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. Click here to find out more about the CSA. Questions? Contact Larissa. Read more »
Monday, April 16 through Sunday, June 10 | During community house opening hours | BJ Community House
Over the past two summers, photographer Saskia Bory Keeley partnered with Roots, an initiative now in its fourth year led by a Palestinian and Israeli settler committee who works at the heart of the conflict in the West Bank. Keeley conducted photo workshops exclusively for women who would otherwise have no contact with each other. Developing photographic skills was an important aspect of the program and just as essential was the opportunity for women “from the other side” to interact in a safe setting–many for the very first time in their lives.
Friday, April 20 | 5:15-6:45 PM | Frankel Hall
Spring is on its way! As the days get longer, join us at Frankel Hall as we welcome Shabbat with music, sangria, and snacks. Deborah Sacks Mintz, Dan Nadel, and Tobias Moss will lead us in song before services.
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Friday, April 20 | 7:00PM | BJ Reception Room
Join Rabbi Roly Matalon, Music Director Dan Nadel, and Deborah Sacks Mintz for this alternative Kabbalat Shabbat service. 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.
Friday, April 20 | Following Shabbat services | BJ Chapel
Do you love Jewish music? Do you enjoy singing? Then this dinner is for you! Get ready to elevate your Shabbat with friends, food, and soulful singing led by Hazzan Ari Priven. Join us for a three-course dinner with wine and enjoy the company of your fellow community members in an intimate setting.
Saturday, April 21 | 10:45AM-12:00 noon | Frankel Hall
Join us for a new Shabbat morning experience for children in grades K-2 and their families. Each session incorporates spirited prayer, singing, fun learning activities, and ample schmooze time, all led by our veteran service-leader, Sarah Rosenthal. We can’t wait to co-create this new community with you.
Upcoming dates: April 21, and May 12 and 26.
Contact Eliana Light for more information.
Saturday, April 21 | 9:30AM | BJ Sanctuary
Everyone is invited to take part in this special annual tradition as we give our rabbis a break and the BJ teens lead us in a Shabbat morning service from beginning to end! The teens have been working hard to prepare a very special Shabbat morning service\ complete with torah, tefillot, and divrei torah. We can’t wait to see the sanctuary full of friendly faces and that unique BJ Shabbat spirit!
Teens: if you are not yet signed up to participate and would like to, email Michelle.
Sunday, April 22 | 9:30AM-5:30PM | Frankel Hall
Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. Like CPR, participants will learn a five-step action plan on how to interact with a person in crisis until professional help arrives. At the end of the training everyone will receive a certificate of completion. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the BJ Bikkur Holim committee. Read more »
Sunday, April 22 | 2:00-6:00PM | BJ Community House 3rd Floor
Experience a trip around Israel on its 70th birthday through dance. Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with the best of the classic Israeli folk dances. All are welcome to join in the dancing. Request your favorites. You also will have the opportunity to experience prominent Israeli folk dance choreographers, leaders and musicians (TBA).
Sunday, April 22 | 2:00-3:30PM | BJ Community House
Who’s got the biggest birthday coming up? Israel, that’s who!
Students in grades K-5 are invited to come down to BJ for a huge party filled with over-sized games, food, and gigantic fun.
We are excited to see you there!
Mondays through June 25 | 6:30-7:00PM | BJ Chapel
The Center for Prayer and Spirituality is thrilled to launch this new mindfulness initiative. Join us on Monday evenings for a community sit, as we work toward building a sustained communal meditation practice. The Monday Minha Meditations will contain explorations of guided teachings, meditation techniques, and silent sits, and will also provide an opportunity for community members to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish. No registration necessary. Whether you are experienced in meditation or are thinking about beginning a practice, all are welcome.
Monday, April 23 | 7:00PM | BJ Middle Room
Learn about issues of housing discrimination in New York.
Explore how we, as religious communities, can help advance fair housing.
After an intensive exploratory process, the joint BJ/SPSA racial justice task force has decided to partner in advocacy work with the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), a nonprofit, civil rights organization dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination. We will be working with them to develop a new program aimed at harnessing the power of religious communities and faith-based organizations to advance fair housing in the New York City region.
Mondays, April 16, 23, and 30, and May 7 and 14 | 8:30-9:30AM | BJ Middle Room
In the weeks between Passover and Shavuot, as we make our way from Egypt to Sinai, from liberation to dedication, join Rabbi Adina Lewittes for a text- and values-based conversation about the questions we ask and are asked by the next generation as we envision and build the Jewish future. Be prepared for a thought-provoking, challenging, personal, deep, and forthright dialogue on these pressing questions of our time. Open to all BJ members. Read more »
Tuesdays through May 29 | 9:30AM | BJ Middle Room
When we consider the Book of Genesis, many of us remember the tales we heard in our childhood. Read more »
Tuesdays, January 16-May 15 | 12:30-1:45PM | BJ 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. Read more »
Tuesdays, April 24, and May 1 and 8 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Middle Room
Continuing with our series of Ritual Labs—in which we explore and co-create rituals to mark some of life’s most meaningful transitions—our next cohort will delve into the experience of parents whose children are leaving the home and beginning adulthood. Whether it’s your oldest, youngest, intermediate or only child leaving the home, this is a transition with profound impact on family systems. Join Rabbi Michael Boino and Cantor David Mintz for an opportunity to explore the wisdom of our tradition, broaden our understanding of Jewish ritual, and together, co-create a new ritual to mark this transition.
Tuesdays through June 5 | 7:30-9:00PM | 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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Wednesday, April 25 | 6:30-9:30PM | BJ Community House and Sanctuary
Join us for an evening of food, fun, and friends at our third Celebrate Community Auction.
