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.
“BJ is a sanctuary where we are proud to be Jews and where we feel good about the values our children learn.”
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
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. Register here
Saturday, March 4 | 6:45PM | 89th Street Community House
What does it mean to become a B’nai Mitzvah? Why is it important? 5th grade students will explore the themes of B’nai Mitzvah through art, multimedia, and conversation and discover which mitzvot are especially important to us. Afterwards we’ll enjoy games, a movie, and a sleepover as we form a community that will remain with us throughout the B’nai Mitzvah journey. Pick-up is 9:00AM the following morning. Sign up here or email Ayala Wasser for more information.
*This event is for 5th graders only, but all family members are invited to join us for Havdalah at 6:45PM.
Friday, March 10 | 6:30 PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
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.