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What we believe

“BJ is a non-affiliated, egalitarian, inclusive synagogue community focused on the power of prayer and music, rooted in love and social justice. We welcome all. No matter how you define yourself, if our values resonate with yours then you have a home here.”

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BJ Community Shabbaton

It’s time to register for the BJ Community Shabbaton on December 8–10, happening right here at BJ! Last year’s Shabbaton was spectacular, and we know that this year’s will be a beautiful and uplifting weekend of prayer, connection, music, and community.

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We come together

Our community is a lively and rich tapestry of backgrounds—religious, ethnic, geographic, socioeconomic, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and family structure—and we keep growing every day. We value our differences and embrace the full diversity of today’s Jewish community.

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We Grow Together

B’nai Jeshurun is a nearly 200-year-old non-affiliated synagogue located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. We welcome all, no matter the path traveled.


We Take Action Together

We believe this world needs more justice, more equity, and more love — and we work toward that prophetic vision every day.

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Voices from our Community

by Rabbi Jessica Lenza We’re Still Here December 1, 2023
by José Rolando Matalon Looking Beyond the Present Moment 

I am a hopeful person by nature, an “optimist against…

November 22, 2023
by Rabbi Deena Cowans Judaism Was Built For This Moment

“I’m really tired of living in historic and unprecedented times.…

November 17, 2023
by Rabbi Sammy Kanter Holding Joy and Sadness

For me, and I know for many of you, joy…

November 9, 2023
sunset manhattan by Alissa Platcow How I Find Emotional Release

My younger sister and I have always been very close.…

November 3, 2023