January 17-24, 2016 | 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.
Our community is strongest when we care for each other in times of need. Do a deed of lovingkindness by connecting with members of the BJ community who are homebound, lonely, or in need of some extra care. With regular and consistent phone calls we can brighten the days and warm the hearts of those who need it most. Please contact Joni Brenner at ShabbatConnections@bj.org for more information on how you can help.
Wednesdays, September 9-December 16 | 3:00-3:45PM (ages 0-2) and 4:00-4:45PM (ages 2-4) | 89th Street Community House
A fun-filled, immersive musical voyage featuring Jewish-themed songs for children, melodies and games designed to teach the Hebrew and English alphabets, and also tunes from throughout the world for ages 0-4. Visit www.bj.org/earlychildhood for more information.
Thursdays, September 10-December 17 | 9:00-9:45AM (ages 18-24 mo), 10:00-10:45AM (ages 2-3), 4:00-4:45PM (ages 3-4) | 89th Street Community House
An imaginative experience designed for curious kids to experiment with various media, while engaging in exciting take-home art projects. For children ages 18-24 months, 2-3 years, and 3-4 years. Visit www.bj.org/earlychildhood for more information.
Fridays, September 11 – December 18 | 10:15, and 11:15AM | 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 eating challah. Registration is now open for the 10:15AM, and 11:15AM classes. The cost is $234/members and $416/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off when the siblings are registered for the same class. New members attend for free. Please contact Allison Kapusta. Register by September 9, space is limited. The 9:15 class is now full. There will be no class on November 27.
Thursday, September 24 – Thursday, December 17 | Morning and Afternoon Programs | 89th Street Community House
Toddling Tots and Treats (crawling-2 years) Mondays 11:30-1:00PM and Wednesdays 9:00-10:30AM
Kooky Kids and Cookies (3-5 years) Mondays 2:00-4:00PM
Tuesdays, October 13, 20 and 27, November 10, 17 and 24, December 1, 8 | 12:30-1:45PM | 89th Street Middle Room
Bring a bag lunch and/or open up your soul to the nourishment and challenge of the Hassidic rabbis. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol as we imagine old world wisdom for everyday life in 2015. Participants are encouraged to come for the entirety of the class but each class will stand alone so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. Free of charge. Please register by clicking here.
Thursdays, October 15, 22 and 29, November 5, December 3, 10 and 17 | 12:30-1:30PM | Location Provided Upon Registration
Through the close reading of short stories about the lives, struggles and concerns of the Talmudic rabbis we uncover deeper layers of our own selves and we become better equipped to wrestle with our human nature. No knowledge of Hebrew is required. Please bring your own lunch to the midtown location. Specific location information will be provided upon registration. Free of charge. Members only. To register, please click here or email Leah at email@example.com to be added to the wait-list.
Friday, October 16, November 20, December 18, and January 15 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Rabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel will lead an alternative Kabbalat Shabbat service on the third Friday evening of each month. 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 the ordinary work-week consciousness in order to enter holy time and welcome Shabbat. If you want to read more about this service please click here.
TefilLab, taught by BJ Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, opens the siddur through hands-on “experiments” generating increased confidence, fluency, and self-direction. TefilLab is a series of stand-alone units that explores the context and themes of our prayerbook, the mechanics of prayer and the study of spiritual interpretations and contemporary adaptations/innovations. R.S.V.P. here or email Arielle Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. These classes are free.
Tuesdays, October 20–May 17 | 8:30AM | 89th Street First Floor
Join Rabbi Friedman, longtime member of the BJ community, in a discussion about understanding, in terms of our own lives, the text that continues to have such a major influence on so many religious world views today. Members $100/Non-members $150. Register here.
Wednesdays, October 21, 28, November 4, 11, and 18, December 9 | 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street Middle Room
In this class we offer meditation, contemplative text study, music and time for reflection to assist you in connecting more meaningfully with the words of the weekly parsha. Please join us as we move from the Torah to the personal and find our soul in the text. These classes are free. Please register by clicking here.
