Upcoming Events

Midnight Run Drive

Various Dates | During Community House Open Hours | Community House 2nd Floor

Midnight Run coordinates over 1,000 relief missions per year, in which volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless on the streets of New York City.

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Evening Minyan

Mondays-Thursdays | 6:30PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

Coming to an evening program at BJ? Picking up your kids from Kadima? Come a little earlier, or stay a little later, fulfill the mitzvah of enabling others to recite kaddish, and help sustain our community and the Jewish people. Supplementing BJ’s morning minyan, our evening minyan creates yet another opportunity to come together in prayer and to support the mourners among us. This minyan is open to all, and, depending on the season, provides an opportunity to daven minha, maariv, or both.

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Bim Bam Fall 2019

Friday, October 18 | 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

Bim Bam gives children under three a fun space to explore Shabbat through interactive songs, movement, 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 program is led by our Artist in Residence, Shira Averbuch.

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Jewish-Muslim Solidarity Fridays

Friday, October 18 | 1:00-2:30PM | Islamic Cultural Center Riverside Drive

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

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Hakhanah laTefillah

Saturday, October 19 | 8:45-9:25AM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

Join Rabbi Roly Matalon biweekly 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.

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Introduction to Judaism

Wednesday, October 23 | 7:00-9:00PM | Community House 4th Floor

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. 

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Jewrisprudence: Frontiers of Modern Jewish Law

Wednesdays, Beginning October 23 | 7:00-8:30PM | Middle Room

How is our timeless halakhic (Jewish legal) system responding to questions of Jewish law emerging from our fast-paced, open-sourced, multi-vocal, technology-saturated, and rapidly-changing world? Join Rabbi Adina Lewittes as we analyze contemporary teshuvot (rabbinic responses), study the systems of change that have maintained the relevance of Jewish observance for millennia, explore the dynamism within the boundaries of Jewish law, and learn to articulate, in the language of tradition, the commitments to observance and practice that frame your Jewish life.

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#ShowUpForShabbat and Day of Action Against Antisemitism

Friday, October 25-Sunday, October 27 | Various Times | Various Locations

BJ joins with the American Jewish Committee’s #ShowUpForShabbat initiative to mark the one-year anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh. Honor the victims and raise our collective voice for a world free of antisemitism, hate, and bigotry.

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Bubbles and Bereshit

Friday, October 25 | Following the Kabbalat Shabbat Service | Reception Room

Join us for a festive oneg with bubbly drinks and appetizers. Bereshit, the first portion of the Torah, tells the story of creation. Celebrate new beginnings and create new friendships with your fellow 20s and 30s.

*Please note: this will not be a sit-down dinner.

 

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There's No Place Like Camp—Play Rehearsals

Various Saturdays, Beginning October 26 | 12:15-1:45PM | Reception Room

Join the BJ Theater Company as we sing, dance, and celebrate what makes Shabbat so special! In this musical revue, BJ’s youngest actors will shine on stage as they explore Shabbat’s meanings and rituals while celebrating the power of Jewish camp. Each child will have a speaking line and singing part, so There’s No Place Like Camp is a wonderful opportunity for actors at any level. Performances will be in early December.

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Post Kiddush Talk⁠—Ranked Choice Voting

Saturday, October 26 | Following Kiddush | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

Join us to learn more from Common Cause NY about ranked choice voting, a new ballot initiative proposed for the November 5 election. Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. Grab a nosh at Kiddush and come have your questions answered so you can make an informed vote in November.

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"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Tuesdays, Beginning October 29 | 12:30-1:45PM | Middle Room

Bring a bag 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 expected; this series is free of charge.

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Shirah with Shira

Tuesday, October 29 | 4:00-4:45PM | Middle Room

Join us for a 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 gaining exposure to Israeli culture. 

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Who's Next? Film Screening at the JCC

Tuesday, October 29 | 7:00-9:00PM | Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

Who’s Next? examines how the lives of Muslim-Americans have been affected in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The film shines a light on the bigotry endured by Muslim Americans, particulary during Donald Trump’s presidency, while encouraging viewers to choose knowledge over ignorance, take action to prevent hate speech, and get to know those who are different from them so that the challenges of marginalized communities can be effectively addressed.

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Moving Traditions

Various Wednesdays, Beginning October 30 | 6:00-7:30PM | 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 teens in the issues they care about most, such as relationships, gender roles, healthy sexuality, social media, pressure, and stress.

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

Various Thursdays, Beginning October 31 | 12:30-1:30PM | Location given upon registration

BJ members, join us as we 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. 

