Upcoming Events

Summer Shelter Food Donors and Volunteers Needed

Dahn Forman-Yossifov, Jessica Forman, Harrison Jaffe cooking for the BJHS shelter

Mondays and Tuesdays | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays | 86th Street Social Hall
Over the summer, we are in extra need of food donors and volunteers at the BJ/SPSA Shelter. Signing up for just one meal can be a huge help. Getting involved is easy. For food donors: families, individuals or groups can get together to prepare a light meal for 10-12 people at the synagogue, the church, at home, or even order in a light meal for our guests. Set up shifts are from 7:00-9:00PM and sleepover shifts from 9:00PM-7:00AM. Perform a mitzvah all while sleeping through the night! To sign up or learn more, contact Larissa or call x272.

Mosaic - Israeli and Local Art Come Together, Art and Judaica Sale at BJ

Thursday, August 25 | 5:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

Stock up on all of your Art and Judaica gifts before the High Holy Days, while supporting Israeli and BJ artists. This extraordinary art show hosts 24 artists, including 11 of our very own talented BJ artists, presenting works in various mediums: jewelry, pottery, wall art (oil, watercolor, collage, prints) fabric art and weaving. This show is open to the public, free entry (so invite your friends!). Pay by cash or check only.

Please see a list of the participating artists and a sample gallery below

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Sunday, August 28 | 9:00AM- 2:00PM (rain or shine)| The Washington National Monument, Washington DC
In the midst of the greatest refugee crisis since WWII, volunteers and advocates from across the country will gather to raise awareness about the magnitude of the crisis, encourage advocacy and U.S. action to alleviate suffering through relief efforts and support, and stand in solidarity with refugees and displaced people worldwide. We will call on the U.S. to provide more refugee resettlement and increased support to countries and organizations already involved, support proven relief efforts overseas, and offer resources for those who wish to help, raising a collective voice against intolerance. Interested in going down to DC to participate? Let us know! Visit the DCRally4Refugees website for more details on the rally.

Hazon's New York Ride and Retreat with the BJ Revolutionaries


Friday, September 2-Monday, September 5 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
Join the BJ team and cyclists from all over New York for a relaxing and meaningful Shabbat retreat at Hazon’s home at Isabella Freedman. The Hazon Ride & Retreat is a fully-supported ride, fundraiser, and community experience for people of all cycling levels and ages. Guests enjoy delicious, kosher, farm-to-table food, engaging educational workshops, fun outdoor activities, and two days of cycling around the beautiful Berkshires. To sign up for this year’s ride and retreat and for more details, visit the Hazon website. Contact Michael Ekstract with questions about the BJ team.

Bim Bam

Children with Shabbat Candles

Fridays, September 9 – December 16 | 9:15 – 10:00AM and 10:15 – 11:00AM | 89th Street Chapel 
Children ages 3 and under explore Shabbat through Hebrew and English songs, stories, and traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. Registration is now open for the 9:15AM and 10:15AM classes. The cost is $252/members and $392/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Please contact Allison Kapusta.

Bim Bam - Hebrew Immersion

Children with Shabbat Candles

Fridays, September 9 – December 16 | 11:15-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel 
Experience the fun, music, and traditions of Shabbat in Hebrew! Children ages 3 and under explore Shabbat through stories, songs, and rituals such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah, in a class run entirely in Hebrew. No background in Hebrew language required. The cost is $252/members and $392/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Register online. Please contact Allison Kapusta.

Tot Shabbat


Friday, September 9 | 5:15-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
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 here by Wednesday, September 7 and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The cost is $20/members, and $27/non-members. Children eat for free.

Beth Olam Cemetery Trip

Beth Olam Chapel

Sunday, September 11 | 10:00AM-12:00PM | Beth Olam Cemetery, 2 Cypress Hills Street, Ridgewood, New York

Join us, in conjunction with our cemetery partners, Congregation Shearith Israel and Temple Shaaray Tefilla, for a visit to Beth Olam Cemetery. Attendees will receive a tour of the grounds and learn about the history of this beautiful and historic cemetery or take part in a special Geniza service to bury ritual objects in a new dedicated section.  In addition, there will be a recitation of memorial prayers in the “metaher house” – the small chapel designed by Calvert Vaux. Please register here.

The Wisdom Matrix: Norman Fischer and Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein


Monday, September 12 | 7:00-8:30PM  | The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street

“By the power of complete non attachment the frog floats”  – Jaso

Zen poet Norman Fischer and Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein explore their respective wisdom traditions and compare notes about life, death, and the way we get from one to the other. Cost: $22 per person or $19.80 if Rubin Museum of Art member. Please register here.

Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

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Monday, September 12 | 6:30-8:30PM | 89th Street Middle Room
Attend a meeting to get involved in the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign with BJ. We are asking questions, having conversations, and educating the community to expand our collective understanding of ethical consumption to include the predominately immigrant laborers who make New York’s multi-billion dollar agricultural economy possible. Through the passage of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, we hope to ensure that laborers who produce the food on which we depend in NYS can have the dignity and equality they deserve. If you are interested in attending these meetings or have questions, please contact Lisa.

Shishi Israeli

Friday, September 16 | 6:00-9:00PM | 89th St. Community House 

Shishi Israeli is where Israeli and Jewish Americans will create a shared experience around the Shabbat Dinner table. Join Rabbi Matalon for a Shabbat service in Hebrew, followed by a delicious dinner of Mediterranean cuisine and Shira Betzibur (sing-along) of contemporary Israeli and traditional Shabbat songs. Activities for children are offered throughout the event. Register here for this event.

