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Shabbat Services

Tazria-Metzora

Friday, April 20

7:00 PMKabbalat Shabbat89th Street Reception Room
7:00 PMBo-i Kallah88th Street Sanctuary

Saturday, April 21

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

Holiday Services

Shavuot

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 April 15 - 21

89th Street Community House | More info »

 

9:30 AMSunday
7:30 AMMonday
7:30 AMTuesday
7:30 AMWednesday
7:30 AMThursday
7:30 AMFriday

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 »

Dialogue and Transformation - Photography Exhibit of Israeli Settler and Palestinian Women

Monday, April 16 through Sunday, June 10 | During community house opening hours | BJ Community House 

Over the past two summers, photographer Saskia Bory Keeley partnered with Roots, an initiative now in its fourth year led by a Palestinian and Israeli settler committee who works at the heart of the conflict in the West Bank. Keeley conducted photo workshops exclusively for women who would otherwise have no contact with each other. Developing photographic skills was an important aspect of the program and just as essential was the opportunity for women “from the other side” to interact in a safe setting–many for the very first time in their lives.

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Singing and Sangria on the Roof: Pre-Shabbat for 20s and 30s

Friday, April 20 | 5:15-6:45 PM | Frankel Hall

Spring is on its way! As the days get longer, join us at Frankel Hall as we welcome Shabbat with music, sangria, and snacks. Deborah Sacks Mintz, Dan Nadel, and Tobias Moss will lead us in song before services.
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Bo-i Kallah

Friday, April 20 | 7:00PM | BJ Reception Room
Join Rabbi Roly Matalon, Music Director Dan Nadel, and Deborah Sacks Mintz 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

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

Friday, April 20 | Following Shabbat 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.

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K-2 Family Shabbat Experience

Saturday, April 21 | 10:45AM-12:00 noon | Frankel Hall 

Join us for a new Shabbat morning experience for children in grades K-2 and their families. Each session incorporates spirited prayer, singing, fun learning activities, and ample schmooze time, all led by our veteran service-leader, Sarah Rosenthal. We can’t wait to co-create this new community with you.
Upcoming dates: April 21, and May 12 and 26. 
Contact Eliana Light for more information.

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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Pete Seeger & Friends Guitar Sing-Along

Saturday, April 21 | 8:00PM | Frankel Hall
Enjoy a short havdalah service followed by an evening of guitar-playing and singing, featuring songs by Pete Seeger and friends. This event is open to the entire BJ community, and is sponsored by Yozma (our group for BJ members in their 40s & 50s).

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Teen Shabbat

Saturday, April 21 | 9:30AM | BJ Sanctuary

Everyone is invited to take part in this special annual tradition as we give our rabbis a break and the BJ teens lead us in a Shabbat morning service from beginning to end! The teens have been working hard to prepare a very special Shabbat morning service\ complete with torah, tefillot, and divrei torah. We can’t wait to see the sanctuary full of friendly faces and that unique BJ Shabbat spirit!

Teens: if you are not yet signed up to participate and would like to, email Michelle.

Mental Health First Aid Training

Sunday, April 22 | 9:30AM-5:30PM | Frankel Hall
Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. Like CPR, participants will learn a five-step action plan on how to interact with a person in crisis until professional help arrives. At the end of the training everyone will receive a certificate of completion. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the BJ Bikkur Holim committee. Read more »

Israeli Folk Dancing for Yom Ha'atzmaut

Sunday, April 22 | 2:00-6:00PM | BJ Community House 3rd Floor

Experience a trip around Israel on its 70th birthday through dance. Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with the best of the classic Israeli folk dances. All are welcome to join in the dancing.  Request your favorites. You also will have the opportunity to experience prominent Israeli folk dance choreographers, leaders and musicians (TBA). 

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Israel's Supersized Celebration

Sunday, April 22 | 2:00-3:30PM | BJ Community House

Who’s got the biggest birthday coming up? Israel, that’s who!

Students in grades K-5 are invited to come down to BJ for a huge party filled with over-sized games, food, and gigantic fun.

We are excited to see you there! 

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Monday Minha Meditation

Mondays through June 25 | 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.

BJ/SPSA Racial Justice Task Force

Monday, April 23 | 7:00PM | BJ Middle Room

Learn about issues of housing discrimination in New York.

Explore how we, as religious communities, can help advance fair housing.

After an intensive exploratory process, the joint BJ/SPSA racial justice task force has decided to partner in advocacy work with the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), a nonprofit, civil rights organization dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination. We will be working with them to develop a new program aimed at harnessing the power of religious communities and faith-based organizations to advance fair housing in the New York City region.

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

Mondays, April 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. Read more »

The Book of Genesis with Hillel Friedman

Tuesdays through 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 »

Ritual Lab: Preparing for an Emptier Nest

Tuesdays, April 24, and May 1 and 8 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Middle Room

Continuing with our series of Ritual Labsin which we explore and co-create rituals to mark some of life’s most meaningful transitionsour next cohort will delve into the experience of parents whose children are leaving the home and beginning adulthood. Whether it’s your oldest, youngest, intermediate or only child leaving the home, this is a transition with profound impact on family systems. Join Rabbi Michael Boino and Cantor David Mintz for an opportunity to explore the wisdom of our tradition, broaden our understanding of Jewish ritual, and together, co-create a new ritual to mark this transition.

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Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Tuesdays through June 5 | 7:30-9:00PM | BJ Community House

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.
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The BJ Celebrate Community Auction

Wednesday, April 25 | 6:30-9:30PM | BJ Community House and Sanctuary

Join us for an evening of food, fun, and friends at our third Celebrate Community Auction.

There are so many ways to participate!

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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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K-2 Family Shabbat Experience

Saturday, April 21 | 10:45AM-12:00 noon | Frankel Hall 

Join us for a new Shabbat morning experience for children in grades K-2 and their families. Each session incorporates spirited prayer, singing, fun learning activities, and ample schmooze time, all led by our veteran service-leader, Sarah Rosenthal. We can’t wait to co-create this new community with you.
Upcoming dates: April 21, and May 12 and 26. 
Contact Eliana Light for more information.

The Book of Genesis with Hillel Friedman

Tuesdays through 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 Shemini

April 14, 2018 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Tzav • Shabbat Hagadol

March 24, 2018 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Ki Tissa

March 3, 2018 • Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell
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Parashat Tetzave • Shabbat Zakhor

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

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.