Upcoming Events

Community Shabbat Dinner with Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Cantor Dave Mintz

Friday, February 22 | Following the Kabbalat Shabbat service | Reception and Middle Rooms

Get ready to make your Shabbat a little sweeter with singing, shmoozing and learning led by Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and Cantor Dave Mintz. Join us for a three-course dinner with wine and enjoy the company of your fellow community members in an intimate setting. Registration is $18/members, $25/non-members.

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BJ’s Purim Shpiel—For Kindergarten-Sixth Graders (Auditions and Rehearsals)

Sunday, February 24 | 10:00AM-3:00PM | Community House 3rd Floor

Calling all actors! This year’s Shpiel is a full-scale Mamma-Mia-meets-Mordekhai musical spectacular, and we couldn’t be more excited. This disco-filled production is open to kindergarten-sixth graders, and no previous theater experience is necessary. Everyone who is interested will be cast in the show, but auditions (December 8-13) are required to help us get to know each actor and think about what role will be the best fit for them.

Those auditioning should prepare about 16 bars of a song to be sung a capella.

More interested in helping out behind the scenes? Email Emma about opportunities for involvement in tech crew and more.

See the website or email Emma for more information!

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Jump Into Memoir

Sunday, Feburary 24 | 12:00 noon | Middle Room

Every life has stories worth writing, but how does one begin? Inspired by writing prompts to jump-start the creative process, participants will harness both memory and imagination to shape their stories on the page, while simultaneously exploring elements of craft. Short pieces will be read aloud in an atmosphere of supportive, collaborative discussion. Bring a notebook or pad and preferred writing implements. This workshop is open to writers of all levels.

There will be a brunch at 12:00 noon, followed by the workshop at 12:30PM.

This program is $15 per person.

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Inclusion Advocacy Training for Jewish Women and Girls with Disabilities and their Allies

Sunday, February 24 | 1:00-5:00PM | Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue

RespectAbility is pleased to facilitate a community-wide inclusion advocacy training event for Jewish women and girls with disabilities and their allies, thanks to funding from New York Women’s Foundation.

This community-wide event helps put the “D” of disability into diversity. Given that roughly 20% of the Jewish population has a disability, and half of the population has a loved one or dear friend with a disability, it is the largest minority in our nation.

RespectAbility is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit that advocates on behalf of all people with disabilities, both visible and invisible (including anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and more), by fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities.

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Hebrew Ulpan Classes אולפן עברית

Monday, February 25 | 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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Infertility Support Group

Monthly beginning Monday, February 25 | 6:00PM | The Jewish Board, 135 West 50th Street

This group is open to individuals and couples of all ages and backgrounds who are struggling with the frustration of infertility. We will provide a safe space to feel supported, combat isolation, and share common experiences and resources on this journey. Come build a network with others who are going through a similar process. Jewish spiritual resources may be used to draw examples and give hope during these times of uncertainty.

Please email Amy Warren, LMSW, or call her at 212-632-4693, for more information and a screening.

Upcoming Dates TBD

Monday Meditation Minyan

Monday, February 25 | 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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Antisemitism and Jews by Choice

Monday, February 25 | 7:00-8:30PM | Chapel

Join us for an evening of learning and discussion on antisemitism and the unique experience of Jews by Choice in processing its history and realities. This session will be facilitated by Rabbinic Fellow Margo Hughes-Robinson, drawing from her own experience as a convert. Open to Jews by choice, and their loved ones.

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The Prophets with Hillel Friedman

Tuesday, February 26 | 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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"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Reading Torah

Tuesday, February 26 | 12:30-1:45PM | Chapel

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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Shirah with Shira—Spring Semester

Tuesday, February 26 | 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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Own Your Tradition: A Community Beit Midrash on Prayer

Tuesday, February 26 | 6:30-8:00PM | Community House Room 411

Jewish learning can sometimes feel like a series of disconnected texts, curated by the teacher from mysterious sources. In this five-week series, which is a follow-up to “What is the Talmud and Why Does it Matter?” (an introductory talk on January 29), we will explore the meaning of prayer by unlocking one of the primary sources itself: Tractate Berakhot of the Babylonian Talmud. How did prayer come to be what it is today? We will decode this text together, in the process learning to add our own voices to the ongoing project that is Torah Judaism. 

Upcoming Meeting Dates: March 5

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Jewish Mindfulness and Healing Relationships

Tuesdays, February 26 | 7:00-8:00PM | 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.

