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AFFINITY GROUPS

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.

ART FOR ART'S SAKE
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.
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BOOK CLUB 
Email Laura Wald at Laura.Wald.BK@gmail.com to get on our email list and receive the most up-to-date info.

Mission Statement
BK Book Club is a social group for the intellectually and culturally curious who love the art of the written word. We explore people, places and experiences beyond our own personal worlds through meaningful discussion and events. In doing so, we aim to increase empathy, support diverse authors, and expand our understanding of humanity through inclusive literature. We welcome new members any and all the time and hope to excite with some new dynamic programming that creatively integrates books and their topics with our everyday passions like theatrical outings themed to our book choice, author events, and book-themed dinners. See you at our next gathering!

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CONVERSATIONAL HEBREW
For more information, contact Ruth Lowenkron or 917-804-8209.

Do you speak Hebrew?  Are you fluent?  Not so fluent? Somewhere in between? 
Come join us every Shabbat, 12:30 - 2:00pm at BK, and just talk Hebrew! 
You'll love it and we would love to have you!  

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COOKING CLUB: 
Email Jennifer Zinman

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.

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GOTTA DANCE: 
Email Aviva Schein

Israeli dance classes start up again this Sunday (Jan 5) 7pm at BK. They will be the first and third Sunday of every month, at BK the first Sunday and Ner Tamid the third Sunday. $10 per class.

Free Ballroom dance classes Sundays at 6pm at First United Methodist Church, 24 N. Fullerton Ave. (taught by Dance Affinity Group member Nicole Peaks and her husband, both competitive ballroom dancers in college). Come with or without a partner, no prior ballroom experience necessary.

New six week Hip Hop dance class starting next week taught by Marylou Cabrera at Danceworks Studio in Montclair - Mondays evenings 7-8 and Thursday mornings 9:15-10:15. Cumulative choreography will progress week by week (I will send separate email with details of this class).

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THE MONTCLAIR ISRAELI DANCE PROGRAM

We began last November, proceeded through June, then took the summer off. I think everyone who participated had a great time. And I think we all agree that Elyse Litt, our instructor, is fabulous.

To get us started, the area synagogues (principally Bnai Keshet) agreed to provide some financial support. This was hugely appreciated but was always viewed as a temporary thing. In order to continue, the program needs to be self-supporting. So I am writing to set forth a new financial model:

Each session costs $210 ($150 for Elyse + $30 to the teens who set up the dance floor + $30 to the teens who take it down). At $10 per person, we need 21 participants to break even.

Rather than take a chance on this week by week, which no longer seems responsible as it requires someone to fill the gap whenever we fall short, I’m going to collect in advance for an entire season.

If we meet from November through June, that’s 8 months. At two sessions per month, that’s 16 sessions. So it’s $150 per person for the year. (As in the initial year, the sessions would be the first and third Sunday evenings of the month, with occasional adjustments for Jewish holidays or three-day American holiday weekends.)

Please email Phoebe if you’re willing to pay $150 for 15 sessions. (We’ll stay on the first and third Sunday evenings, as this seemed to work well enough.) As soon as 21 people do this I’ll collect the money and we’ll get started.

If by the time we reach 21 there would not be time for 15 sessions, I’ll just collect less per person ($10 per session from whenever we start through June). We will still accept walk-in participants at $10 per session.

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MOVIE-LOVERS GATHERINGS:
Barry Ehrlich and Barbara Blumenthal
You can text/call us at 914.471.3898.

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.

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POETRY GROUP:
Email Jessica Gidal or Jessica de Koninck
Any BK-nik who feels 2% better after reading poetry aloud (or hearing it read aloud) should join us. Bring a poem to share (á la BK Poetry Slam), or just tune in to listen, discuss, and let us know what might interest you. Details about the Zoom meeting, poetry resources, etc. can be found here. Feel free to post your poem ahead of time in the document.

 

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THE RENAISSANCE GROUP
Email Ruth Spodak to get involved. 

The Renaissance Group is to provide an opportunity for members (60+ years old) to form new and vibrant relationships (or revive former ones) at Bnai Keshet.  Monthly Shabbat Dinners provide a welcome setting for us to mix and mingle in a warm informal setting.  Upcoming meetings will explore other activities and venues for increased engagement. 

 

Renaissance Virtual Happy Hour
Tuesday, November 17th at 4:30pm
Zoom

 

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TENNIS
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.

   

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TAKE A HIKE:

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!

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VEGAN COMPASSION CLUB
Mission Statement: This is for everyone who holds compassion as an important value. In a social setting, we will learn together about the reasons to consider a vegan diet, including animal sentience, the environment, human health, and more. Cooking classes, potluck parties, documentary screenings, guest speakers, field trips and more may be scheduled.

Email Beth Cruz to get involved. 

Sat, October 31 2020 13 Cheshvan 5781