Upcoming Events

Join us for our programs around the U.S. and Israel.  If you don't see an event in your city and would like to make one happen, contact Aaron at    
a a r o n @ b y f i . o r g

Check out some of the recent past events our community sponsored.

DC Alumni Summer Drinks

1606 20th St NW
20009 Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 07:30

Join us  Thursday night in Dupont Circle for a BYFI gathering of schmoozing and reconnecting. It's summertime which means a lot of people are in flux, so we hope everyone in the DC area next week will join us. 

(There will also be a NYC event on August 2, and hopefully a Bay Area event on the calendar very soon.)

When: Thursday, July 21st from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Where: Mission Dupont - 1606 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009


Conversation about Mothers and Daughters

28 Gramercy Park South
10003 New York , NY
United States
New York US
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 19:00

Join BYFI alumni Judy Batalion '94 and Judith Rosenbaum '90 for an intimate discussion about mothers and daughters.

The “Jewish mother” can loom large – in popular culture, our own families, and our psyches. Join Judy and Judith for a conversation about what it means to be a Jewish mother (and a Jewish daughter!) in the 21st century, and the ongoing ways we fashion this identity from an intricate mix of historical, familial, and personal experiences and values.

Judy Batalion will be reading excerpts from her recently published memoir "White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess In Between."

Judy Batalion is an author who has written about has written about parenting, relationships, mental health and more - most recently in her memoir "White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess In Between".

Judith Rosenbaum is the Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive, a pioneering national organization that documents Jewish women’s stories, elevates their voices, and inspires them to be agents of change.


June 20, 2016 | 7:00PM

The Brotherhood Synagogue

28 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003

RSVP or request details to louise@byfi.org.

Brown Bag Lunch with Matti Friedman '94

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:00

Perception and Reality in Israel, and Matti Friedman's new book Pumpkinflowers.

Join us for a brown bag lunch discussion with author and journalist Matti Friedman. He will be discussing perception and reality in Israel, and his new book, Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's story. This event is being organized by the Bronfman Fellowships, The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, and the Jewish Book Council.

Important Details:

12:00 Noon | May 3, 2016
520 8th Avenue, 4th Floor, New York City

Soft drinks will be provided, but please bring your own lunch! 

RSVP to aaron@byfi.org


About Matti:

Matti Friedman’s first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize, the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal, the Canadian Jewish Book Award, and other honors. It was published in Israel, Australia, Holland, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, and South Korea.

Matti’s reporting has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, and the Caucasus, and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He is a former Associated Press correspondent and a regular contributor to Tablet Magazine. Two essays he wrote about media coverage of Israel after the 2014 Gaza war, for Tablet and The Atlantic, triggered intense discussion and have been shared together on Facebook more than 100,000 times. He was born in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem.

Why Be Jewish Book Launch, Toronto

1700 Bathurst St.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 19:30
Edgar M. Bronfman's book, Why Be Jewish, was just published, and his son, Matthew Bronfman will be discussing his father's work and his legacy. Venue: Beth Tzedec Congregation

Bronftalk: Cleaning, Mental Health and Passover

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 -
12:00 to 13:00


No crumb left behind: Is this freedom?

Passover is the holiday of freedom, but it’s also the holiday of cleaning. Many Jews around the world will turn their homes upside down to rid their lives of chametz, and turn their homes (not their synagogue) into the focal point of Jewish practice with the Passover Seder. What are the implications of this intersection of traditional ritual, domestic focus and obsessive cleaning?

Join us for a conversation with a psychologist who uses cognitive behavioral therapy to treat OCD among other disorders, a professional organizer who helps people find order in their lives, and a memoirist who writes about domestic mess and order. They will bring personal experiences and professional expertise to bear on the (not so unique) problem of Jewish spring cleaning.



Tuesday, April 12th
12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Dial in: 1-641-715-3580
Access code: 279-235
From Israel: Call +972 76-599-0034   Access code: 279-235
From Canada: Call 559-546-1400, when prompted enter (641) 715-3580, and then when prompted again, enter the access code: 279-235



Judy Batalion '94 is the author of WHITE WALLS: A MEMOIR ABOUT MOTHERHOOD, DAUGHTERHOOD, AND THE MESS IN BETWEEN (NAL/Penguin). A former columnist for the New York Times’ Motherlode blog, she has written about parenting, relationships, mental health, hoarding and even the dangers of decluttering for Vogue, the Washington Post, Salon, Cosmo, the Forward, Tablet, Redbook and many other publications.

Sarah Giller Nelson '92 is the owner of Less is More, a professional organizing company inspired by her passion for beauty and order. Less is More specializes in getting busy families organized. Before founding her company in 2010, Sarah spent 15 years as an art historian and curator. Sarah currently resides in Miami Beach, Florida with her husband and two children.


Dr. Tamar Gordon '92 is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive training in using CBT to treat a full range of mental health challenges, including anxiety, phobias, OCD, trauma, parenting issues, and insomnia. Dr. Gordon is an adjunct faculty member at both Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, and Columbia University Teacher’s College. She spends most of her working time at her private practice in New York City, and most of her personal time raising her two rambunctious sons.