When you say, “young,” what do you mean?
Brooklyn Jews has at its core a firm belief that the Jewish world needs new voices, ideas, and questions setting the agenda for the future of our communal life. Since new voices and ideas tend to be young ones, our community is made up primarily of people in their 20s and 30s, and our social gatherings are designed largely with that age group in mind. But not exclusively so! Finding oneself in an inter-generational space is one of the most magical aspects of being in a Jewish community, and we welcome people of all ages to join us.
Does inter-generational include kids?
During the High Holidays and other services, absolutely! But for most of our events, Brooklyn Jews attempts to curate learning and social spaces that are appropriate for adults. If you’re looking for a place to explore Judaism with newborns and toddlers, we encourage you to check out our partner community, Shir L’Shabbat, which is embedded within CBE but welcomes synagogue members and non-members alike – just like us!
When you say “Jewish,” what do you mean?
The best kind of Jewish. See “Our Judaism” for more info.
Do I have to be a member of CBE to be part of Brooklyn Jews?
Nope! We welcome those Brooklyn Jews folks who want to join CBE formally as members, but our community is made up of both members and non-members.
What are services like?
Our community is made up of people who grew up with every imaginable kind of Jewish background – as well as plenty with no Jewish background at all! Our services are designed to reflect that fact, hewing close to Jewish tradition, but offering instrumental music that is singable and a prayerbook, Mishkan Tefilah, that includes both transliteration and translation.
What’s dinner like?
After services, Brooklyn Jews Shabbat includes a communal dinner. Often, there will be a speaker, performer, or artist joining us at dinner, adding intellectual and cultural meaning to our meal together. Please note: our food is not kosher, but it is kosher style. Most of the time, this means that dinner is vegetarian, with gluten-free options. When meat is served, there is always a vegetarian alternative. Our decision not to have catered, kosher meals reflects the needs and tastes of our progressive Jewish community.
Do I have to RSVP?
Please do! We never turn anyone away at Shabbat dinners, but RSVPing by the Wednesday before a given Shabbat helps us know how much food to order.
What are High Holy Day services like?
Our holiday services are designed with the same values in mind as our Shabbat services. Since our community is made up of people who grew up with every imaginable kind of Jewish background – as well as plenty with no Jewish background at all -- our services are designed to reflect that fact, hewing close to Jewish tradition, but offering instrumental music that is singable and a prayerbook that includes both transliteration and translation.
We use a Conservative prayerbook, Mahzor Hadash, and we stick to the structure of a traditional service (notably, a traditional Torah reading, and Musaf inclusion). From there, we add certain English readings and abridge pieces of the service that we feel do not add sufficient value to our prayer experience.
How much are High Holy Day tickets?
Individual tickets for each service are $40 per person. Yizkor and Mincha and Neilah services only are free. To purchase tickets for the entire suite of services, an All-Holiday Pass is $140. Children under 13 are free. Brooklyn Jews tickets are included in CBE Membership.
How long are High Holy Day services?
Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre services are about 80 minutes long. Morning services are typically 2.5 hours.
Where do High Holy Day services happen?
Each year, our services take place in a combination of CBE (271 Garfield Pl in Park Slope) and one other location. Previous locations include the Prospect Park Picnic House, All Saints Episcopal Church, and BKLYN Studios at City Point. Stay tuned for the 2019 location of services!