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AFFINITY GROUPS

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!

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

The next meeting is: 

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.

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COOKING CLUB: 

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

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GOTTA DANCE: 

917-612-9673 or Email Jenny Solomon

Long time no dance. Let’s change that, shall we? 
Below please find some fun dance opportunities. 

In the meantime, if you hear of any dance opportunities or fun dance related events, please feel free to post or send to me and I will get an email out. Also, if people would like to just get out on a local dance floor, we can hit the Manor in West Orange any Friday or Saturday night. I'm trying to get a read from the group of what people are looking to do. In the meantime, here are a few dance opportunities. 

Below you will find some hip hop opportunities for those inclined.

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. 

Please let me know what else you are interested in doing and I can do the research and post to the group. Thanks Everyone. And Happy Fall! 

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THE MONTCLAIR ISRAELI DANCE PROGRAM

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
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PARENTS OF CHALLENGING KIDS

 

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.  

 

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NEEDLE CRAFTS: Tuesdays evenings at 7:00 - 8:30pm
November 6 / December 4 / January 8 / February 5 / March 5 / April 9 / May 7

 

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.

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PERSONAL GROWTH (HEALTH)

 

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.

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TENNIS


Email Matt Sitkoff 
Email Michael Solomon 

Having tried to schedule around the weather and other activities with some success, we have concluded a regular time probably makes the most sense. We are thinking Sundays from 10:15am - 12:15pm at Nishuane beginning October 7th would make the most sense.

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

October 28 @ 9:30am - Harriman State Park (50 minutes from BK)
4WD Rd, Tomkins Cove, NY
Sunny and 50 degrees.

Additional parking on Seven Lakes Drive

Bit of a climb in the beginning then the trail gets easier and follows a ridge with beautiful views. 
Bring snacks and maybe lunch and let Betsy know you're coming. Hike could take 2.5 - 3 hours.
BRING WATER.

 

 

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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BABY CENTRIC GROUP

 

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. 

Tue, November 13 2018 5 Kislev 5779