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.

People celebrating Chanukah

Upcoming & Noteworthy

Tot Time for Families
Sunday, May 15, – 10:00-11:00am, in-person
765 Concord Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

  Children 4 and under, plus their adults and older siblings, are invited to Tot Family Time at Kahal B’raira! We will tell stories, sing with Music Director Zach Mayer, connect with other families, and enjoy a snack.

RSVPs are appreciated to help with planning. To RSVP, please email Lidia at info@kahalbraira.org.

Visitors Welcome

As a community dedicated to peace and human rights, Kahal B’raira, the humanistic Jewish congregation of Greater Boston, condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We decry this unprovoked act of war, the murder of innocent people, and the destruction of communities. Our global family is suffering greatly, and are seeing the death of their loved ones, destruction, and displacement from their homes. We call for the end of the invasion, the withdrawal of all Russian troops, the protection of refugees, and a return to peace. We seek solutions to human conflicts that respect the freedom, dignity, and self-esteem of every human being.

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

May
22
Sun
9:30 am Community Gathering: Annual Meeting
Community Gathering: Annual Meeting
May 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
Join Kahal B’raira for a Community Gathering, featuring a service, time to schmooze, and our short but important annual meeting where we affirm our structure for another year. We will hear about the budget for[...]
9:30 am Sunday School & PreK-Grade 1 Picnic
Sunday School & PreK-Grade 1 Picnic
May 22 @ 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,[...]
May
23
Mon
7:30 pm Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
May 23 @ 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[...]
Jun
1
Wed
6:00 pm B Mitzvah Cohort Meeting & Paren...
B Mitzvah Cohort Meeting & Paren...
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Students in the B Mitzvah planning process, or thinking about beginning the process, are invited to a B Mitzvah cohort meeting. The student meeting will focus on skills for public speaking. Then at 6:45pm, Lidia will meet with parents to answer questions and talk[...]
Jun
2
Thu
7:15 pm American Jews and Racial Justice...
American Jews and Racial Justice...
Jun 2 @ 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[...]
Jun
5
Sun
1:00 pm Pride Picnic
Pride Picnic
Jun 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Boston Pride no longer runs a parade, but we would still love to celebrate Pride month at Kahal B’raira. LGBTQ+ folks and their allies are invited to a low key BYO picnic on June 5.[...]
Jun
12
Sun
9:30 am Community Gathering: Chagigah & ...
Community Gathering: Chagigah & ...
Jun 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
Join Kahal B’raira for our last community gathering of the year, including chagigah, our school graduation ceremony, and an album release concert by the KBeats! Schedule: Adult Program/Kids in Class (inside) 9:30 – Announcements 9:45[...]
9:30 am Sunday School & Grades 6-7 Bike ...
Sunday School & Grades 6-7 Bike ...
Jun 12 @ 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,[...]
Jun
14
Tue
7:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting
Executive Committee Meeting
Jun 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[...]
Jun
16
Thu
9:00 am Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Jun 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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