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.

“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.”

— BJ Member


Registration for the 2016-2017 school year is open. Please register here for Hebrew School.

Registration for all Kadima@BJ courses is now open. Please register here.

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
Bet (Second Grade)4:00-6:00PM, Monday
Gimmel (Third Grade)4:00-6:00PM, Monday AND Kadima@BJ
Dalet, Hey and Vav (Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades)4:00-6:00PM, Monday AND Kadima@BJ, + Hebrew Homepage
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

The Lion Who Loved Strawberries


Sunday, December 4 | 10:30AM-12:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

Families won’t want to miss this interactive, musical performance of the popular Israeli children’s book, The Lion Who Loved Strawberries!  Children ages 3-9 will take part in the story through engaging musical activities and watch instruments come to life as vibrant storybook characters. Following the performance, children can meet the instruments up close at our musical instrument petting zoo.  With Ramah Nyack, PJ Library, and Music Talks. Register here.

Maccabi-Gaga: A Hanukkah Extravaganza!

Sunday, December 11 | 3:00-5:00PM | 89th Street Gym

Join Shorashim as we work up a sweat Maccabee style with an epic 3rd-5th grade Gaga tournament!  Kids will hop into BJ’s new inflatable Gaga pit to play a high energy, dodgeball-like game that is a beloved activity at Jewish camps across the globe.  Those who would prefer something a bit more low-key can come cheer on their friends while they make their own Hanukkah-themed crafts.  Register here.

(Members of Shorashim: email Michelle to R.S.V.P.)

Kulanu Kids


Saturdays, October 8, 2016 – May 13, 2017 | 10:20AM – 12:00PM |  86th Street Social Hall

Join Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, the BJ rabbis, and a team of teen musicians in a family-friendly celebration of Shabbat. Previously known as Junior Congregation, Kulanu is a participatory prayer space in which 3rd-6th graders and their families will use song, games, prayer, and art to make Shabbat morning come alive. Upon meeting in the main sanctuary, we will take the Torah out of the ark and dance our way to the Kulanu space downstairs. For more information, contact Arielle Rosenberg.

 *On the second Saturday of every month, Kulanu is kids only.

Family Shabbat Dinner - Special Invitation to K-2 Families

A table set for Shabbat with challah bread, candlesticks and wine.  Black background, complete view.

Friday, November 18 | 5:30-6:30PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Join us for a cozy Shabbat in pajamas! Enjoy a delicious Shabbat meal and connect with old and new friends before
Kabbalat Shabbat services.  We are extending a special invitation to our BJHS Gan, Aleph, and Bet families to join us at no additional cost (Gan, Aleph, and Bet families register here). All other BJ families are 
welcome to attend the dinner and may register here by Wednesday, October 16.