Intentional Communities - Changing the Face of Israel’s Urban Periphery From Within

Saturday, September 17 | After Shabbat Morning Services, 12:30-1:45PM | 86th St. Sanctuary

Join Tamar Gil, Director of Resource Development of “Tor Hamidbar” for a discussion about the role of intentional communities in changing the face of Israel’s urban periphery.

Tor HaMidbar is an Israeli NGO based in Be’er Sheva. For more than 10 years, it has promoted the geographic and social peripheries of Israel through mission-driven communities and social business initiatives with a focus on working with local populations. Tor HaMidbar’s network of communities and entrepreneurs is spread throughout 20 cities from the Negev to the Galil (www.torhamidbar.org.il).

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Kulanu (Shabbat morning services for 3rd-6th graders and their whole families)

Saturdays from September 17, 2016 – May 27, 2017 | 10:20AM-12:00PM | 86th Street Social Hall

Join Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, BJ rabbis and a team of musicians in a family-friendly celebration of Shabbat with song, games, prayer, art and open sharing. Geared toward kids in 3rd-6th grades and their whole family!

Previously known as Junior Congregation, Kulanu is a celebratory, participatory prayerspace meant to build skills and open the heart. Join us!

We will meet in the main sanctuary of 86th Street at 10:20AM to take the Torah out of the ark and dance together to the Kulanu space downstairs.

Day of Mindfulness Walk

Sunday, September 18 | 11:00AM-1:00PM | Little Stony Point, 3011 New York 9D, Cold Spring, NY 

Join us for an experience of walking, meditating, singing, and praying in the majesty of the Hudson Valley as we prepare for Yamim Noraim. The walk will be led by Rabbi Brent Chaim Spodek, a former BJ Rabbinic Fellow, Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, and Rabbi Rachel Cowan. This is a very accessible trail walk that can be done by people with a wide range of strength and ability. Car pooling and van sharing will leave BJ at 9:15AM. Cost: $40 per person. Please bring your own water and lunch.  Please register here.

Israeli Book Club Discusses "Esau" by Meir Shalev

Sunday, September 18 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location Upon R.S.V.P.

The Israeli Book Club is more than just a typical reading group – it is an intimate encounter with Israeli culture, society and politics. Join us for a good read and a nuanced conversation that will help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary issues in Israel.

Our next book is “Esau” by one of Israel’s most celebrated authors, Meir Shalev (to be hosted at BJ on November 13).

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Selihot: Preparing the Soul for the Yamim Nora'im

music selihot

Wednesdays, September 21, September 28 and October 5 | 7:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
We yearn for the divine just as the divine yearns to find us – simultaneous quests guided by the soulful, plaintive music of piyut. For the past 1,000 years, Sephardic and Oriental 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 and to prepare the soul for repentance and renewal. Led by Rabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel, our three-part series will engage us in that spiritual journey and get us ready for the upcoming sublime days of soul-searching and prayer through haunting melodies of ancient Jewish communities as well as modern Israeli poetry and song. Join us at 7:00 PM  for light refreshments; program begins at 7:30 PM. The series is free of charge and open to the public.

The Orchard: A Pre-Shabbat Gathering for 20s and 30s

Friday, September 23 | 5:30-7:00PM | 89th Community House Roof (6th Floor)
Get Shabbat started early at the Orchard. We’ll meet on BJ’s roof before Kabbalat Shabbat for nigunim (wordless songs), good conversation, and time with friends — old and new. The Orchard is a new monthly gathering space for folks in their 20s and 30s. Free for members and non-members.

BJ Hosts Renowned Israeli Author Meir Shalev

Sunday, November 13 | 5:00-6:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

BJ is honored to host one of Israel’s most celebrated novelists, Meir Shalev, for the launch of is latest novel “Two-She Bears”. Join us in a conversation with the author followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

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Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays, November 2, 2016 – May 10, 2017 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room 
This course offers an overview of the core beliefs, practices, and history of Judaism and the Jewish people. We hope to deepen the understanding of those just beginning to explore Jewish life as well as of those who would like to participate more fully in the life of the Jewish community. No prior knowledge or experience necessary. Registration required. Individuals $435 members /$660 non-members; Couples $645 members /$975 non-members. Click here to register or contact Billie with questions.

BJ Mindfulness Retreat in Nature

Costa Rica Waterfall

January 15-22, 2017 | Costa Rica
Is multitasking in your daily life taking a toll? Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Sol Gonzalez and local nature guides for a week of simple living in the rich ecology of the Costa Rica rain forest and the rustic elegance and organic fine cuisine of La Montaña Azul Center. We will explore Jewish Mindfulness Practice as a way to connect more deeply with our soul, our truest values and with God’s creation, of which we are an integral part. Each day we will pray, meditate, set a kavanah (intention), follow integrative body movement practices, ‘bear witness’ to local social initiatives and experience nature. Click here to learn more.

Open Sukkah Times

Sunday, October 16 | 7:00-10:00PM
Monday, October 17 | 12:00-3:30PM and 7:00-10:00PM
Tuesday, October 18 | 12:00-3:30PM
Wednesday, October 19 | 6:00-9:00PM
Thursday Ocotber 20 | 6:00-9:00PM
Saturday, October 22 | 12:00-3:00PM