Upcoming Events

Tribe Ride: Bike with BJ

Sunday, July 31 | 8:45AM-5:00PM | NJ Transit, Penn Station traveling to Sandy Hook, Hazlet NJ
Join us for a 43-mile loop to Sandy Hook, through Red Bank, Rumson, and the Atlantic Highlands. We’ll meet at Penn Station at 8:45 AM by the elevators on the upper level of the NJ Transit section. Use the 7th Ave and 31st street entrance to Penn Station. We will take the 9:07 AM train to Hazlet. Tickets cost $15 one-way. This ride is a part of Hazon’s Tribe Ride series with Friends of the Arava Institute and open to all cyclists. Ride leaders and marshals will be there to guide you. Participants are kindly requested to bring their own water and snacks. All riders are required to wear a helmet. R.S.V.P. or contact bjrevolutionaries@gmail.com for more information.

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.

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.

Only In New York: Stories of Jewish Identity, Creativity and Community, from the Upper West Side to the South Bronx

Wednesday, August 17 | 7:00PM | 89th Street Community House
This evening of music, graphic art, and great conversation will feature Marika Hughes, composer, lyricist, singer and cellist, and Julian Voloj, photographer and author of a graphic novel about a Jewish former gang member. Her background is African-American and Jewish; his is German, Colombian, and Jewish. Moderated by BJ member Sandee Brawarsky, Jewish Week culture editor. This event will be followed by a book and CD signing. Contact events@jewishweek.org to R.S.V.P. Free and open to all.

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

Friday, August 19 | 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.


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.

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.

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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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 member 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 please invite your friends).


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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).

The biblical rivalry between Esau and his younger twin, Jacob, who tricks him out of their father’s blessing, serves as the prototype for this yeasty, vibrant and sprawling modern-day family saga from Israeli novelist Shalev (The Blue Mountain). Esau, born in 1923 in Prague, grows up in Palestine, where his fault-finding, overworked father, Abraham, runs a bakery and seethes with resentment at the twins’ aggressive, free-spirited mother, Sarah, a Russian convert to Judaism. Jacob marries Leah-the woman Esau loves-and inherits their father’s bakery; Esau, disgruntled, emigrates to the U.S., becomes a gourmet food columnist and suffers through a string of meaningless affairs. Narrated by Esau with a genial cynicism, the novel shuttles back and forth between the U.S. and Israel from the 1920s through the ’70s, unreeling dozens of stories of sorrow, joy, death, war and love. Into this engrossing tapestry, Shalev weaves three seemingly unrelated tales-one concerning a duke’s Rabelaisian journey to Alexandria and Jerusalem in 1898, the others tragic stories of obsession-that eventually intersect with the main plot in surprising and ingenious ways.

Please sign up here for this event.