Please note: registration has reached capacity. To get on the waiting list, please email Beth Tarson.

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Tot Shabbat

Friday, November 1 | 5:15PM | Sanctuary & 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. After the service, join us for a Shabbat dinner complete with blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children will have the opportunity to engage in play. 

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Bo-i Kallah

Fridays Monthly, Beginning November 1 | 6:15PM | Reception Room

On the first Friday of every month, 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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Hitoreri

Friday, November 1 | 6:30-9:00PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel & Reception Room

Hitoreri, our monthly, teen-only Kabbalat Shabbat service and 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 downtime for teens to catch up and hang out. Hitoreri is open to teens in grades 8-12. 

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Learning and Discussion with BINA

Saturday, November 2 | Following Kiddush | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

Come and learn about BINA, the Secular Yeshiva in Israel, with Noga Brenner-Samia, BINA Deputy Director and a graduate of the Israeli Rabbis program. She will give a post-kiddush shiur (learning session).

Discussion topic: Tractate Independence: Exploring issues at the Intersection of Judaism and Democracy through a renewed look at the Israeli Declaration of Independence.

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Israeli Book Talk and Brunch with Zeruya Shalev

Sunday, November 3 | 10:15-11:45 AM | Reception Room

Join us for a book talk with bestselling Israeli author Zeruya Shalev, who will discuss her latest book Pain.

The book follows a protagonist haunted by physical and emotional pains from her past. Known for her stories about love and redemption, Shalev’s book is rich in emotional strength, inviting the reader to be swallowed up by the story and giving them a sense of purification when they finish reading.

Our morning will begin with a light brunch, followed by the book talk and Q&A with the author.

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Teen Giving Circle

Wednesday, November 6 | 6:00-7:30PM | Rooftop Sukkah and Sanders-Gardner Teen Lounge

A giving circle is formed when people come together and pool their dollars, decide together where to give the money (and other resources such as volunteer time), and learn together about their community and philanthropy. Join Laura, Assistant Director of Youth and Teen Engagement , for a chance to give back toward the issues you truly care about. Through exploration, deliberation and celebration of values, you have the power to give real money to programs and organizations that are helping the world. All money donated to this cause will be matched by BJ. This program is open to 8th and 9th graders only. 

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Spiritual Self-care Wednesdays

Wednesdays, November 6 and December 11 | 6:00-7:30PM | Sanders-Gardner Teen Lounge

Dive into mental health, Mussar, and mindfulness to explore how you handle your everyday stress and worries. Join BJ spiritual leaders, including Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Cantor David Mintz, and Rabbi Shuli Passow, for a time to decompress with your community. This series is only open to 10th-12th graders. 

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Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

Wednesday, November 6 | 6:30-8:30PM | Community House 4th Floor

After many years of focusing on farmworker justice, the hevra is exploring new options for advocacy and engagement. BJ members, join us to continue brainstorming next steps and to help us choose a new campaign. For more information, and to R.S.V.P., email Paula.

Next Stop...Kids

Wednesdays, November 6, 13, and 20 | 7:00-9:00PM | Reception Room

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.

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Reach for Shabbat Retreat

Friday, November 8-Sunday, November 10 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center

Families in 3rd-6th grade, join us for our annual Reach for Shabbat Retreat! This retreat is an incredible opportunity to get to know other families in the community. Throughout the weekend, we will experience the power of a community coming together on Shabbat to create a home away from home.
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Brunch and a Special Screening of Laid to Rest

Sunday, November 10 | 10:30AM-1:00PM | Reception Room & Middle Room

Connections invites you to a special brunch, followed by a presentation of excerpts from the historic documentary Laid to Rest: Buried Stories of the Jewish Sex Trade, which investigates the forgotten story of Jewish sex trafficking in Argentina between 1880’s and 1930’s. Told by various storytellers, it draws parallels between the historical struggle of a specific Jewish immigrant community and today’s global sex trafficking problem. We are excited to welcome the filmmaker Ornit Barkai, who will share more about the film and the problems it brings to light.

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The Secret Trio in Concert

Sunday, November 10 | 7:30-9:30PM | Sanctuary

Join us for an incredible evening of music with The Secret Trio. 

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Other Israel Film Festival

Thursday, November 14-Thursday, November 21 | Various Times | Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

Founded in 2007, the Other Israel Film Festival presents high-quality cinema that inspires conversation and takes an in-depth look into Israeli and Palestinian societies, as well as other underrepresented populations in Israel. The festival explores themes relating to human stories and social justice challenges for Israel and its neighbors. The goal of the festival is to use film as a catalyst for a dynamic and inclusive forum for the exploration of, and dialogue about, Israeli and Palestinian societies. With our partners, we aim to engage our community, deepen its view, challenge its perspectives, and drive it to action.

