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

Community Gathering with Rabbi David Berkman

Sunday, January 30, 9:30am-12:15pm

For Zoom link, please email info@kahalbraira.org

Join Kahal B’raira for a Community Gathering, featuring a service, time to schmooze, and an educational or cultural program.

Our favorite Artist-turned-Rabbi, David Berkman, returns to KB to lead us through an exploration of Marc Chagall’s Five Meditations on Love and Loss.  Painted in the late 50s and early 60s, these works tell the story of biblical love, as Chagall was lamenting the loss of his beloved wife, Bella.  Based on the Song of Songs, these large paintings hang in the Marc Chagall National Museum in Nice, France

For those who wish to read, in advance, the very earthy and sensual Song of Songs, here’s a link to the version to which Rabbi Berkman will refer:

  https://www.sefaria.org/Song_of_Songs   

 

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

Jan
27
Thu
9:00 am Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Jan 27 @ 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[...]
Jan
28
Fri
6:30 pm Repro Shabbat Service
Repro Shabbat Service
Jan 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Organized by the National Council of Jewish Women, Repro Shabbat is an opportunity for congregations, organizations, and communities to celebrate the critical importance of reproductive health access, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice, and to learn[...]
Jan
30
Sun
9:30 am Community Gathering with Rabbi D...
Community Gathering with Rabbi D...
Jan 30 @ 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. Our favorite Artist-turned-Rabbi, David Berkman, returns to KB to lead us through an exploration of Marc[...]
9:30 am Sunday School – Foster Care Box Day
Sunday School – Foster Care Box Day
Jan 30 @ 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,[...]
Jan
31
Mon
7:30 pm Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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[...]
Feb
8
Tue
7:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting
Executive Committee Meeting
Feb 8 @ 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[...]
Feb
10
Thu
7:15 pm American Jews and Racial Justice...
American Jews and Racial Justice...
Feb 10 @ 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[...]
Feb
13
Sun
9:30 am Community Gathering
Community Gathering
Feb 13 @ 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
Sunday School
Feb 13 @ 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,[...]
Feb
17
Thu
9:00 am Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Feb 17 @ 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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