Upcoming Events

Jewish-Muslim Solidarity Fridays

Friday, April 19 | 1:00-2:30PM | Islamic Cultural Center Riverside Drive

Every Friday, Jewish Upper West Siders greet worshipers before and after their Friday prayers to show our support and solidarity. This effort began as a response to the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, but has grown to a regular practice of “loving our neighbor as ourselves.”

We invite you to bring a white sign that says “Jewish New Yorkers Support our Muslim Neighbors” or “We Stand With You.” We offer greetings of “A-salaam Aleikum” and “Jummah Mubarak.”

All are welcome, no registration required.

Hebrew Ulpan Classes אולפן עברית

Monday, April 22 | 5:00-7:00PM and 7:00-9:00PM | Community House

Registration for this series is closed. Classes are held every Monday. 

Join members of the BJ, Habonim and Shaare Zedek communities in a small group environment to build and improve your Hebrew conversational skills. The Hebrew Ulpan course teaches the fundamental structure of Hebrew and its basic forms, as well as the necessary vocabulary for everyday conversations, reading, and writing. This class is open to both members and non-members of the three synagogues so invite your friends to join!

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Monday Meditation Minyan

Monday, April 22 | 6:30-7:00PM | Chapel

Whether you have a deep meditation practice or are interested in exploring mindfulness for the first time, we invite you to join us for Monday Meditation Minyan, led by Yael Shy. Each session will begin with wisdom from the Jewish tradition, followed by focused meditation (with some guidance), a short discussion, and an opportunity for community members to recite Mourner’s Kaddish. No experience necessary; all are welcome.

Monday Meditation Minyan meets weekly, with the exception of national and Jewish holidays. To get a glimpse of what you can experience in-person, check out the live stream of this season’s first session.

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The Prophets with Hillel Friedman

Tuesday, April 23 | 9:00AM | 4th Floor Conference Room

Join Rabbi Hillel Friedman, longtime BJ member, for a perusal of the classical prophets. Together we will study excerpts from the classical prophets and apply their wisdom to our concerns in the 21st century.

This class meets every Tuesday. 

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Shirah with Shira—Spring Semester

Tuesday, April 23 | 4:00-4:45PM | Community House

Kadima@BJ is excited to continue our Hebrew immersion class geared towards children ages 2-5. Shira Averbuch will lead children and their parents/caregivers in music, stories, and movement. Children will gain a sense of community rooted in Jewish tradition while being exposed to Israeli culture, Hebrew language, and holiday customs. The cost for the semester is $200 for members and $300 for non-members. Both members and non-members may receive a sibling discount ($50 off). Contact Adina for more information.

This class meets every Tuesday from January 8-May 21

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Weekday Evening Minyan: A Pilot of the Center for Prayer and Spirituality

Mondays-Thursdays | 6:30PM | Community House

We are excited to announce that, beginning on Monday, April 1, we will be starting a three-month pilot of an evening minyan at BJ, with the hope that—through communal engagement—it will become a long-term practice.

Supplementing our Monday Meditation Minyan, we will now be offering a traditional, egalitarian evening minyan on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30PM. This minyan will be led by BJ spiritual leaders, staff, and community members alike, and together with our morning minyan, will provide twice-daily opportunities to say kaddish in community. And—quite literally—we need you to help make it happen!

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Hakhanah laTefillah

Saturday, April 27 | 8:45-9:25AM | Chapel

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. This series is open to all, no registration necessary.

Upcoming Dates: May 4, 18; June 1, 15

Aliyah for Holocaust Survivors and Their Families

Saturday, April 27 | During Shabbat and 8th Day Pesah Morning Services | Sanctuary

On the Shabbat before Yom Hashoah, we invite Holocaust survivors, their families, and their descendants for a special aliyah to commemorate those who perished, to pay tribute to those who survived, and to mark our commitment to Jewish life into the future.

Moving Traditions

Sunday, April 28 | 5:00-7:00PM | Community House 4th Floor

Rosh Hodesh (Sisterhood) and Shevet (Brotherhood), are small, single-gender, single-grade groups, led by Moving Traditions-trained adult mentors. Find your own Jewish community in a safe, relaxed space filled with activities, discussion, exploration, and fun. Our research-based and field-tested curriculum applies Jewish wisdom and values to supporting teens in the issues they care about most, such as relationships, gender roles, healthy sexuality, social media, pressure, and stress.

