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.
Every other Thursday, December 8-March 15 | 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 »
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.
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.
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 »
January 15-22, 2017 | Costa Rica
Is multitasking in your daily life taking a toll? Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Sol Gonzalez and local nature guides for a week of simple living in the rich ecology of the Costa Rica rain forest and the rustic elegance and organic fine cuisine of La Montaña Azul Center. We will explore Jewish Mindfulness Practice as a way to connect more deeply with our soul, our truest values and with God’s creation, of which we are an integral part. Each day we will pray, meditate, set a kavanah (intention), follow integrative body movement practices, ‘bear witness’ to local social initiatives and experience nature. Click here to learn more.
Wednesday, January 18 and Tuesday, January 24 | 5:00-7:00PM and 7:30-9:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
IMPORTANT UPDATE: There will be no 7:30-9:30PM session on Wednesday January 18th. Please register for one of the other three sessions instead.
We have heard from many members a desire to act post-election. Join us for a week-long community conversation to share what issues are most important to you. Through a series of table discussions and one-on-one conversations, we will evaluate where there is momentum and passion. Find out how you can also get involved with work that’s already happening. Register here.
*If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, please fill out this form so we can make sure to hear from as many community members as possible.
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).
Together we will discuss navigating the inherent nature of the changing relationship over time between the caregiver and the care recipient. We will also talk about coming to terms with the experience associated with observing loss of functioning in a care recipient and the caregiver’s ability to engage in a meaningful relationship. R.S.V.P. here. For BJ members only.
Sunday, January 22 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.
The Israeli Book Club is more than just a typical reading group – it is an intimate encounter with Israeli culture, society and politics. Join us for a good read and a nuanced conversation that will help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary issues in Israel. Our next book is The Secret Book of Kings by Yochi Brandes.
Sunday, January 22 | 10:30AM-12:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
After morning minyan, the BJ men’s Havurah will be holding a bagel and lox brunch and discussion group. In the spirit of our yearlong JIBC programming, members will share their thoughts on Jewish identity and what it means from a male perspective. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Lee Rimsky at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, January 25 | 12:00PM | online
Join Rabbi Felicia Sol’s live interactive webinar as we explore and unfold the ideas raised in Dr. Christine Hayes’ January 11 Shalom Hartman lecture. Click here to access the webinar, which will become active at the scheduled date.
*Visit our JIBC webpage to view previous Shalom Hartman lectures.
Jewish summer camp is nothing less than magical. It provides the perfect environment for children and teens to make lifetime friends while connecting to their Judaism in ways they never thought possible. In an effort to bring the spirit of camp to BJ, we have partnered with some of the most celebrated Jewish camps to bring you a weekend of food, fun, and elective camp activities. For more information contact Ayala or call x244.
Family Camp Shabbat Dinner and Services
Friday, January 27 | 6:30PM Kabbalat Shabbat followed by dinner (5:15PM dinner for K-2 children) | 88th Street Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
During dinner and services, we will sing camp tunes, chat with campers and their families, wear our favorite camp t-shirts, and celebrate in exciting new ways. All current campers, camp alumni, potential camp families, and community members are encouraged to join. $18 for adults, $10 children (free for Hey/Vav families). Register by Monday, January 23.
Saturday, January 28 | following Kiddush | 86th Street Chapel
Join author and blogger Sabeeha Rehman as she reads selections from her memoir, Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim. Rehman will describe her encounters with Jews and Shabbat, her engagement in feminist and interfaith work, the parenting challenges she has faced in the Christmas season, and more.
Sunday, January 29 | 1:00-6:00PM | 89th Street Middle Room
Monday, February 20 | 10:00AM-4:00PM | 89th Street Gym
Now is the time to get involved. Gain skills at one or both of our training sessions, led by our partners at Manhattan Together and designed to provide you with a foundation in community organizing. All levels of experience are welcome. Sign up here.
Wednesday, February 1 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Do you have difficulty assessing all the information that comes your way? News comes from so many sources these days: mainstream media, social media feeds, satire shows, independent media outlets, and more. How do you determine what news is true? Since Election Day, there has been a growing concern about the amount of false information in the media and the importance of critical thinking and fact-checking. Join us for a discussion about the current state of the news and what you can do to decipher between fact and fiction. Co-hosted with Council Member Helen Rosenthal’s Office. Register here
Wednesday, February 1-Thursday, February 9 | Various times | Film Society of Lincoln Center
The film Mr.Gaga tells the story of Ohad Naharin, the artistic director of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company and one of the world’s most important choreographers. Filmed over the course of eight years, the documentary mixes intimate rehearsal footage with breathtaking dance sequences. BJ members receive discounted tickets for $11 when they order online. Go to www.filmlinc.org, select the desired show time, and enter promo code GAGA17.