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Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Tuesday, February 26 | 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 (with the exception of February 5); join us at any time during the series; all welcome.

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Parenting Toward Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Torah text. Photo: Max Orenstein

Wednesday, February 27 | 6:30-8:00PM | Location given upon registration
Parents of current 5th and 6th graders are invited to join Rabbi Felicia Sol at her home for an evening of community and conversation regarding parenting toward your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah. There will be study, discussion on spiritual questions raised in traditional texts, wine, and light appetizers. This evening will be a parents-only event. Please sign up below by Monday, February 25.

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Introduction to Judaism

Wednesday, February 27 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, or January 2

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The Spiritual State of Being a Woman in America

Thursday, February 28 (NEW DATE) | 7:00-8:30PM | Community House

With the emergence of #metoo movement, the Kavanaugh hearings, and misogyny voiced from the highest office in the country, what does this mean for women? How can we turn to religious life for support, while also acknowledging the patriarchy that exists in religious texts and spaces? Join Rabbi Felicia Sol for an exploration of these questions through experiences, textual learning, and conversations with guest speakers.

In this final session of the series, Rabbi Felicia Sol will be joined by Professor Yifat Bitton, legal academic and social activist for equality, specializing in anti-discrimination law and critical-egalitarian theory of law.

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Spring Bim Bam

Friday, March 1 | 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | Chapel 

Classes are held every Friday through May 17, excluding February 22.

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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March Tot Shabbat

Friday, March 1 | 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, February 28, 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 February 28 at 10:00AM). All children eat for free.

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Yedid Nefesh: Uncovering the Melodies of Shabbat

Friday, March 1 | 5:30PM | Chapel

Prepare to enter Shabbat by joining Hazzan Ari Priven for this 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.

Hitoreri

Friday, March 1 | During and Following the Kabbalat Shabbat Service | Chapel and Middle Room

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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Hakhanah laTefillah

Saturday, March 2 | 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: March 16; April 6, April 20; May 4; 18, June 1, 15.

Volunteer Recognition Shabbat

Saturday, March 2 | During and following Shabbat morning services | Sanctuary and Community House 3rd Floor

Every year, hundreds of individuals give of themselves to make BJ a sacred, spiritual, and caring home for so many. Come honor and be honored as we celebrate the dedicated volunteers whose contributions build our community.

Fourth Grade B’nai Mitzvah Journey: Opening Ritual

Saturday, March 2 | 5:00-7:00PM | Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
Families of all 2018/2019 4th grade students (or students whose birth dates fall between September 2008 and December 2009) are invited to join Rabbi Felicia Sol for our annual B’nai Mitzvah Journey Opening Ritual. The entire Torah will be unrolled and each student will find the parashah (portion) that they will read when called to the Torah for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

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Israeli Art and Culture Salon Series

Sunday, March 3 | 4:00-6:00PM | Location given upon registration

Meeting Dates: January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, 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.

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Israeli Film Club

First Tuesdays of each month, beginning March 5 | 7:00-8:30PM | Location given upon registration

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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Koshersoul with Michael Twitty: Exploring Black Jewish Identity Cooking

Tuesday, March 5 | 7:00PM | Sanctuary

Being African American and Jewish is a combination that many can’t wrap their heads around. However, for thousands of Jews of color, having heritage, faith, and family in both Jewish and Black communities leads to an interweaving of identities and histories. For Michael Twitty—food blogger, Judaics teacher, and writer on Jewish cultural issues—this includes food and the ways Blacks and Jews have mediated otherness and oppression using what they eat, as well as the global stories Diasporic foodways have to offer.

Join us for a special evening with this acclaimed food historian and author to explore how our identities are shaped and expressed through food.

This event is $8 for members ($10 at the door)/$12 for non-members ($15 at the door).

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Cooking In Hebrew: A Course in Israeli Cuisine (Wednesday Class)

Wednesday, March 6 | 11:00AM-2:00PM | 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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Caregivers Support Group

Thursday, March 7 | 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 Sessions: March 28; April 1, 18; May 2, 16

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

Embedded Gateways. Photo: Karoly Lorentey

Thursday, March 7 | 12:30-1:30PM | Location given upon registration

We will continue our close reading of short stories about the lives, struggles, and concerns of the Talmudic rabbis, in order to uncover deeper layers of our own selves and to become better equipped to wrestle with our human nature. No knowledge of Hebrew is required; you are welcome to bring your own lunch to class. This series is free of charge, but open to BJ members only.

