Youth Groups

B’nai Jeshurun offers age-appropriate experiential programming for kids of all ages. Through fun and informal activities, BJ youth socialize, partake in social action, and strengthen ties to our synagogue and their Jewish community. All BJ youth are welcome to attend all activities. Contact Michelle to become a member and receive free or discounted entry to all programs for the 2016-2017 school year (registration links provided below). 



K-2nd Youth Group Calendar 2016-2017

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Sunday, September 25New Year Celebration
Sunday, October 16Sukkot Soiree
Saturday, November, 12Turkey Tov
Saturday, December 17Family Hanukkah  Celebration with BJ & IAC Keshet
Friday, January 27 & Saturday, January 28Camp Shabbat
Sunday, February 5Family Tu B’Shevat Celebration
Sunday, March 12Purim Carnival
Saturday, April 1Passover-Palooza
Sunday, May 7Yom Ha’atzmaut/End of Year Celebration



3rd-5th Youth Group Calendar 2016-2017

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Sunday, September 25Party Like It’s 5777
Saturday, October 22Movie Night & Sukkah Sleepover
Saturday, November 12Chopped: Thank-Full Edition
Sunday, December 11Macabi-GAGA: A Hanukkah Extravaganza
Friday, Jan 27 – Sunday, January 29 Camp Shabbat & Sleepover
Sunday, February 12Tu B’shevat Celebration
Sunday, March 12Purim Carnival
Saturday, April 1Tie-Dyenu
Sunday, May 7Yom Ha’atzmaut/End of Year Celebration



6th-7th Youth Group Calendar 2016-2017

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Saturday, October 22Sukkah Sleepover
Sunday, November 13Escape the Room
Sunday, January 8Skating in Central Park
Friday, February 3-Sunday, February 57th grade trip to D.C.
Sunday, April 2Rock climbing
Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 306th grade retreat at Ramah Nyack
Sunday, May 7Baseball game


Upcoming Youth Group 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 | 5:30 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.

Purim Carnival


Sunday, March 12 | 12:30-2:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Celebrate Purim with the entire BJ community! This carnival will be complete with games, crafts, and an amazing bounce house! Enjoy mishloach manot and observe the mitzvah of matanot l’evyonim (gifts for the needy) by donating to worthy causes. Arrive at 11:30AM for a festive Purim Speil before heading into the carnival. $5 per family for members. $10 per family for non-members. Register here.

Breaking Down the Barriers of Mistrust

Saturday, March 18 | 5:00-6:30PM | 89th Street Community House 

How can Israel’s Arabs and Jews break down the barriers of mistrust and separation between them? Hand in Hand is reshaping Jewish-Arab relations in Israel with a growing network of integrated schools and communities that bring thousands of Jews and Arabs together every day. With huge demand around the country, Hand in Hand is proving that living together is a viable option for all of Israeli society. Hand in Hand activists Mohamad Marzouk and Noa Yammer will explore both their personal journeys to this work, as well as the dilemmas and successes that come with building a shared and equal future for Arabs and Jews in Israel. Read more »

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.