Dates: September 30, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, April 7, April 28

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"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Reading Torah

Tuesday, April 30 | 12:30-1:45PM | Middle Room

Bring a bagged lunch and open up your soul to the nourishment and challenge of the Hassidic rabbis. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol as we re-imagine old world wisdom for everyday life. Each class will stand alone, so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is required. This series is free of charge.

This class meets every Tuesday through June 18.

No class on April 23

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Stories from the Shoah

Tuesday, April 30 | 5:00PM | Sanctuary

A first hand account from a BJ member and wartime veteran in Germany.

In preparation for Yom Hashoah, Kadima@BJ will be hosting Vernon Leopold in conversation with Myriam Abramowicz—both members of the BJ community. Vernon Leopold escaped Düsseldorf Germany in 1938 and was later drafted by the U.S. Army in the intelligence platoon that held off the Germans at the Battle of the Bulge. It became the most decorated platoon in the war. He will discuss his time in Germany, journey to the United States, and the experience of returning to Germany in combat as a member of the U.S. Army. While Vernon and Myriam will be speaking with the Kadima 5th and 6th grade classes, all BJ members are warmly invited to attend. Myriam Abramowicz is a filmmaker, teacher, social activist and global humanitarian. She developed innovative programs at BJ and around the world.

Please contact Galit Lopatin Borderau to R.S.V.P.

Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Tuesday, April 30 | 7:00-8:30PM | Reception Room

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.

This class meets every Tuesday (no class March 26 or April 23). Join us at any time during the series; all welcome.

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Next Stop...Marriage

Tuesdays, April 30; May 7, 14 | 7:00-8:30PM | Chapel

Couples are invited to join us for a three-part pre-marriage series to help you prepare for your wedding and beyond. Explore a different element of marriage in each expert-led session.

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Yom Hashoah Commemoration

Wednesday, May 1 | 6:30PM | Sanctuary

Join us for a truly powerful commemoration of Yom Hashoah. We will gather for minha and the reading of the names of relatives of BJ members who perished in the Shoah, with special participation by our 7th grade class. This will be followed by ma’ariv and a presentation from our guest speaker, Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger. Those who would like to actively take part are invited to read from the BJ Shoah Megillah or by bringing your own names.

To contribute names for the BJ Shoah Megillah, to be read aloud to the community, please contact Kristen.

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Introduction to Judaism

Wednesday, May 1 7:00PM | Community House
This class meets every Wednesday; registration is closed. 
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. Individuals: $435 (members)/$660 (non-members); Couples: $650 (members)$980 (non-members). Please contact Billie with questions.
Note: There is no class on December 19, 26; January 2; April 17, 24

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Podcasts, Popcorn, and Prosecco

Wednesday, May 1 | 7:00-10:00PM | Reception Room
Are you into podcasts and looking for a place to talk about them? Join BJ’s 20s and 30s group, Aviv, for a series of guided discussions, each centered around a different podcast! Just like a book club, we will all listen to a set podcast episode before each meeting, where we will come together for a guided discussion.

The past several years have seen a rise in antisemitic hate crimes in the United States and around the globe. How are we to understand this phenomenon, and how might we respond? Join us on the eve of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) to commemorate the tragedies of the past, understand the present, and envision a future free from hatred. The podcast for our discussion features Eric Ward and Dove Kent, two leading activists and teachers on antisemitism. Check out their interview here.

Come to as many or as few sessions as you’d like—first-time podcast listeners are welcome.
There is no charge for this event, but sign-up is required so we can make sure we we don’t run out of popcorn and prosecco!

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Caregivers Support Group

Thursday, May 2 | 12:00 noon-1:00PM | Zoom (virtual meeting)

Are you coping with the challenges of caring for a family member? We are organizing a virtual group for caregivers to provide a supportive space inclusive of those who cannot travel. To sign up, please contact Michael Boino by February 1. He will provide you with your login information. This group is for BJ members only.

Upcoming Session: May 16

6th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Retreat

Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5 | Camp Ramah Nyack, Christian Herald Rd, Nyack, NY

Join your fellow 6th graders at our weekend-long B’nai Mitzvah Retreat! Students will participate in exciting programs that bring them closer to becoming B’nai Mitzvah while building community with each other. Transportation will be provided, as well as snacks on Friday afternoon through breakfast on Sunday.

