Tag: Jewish Home Project

Toward Shabbat: Emor

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The celebration of Lag Ba-Omer turned into a devastating tragedy at Mount Meron in Northern Israel when dozens were killed and injured. We pray for the healing of those who were wounded […]

A/V Coordinator

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BACKGROUND Since our founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As we approach our third century, our vision is focused on […]

Toward Shabbat: Aharei Mot-Kedoshim

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“Rise up, Judge of the earth, give the arrogant their requital. How long shall the wicked, Adonai, how long shall the wicked exult?”—Psalm 94:2-3   Tuesday, April 20, 2021 will […]

Our Statement on the Guilty Verdict from the Derek Chauvin Trial

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. יִגַּ֥ל כַּמַּ֖יִם מִשְׁפָּ֑ט וּצְדָקָ֖ה כְּנַ֥חַל אֵיתָֽן Today our justice system found the man who killed George Floyd guilty. […]

Senior Program Administrator, Center for Prayer and Spirituality

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BACKGROUND Since our founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As we approach our third century, our vision is focused on […]

Toward Shabbat: Tazri’a-Metzora

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I have always said that I would not be the person I am today, had I not been born and raised in New York City. My experiences have been defined […]

Toward Shabbat: Shemini

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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I sat surrounded by a cloud of hundreds of other kids and adults, each wearing all white, singing and praying the words of poet Haim Nahman Bialik’s Shabbat Hamalka as […]

My Messy Pesach Thoughts

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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To: Sally Gottesman From: Leah Silver Subject: My Messy Pesach Thoughts If I’ve learned anything in the last two months, it’s that no New Yorker should be written off as […]

Parent and Family Engagement Coordinator

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Start Date: May 24, 2021 Since our founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As we approach our third century, our […]

Toward Shabbat: Tzav

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My favorite Pesah joke is the oldie but goodie that goes like this: How many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb? Only one…but the lightbulb has to really want […]

Join Us for Shabbat In Person

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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We are excited to announce that shortly after Pesah, BJ members will be invited to join us in person on Shabbat. The first open services will be on April 23 […]

Toward Shabbat: Vayikra

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Who will ever forget the fear of the Angel of Death, roaming outside? We worked hard to elude him, and still do, by isolating, masking, distancing, washing, disinfecting—day in and […]

Toward Shabbat: Vayak’hel-Pekudei

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Early in my rabbinate I met with a bat mitzvah girl who declared she was born at the wrong time. The roaring ‘20s would have been a better fit, she […]

Toward Shabbat: Ki Tissa

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I often think of Shabbat as a homecoming at the end of my week. Just as after a long day of work or school or activities, we head back to […]

Toward Shabbat: Tetzaveh

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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As Shabbat approaches, Purim 5781 draws to a close; and thus, so too do we close out one full cycle of haggim in the era of COVID-19. With each passing holiday, […]

Black History Month: Uplifting Black Jews

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This year, we are honoring Black History Month by sharing the stories of both contemporary and historical figures who are changing the course of history. The ways in which we […]

Digital Communications Coordinator

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BACKGROUND Since our founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As we approach our third century, our vision is focused on […]

Toward Shabbat: Terumah

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Exactly one year ago today in the Jewish calendar, at 7:04AM on the 7th of Adar, I received the following text from my childrens’ school: SAR Academy and High School […]

Black History Month: Uplifting Disabled Black Americans

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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This year, we are honoring Black History Month by sharing the stories of both contemporary and historical figures who are changing the course of history. The ways in which we […]

Toward Shabbat: Mishpatim

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה When the month of Adar arrives, we increase in joy.  —Babylonian Talmud Ta’anit 29a When the month of Adar arrived last year, we did increase in […]

Black History Month: Uplifting Women

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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This year, we are honoring Black History Month by sharing the stories of both contemporary and historical figures who are changing the course of history. The ways in which we […]

Toward Shabbat: Yitro

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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In these winter months, being ready to welcome in Shabbat is not always an easy feat. As the sky rapidly darkens through the late afternoon, I often feel a hectic […]

It’s Time for Teen Shabbat

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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It’s time for Teen Shabbat! We’re thrilled to be sharing our current plans for our upcoming teen-led Shabbat services. Teen Shabbat empowers teens within the BJ community to lead through […]

Black History Month: Uplifting the LGBTQIA+ Community

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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This year, we are honoring Black History Month by sharing the stories of both contemporary and historical figures who are changing the course of history. The ways in which we […]

Toward Shabbat: Beshalah

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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When my husband Jeremy first mentioned the idea of using cloth diapers for our daughter, I laughed. After quite a few back and forths, a reality check, and lots of […]

