Hebrew School

Kitah Aleph with RolyThe 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.

Please see our Vision Statement, and download copies of our Family Handbook and calendar for the year.

“Both my son and my daughter attended Hebrew School and became b’nai mitzvah at BJ. It was a very enriching and satisfying experience for us all.”

— BJ Member


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

Post-Pesah Challah Baking!


Tuesday, May 10 (NEW DATE) | 7:30PM | Member’s Home, Location Provided Upon Registration

We will bake challah from start to finish. Come learn about this delicious part of Jewish tradition and experience how our braided bread brings us closer together. Join us for learning, laughs and a glass of wine, leave with your hand-made dough to take home, along with recipes and tips for how challah baking can become a regular part of your family’s week. $15 ingredients fee. All BJ families are welcome! We will meet at a member’s home, register early as space is limited. Register here, and email Esther with any questions.
Brought to you by the Hebrew School Advisory Committee.

BJHS Open House


K-2nd: Monday, May 9 | 5:00-6:00PM | 89th Street Community House
3rd-6th: Thursday, May 12 | 5:00-6:00PM | 89th Street Community House

Are you interested in Hebrew School for the 2016-2017 school year? Ivy Schreiber, Director of Education, will be leading two informative open houses in May. Learn about the Hebrew School’s vision, tour the building, see classes in session, and hear from current parents and students. We encourage families of incoming K-2nd grade students to attend the Monday session, and 3rd-7th grade to attend the Thursday session. R.S.V.P. here. We look forward to sharing our school with you!

“Dira Lehaskir - Apartment for Rent" - A Yom Ha'atzmaut Musical Show For Kids


Sunday, May 15 | English – 11:00AM, Hebrew – 3:00PM | 88th St. Sanctuary 

BJ and The Israeli House host MusicTalks for an interactive performance of Israeli author Leah Goldberg’s  famous children’s book Dira Lehaskir -Apartment to Let!

The entire family is invited to enjoy this timeless classic narrated by actress Shira Averbuch, stop motion animation, and accompanied by an eleven-piece orchestra.

Following the performance, the children will discover the exciting world of conducting through an engaging “conductors workshop” and meet the instruments from the story at our “instrument petting zoo”!

Show in English will begin at 11:00AM (doors open 10:30AM)

Show in Hebrew will begin at 3:00PM (doors open 2:30PM)

$5 entrance fee, please register here.



Sign up for the BJ Babysitting List

Are you interested in babysitting kids in the BJ Community? If you are at least 14 years of age and have some free time, sign up for our Babysitting List, and make your name available to the community. Fill out our Google doc and email Esther with any questions.

Register for 2015-2016 BJHS and JJP Program

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.

Register to be an Ozer/Ozeret in the Hebrew School

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.