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Join us as we celebrate the centennial of our historic sanctuary

Discover our extensive program of events providing many opportunities to reflect on 100 years in our historic Sanctuary, including 100 Years of Song: Community Centennial and Hanukkah Celebration, the Sanctuary Centennial Gala, the Sanctuary Centennial Exhibition, and more.


BJ Sanctuary Centennial Gala

Monday, December 3 | 6:30PM | Sanctuary
Join us as we celebrate 100 years in our historic sanctuary and honor Jeannie Blaustein, Peter Bokor, and Rabbi Rachel Cowan z”l.

The gala will gather the community in celebration as we mark the centennial of our historic sanctuary, and as we recognize the incredible contributions of our honorees.

This beautiful evening will provide an opportunity for the community to invest in BJ’s future. Gala proceeds will be directed to BJ’s endowment, helping to ensure that BJ remains vital, affordable, and sustainable for generations to come.

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100 Years of Song: Community Centennial and Hanukkah Celebration

Sunday, December 9 | 4:30PM | Sanctuary

As we mark the centennial of the BJ Sanctuary, join us and add your voice to a musical journey through the songs that have sustained us communally, culturally, and spiritually over the past 100 years. Led by special guest artists, this joyous celebration is for community members of all ages. Whether you’re a new member, or your family has been part of our community for 100 years, this celebration is for you. Read more »

Contribute to the Sanctuary Centennial Exhibition

Opening in mid-November, the Centennial Exhibition will offer stories, images, and artifacts that bring the colorful history of the BJ Sanctuary and our community to life.

Share Your Stories and Memorabilia

  • What does the BJ Sanctuary mean to you? Record a video of yourself completing this sentence: The BJ Sanctuary means _______________ to me, and email it to Or click here to submit a 200-word text reflection.
  • Do you have a kippah that was used for a celebration in the sanctuary? Donate it to become part of a commemorative installation. Leave it in a collection box located at the entrance to the Sanctuary or Community House.
  • Do you know the history of someone who is named on the stained glass windows in the sanctuary? Click here to share what you know.
  • Do you have one special picture of the sanctuary that you love? Email it to with a description and date.
  • Do you have any significant materials that you think we might want?


Other Upcoming Centennial Celebration Events

Centennial Gathering: Board Members Past and Present

Wednesday, November 28 | 6:30-8:00PM | Sanctuary

We express sincere gratitude for 100 years of our sanctuary and the countless leaders who devoted their time and energy as members of the Board of Trustees. Join Rabbis Matalon and Sol, President Alan Mantel, and First Vice President Suzanne Shechter to reflect on how the community has changed and evolved and to celebrate its leadership past and present.

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Family Pre-Party: Community Centennial and Hanukkah Celebration

Sunday, December 9 | 3:45-4:30PM | Frankel Hall

Families of all ages are invited to join the Family Life and Learning department for the celebration before the celebration! Join us for a lively pre-party for as we enjoy some delicious snacks, play games, see our wonderful BJ Theater Company perform, and celebrate Hanukkah and 100 years of the BJ sanctuary. This event is free of cost; feel free to reach out to with any questions.

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