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More by Belinda Lasky

We Love Our New Colleagues!

In the last issue of Kol Hadash, we introduced three new staff members to you. We are pleased to introduce three more BJ employees who have joined our staff since the fall: Jessica Cavanagh- Melhado, Sandra Ghiorzo and Peter Banachowski. They … Continue reading »


A New Year Means New Staff!

New services, new members, new initiatives: B’nai Jeshurun is a place of continued growth supported through partnerships between volunteer leadership and professionals. We are delighted to introduce three new BJ staff members to provide assistance and guidance for our members: … Continue reading »


Shalom BJ: A Welcoming Initiative

We are embarking on a great venture, called Shalom BJ, and shining a spotlight on welcoming at B’nai Jeshurun to open wider our doors and our hearts to members, guests, and visitors in our desire to be a more welcoming community. … Continue reading »


Cultivating, Connecting, and Clicking: The Membership Department Team

The Membership Department of B’nai Jeshurun supports and enhances the infrastructure of the BJ community. The two staff members of this department are Belinda Lasky, the Assistant Executive Director and Director of Membership, and Lisa Friedman, the Membership Associate. Belinda … Continue reading »


Generations and Genders: Introducing Your 5773 Simhat Torah Honorees

Each year, the blessing of Simhat Torah Hatan (groom) and Kallah (bride) is bestowed upon two exceptional members of the BJ community. On Simhat Torah morning, the Hatan Torah has the honor of reading the last chapter of the Torah, … Continue reading »


Meet BJ’s Newest Board Members

At the BJ Annual Meeting in June, the BJ community expressed its thanks to retiring board members Debra Fine, Christina Gantcher, Barbara Glassman, and Steve Stulman for their dedicated and creative service to b’nai Jeshurun! The breadth and depth of … Continue reading »


Meet BJ’s Newest Board Members

At the BJ Annual Meeting in June, the BJ community unanimously voted Jeannie Blaustein in as President of the Board of Trustees. Jeannie will serve a three-year term and will bring her many passions to the role of representing the … Continue reading »


Our Simhat Torah Honorees

Each year, the blessings of Simhat Torah Kallah (bride) and Hatan (groom) are bestowed upon two extraordinary members of the BJ community. The Kallat Torah (or Hatan Torah, if a man is receiving the honor) has the honor of reading … Continue reading »


Nourishing the Soul and the Community: Suzanne Schecter and Susan Fishman

Susan Fishman was baking a molten chocolate espresso-chip souffle during Sukkot. As she whipped her egg whites, she silently reviewed a to-do list in her mind’s eye: confirm dinner plans, call her parents, and think about all the upcoming projects … Continue reading »


The World Through the Lens of Salons

Two hundred participants. Eight dynamic themes. Intimate conversations in living rooms around town. Delicious snacks. What does that add up to? During the 2009-10 season, Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein facilitated eight Beit Midrash Salons instead of teaching traditional Limud classes. His … Continue reading »


Visioning BJ Membership: Strategic Planning for 2008-2013

It was the summer of 2007, and Susan Kippur, then president of the BJ Board, challenged the Membership Committee to think hard about the future. That summer and fall we embarked on a visioning process that pushed us to articulate our … Continue reading »


Felicia Answers Your Questions

Over the summer, the community was asked to submit questions about Rabbi Sol to learn more about her. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. Let’s learn about Felicia! Felicia grew up in a loving family in New Jersey and Connecticut, … Continue reading »


The Membership Department: Keeping the Ball Rolling

If you haven’t yet met them, take time to get to know the staff of the Membership Department! Over the past year, the department has grown from two full-time staff people to four, and they are a diverse and energetic … Continue reading »