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Jew Too? Podcast Series

Thursday, November 14 | 7:00PM | Community House

Join BJ and Lab/Shul for a series of live podcast recordings and lively conversations celebrating and exploring the growing diversity of the American Jewish family.

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Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat

Fridays Monthly, Beginning November 15 | 6:15PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

On the third Friday of every month, join us for an intimate Kabbalat Shabbat, weaving together meditation and music with liturgy and learning. Led by Rabbi Shuli Passow, Cantor Dave Mintz, Elana Arian, and Jessie Reagen Mann, this service offers an uplifting vehicle for moving into the stillness and beauty of Shabbat. Email Kristen Kersey, or call her at x255, with any questions. 

Community Shabbat Dinner with Hazzan Ari Priven

Friday, November 15 | Following the Kabbalat Shabbat service | Middle Room & Reception Room

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.

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Southeast Civil Rights Journey

Sunday, November 17-Tuesday, November 19 | Georgia and Alabama

Rabbi Felicia Sol and SPSA’s Reverend Lea Matthews will lead a civil rights journey through Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham. Together, we will work to deepen our understanding of the Civil Rights movement and how systemic racism is both historic and present today. We will do so by immersing ourselves in experiences from church services at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, to visiting the Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum and Lynching Memorial and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

This trip is currently at capacity. If you are interested in participating in a future trip, click here to let us know.

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Teen Social—Ain’t Too Proud on Broadway

Sunday, November 17 | 12:30PM | Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street (Meet in the Middle Room)

BJ teens, join us for an outing to see the Broadway show Ain’t Too Proud. We will meet at BJ at 12:30PM for lunch and a pre-play program.

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Mindful of Savlanut (Patience) with Yael Shy

Saturday, November 23 | 6:00-8:00PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

Launching a year of monthly mindfulness intensives exploring the cultivation of middot (spiritual/ethical qualities), join Yael Shy for an exploration of savlanut (patience), and why it is so hard to achieve. Bringing together meditation, text study, and other embodied practices, we will dig deep into this middah and how to cultivate it in our daily lives.

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Family Shabbat Dinner

Friday, December 13 | Following the Kabbalat Shabbat Service | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel, Middle Room, and Reception Room

Join us for a family Shabbat dinner! As always, there will be great food, great company, and fun games for children after dinner. Please invite friends! Appropriate for families of all ages.

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There's No Place Like Camp—Performance

Friday, December 13 | During the Camp Shabbat Family Dinner | Community House 3rd Floor

Join BJ Theater Company as we sing, dance, and celebrate what makes Shabbat so special! In this musical revue, BJ’s youngest actors will shine on stage as they explore Shabbat’s meanings and rituals while celebrating the power of Jewish camp. 

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Teen Domestic Trip: Immigration in America

Thursday, January 16-Monday, January 20 | Phoenix, Tucson, and Nogales, AZ

For 8th and 9th Graders in the BJ Community
It’s all over the news today: refugees and immigration. There are people struggling, and we are all eager to help—but how can we? Is there anything we can do?

In the past, on the years we haven’t gone on a Civil Rights Journey, we have taken 8th and 9th graders to New Orleans to talk about natural disasters and learn about food deserts, but this January, we will be digging deeper into the topics of immigration and refugees by traveling to Arizona and exploring Phoenix, Tucson, and visiting Nogales.

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Save the Date—Women's Trip to Israel

Wednesday, April 22-Thursday, April 30 | Israel

Save the Date for our new exciting trip to Israel!

Join Rabbi Felicia Sol for an in-depth encounter with women of today’s Israeli society. Meet some of the change-makers who are transforming their communities and changing narratives about the role of women in religious and political leadership. Experience 10 days in Israel, including a powerful commemoration of Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut, with a community of women from BJ.

This trip is open to BJ members who identify as female and are over the age of 18.

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Save the Date: Young Families Retreat

Friday, May 1-Sunday, May 3, 2020 | Camp Ramah Nyack

Escape the city for a special Shabbat with the BJ Young Families community! Families with children in 2nd grade and younger are invited to save the date for a fun and energizing Shabbat weekend at Camp Ramah Nyack from Friday, May 1–Sunday, May 3, 2020. From hiking trails, to theater workshops, to schmoozing time with fellow BJ parents, the weekend will provide the perfect opportunity to spend time with your family in a meaningful way. More information to come!