The Hebrew School strives to create a rich, vibrant learning environment in which we can nourish our children’s growing Jewish identities, create a community of peers that is part of the larger community at BJ and the global Jewish community, and build the skills that children will need to be participatory members of their community.
The Hebrew School is a place where our children can learn new skills and ideas, struggle with questions of theology, meaning, and connection at an age-appropriate level, and test what they have learned through prayer, discussion, and interaction with BJ’s spiritual leaders and staff.
“Each year being a member of BJ has become more important to me. Coming to BJ has influenced our family life, improved our marriage and has opened my eyes to the importance of acting on social values.”
Registration is now open for the 2015-16 school year. Click here to register online.
For more information, including membership requirements, financial aid, and payment schedules, and registration forms, click here.
The Hebrew School meets at 270 West 89th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue) on Mondays and Thursdays, 4:00-6:00PM.
|Gan and Aleph (Kindergarten and 1st Grade)||4:00-5:30PM, Monday OR Thursday|
|Bet (Second Grade)||4:00-6:00PM, Monday OR Thursday|
|Gimmel (Third Grade)||4:00-6:00PM, Monday AND Thursday OR|
4:00-6:00PM, Monday AND Shabbat morning
|Dalet, Hey and Vav (Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades)||4:00-6:00PM, Monday AND Thursday|
|JJP (Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades)||4:00-6:00PM, Monday Meet-up AND JJP Courses|
|Zayin (Seventh Grade)||4:00-6:00PM, Thursday only|
Upcoming Hebrew School Events
Monday, November 30 | 5:00-6:00PM | BJ Community House, 2nd Floor Conference Room
While many of us have a complicated relationship with Israel, for others, our feelings are crystal clear. As our children reach an age where they watch or read the news, speak independently to peers, and begin to ask their own questions about modern Israel in all its complexity — how can we as parents support them in their journey? How can we best handle the difficult questions that inevitably arise in these difficult times – and how we can give our children the space to form their own opinions even if their views differ from our own? Join Rabbi Felicia Sol and the Advisory Committee for this important discussion geared toward parents of tweens and teens. All parents welcome!
Friday, December 11 | 5:30-6:30PM | Frankel Hall – Special Invitation to Gimmel and Dalet Families
Families are invited to enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner before Kabbalat Shabbat services. We are extending a special invitation to our BJHS Gimmel and Dalett families to join us at no additional cost. All other families are welcome to attend the dinner and may register here. Dinner will be followed by the BJ community Kabbalat Shabbat services in the Sanctuary. Please contact Esther with any questions. BJHS Gimmel and Dalet families please register here. All other families, please register here.
Friday, December 11 | 6:30PM Kabbalat Shabbat followed by Dinner | 88th Street Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
“Shabbat at camp is nothing less than magical. Camp provides the perfect environment to connect to your Judaism in ways you never knew were possible,” (current Ramah camper). Join us to bring that magic to BJ! We will sing camp tunes, hear from campers and their families and celebrate in an exciting new way. All current campers, camp alumni, potential camp families, and community members are encouraged to join. After services we will be hosting a dinner full of singing, energy and spirit. Register for dinner here by Wednesday, December 9. For more info contact Ayala or call x244. *We are extending a special invitation to BJHS Gimmel and Dalet students for this dinner at no additional cost. Those families may register here.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 – Saturday, January 2, 2016 | Israel
Join us on our upcoming trip to Israel. We will explore places, meet people, spend Shabbat with our partner communities and create bonds to last a lifetime. For all information regarding cost, registration and itinerary please go to www.bj.org/trips.
Interested in Jewish education for your children that embraces what BJ does best: music and song, spirited learning, and a strong emphasis on social justice and community building? Then register your child for the 2015-16 Hebrew School/Jewish Journey Project Program! Sign up online via our registration system (please note that our online application requires payment in full when registering), or download the paper application to pay by check or set up a payment plan, and send it to the BJ office with your $300 deposit. See our registration page to learn more about tuition, membership requirements, financial aid, and more.
Ozrim (Hebrew for helpers) serve as classroom aides at the BJ Hebrew School and as services leader’s aides at weekly Shabbat children’s services and Junior Congregation. This hands on experience working with kids in an educational setting and serving as role models to students in our community is a great way to give back to your BJ community. Community service hours are awarded to participating Ozrim, and returning Ozrim can elect to be paid. Ozrim form important relationships with their students, and are invaluable to our Hebrew School community. Click here to complete your application, and feel free to be in touch with any questions.