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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.


BK Book Club welcomes everyone of all backgrounds, inside and outside of Bnai Keshet. New faces welcome anytime. Bringing friends is encouraged. We also welcome suggestions for local establishments to meet at and patronize for our meetings.


Email Laura Wald at to get on our email list and receive the most up-to-date info.   

Our Mission Statement:

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. 



The BK Cooking Affinity Group gets together to enjoy the art cooking and the company of good people. If you like to cook, want to learn to cook or just like to eat, join us. We will share recipes and pick up new cooking skills.

Email Jennifer Zinman


917-612-9673 or Email Jenny Solomon


1) Marylou's class: Adult Hip Hop :
Mondays at 7:00pm or Thursdays at 10:30am at Dance Works 127 Grove St. Montclair, NJ.

2) Hit the Barre, 50 Upper Montclair Plaza, Suite E, Montclair, NJ
Sat, "Hit The Floor" dance cardio 10:00 - 11:00am
Sunday, Adult Hip Hop 9:00 - 10:00am
Tuesday, Thursday, 10:30 - 11:30am, Hit The Floor" dance cardio 

3) Sharon Miller Adult Hip Hop
Monday 7:00 - 8:00pm, 8:00 - 9:00pm
Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Friday, 7:15 - 8:45pm. 



Israeli Dancing will resume in the gall.

This partnership among BK, Shomrei Emunah and Temple Ner Tamid brings Israel dancing to Montclair. Elyse Litt, a very experienced professional instructor, is our leader. Men, women and teens are welcome. Jewish culture and a good workout – what’s not to like? You only need enthusiasm. Give it a try – come dance with us! 

Meets the first and third Sundays of the month at 7:00pm at BK. $10 per session.

Contacts: Phoebe Farber or Sharon Freedman

Movie-Lovers Gatherings

Future Dates

As always, the group convenes at 7:00pm, movie starts at around 7:30pm. Don’t forget to bring a snack to share. 

Do you love a good movie? Even better, do you like to watch it while chomping on good munchies? Even better, do you like chatting about it with friends afterward? So do we! Join us for a monthly film club where we’ll watch a variety of interesting and provocative movies selected by the group. Meetings will take place at members’ homes. We’ll all bring some snacks to share and follow-up the movie with questions, reactions and brilliant insights.
Barry Ehrlich and Barbara Blumenthal

You can text/call us at 914.471.3898.




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.  




NEEDLE CRAFTS: 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.


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 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.






Email Betsy Tessler

June 30th

We are going to Tourne County park; hikers will have the option to do the shorter loop that was described in my previous email (see below) or to do this longer loop: There are also options for looping back somewhere in between.

Let's meet at 9:15 am at the parking lot here (, which is roughly between the green and black dots on the Alltrails map linked above.

Pack a hat, water, snacks (including lunch if you are planning to do the longer loop), sunblock, and bug spray, and wear good shoes - high socks recommended. There are a lot of ticks out there. (I found one on me after strolling through the manicured Grounds for Sculpture. In the woods, I would imagine there will be even more ticks.)

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!

Tue, July 23 2019 20 Tammuz 5779