Friday, May 19-Sunday, May 21 | Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Spend a weekend surrounded by the voices of women and exploring the theme: Marching Toward Sinai: Torah of Spiritual Resistance. Build deeper connections in the BJ community through beautiful services, a joyous Shabbat, and conversations with Rabbi Felicia Sol and former BJ Rabbinic Fellow Chen Ben-Or Tsfoni.
Member Double Room, $350; Member Single Room, $450; Non-members, $550. There are a limited amount of single rooms. Register here by Monday, April 24.
Submissions due by 3:00PM on Friday, April 21
On June 7, we will be honoring Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein and acknowledging the enormous impact he has had on our community. During this celebration, we will present Marcelo with a Tribute Book that outlines his history with us and provides a beautiful collection of remembrances of his years at BJ.
Please help us by contributing a personal reflection about what Marcelo has meant to you and to our community. Read more »
Saturday, April 22 | 8:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join Yozma (BJ’s 35-55 social group) for an evening of guitar-playing and singing, featuring songs by Pete Seeger and friends and led by BJ member Craig Rosenberg and fellow musicians. Singles, couples, and families of all ages are welcome. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Register here.
*Co-sponsored by Metropolitan Jewish Singles.
Saturday, April 22 | 8:00PM-Midnight | 89th Street Community House & Various Locations Around the Upper West Side
Calling all BJ teens! Spend a night providing food, clothing, blankets, and other necessities to those in need with Midnight Run, an NYC volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless. Register here
*Parent drivers needed! Email Michelle if you can help out.
*CALL FOR DONATIONS: We will need warm clothing, blankets, and travel-sized toiletries. Items are being collected in front of Michelle’s desk in the FLAL office on the second floor.
Sunday, April 23 | 7:00 PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Once again, we come together to commemorate Yom HaShoah. During this evening service, the BJ community is invited to participate in reading and hearing the names of those killed during the Shoah. Everyone is welcome to read names.
For those who wish to continue this commemoration, an all-night vigil will begin at 10:00PM at West End Synagogue (190 Amsterdam Avenue), where the BJ reading slot will be from 11:30PM to midnight. At 9:00AM on Monday, April 24, the vigil will move to the JCC Beit Midrash (334 Amsterdam Avenue) and conclude with a brief ceremony and kaddish.
Sunday, April 23 | 4:45-6:30PM | Salons Across the City, Location Upon Registration
Zikaron BaSalon (Hebrew for “memories in the living room”) is an annual program that takes place on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day). It offers a new and intimate way to address the implications of the Holocaust through discussions at home among family, friends, and community. During this time, people gather together to open their hearts to the stories of the survivors: to talk, sing, reflect and listen. Read more »
Monday, April 24 | 4:45-5:45PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
We are honored to welcome Irving Roth, who will be speaking with our 5th and 6th grade families about his experience during the Holocaust. An internationally known educator, Mr. Roth has endeavored to teach people about the Holocaust and the lessons that can be learned from it. He is the Director of the Holocaust Resource Center at the Temple Judea of Manhasset, New York, and is the former Education Director of the Holocaust Memorial and Education Center of Nassau County. Mr. Roth has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his work in promoting a more accepting and diverse world. This event is open to all families (geared toward children 11 years+). Register here
Tuesday, April 25 | 7:00-9:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Join Connections and Ina Yalof for a discussion of her book, Food and the City, a fascinating oral history from New Yorkers who embody NYC’s culinary heart and soul. Yalof’s book is full of delicious insights, inspiring stories, and singular anecdotes that together paint a vibrant picture of our city’s food culture.
Light refreshments will be served. This event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Register here
Wednesday, April 26 | 7:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary | Members Only
BJ Members are invited to join us for a Fireside Chat with the Rabbis, where you will have a unique opportunity to hear your rabbis’ personal testimonies about how they are called to wrestle with the issues surrounding the contemporary meaning of Jewish identity and belonging, particularly as it pertains to intermarriage.
The Fireside Chat with the Rabbis is part of BJ’s year-long examination and discussion of Jewish identity and belonging. The rabbis will share some of the insights that they have culled from the Shalom Hartman lectures and our webinars and discussions about them, the JIBC salons, and the many members’ comments on the online Insights forum. Our goal is to address the possible programmatic, halakhic or cultural changes required to honor our unfolding tradition at BJ.
Register now for what will be a truly memorable evening.
This event is open to BJ members only. If you have not received your invitation with a link to the registration page, please email Lisa Shillan or call 212-787-7600 x276.
Friday, April 28-Sunday, April 30 | Departing from BJ at 11:00AM Friday | Departing from D.C. at 2:30PM Sunday (pick up location TBD)
Sunday, April 30 | 11:30AM-12:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join MusicTalks for a fun filled Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration with the delightful children’s book, Ella’s Trip to Israel, narrated by Israeli actress Shira Averbuch. Come along as Ella discovers all of the most breathtaking Israeli sites such as Jerusalem, the Kotel, The Dead Sea, and the Israeli Shuk. Her magical journey through Israel will be brought to life with a sing along of the best known Israeli tunes, as well as original music written by Israeli composer Or Matias and performed by a musical ensemble. Following the interactive performance, the participants will be invited to meet the musicians up close and learn about the different instruments at our one of a kind “musical instrument petting zoo.”
$5 per person, walk-ins welcome. Please sign up here.
Sunday, April 30 | 2:00-6:00PM | 89th Street Community House Gym
Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with the best of Israeli folk dances. Our friendly dancers will help you learn the steps (though a little experience in Israeli folk dancing is helpful!). The program ends with a mix of circle, line, and partner dances, selected mostly by request.
This special event is brought to you by Rikuday Dor Rishon, an Upper West Side community-based group dedicated to preserving the classic folk dances of Israel. Light refreshments will be served.