There are so many ways to participate!
- Donate an auction prize;
- Become a sponsor and support the Jewish Home Project;
- Contribute to the Shabbat Catalog;
- Enter the raffle;
- Bid on your favorite prize (online bidding opens April 9); and
- Join the party!
Thursdays through May 10 | 6:30-8:00PM | BJ Community House
Join BJ Rabbinic Fellow Tobias Divack Moss for this weekly Torah study. Way before Wikipedia, Judaism developed an ever-expanding network of texts. Using the weekly portion as our starting point, we will follow these links of tradition that connect text to text, and generation to generation. Warm up the room with your presence and a cup of tea (bring your own or enjoy ours). New participants of any background are always welcome.
Note: there will be no class on March 29, April 5, April 19 and May 3.
Saturday, April 28 | 8:45-9:25AM | BJ Chapel
Please join Rabbi Roly Matalon to prepare the soul and open the heart for Shabbat morning prayers through the singing of piyutim and reflections on kavannah.
Saturday, April 28 | Following Shabbat Morning services | BJ Community House
Seventy years have passed since the founders of Israel declared that the State of Israel “will be based on freedom, justice, and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel.” But has the Jewish State lived up to this goal? And what means are needed in order to get there? How can a young state facing so many challenges fulfill the Utopian vision of the prophets of Israel, if at all? Join Rabbi Tamir Nir, head of the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv, as he explores these questions, examining contemporary issues in Israeli society through the lens of classic and modern Jewish texts.
Sunday, April 29 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location given upon registration
Friday, May 4 | 7:00PM | BJ Chapel
May the fourth be with you! BJ and the Ramah Minyan are partnering for a Star Wars-themed minyan for 20s and 30s! Minyan will be followed by a delicious dinner, so bring your crew. Kabbalat Shabbat will begin at 7:00PM. Registration for dinner is opening soon.
Saturday, May 5 | 7:45PM | BJ 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.
Tuesday, May 8 | 8:30AM | BJ Chapel
Join BJ Rabbinic Fellows Sarah Krinsky and Tobias Divack Moss one Tuesday per month after morning minyan. Dive deeper into the questions we are exploring through our Faith & Public program, such as “Should We Pray for the Government or About It?” and “Violence and Humility in Jewish Politics”. Read more »
Once a month on Thursdays | March 8, April 12, May 10, and June 14 | 4:15PM | BJ Community House 4th Floor Conference Room
A monthly support group for members of our community to draw strength, insight, and information from each other and our tradition. Read more »
Friday, May 11 | 6:00-7:00PM | BJ Reception Room
“On Shabbat something happens to the world–the world becomes infinite again.”—Shlomo Carlebach
Welcome in Shabbat with family and friends. Join us for wine and Shabbat sweets, and get in the Shabbat spirit with toys, games, and song! R.S.V.P. to Jacey Gluska.
Friday, May 11 | 7:00PM | BJ Community House 3rd Floor
Join us for an intimate service featuring meditation, reflection, deep listening, and personal engagement with the parashah. Please email Kristen Kersey or call her at x255 with any questions.
Monday, May 14 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Community House
Join us for an important conversation about suicide in our community, led by Dr. Adena Greenberg, Ph.D.; co-facilitator of M’kom Shalom, a Jewish Board support group for survivors of a loved one’s suicide. Dr. Greenberg will be joined by members of our community as well as Efrem Epstein, founder of Elijah’s Journey—a Jewish response to the issues of suicide awareness and prevention.
Wednesday, May 16 | 3:00-9:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Wednesday, May 16 | 6:30-8:30PM | BJ 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.
Saturday, May 19 | Following Shabbat services | BJ Middle Room
Have you ever wondered why the Torah is read aloud in the synagogue—or about the origins of the ancient, stirring melodies we hear and use?
Open to both women and men, this interactive, 90-minute session (sponsored by BJ’s Men’s Havurah) will focus on the complex and beautiful process that goes into the preparation of the Torah readings we experience in synagogue every Monday, Thursday, Shabbat, and Yom Tov morning. Read more »
Saturday, May 19 | 9:00-11:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Join us on erev Shavuot for an evening of devotional song and learning that follows the narrative arc of the Torah, featuring an ensemble of some of New York’s finest musicians and learning from BJ’s rabbis and special guests. This will be immediately followed by Tikkun Leil Shavuot.
Saturday, May 19 | 11:00PM-4:45AM | BJ Chapel
Following Tikkun B’Shira, settle in for the remainder of the evening at BJ and engage in night-long learning prior to our sunrise Shaharit service at 4:45AM.
Saturday, May 26 | Following kiddush | BJ Community House
Jerusalem and the Temple Mount have emerged as critical foci of the Arab-Israeli conflict. On the surface it appears that their significance to the Jewish world is as a symbol of our national sovereignty that emanates from their essential holiness. Despite the broad consensus embracing this view, there is a compelling Jewish tradition that imagines Jerusalem and the Temple Mount becoming the site of universal devotion.
Wednesday, May 30 | 7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Register now for the last in our Faith & Public Life Lecture Series, with Dr Yehuda Kurtzer. Dr Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and teaches widely in the Institute’s many platforms. Read more »
Fridays, June 8-August 10 | 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00 noon | BJ Chapel
Bim Bam gives children under 3 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 class is full Hebrew immersion. The series (nine classes) is $180/$270 (members/non-members). After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New BJ members attend for free. The program is led by Shira Averbuch. Questions? Email Allison Kapusta. No class on July 6.
Tuesday, June 12 | 7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Join us for a live recording of On Being with Krista Tippett—the podcast that opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We will explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives. Read more »