Fridays and Saturdays | 6:30-8:00PM & 9:30-12:00PM | Sanctuary
BJ members, are you excited about making BJ a warmer and more welcoming place? Join our amazing group of ushers! Greet new members and guests, help prepare the sanctuary for services, and spread the love.
Saturdays | Following Shabbat Morning Services | Community House 3rd Floor
A kiddush, the communal gathering that follows Shabbat morning service, is a traditional opportunity to mark joyous events and lifecycle occasions within the community. Sponsoring a light summer kiddush is a wonderful way to show your support, and is considered a tax-deductible donation if coordinated through the BJ office. If you’re interested in contributing to a kiddush in honor of a milestone or in memory of a loved one, please email Julie or call her at x258.
Mondays-Thursdays and Sundays | Various Times | Frankel Hall (Monday-Tuesday), SPSA Social Hall (Wednesday-Sunday)
Signing up for just one meal can be a huge help, and getting involved is easy. Families, individuals, or groups can get together to prepare a light meal for eight people at BJ, SPSA, at home, or even order in. Email Larissa to learn more.
Various Dates | During Community House Open Hours | Community House 2nd Floor
Midnight Run coordinates over 1,000 relief missions per year, in which volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless on the streets of New York City.
Tuesday, August 20 | 6:00-9:00PM | Community House
Sponsored by Panim: Social Action and Social Justice at BJ, this film series will celebrate stories of people that shine a light on justice in a changing world.
Up next: Gender Revolution
Friday, August 16 | 1:00-2:30PM | Islamic Cultural Center Riverside Drive
Every Friday, Jewish Upper West Siders greet worshipers before and after their Friday prayers to show our support and solidarity. This effort began as a response to the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, but has grown to a regular practice of “loving our neighbor as ourselves.”
Friday, August 23 | 8:00PM | Reception Room
Following the Kabbalat Shabbat service, join the Aviv community for an end-of-summer, camp-inspired Shabbat! Meet fellow 20s and 30s for a Shabbat dinner with your favorite cookout foods.
Thursday, August 29 | 7:00PM | Sanctuary
Spend your summer with the BJ musicians in our first-ever summer concert series. Join us for one or more of these intimate gatherings, exploring the beautiful and diverse music of our very own musicians.
Fridays Monthly, Beginning September 6 | 5:15PM | Sanctuary & Frankel Hall
Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, led by Rabbi Erin Glazer, Shira Averbuch, and Michael Witman. After the service, join us for a Shabbat dinner complete with blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children will have the opportunity to engage in play.
Saturday, September 7 | Following Shabbat Morning Services | Middle Room
Come kick off the fall by getting to know other young families! After family Shabbat morning services, we will eat together and have both structured, and unstructured, time to get to know each other. Toys and books will also be set out for kids to play. We encourage you to sign up by Wednesday, September 4, at 6:00PM, as it helps us plan. Open to all, members and non-members/guests.
Sunday, September 8 | 10:00AM-3:15PM | Community House 3rd & 4th Floors
Preparing for the High Holy Days with Addiction and Substance Abuse in Mind
Join us in preparing for the High Holy Days with a community of Jews in recovery. If you are in recovery, have a loved one in recovery, or are questioning whether you may need support, you are not alone! JACS is dedicated to supporting all Jews who’s lives have been impacted by addiction. This program is in partnership with Ruah, BJ’s mental health initiative.
Various Dates, Beginning September 10 | 7:00PM | Community House
Join BJ and Lab/Shul for a series of live podcast recordings and lively conversations celebrating and exploring the growing diversity of the American Jewish family.
Thursdays, Beginning September 12 | 4:00PM | Community House 4th Floor
Social Emotional Learning through Jewish Stories
The word mensch in yiddish means a person with integrity and honor. In this class, children will learn key Jewish values like how to care for others and to be a peacemaker in the world. These values will be explored through Biblical stories and characters, art projects, drama, and other interactive activities. This class is for children ages 3-5. Caretakers are required to be present (i.e. this is not a drop off class).