$5 entrance fee. Please sign up here.
Sunday, April 30 | 3:00-4:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Fifty years after the Six-Day War, 400,000 Israelis are settled on the West Bank. Many consider settlements an impediment to peace, while others consider it a fulfillment of the Zionist vision. Join Israeli Consul General and former head of the Yesha Council, Mr. Dani Dayan, for a special presentation on the impact of the settlements on Israel’s society and future. Register here for this event. Read more »
Sunday, April 30 | 5:00-6:15PM | 89th Street Community House
Join us for a special screening of excerpts from the work-in-progress documentary, HEROES. This feature film explores the experiences of the real-life heroes involved in the Jewish-Ethiopian aliyah to Israel. After the screening, there will be a Q&A featuring co-director Avishai Yeganyahu Mekonen and activists who were directly involved in the aliyah efforts. Visit the film’s webpage and sign up here to attend.
Sunday, April 30 | 7:00PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.
From writing your next big novel to writing your “to do” list, there is a little writer in all of us! Come connect with us at the BJ Writers Havurah. We meet every other month and are looking to expand our group! For more information, please contact Shary Wagreich at email@example.com or call (646) 831-1915.
Monday, May 1 | 7:00-9:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Wednesday, May 3 | 6:30-8:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Join us for a monthly open rehearsal with music director Dan Nadel, Hazzan Ari Priven, and the rabbis to sing, learn new melodies, and delve deeper into prayer and music. All are invited to participate in co-creating our Shabbat prayer experience.
Tuesday, May 2 | 6:30PM | 89th Street, 4th floor
We stand in solidarity with non-citizens and other targeted members of our community. In response to the increasing expressions of hate in our society today, join this continuing multi-congregation effort as we distribute multi-language “Hate Has No Home Signs” signs for display in local shops and offices. For more information, or to R.S.V.P., contact Nora Gaines.
Thursdays, December 1, 8, and 15, January 5, 12, 19, and 26, February 2, 9, 16, and 23, March 2, 9, and 16 | 12:30-1:30PM | Location Provided Upon Registration
Through the close reading of short stories about the lives, struggles, and concerns of the Talmudic rabbis, we uncover deeper layers of our own selves and we become better equipped to wrestle with our human nature. No knowledge of Hebrew is required. Please bring your own lunch to the midtown location. Specific location information will be provided upon registration. Free of charge. BJ members only. To register, please click here or email Beth.
Fridays, January 6-May 19 | 9:15-10:00AM, 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
Children ages 3 and under explore Shabbat through song and story while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. For sessions that feature both English and Hebrew stories, register for the 9:15AM or 10:15AM class. For full Hebrew immersion, register for the 11:15AM timeslot. The cost is $342/members and $475/non-members per child. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New members attend for free. Program is led by BJ educator and musician, Shira Averbuch.
December 25, 2017 – January 3, 2018 | Registration open through May 2017
Visiting Israel with fellow BJ members, rabbis and staff is always a memorable experience. Our Israel trips combine service, study, and prayer and are designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Israeli society and culture.
As Israel celebrates 70 years of Independence, we are delighted to announce a new community trip scheduled from December 25, 2017 to January 3, 2018. Read more »
Business hours | 89th Street
We are pleased to announce that our Human Resources and Administrative Associate, Shakeara Hatchett, is now authorized to provide notary services (for personal or business purposes) to all BJ members. Email Shakeara to set up a notary appointment.
Tuesdays, June 6-October 31 | 4:30-7:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Join BJ’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and pick up fresh, organic produce from Free Bird Farm at BJ once a week for 22 weeks. Choose from delicious vegetable, egg, fruit, and butter shares. Register here by May 1.
For more information, contact Larissa.
This course offers an overview of the core beliefs, practices, and history of Judaism and the Jewish people. We hope to deepen the understanding of those just beginning to explore Jewish life as well as of those who would like to participate more fully in the life of the Jewish community. No prior knowledge or experience necessary. Registration required. Individuals $435 members /$660 non-members; Couples $645 members /$975 non-members. Click here to register or contact Billie with questions.
Every 3rd Saturday of the month | November 19, 2016-May 20, 2017 | 9:30AM-12:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Led by Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, this intimate, conversation-based service is geared towards those who are exploring Jewish prayer for the first time or who hope to build confidence in their Hebrew language and prayer skills. Join us as we dive into Shabbat morning liturgy and engage in meaningful discussion around the language, songs, and concepts of the Torah. If you have questions or hope to get involved with Siah, please contact Arielle (x224).
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.
Monday and Tuesday | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday | 86th Street Social Hall
Our shelter is always looking for new set up and sleepover volunteers and food donors. Getting involved is easy. For food donors: families, individuals or groups can get together to prepare a light meal for 10-12 people at the synagogue, the church, at home, or even order in a light meal for our guests. Set up shifts are from 7:00-9:00PM and sleepover shifts from 9:00PM-7:00AM. Perform a mitzvah all while sleeping through the night! To sign up or learn more, contact Larissa or call x272.
Our community is strongest when we care for each other in times of need. Do a deed of lovingkindness by connecting with members of the BJ community who are homebound, lonely, or in need of some extra care. With regular and consistent phone calls we can brighten the days and warm the hearts of those who need it most. Please contact Joni Brenner at ShabbatConnections@bj.org for more information on how you can help.
Thursdays | 11:30AM-1:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Every Thursday at BJ we welcome guests into our synagogue for a delicious lunch, friendly companionship, and music performed by a BJ member every other week. Join our lunch program by volunteering and taking part in the warm and welcoming atmosphere we offer to our guests. To learn more about this opportunity or to volunteer contact Larissa Wohl or call x272.