This program uses Jewish teachings to give girls a place to feel safe, have fun, and be real with their peers. Through discussion, arts & crafts, and more, the girls draw on Jewish values and a gender lens to explore issues such as body image, friendship, relationships, family, competition, and stress. BJ currently offers groups for individuals entering 6th-12th grade, Register here.
This monthly group gives young males a chance to hang out with other Jewish boys their age, play games, eat food, and talk about topics that matter to them, such as manhood, competition, power, pleasure, and friendship. BJ currently offers groups for individuals entering 8th-12th grade, Register here.
Monthly on Tuesdays, October 13-March 8 | 7:00-9:00PM | Various locations
Join a multi-denominational conversation about Jewish values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The Shalom Hartman Institute’s Manhattan Collaborative Series is being hosted by six NYC synagogues, including BJ. This extraordinary learning experience is free to BJ members. Register here using promotional code “CBJ15″ or contact Moshe for more information.
Wednesday, November 25 | 7:00PM | 86th Street Sanctuary
Join with our neighbors of all faith traditions to give thanks on the eve of Thanksgiving. Clergy from several churches and synagogues will be participating in the service, including BJ Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg. Reception to follow. Please bring checks made out to the West Side Campaign Against Hunger.
Wednesday, December 2 | 4-5:30PM | 89th Street Middle Room
Learn from the Medicare Rights Center about changes taking place to Medicare in 2016, the different forms of Medicare coverage, what you should be doing during the Fall Open Enrollment period, and some programs that can lower your Medicare costs.
Finding My Voice in Prayer with Rabbi Roly Matalon
Tuesday, December 1 | 6:30-9:00PM | 89th Street Community House
These words from Psalm 69 may be read literally as “I am my prayer to You”. How do we become our prayer? Deepen your understanding and enhance your capacity for true and meaningful prayer by participating in one or more sessions on the first Tuesday of each month. We will begin by strengthening the bonds of community among us through a shared meal and singing together. Please bring your own dairy or vegetarian dinner. This series is free of charge and open to BJ members at any level of learning or practice. To register, click here.
The remaining four sessions will be:
- The Structure of the Prayer Service and its Meaning – January 5
- The Morning Blessings and the Psalms of Praise – February 2
- The Shema and It’s Blessings – March 1
- The Amidah and Petitionary Prayer – April 5
Wednesday, December 2 | 7:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Parents of children in fourth grade, or whose birth dates fall between September 2005 and December 2006, are invited to an informational meeting that will detail each step of the B’nai Mitzvah planning process including date applications. We highly encourage all parents to attend and there will an opportunity to ask questions. For more information contact Beth Tarson.
Friday, December 4 | 5:15-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner downstairs in Frankel Hall complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in open play and exploration. Kids eat for free. Register here by Wednesday, December 2. Space is limited.
Sunday, December 6 | 10:30AM-12PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Come to Sunday breakfast and hear three fellow BJ members talk about their experiences as docents at major museums in NYC. Penny Dannenberg (Whitney Museum), Jon Feder (9/11 Museum) and Esther Rivka Wolpert (Museum of Jewish History) have graciously agreed to talk about what being a docent really entails and how to get started. We’ll also hear what our panelists find to be both rewarding and challenging in their docent work. There is no fee for this event but a donation will be appreciated. Please register here.
Celebrate Hanukkah by giving back to the community on Sunday, December 6. Choose to participate in one (or both!) of two great events: SelfHelp NextGen Hanukkah Brunch with Holocaust Survivors or Shelter Cooking.
Selfhelp NextGen Hanukkah Brunch
Sunday, December 6 | 12:00-2:00PM | JCC of Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue)
Join Tze’irim 20s and 30s as we volunteer to give back to Holocaust survivors by bringing happiness, conversation, and connection. We will help set up the event, escort seniors from taxis to the event space, serve brunch and socialize with the seniors. Click here to R.S.V.P. as soon as possible as space is limited, by no later than Friday, November 20. Contact Jodi Smith at email@example.com for more information.
Selfhelp NextGen, the 20s/30s arm of Selfhelp, is an organization that provides many essential senior services within the city, especially to Holocaust survivors.
