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BK Hiking Group

Build relationships with BK members who share your interests! See below for a list of our current groups, and email Farrell if you would like to create a new group!


973.731.3822 or Email Carole Schlitt 

Mission Statement

We will create opportunities for members of our community to make more room for art in their lives. With planned trips to the Montclair Art Museum, MANA Contemporary, and the MET, we will explore art galleries, museums, and outdoor sculpture gardens. If you have not yet seen Storm King’s monumental works of art against a background of changing autumn leaves, the view of the Hudson from Wave Hill, or experienced the hidden treasures in the gardens of Grounds for Sculpture, you have not lived. Let’s make 5778 the year we make time for Art and Beauty. Join us and visit great works of art that are all around us.


Email Laura Wald to find out what we're reading now and when we're meeting next

Monday, September 24th, 7:30pm
Location: Le Souk, 51 Watchung Plaza, Montclair
Volunteer Moderator: Karen Eilenberg
A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman
In a little dive in a small Israeli city, Dov Greenstein, a comedian a bit past his prime, is doing a night of stand-up. In the audience is a district court justice, Avishai Lazar, whom Dov knew as a boy, along with a few others who remember Dov as an awkward, scrawny kid who walked on his hands to confound the neighborhood bullies. Gradually, as it teeters between hilarity and hysteria, Dov's patter becomes a kind of memoir, taking us back into the terrors of his childhood: we meet his beautiful flower of a mother, a Holocaust survivor in need of constant monitoring, and his punishing father, a striver who had little understanding of his creative son. Finally, recalling his week at a military camp for youth--where Lazar witnessed what would become the central event of Dov's childhood--Dov describes the indescribable while Lazar wrestles with his own part in the comedian's story of loss and survival.

Sunday, Oct 21st at 3:00pm at Luna Stage in West Orange
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala—crazy—but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked

Tuesday, November 27th at 7:30pm
Disobedience by Naomi Alderman
A small, close-knit Orthodox Jewish community in London is the setting for a revealing look at religion and sexuality in Alderman's frank yet heartfelt debut novel, Disobedience. The story begins with the death of the community's esteemed rabbi, which sets in motion plans for a memorial service and the search for a replacement. The rabbi's nephew and likely successor, Dovid, calls his cousin Ronit in New York to tell her that her father has died. Ronit, who left the community long ago to build a life for herself as a career woman, returns home when she hears the news, and her reappearance exposes tears in the fabric of the community. Steeped in Jewish philosophy and teachings, Disobedience is a perceptive and thoughtful exploration of the laws and practices that have governed Judaism for
centuries, and continue to hold sway today. Throughout the novel, Alderman retells stories from the Torah -- Judaism's fundamental source -- and the interplay between these tales and the struggles of the novel's unique characters wields enormous power and wisdom, and will surely move readers to tears.

All are Welcome - New and Familiar Faces Alike! Can't wait to see you there!

Bnai Keshet Book Club is a social group for the intellectually and culturally curious who love the art of words on the page. We will endeavor to explore people, places BKBC and experiences beyond our own personal worlds and, in doing so, increase empathy, support diverse authors, and expand our understanding of humanity through inclusive literature.


GOTTA DANCE: stay tuned for our next dance outing

917-612-9673 or Email Jenny Solomon

This group was started for those who love to dance but don't get enough opportunities to do it. Join us as we once again dance to our heart's content at the Manor in West Orange. If you missed the last one, we had a blast. Consider joining us this time! What a great way to let off steam at the end of a long week. This is a chance to dance to some great tunes (the DJ is great about taking requests), spend time with friends, meet new people, and help us as we forge ahead and make new connections in this amazing community. Please invite your non-BK contacts who might want to join this group. See you on the dance floor! 