Friday, February 3 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Rabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel will lead an alternative Kabbalat Shabbat service on the first Friday evening of each month. 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.
Saturday, February 4 | 4:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Blogger, writer, publisher, and kid’s and YA literature expert Lizzie Skurnick will talk about the diversity of wonderful books for children and young adults that touch on the Jewish experience. She’ll start with All-of-a-Kind Family, Sydney Taylor’s marvelous stories of growing up on the turn-of-the-last-century’s Lower East Side, and move on to more contemporary work. For more information, contact Billie. Free and open to the public, no registration necessary.
Sunday, February 5 | 11:00AM-1:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Monday, February 6 | 6:30-8:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Attend a meeting to get involved in the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign with BJ. We are asking questions, having conversations, and educating the community to expand our collective understanding of ethical consumption. In doing so, we aim to acknowledge the predominately immigrant laborers who make New York’s multi-billion dollar agricultural economy possible. Through the passage of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, we hope to ensure that laborers who produce the food on which New Yorkers depend can have the dignity and equality they deserve. If you are interested in attending these meetings or have questions, please contact Lisa.
Wednesday, February 8 | 6:30-8:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Through a partnership with HIAS and emerging relationships with other organizations, we are educating our community about the refugee crisis and developing opportunities to volunteer, advocate, and raise our Jewish voice. Join us at our next meeting to get involved in this important work. R.S.V.P. to Sandy.
Friday, February 10 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Gym
Led by Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, and Karina Zilberman, this service involves meditation, reflection, deep listening and personal engagement with the parashah. Please contact Beth with any questions.
Bring voice, breath and body together in this series that will combine two devotional practices: asana yoga and piyut (Hebrew liturgical poetry). Each month we will study a new piyut, sing and chant together, and explore the piyut’s theme through a gentle yoga practice. We’ll finish in time to head into the main service in the sanctuary for Torah reading. Rabbi Shuli Passow leads the yoga, with Rabbi Roly Matalon, Dan Nadel, and rabbinic fellow Arielle Rosenberg rotating each month to provide live musical accompaniment.
Never practiced yoga before? The yoga practice will be open to all levels, so no experience is necessary to participate.
Sunday, February 12 | 5:00 PM-6:15 PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.
Throughout history, fashion has greatly influenced the fabric of societies all over the world. What people wear often characterizes who they are, what they do for a living, and even more so, what kind of a society they live in. As Mark Twain once wrote, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
Join Liraz Cohen-Mordechai in an interactive presentation that features Israeli signature items and unveils the amazing world of Israeli fashion. This presentation tells the story of Israel from the late 19th century to present day. Every milestone in Israel’s story is presented through the lenses of both history and fashion. During the session, we will discover how significant events have influenced the creation of new Israeli styles time and time again. Read more »
Saturday, February 18 | 4:00-5:30PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.
Join us for our first session of BJ Sings. Based on the vision and success of the past havurah, this salon aims to extend the enjoyment of Shabbat through music. Throughout the course of our meetings we will cover a diverse array of songs including traditional Shabbat melodies, contemporary American Jewish compositions, and classic and contemporary Israeli pieces. Led by our very own Andy Sherman and the talented Shira Averbuch, these sessions will feature both familiar and new pieces. Sessions will take place once a month on Shabbat afternoons at members’ homes, where there will be light refreshments provided (as well as some time for schmoozing!).
NOTE: In this weeks KJ (1/20-1/26) there was a mistake, there is NO BJ Sings session taking place on Shabbat of the 1/21, our first meeting will take place on 2/18. Sorry for the inconvenience!
If BJ Sings is of interest to you, please sign up here to join the group!
Sundays, February 19 and March 19 | 10:30AM-2:00PM | 89th Street Community House
What do you do when you witness racial, ethnic, religious or other forms of harassment? Bystander intervention and de-escalation involve a series of tools that can be consciously employed to defuse volatile situations. In this interactive workshop, these concepts will be presented in the context of self-defense and harm reduction. Students will identify verbal and non-verbal techniques to de-escalate conflict. Students will also learn the four Ds of bystander intervention – direct, distract, delay, and delegate. All of these tactics will be presented in tandem with the importance of larger scale community organizing and alternatives to policing. Sessions will be facilitated by Rachel Levy, a social worker and member of the BJ community trained by the Center for Anti-Violence Education. Spots are limited for each session. Register here.
