Upcoming Events

Step Up To The Plate With BJ Softball

Thursdays through early July | 7:00PM | Central Park
Play softball in co-ed, non-competitive, friendly games on Thursday nights in Central Park. Open to the entire BJ community. Contact Craig Rosenberg at crosenberg6@optonline.net for more information.

Mindfulness Meditation and the Counting of the Omer

Sundays, May 1 – June 5 | 8:30-9:20AM | 89th St. Chapel

Join a journey of personal transformation during the counting of the Omer, the seven week period between the holidays of Pesah and Shavuot. Each week we will focus on a specific attribute from the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah- Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, Malchut. Through study, reflection and mindfulness meditation, we will prepare for Sinai. All are welcome, and no experience in meditation is necessary.
This class will be led by BJ member Bernice Todres, a teacher of Mindfulness meditation for over 20 years.

Come to Albany to Lobby for Farmworker Justice

Justice for Farmworkers Campaign Logo

Wednesday, June 1 | 6:30AM-6:30PM | Departing from Cathedral of St. John the Divine (110th and Amsterdam Avenue)
Farmworker Albany Day is the culmination of the 200 mile March for Farmworker Justice, which we hosted on Saturday, May 21. Join with farmworkers and allies from across New York State to meet with elected officials in Albany and lobby on behalf of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act. Your voice is important! In order to make change, we need people like you. Please register with BJ so we know you are attending: R.S.V.P. here. The group will be traveling by bus, leaving from St. John the Divine at 6:30AM. Reserve your lunch and spot on the bus for $20 through the Rural and Migrant Ministries website here . Call x272 for more information.

Tot Shabbat

Shabbat

Friday, June 3 | 5:15-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a delicious dinner 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, June 1. Space is limited.

Community Shabbat Potluck

Friday, June 3 | Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services | 89th Street Reception Room

It’s the final community Shabbat potluck of the year!  Bring something delicious to share, grab a bottle of your favorite kosher vino, and get ready to bring in Shabbat the BJ way–with a little singing, some words of Torah, and a whole lotta community.  Please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish for 8-10 people, and consider including a bottle of kosher wine with your contribution.  Sign up here and let us know what you’re bringing!

Sephardi Judaism in Israel Today: Avant-Garde or Antiquated?

Saturday, June 4 | Following Saturday Morning Services | 86th Street Chapel
Everyone talks about the Jewish Renaissance taking place in Israel today, but where are Sephardi and other non-Ashkenazi Jews in this revolution? Hear the personal story of Dr. Shimon Vaknin, born and raised in a religious Moroccan-Israeli home, today a leading Bible scholar and the director of the new Secular Yeshiva in Beer Sheva. Learn about the challenges and hopes for Sephardi Judaism in Israel in the 21st century.

Soulful Start: Shabbat Morning Learners’ Minyan

Reading Torah

Saturday, June 4 | 9:30-10:15AM | 86th Street Chapel
Build and strengthen your Shabbat morning tefillah foundation with our pilot 5-session Learners’ Minyan. Explore liturgy, melody, and mechanics with those of all levels of experience while engaging in meaningful prayer. Led by BJ Rabbinic Fellows and Rabbis on the first Shabbat morning of each month.

Israeli Book Club discusses "The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem"

Sunday, June 5 | 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 a new release by Sarit Yishai Levi, one of the young and promising female authors in Israel, titled “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem”. This historic novel focuses on Sephardi-Ashkenazi tension in Israel over the span of a century. The book is available for a discounted price at the BJ offices, please contact Moshe Samuels for details.
Please sign up here for location.

 

Walk with BJ at the Celebrate Israel Parade

Sunday, June 5 | 10:30AM | 5th Avenue between 54th and 55th street

Join the BJ rabbis, members and friends as we show our love and support of Israel. Get out your Israeli flag and bring an instrument as we walk/sing/roller blade or push your stroller down fifth avenue. Walkers should wear the official BJ parade t-shirt. The Celebrate Israel Fun Run will take place at 11:00AM – the start of the Parade as the “first” marching group. This one-mile fun run up Fifth Avenue will enable participants to start the Parade in a unique and fun way.

To register click here.

Economic Justice Hevra Meeting

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Monday, June 6 | 6:30-8:30PM | Location Upon R.S.V.P.
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.

