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Shabbat Services

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Friday, December 9

6:30 PMKabbalat Shabbat88th St. Sanctuary
6:30 PMMindfulness Service89th St. Reception Room

Saturday, December 10

9:30 AMShabbat ServicesSanctuary
10:20 AMKulanu (Junior Congregation)Social Hall
10:45 AMChildren’s ServicesChapel

Morning Minyan

Week of December 4-10

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9:30 AMSunday
7:30 AMMonday
7:30 AMTuesday
7:30 AMWednesday
7:30 AMThursday
7:30 AMFriday

Volunteers Needed: Visit Homebound Individuals for Hanukkah

Hanukkiah lit for 1st Night. CC Image courtesy of RDB on Flickr.

Hanukkah is just around the corner! Many individuals in our community are homebound or have difficulty going outside during the winter. If you are interested in joining someone in their home and helping them light Hanukkah candles, register here or get in touch with Sarit at SHorwitz@bj.org.* We will provide a Hanukkiyah and candles, and the week before Hanukkah we will match you with a person to visit. All BJ members are encouraged take part in this important mitzvah.

*Registration deadline is Sunday, December 18.

Making Sense of Israeli Politics: A Guide For the Perplexed

Every other Thursday, December 8-March 15 | 7:00-8:15PM | 89th Street Middle Room 

Although a relatively young country, Israel’s politics are rich and dynamic. Some might say that they are contentious and Byzantine. We explore the ideological and institutional foundations of the Israeli political system, and some of the key issues in Israeli politics.  We examine the ideological basis of what unites and divides Israelis, how the political system works, and the principal disputes at the center of debates in Israel. Read more »

Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves: A Gathering for Caregivers

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Thursday, December 8 | 6:00 PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Whether you are currently caring for a loved one or think you may soon be a caregiver, please join your fellow BJ members as we build community and learn practical advice from each other.  We will share stories, learn about resources, and discuss how to navigate the system and overcome roadblocks.  All BJ members are welcome at this gathering, including those who are direct in-home caregivers or who manage care from a distance.  Doors open at 6:00PM for snacks and schmooze; program begins at 6:30PM. Please sign up here or contact Billie for more information. Co-sponsored by the Bikkur Holim committee and the Panim el Panim Aging Hevra. For BJ members only.

Tze'irim 20s and 30s Shabbatluck Dinner

 Friday, December 9 | 7:45PM | 89th Street Community House
Make new friends and eat good food! Join fellow BJ members in their 20s/30s for a potluck Shabbat dinner after Kabbalat Shabbat services. Sign up here or contact Rabbi Sarit Horwitz with any questions.

Mindfulness Kabbalat Shabbat Service

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Friday, December 9 | 6:30PM | 89th Street Gym
Led by Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Rabbinic Fellow Arielle Rosenberg, and Karina Zilberman, this service involves meditation, reflection, deep listening, and personal engagement with the parashah. Please contact Beth with any questions.

Israel, Ecology, and Interreligious Cooperation

Saturday, December 10 | After Shabbat Morning Services | 86th Street SPSA Chapel
In Israel, Jews, Christians, and Muslims live on the same land, breathe the same air, and drink the same water. Environmental challenges transcend borders and religious affiliations and therefore exist as an arena of joint, urgent concern among diverse groups of people. The Environmental Hevra hosts Rabbi Yonatan Neril, Founder & Executive Director of The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, an organization that works to promote a sustainable and spiritually-aware society through the leadership of faith communities. Neril will share a unique perspective on interfaith sustainability work both in Israel and internationally, through the prism of Jewish teachings. He will also discuss his recent participation in the Fez Climate Conscience Summit and the UN COP-22 climate change conference in Marrakesh.

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Soulful Start: Shira Yoga - An Integrated Practice for Body and Soul

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Saturday, December 10 | 9:00AM | 86th Street Chapel

Bring voice, breath and body together in this  series that will combine two devotional practices: asana yoga and piyut (Hebrew liturgical poetry). Each month we will study a new piyut, sing and chant together, and explore the piyut’s theme through a gentle yoga practice. We’ll finish in time to head into the main service in the sanctuary for Torah reading. Rabbi Shuli Passow leads the yoga, with Rabbi Roly Matalon, Dan Nadel, and rabbinic fellow Arielle Rosenberg rotating each month to provide live musical accompaniment.