Economic Inequality in the Present American Landscape: A Jewish Response, with Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller
Saturday, February 25 | 5:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
Contemporary social and political analysts have noted with alarm the growing inequality in American society. And the Jewish community with all of its affluence (and its financial scandals) has not yet focused on a mode of repair that would address the widening income gap that exists. This seminar raises the possibility of embracing an ethic of dayenu (enough) that is the core of an economics of sufficiency. Free and open to the public, no registration necessary.
Tuesdays, November 1, December 6, January 3, February 7, March 7 and Wednesdays, April 4 and May 2 | 6:30-8:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join us for a monthly open rehearsal with music director Dan Nadel, Hazzan Ari Priven, and the rabbis to sing, learn new melodies, and delve deeper into prayer and music. All are invited to participate in co-creating our Shabbat prayer experience.
Saturday, March 4 | 4:30-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
Families of all 2016/2017 4th grade students (or students whose birth dates fall between September 2006 and December 2007) are invited to BJ’s annual B’nai Mitzvah Journey Opening Ritual, where the entire Torah will be unrolled and each student will find the parasha (portion) that they will read when called to the Torah for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol for this extraordinary event that brings together all 4th grade students and families as they begin their journey toward becoming b’nai mitzvah. Please register here.
Sunday, March 5 | 5:00-6:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Today Israel is one of the most unequal economies in the Western world. Roughly 20 percent of Israelis and over 30 percent of children live below the poverty line. A recent study shows that the average salary of CEOs is 44 times the average wage of Israeli employees, and 91 times the minimum wage. Professor Danny Gutwein is one of the most prominent voices for social justice and equality in Israel today. During this talk, Gutwein will discuss the quest for social justice as a means of healing the divisions in Israeli society. In addition, he will describe the negative effects of economic inequality on Israel’s social structure and political system, along with potential methods of remedying these issues. Register here Read more »
Wednesday, March 8 | 7:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join us for another installment of the Shalom Hartman lecture series, a key component of our year-long JIBC programming. Our third speaker is Yedidah Koren, a faculty member and Doctoral Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Koren is a Doctoral candidate in Talmud at Tel-Aviv University, currently writing her dissertation on lineage and illegitimate persons in Rabbinic literature. Her MA thesis, completed at Tel-Aviv University, dealt with the category of the “fore-skinned Jew” in Rabbinic literature. Koren has been a faculty member of Yeshivat Hadar, the Drisha Institute, and the Paideia Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Talmud and Classics from Hebrew University, and has also studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Matan, as well as other batei midrash. Register for this lecture here.
Pre-reading and pre-watching materials to come.
Sunday, March 19 – Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Ready to step away from the city to connect more deeply with your soul’s longings? Join Rabbi Roly Matalon and three extraordinary guest teachers from Israel–Yair Harel, Rabbi Tamar Elad Appelbaum and Uri Kroizer–at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center to deepen your understanding and practice of prayer. After four beautiful days of prayer practice, study, reflection, group discussion and song, you will have acquired a deeper understanding of prayer and prayer services and the confidence to engage in a more vibrant prayer life. Register here. For more information contact Billie. Read an article about the 2015 retreat to learn more!
Thursday, March 30 | 7:00-8:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Join two peace activists–one an Israeli settler, Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, and one a Christian Palestinian, Antwan Saca–as they tell their personal stories and describe how the two intertwine. They come with no ready peace plans in hand, but only with the conviction that human understanding and trust will be the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom, and peace on the tiny sliver of land they both call home. Read more »
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.
Wednesday, May 10 | 7:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join us for another installment of the Shalom Hartman lecture series, a key component of our year-long JIBC programming. Our final speaker in the Shalom Hartman lecture series is Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman. Hartman is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute and author of Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself. He is the founder of some of the most extensive education and enrichment programs for scholars, rabbis, and religious and lay leaders in Israel and North America.
Hartman has a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy from Hebrew University, an M.A in political philosophy from New York University, an M.A. in religion from Temple University, and Rabbinic ordination from the Shalom Hartman Institute. He is the author of The Boundaries of Judaism; co-editor of Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life; co-author of Spheres of Jewish Identity; and lead author of Speaking iEngage: Creating a New Narrative Regarding the Significance of Israel for Jewish Life. He is currently completing his next book, entitled Who are the Jews? Register for this lecture here.
Pre-reading and pre-watching materials to come.
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.