Bike With the BJ Revolutionaries

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The BJ Revolutionaries began as BJ’s team for the New York Hazon Ride and Retreat. The group has evolved to include any members of BJ’s extended community who enjoy cycling. Throughout the spring and summer, we get together for community bike rides with a fun, supportive atmosphere for all levels of cyclists, whether you are a seasoned pro who rides centuries or just getting on a bike for the first time since childhood.

Rides will include member planned casual rides and Hazon co-sponsored training rides. All rides are free and it is not necessary to sign-up for the Hazon Ride and Retreat in order to join any of the rides. There’s always time to socialize over rest breaks and post-ride beer or coffee. Our ride schedule is below. Contact BJrevolutionaries@gmail.com for more information.

R.S.V.P. Wednesday, June 8Thursday, June 23. All rides will meet at 6:30PM at the Community House, 270 West 89th Street.

June Heschel Webinar

Wednesday, June 8| 12:00-12:45PM | www.bj.org/juneheschelwebinar
Tune in live and join Rabbi Sarit Horwitz for a discussion of the Abraham Joshua Heschel essay “The Moment of Sinai” from Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity (page 12). Sarit will answer your questions live. Type your questions into a chat section live during the webinar and participate in the discussion. Visit www.bj.org/juneheschelwebinar to participate during the live event, or view the completed live webinar anytime later. Contact Billie at bdistefano@bj.org or x264 with questions.  Looking for more information about the year-long study? Visit www.bj.org/heschel.

 

Annual Meeting - Save the Date

Thursday, June 9 | 7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

Join us at this year’s meeting – hear about the past year, upcoming plans for our community, and elect new members to BJ’s Board of Trustees.

Film Screening and Discussion - Excerpt from “Praying With My Legs: The Spiritual Witness of Abraham Joshua Heschel”

Friday, June 10 | 6:15PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
In the spirit of Shavuot and of our yearlong community study of Heschel’s Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity, please join us for the U.S. premiere  of “Abraham Joshua Heschel and Moses,”  a 16-minute video excerpt from member Steve Brand’s feature documentary about Heschel’s life, thought, and transformative impact. The video, produced last year for a major exhibition on Moses at the Musee d’art et d’histoire du Judaisme in Paris, is comprised of two parts. The first deals with Heschel’s understanding of what Moses experienced at Mount Sinai. The second section focuses on Heschel’s relationship with Martin Luther King. Both men frequently evoked Moses and the Exodus in their speeches and writings about Black Americans’ struggle for dignity and equal rights. Filmmaker Steve Brand will be present to introduce the film and to answer any questions you may have about it.

Bim Bam Summer Session

Children with Shabbat Candles

Fridays, June 10 – August 19 | 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 $198/members and $308/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Please contact Allison Kapusta. Register by May 26. Space is limited.

Soulful Start: Shira Yoga - An Integrated Practice for Body and Soul

Saturday, June 11 | 9:20-10:20AM | 88th Street Frankel Hall (Lower level of 88th Street Sanctuary)

Bring voice, breath and body together in this pilot 5-session series that will combine two devotional practices: Asana Yoga and Piyut (Hebrew liturgical poetry). Each month we will study a new piyut, sing and chant together, and explore the piyut’s theme through a gentle yoga practice. We’ll finish in time to head into the main service in the sanctuary for Torah reading. Rabbi Shuli Passow leads the yoga, with Rabbi Roly Matalon, Dan Nadel, and rabbinic fellow Arielle Rosenberg rotating each month to provide live musical accompaniment.

Never practiced yoga before? The yoga practice will be open level; all are welcome and no experience is necessary to participate.

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Tikkun Leil Shavuot 2016

Saturday, June 11-Sunday, June 12| 9:30PM-4:45AM | 88th Street Sanctuary and Frankel Hall

9:30PM: Evening Service

10:00PM-Midnight: Celebrate the culmination of our yearlong community study of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s “Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity” with Professor Susannah Heschel. Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, where her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship and the history of anti-Semitism. An award winning author, her books include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany as well as over seventy articles. She has also edited numerous books, including Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism.

Throughout the night: Study will continue through the night with Rabbis Felicia L. Sol and J. Rolando Matalon, and BJ Rabbinic Fellows Rabbi Sarit Horwitz, Rabbi Alex Braver, and Arielle Rosenberg, until the Sunrise Shavuot Service at 5:00AM


Shavuot Community Picnic

Picnic Basket Photo credit: Jenni Ripley

Sunday, June 12 | 12:00 noon | Riverside Park
Following morning services, we will walk over to Riverside Park to celebrate the Torah of connectedness as a community, with songs and games. Bring a blanket and some food, and have a great time with your fellow BJ members in our beautiful neighborhood park.

