immigration crisis sponsored by the SCRIC.

Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Wednesday, April 11 | 6:30PM | BJ Sanctuary
Join us in commemoration of Yom HaShoah for the reading and hearing of the names of those killed in the Shoah, with special participation by our 7th grade Kadima@BJ class. This ceremony will be immediately followed by a powerful musical program, Voices of Spiritual Resistance in Terezín.

An all-night vigil will begin at 10:00PM at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism (15 West 86th Street), where the BJ reading slot will be from 12:30AM to 1:00AM.

Voices of Spiritual Resistance in Terezín

Wednesday, April 11 | 8:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Immediately following our Yom Hashoah Commemoration, join Cantor David Mintz, Dan Nadel, and an ensemble of world-class musicians for a exploration of the music written and performed in Terezin.

Between 1941 and 1945, approximately 140,000 Jews passed through the gates of Terezín, including some of Eastern Europe’s most prominent Jewish musicians. Even prior to the Nazis officially condoning cultural activities in the ghetto, these Jews began to create a musical life for themselves. They met in basements to sing Czech folk songs, listened to chamber music in attics, and eventually, created of cultural life full of choirs, cabaret, orchestras, operas, and even a jazz band called the Ghetto Swingers. In this powerful musical program, we will unpack how this music served as a mechanism for survival through expressions of comfort, connection, satire, and defiance.

Featuring Cantor David Mintz, Dan Nadel, Alexandra Joan, Vasko Dukovsky, Jessica Sandidge, Amy Maude Helfer, Dominic Armstrong, and Cantor Dan Singer.

Free and open to the public.

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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 »

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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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 »

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 Ki Tissa

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February 24, 2018 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Teruma

February 17, 2018 • Rabbi Adina Lewittes
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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

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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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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.