Upcoming Events

Register for BJ Hazorim CSA 2018

Tuesdays, June 5-October 30 | 4:30-7:30PM | BJ Community House
Registration now open!

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 »

Dialogue and Transformation - Photography Exhibit of Israeli Settler and Palestinian Women

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.

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Singing and Sangria on the Roof: Pre-Shabbat for 20s and 30s

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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Bo-i Kallah

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

Eat, Schmooze, and Sing: Community Shabbat Dinner with Ari

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.

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K-2 Family Shabbat Experience

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.

Combating Climate Change through Fossil Fuel Divestment

Saturday, April 21 | Following kiddush | BJ Chapel

Join BJ environmental advocates and Monica Weiss from 350.org NYC for a lunchtime discussion on the topic of divestment from fossil fuels. All are welcome. Questions? Contact Larissa.

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Pete Seeger & Friends Guitar Sing-Along

Saturday, April 21 | 8:00PM | Frankel Hall
Enjoy a short havdalah service followed by an evening of guitar-playing and singing, featuring songs by Pete Seeger and friends. This event is open to the entire BJ community, and is sponsored by Yozma (our group for BJ members in their 40s & 50s).

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Teen Shabbat

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.

Mental Health First Aid Training

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 »

Israeli Folk Dancing for Yom Ha'atzmaut

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). 

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Israel's Supersized Celebration

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! 

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Monday Minha Meditation

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.

BJ/SPSA Racial Justice Task Force

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.

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Monday Morning Beit Midrash Series: And You Shall Tell Your Children

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 »

The Book of Genesis with Hillel Friedman

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 »

"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

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 »

Ritual Lab: Preparing for an Emptier Nest

Tuesdays, April 24, and May 1 and 8 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Middle Room

Continuing with our series of Ritual Labsin which we explore and co-create rituals to mark some of life’s most meaningful transitionsour 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.

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Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

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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The BJ Celebrate Community Auction

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!

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Wiki-Torah with Tobias Divack Moss

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.

Hakhanah laTefillah

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.

70 Years Later: Israel—Utopian Vision, Complicated Reality

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.

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Israeli Culture Salon Series part 3: Israel's 70th - A Retrospective Through Art and Song  

Sunday, April 29 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location given upon registration

For our third and final Israel Culture Salon in this series, join guitarist Nadav Lev, choreographer Dana Katz, and film editor Shira Arad as they present their works and reflect on Israeli culture 70 years after the establishment of the State.

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Israel's Security at 70: An Evening with Former Mossad Director Danny Yatom

Wednesday, May 2 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Sanctuary
Seventy years after Israel’s independence, the Jewish state faces a Middle East landscape that grows more complicated by the day. To help unpack the latest developments, Israel Policy Forum and B’nai Jeshurun are offering this timely and important program featuring Danny Yatom, former Mossad Director and Knesset member.

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BJ and Ramah Minyan

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.

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Haleli Nafshi

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.

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Faith & Public Life: Study Sessions With BJ Rabbinic Fellows

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 »

Jerusalem, Trump, Al Jazeera, and me    

Tuesday, May 8 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Community House
Join us for part one of a two-part series on Israelis in the media. Each event will feature a journalist who specializes in Middle Eastern studies, covers Middle Eastern news, and appears regularly in the Arab press.

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Caregivers Support Group

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 »

Tze'irim Whiteboarding Session

Thursday, May 10 | 7:30PM | Frankel Hall
Who are we and what would we like to be called? Join our 20s and 30s committee as we brainstorm and decide on a new name for BJ’s Tze’irim group. Please sign up so we know how much pizza to order.

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Family Pre-Service Oneg

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.

Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat

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.

Survivors of a Loved One's Suicide and Suicide Prevention

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.

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20s and 30s Taste of Judaism

Tuesday, May 15 | 7:00-9:00PM | BJ Reception Room
Exploring Judaism? New to BJ? Looking to upgrade your Hebrew school knowledge? This class, taught by BJ Rabbinic Fellow Sarah Krinksky, is a chance for 20s/30s to sample our year-long Introduction to Judaism course, as well as to explore and help craft other Tze’irim learning opportunities. Over wine and cheese, we will prepare for Shavuot by learning about the obligation to study Torah.

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Come to Albany to Lobby for Farmworker Justice

Tuesday, May 15 6:30AM-6:30PM | Departing from Cathedral of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue
Your voice is important! Join with farmworkers and allies from across New York State to meet with elected officials and lobby on behalf of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act. There has been some movement with the bill and we hope this year we can get it passed.The group will be traveling by bus to Albany, departing from St. John the Divine at 6:30AM. To reserve your spot on the bus (lunch provided), register here. Cost is $20.
Email Paula Galowitz for more information.

Give the Gift of Life at the BJ Blood Drive

Wednesday, May 16 | 3:00-9:00PM | BJ Sanctuary

Twice a year, we have the opportunity to provide this essential service to the community. Save a life and donate now at the BJ Blood Drive. Learn more about how you can prepare to donate, including any restrictions that may apply. Donation typically takes 45 min-1 hr. Don’t forget to bring your donor ID card or number (if you have one).

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Refugee and Immigration Committee Meeting

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.

 

The Pen and the Sword: Covering the Arab World from Israel

Thursday, May 17 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Community House
Join us for part two of a two-part series on Israelis in the media. Each event will feature a journalist who specializes in Middle Eastern studies, covers Middle Eastern news, and appears regularly in the Arab press.
Dr. Mordechai Kedar and Elhanan Miller each represent conflicting views on Middle Eastern affairs and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. We highly recommend you attend both presentations in order to get a broader sense of these issues.

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Singing Our Biblical Stories: Introduction to Torah Reading

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 »

Tikkun B'Shira: Devotional Song and Devotional Learning

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.

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.

Jewish Community Memorial Service

Wednesday, May 23 | 7:00PM | The Jewish Center (131 West 86th Street)
BJ will join the UJA-Federation of New York in a memorial service and program honoring the lives of active and retired service members of the United States Armed Services, and those who died defending our country. U.S. Army Colonel Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during the Vietnam War, will speak, followed by a hands-on volunteer project, sponsored by the Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute, to assemble care packages for service members overseas.
Contact Bruce Weiser at weiserb@ujafedny.org for more information.

Jerusalem and the Temple Mount: National Center or Locus of Universal Worship

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.

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Faith & Public Life Lecture—With Dr Yehuda Kurtzer

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 »

Summer Bim Bam

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 KapustaNo class on July 6.

On Being Podcast Recording with Krista Tippett

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 »

Kulanu Band at Kulanu

Saturday, May 12 | 10:45AM | BJ Chapel
Our Kulanu Band is sounding great! The guitars, pianos, flutes, and drums are all coming together and our Kadima@BJ students are looking forward to welcoming you to this special Kulanu, where they will help lead the service! We hope you will all be there!