Toward Shabbat: Bo

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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It seems hard to believe that, a little over two weeks ago, a mob of insurrectionists stormed the Capitol intent on overturning an election, subverting our democracy, hurting our elected […]

Family Life and Learning Health and Safety Protocols

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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As of January 15, 2021 This plan has been formulated based on guidelines from the CDC, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), our peer programs, and Campus Operations […]

Kabbalat Shabbat Rundown

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Are you often moved by Shabbat services, but sometimes unsure of what you’re supposed to do or say? Or even why you’re doing or saying it? Begin this year anew […]

DEI Update—January 2021

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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We are learning and re-learning that the work of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) is slow, iterative, and requires building a relational culture among the BJ staff and the BJ […]

Toward Shabbat: Va-era

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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For the past ten weeks, an incredible tension has been eating at my heart.  In the days immediately following November’s election, Biden’s call for unity resonated with me deeply. I […]

Toward Shabbat: Shemot

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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In stark contrast to 2020—a year of horror and despair—2021 is a year full of hope.  We have arrived, at long last, at the end of four years of a […]

Toward Shabbat: Vayehi

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Last Wednesday began like most school days this year. I woke up, davenned, made breakfast for my kids, and then walked them to school accompanied by our dog. (My kids, […]

Toward Shabbat: Weintraub

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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One of my favorite Hasidic tales is about the wandering brothers, Rabbi Elimelech of Lizensk and Rabbi Zushe of Anipoli. The two brothers were often found among the people teaching, […]

Toward Shabbat: Miketz

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Today we mark the final day of Hanukkah, and in doing so, mark our final holiday in the cycle of a year of hagim at home and in isolation. The […]

Help With Our Livestream & Zoom

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Need help with accessing our livestream services or Zoom programs? Please take a look at this guide for assistance.

Toward Shabbat: Hanukkah

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Last January, I began studying Daf Yomi, a seven and a half year journey through the entire Babylonian Talmud, at the rate of one page a day. Thousands of people […]

Your Story, Our Journey: A Questionnaire on Jewish Life

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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As we prepare to celebrate Hanukkah, a festival whose name literally means “dedication,” we invite each of us to consider how we might rededicate ourselves: towards deeper Jewish learning and […]

Toward Shabbat: Vayishlah

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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7:45AM- I turn my computer on and sign into Zoom. I put on tallit and tefillin and recite a couple of quiet prayers in preparation for Shaharit, then I sit […]

Toward Shabbat: Vayetze

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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The Talmud (Berakhot 54b) declares that there are four types of people who must offer thanks to God with a thanks-offering and a special blessing: seafarers, those who walk in […]

Toward Shabbat: Toledot

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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My husband, Jeremy, and I both agree that, whenever we move into a new apartment, it doesn’t quite feel like home until we have hosted our first Shabbat dinner. Our […]

The Thanksgiving Minyan

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Throughout the past nine months, through the anxiety and fear, the isolation and frustration caused by COVID-19, our community has stayed connected across the physical distance. We have held each […]

Toward Shabbat: Hayei Sarah

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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This past Shabbat, my family and I were called to our kitchen window by the sound of crowds cheering, cars honking, and noisemakers of all kinds in the street. Urged […]

Shabbat Hayei Sarah

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Parashat Hayei Sarah begins with the death of Sarah and ends with the death of Abraham. It is here that, for the first time, the Torah tells us about burial […]

Toward Shabbat: Vayera

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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This was said to be the election of a lifetime, the most consequential and fateful of presidential elections in a very long time, maybe ever. We were all very much […]

Remembering Yitzhak Rabin

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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R’ Yehuda said to : That is not what happened; but each tribe was unwilling to be the first to enter the sea. Then sprang forward Nachshon the son of […]

Toward Shabbat: Lekh Lekha

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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The first time I saw a sky full—really full—of stars, I was 19 years old. I was in the tiny mountain village of Las Delicias in central Honduras, hours away […]

So You Want To Talk About Voting

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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So you want to talk to your parents about politics. That’s great! It’s really important to get involved in democracy, especially given the state of our country. Maybe you have […]

Hesed, What We Owe to Others

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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The present political atmosphere is one of unprecedented magnitude.  As polarizing as our opinions can be, we must remember that we are all human and deserve respect.  As I reflect […]

BJ Votes! Spotify Playlist

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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This is a playlist of songs to make Election Day a little easier for everyone! You can listen to it while waiting in line at the polls, sitting at home […]

Toward Shabbat: Noah

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Each year, when my Tuesday lunchtime class starts up again, it finally feels like the long holiday season has come to a close and “regular” time is officially back in […]

