A Kiddush, the communal gathering that follows Shabbat morning service, begins with the recitation of Kiddush (Sanctification), the blessing recited over wine or grape juice to sanctify the Shabbat. This is followed by a the sharing of a light meal and a chance to meet and socialize with friends from the community, as well as to talk to BJ staff and leaders. Many weeks of the year a Shabbat teaching follows the kiddush.
Kiddushim provide a traditional opportunity to mark joyous events and life cycle occasions such as the birth or adoption of a child or grandchild, a bar or bat mitzvah, a wedding, an engagement, a birthday, or other happy occasion. At BJ there are often one or more occasions celebrated each week. Donors are recognized by an announcement in the weekly Kol Jeshurun. They may choose to recite one of the blessings at the kiddush.
The regular weekly Community Kiddush at BJ, which is held at the 86th Street Social Hall around 12:15PM, is typically attended by over 150 people. Often the celebration of a special event will significantly increase that number.
Donating to a Community Kiddush
Making a donation to a Kiddush is a wonderful way to show your support of BJ and to share your simha with the community. If you have a birthday, b’nai mitzvah, graduation, wedding, baby naming, or other life cycle event, we encourage you to honor the occasion by celebrating it with your community. Learn more.