Service Options

Shabbat Morning Service

Reserved for students who meet the requirements for Jewish education in a communal setting.

Time: Service is from 9:30am to approximately 12:15pm

Location: BJ Sanctuary (88th Street)

Leader: BJ Rabbi

Music: Provided by Hazzan Priven and/or BJ musicians

Torah: There are 8 aliyot (7 plus maftir) read on Shabbat morning, which are available for the bar/bat mitzvah to chant. (If a Shabbat is shared, the b’nai mitzvah children will share the reading of Torah and Haftarah and the families will share some of the honors.)

Haftarah: The Haftarah, with the respective blessings, are available for the bar/bat mitzvah to chant

D’var Torah: Each child gives a d’var torah (teaching based on the parasha)

Shaliah Tzibur: The bar/bat mitzvah child is invited to lead certain sections of the service

Honors:  A number of honors will be made available, including one aliyah for the family and one aliyah for the bar/bat mitzvah child

Morning Minyan: B’nai mitzvah are invited to Morning Minyan to read Torah and lay tefillin the Monday or Thursday of the week leading up to their bar/bat mitzvah

Community Shabbat Minha Service

Reserved for students who meet the requirements for Jewish education in a communal setting.

Time: Community Minha services are generally held on the second Shabbat of every month. The start time of each service is determined by BJ in collaboration with the family. The start time cannot be later than the time of the previous Friday night candle lighting.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary. Depending on the number of attendees and congregational programming, there may be an opportunity to use the 89th Street Chapel.

Leader: BJ Rabbi

Music: Provided by Hazzan Priven or in his absence, a BJ musician

Torah: There are 3 aliyot read, which are available for the bar/bat mitzvah to chant

Haftarah: Haftarah is not read

D’var Torah: Each bar/bat mitzvah child gives a d’var torah (teaching based on the parasha)

Shaliah Tzibur: The bar/bat mitzvah child is invited to lead certain sections of the service

Honors:  A number of honors will be made available, including two aliyot for the family and one aliyah for the bar/bat mitzvah child

Havdalah: Depending on the time of service, the Minha service may conclude with Havdalah

Morning Minyan: B’nai mitzvah are invited to Morning Minyan to read Torah and lay tefillin the Monday or Thursday of the week following their bar/bat mitzvah
Community Attendance: Members of the community are invited to attend the service. Please note that BJ reserves the right to have a program in the sanctuary before the service begins.

Non-regularly Scheduled Shabbat Minha Service

$3,500 additional rental fee is required for this service

Time: The start time of each service is determined by BJ in collaboration with the family. The start time cannot be later than the time of the previous Friday night candle lighting.

Location: 88th Street Sanctuary. Depending on the number of attendees and congregational programming, there may be an opportunity to rent the BJ Chapel (89th Street).

Leader: A Rabbinic Fellow or other qualified leader is provided by BJ

Music: Provided by Hazzan Priven or in his absence, a BJ musician

Torah: There are three aliyot read, which are available for the bar/bat mitzvah to chant

Haftarah: Haftarah is not read

D’var Torah: Each bar/bat mitzvah child gives a d’var torah (teaching based on the parashah)

Shaliah Tzibur: The bar/bat mitzvah child is invited to lead certain sections of the service

Honors:  A number of honors will be made available, including two aliyot for the family and one aliyah for the bar/bat mitzvah child

Havdalah: Depending on the time of service, the minha service may conclude with havdalah

Morning Minyan: B’nai mitzvah are invited to morning minyan to read Torah and lay tefillin the Monday or Thursday of the week following their bar/bat mitzvah

Community Attendance: Members of the community are welcome to attend the service. Additionally, BJ reserves the right to have a program in the sanctuary before the service begins.

Morning Minyan Service

Time: Available on any weekday where Torah is read, including all Mondays and Thursdays, Rosh Hodesh, and Hanukkah. Minyan is held at 9:30AM on Sundays and certain national holidays, and at 7:30AM on weekdays.

Location: 89th Street Chapel. Depending on the number of attendees and congregational programming, there may be an opportunity to rent the 88th Street Sanctuary.

Leader: A rabbinic fellow or other qualified leader is provided by BJ

Music: Music is not provided for this service, however parents are welcome to speak to Hazzan Priven about making arrangements to hire BJ musicians

Torah: There are three (four for Rosh Hodesh) aliyot read, which are available for the bar/bat mitzvah to chant

Haftarah: Haftarah is not read

D’var Torah: Each bar/bat mitzvah child gives a d’var torah (teaching based on the parasha)

Shaliah Tzibur: The bar/bat mitzvah child is invited to lead certain sections of the service

Honors:  A number of honors will be made available, including two aliyot for the family and one aliyah for the bar/bat mitzvah child

Community Attendance: Members of the community are welcome to attend the service.

*All details subject to change at BJ’s discretion*