The Life of Yitzhak Rabin Z”L

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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As we approach the twenty-fifth yahrzeit of Yitzhak Rabin z”l, we honor his memory by sharing his words, and the words of others, about his life.         […]

BJ Teen Executive Board Announces 2020-2021 Tzedek Project

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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As a Teen Executive Board, we have chosen the issue of Environmental Racism for our Tzedek Project. As young people watching and participating in the recent call for anti-racism, we […]

COVID Alert NY

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Last week, NY State launched COVID Alert NY, an app built on open source code bases. This app allows you to participate in a voluntary network of exposure alerting. COVID […]

Acts of Kindness Spiritual Challenge

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Every year, as the High Holy Days approach, we have the opportunity to reflect on how we have showed up in this world, especially in our relationships. How have I […]

5781: Spiritual Commitments

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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The High Holy Days season is an opportunity to reflect not only on our relationships with other people, but also on our relationship to Judaism and to God (however you […]

Pondering Loss in the Age of COVID-19

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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We are thrilled to welcome Jane Blumenstein, LMSW, as our new social worker and to welcome her to BJ. Typically, we joyfully usher in the new year and then turn […]

Our Community: Powered By You

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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All year, every year, BJ volunteers make amazing things happen. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York, it wasn’t a surprise that over 150 BJ members stepped up to offer […]

Going Behind the Zoom with BJ

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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From prayer and learning to volunteering and social connections, each week, thousands of BJ members and friends connect with each other over Zoom. We have gotten a lot of questions […]

Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Some people love a good plan. They want to know their schedule days, or sometimes weeks, in advance. They thrive on routine and live for order. Others, like yours truly, […]

BJ Campus Re-Entry Task Force Report

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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As the rabbis shared earlier this summer, our commitment to the health and safety of the staff and members lives in tension with the community’s deep desire to be together. […]

Shabbat Morning Upshot

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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WAKE UP: Birkot Hashahar What it Is Originally said upon waking and arising, these blessings express gratitude for being awake, for being alive, and for being right here—who we are, […]

What it Takes for BJ to be BJ

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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I continue to be both honored and humbled at the accomplishments of our special BJ community, including our dedicated spiritual leadership and staff. Thanks to your participation and financial support, […]

Inspiration for Your High Holy Days Table

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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In her book King Solomon’s Table, a collection of Jewish recipes from around the world, Joan Nathan asked a chef why he continues to make his family’s traditional recipes. He […]

Jewish Folk Tales

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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The Jewish people are known as “the people of the book”, but we also have a long tradition of oral storytelling. Early in the Torah, Moses explains to the Israelites […]

B’nai Jeshurun Invites Participation in Virtual High Holy Days Journey

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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“Waze to the Light” programs and resources guide BJ members and the larger community through the holiday season, providing reflection, engagement, and community while transcending physical distance. Through its innovative […]

Toward Shabbat: Ki Tetze

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Al tishkah! Don’t forget!  This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tetze, has the largest number of mitzvot (72) of any portion. It concludes with mitzvot that are particularly challenging. “Remember what […]

Homelessness in our Community

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Over the past few weeks, a controversy has erupted on the Upper West Side regarding the temporary use of local hotels to shelter men experiencing homelessness. The majority of these […]

Toward Shabbat: Ekev

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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On Tisha Be’Av, it is customary to read from the Book of Lamentations. The text describes in detail the destruction of the Temple of Zion, and the toll it took […]

Our High Holy Days Plans

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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First and most importantly, as we live each day in a very different world around us, we hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and well. We […]

Toward Shabbat: Devarim

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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One of my favorite stories is the classic Buddhist story of two monks: a student and teacher who are walking in the forest, each having vowed never to touch a […]

Taste of Haftarah: Hazon

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Our final haftarah of this three-week period of reflection and grief begins with Isaiah’s hazon (vision)—thus earning the title “Shabbat Hazon.” As in the case of the haftarot of the […]

Free Over-the-Phone Technical Help From BJ Member Zach Cohn

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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BJ member Zach Cohn has set up a program that offers over-the-phone technical help for free. The goal is to provide a way for seniors to get help with technology […]

Taste of Haftarah: Pinhas

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Jeremiah 1:1 – 2:3 In the first of three special Haftarot of Admonition during the three weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha Be’Av, we meet Jeremiah, as he […]

Toward Shabbat: Pinhas

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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The Lord said to Moses, “Ascend these heights of Abarim and view the land that I have given to the Israelite people. When you have seen it, you too shall […]

