Upcoming Events

Bim Bam and Bim Bam Hebrew Immersion

Fridays, January 5-May 11 | 9:15-10:00AM10:15-11:00AM11:15AM-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.

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

Thursdays, January 11, 18, and 25, February 8, 15, and 22, and March 1, 8, and 15 | 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.  Read more »

Sicily Trip Information Sessions

Interested in being part of BJ’s upcoming Sicily trip (Monday May 28-Tuesday, June 5) with Rabbi Adina Lewittes and Executive Director Colin A. Weil?

  • Thursday, January 11 | 1:00-2:00PM in the BJ Chapel with Dini
  • Saturday, January 13 |  Colin will be available during kiddush for an informal chat and Q&A
  • Thursday, January 18 | 7:00-8:00PM in the BJ Middle Room with Colin
  • Tuesday, January 23 | 6:30-7:30 PM in the BJ Chapel with Dini

This is your chance to find out more about this unique adventure and ask any questions you may have before the sign-up deadline on January 28.

If you can’t make any of the above sessions but would like to speak to Dini or Colin about the trip, please contact Lyndsey Hunter at lhunter@bj.org or x239 to arrange a call.

IAC Keshetot@BJ

Tuesdays, January 9-May 15 | 4:00-5:00PM | BJ Community House
IAC KesheTOT is an innovative program for families with infants and toddlers from birth until 3.5 years old. Read more »

The Post Panel Discussion with Dr. Adam Arenson

Sunday, January 21 | 5:00-7:00PM | BJ Community House

The Freedom of Press Advocacy Tzedek Minyan invites you to a panel discussion about the new Steven Spielberg movie, The Post, and the current challenges facing our free press. 
See the movie on your own, then join the conversation, facilitated by renowned American historian and BJ member Dr. Adam Arenson. All are welcome. For questions and to R.S.V.P., contact Susan.

Faith & Public Life: Study Sessions With BJ Rabbinic Fellows

Tuesdays, monthly: January 23, February 20, March 20, April 17, and 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?”. Read more »

The Book of Genesis with Hillel Friedman

Tuesdays, January 23-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 »

Dolores Screening with the Economic Justice Hevra

Tuesday, January 23 | 7:00PM | JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue

Join the Economic Justice Hevra at a screening of the movie Dolores. Dolores Huerta co-founded the first farm workers’ unions with Cesar Chavez. Watch the trailer. Read more »

Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Tuesday, January 23, | 7:30-9:00PM | BJ Reception Room

Extended due to popular demand. 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. Read more »

Parenting Series: #3 Helping Your Teen

Wednesday, January 24 | 6:00-7:15PM | BJ Community House

Join us as Betsy Stone addresses the question of how to help our teens.  Read more »

Shabbaton with Assistant Rabbi Candidate Erin Glazer

Friday, January 26-Sunday, January 28 | Various times and locations

Meet Assistant Rabbi candidate Erin Glazer. Rabbi Glazer is currently based in Washington D.C., where she is the Senior Engagement Officer at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. She also serves as VP of Networking for the Women’s Rabbinic Network National Board, and on the Editorial Advisory Committee for the Psalm 27 Book Project, CCAR Press. Read more »

Tu Bishvat Community Potluck Dinner with Nigel Savage

Friday, January 26 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat | BJ Reception and Middle Rooms

Prepare for Tu Bishvat with BJ by joining us for a Community Potluck Dinner, with special guest, Nigel Savage. President, CEO, and founder of Hazon, Nigel Savage has played a unique role in renewing American Jewish life and creating a healthier and more sustainable world for all.  Read more »

Devotional Song: Kirtan Shabbat Shirah

Saturday, January 27 | 7:30PM | BJ Sanctuary
Merging Jewish devotional chants from around the world with the South Asian tradition of Kirtan, we will reach for spiritual heights at this conclusion of Shabbat Shirah.

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Why Write a Memoir, Even if Nobody Will Read It

Sunday, January 28 | 11:00AM-1:00PM | BJ Reception Room

Have you ever wanted to write your life story but find the prospect daunting?

