BJBE Gala 2021

Galavanting (ga-le-vant) גלאבנט verb
To entertain and build community while eating, drinking, and shmoozing virtually.

In lieu of our traditional Gala, please join us as we galavant through a variety of programs to support BJBE while FUNdraising! Travel with us through this amazing lineup - we have something for everyone!

Can’t make it to any of these events but still want to support BJBE? Click here to donate now!

bjBEtogether Fitness Challenge
March 1 until April 25
Fitness buff? Peloton junkie? Weekend warrior? Sidewalk stroller? Yogi? Take care of yourself while taking care of our community! Join your fellow BJBE friends and family in a 8 week fitness challenge throughout the course of Galavating. Raise money for our synagogue and raise the bar for yourself. We are all in this together.
Register here.

Adult Trivia Night
Saturday, March 6, 7:00pm
Calling all trivia lovers! BJBE is hosting a modern take on team trivia. That’s right, at BJBE we have mastered Shabbat over Zoom, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs over Zoom, now it’s time to have some fun and play team Trivia over Zoom.
Register here.

Nefesh Mountain Family Concert
Sunday, March 7, 1:00pm
Have a Shabbat Shaboom kind of Sunday night with Doni Zasloff! Parents and kids will love Doni and her original Jewish music for kids.  Doni is also a member of the influential Jewish bluegrass band Nefesh Mountain and puts on an energetic and fun concert for kids of all ages!
Register here.

Bourbon Tasting
Saturday, March 13, 7:00pm
Join us for an evening of enjoyment and education as we sample a variety of different bourbons. Beginner tasters are welcome!
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Kids Cooking Event
Sunday, March 14, 4:00pm
Mix mix, fold fold, and sneak a taste - get together with your family for a virtual cooking class to make something delicious with local chef, Laura Frankel. Chef Laura will bring her smile and enthusiasm to Zoom for a Kids Cooking Class that is geared for kids age 6-12.  A great way to introduce your children to the kitchen with simple recipes and fun. A shopping list will be provided prior to the event.
Register here.

Adult Cooking Night
Thursday, March 18, 7:00pm
Chef Laura Frankel joins us via Zoom in this hands on class “Saucy Something”.  Chef Laura will teach us to make three wonderful sauces from scratch that are great for vegetables, poultry, fish and more. You won't believe these are Passover-friendly! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to add some new flavors and spices to your culinary repertoire. A shopping list will be provided prior to the event.
Register here.

Mini Photo Sessions with Chime Costello
Saturday/Sunday, March 20-21 or April 10-11  
Mini photo sessions with amazing photographer (and BJBE’s Director of Operations) Chime Costello. Perfect for a Mother’s Day gift or a new headshot!    
Registration coming soon!   

Mah Jongg Tournament
Tuesday, March 30 & Thursday, April 1
3 Bam - 2 Crack - Green Dragon all day! Who will win in this virtual Mah Jongg tournament? You won't hear the click of the tiles, but you might get the sweet taste of victory in this two day tournament. Come as a team, or we will pair you up as a solo. Open to everyone in the community - not just BJBE members. Games will be played on Real Mah Jongg.
Registration coming soon!

Beer Tasting
Saturday, April 10, 7:00pm
Do you like it hoppy or a little malty? Find out with this virtual beer tasting with our resident BJBE beer connoisseur Andrew Bloom. Whether you are from Milwaukee or Munich, prefer ales to lagers, or stouts to lambics, all will have a great time at this event. Beers will be available for pickup prior to the event.
Registration coming soon!

Teen Cooking Event
Sunday, April 11, 4:00pm
Join Chef Laura Frankel as she teaches some recipes to commemorate Yom Ha’atzmaut/Israeli Independence Day. Chef Laura will entertain, educate, and enliven our taste buds on this culinary journey to Israel.  No passport required and certified vegetarian, kosher, and fun!
Registration opening soon!

Wine Tasting
Saturday, April 17, 7:00pm
Sample a variety of different wines. Beginner tasters are welcome!
Registration coming soon!

Canasta Tournament
Doubles: Tuesday, April 13 & Thursday, April 22  
Singles: Thursday, April 15

Going for all the 7's? Did you count the Aces Correctly? Is it a splash to win? Bring your canasta group or play as a solo in this fun, two-day Canasta tournament. Table rules will be set for all and teams can be comprised of all community members, not just BJBE members. The games will be played on Canasta Junction.
Registration coming soon!

Undernighter Event
Sunday, April 18 - Time TBD
BJBE’s own Cantor Alexandra Kurland, Susie Wexler, & Missy Bell will join us for a special kid-friendly evening. Jammies required for this event!
Registration coming soon!

Poker Tournament
Saturday, April 24, 7:00pm
Join us for a Texas Hold ‘Em last man standing poker tournament.  No Limit Texas Hold Em is the name and let’s see how much game you have.  Play tight, bluff, pick your spots, or All In, great prizes for all at The Final Table.
Registration coming soon!

Family Game Night
Sunday, April 25, 4:00pm              
Are you the fastest in your family? Maybe the smartest? Or just the luckiest? Come play and compete against other families. (Games designed for families with kids ages 5-13.)
Registration coming soon!

Progressive Dinner & Concert
Saturday, May 1, 7pm
An amazing evening to support BJBE: enjoy a delicious meal and support local restaurants; listen to nationally-touring Jewish musicians, Nefesh Mountain; bid on great auction items, and more!
Registration coming soon!


Galavanting Co Chairs: Jenn Dubinsky & Sid Siegel
Committee: Terri Argentar | Mindy Balonik | Carol Berger | Melanie Berkowitz | Nancy Blitz | Andrew Bloom | Mark Brodson | Caroline Chess | Jason Chess | Todd Cohan | Lisa Cohen | Erin Cooper | Jorie DiCocco | Michael DiCocco | Erin Dubin | Jacqueline Edelson | Mike Frazin | Tara Goldfarb | Julie Goynshor | Allyson Greenbaum | Noel Hara | Tracey Horwich | Eleanor Kahn | Bonnie Koss | Beth Lewis | Bonnie Litch | Sonya Morgan | Joel Newton | Tanya Paler | Laura Passmore | Jordan Sklansky | Brian Tenner | Marc Wielansky | Jodi Zuckerman