Wednesday, August 15 | 7:00-8:30PM (doors open 6:30PM) | BJ Sanctuary
The public is invited to attend a New York State Attorney General Candidates Forum. The State Attorneys General have been very active in the current political discussion. This forum will allow us to be educated by all the candidates on their positions, experiences, and plans for the office. Candidates attending include Leecia Eve, Letitia James, and Zephyr Teachout. Sean Patrick Maloney has also been invited. The moderator will be Elinor Tatum, publisher and editor-in-chief of Amsterdam News. The evening promises to be informative, inclusive, and participatory. Bring your questions and concerns. Be an educated voter at the New York State Primary on September 13, 2018.
Saturdays, July 7 through August 25 | Following Shabbat Morning Services | BJ Community House
During the summer months, we provide a light kiddush of fruit and cookies following Shabbat morning services. If you’re interested in sponsoring a light kiddush, please email Davia or call her at x234.
Saturdays, August 18, August 25, September 1, September 8 | Following Kiddush | BJ Chapel
Is transformation really possible? Can human beings truly change? Join Rabbi Shuli Passow and Cantor Dave Mintz for an exploration of Hilkhot Teshuvah, Maimonides’ guide for engaging in the process of teshuvah and transforming our lives. We’ll study the texts, discuss how they relate to our lives, and consider how they can help us return home to the best versions of ourselves. Meeting after Shabbat morning kiddush throughout the month of Elul, this series will offer a powerful framework as we prepare for the Yamim Nora’im. Join for just one session or the entire series. No registration necessary.
Sunday, August 19 | Frankel Hall | 6:00-8:00PM
Looking to reunite with your friends from BJ before you head off to school this fall? Join us for dinner to connect, discuss, and reflect on the coming year. Aniko Gomory, the new Youth and Teen Engagement Coordinator, will be there and cannot wait to meet you! This is also an opportunity for you to tell us what you want out of Kesher, BJ’s new college engagement program. Email Aniko to R.S.V.P. See you there!
Tuesday, August 21 | 7:00PM | BJ Rooftop
Sponsored by Panim, BJ’s Social Action Social Justice Groups, this film series will celebrate stories of people that shine a light on justice in a changing world.
Up next: The Heart of Nuba, on August 21
Doors at 7:00PM, movie begins 7:45-8:00PM. Feel free to bring a dairy/vegetarian picnic dinner to enjoy on the roof before the screening begins. Light refreshments will be served.
Wednesdays, August 29, September 5, and September 12 | 6:30PM | BJ Chapel
For the past thousand years, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews have gathered for the forty days from the beginning of the month of Elul, through Rosh Hashanah, and up to Yom Kippur, rising at dawn to sing Selihot prayers and to prepare the soul for repentance and renewal. Led by Rabbi Roly Matalon and Music Director Dan Nadel, this three-part poetical and musical experience will engage us in that spiritual journey and get us ready for the upcoming sublime days of soul-searching and prayer of the Yamim Nora’im. The series is free of charge and open to all.
Saturday, September 1 | 8:30PM | BJ Community House and BJ Sanctuary
Join us as we prepare for this season of reflection and return with an evening of communal singing, meaningful learning, ritual, and prayer. We’ll begin with havdalah and singing at 8:30PM, followed by a collective heshbon hanefesh (accounting of the soul) guided by a film presentation from the Eli Talks series. After a coffee break, we’ll then gather in the BJ Sanctuary for a soul-stirring Selihot at 11:00PM. This event is open to all, no registration necessary.
Second Sunday of Each Month*, Beginning September 2 | 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.
The meetings are facilitated by Rabbi Yisrael Serok, former senior in the Mossad, who was in charge of the underground immigration of Jews from Syria and other Arab countries. Rabbi Serok has vast knowledge of both contemporary Israeli society and Jewish sources, and always offers a unique perspective on Israeli current affairs.
Tuesday, September 4 | 7:00-8:30 PM | 89th Street Chapel
A group for those who have experienced loss and find the High Holidays painful or difficult to navigate. We will draw strength, support, and comfort from one another and the resources of our shared tradition. Facilitated by Rabbi Michael Boino, BJ’s coordinator of pastoral care and support through the Jewish Board’s Partners in Caring Program, with Hazzan Ari Priven. Light refreshments will be served. Click here to register. Questions? Contact Michael by email or at x238.
Thursday, September 6 | 7:00 PM | BJ Middle Room
The Jewish Home Project presents a pre-High Holy Days workshop for multi-faith/multi-heritage families (but ALL families are welcome)!
Shabbat Evening Services: PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME!
Beginning on Friday, October 5, evening services will start at 6:15PM.
Sunday, September 9-Wednesday, September 19 | Various Times | Various Locations
Got a great smile? Like making people feel good? Sign up to volunteer, usher, or greet, and be the warm and welcoming face of BJ for over 3,500 people who come to High Holy Days services. Want to be part of the effort that sustains this community? Volunteer to collect Kol Nidre pledge cards on Erev Yom Kippur. Help make the High Holy Days happen!
