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.

“Our family and BJ are integrally woven together. We have been enriched by its members, the people who participate in the daily minyan and Shabbat services and by the spiritual leaders – on a daily basis, and in times of joy as well (and in particular) in times of grief.”

— 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

Fourth Grade B’nai Mitzvah Journey Opening Ritual


Saturday, February 27 | 5:00-7:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
Families of all 2015/2016 4th grade students 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 he/she will read when called to the Torah for his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol for this extraordinary event that brings together all 4th grade students and families as they begin their ascent toward becoming b’nai mitzvah.  Please register here.

Ramah Rikud, Movie, and Friends


Saturday, February 27 | 7:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Join the BJ Youth Group for energetic rikud (dance), an awesome movie, and dinner! This program, sponsored by Ramah Service Corps, will highlight some of the awesome programs done at camp over the summer. All are invited. Youth group members register here, other 3rd, 4th, and 6th graders register here, and 5th graders are encouraged to register here and join us for a special 5th grade only sleepover.

6th Grade Spring Retreat


Friday, May 13 – Monday, May 15 | Ramah Nyack

Join your fellow sixth-graders at our weekend-long B’nai Mitzvah Retreat! Students will participate in exciting programs with others in their grade that bring them closer to becoming b’nai mitzvah while building community with each other. Early bird pricing is $275 per child for those who register by April 11, and $325 for those who register after. 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.

5th Grade Overnight


Saturday, February 27 | 7:00PM – 8:00AM | Frankel Hall and 89th Street Community House

If you’ve ever wondered what BJ looks like in the middle of the night, now’s your chance to find out! On Saturday, February 27, all 5th graders can sign up to spend the night at BJ and have a great time with new and old friends. Beginning at 7:00PM we’re joined by 3rd, 4th, and 6th graders for Movie Night. Afterwards, we will have a special 5th grade only program; 5th graders will spend the night with BJ staff and educators. In the morning, parents can join us at 8:00AM for a light breakfast. The cost for the overnight is $40 ($20 for youth group members), and includes dinner, snacks, and breakfast. Register here.