Join us for brunch with authors Susan Charney and Mindy Lewis as they discuss the challenges, process, and rewards of writing a memoir and share their personal techniques for overcoming that little voice that says, “Who cares about my life story? I’m not a real writer!” or that all-time favorite, “I don’t remember!” There may be many reasons not to write, but they don’t hold up to the solid rewards of taking that leap, whether for yourself, as a legacy for your loved ones, or as a contribution to history. Read more »

Tu Bishvat Festival for Families

Sunday, January 28 | 10:00-11:00AM | Frankel Hall 
To celebrate The New Year of the Trees we are throwing a birthday party, and you are invited! This year’s Tu Bishvat festival has something for everyone: nature-themed games, arts and crafts workshops using recycled materials, storytelling and holiday songs, and more! With IAC, DOROT, and JNF. 

6th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Parent Meeting

Tuesday, January 30 | 7:00PM | BJ Community House
Parents of children in 6th grade are invited to join Rabbi Felicia Sol, Hazzan Ari Priven, and the Family Life and Learning and B’nai Mitzvah teams for an informational meeting to review the B’nai Mitzvah process for the upcoming year. We highly encourage all parents to attend and there will be an opportunity to ask any additional questions. For more information, contact Davia Rabinoff-Goldman.

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A Conversation with Anita Diamant

Wednesday, January 31 | 7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Join Rabbi Felicia Sol for an evening of conversation with renowned author and ritual innovator Anita Diamant. The New York Times bestselling author of such works of fiction as The Red Tent and non-fiction resources such as Choosing a Jewish Life, Anita Diamant is the founding president of Mayyim Hayyim: Living Waters Community Mikveh, a 21st century reinvention of the ritual bath as a place for exploring ancient traditions and enriching contemporary Jewish life.

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Caregivers Support Groups

Thursday, February 1 | 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 »

BJ/SPSA Racial Justice Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 1 | 6:30 PM | SPSA, 263 West 86th Street
Join us for the next BJ/SPSA Racial Justice Committee meeting as we begin to research potential partners and action steps, and to connect with other organizations to learn about current issues.

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February Tot Shabbat

Friday, February 2 | 5:15-7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary and Frankel Hall 
Families are invited to a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner at 5:45PM downstairs in Frankel Hall, complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration. Register by Wednesday, January 31, and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The cost is $22/$29 (members/non-members). All children eat for free.

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Fourth Grade B’nai Mitzvah Journey: Opening Ritual

Saturday, February 3 | 4:30-6:30PM | BJ Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
Families of all 2017/2018 4th grade students (or students whose birth dates fall between September 2007 and December 2008) are invited to BJ’s annual B’nai Mitzvah Journey Opening Ritual, where the entire Torah will be unrolled and each student will find the parashah (portion) that they will read when called to the Torah for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

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Haleli Nafshi: Communal Singing and Havdalah

Saturday, February 3 | 5:00PM | 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 nigunim and zemirot as havdalah approaches.

The evening will be filled with melodies that may be familiar and evocative, alongside those that are challenging and new; filled with a spirit that ranges from celebratory and jubilant to meditative and peaceful.

Please bring a vegetarian snack and/or drink to share.

Mark your calendars for next time: Saturday, March 3, 5:30PM

Shira Yoga Intensive with Rabbi Myriam Klotz

Wednesdays, February 7, 14, and 21 and Tuesday, February 27 | 6:15-7:30PM | BJ Sanctuary
Join Rabbi Myriam Klotz and Dan Nadel for a four-week Shira Yoga Intensive. Integrating movement, Jewish texts, and global Jewish music. In our sanctuary-turned yoga studio, this intensive will provide a flexible space for yogis of all levels to explore the richness of Jewish creativity and spirituality through the body. Read more »

Stormy Weather: Addressing Climate Change in Turbulent Times

Thursday, February 8 | 7:00-9:00PM | JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue

Join BJ and the Jewish Climate Action Network NYC, in partnership with JCC Manhattan’s Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility, at a lively and compelling evening of discussion, film clips, and a musical interlude with leaders in the climate change activism movement. Contact Les for more information. Read more »

A Yozma Revival: Planning Brunch

Sunday, February 11 | 12:00 noon | Location provided with R.S.V.P.
Take part in reviving the group for BJ members and their friends in their 40s & 50s, at a planning brunch. Help us shape what our 2018 calendar of Yozma events will look like.
R.S.V.P to Craig Rosenberg to let us know you’re coming and so that we can cater accordingly.

