Upcoming Events

The Impact of the Election Results on Israel's Future

Thursday, December 1 | 7:30-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

Join Jane Eisner, Editor in Chief of the Forward, Jeremy Ben Ami, President of J Street, and Dr. Michael Makovsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs) for a fascinating panel discussion on the impact of the presidential elections on Israel’s security, its relations with the U.S., and the future of the Peace Process.

BJ members enter for free (suggested donation: $5), Non-members: $10. Registration online recommended, Walk-ins are welcome (cash only). Doors open at 7:00PM.
For registration, click here

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.

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Children with Shabbat Candles

Fridays, September 9 – December 16 | 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 $252/members and $392/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Please contact Allison Kapusta.

Bim Bam - Hebrew Immersion

Children with Shabbat Candles

Fridays, September 9 – December 16 | 11:15-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel 
Experience the fun, music, and traditions of Shabbat in Hebrew! Children ages 3 and under explore Shabbat through stories, songs, and rituals such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah, in a class run entirely in Hebrew. No background in Hebrew language required. The cost is $252/members and $392/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Register online. Please contact Allison Kapusta.

Soulful Start: Hakhanah laTefillah - Preparing for Prayer

Saturdays, September 10,24 October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17 | 8:45-9:25AM | 86th Street 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.

Selihot: Preparing the Soul for the Yamim Nora'im

music selihot

Wednesdays, September 21, September 28 and October 5 | 7:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
We yearn for the divine just as the divine yearns to find us – simultaneous quests guided by the soulful, plaintive music of piyut. For the past 1,000 years, Sephardic and Oriental Jews have gathered for the forty days from the beginning of the month of Elul through Rosh Hashanah, and up to Yom Kippur, rising at dawn to sing and to prepare the soul for repentance and renewal. Led by Rabbi Roly Matalon and musician Dan Nadel, our three-part series will engage us in that spiritual journey and get us ready for the upcoming sublime days of soul-searching and prayer through haunting melodies of ancient Jewish communities as well as modern Israeli poetry and song. Join us at 7:00 PM  for light refreshments; program begins at 7:30 PM. The series is free of charge and open to the public.

Politics as Unusual: A Time of Prayer for Our Nation

Wednesdays through November 2 | 7:15PM | 86th Street SPSA
We will take time to reflect and pray on the big questions that this campaign season has us asking. Issues of identity, respect, tolerance, compassion and hope. What are our responses as people of faith? SPSA opens its doors and invites the community to join them for this weekly interfaith prayer vigil. We’ll start with a brief (non-partisan) reflection from one of our spiritual leaders on one of the big issues, followed by time for individual silent prayer. Those who wish can stay for conversation, cider and ginger snaps. Contact Charlene Floyd or Elizabeth Jensen charlenefloyd@aol.com or midwesteaj@gmail.com with questions. No R.S.V.P. required, free and open to the public.

 

A Night of Remembrance: A High Holiday Program for the Bereaved

Monday, September 26 | 6:30-8:00 PM | 89th Street Chapel
After a loved one dies, holidays can bring to the surface painful reminders of the loss. Participate in a meaningful gathering (comprised of discussion, reflection, song, and prayer) with other bereaved Jews, exploring ways to allow for grief while still finding meaning and comfort in the unique themes of the High Holy Days. Light refreshments will be served. Co-facilitated by Shira Felberbaum, LMSW, MS, BJ’s social worker of The Jewish Board’s Partners in Caring Program, with Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein. Please R.S.V.P. to Billie.

 

Tot Shabbat

Shabbat

Friday, October 7 | 5:15-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration with play curator, Linda White. Register here by Wednesday, October 5 and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The cost is $20/members, and $27/non-members.

Community Break Fast

Wednesday, October 12 | Following Ne’ila Services | Location Provided Upon R.S.V.P.

Keep the spirit of the holidays going at this community break fast, and close out Yom Kippur in style.  Free for BJ members, $10 for non-members. Register here by October 5. This break fast is generously sponsored by Helena Diamant Glass in cherished memory of her beloved parents, Regina Landwirth Diamant & Karl Diamant.

