In Hebrew, Kahal B’raira means “Community of Choice.” Our name emphasizes our belief that we are responsible for our choices and answer to one another and ourselves.

Upcoming & Noteworthy

People celebrating Chanukah

Chanukah Celebration

Saturday, Dec. 4, 4:00-5:30pm

Join us at the Fayerweather Street School for lots of joyous singing on the festival of lights, when we all light menorahs together, spin the dreidel, hear the Humanistic story of Chanukah! There will be a short service, candle lighting, and activities inside, with light refreshments outside. Details to come.

All Are Welcome 

Welcome to Kahal B’raira

A Congregation for Humanistic Judaism offering non-theistic celebrations of Jewish holidays and life-cycle events and a love of Jewish heritage

Visit Kahal B'raira

This is a community of about 150 adults and 50 children that cares deeply for one another and the world.

Holiday Celebrations

We celebrate the major Jewish holidays with readings, music, reflections, and holiday specific activities.

Children & Families

We offer age-appropriate classes covering Jewish history, traditions, literature, ethics, and music.

Humanistic Judaism demands racial equality and calls us to pursue justice. We at Kahal B’raira recognize that structural racism in the United States manifests in many ways including violence against Black people, even murder, and in the failure to hold perpetrators responsible for such violence. We are committed to working together non-violently to improve our society to achieve equal treatment for everyone.

Our Congregation

We foster a positive Jewish identity, intellectual integrity, and ethical behavior within our community

Humanistic Judaism

Finding inspiration from Jewish history and culture in pursuing personal goals and striving for social justice.

Adult Programs

We hold Sunday meetings 15 times throughout the year from 9:10 a.m. until noon. Adult Education activities are scheduled periodically. Adult/Teen Potlucks on Saturday nights are held in members’ homes.

Community

Members work together in committees to shape and plan Congregation activities. Members join a working committee and a holiday committee.

46 Years as Greater Boston's congregation for Humanistic Judaism – est. 1975

150 Members and welcoming all who identify with the history and culture of the Jewish people

Providing a non-theistic alternative in contemporary Jewish Life every day of the year

Dec
1
Wed
7:00 pm The Diverse Cultures of Contempo...
The Diverse Cultures of Contempo...
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sponsored by Hebrew College and hosted by the Cambridge Collaborative: Congregation Eitz Chayim, Tremont Street Shul and Kahal B’raira. Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm Dates: October 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8, 15, 22[...]
Dec
4
Sat
4:00 pm Chanukah Celebration
Chanukah Celebration
Dec 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
RSVPs encouraged, please RSVP here. Join KB as we celebrate Chanukah on Saturday, December 4th, at 4:00 pm at the Fayerweather Street School, 765 Concord Ave, Cambridge. Vaccination required for ages 12+, and masks required[...]
Dec
5
Sun
9:30 am Community Gathering
Community Gathering
Dec 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
Join Kahal B’raira for a Community Gathering, featuring a service, time to schmooze, and an educational or cultural program. Details to follow. Community Gatherings will be hybrid, with in-person and streaming options. For more information,[...]
9:30 am Sunday School & Grades 4-5 Pizza...
Sunday School & Grades 4-5 Pizza...
Dec 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
Our Sunday school curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, ethics, history, and culture. We welcome students and families from all backgrounds, including LGBTQ+, interfaith, and intercultural families. Visitors are welcome! For more info, please email Sophia Brion-Meisels, our school director,[...]
Dec
8
Wed
7:00 pm The Diverse Cultures of Contempo...
The Diverse Cultures of Contempo...
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sponsored by Hebrew College and hosted by the Cambridge Collaborative: Congregation Eitz Chayim, Tremont Street Shul and Kahal B’raira. Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm Dates: October 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8, 15, 22[...]
Dec
9
Thu
7:15 pm American Jews and Racial Justice...
American Jews and Racial Justice...
Dec 9 @ 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm
Sponsored by Hebrew College and hosted by the Cambridge Collaborative: Congregation Eitz Chayim, Tremont Street Shul and Kahal B’raira. Thursdays, 7:15-8:45 pm, 10 Sessions Location: Zoom Cost: $180; some financial aid available Register: https://tinyurl.com/ja4h8pk2 Part[...]
Dec
11
Sat
6:00 pm Zoom Havdalah Service
Zoom Havdalah Service
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Zach Mayer for a musical havdalah service, marking the end of shabbat and the beginning of a new week. To participate, have wine or grape juice, some fragrant spices, and a havdalah candle ready. If you[...]
Dec
14
Tue
7:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting
Executive Committee Meeting
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Executive Committee is Kahal B’raira’s leadership and coordinating body. It includes the president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, members-at-large, Sunday school chair and representative to the Society for Humanistic Judaism. Meetings are open to all KB[...]
Dec
15
Wed
7:00 pm The Diverse Cultures of Contempo...
The Diverse Cultures of Contempo...
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sponsored by Hebrew College and hosted by the Cambridge Collaborative: Congregation Eitz Chayim, Tremont Street Shul and Kahal B’raira. Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm Dates: October 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8, 15, 22[...]
Dec
16
Thu
9:00 am Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Dec 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
KB members are invited to join our book group where we will learn together through reading, self-reflection, and discussion. We will read both non-fiction and fiction (current and historical fiction) and will also share online resources with each[...]

Why Kahal B’raira?

Let Our Members Tell You

When I first came to KB I was drawn in by the warmth of the people there.

I was also moved by the words of the services, e.g., "My light is in me. My hope is in me. My strength is in me, and, in you."

At times I am so touched by the words and the warmth, I have tears in my eyes.

Growing up in KB I always associated Judaism with a warm, supportive community.

I connected with my classmates in Sunday School and have stayed close with my classmates through the youth group since leaving for college.

I carry this solid foundation of Judaism with me and know I will always be welcomed back.

KB has been a very special warm and embracing home for me and my whole family.

It's place where what's most meaningful to me about Judaism, our history, traditions, culture, and passion for social justice, has been celebrated.

For me, KB continues to be a home and an adopted family of warm loving friends.

Most of all, it was the KB members themselves who welcomed this newcomer with open arms.

KB has a big tent and no one need flash their 'Jewish Credentials' to gain admission.

Simply the desire to join and holding our shared beliefs are enough.

When I came to KB, I immediately knew I was in the right place for me.

I felt like I had come home — even though I had never had such a home before!

When I first came to KB I was drawn in by the warmth of the people there.

I was also moved by the words of the services, e.g., "My light is in me. My hope is in me. My strength is in me, and, in you."

At times I am so touched by the words and the warmth, I have tears in my eyes.

Growing up in KB I always associated Judaism with a warm, supportive community.

I connected with my classmates in Sunday School and have stayed close with my classmates through the youth group since leaving for college.

I carry this solid foundation of Judaism with me and know I will always be welcomed back.

KB has been a very special warm and embracing home for me and my whole family.

It's place where what's most meaningful to me about Judaism, our history, traditions, culture, and passion for social justice, has been celebrated.

For me, KB continues to be a home and an adopted family of warm loving friends.

Most of all, it was the KB members themselves who welcomed this newcomer with open arms.

KB has a big tent and no one need flash their 'Jewish Credentials' to gain admission.

Simply the desire to join and holding our shared beliefs are enough.

When I came to KB, I immediately knew I was in the right place for me.

I felt like I had come home — even though I had never had such a home before!

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