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.

“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 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

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.  Register here

5th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Sleepover

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.

Family Purim Shabbat Dinner

Friday, March 10 | 6:30 PM | 88th Street Sanctuary

 Join us for a Purim-themed Shabbat dinner full of costumes, laughter, and ruach!  Enjoy a delicious Shabbat meal and connect with old and new friends from your BJ family. We will begin together with Kabbalat Shabbat in the sanctuary and will head down to Frankel Hall after Lecha Dodi (around 7:15 PM). Children are encouraged to wear their Purim costumes. We are extending a special invitation to our BJHS Gimmel and Dalet families to join us at no additional cost. Register by Wednesday, March 8.

6th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Spring Retreat

Friday, April 28-Sunday, April 30 | Ramah Day Camp in Nyack
Join your fellow sixthgraders on our weekend B’nai Mitzvah Retreat! Students will participate in exciting B’nai Mitzvah programming with others in their grade while building community and spending Shabbat together. Early bird pricing is $225 per child for those who register by March 30; $325 for those who register after. 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.