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Young Families Retreat

Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5 | Camp Ramah Nyack, Christian Herald Rd, Nyack, NY

Please join Rabbi Erin Glazer, Hazzan Ari Priven, Mike Witman, Ayala Wasser, and Shira Averbach for a fun and energizing Shabbat weekend filled with outdoor games, music, hiking, learning opportunities, community building, a campfire, and more. This retreat is geared toward BJ families with children in second grade and below. Register by April 15. 

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Spring Bim Bam

Friday, May 3 | 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | Chapel 

Classes are held every Friday through May 17 (excluding April 19, 26).

Bim Bam gives children under three a fun space to explore Shabbat through interactive songs and stories while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. The 10:15 AM session features both English and Hebrew songs, while the 11:15 AM session is full Hebrew immersion. The series (12 classes) is $240/members and $360/non-members. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New BJ members may attend for free. The program is led by Shira Averbuch. Questions? Contact Adina (x248).

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Paying it Forward Shabbbat Dinners

Friday, May 3 | Various Times | Various Locations

Since October, over 100 BJ members have signed up to attend a Paying it Forward Shabbat Dinner in another member’s home, while committing to pay it forward by hosting a meal themselves in the future. Together, we are broadening Shabbat meal culture at BJ and transforming our community through building closer connections and elevating the beauty of Shabbat at home.

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Aviv: Death Over Dinner

Friday, May 3 | Following the Kabbalat Shabbat Service | Rooftop

20s and 30s in the community, join us for a lively and uplifting conversation (really!) about death. Talking about death helps us articulate and affirm who we are and what we ultimately care about. Using materials developed through the Death Over Dinner project, we will have a celebratory Kosher dinner (with wine) while exploring Jewish and medical (and Jewish medical) perspectives on death, dying, and mourning.

The cost is $18 for members and $30 for non-members.

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Post-Kiddush Talk with the Jewish Climate Action Network

Saturday, May 4 | 12:30PM | Chapel

Join the BJ Environmental Advocates for a post-kiddush discussion about climate legislation on the local, state, and federal levels. Wendy Seligson and Merav Cohen of the Jewish Climate Action Network of New York City will lead the discussion.

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Sponsor a Community Kiddush

Saturdays, Beginning May 4 | Following Shabbat Morning Services | Community House 3rd Floor

A kiddush, the communal gathering that follows Shabbat morning service, is a traditional opportunity to mark joyous events and lifecycle occasions within the community. Sponsoring a Community Kiddush is a wonderful way to show your support, and is considered a tax-deductible donation if coordinated through the BJ office. If you’re interested in contributing to a kiddush in honor of a milestone or in memory of a loved one, please email Julie or call her at x258.

UWS Celebrates Israel

Sunday, May 5 | 11:00AM-9:00PM | Sanctuary, Community House, and other locations on the Upper West Side

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and many Upper West Side synagogues, schools, and Jewish organizations invite everyone to come together for a neighborhood-wide celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. This year’s diverse and rich program offers something to everyone!

For the full itinerary of the day, as well as registration for ticketed events, click here. 

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Israeli Art and Culture Salon Series

Sunday, May 5 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location given upon registration

Remaining Dates: May 5, June 2

In this six-part salon series, BJ members will get to meet some of the most promising Israeli artists working in New York today. These musicians, visual artists, singers, and actors will perform in an intimate, home setting, drawing on an overarching theme that will shed new light on Israeli arts and culture. The series is curated by BJ’s music director Dan Nadel, and facilitated by BJ’s shaliah Moshe Samuels.

Featured Guests: Musicians Dan Aran and Zafer Tawil

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Come to Albany to Lobby for Farmworker Justice

Justice for Farmworkers Campaign Logo

Monday, May 6 | 6:30AM-6:30PM | Departing from Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue
After 20 years the time has come! Join farmworkers and allies from across New York State to meet with elected officials to make one last strong showing in support of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act. Farmworkers deserve the dignity and respect they were excluded from decades ago.
To reserve your spot on the bus (lunch provided), register below. The price is $20 per person.
Email Paula Galowitz for more information.

