Bedford Jewish Community

BJC provides a social, cultural and religious gathering point for Bedford’s Jewish and interfaith households.

About Bedford Jewish Community

What is BJC?

Bedford Jewish Community (BJC) held its kick off event in 1967 with a Yom Kippur dance at the Arrowhead Hotel on The Great Road. The hotel, like the rest of The Great Road, has seen many changes. BJC has stayed on course, continuing to plan innovative activities and create a community forum for connecting Bedford’s Jewish citizens.

Mission of the BJC

Bedford’s location provides ample opportunity for temple membership. BJC promotes a community relationship among Bedford’s Jewish and interfaith residents apart from temple affiliation. And we are a voice for our community on pertinent issues within Bedford. Thanks to the efforts of founding BJC members, land in the Shawsheen Cemetery was consecrated as a Jewish burial ground for town residents.

Activities are designed to meet the interests of group members and are subsidized by BJC. Leadership is shared by all members to encourage unity and enthusiasm.

Activities Our members organize a broad range of activities throughout the September – June membership year.
Family Events Adults and children alike enjoy our parties for Hanukkah, Purim and Sukkot. Traditional foods, songs, crafts and often a pick-up basketball or soccer game is played.
Snow tubing at Nashoba, followed by dim sum, has become a popular winter treat. Pool parties, barbecues, trips to local sporting events and more keep the BJC lively for our younger set.
Adult Events BJC offers a variety of “night out” opportunities beginning with the Progressive Dinner each September. Other events have included: bowling night, summer BBQ, gourmet groups, theater parties, speakers, and museum trips. A list of member teens who wish to baby sit is provided as a membership benefit.

Communication BJC shares information in a variety of ways.
Newsletters Seasonal Newletters tell of our upcoming events.
Website contains membership information, current and archived newsletters, online games for kids and more.
Email Email/Evites for planned events and spur of the moment activities.

Community Outreach BJC reaches out to the community and we could use your help.
Donations BJC dues fund annual contributions to many important town functions.
Some examples of these gifts include: High school year book, All night graduation party, Books and audio materials for the public library and the schools.
Service Adult and teen members provide food and serve meals for seniors at the town food pantry.
Communication Calendar information is sent to town officials to minimize scheduling conflicts with Jewish holidays. We also coordinate with clergy for an annual Kristalnacht observance.