Monday, September 10 | 5:30PM | Carl Schurz Park Promenade at 86th Street
During the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, BJ members based on the Upper East Side are invited to gather for tashlikh closer to home. Join us for this spiritual practice in which we symbolically let go of the harmful behaviors that have impeded our growth over the past year by casting pieces of bread, representing those behaviors, into the East River.
Saturday, September 15 | Following Kiddush | BJ Chapel
What does it mean to forgive? Does forgiving mean we have to condone hurtful actions? In this session we will bring gentle presence to the ways we’ve been hurt and have hurt others, as a step towards releasing ourselves from the corrosive chains of resentment. Forgiveness is a practice of courage and compassion: come prepared to share, to listen without judgement, and to open your heart in love. Read more »
Wednesday, September 19 | Following Ne’ilah Services | Location Given Upon Registration
Join us for a delicious 20s and 30s break fast following Ne’ilah services! The event is free for members, but registration is required.
Wednesday, September 19 | Following Ne’ilah Services | Frankel Hall
Join us at a delicious Community Break Fast, generously sponsored by Helena Diamant Glass in cherished memory of her beloved parents, Regina Landwirth Diamant and Karl Diamant.
Friday, September 21-Sunday, September 23 | Hands In 4 Youth, 256 Macopin Road, West Milford, NJ
Looking to unwind and enjoy being with your friends during the High Holy Days? Join us for a meaningful Shabbat away from the city. Throughout the weekend, teens will connect with friends old and new while enhancing their connection to the BJ community. Participate in team-building and leadership development, along with plenty of other activities, including a low ropes course and cookout by the bonfire! Teens will not have to worry about missing school; we will leave after school lets out on Friday. This retreat is exclusively for teens in grades 8-12.
Fridays, September 21-December 14 | 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | BJ Chapel
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 10:15AM session features both English and Hebrew songs, while the 11:15AM 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 Danielle Freedman (x260). No class on November 23. Read more »
Sundays (Monthly*), September 30, 2018-April 28, 2019 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location TBD
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
Thursday, October 4 | 6:30-8:30PM | BJ Middle Room
Get involved in the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign. 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 predominantly 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.
Friday, October 5 | 5:30-7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration. Register by Wednesday, October 3, and contact Danielle Freedman with any questions. The cost is $22 for members / $29 for non-members. All children eat for free. Read more »
Sunday, October 7 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location Given Upon registration
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.
About Our Holocaust:
Beautifully translated from Hebrew, Our Holocaust is a novel narrated by a nameless child of Holocaust survivors. A prizewinner in Israel, it tells the story of relatives who are “collected” by virtue of the fact that they themselves have no one to call their own family since many of their parents, children, brothers and siblings were murdered during the Holocaust.
Friday, October 26-Sunday, October 28 | Isabella Friedman Retreat Center
Beginning October 8 | Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays | BJ Community House
Learn Hebrew at BJ! Join other members of the BJ community 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.
Tuesdays, October 9-December 18 | 4:00-4:45PM | BJ Community House
Kadima@BJ is excited to announce a new Hebrew immersion class geared towards children ages 2-5. Shira Averbuch will lead children and their parents and caregivers in music, stories, and movement. Children will gain a sense of community rooted in Jewish tradition, while gaining exposure to Israeli culture, Hebrew language, and holiday customs. Cost for the fall semester is $200 for members and $300 for non-members. Both members and non-members may receive a sibling discount ($50 off). Contact Danielle Freedman for more information.
Wednesdays, October 2018 through May 2019 | 6:00-7:15PM
Want a chance to learn, study, and discuss some of the most intriguing issues facing Jewish teens today? Join us as we explore R-rated Talmud, the complexities of Israel, civil rights, poverty, and race within Judaism. Sessions will be facilitated by Aniko Gomory, Ayala Wasser, Rabbi Felicia Sol, Moshe Samuels, and outside facilitators. Read more »
Friday, October 12 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Chapel
The holidays are over, but the year is just beginning! Join us for a “welcome home” Shabbat dinner as we say goodbye to summer and the holiday season, and get ready for the amazing year ahead. We hope you will join us and bring a friend. Families of all ages welcome. Register by Monday, October 8.
Sunday, October 14 | 10:30AM-12:30PM | Location Given Upon Registration
BJ members with children in 2nd grade and younger are invited to reconnect with BJ friends and meet new people at Rabbi Felicia Sol’s home. Enjoy snacks and schmoozing while children engage in games and play.
Mondays, beginning October 15 | 6:30-7:00PM | BJ 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 Ma’ariv Meditation, 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 or registration necessary; all are welcome.
Monday Ma’ariv Meditation meets weekly, with the exception of national and Jewish holidays.
Wednesdays starting October 17 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Community House
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.
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Friday, November 2 | 5:30PM | BJ Chapel
Prepare to enter Shabbat by joining Hazzan Ari Priven for this new opportunity to unlock the melodies that you’ll hear throughout Shabbat services. Discover exciting new melodies, let the old favorites into your heart, and prepare for Shabbat in a truly beautiful way. No registration necessary, all are welcome.
