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What we believe

“BJ is a non-affiliated, egalitarian, inclusive Jewish community, rooted in love, social justice, and dedicated to activism. 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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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.

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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

Pride flags by Max W. Orenstein Small Changes Make a Huge Difference for Inclusion

This year, we made some small but significant changes to…

June 25, 2021
Two women, wearing masks, wait for a vaccine appointment by Rabbi Shuli Passow Unstoppable: Siggi Wilzig’s Vaccination Project at B’nai Jeshurun

We are deeply grateful to the Peaceman Foundation and the…

March 25, 2021
intricate red, yellow and blue patterns by Larissa Wohl, Sarah Rosenthal Black History Month: Uplifting Black Jews

This year, we are honoring Black History Month by sharing…

February 23, 2021
NYC Skyline by Joanna Samuels Toward Shabbat: Pinhas

The global pandemic—four months old—and our country’s ingrained racism—400 years…

July 10, 2020