Congregation B'nai Jeshurun

Sharing A Dream Of Peace

Passion. Love. Pain. Yearning.  Palpable emotions common to the songs of Jews, Christians and Muslims in Andalusia during the Golden Age of Spain, a time when our communities shared philosophy, poetry and musical cadences and lived in peace with one another -- a time past and, last Sunday evening, a brief taste of the world to come. 

Courtesy Noche Flamenca

BJ Rabbi’s Next Move: Finding That ‘Still, Small Voice’

Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein plans to work as a mindfulness teacher based mostly in Costa Rica.

11/03/2015 - 19:00

Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein announced recently that he will be stepping down from his full-time position at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun as of June 2017. While he will continue to serve part-time at BJ for three years after that, he plans to work as a mindfulness teacher, based mostly in Costa Rica. He’ll return to New York monthly and for the High Holidays. 

Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein: To lead mindfulness retreats in Costa Rica.

A Communal Exploration Of Mental Illness

For three consecutive Wednesday evenings, beginning April 30th, the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education will partner with Congregation B’nai Jeshurun to co-host a groundbreaking series of experiential workshops and lectures, “Confronting Mental Illness.”

Devora Steinmetz. Courtesy of Drisha Institute

An Amazing Way To Start The Week: Havdalah At B'nai Jeshurun

This past Saturday, I attended services designed for individuals with disabilities and their families to conclude Shabbat at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Frances Victory

Was ‘A Great Moment’ Too Alienating?

B’nai Jeshurun e-mails on Palestinians raises issues about rabbinic leadership, especially when it comes to Israel.
12/10/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Should congregational rabbis lead or follow? Should they be prophetic figures or pastoral ones, consensus figures or divisive ones? And should they wade headlong into thorny political territory?

These are some of the questions being asked this week in the wake of the backlash created when the rabbis of B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan sent an e-mail to congregants heralding Palestinian recognition by the United Nations as “a great moment.” The letter has spurred a discussion of the role of a congregational rabbi, and how they are educated.

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FEMA Pressed To Change Law To Aid Synagogues

OU leading effort to recover hurricane losses amid church-state concerns.
11/19/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor

For years, the main challenge facing West End Temple — an approximately 90-family Reform congregation in the Neponsit section of Rockaway, Queens — was demographics.

Now, the struggle to thrive amid an aging and shrinking non-Orthodox population seems minor compared to repairing over $1 million in damages caused by four feet of floodwater.

Flooded with four feet of water, West End Temple in Rockaway had to dispose of most items inside its building. Rabbi Marjorie
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