BJ Sukkah Building

Thursday, October 13 | 5:30-9:30PM| 89th Street Rooftop

Start the new year right by jumping into the mitzvah of Sukkah building the day after Yom Kippur! Come any time starting at 5:30PM and help hang walls, string lights, and bring the BJ Sukkah to life.  If need be, we will finish the building on Saturday night, October 15, after Shabbat. Please let us know you’re coming. Click here to R.S.V.P.

Bim Bam Sukkah Breakfast

Sukkah Photo: Forestfortrees, 2004, Flickr

Sunday, October 16 | 9:30-10:30AM | 89th Street Sukkah
Families with children ages 5 and under are invited for a late breakfast in the BJ sukkah! Join in a sing along with Shira Kobren featuring your favorite Bim Bam and holiday tunes, movement, and story. Create festive decorations to beautify our sukkah and stay after for the community Sukkah decorating party which begins at 11:00AM. The cost is $18 per family. Register here.

Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi Present Marc Chagall's Musical World

Saturday, October 29 | 8:00 PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi return to BJ for a concert presenting music from Strom’s new musical “Chagall”. Marc Chagall himself said that Yiddish and klezmer music were his greatest inspirations. Come hear new original and traditional tunes that bring the great Chagall’s artwork to life.
Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi have been playing for audiences throughout the world for over thirty years. What makes Strom’s ensemble unique is a large amount of the band’s repertoire comes from Strom’s ethnographic field research he has conducted among the Jews and Roma of Eastern Europe. Many of the klezmer tunes and Yiddish songs he collected would have vanished since the informants (Holocaust survivors) he learned them from have since passed away.

Hebrew Ulpan Course

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, November through Early April | 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street Community House

Learn Hebrew at BJ this year! Join other BJ members and talented educators in a small group environment to build and improve your Hebrew conversational skills. The Hebrew Ulpan course is designed to enable students to recognize the fundamental structure of Hebrew and its basic forms, as well as to acquire the necessary vocabulary for everyday conversations, reading and writing:

  • Comprehension: Listening to short stories and recorded conversations.
  • Conversation: Simple dialogues and stories from everyday life.
  • Reading: Easy dialogues and passages without vowels; headlines; and simple, short texts in easy Hebrew.
  • Writing: Short dialogues and passages on the topics taught in class.
  • Grammatical Skills: Elementary syntactic and grammatical structures, inflection of the strong verb in the past and present tenses; frequent weak verbs

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Mindfulness Class: Tikkun HaNefesh with Rabbis Rachel Cowan and Marcelo Bronstein

BJ Sanctuary Stained Glass Rose Window

Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14, 21 | 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street Middle Room

Tikkun HaNefesh – a mindful approach to developing and strengthening some of the soul qualities most valued in Jewish tradition: generosity (hakart hatov), gratitude (hodayah), patience (savlanut), joy (simha), equanimity (hishtavut), and humility (anavah). We will work with texts, silence, journaling, and contemplative listening to recognize these qualities in ourselves, as well as working with the obstacles to expressing them as fully as we would like. These classes are free. Please register by clicking here.

Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat Service

BJ Sanctuary Stained Glass Rose Window

Friday, November 11 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Led by Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg and Karina Zilberman, this service involves meditation, reflection, deep listening and personal engagement with the parashah. Please contact Beth at btarson@bj.org with any questions.

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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Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays, November 2, 2016 – May 10, 2017 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street 2nd Floor Conference Room 
This course offers an overview of the core beliefs, practices, and history of Judaism and the Jewish people. We hope to deepen the understanding of those just beginning to explore Jewish life as well as of those who would like to participate more fully in the life of the Jewish community. No prior knowledge or experience necessary. Registration required. Individuals $435 members /$660 non-members; Couples $645 members /$975 non-members. Click here to register or contact Billie with questions.

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.

Open Sukkah Times

Sunday, October 16 | 7:00-10:00PM
Monday, October 17 | 12:00-3:30PM and 7:00-10:00PM
Tuesday, October 18 | 12:00-3:30PM
Wednesday, October 19 | 6:00-9:00PM
Thursday Ocotber 20 | 6:00-9:00PM
Saturday, October 22 | 12:00-3:00PM