The Center for Prayer and Spirituality at B’nai Jeshurun is a hub of expansive spiritual practice, devotional music, innovative ritual, and immersive experience, providing the tools for personal and communal transformation. When courageous innovation is brought to the richness of Jewish tradition, we can affirm the notion of why prayer matters, harness the power of spiritual practice to build community, and realize the possibility of transformation that is true and enduring:

INWARD

Cultivating a deeper sense of awe (yir’ah), lovingkindness (hesed), and gratitude (hoda-ah)

UPWARD

Enabling us to revitalize and nurture intimate relationships with the Divine Presence

OUTWARD

Heightening personal relationships and profound connections within the embrace of a spiritual community

FORWARD

Inspiring and propelling a community of spiritual practice toward making meaningful change in our world


Who Are We?

Cantor David Mintz, Director
Cantor David Mintz joins B’nai Jeshurun from New Orleans, LA, where he served as cantor of Touro Synagogue since 2014. While at Touro, he created a variety of initiatives to develop a culture of communal singing as spiritual practice. In addition, he reimagined young family Shabbat programming and oversaw the community’s 26-year tradition of Jazz Fest Shabbat, collaborating with renowned jazz musicians such as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jon Cleary, Sunpie Barnes, and the Panorama Jazz Band of New Orleans. Read moreContact Dave
Dan Nadel, Music Director
Dan Nadel is an Israeli born, New York-based guitarist and composer, whose personal style combines flamenco, jazz, and Middle Eastern influences. He is a bandleader, a solo performing artist, and a collaborator with Tavche Gravche, his multinational neo-Balkan group.A busy musician on New York’s scene, Nadel has also worked with many world-renowned artists, including jazz musicians… Read moreContact Dan
Kristen Kersey, Program Administrator
Kristen’s first position at B’nai Jeshurun was as the Administrative Assistant for Youth and Family Education Department (now known as Family Life and Learning). After three years as an Event Coordinator at Citigroup, Kristen is thrilled to be returning to her spiritual home. She received a Bachelor of Arts in History from American University in 2009. Kristen lives on the Upper West Side, and when she is not at BJ, you can often find her cooking, singing, writing, or attempting some dangerous combination of the three.Contact Kristen

 


Upcoming CPS Programming

Evening Minyan

Mondays-Thursdays | 6:30PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

Coming to an evening program at BJ? Picking up your kids from Kadima? Come a little earlier, or stay a little later, fulfill the mitzvah of enabling others to recite kaddish, and help sustain our community and the Jewish people. Led by BJ spiritual leaders, staff, and community members alike, BJ’s evening minyan creates another opportunity to come together in prayer and to support the mourners among us. This minyan is open to all, and, depending on the season, provides an opportunity to daven minha, maariv, or both.

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Hatanu Lefanekha: Tuning Our Souls for Teshuvah

Wednesdays, September 18, 25, October 2 | 7:00-8:30PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

Led by Rabbi Roly Matalon and Music Director Dan Nadel

For the past thousand years, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews have gathered for the forty days from the beginning of the month of Elul, through Rosh Hashanah, and up to Yom Kippur, rising at dawn to sing Selihot prayers and to prepare the soul for repentance and renewal. This three-part poetical and musical experience will engage us in that spiritual journey and get us ready for the upcoming days of soul-searching and prayer, the Yamim Nora’im. These sessions are free of charge and open to all.

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Hakhanah laTefillah

Saturday, September 21 | 8:45-9:25AM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

Join Rabbi Roly Matalon biweekly to prepare the soul and open the heart for Shabbat morning prayers through the singing of piyutim and reflections on kavannah. This series is open to all, no registration necessary.

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Elul Learning: Kol Nidre

Saturday, September 21 | Following Kiddush | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

Prepare for Yom Kippur by joining Cantor David Mintz for an exploration of Kol Nidre, uncovering its history, complexity, and transformative power.

Community Yom Kippur Break-Fast

Wednesday, October 9 | Following Havdalah | Location Given Upon Registration
Join us at a delicious community break-fast, generously sponsored by Helena Diamant Glass in cherished memory of her beloved parents, Regina Landwirth Diamant and Karl Diamant.

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Bo-i Kallah

Fridays Monthly, Beginning November 1 | 6:15PM | Reception Room

On the first Friday of every month, join Rabbi Roly Matalon and BJ Music Director Dan Nadel for an alternative Kabbalat Shabbat service featuring melodies from the Sephardi and Mizrahi traditions, verses of Shir haShirim (Song of Songs), and beautiful piyutim (liturgical poems). Transitioning meaningfully into holy time by weaving together all of these elements, we invite you to bring a new dimension to your Kabbalat Shabbat.

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Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat

Fridays Monthly, Beginning November 15 | 6:15PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

On the third Friday of every month, join us for an intimate Kabbalat Shabbat, weaving together meditation and music with liturgy and learning. Led by Rabbi Shuli Passow, Cantor Dave Mintz, Elana Arian, and Jessie Reagen Mann, this service offers an uplifting vehicle for moving into the stillness and beauty of Shabbat. Email Kristen Kersey, or call her at x255, with any questions.