Thursday, September 12 | 7:00-8:30PM | Middle Room
We often think about teshuvah’s common translation, repentance. It is, however, more aptly translated as a spiritual and existential homecoming, as an inner experience of transformation, with the “doing” taking the form of reflecting on, and renewing, personal commitments. But to “do” teshuvah also means to engage in certain concrete actions. What are we meant to do, in an active sense, in the pursuit of teshuvah? What are the outward deeds that the Season of Awe impels us to undertake? Join Rabbi Adina Lewittes for an exploration of how we are meant to conduct ourselves during the month of Elul and the Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe), and to create a behavioral roadmap toward teshuvah. This event is open to all.
Friday, September 13 | 8:00-10:00PM | Location TBD
In just a few weeks, we’ll begin the marathon of the Yamim Noraim—the Jewish High Holy Days. Let’s not go into this season of awe with our spiritual muscles unprepared. Following Kabbalat Shabbat services, join Aviv, BJ’s 20s/30s group, for an Elul Shabbat dinner as we begin the process of heshbon hanefesh (an accounting of our souls). Rabbinic Fellow Abi Weber will guide the group toward a mindful approach to the High Holy Days as we enjoy a delicious meal together. This is a great opportunity to get to know the Aviv community as we begin a new year of exciting programming.
Sunday, September 15 | 8:30AM-4:30PM | UJA-Federation of New York, 130 East 59th Street
Join a concerned cadre of passionate individuals and professionals from major Jewish organizations (including BJ), representing religious streams from Orthodox to Reconstructionist, in tackling today’s civil rights crisis. With a strong legacy of fighting for civil rights, the Jewish community can have an authoritative voice and influence toward mitigating the ongoing disaster of mass incarceration.
Tuesdays, Beginning September 17 | 4:00-4:45PM | Middle Room
Join us for a Hebrew immersion class geared towards children ages 2-5. Shira Averbuch will lead children and their parents/caregivers in music, stories, and movement. Children will gain a sense of community rooted in Jewish tradition while gaining exposure to Israeli culture.
Tuesday, September 17 | 6:30PM | Location Given Upon Registration
Join Rabbinic Fellow Margo Hughes-Robinson for a ReGroup session in preparation for the Yamim Nora’im, the Jewish High Holy Days. Ever wondered why we throw breadcrumbs in the Hudson, or get up early for Selihot? Why do we get down on the ground to pray on Rosh Hashanah? This session will provide an overview of High Holy Day services and rituals, as well as an exploration of their deeper spiritual meaning.
Wednesdays, September 18, 25, October 2 | 7:00-9:00PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel
For the past thousand years, Sephardic and Mizrahi 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 Selihot prayers and to prepare the soul for repentance and renewal. Led by Rabbi Roly Matalon and Music Director Dan Nadel, this three-part poetical and musical experience will engage us in that spiritual journey and get us ready for the upcoming days of soul-searching and prayer, the Yamim Nora’im. The series is free of charge and open to all.
Friday, September 20 | 10:00AM-5:30PM | Location TBD
Three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, youth and adults will strike across not just the U.S., but the world, to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Millions will take to the streets globally to demand justice for our present and a right to a future. In New York, we will march and rally to demand real action from our elected officials and world leaders.
Fridays, Beginning September 20 | 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel
Bim Bam gives children under three a fun space to explore Shabbat through interactive songs, movement, 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 session is full Hebrew immersion. The program is led by our Artist in Residence, Shira Averbuch.
Friday, September 20-Sunday, September 22 | Camp Kinder Ring, 335 Sylvan Lake Road, Hopewell Junction, NY
Jump start your school year with a teen retreat. Spend a weekend with friends, old and new, at a camp an hour north of the city. We’ll spend Shabbat enjoying the views of nature, building new friendships, and strengthening our community.