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"Sing—Now!—to God!"—Miriam and Moses

Monday, May 6 | 7:00PM | Sanctuary

Join Avivah Zornberg for a discussion on the history of Miriam, the prophetess who speaks enviously of her brother Moses. She will offer an intimate glimpse into the tensions between brother and sister, both leaders, both prophets. Midrashic material will illuminate this mysterious relationship.

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​Yom Ha'atzma-ut​ Seder

Wednesday, May 8 | 7:00-8:30PM | Reception Room 

Mark Israel’s 71st Independence Day with a festive communal dinner, readings, and songs. Inspired by the traditional Passover Seder, we will eat symbolic foods representing Israeli culture, read inspirational texts retelling Israel’s narrative, engage in conversation with both strangers and friends, and sing Israeli oldies. Rabbis of the partnering institutions will also contribute words of Torah.

Register now, as seats are limited. 

Cost: $18 per-person

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Interpretive Challah Shaping: A Masterclass with @lechlechallah

Thursday, May 9 | 7:00-9:00PM | Frankel Hall

A homemade challah is the beautiful and delicious centerpiece of the Jewish holiday table. With a few new techniques in your hands, that challah can become a midrashic masterpiece as well!

Student Rabbi Vanessa Harper (also known as @lechlechallah on Instagram) sees challah dough as an amazing artistic medium for exploring Jewish text and tradition. She teaches her methodology and shaping skills to people of all ages and artistic abilities to empower them to bring beautiful Torah to their own tables.

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Hitoreri

Friday, May 10 | During and following the Kabbalat Shabbat service | Chapel

Hitoreri, our monthly teen only Kabbalat Shabbat & dinner, is a BJ teen tradition. Teens participate in a mindfulness-style Kabbalat Shabbat service, led by one of the BJ rabbis, where we leave behind the hectic energy of the school week and transition into the peacefulness of Shabbat. This is followed by a delicious Shabbat dinner and plenty of down time for the teens to catch up and hang out.

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Family Shabbat Dinner: Final Fiesta in Honor of Kitah Zayin

Friday, May 10 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat services | Chapel

Join us for a special Shabbat Dinner honoring our 7th grade students, officially welcoming them into the BJ Teen Program. Everyone is encouraged to join us beforehand for Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:30PM in the Sanctuary, where our Kitah Zayin students will share reflections from their year with the community. A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Zayin families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, May 6.

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Refugee Culinary Exchange

Sunday, May 12 | 6:00-7:30PM | Frankel Hall

Join us for our third refugee culinary exchange, led by Kourtegue, a mother from Chad. Each dinner in this series is hosted by one of the mothers assisted by the BJ Refugee and Immigration Committee. Come learn more about our new neighbors, help support them, eat delicious food, and meet other BJ members!

Email Shoshana or Peggy with questions.

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Wise Living for Empty Nesters

Monday, May 13 | 7:00PM | Middle Room

Are you a new, or soon-to-be, empty nester? With the days of shuttling children around and helping with homework behind you, maybe you’re looking for a new connection to BJ, or to Judaism overall. Come join us for a glass of wine and some conversation on exploring new possibilities for investing in your spirituality and your own, personal growth during this new chapter of your life.

This gathering will be led by trained facilitators Ariella Soffer and Jessica Feder-Mantel, with Rabbi Shuli Passow, and is open to BJ members only.

Contact Billie with any questions.

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Israeli Film Club

Tuesday, May 14 | 7:00-8:30PM | Middle Room

Join us for a five-session series, featuring five short Israeli films that were carefully chosen from dozens of prize-winning works. The films present various perspectives on key issues in Israeli society. These movies will serve as a platform for post-screening discussions, allowing participants to reflect on diverse and relevant aspects of the Israeli people, culture and politics.

This series is free of charge, but registration is required. Sign up for your preferred screening(s) via the form below.

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Register for BJ Hazorim CSA 2019

Tuesdays, June 4-October 29 | 4:30-7:30PM | 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. Questions? Contact Larissa.

Register by Wednesday, May 15

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Life in Three Jerusalems: East, West, and Haredi

Wednesday, May 15 | 7:00-8:30PM | Reception Room  

What does Jerusalem look like through the eyes of an Arab woman who lives in Silwan, the eyes of a Haredi man who lives in Mea Shearim, or the eyes of a couple who lives in Rehavia? Where do these visions intersect? Where do they pass by each other unknowingly? Where do they collide? How do we bring them closer together? As Jerusalem Day draws near, join Michal Sherez Shilor, the founder of 0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem, as she brings different narratives of Jerusalem residents, and the way they affect life in the city, to light. We will take a deeper look at the complexities and intricacies of the multicultural, and seemingly torn, city that has become a capital of diversity, activism, and hope.