Upcoming Dates: March 14, 28; April 4, 11

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Cooking In Hebrew: A Course in Israeli Cuisine (Thursday Class)

Thursday, March 7 | 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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Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, March 8 | 6:15PM | Community House 3rd Floor

Join us for an intimate service featuring meditation, reflection, deep listening, and personal engagement with the parashah. Contact Kristen Kersey (x255) with any questions.

Family Shabbat Dinner: March Madness

Friday, March 8 | Following the Kabbalat Shabbat service | Chapel

Join the Family Life and Learning team for a March Madness themed Shabbat dinner. Participants are encouraged to wear your favorite sports jersey! A special invitation goes out to our Kitah Hey families; email Ayala for your personal registration link. Register by Monday, March 4. 

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Haleli Nafshi

Saturday, March 9 | 5:30PM | Chapel

Join us for our monthly Shabbat gathering, part of BJ’s initiative on communal singing as a spiritual practice. We’ll spend the final moments of Shabbat together, singing beautiful niggunim and zemirot as havdalah approaches. The evening will be filled with melodies that may be familiar and evocative, alongside those that are challenging and new, filled with a spirit that ranges from celebratory and jubilant to meditative and peaceful.

No registration necessary.

Please bring a vegetarian snack and/or drink to share.

Hebrew-Speaking Havurah

Sunday, March 10 | 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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Poets, Refugees, Shadows: Music of Our Spanish Inheritance

Sunday, March 10 | 7:00PM | Sanctuary

Join us for an exploration of beautiful Sefardi poetry and music. Together, we will take a journey through the gorgeous melodies of Ladino song and piyut (Hebrew liturgical poetry) born out of the experience of those unwanted in the land they called home—a narrative still hauntingly relevant today.

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Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

Farmworkers' Rights

Monday, March 11 | 6:30-8:30PM | 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. Email Paula to R.S.V.P.

Israeli Book Club

Tuesday, March 12 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Community House

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.

BJ’s Israeli Book Club is honored to host award winning Israeli author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen for a reading from her acclaimed novels Waking Lions and One Night, Markovitch.

Her historical novel, One Night, Markovitch (2012), describes the Jewish Yishuv before, during, and after the Second World War, while the country struggles to forge itself. It won Israel’s most prestigious literary prize for debut novels, the Sapir Prize, in 2013. The novel was translated into thirteen languages, and won the Italian Adei-Wizo Prize, as well as the French Adei-Wizo Prize. The novel was also long-listed for the Italian Sinbad Prize and Grand prix des lectrices de Elle.

Gundar-Goshen’s second novel, Waking Lions (2014), focuses on the hardships of the African asylum-seeking community who came into Israel from the Sinai desert between 2008-2013. It won the 2017 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, made The New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice list, and The Wall Street Journal included the novel on its Best Summer Reads list.

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Podcasts, Popcorn, and Prosecco

Beginning Wednesday, March 13 | 7:00-10:00PM | Location TBD
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 location and podcast episode for each session will be provided after sign-up.
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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Zayin Adar Teaching: New Questions and Quandaries for the Jewish Funeral

Wednesday, March 13 | 7:30PM | Sanctuary

In our tradition, Zayin Adar (the 7th day of Adar) is the date assigned to the birth and death of Moses. This tenth annual Zayin Adar learning event is held in memory of Helen Radin, z”l.

Becoming familiar with what is traditional and newly possible in Jewish funerals can help you face your own mortality with courage and focus on what your life has been all about. Join journalist and funeral director Amy Cunningham, known for her uplifting approach to matters of both life and death, for a discussion about how the green burial movement is spawned from Jewish and Islamic burial practice. You will get reacquainted with how dignified, humble, and meaningful Jewish end-of-life protocol is—and you’ll leave with some planning resources for yourself or for someone you love.

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ReGroup

Thursdays, March 14; 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.

Parenting Children in Multi-faith/Multi-heritage Relationships

Thursday, March 14 | 7:00PM | Middle Room

Is your child dating, or married to, someone with a different faith background or heritage? Often those relationships can surface questions for a family regarding the nature of community, tradition, observance, boundaries, and inclusivity. Both challenges and opportunities can emerge for the parent-child relationship, as well. Together with other parents, join Rabbi Adina Lewittes and Clinical Psychologist Dr. Sherri Kauderer for the first of several open and supportive conversations.

