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BHA Blood Drive and Masa Picnic!

05/19/2021 02:05:44 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

It’s almost June, and that means it’s time for the BHA blood drive! It also means that it’s time for the Masa end-of-year picnic.

On June 6th, BHA will host a blood drive at the Beacon Fire Department from 11-5pm. Please check our calendar to sign up for a time to donate. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can sign up in advance. Check out this page for more information. Please reach out to others and encourage them to come and donate! The New York Blood Center is especially short on blood this year because of the ongoing pandemic, and every donation makes a huge difference in someone’s life. I am grateful for the person who donated the blood that saved my life, and I’m sure there is someone close to you who has also benefited. 

We will hold the Masa end-of-year picnic from 12-2pm on the grounds of St. Andrew and St. Luke Episcopal Church, 15 South Ave., right next to the fire department. This year, the picnic is open to all members of the BHA community! Let your kids see their friends, and take some time to save a life. Due to health concerns, the picnic will not be a potluck this year, but we will have some socially-distanced activities for kids to do, or they can just spend time playing. Please encourage your children to maintain physical distance when they are not wearing masks (ie, eating).

This has been a challenging year in many ways, and I am looking forward to the chance to get together and celebrate some of what is good!




04/14/2021 03:07:39 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

From our Education Director, Julia Gross Alexander:

Dear BHA Community,

Not quite three years ago, I was honored to be entrusted as the Education Director  at BHA. I was excited to build on the foundation Ashley Baker...Read more...

Hebrew Learning for Adults

02/02/2021 02:42:39 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

Have you felt intimidated by the idea of reading in Hebrew? Education Director Julia and Cantor Ellen are offering individual coaching sessions for adult members of BHA! We will meet one-on-one, and guide you through the aleph-bet, give you some practice...Read more...

Study your aleph-bet, because then you'll be able to do anything!

01/27/2021 11:39:36 AM


Ellen Gersh and Julia Gross Alexander

Hebrew is the ancient language of the Jewish people, but by the time of the Talmud, it was no longer the common language of the people. When the Torah was written down, and when the prayer service was shaped, most people spoke Aramaic. Perhaps you, like our...Read more...

Let's Go and Sing!

01/13/2021 11:27:56 AM


Julia Gross Alexander

This Friday at 5:00, we will be having PAJAMA MINI MINYAN! Wear your pajamas, bring your stuffies and welcome the restful feelings of Shabbat! The link for Mini Minyan is

I am also inviting kids...

Finding Anchors for Learning

11/10/2020 08:16:52 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

Pirkei Avot 4:1 Ben Zoma said:Who is wise? He who learns from every man, as it is said: “From all who taught me have I gained understanding.” (Psalms 119:99). 

We have spent the past month testing the waters of some new ways to learn at Masa. As much as I look forward to the time when we can all be together in our building, I am grateful we have had this chance to try some new things!


Educate Youth According to Their Way

09/23/2020 10:28:01 AM


Julia Gross Alexander

“Educate youth according to [their] way, and [they] will not depart from it when [they] grow old.” Proverbs 22:6

Welcome to this strange new year! By now, the children of members should have received an activity box...Read more...

Summer Time!

06/09/2020 06:04:57 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

We are moving into summer mode in Masa. In normal times, this would mean we aren’t having much programming. But this year, we will have some low-key programming for kids of different ages. Jonathan will be leading a Sunday morning...Read more...

Making Transitions

06/02/2020 08:29:18 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

Sometimes when I look at the news, I can’t help but feel as though the world is utterly broken. Climate devastation, pandemic, economic collapse, political polarization, and all of the violence enacted by systems of racism (as well as sexism, homophobia, antisemitism, ableism, classism…). It can feel hopeless.

But when I focus on teaching our children, I can believe with all of my heart that it is possible for us to heal the...Read more...


05/29/2020 04:47:07 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

It’s Shavuot, the holiday celebrating receiving the Torah. I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy the holiday treat of their choice. This week, Jonathan’s class got the chance to make chocolate mousse, and Debbie’s class got an Israeli recipe...Read more...

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