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.

“BJ is a sanctuary where we are proud to be Jews and where we feel good about the values our children learn.”

— 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

Family Challah Baking


Thursday, December 10 | 5:30PM-6:15PM| 89th Street Middle Room
Do you love the smell of freshly baked challah? In preparation for our Family Shabbat Dinner all families are invited to experience the mitzvah of baking challah. Everyone is invited to join us at 5:30PM in the Middle Room of the 89th Street Community House. Families will enjoy their homemade challot when they are served at the Family Shabbat Dinner on Friday, December 11. R.S.V.P. here by Monday, December 7th.

Family Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner

Eve and End of Shabbat Windows

Friday, December 11 | 5:30-6:30PM | Frankel Hall  – Special Invitation to Gimmel and Dalet Families
Families are invited to enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner before Kabbalat Shabbat services. We are extending a special invitation to our BJHS Gimmel and Dalett families to join us at no additional cost. All other families are welcome to attend the dinner and may register hereDinner will be followed by the BJ community Kabbalat Shabbat services in the Sanctuary. Please contact Esther with any questions. BJHS Gimmel and Dalet families please register here. All other families, please register here.

Experience the Magic of Camp: Shabbat Services and Dinner*

camp shabbat

Friday, December 11 | 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,” (current Ramah camper). Join us to bring that magic to BJ! We will sing camp tunes, hear from campers and their families and celebrate in an exciting new way. All current campers, camp alumni, potential camp families, and community members are encouraged to join. After services we will be hosting a dinner full of singing, energy and spirit. Register for dinner here by Wednesday, December 9. For more info contact Ayala or call x244. *We are extending a special invitation to BJHS Gimmel and Dalet students for this dinner at no additional cost. Those families may register here.

Minute to Win it!

Alarm Clock. Photo: Duncan Hill

Saturday, December 12 | 5:15-7:00PM | 89th Street Community House
Do you have what it takes to complete the challenge? In a friendly competition, teams will race to successfully complete deceptively simple games. Participants have 60 seconds to complete each challenge, which increase in difficulty as the game progresses. Parents, join your 5th, 6th, or 7th graders for havdalah, before the games begin! Cost is $15 per child. Register here by Tuesday, December 8th.

K-2 Hanukkah Olympics


Saturday, December 12 | 4:00PM-5:15PM | 89th Street Community House
 Help the Maccabees win the gold at BJ’s first ever Hanukkah Olympics! Team up with other K- 2nd grade youth, to make sure that the Hanukkiah has enough oil to last throughout the whole holiday. Parents are invited to join us at 5:15PM for Havdalah and candle lighting. R.S.V.P. here!


Visions of Israel – BJ Family Trip 2015 - registration now open!


Wednesday, December 23, 2015 – Saturday, January 2, 2016 | Israel
Join us on our upcoming trip to Israel. We will explore places, meet people, spend Shabbat with our partner communities and create bonds to last a lifetime. For all information regarding cost, registration and itinerary please go to www.bj.org/trips.

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.