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Cooking in Hebrew: A Course in Israeli Cuisine

Thursday, May 16 | 6:30-9:00PM | Frankel Hall

Food is a world unto itself. It’s a peep-through window, a bridge between worlds, and a key to different cultures. Food brings people together and opens hearts; it comforts and stimulates memories.

Register now for the spring semester.

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ReGroup

Thursday, May 16 | 7:00PM | Chapel

Are you seeking a Jewish home for your spiritual search? Wondering about what role Judaism can play in your multi-faith or multi-heritage family? Maybe you’ve completed an intensive course of Jewish learning, and are searching for a community in which to continue your journey. Want to connect with other people going through, or who have recently finished, the conversion process? ReGroup is the place for you. We’ll share our experiences of building our Jewish identities and explore different ways of bringing Judaism and Jewish living into our lives.

To learn more, or to R.S.V.P., email Sarah.

Hesed Shabbat

Saturday, May 18 | During Shabbat Morning Services | Sanctuary
We will honor the work of, and learn about, various Hesed groups at BJ, including Bikkur Holim (caring for the sick), Hevra Kadisha (caring for mourners), and others. Learn how you can ask for help from your fellow BJ members and how to volunteer.

Sacred Wisdom: Jewish Guidance for Challanging Conversations

Saturday, May 18 | Following Kiddush | Chapel
How do we talk about issues of life and death? What does Jewish tradition say about the complicated choices we have to make in moments of illness? Can we make sense of suffering? Join us for this enlightening session with Rabbis Mychal Springer and Shuli Passow who will help you navigate tough questions you might encounter in your own life and as a member of the BJ community. This event is open to all, no registration necessary.

Save the Date: Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel Dedication

Sunday, May 19 | 5:00-6:30PM | Chapel

Join us to name the BJ Chapel in Rachel’s honor, creating a holy gathering space dedicated to her continued legacy and commitment to BJ. 

וַיִּזְכֹּ֥ר אֱלֹהִ֖ים אֶת־רָחֵ֑ל
And God remembered Rachel
(Gen. 30:22)

Rachel often spoke of her gratitude for the profound role that BJ played in her life, and before she died she expressed her desire that BJ use her life and memory to raise financial support for BJ. We are extremely touched by her generous gesture and humbled to be a part of her legacy.

Sign up details coming soon.

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Hebrew-Speaking Havurah

Sunday, May 19 | 5:30-7:00PM | Location given upon registration

Get together with other Hebrew speakers to discuss current affairs. Each month, a topic will be chosen and reading material (in both English and Hebrew) will be provided. At each meeting, we will hold a discussion in Hebrew.

This class meets on the second Sunday of each month*, registration is closed. 

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The Kaleidoscope Workshop: What Does Jewish Look Like?  

Monday, May 20 | 7:00PM | Reception Room

Join Aviv and the Jewish Home Project for Kaleidoscope, a narrative-arts driven initiative that was sparked by a desire to highlight the stories of Jews of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, observance levels, and interfaith experiences.

The workshop will feature spoken word artist Vanessa Hidary and playwright Kendell Pinkney.

The Kaleidoscope Workshop is a facilitated workshop that takes communities on a creative journey to address the perennially elusive question: What Does Jewish Look Like? Through exploring personal monologues that highlight Jewish racial and ethnic diversity, participants will arrive at a more complex understanding of the external, communal, and individual realities that make up Klal Yisrael.

This event is open to individuals in their 20s and 30s.
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Give the Gift of Life at the BJ Blood Drive

Wednesday, May 22 | 3:00-9:00PM | Sanctuary

Twice a year, we have the opportunity to provide this essential service to the community. Save a life and donate at the BJ Blood Drive. Learn more about how you can prepare to donate, including any restrictions that may apply. Donation typically takes 45 min-1 hr. Don’t forget to bring your donor ID card or number (if you have one).

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A Taste of Freedom: Chefugee Shabbat Dinner

Friday, May 24 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Frankel Hall
Join Rabbi Shuli Passow and the BJ Refugee Committee for a delicious Shabbat dinner cooked by the Family Support Team of our Refugee and Immigration Committee.