Never practiced yoga before? The yoga practice will be open to all levels, so no experience is necessary to participate.

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Maccabi-Gaga: A Hanukkah Extravaganza!

Sunday, December 11 | 3:00-5:00PM | 89th Street Gym

Join Shorashim as we work up a sweat Maccabee style with an epic 3rd-5th grade Gaga tournament!  Kids will hop into BJ’s new inflatable Gaga pit to play a high energy, dodgeball-like game that is a beloved activity at Jewish camps across the globe.  Those who would prefer something a bit more low-key can come cheer on their friends while they make their own Hanukkah-themed crafts.  Register here.

(Members of Shorashim: email Michelle to R.S.V.P.)

Upcoming Refugee Committee Meeting

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Tuesday, December 13 | 6:30-8:30PM | 89th Street Reception Room
Through a partnership with HIAS and emerging relationships with other organizations, we are educating our community about the refugee crisis and developing opportunities to volunteer, advocate, and raise our Jewish voice. Join us at our next meeting to get involved in this important work. R.S.V.P. to Sandy.

Songs of Sacred Time with Arielle Rosenberg and Dan Nadel

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Wednesday, December 14 | 8:00PM | JCC Manhattan, 76th St. and Amsterdam Ave.

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with New York’s most passionate voices and instrumentalists. Under the musical directorship of the immensely talented Dan Nadel, we will be treated to diverse repertoire from both Sephardic and Ashkenazi traditions as well as a few surprises sure to illuminate the night. Featuring vocalists Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer of Romemu, Arielle Rosenberg of B’nai Jeshurun (joined by Tavche Gravche), a unique acoustic ensemble featuring Mr. Nadel on flamenco guitar, clarinetist Vasko Dukovski, upright bassist Daniel Ori, and percussionist Rich Stein.

$12/ticket through Dec 7. $18/ticket after. Register here.

Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer Speaking on December 14

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Wednesday, December 14 | 6:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary 

This is a reminder that Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer will be speaking in our first official installment of the Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture Series (rescheduled from November 9). This series is an integral part of our year-long program, Jewish Identity, Belonging, and Community, which will explore what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century. Read more »

Family Hanukkah Celebration!

Hanukkiah lit for 7th Night. CC Image courtey of Dave Williss on Flickr.

Saturday, December 17 | 4:00-5:15PM | 89th Street Community House
Celebrate Hanukkah in your pajamas! Kids ages 0-5 will join BJ and Keshet educator, Shira Averbuch, for songs, Hanukkah candle-making, and gift wrapping. Kids in kindergarten-2nd grade and members of Garinim will enjoy a Hanukkah Olympics with BJ Youth Director, Michelle Geisler, including relay races, digging for gelt, and more! We will come together to say goodbye to Shabbat with a musical Havdalah ceremony. We ask that each family bring at least one new toy or book which we will wrap together and donate to children in need. Light dinner provided. With Israel American Council. Free admission. R.S.V.P. here.

Men's Havurah Study Group

Sunday, December 18 | 10:30AM-12:00PM | Kirsch’s Bakery and Kitchen, 551 Amsterdam Avenue 

After morning minyan, the BJ men’s Havurah will walk over to Kirsch’s Bakery where they will be holding a group study session on the JIBC Shalom Hartman lectures. Members will read supplementary lecture materials, discuss key ideas, and chat over brunch. R.S.V.P. to Lee Rimsky at lee.rimsky@gmail.com

*all materials are available on our Jewish Identity, Belonging, and Community page. 

An Evening With The Epichorus

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Sunday, December 18 | 5:00 PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Usher in Hanukkah with this festive pre-holiday concert featuring the music of Middle Eastern tradition blended with new songs based in ancient sounds. The Epichorus evokes traditions from Greece, Egypt, Syria, and India, and will transport you with ethereal music reminiscent of a loftier home. Priya Darshini serenades in sounds beyond language, moving fluidly between Hebrew, Hindi, and Aramaic, backed by oud, violin, accordion, rhythm and bass. Free for BJ members, $18 for non-members in advance, $20 for non-members at the door. Register here.