Sunday, September 29-Wednesday, October 9 | Various Times | Various Locations
Help make the High Holy Days happen! Got a great smile? Like making people feel good? Sign up to volunteer, usher, or greet at High Holy Days services, and be a warm and welcoming face for over 3,500 people.
Wednesday, October 9 | 7:00PM | Reception Room
Close out the Yamim Nora’im with your fellow 20s and 30s at our delicious Yom Kippur break fast, following the BJ community Ne’ila service.
Tuesday, October 15 | 6:00-8:00PM | Location given upon registration
Ever wonder about the meaning behind the temporary huts or booths you see around NYC in the fall? A Sukkah (temporary hut or booth) symbolizes the original ones made by the Jewish people as they fled Egypt. BJ member couples, join us in celebrating Sukkot, the Jewish harvest holiday, where we focus on welcoming guests and the simple joys in life—sharing meals with family and community and learning together. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol for a Sukkah visit and celebration where you will have the opportunity to mingle with other young couples as you fulfill the mitzvah (commandment) of enjoying food and community in the Sukkah.
Various Wednesdays, Beginning October 16 | 6:00-7:30PM | Community House 4th Floor
A giving circle is formed when people come together and pool their dollars, decide together where to give the money (and other resources such as volunteer time), and learn together about their community and philanthropy. Join Laura, Assistant Director of Youth and Teen Engagement , for a chance to give back toward the issues you truly care about. Through exploration, deliberation and celebration of values, you have the power to give real money to programs and organizations that are helping the world. All money donated to this cause will be matched by BJ. This program is open to 8th and 9th graders only.
Saturday, October 19 | 6:00-8:30PM | Rooftop
Join Aviv (our 20s & 30s group) for a festive Havdalah in the Sukkah. We will enjoy delicious vegan food and learn more about farmers and plant-based diets as we celebrate Sukkot, the harvest holiday.
Monday, October 21 | 6:00-7:00PM | Middle Room
Grab dessert and a drink, and mix and mingle with other 20s and 30s in our community. Have your dancing shoes ready, because at 7:00PM we’ll move to the sanctuary to join the community-wide Simhat Torah celebration. The event is free, but registration is required. Please sign up by Thursday, October 17 at 12:00PM.
Various Wednesdays, Beginning October 30 | 6:00-7:30PM | Community House 4th Floor
Rosh Hodesh (Sisterhood) and Shevet (Brotherhood), are small, single-gender, single-grade groups, led by Moving Traditions-trained adult mentors. Find your own Jewish community in a safe, relaxed space filled with activities, discussion, exploration, and fun. Our research-based and field-tested curriculum applies Jewish wisdom and values to teens in the issues they care about most, such as relationships, gender roles, healthy sexuality, social media, pressure, and stress.
Friday, November 8-Sunday, November 10 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Mark your calendars for our annual Reach for Shabbat Retreat! This retreat is an incredible opportunity to get to know other families in the community. Throughout the weekend, we will experience the power of a community coming together on Shabbat to create a home away from home. Read more »
Sunday, November 17-Tuesday, November 19 | Georgia and Alabama
Join Rabbi Felicia Sol and SPSA’s Reverend Lea Matthews on a civil rights journey through Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham. Together, we will work to deepen our understanding of the Civil Rights movement and how systemic racism is both historical and present today by immersing ourselves in experiences from church services at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma to visiting the Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum and Lynching Memorial and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. This trip is open to BJ and SPSA members only.
Friday, May 1-Sunday, May 3, 2020 | Camp Ramah Nyack
Escape the city for a special Shabbat with the BJ Young Families community! Families with children in 2nd grade and younger are invited to save the date for a fun and energizing Shabbat weekend at Camp Ramah Nyack from Friday, May 1–Sunday, May 3, 2020. From hiking trails, to theater workshops, to schmoozing time with fellow BJ parents, the weekend will provide the perfect opportunity to spend time with your family in a meaningful way. More information to come!