Email Melody Kimmel

No parenting journey is easy, but some kids bring extra bumps in the road. If your middle school, HS or older kid was adopted or has mental illness behavioral issues or other challenges that at times makes you feel overwhelmed, we hope you’ll join us. I envision that we will gather quarterly to offer support and ideas and share resources in confidence.Topics may include siblings, social isolation, finding the line between engagement and helicoptering and helping to launch your child. The group will determine together at day to meet, frequency and discussion topics.  




NEEDLEWORK / CRAFTING: Tuesdays evenings at 7:00 - 8:30pm


Email Mia Schober King


To build a Jewish community in which those who are interested in the needlework arts can learn from and create positive relationships with one another. Additional related areas of crafting may be introduced.


We meet every Tuesday (except when Rosh Chodesh group meets) in the BK Smartboard Room. 

Pack up your needlework project and join us for some schmoozing.

Beginners crochet instruction is currently underway. Knitting instruction may be offered in the future.




Email Faye Lederman or call 917.930.2762


Do you have a personal health goal, large or small, on your agenda but have yet to get started on it? Have you already started along a new path but wonder how to make your meaningful changes really stick? (Ex. improving your nutrition; starting a meditation or yoga practice; incorporating a new approach for an existing health condition; increasing your exercise; juicing; limiting your EMF exposure; visiting an infrared sauna… We aim to be an open-minded group in terms of individual goals!) Join fellow BK members and health-seekers to share resources, wisdom, and that key, magical element for creating sustained change in one’s life — peer support. At our first meeting we’ll discuss how to best organize our group in terms of content, approach, meeting frequency.




Email Matt Sitkoff 
Email Michael Solomon 

It's not too late to be part of this group, just fill out this short form and join the fun.




September 30th

We're considering Ramapo Valley County Reservation, which is about a 40-minute drive from BK. The park looks beautiful and has many options for hikes, from easy to moderate/moderately strenuous. We'll probably meet there at about 9:30 am. Let me know if you're in and what type of hike you're interested in. I am thinking a 3-hour, moderate hike. We'd pack lunch/snacks and eat on the trail, end by around 1pm or so, and allow everyone to be home by about 2 pm. How does this sound? Depending on how many people are coming and everyone's interests, we can also split up - some can loop back after a few hours and others can keep going if they want to.



Email Betsy Tessler

Mission: Grab your hiking boots or any sturdy pair of shoes and head on out to the great outdoors with members and friends of the BK community. Hiking is good for the body and soul, especially during these (pick your adjective) times when many of us are glued to our news feeds or TVs. Take a break from the news, technology, and your daily stresses, and come with us to explore some beautiful spots in New Jersey and beyond. We have been averaging one hike per month on a Sunday and are doing our best to vary the challenge level and length of the hikes. All hikes are within one hour’s drive of Bnai Keshet and are usually more like half an hour’s drive. Please look for our Facebook group and ask to join (you can search “Take a Hike!”), and then post your favorite hike (if you have one), as we are always looking to expand our repertoire. If you’re not on Facebook, contact Betsy and ask to be added to the email list. Look forward to hiking with you!





This group is on hold waiting for a new leader to emerge. 

The mission of the group will be to create a space for members of our community with children ages 0-2 to make new connections, strengthen existing connections, and expand our awareness of raising Jewish children in an inclusive way. Group members may invite those who are not members of the BK community so that we may continue to forge connections outside of our normal social groups, as long as they are open to the Reconstructionist Jewish perspective of child-rearing in a non-judgmental environment.

Group will meet during a weekday, if that works for most members, since this will be geared as a social group that isn't intended to cut into weekend family time. I'd love to hear ideas about where we could hold group (at BK sometimes, at other locations so the kids can play in various environments, etc.), and the sorts of topics you'd like to discuss as adults. 

If you're interested in being part of the group, please send a fb message to Natanya Elka confirming that, along with your e-mail address, and I'll send out a follow up e-mail once I've heard from everyone so that we can decide on a date/time for our first meeting. 

Thu, September 20 2018 11 Tishrei 5779