Contact Sarah (x291) with any questions.

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Bo-i Kallah

Friday, March 15 | 6:30PM | Reception Room
Join Rabbi Roly Matalon and BJ Music Director Dan Nadel for an alternative Kabbalat Shabbat service featuring melodies from the Sephardi and Mizrahi traditions, verses of Shir haShirim (Song of Songs), and beautiful piyutim (liturgical poems). Transitioning meaningfully into holy time by weaving together all of these elements, we invite you to bring a new dimension to your Kabbalat Shabbat.

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Installation of Rabbi Erin Glazer

Saturday, March 16 | During Shabbat morning services | Sanctuary
Please join us for the installation of Rabbi Erin Glazer at Shabbat morning servicesErin‘s mentor, Rabbi Naamah Kelman, will give the D’var Torah. Rabbi Kelman is the Dean of The Taube Family Campus, Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem.

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Shabbat Basketball

Saturday, March 16 | 3:30-6:00PM | Community House 3rd Floor
Wondering what to do on a cold Shabbat afternoon? Join us for a casual pick-up basketball game. No need to be a pro—all skill levels are welcome. Bring yourself, sneakers, and your A-game.

3:30-4:30PM: Aviv (20s/30s)
4:45-6:00PM: Youth and Families

Upcoming Sessions: April 13

LiteraTorah: Yiddish Troubadors and Modern Midrash in Memory of Shira Palmer Sherman

Saturday, March 16 | 4:30PM | Sanctuary

In honor of Shira z’l’s talent for drama, humor and serious engagement with challenging texts, Dara Horn will lead participants in exploring the intersection between the Yiddish theater tradition and biblical stories, with an emphasis on the Yiddish comic poet Itzik Manger and his reimagining of Torah stories in a modern context. (No prior knowledge of Yiddish or Torah required—come and explore!)

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BJ’s Purim Shpiel

Sunday, March 17 | Time TBD | Location TBD

Calling all actors! This year’s Shpiel is a full-scale Mamma-Mia-meets-Mordechai musical spectacular, and we couldn’t be more excited. The main Shpiel performance will take place as part of the Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 17.

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Donate Packages of Socks for Purim Tzedek Fest

Seeking donations now through March 17 | Community House 2nd Floor

On Sunday, March 17, we’ll come together for the Purim Tzedek Fest to perform the mitzvah of matanot le-evyonim (care packages for the poor) by assembling care packages of treats and fresh new socks to be distributed at the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program during the week of Purim. If you would like to help, please drop off packages of new, unworn socks (preferably in unisex sizes) to the BJ office. Questions? Email Larissa or call her at x272.

Click here to learn more about (or sign up for) participating at the event itself.

Purim Tzedek Fest

Sunday, March 17 | 11:00AM-1:00PM | Frankel Hall
Join us as we prepare for Purim with a fun afternoon of hamentaschen baking and assembling matanot le-evyonim (care packages for the poor). In conjunction with the Purim Carnival, we’ll be creating care packages of treats and fresh new socks to be distributed at the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program during the week of Purim. Bring a new package of socks and join us as we fulfill this important mitzvah. Lunch will be provided for participants who sign up. 

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Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 17 | 11:00AM-1:00PM | Sanctuary

Celebrate Purim with the entire BJ community! This carnival will be complete with exciting games, arts and crafts, a giant bounce house, and more. Enjoy delicious snacks and experience the fun of Purim. The carnival will open at 10:30AM for families with children ages 0-5, and at 11:00AM for all. Parents may attend free of charge. 

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Comedy for Peace

Monday, March 18 | 7:00PM | Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street

Did you hear the one about the Jew and the Muslim who walked into a bar? Join UJA for a side-splitting show featuring hilarious comics from diverse backgrounds who transcend the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with comedy and dismantle stereotypes with satire. We’ll also discover UJA’s work bridging gaps among different populations in Israel.

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Family Purim Celebration

Wednesday, March 20 | 5:30-6:30PM | Sanctuary 

Join the Family Life and Learning Team, Rabbi Erin Glazer, and musician Jacob Kraus for a spirited Purim celebration for the whole family! Families with children in 2nd grade and under are encouraged to come in costume and experience a kid-friendly version of the Purim story with music, snacks, and a costume parade.

This program is free. Contact Adina Beiner with any questions.