BJ/SPSA Cooking for the Shelter
Sunday, December 6 | 3:00-5:00PM | 88th Street Kitchen
Join Tze’irim 20s and 30s as we make dinner for the BJ/SPSA Homeless Shelter. We’ll gather for brunch at 1:00PM and start cooking after brunch is over (between 2:30 and 3:00PM). As usual, there is a suggested donation to help cover the cost of groceries ($6-10/person) and no cooking experience is necessary. R.S.V.P. here by Thursday, December 3. Brunch location will be provided to those who register. Contact Aaron Feinstein at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Join us for BJ Lights Up The Block, our first ever home-hosted Hanukkah celebrations. Several hosts are eager to welcome you into their homes; your presence will increase the light in their lives and make all of our Hanukkah celebrations more joyous. Hosts are bringing together friends they already have from BJ, along with you, a potential new friend, to weave the web of our community more tightly. We hope there will be a gathering for everyone; hosts are opening their homes on different nights and gathering people based on different themes. Because these are home-hosted gatherings, space is limited so sign up soon! Sign up by Friday, November 27th, and you’ll hear from us by Tuesday, December 1 to match you with your host. Help create something new. Sign up here to be a guest in someone’s home during Hanukkah.
Contact Rabbi Sarit Horwitz for more information.
Tuesday, December 8 | 6:30-8:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
After a loved one dies, holidays can bring to the surface painful reminders of the loss. Participate in a meaningful discussion with other bereaved Jews about how to allow for grief, while still finding meaning and comfort in the themes of Hanukkah. Light refreshments will be served. Cosponsored by BJ and The Jewish Board’s Partners in Caring and Shira Ruskay Centers. Please R.S.V.P. to Billie.
Wednesday, December 9 | 3:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Twice a year we have the opportunity to provide this very important service to the community. Give the gift of life by signing up now for the BJ Blood Drive. Learn more about how you can prepare to donate and learn about any restrictions that may apply. Sign up with Larissa or call x272 with the best time slot for you.
Thursday, December 10 | 7:30 PM | JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue
Celebrate the festival of lights with the first of three concerts scheduled around Jewish holidays. This series presents a diverse group of artists including some of New York’s most passionate and compelling voices and instrumentalists. Featuring Rabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel. $20 for JCC members, $25 for the public. Purchase tickets at www.jccmanhattan.org/music or call 646-505-5708. Funded, in part, by the Leon Lowenstein Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
Friday, December 11 | 5:30-6:30PM | Frankel Hall – Special Invitation to Gimmel and Dalet Families
Families are invited to enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner before Kabbalat Shabbat services. We are extending a special invitation to our BJHS Gimmel and Dalett families to join us at no additional cost. All other families are welcome to attend the dinner and may register here. Dinner will be followed by the BJ community Kabbalat Shabbat services in the Sanctuary. Please contact Esther with any questions. BJHS Gimmel and Dalet families please register here. All other families, please register here.
Spiritual Practice with Rabbis Felicia Sol and Sarit Horwitz
Saturday, December 12 | 3:30-6:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Immerse, converse, connect and reflect with a little nosh. Join with women of all ages to explore, study and deepen communal connections in this four part series. Come for one session or all remaining sessions. Please bring a dairy or vegetarian dish to share. This series is free of charge and open to BJ members at any level of learning or practice. To register, please click here.
The remaining two mini retreats will be:
- Spiritual Service – Monday, February 1 6:15-9:15PM
- Spiritual Liberation – Saturday, April 9 5:00-8:30PM
Saturday, December 12 | 4:45PM | 89th Street Community House
Celebrate 8 days of lights in one awesome night. Join BJ Rabbinic Fellow Alex Braver for some Hanukkah learning before Havdalah and candle lighting. The celebration will continue with games and drinks – location provided upon R.S.V.P.
Saturday, December 12 | 4:00-5:15PM | 89th Street Community House
Families with children ages 5 and under are invited to experience Havdalah, the ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat, through play, art, song, and story. Kids are encouraged to come in pajamas to help create a warm and cozy atmosphere as we say goodbye to Shabbat and look forward to the week ahead. We will end with Hanukkah candlelighting. R.S.V.P. here.
Saturday, December 19 | 4:00PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.