Friday, November 9 | Dinner Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Chapel
Experience the magic of Jewish summer camp. Join us for BJ Shabbat services and a dinner brimming with kavannot given by past and present campers of all ages! Make sure to sport your favorite camp t-shirt; the dinner will be filled with “camp-style” shirah. A special, but not exclusive, invitation goes out to our Kitah Bet families! Register by Monday, November 5.
Monday, December 3 | 6:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Save the date for the BJ Sanctuary Centennial Gala: a spectacular evening to honor the leadership of Jeannie Blaustein and Peter Bokor and to celebrate the life and work of Rabbi Rachel Cowan. More details to come.
Friday, December 14 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Chapel
A Hanukkah-themed breakfast for dinner can’t be beat, so join us for PJ Shabbat! Children will enjoy music, games, and a bedtime story. Come in your coolest, goofiest, or favorite PJs. A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Gan families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, December 10.
Every First Sunday, January-June 2019 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location Given Upon Registration
In this six-part salon series, BJ members will get to meet some of the most promising Israeli artists working in New York today, each of whom are represented by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF). These musicians, 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.
Meeting Dates: January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2
Interested in hosting one of these fabulous salons? Please contact Moshe Samuels.
Friday, January 11, 2019 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Chapel
This month’s family Shabbat dinner will be Tu Bishvat themed! Join us for great food, better company, and fun games for children and adults alike as we prepare to celebrate the Jewish birthday of the trees. A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Aleph families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, January 7.
Thursday, January 17–Monday, January 21, 2019 | Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia
8th and 9th graders, join us as we venture south to learn about the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as explore the struggle for racial justice and equality happening today. Our partner organization, Etgar 36, is dedicated to developing the future political voice by taking Jewish teens on a journey through America and empowering them to get involved politically and socially to change the world. We will explore the link between Jews and the Civil Rights movement and understand why Jews, as a people who have known oppression, must care and act when others are oppressed. Cost is $1,450 per teen. Register by October 5.
Register now for January 20-27, 2019 | Costa Rica
Is multitasking in your daily life taking a toll? Spend a week of simple living in the rich ecology of the Costa Rican rain forest and the rustic elegance and organic fine cuisine of La Montaña Azul Center. Led by Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, we will explore Jewish mindfulness practices as a way to connect more deeply with our souls, 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.
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Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2019 | 7:00-8:00PM | BJ Chapel
Family life can be the landscape where we find great meaning and purpose, and at the same time, be the container for some of our most challenging relationships and emotions. Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein for an exploration of these universal conflicts, and the tools that mindfulness practice and the wisdom of our tradition can offer in bringing a sense of healing to complex familial relationships.
Friday, February 8-Sunday, February 10, 2019 | Washington, D.C.
This 7th grade trip focuses on our Jewish past, present, and future. Through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, intensive reflection, a Shabbat experience, the Newseum, and more, we will explore what it means to live a full Jewish life in light of our modern history and current events. This formative trip also serves as a community-building experience for our B’nai Mitzvah class.
If you are enrolled in Kadima@BJ, please select the prepaid option when registering. All 7th graders are invited to join us for this experience—the cost for those who have not prepaid is $450.
Friday, February 8, 2019 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Chapel
Join us as we celebrate Jewish communities from all around the world! We will explore different customs, cuisines, and traditions over Shabbat dinner. Do you have a special family tradition? Share it here! A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Gimmel and Dalet families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, February 4th.
Sunday, February 17–Sunday, February 24, 2019 | The Dominican Republic
10th-12th graders, join us on our annual service learning trip. Help build much-needed schools and complete a community center for some of the poorest neighborhoods of Santo Domingo. Spend off-hours in classic Caribbean style—socializing, dancing, laughing, and practicing your Spanish. Afternoons will be spent on educational excursions to the Zona Colonial, artisan markets, beaches, and caves. We will be partnering with Visions Service Adventures, a reliable organization that has well-established relationships with the communities in which we will be working. Cost is $2,400 per teen. Register by October 15.
Register now for February 21-28, 2019 | Israel
After 70 years, Israel is experiencing a wide spectrum of social and political challenges, along with revolutionary accomplishments in technology, arts, and culture.
Join Rabbi Roly Matalon and BJ’s shaliah, Moshe Samuels, as they explore some of the most urgent and nuanced issues facing Israeli society today.
Friday, March 8, 2019 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Chapel
Join the Family Life and Learning team for a joyful Shabbat dinner. As we exit winter, this dinner will celebrate the wonderful ways in which the seasons heighten our different senses. A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Hey families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, March 4.
Friday, April 12, 2019 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | BJ Chapel
We hope you and your family will join us for our April Family Shabbat dinner! Our Israeli-themed dinner will celebrate Israeli culture, Shinshinim will introduce our students to new and fun Israeli games, and we will enjoy the delicious cuisine. A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Vav families; email Ayala for your personal, free registration link. Register by Monday, April 8.
Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5, 2019 | 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.
Mark your calendars 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.
Friday, May 10, 2019 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat | BJ 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.