Please bring a box of macaroni (preferably whole wheat) to use as a grogger; all boxes will be donated to West Side Campaign Against Hunger at the end of the night. 

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Celebrate Purim at the Community Megillah Reading

Wednesday, March 20 | 7:00PM | Sanctuary
Celebrate Purim the BJ way! Get dressed up in your favorite costume and join us for an upside down ma’ariv, concluding with a lively Megillah reading for the whole community–filled with fun, festivities and fabulousness! Please bring a box of macaroni (preferably whole wheat) to use as a grogger; all boxes will be donated to West Side Campaign Against Hunger at the end of the night.

Megillah Reading at Morning Minyan

Thursday, March 21 | 7:30AM | Chapel
Keep the party going! Join us on the morning of Purim for a reading of the whole Megillah along with our morning minyan. No registration necessary, all are welcome.

 

The Spiritual Journey from Purim to Pesah

Saturday, March 23 | Following Kiddush | Chapel
How can the redemption of Purim deepen our understanding of the redemption of Pesah? What is the connection between joy and liberation in these two holidays, just 30 days apart? Join Cantor Dave Mintz for learning and discussion as we use rabbinic, Hassidic, and contemporary texts to explore the spiritual journey that carries us from Purim to Pesah. This event is open to all, no registration required.

Demystifying Mikvah with the Jewish Home Project

Sunday, March 24 | 10:30AM | West Side Mikvah, 236 West 74th Street
Traditionally associated with weddings, conversions, and niddah rituals, the mikvah can often feel removed from everyday Jewish practice and conversation. Those who have ventured into its sacred waters, however, know the power that this ritual space can hold. Curious about Jewish ritual immersion, or looking to deepen your understanding about this sacred ritual space? Do you consider the mikvah as a way to commemorate an important life-cycle event, but are you not sure what questions to ask or where to start?  This is the tour for you! Join the Jewish Home Project and Rabbinic Fellow Margo Hughes-Robinson for a mid-morning tour of the West Side Mikvah with ImmerseNYC and a discussion on the potential of mikvah practice for spiritual meaning.

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Next Stop...Kids

Thursdays, March 28; April 4, 11 | 7:00-8:30PM | Community House

Thinking about having children? Not sure if having a child is the next step for you? Expecting a child soon? Exploring parenthood through adoption, single parenting, or surrogacy? Join us for a three-part series as we explore a different element of parenthood in each expert-led session.

 

Session 1: All you wanted to know about raising a Jewish child and creating a Jewish home with Rabbi Erin Glazer.

Session 2: Let’s talk finances with certified Financial Planners Donna Nadler and Arthur Belkin.

Session 3: Navigating major life transitions, guest TBA.

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Finding Your Haggadah

Sunday, March 31 | 10:30AM | Middle Room

Are you getting ready to lead a Pesah seder and need help choosing a haggadah? Not sure what a haggadah is or how to find the right one for your seder? Perhaps you already have a haggadah you usually use, and are looking to add meaning through supplementary readings and reflections. Join Rabbi Adina Lewittes after morning minyan for a pre-Pesah breakfast where we will compare different haggadot and explore creative ways to enjoy a text that will guide and inspire you and your seder guests.

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From Generation to Generation: A Grandparenting Series

Mondays, April 1-15 | 7:30PM | Community House
Among the blessings and burdens of multi-generational families are questions about how each generation will assume responsibility for the past, present, and future. The continuous unpacking and repacking of bundles of family memories, values, commitments, and traditions that each carries with them—that each has inherited and each seeks to bequeath—brings great hope, but often great anxiety. For grandparents, this is often an invitation for deep reflection about the legacy they wish to leave their descendants, and the boundaries that bring both closeness and respect to family life.
Join BJ’s Jewish Home Project for one, or all, of the three sessions to explore these themes with other grandparents, practitioners, and teachers in settings filled with learning, sharing, and support.

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Teen Learning Series

Wednesday, April 3 | 6:00-7:15PM | Community House Room 411

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 »

April Tot Shabbat

Friday, April 5 | 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, April 4, 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 April 4 at 10:00AM). All children eat for free.

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Moving Traditions

Sunday, April 7 | 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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Family Shabbat: Shabbat Israeli Cool!

Friday, April 12 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat services | 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. 

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Next Stop...Marriage

Tuesdays, Beginning April 30 | 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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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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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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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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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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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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