Give the Gift of Life at the BJ Blood Drive

Give Blood Drawing

Wednesday, June 15 | 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. Don’t forget to bring your donor ID card or number if you have it. NYBS is going paper free and using computers to streamline the registration and questionnaire process. Sign up with Larissa or call x272 with the best time slot for you.

20s and 30s Hike in Cold Spring

Sunday, June 19 | 8:45AM – 4:00PM | Cold Spring, New York

Looking to get out of the city and explore the outdoors? Join BJ’s 20s/30s group for a hike in Cold Spring, New York. Bring your own lunch to eat the top of Bull Hill and we’ll get ice cream together before heading back to NYC. Get some sun and meet new friends! We will be back in the city by 4pm. Sign up here, or reach out to Sarit at shorwitz@bj.org with more questions.

Identity and Family Building in the 21st Century

Thursday, May 19 and Wednesday, June 22 | 6:30-8:00PM | 89th Street 1st Floor

B’nai Jeshurun has a richly woven tapestry of families.  Shira Felberbaum and Ruth Kobrin, social workers at BJ, are meeting with many family constellations which enrich the congregational community.  Thus far, they have held meetings with single parents by choice, inter-faith couples, and LGBTQ families.

On May 19 at 6:30 PM, we invite multi-cultural families, seeking to blend or balance Jewish birth heritage in their everyday lives, to join us in discussion.

On June 22 at 6:30 PM, we will meet in discussion with couples who wish to share thoughts on fertility challenges and new age options.

Every family faces many challenges.  We invite you to join and share unique problems, different coping skills, and positive solutions.  R.S.V.P to Billie.

Shishi Israeli

Friday, June 24 | 6:008:30PM | 89th Street Community House

Shishi Israeli is a community-wide event in which Israeli and Jewish Americans share in a heartfelt and uplifting experience around the Shabbat dinner table. Shabbat Traditions are embraced through a Hebrew Kabbalat Shabbat service with Rabbi Matalon, a delicious Israeli style dinner, Shira Betzibur (sing-along) and activities for kids of all ages. Shishi Israeli is an incomparable place to meet families and develop strong community bonds all while building a strong Israeli style Shabbat foundation. We encourage BJ members to join!

 

Volunteer with BJ to Support Syrian Refugees

Sunday, June 26 | 12:30-1:30PM | 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue
BJ is joining the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees and partner JDC on their collaboration with Heart to Heart International to support the urgent need for humanitarian supplies to aid Syrian refugees. More than 600 volunteers from diverse faith organizations, including children, adults and families, will gather and work side by side to assemble more than 7,500 emergency hygiene kits to be distributed to Syrian refugees. The kits will be shipped directly from NYC to Istanbul (via partnership with FedEx) and then transported to refugees for distribution by a local NGO. If you would like to volunteer, you can sign up here for our time slot. Please be sure to register with the “organization” option and type in B’nai Jeshurun. Questions? Contact Larissa or call x272.

BJ Marches for a Clean Energy Revolution

Sunday, July 24 | Philadelphia, PA
Climate change continues its march across the land, imperiling the well-being of millions, including all of us in New York City. Our tradition calls upon us to be shomrei adamah, “stewards of the earth,” from generation to generation…and if not now, when? With the eyes of the world on Philadelphia the day before the Democratic National Convention, thousands will demand that our national leaders justly transition to 100% renewable energy and keep the fossil fuels that drive climate change in the ground. BJ is joining the Faith Contingent, just as we did for the Climate March. We will have a bus of Jewish activists going from Brooklyn and the UWS.  Join us!  Sign up to attend and encourage your friends and family to come. Learn more about the Clean Energy March or contact the Jewish contingent, jewsforcleanenergy@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.

Spoonful of Hesed

Sunday, June 5 | 11:00AM | 88th Street Kitchen
We will gather to cook healthy, delicious meals and deliver them to other BJ members in need of a little extra care and a warm sense of community. This includes those who have recently returned home from the hospital, are elderly and can’t cook for themselves, are in mourning, or who recently had a baby. If you would like to cook or deliver, if you or someone you know could use a meal from this group, or you have any questions, please fill out this form.