Pre-Purim Palooza with Garinim

Sunday, February 11 | 2:00-3:30PM | BJ Community House

Are you so, so excited for Purim that you feel like you just might explode? Us too! That’s why we are so excited to prep for this awesome holiday with you! How fast can you make a grogger? How elaborately can you decorate a mask? We still have a while before Purim, but it’s never to early to prepare! Start getting your costumes ready and your Haman-drowning voices up to their gold standard. We can’t wait to see you there!  This event is for students in grades K-2. 

Purim Prep Olympics with Shorashim

Sunday, February 11 | 2:00-3:30PM | BJ Community House

Bummed you won’t be able to compete in this year’s Winter Olympics? Well, we’ve got something even better! Get your game face on to compete in BJ’s first ever Olympic Purim extravaganza. Who will go for the gold and be crowned King or Queen of the gaga pit? How loud can you make your grogger? Who can make the wildest mask? Students in grades 3-5 are invited to join us to find out. We can’t wait to see you there!

Israeli Book Club Hosts Award Winning Novelist Ruby Namdar

Sunday, February 11 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location upon registration

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 nuanced conversation that will help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary issues in Israel.

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Tefillat haDerekh with Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein

Tuesdays, February 13, March 6 | 7:00-9:00PM | BJ Middle Room
Life is a journey: we move in cycles, but the yearning of the soul is always to go back home. Read more »

Death Over Dinner - Jewish Edition for Zayin Adar

Wednesday, February 14 | 6:15PM | Frankel Hall
At this dinner we will engage in lively and uplifting conversations (really!), because talking about death helps us articulate and affirm who we are and what we ultimately care about. Using materials developed through the Death Over Dinner project, we will honor the work of our Hevra Kadisha (volunteers who provide support for mourners) with a celebratory dinner and exploration of Jewish and medical (and Jewish medical) perspectives on death, dying, and mourning. In our tradition, Zayin Adar (the 7th day of Adar) is the date assigned to the birth and death of Moses. The ninth annual Zayin Adar learning event is held in memory of Helen Radin, z”l.

Registration is required.

$15 / $36 (BJ members / Non-members); free for current Hevra Kadisha or What Matters volunteers.

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Israel – A Safe Haven For Who?

Saturday, February 24 | Following Shabbat Morning Services | BJ Community House

Learn more about the African asylum seeker crisis in Israel with Tamara Newman, Director of International Relations at the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants. Read more »

In Days To Come: with Author Avraham Burg

Monday, February 26 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Community House
Join author, politician, and businessman Avraham “Avrum” Burg for the launch of the English translation of his latest autobiography In Days to ComeBurg was a member of the Knesset, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Speaker of the Knesset, and Interim President of Israel. Read more »

Unmasquerade Ball

Saturday, March 3 | 7:00-10:00PM | BJ Sanctuary

Get ready for a post-Purim party like you’ve never seen before, where the only thing you need to dress up as is yourself!  LGBTQ teens, allies, and friends from all over the NYC area in grades 8-12 are invited to take off their masks, forget the pressures of everyday life, and come together to celebrate as we eat, schmooze, and dance the night away! Read more »

Faith & Public Life Lecture—The Jewish Art of Constructive Disagreement: Just What We Need In a Polarized Time

Tuesday, March 13 | 7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary

Register now for the third in our Faith & Public Life Lecture Series, with Dr Jonathan Haidt. Dr Haidt is Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University Stern School of Business. Read more »

Uncovering Siddur Lev Shalem: A Conversation with Rabbi Jan Uhrbach

Saturday, March 24 | 6:30PM | BJ Reception Room
Join Rabbi Roly Matalon in conversation with Rabbi Jan Urbach, Associate Editor of our recently adopted Siddur Lev Shalem. Learn about the process of this siddur’s creation, discover some of the gems found inside, and hear about its place in the landscape of contemporary Jewish life.

