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.
Every other Thursday, December 8-March 15 | 7:00-8:15PM | 89th Street Middle Room
Although Israel is a relatively young country, its politics are rich and dynamic; some might say that they are contentious and Byzantine. In this conversation, we will examine the ideological basis of what unites and divides Israelis, the foundation and basic operations of Israel’s political system, and the key points of focus in Israel’s most heated political disputes. Read more »
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.
Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4 |12:30-1:45PM | 89th Street Middle Room
Bring a bag lunch and open up your soul to the nourishment and challenge of the Hassidic rabbis with the study of Itturei Torah: Torah Gems on the Weekly Torah Portion. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol as we imagine old world wisdom for everyday life. Each class will stand alone so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. Free of charge. Register here.
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 »
January 15-22, 2017 | Costa Rica
Is multitasking in your daily life taking a toll? Join Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Sol Gonzalez and local nature guides for a week of simple living in the rich ecology of the Costa Rica rain forest and the rustic elegance and organic fine cuisine of La Montaña Azul Center. We will explore Jewish Mindfulness Practice as a way to connect more deeply with our soul, our truest values and with God’s creation, of which we are an integral part. Each day we will pray, meditate, set a kavanah (intention), follow integrative body movement practices, ‘bear witness’ to local social initiatives and experience nature. Click here to learn more.
Wednesday, January 18 and Tuesday, January 24 | 5:00-7:00PM and 7:30-9:30PM | 88th Street Sanctuary
IMPORTANT UPDATE: There will be no 7:30-9:30PM session on Wednesday January 18th. Please register for one of the other three sessions instead.
We have heard from many members a desire to act post-election. Join us for a week-long community conversation to share what issues are most important to you. Through a series of table discussions and one-on-one conversations, we will evaluate where there is momentum and passion. Find out how you can also get involved with work that’s already happening. Register here.
*If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, please fill out this form so we can make sure to hear from as many community members as possible.
Every 3rd Saturday of the month | November 19, 2016-May 20, 2017 | 9:30AM-12:00PM | 89th Street Chapel
BJ introduces a new monthly Shabbat service 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).
Together we will discuss navigating the inherent nature of the changing relationship over time between the caregiver and the care recipient. We will also talk about coming to terms with the experience associated with observing loss of functioning in a care recipient and the caregiver’s ability to engage in a meaningful relationship. R.S.V.P. here. For BJ members only.
Saturday, January 21 | 9:45AM Contemplative Service, 11:00AM Rally | 88th Street Sanctuary
Meet up with fellow BJ members to participate in one of these two historic marches. For those in New York, there will be an early contemplative service including chanting, meditation and movement led by Rabbi Shuli Passow followed by an hour rally with members of other UWS congregations. Speakers will include Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Executive Director of the Manny Cantor Center at the Educational Alliance, and Rabbi Shai Held, Co-Founder, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar. At noon we will march on the sidewalk down Broadway to 9th Avenue, head east along 52nd Street and join up with the main march at 5th Ave and 52nd. Register for the NYC BJ contingent.
Saturday, January 21 | 4:45-5:45PM | 89th Street Chapel
Families with children ages 5 and under are invited to experience Havdalah (the ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat) through art, song, and story. Kids are encouraged to come in pajamas to help create a warm and cozy atmosphere as we say goodbye to Shabbat and look forward to the week ahead. Register here.
Sunday, January 22 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.
The Israeli Book Club is more than just a typical reading group – it is an intimate encounter with Israeli culture, society and politics. Join us for a good read and a nuanced conversation that will help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary issues in Israel. Our next book is The Secret Book of Kings by Yochi Brandes.
Sunday, January 22 | 10:30AM-12:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
After morning minyan, the BJ men’s Havurah will be holding a bagel and lox brunch and discussion group. In the spirit of our yearlong JIBC programming, members will share their thoughts on Jewish identity and what it means from a male perspective. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Lee Rimsky at email@example.com
Wednesday, January 25 | 12:00PM | online
Join Rabbi Felicia Sol’s live interactive webinar as we explore and unfold the ideas raised in Dr. Christine Hayes’ January 11 Shalom Hartman lecture. Click here to access the webinar, which will become active at the scheduled date.
*Visit our JIBC webpage to view previous Shalom Hartman lectures.
Jewish summer camp is nothing less than magical. It provides the perfect environment for children and teens to make lifetime friends while connecting to their Judaism in ways they never thought possible. In an effort to bring the spirit of camp to BJ, we have partnered with some of the most celebrated Jewish camps to bring you a weekend of food, fun, and elective camp activities. For more information contact Ayala or call x244.
Family Camp Shabbat Dinner and Services
Friday, January 27 | 6:30PM Kabbalat Shabbat followed by dinner (5:15PM dinner for K-2 children) | 88th Street Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
During dinner and services, we will sing camp tunes, chat with campers and their families, wear our favorite camp t-shirts, and celebrate in exciting new ways. All current campers, camp alumni, potential camp families, and community members are encouraged to join. $18 for adults, $10 children (free for Hey/Vav families). Register by Monday, January 23.
Saturday, January 28 | following Kiddush | 86th Street Chapel
Join author and blogger Sabeeha Rehman as she reads selections from her memoir, Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim. Rehman will describe her encounters with Jews and Shabbat, her engagement in feminist and interfaith work, the parenting challenges she has faced in the Christmas season, and more.
Sunday, January 29 | 1:00-6:00PM | 89th Street Middle Room
Monday, February 20 | 10:00AM-4:00PM | 89th Street Gym
Now is the time to get involved. Gain skills at one or both of our training sessions, led by our partners at Manhattan Together and designed to provide you with a foundation in community organizing. All levels of experience are welcome. Sign up here.
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.