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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!

Movie-Lovers Gatherings

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 afterwards? 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.

We hope you'll join us on Sunday, January 27 at 6:00pm at 10 Clairidge Court in Montclair. 
Our first movie will be Crash the 2006 Best Picture winner starring Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle  and Matt Dillon, among others. 

We'll take a few minutes to discuss logistics including future film selections, meeting dates and locations. Please let us know by Wednesday, January 23 if you plan to attend.You can text/call us at 914.471.3898. If this first meeting doesn't work for you but you’re otherwise interested, let us know and we’ll keep you in the loop.

Hope you can join us!

Barry Ehrlich and Barbara Blumenthal



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

The next meeting is: 

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

Friday, Jan 11, a group of us are going dancing to celebrate the New Year and the birthdays of 2 awesome ladies to boogie down with . . . Nicole Peaks and Deb Levy. We are going to The Dome at The Manor. Come solo or bring a friend. We hope that you can join us.

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. 



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



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
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.




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 

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.






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. 

Fri, January 18 2019 12 Sh'vat 5779