Teen Day of Service with Met Council

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Sunday, December 18 | 2:00-5:30PM | UJA-Federation Conference Center, 130 East 59th Street, 7th floor

BJ teens will be joining up with volunteers from across the five boroughs to help the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty raise over $1 million in just one day!  In this crowdfunding campaign, all donations will be matched 4:1, and if the goal is not reached within 24 hours of the event, all donations will be returned.  Join us for this fun day of volunteering for a good cause!  Register here.

 

 

Lights in the Darkness: A Hanukkah Program for the Bereaved

Monday, December 19 | 6:30-8:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
After a loved one dies, holidays can bring to the surface painful reminders of the loss.  Participate in a meaningful discussion with other bereaved Jews about how to allow for grief, while still finding meaning and comfort in the themes of Hanukkah. Light refreshments will be served. Cosponsored by BJ and The Jewish Board’s Partners in Caring and Shira Ruskay Centers. Please R.S.V.P. to Billie.

Give the Gift of Life at the BJ Blood Drive

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Wednesday, December 21 | 3:00-9:00PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
Twice a year, we have the opportunity to provide this essential service to the community. Save a life by signing up now for the BJ Blood Drive. Learn more about how you can prepare to donate, including any restrictions that may apply. Don’t forget to bring your donor ID card or number (if you have it). Sign up here or contact Trudi with any questions.

Webinar Follow-up to "Jewish Identity and Intermarriage: What's at Stake?" Lecture

Wednesday, December 21 | 12:00 noon | online
Join Rabbi Roly Matalon’s live interactive webinar as we explore and unfold the ideas raised in Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer’s December 14 “Jewish Identity, Belonging and Community” lecture. Website information and instructions to come.

Hanukkah Potluck Dinner with BJ Group Connections

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Tuesday, December 27th | 6:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room

BJ Group Connections (formerly called Mekusharim) will be hosting a Hanukkah potluck dinner for the entire community. Bring a dairy or vegetarian dish to share and enjoy the evening connecting with fellow BJ members. We will be lighting the menorah as a group, so bring your own hannukiya and candles to join in the fun.

"In the Mirror" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

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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.

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Parashat Hayei Sarah

November 26, 2016 • Arielle Rosenberg
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Parashat Vayera

November 19, 2016 • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Lekh-Lekha

November 12, 2016 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
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Parashat Noah

November 5, 2016 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein
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Parashat Bereshit

October 29, 2016 • Arielle Rosenberg
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Parashat Ha-azinu

October 15, 2016 • Rabbi Sarit Horwitz
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Parashat Vayelekh • Shabbat Shuva

October 8, 2016 • Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein, Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Nitzavim

October 1, 2016 • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon, Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein, Rabbi Felicia L. Sol
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Parashat Ki Tavo

September 24, 2016 • Alice Shalvi

BJ/SPSA Shelter Volunteer Opportunities

SPSA volunteers set the table for the nightly dinner for the guests in the BJ/SPSA Shelter for Homeless Women. Photo: Jim MelchiorreMonday 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.

Teen Day of Service with Met Council

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Sunday, December 18 | 2:00-5:30PM | UJA-Federation Conference Center, 130 East 59th Street, 7th floor

BJ teens will be joining up with volunteers from across the five boroughs to help the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty raise over $1 million in just one day!  In this crowdfunding campaign, all donations will be matched 4:1, and if the goal is not reached within 24 hours of the event, all donations will be returned.  Join us for this fun day of volunteering for a good cause!  Register here.

 

 

Volunteers Needed: Visit Homebound Individuals for Hanukkah

Hanukkiah lit for 1st Night. CC Image courtesy of RDB on Flickr.Hanukkah is just around the corner! Many individuals in our community are homebound or have difficulty going outside during the winter. If you are interested in joining someone in their home and helping them light Hanukkah candles, register here or get in touch with Sarit at SHorwitz@bj.org.* We will provide a Hanukkiyah and candles, and the week before Hanukkah we will match you with a person to visit. All BJ members are encouraged take part in this important mitzvah.

*Registration deadline is Sunday, December 18.

Volunteers Needed for Hesed: Shabbat Connections

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.

Meals for New Parents

Like to cook?  Be part of new effort to reach out with a loving hand to families in our community!  Join a team of people who will sign up to cook meals for parents when a baby is born.  Contact Enid Lotstein at Enid.Lotstein@gmail.com.

Service and Hospitality: Volunteer with the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program

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.