Kourtegue grew up in Chad, and recently fled to the United States, making a new home for herself, her husband, and her son. Cooking has always been a central part of Kourtegue’s life, and she is excited to prepare a traditional Chadian meal featuring moula daraba (fish) served with fried rice, fresh salads, and boiled spiced vegetables.

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Rise Up: Music of Justice, Resistance, and Hope

Wednesday, May 29 | 7:00PM | Sanctuary

Rise Up, our spring fundraising concert, will celebrate how social change movements throughout the ages have been powered by the music of justice, resistance, and hope.

Through the music of Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Harry Belafonte, and many more, this journey will reflect a true global tapestry of sound, creating a uniquely BJ experience.

Featuring: Shira Averbuch, Or Bareket, Deborah Sacks Mintz, Dan Nadel, Shoko Nagai, Arun Ramamurthy, Tali Rubinstein, Will Stone, and Satoshi Takeishi, with a special appearance by Hazzan Ari Priven

Please join us by purchasing sponsorships and tickets that will allow BJ’s social change work to flourish and expand. Click the link below for more information.

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Women's Retreat 2019

Friday, May 31-Sunday, June 2 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, 116 Johnson Road, Falls Village, CT

Meet Me at Sinai: Women’s Love, Rage, and Righteous Indignation at a Time of Revelation

Join Rabbi Felicia Sol, and MTM fellows Abi Weber and Margo Hughes-Robinson, for a glorious Shabbat of joy, song, learning, and connection in a beautiful, natural environment filled with the exclusive sound of women’s voices. Whether you are new to BJ or a long-time member, the Women’s Retreat creates an atmosphere of connection where all are embraced for who they are. Community is built throughout the weekend and sustains itself when we get back to NYC.

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Israeli Book Club

Monday, June 3 | 7:00-8:30PM | Middle Room

BJ’s Israeli Book Club is more than just your 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 Israeli issues.

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Summer Bim Bam

Fridays, Beginning June 7 | 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | Community House

Bim Bam gives children under three a fun space to explore Shabbat through interactive songs and stories while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. Led by Shira Averbuch, the 10:15 AM session features both English and Hebrew songs, while the 11:15 AM session is full Hebrew immersion.

The series (6 classes) is $120/members and $180/non-members. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New BJ members may attend for free by contacting Adina (x248).

Upcoming Sessions: June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12

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June Tot Shabbat

Shabbat

Friday, June 7 | 5:15-7:30PM | Sanctuary and Frankel Hall

Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, led by Rabbi Erin Glazer, Shira Averbuch, and Michael Witman. Stay and join us for a dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration. Register by Thursday, June 6, and contact Adina with any questions.

Prior to the deadline, the cost is $22 for members/$29 for non-members ($29 for members/$34 for non-members after June 6 at 10:00AM). All children eat for free.

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Our Immortal Soul—Film Screening and Q&A

Tuesday, July 16 | 7:00PM | Chapel

Based on a best-seller by Brazilian Rabbi Nilton Bonder, this documentary presents the story of characters who resorted to transgression as the only possible way to do what was right. Among the topics covered are infidelity, atheism, homosexuality, betrayal, breakup, and innovations in politics, religion, art, and science. Interviews with prominent non-conformists (among them Michael Lerner, Rebecca Goldstein, Etgar Keret, Uri Avneri, Reb Zalman Schachter, Rabbi Steven Greenberg, Noam Chomsky, and the Rosenberg Brothers) are interspersed with choreography from Deborah Colker’s dance company.

“Transgression is the element capable of renewing life, of propelling it to a new horizon of possibilities. This transgression is located in the soul,”- Rabbi Bonder.

The film will be followed by Q&A with Rabbi Nilton Bonder.

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Southeast Civil Rights Journey

Sunday November 17-Tuesday, November 19 | Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham

Join Rabbis Roly Matalon and Felicia Sol, along with our partners at SPSA, on a civil rights journey through Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham. The trip will be organized by Etgar 36, an independent, pluralistic, nonpartisan, and nonprofit Jewish educational venture.
Estimated cost (excluding airfare) = $870*.
More details to come.
Interested in joining us or finding out more? Click here to let us know.
* Cost subject to change depending on the final number of participants.