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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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Keeping Israel in Our Hearts

We continue to hold what is happening in Israel and Gaza with heavy hearts and anguish, praying for a negotiated end to the war, the safe return of all hostages, no more loss of innocent lives, and for leadership with long-term vision that will bring about a just and enduring resolution to the conflict. In times like this, we will continue to come together as a community, to support one another, and to learn from friends and partners in Israel as well as from experts on the conflict.

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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 Kiana Davis Refugee Shabbat: A Call for Justice in Our Time February 1, 2024
by B’nai Jeshurun Exhibition: Jewish Women—A World of Tradition and Change

Joan Roth’s captivating exhibit, “Jewish Women: A World of Tradition…

February 1, 2024
by Rabbi Deena Cowans Music To My Ears

On the Sunday of MLK Weekend, I was sitting in…

January 26, 2024
by Rebecca Weintraub The Ineffable Moments

I got choked up the moment I saw the land…

January 19, 2024
by Felicia Sol Love is the Engine

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel famously said, “I am an optimist…

January 12, 2024