Ongoing Events

Kulanu Kids

Saturdays, October 8, 2016 – May 13, 2017 | 10:20AM – 12:00PM |  86th Street Social Hall

Join Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, the BJ rabbis, and a team of teen musicians in a family-friendly celebration of Shabbat. Previously known as Junior Congregation, Kulanu is a participatory prayer space in which 3rd-6th graders and their families will use song, games, prayer, and art to make Shabbat morning come alive. Upon meeting in the main sanctuary, we will take the Torah out of the ark and dance our way to the Kulanu space downstairs. For more information, contact Arielle Rosenberg.

 *On the second Saturday of every month, Kulanu is kids only.

Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays, November 2, 2016 – May 10, 2017 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street 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. Click here to register or contact Billie with questions.

BJ's Stories of Freedom

Tuesday, February 14-Friday, March 31 | online

Many of us have immigrant and refugee stories that come from our own lives or the lives of our loved ones. Were it not for the openness of this country, many of us would not be here today. During the 49 days of the Omer that carry us from Redemption to Revelation, we will be sharing refugee and immigrant stories from those within the BJ community in regular emails. Stand with all who are still awaiting freedom and refuge and submit your story here by Friday, March 31. 

*Though we hope to be able to use all of the stories that we receive, we may have to make selections depending on the number of submissions.

Notary Services for BJ Members

Business hours | 89th Street

We are pleased to announce that 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.

BJ Families Helping Refugee Families: Last Week of Donation Drive

Wednesday, February 1-Tuesday, February 28 | All day | 89th Street Community House 
In partnership with the International Rescue Committee, the BJ Refugee Committee is running a gently used donation drive for refugee families. Help refugee parents provide for their children by donating your gently used children’s items. We are seeking unopened packages of diapers (any size) and wipes, gently used strollers, and Pack ’n Plays. We are also seeking gift cards from Visa, American Express, Babies”R”Us and Buy Buy Baby, as well as Metrocards so that parents can take their children to doctors appointments.

 

UPDATE 2/22: To those of you who have already donated, thank you so much. We successfully acquired the double stroller for Ana and her two young children, who were featured in our previous update. We have received a new request for a stroller and a Pack ‘N Play  for a mother, Yannay, who has a 15-month-old. Please let us know if you or someone you know has these items to spare!

Soulful Start: Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

Every other Saturday (January 7, 21, February 4, 18, March 4, 18, April 1, 15, 19, May 13, 27) | 8:45-9:25AM | 86th Street 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.

Siah: A Monthly Minyan for Learners and Seekers

Shabbat Candles photo: gerard montigny

Every 3rd Saturday of the month | November 19, 2016-May 20, 2017 | 9:30AM-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel 

BJ introduces a new monthly Shabbat service led by Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg. This intimate, conversation-based service is geared towards those who are exploring Jewish prayer for the first time or who hope to build confidence in their Hebrew language and prayer skills. Join us as we dive into Shabbat morning liturgy and engage in meaningful discussion around the language, songs, and concepts of the Torah. If you have questions or hope to get involved with Siah, please contact Arielle (x224).

"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Reading from the Torah

Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4 |12:30-1:45PM | 89th Street 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. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol as we imagine old world wisdom for everyday life. Each class will stand alone so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. Free of charge. Register here.

Registration for ‘Israel Celebrates 70’ Community Trip to Israel Now Open

December 25, 2017 – January 3, 2018 | Registration open through May 2017 

Visiting Israel with fellow BJ members, rabbis and staff is always a memorable experience. Our Israel trips combine service, study, and prayer and are designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Israeli society and culture.

As Israel celebrates 70 years of Independence, we are delighted to announce a new community trip scheduled from December 25, 2017 to January 3, 2018.  Read more »

Bim Bam and Bim Bam Hebrew Immersion

Fridays, January 6-May 19  | 9:15-10:00AM, 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
Children ages 3 and under explore Shabbat through song and story while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. For sessions that feature both English and Hebrew stories, register for the 9:15AM or 10:15AM class. For full Hebrew immersion, register for the 11:15AM timeslot. The cost is $342/members and $475/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Program is led by BJ educator and musician, Shira Averbuch.

Making Sense of Israeli Politics: A Guide For the Perplexed

Every other Thursday, December 8-March 16 | 7:00-8:15PM | 89th Street Middle Room 

Although Israel is a relatively young country, its politics are rich and dynamic; some might say that they are contentious and Byzantine. In this conversation, we will examine the ideological basis of what unites and divides Israelis, the foundation and basic operations of Israel’s political system, and the key points of focus in Israel’s most heated political disputes.  Read more »

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

Thursdays, December 1, 8, and 15, January 5, 12, 19, and 26, February 2, 9, 16, and 23, March 2, 9, and 16 | 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. No knowledge of Hebrew is required. Please bring your own lunch to the midtown location. Specific location information will be provided upon registration. Free of charge. BJ members only. To register, please click here or email Beth.