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

Purim Shpiel Auditions

Sunday, January 22 | Time provided upon request | 89th Street Community House
Show us what you’ve got and audition for the 2017 Purim Sphiel! Make great friends and lifetime memories by joining our Purim team. Open to K-8th graders. Please prepare a short song to audition (kids will receive their parts within a few weeks of their tryout). Contact Michael Kellberg at bjholidayshows@gmail.com to schedule an audition.

Experience the Magic of Camp: Shabbat Services and Dinner

Friday, January 27 | 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. Join us to bring the magic of summer camp to BJ! We will sing camp tunes, chat with campers and their families, wear your favorite camp t-shirts, and celebrate in exciting new ways. All current campers, camp alumni, potential camp families, and community members are encouraged to join. After services join us for a dinner of singing and fun. Those who are interested must register for dinner by Monday, January 23. We extend a special invitation to Hey and Vav families, who may register here to enter free of charge. For more information contact Ayala or call x244.

Camp Shabbat Sleepover

Saturday, January 28 – Sunday, January 29 | 8:30PM – 8:30AM | 89th Street Community House

Experience a taste of sleepaway camp at BJ’s Camp Shabbat Sleepover!  Families are welcome at 5:30PM for An Evening Camp Experience, after which children in grades 3-8 can stay and spend the night for more camp fun.   Please fill out this form to register your child and, upon completion, pay here.  $18 for BJ members, $36 for non-members. (*This event is free for members of Shorashim and Ilanot, who can disregard the payment form.*)  Email Michelle at mgeisler@bj.org with any questions.

Camp Shabbat: An Evening Camp Experience

Saturday, January 28 | 5:30-9:00PM | 89th Street Community House

In partnership with Camp Ramah, URJ Eisner, Crane Lake Camps, Camp JRF, JCC Manhattan’s Camp Settoga, Eden Village Camp, 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, and Sababa Surf Camp, BJ presents a taste of Jewish camping. Families are invited to join us for a spirited havdalah ceremony followed by a wide range of activities run by each camp. This is event is open to everyone! R.S.V.P. here.

*Children in 3rd-8th grade are invited to take part in a camp-style overnight immediately following the event. More information coming soon.

Tu Bishvat Festival for Families


Sunday, February 5 | 11:00AM-1:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

To celebrate “The New Year of the Trees” we are throwing a huge birthday party, and you are invited! This year’s Tu BiShvat festival has something for everyone: nature-themed birthday games, arts and crafts workshops using recycled materials, Hebrew immersive storytelling and holiday songs, balloon making and face painting, and of course, birthday cake and snacks for everyone. Kids will even have the chance to make a “fender blender” as they whip-up a fruit smoothie while riding a bike! Doors open at 10:30AM. $10 per individual, $30 per family. Garinim (youth movement) members and kids under 2 years old enter for free. Sign up here

Fourth Grade B’nai Mitzvah Journey: Opening Ritual

Saturday, March 4 | 4:30-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
Families of all 2016/2017 4th grade students (or students whose birth dates fall between September 2006 and December 2007) are invited to BJ’s annual B’nai Mitzvah Journey Opening Ritual, where the entire Torah will be unrolled and each student will find the parasha (portion) that they will read when called to the Torah for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol for this extraordinary event that brings together all 4th grade students and families as they begin their journey toward becoming b’nai mitzvah.  Please register here.

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.