Join Rabbi Sarit Horwitz, along with others in their 20s and 30s to reflect together on this month’s essay, “Existence and Celebration,” as a part of our community-wide exploration of Heschel. We’ll conclude the evening with Havdalah. Please read the essay beforehand. R.S.V.P. to Rabbi Sarit Horwitz.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 – Saturday, January 2, 2016 | Israel
Join us on our upcoming trip to Israel. We will explore places, meet people, spend Shabbat with our partner communities and create bonds to last a lifetime. For all information regarding cost, registration and itinerary please go to www.bj.org/trips.
Sunday, January 10| 11:30AM-2PM | Location To Be Announced
Join us for brunch and to welcome author Stephen Silverman who will read from his lively and informative new book on the Catskills. In the book, Mr. Silverman – a 20 year veteran of Time, Inc. – shows how the Catskills area impacted American life, from the cultural works of Washington Irving and the Hudson River School all the way to the Borscht Belt. Register here.
Sunday, February 7| 10:30AM-NOON | Location To Be Announced
Start your week off by meeting Rabbi Shuli Passow, BJ’s new Director of Community Engagement, and fellow BJ members for breakfast. In addition to introducing herself, Shuli will give us a teaching in connection with BJ’s community-wide study of Heschel’s works. There is no fee for this event but a donation will be appreciated. Please register here.
The 2013 Pew study showed a marked decline in the number of American Jews who identify their Jewishness in religious terms. Many young Jews feel completely “at home” in America and are reluctant to hold onto behaviors or beliefs that distinguish them from their fellow citizens. Like other Americans, the feel empowered as individuals to choose their identities and to shape their Jewishness as they wish, sensing little discord with broader societal values. But, has the American Jewish past always been marked by such harmony and lack of conflict? Have Jews always viewed the United States as a land of promise? When have Jewish and American values converged, and when have they diverged?
This course, taught by Dr. Nancy Sinkoff of the Jewish Theological Seminary, examines fundamental questions about the Jewish encounter with America by exploring three discrete periods in American Jewish history. The three units exist independently, yet will be linked thematically to the questions above. Enroll in one, two, or the entire series.
I. A Community Emerges and Fractures: From the Colonies to the Civil War: October 13, 20, 27
II. The Great Tide: From Reconstruction to World War I: November 3, 10, 17
III. War and Renewal: From WWII to the Present: December 1, 8, 15
Fridays, January 8 – May 20 | 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15AM | 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 eating challah. Registration is now open for the 9:15AM, 10:15AM, and 11:15AM classes. The cost is $300/members and $534/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off when the siblings are registered for the same class. New members attend for free. Please contact Allison Kapusta. Register by December 28, space is limited. There will be no class on April 22 and April 29.
Sunday, November 22 | 3PM | The Elektra Theater
Join Yozma (BJ members and friends between 35 & 55) on Sunday, November 22, for a 3:00pm showing of Hell’s Belles The Musical – a funny story of infamous women in Hell. The website is http://www.hellsbellesthemusical.com/. Tickets are $40.50. Please R.S.V.P. to Craig Rosenberg at email@example.com immediately to reserve a ticket.
This Thanksgiving help bring equality and dignity to those who harvest the food for our bountiful meals. We invite you to recognize, discuss and take action against an injustice going on right in our own backyard – the absence of labor rights for New York’s 80,000 farmworkers. The BJ Economic Justice Hevra is working toward eradicating this injustice and restoring to farmworkers the rights that almost all other hourly workers enjoy.
To begin a Thanksgiving discussion, please click here to download information describing the issues in detail and some suggested questions.
Thursday, November 19 | 12:00-1:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Dealing with the unique challenges of living alone in New York as a woman over 55 can be overwhelming. Join the BJ social workers, Ruth Kobrin and Shira Felberbaum, for conversation and support. We will meet once a month on Thursdays. Free for BJ members; $18 per session for non-members in advance, $20 at the door. Register here.
Dates for 2015-2016 – all sessions meet at 12:00PM at the BJ Community House, 270 West 89th Street
November 19, 2015
December 17, 2015
January 7, 2016
February 18, 2016
March 3, 2016
April 7, 2016
May 26, 2016
June 23, 2016