Summer Adult Learning Opportunities from BJ’s Partners

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Looking for more Jewish adult learning opportunities this summer? Two of BJ’s partners, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and Hadar, are offering a multitude of classes throughout the […]

Toward Shabbat: Hukkat-Balak

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Two hundred and forty-four years ago this weekend, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence, freeing the 13 colonies from subordination under the British monarchy. Generations […]

Kadima@BJ 2020-21 Virtual Plan

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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We would like to take the opportunity to share our Kadima@BJ plan for the fall with you. We have made the decision to hold Kadima@BJ virtually from September-December. This decision […]

Office Closure Announcement

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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In recognition of the great effort it has taken on the part of the BJ staff to transition to VirtuShul during these unprecedented and challenging times, the BJ leadership has […]

Toward Shabbat: Korah

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The first teaching of Pirkei Avot, the classic Jewish text on ethics, ends with the injunction: וַעֲשׂוּ סְיָג לַתּוֹרָה Build a fence around the Torah. For most commentators, the message […]

Taste of Torah: Korah

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In parashat Korah, we read of the Levite member of B’nai Yisrael of the same name, who leads a rebellion over the leadership of Moshe and Aharon. In response, Moshe […]

Hebrew School Educators 2020-2021

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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B’nai Jeshurun is seeking part-time creative, dedicated, and tech-competent educators to teach in our Hebrew School program, Kadima@BJ. We are searching for enthusiastic and knowledgeable individuals who will partner with […]

Toward Shabbat: Shelah Lekha

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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In his best-known work, The Guide for the Perplexed, Maimonides puzzles over an often-overlooked moment in this week’s parashah1. After both the episode of the spies and Moses’ subsequent appeal […]

Taste of Torah: Second Day of Shavuot

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While the Torah reading for the first day of Shavuot chronicles the moments leading up to revelation at Sinai, the reading for the second day of Shavuot speaks about the […]

Toward Shavuot

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As we move toward Shavuot we prepare to receive Torah once again, readying ourselves for what the gift of Torah might mean for each of us at this moment in […]

Toward Shabbat: Bamidbar

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We enter this Shabbat Bamidbar, in the seventh and last week of the Counting of the Omer and within spiritual reach of Mount Sinai, ready to receive the Torah once […]

Taste of Torah: Bamidbar

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This week, as we begin the book of Bamidbar, we find the Israelites continuing their journey through the wilderness of Sinai. Still nomadic and not yet settled in the land […]

Your Story from a Pesah in Extraordinary Times

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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For many of us, this Passover was unlike any other, and required innovating and adapting to our current circumstances. We want to hear about some of the things you’ve learned. […]

Support Frontline Workers: Make-at-Home Face Shield Kits

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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Thanks to a longtime BJ member who has been making face shields at home and has spearheaded this effort, we are putting together 25 make-at-home kits. Each kit will include […]

Taste of Torah: Aharei Mot-Kedoshim

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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In the opening verses of this week’s double parashah, our text revisits a troubling narrative from several weeks ago: the traumatic and unexplained deaths of Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu. […]

My D’var Torah

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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My bar mitzvah parashah is Aharei Mot, “After the Death.” It takes place right after the death of Nadav and Avihu, Aaron’s two sons, who were killed by God after […]

Preservation of Human Life

Start Date:May 5, 2021 @ 10:53 pm
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I haven’t had a moment yet to really process all that has happened in our world. At first, each fragment of energy was dedicated to my work; engaging and supporting […]

Taste of Torah: Tazria-Metzora

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In this week’s parashah, Tazria-Metzora, we read of the conditions that make one exist in a state of tumah (often translated as impurity) and detailed step-by-step instructions on how to […]

Taste of Torah: Shemini

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“There is something about eating animals that tends to polarize: never eat them or never sincerely question eating them; become an activist or disdain activists. These opposing positions—and the closely […]

A Solo Seder with Ushpizin

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Letter to the Editor Published in the New York Jewish Week on March 29 2020 To the Editor-in-Chief of The Jewish Week, Andrew Silow-Carroll From: Peninnah Schram Dear Editor, I […]

Taste of Torah: Hol Hamo’ed Pesah

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וַהֲסִרֹתִי֙ אֶת־כַּפִּ֔י וְרָאִ֖יתָ אֶת־אֲחֹרָ֑י וּפָנַ֖י לֹ֥א יֵרָאֽוּ׃  Then I will take My hand away and you will see My back; but My face must not be seen.” —Exodus 33:23   […]

Yom Hazikaron: Share Your Memories

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In a few weeks from now, we will mark Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s memorial day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks. There is almost no one in Israeli society […]