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 »

Discover Sicily with BJ

Monday, May 28-Tuesday, June 5, 2018 (Departing New York Sunday, May 27)

Sign up now for a unique adventure led by Rabbi Adina Lewittes, accompanied by Executive Director Colin A. Weil.

Tour spectacular ruins, taste fabulous wines and olive oils, enjoy sumptuous Sicilian meals, explore haunting catacombs, craft handmade chocolate, view exquisite art, walk breathtaking trails, encounter local artisans and community leaders.

Encounter one of the oldest Jewish diasporas. Descend into 2000 year-old mikvehs (the oldest in Europe), visit a unique 700-year old Aron Kodesh inside a hilltop church, discover hidden signatures of Jews who helped build some of the most beautiful Sicilian edifices, and meet community leaders bringing Judaism back to life on this magical, majestic island.

Magnificent scenery and unique cultural experiences will serve as the settings for our informal, interactive learning and reflection, which will help us weave together an understanding not only of the people and places we’re visiting, but of our own place in the ongoing unfolding of the Jewish story in Sicily and, more importantly, of our own Jewish stories right here at home

Join us for an adventure that will be intellectually and spiritually enriching, deeply transformational, and a whole lot of fun.

Cost (including air, ground, and accommodations)

  • Double occupancy: $5,350 per person
  • Single occupancy: $6,500 per person
  • PLUS $1,800* tax-deductible gift to BJ (per person)

* Non-members of BJ are very welcome to take part in this unique experience. For non-members, the tax-deductible gift required will be $2,100, which includes a one-year BJ Friend membership.

Click here to view a detailed itinerary and what’s included.

Payment Details

  • A $500 non-refundable deposit is due by Sunday, January 28**
  • The balance (excluding gifts) is due in full by Tuesday, February 27
  • The deposit and balance should be paid directly to E Clarke Travel. Checks should be made out to E Clarke Travel and delivered to BJ, attention Lisa Steinberg. To pay by credit card, contact Karen Essafi at karen@eclarketravel.com or 201-767-0203. Please note that credit card payments will incur a 4% processing fee. 
  • American Express card holders can use their Reward Account to cover the cost (full or part) of the trip
  • Tax-deductible gifts must be paid in full (to BJ) no later than Saturday, June 30

** In order to confirm the trip we must have 30 confirmed travelers by January 28. If the trip does not go ahead, all deposits will be refunded in full.

We can take a maximum of 35 travelers. Confirmation will be on a first-come basis with payment of the deposit. We will have a wait list if there is interest that exceeds capacity.

Information Sessions with Rabbi Adina Lewittes or Colin A. Weil

  • Thursday, January 11 | 1:00-2:00PM in the BJ Chapel with Dini
  • Saturday, January 13 |  Colin will be available during kiddush for an informal chat and Q&A
  • Thursday, January 18 | 7:00-8:00PM in the BJ Middle Room with Colin
  • Tuesday, January 23 | 6:30-7:30 PM in the BJ Chapel with Dini

To R.S.V.P (or if you can’t make any of the above sessions but would like to speak to Dini or Colin) please contact Lyndsey Hunter at lhunter@bj.org or x239.

If you have any logistical questions or to reserve your space now, contact Lisa Steinberg at lsteinberg@bj.org or x228.

Ritual Labs: Retirement

Monday, February 5, 12, and 26, and March 12 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Middle Room
The Center for Prayer and Spirituality is proud to be launching a series of Ritual Labs to explore pivotal moments of transition in our lives and create rituals to elevate those moments into a sacred space. We will begin together by engaging around the transition of retirement. Whether you are anticipating your upcoming retirement or settling into this new stage of life, join Rabbi Michael Boino and Cantor David Mintz for an opportunity to explore the wisdom of our tradition as it relates to this meaningful life transition, broaden our understanding of Jewish ritual, and together, develop a new ritual to mark this time.

In this type of setting, creating a safe space and building a committed cohort is crucial. For these reasons, the Ritual Lab will not be drop-in. If this experience sounds right for you, we invite you to contact Kristen to become a part of this exciting cohort!