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Back Home Shabbaton

Shabbat is the heartbeat of communal and spiritual life at BJ; a time to connect and deepen bonds with community, to open up the soul for searching for God and to renew and imagine a more perfect world. As we enter this new year, we invite you to join us for BJ’s first-ever Community Shabbaton on November 11-13, 2022! 

Whether you live just around the corner from the BJ sanctuary or hundreds of miles away, come and experience the fullness of what’s possible in the BJ Shabbat experience—transformative prayer; soul-stirring music; inspiring Torah; communal meals that are both lively and intimate; and renewed connection to our values, to God, and to the fullness of our growing BJ community.

Registration has closed. 

Back Home Shabbaton Schedule:

Friday, November 11

4:45-6:45 PM Welcome and Registration

5:15 PM Tot Shabbat Dinner

5:30 PM Gathering for Kadima Shabbat Model

6:15 PM Kabbalat Shabbat

7:00 PM Kadima Family Shabbat Dinner

7:30 PM Community Shabbat Dinner

Saturday, November 12th

8:30 AM Welcome and Registration Continues

8:45 AM Hakhana laTefillah: Preparation for Prayer

9:30 AM Shabbat Morning Services

10:00 AM Kadima Shabbat Model

11:00 AM Early Childhood Family Services (Birth-Pre-K)

11:00 AM Early Childhood Family Service (K-2nd Grade)

12:15 PM Community Kiddush

1:45  PM BJ Sanctuary Tour

2:30 PM Shabbat Afternoon Kickoff

2:40 PM Session 1

  • The Doorpost of Your Home: Ishmael, Abraham, and the Constancy of Love with Rabba Wendy Amsellem
  • Meet and Greet with BJ Spiritual Leaders for New and Non-Local Members
  • Gaga (K-12)
  • Coffee and Snacks

4:00 PM Session 2

  • Open Basketball
  • Shabbat Piyutim from the Global Jewish Tradition with Yair Harel
  • Shabbat-inspired Meditation with Rabbi Shuli Passow
  • Teen Jam Session with Michael Harlow
  • Coffee and Snacks

5:00 PM Seudah Shelishit

5:35 PM Havdalah

6:00 PM Harmony! Harmony! Harmony!  Sanctuary Communal Singing Experience

7:30 PM Grab something sweet to go, and Lilah Tov!

Sunday, November 13 

9:30 AM Shaharit

10:30 AM Brunch

10:30 AM Volunteer Opportunity: Organizing Welcome Packs for Asylum Seekers


Shabbaton registration includes Friday night Shabbat dinner (BJ members only), light dinner Saturday night, a Saturday evening event, Sunday brunch, and all learning opportunities and programs. As always, Shabbat services and Community Kiddush on Shabbat morning are free and open to all.

Registration fee breakdown:

Adults (18+):

  • Supporter: $180
  • General Registration: $108
  • Reduced Registration: $72
  • Non-members: $180

Teens 13-17: $36

Children 12 and Under: Free

Kadima@BJ Parent: $36

Aviv (20s & 30s): $54

Cost should never be a barrier to participation. If you need additional support, please contact shabbaton@bj.org.

Got questions? We’ve got answers! See our FAQs here.

Want to get involved? Fill out our volunteer interest form.

If you will be coming from outside of the New York area and are interested in home hospitality, please fill out this form.


B’nai Jeshurun
(212) 787-7600
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Sanctuary & Community House
270 West 89th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
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