Family Life & Learning – Pesah Resources

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Dear Families, As we begin our preparation for Passover, our amazing Family Life and Learning Team has compiled resources and activities to bring the retelling of the story of our […]

Taste of Torah: Tzav

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וַיִּשְׁחָט וַיִּקַּח מֹשֶׁה מִדָּמוֹ וַיִּתֵּן עַל-תְּנוּךְ אֹזֶן-אַהֲרֹן הַיְמָנִית וְעַל-בֹּהֶן יָדוֹ הַיְמָנִית וְעַל-בֹּהֶן רַגְלוֹ הַיְמָנִית: וַיַּקְרֵב אֶת-בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן וַיִּתֵּן מֹשֶׁה מִן-הַדָּם עַל-תְּנוּךְ אָזְנָם הַיְמָנִית וְעַל-בֹּהֶן יָדָם הַיְמָנִית וְעַל-בֹּהֶן רַגְלָם הַיְמָנִית וַיִּזְרֹק […]

Taste of Torah: Vayikra

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This week we begin a new book of the Torah, marking the end of Exodus narrative and diving deep into the Israelite’s need to create structure in their new reality […]

A Guide to Using Zoom

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Many of our programs and services have moved to VirtuShul, our virtual shul—a living, connected, loving, virtual community. VirtuShul is powered by Zoom video conferencing software, making our community accessible […]

Toward Shabbat: Vayak’hel Pekudei

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On Tuesday, my family and I came out of 14 days of precautionary quarantine—a result of our children’s school being an early locus of COVID-19 cases. The quarantine brought out […]

Taste of Torah: Vayak’hel-Pekudei

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The oldest institution of higher learning in the modern state of Israel is not Hebrew University on Mount Scopus, though that august university was founded over 100 years ago. Rather, […]

Coronavirus Update for Families: March 15

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Early last week we shared the news that one of our families might have been exposed to the coronavirus. Today, that family reported to BJ that they all tested negative for COVID-19; […]

Coronavirus Update: February 28

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As a large community that gathers together frequently, we thought it prudent to remind everyone of the current information regarding the coronavirus. At the bottom of this post, you will […]

Taste of Torah: Terumah

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Parashat Terumah, known for its detailed laundry list of instructions for the construction of the Mishkan, begins in a slightly different tone than the verses that follow: God requests that […]

Hiding Time

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Delivered at B’nai Jeshurun — Yom Kippur 2016 It is an honor to share my mother’s story with my congregation and I want to thank the rabbis of BJ for […]

Toward Shabbat: Beshalah

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Beginning Sunday evening and into Monday, we will celebrate Tu Bishvat, the new year of the trees. One of four different dates marking a new year in the Jewish calendar, […]

Taste of Torah: Bo

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Midnight Run Drive

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Midnight Run coordinates over 1,000 relief missions per year, in which volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools, and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets, and personal care items to the […]

Kavannah of Transformation

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One month from now, we’ll gather on Rosh Hashanah and read from the Torah about Hagar, the Egyptian handmaid of Avram and Sarai, cast off into the wilderness along with […]

Omer Kavannot 5779: Darkeinu — Kay Gardiner

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In conversation recently, someone asked me, “what does Judaism mean to you?” I responded, “It is my home in this world.” It came out so quickly, and with such certainty, […]

Omer Kavannot 5779: Darkeinu — Margo Hughes-Robinson

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When I began seriously reading about Judaism in my early teens, I never felt like I was reading about a foreign group. Instead, the entire process of converting to Judaism, […]

Omer Kavannot 5779: Darkeinu — Nilda Torres Dicker

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My choice to convert seemed like an organic act. It felt like the path I was meant to take. My parents were from Puerto Rico, and I grew up in […]

Omer Kavannot 5779: Darkeinu — Chris Reid

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Prayer: I would start there. Heschel writes that prayer is a radical act; prayer demands we remove the blinders covering our eyes—and our souls—throw convention aside, and search at our […]

Omer Kavannot 5779: Darkeinu — Anais Ozer

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I wrote the following words more than three years ago; an excerpt from the D’var Torah at my Bat Mitzvah: In Parashat Tetzaveh the Israelites are given instructions to construct […]

Omer Kavannot 5779: Darkeinu — Christina Gantcher

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Ever since I was a young girl, I felt a strong sense of relationship with God. I was raised Catholic and I was lucky that my Sunday school was led […]

Omer Kavannot 5779: Darkeinu — Andres De La Pena

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I was born in Mexico City, where it felt like being Mexican was synonymous with being Catholic. Growing up, I was never forced to participate in religious services but I […]