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

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Community Gathering

Sunday, October 17, 9:30am-12:15pm

Join us in-person or online for this community gathering. For our program, we will hear from Martin Puchner.

As a boy in Germany in the 1970s, Martin Puchner learned about a secret language called Rotwelsch–which combines Yiddish, Hebrew, and many European languages–from his father and uncle. Recent research into this mystery, as a Harvard University Professor, revealed to him a poisonous 1930s tract on Jewish names as well as his grandfather’s identity as a Nazi who despised this “language of thieves.” Interweaving family memoir with an adventurous foray into a concealed language, Puchner discovers in this language a witty and resourceful spirit of tolerance that remains essential today.


9:30 – Schmooze/BYO coffee/Mifgash, outside if weather permits
10:00 – Announcements
10:10 – Candle Lighting and Service
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11:00 – Program by Martin Puchner
12:00 – Optional: Stay For an Extra 15 Min of Q&A
12:15 – End

The announcements and service, and program will be livestreamed to our Facebook page from about 10:00am-noon. Anyone can watch the livestream, even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

All Activities Are Online   

RSVP info@kahalbraira.org 

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

Oct
20
Wed
7:00 pm The Diverse Cultures of Contempo...
The Diverse Cultures of Contempo...
Oct 20 @ 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[...]
Oct
21
Thu
9:00 am Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Oct 21 @ 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[...]
Oct
25
Mon
7:30 pm Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Oct 25 @ 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[...]
Oct
27
Wed
7:00 pm The Diverse Cultures of Contempo...
The Diverse Cultures of Contempo...
Oct 27 @ 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[...]
Oct
28
Thu
7:15 pm American Jews and Racial Justice...
American Jews and Racial Justice...
Oct 28 @ 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[...]
Nov
3
Wed
7:00 pm The Diverse Cultures of Contempo...
The Diverse Cultures of Contempo...
Nov 3 @ 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[...]
Nov
7
Sun
9:30 am Community Gathering
Community Gathering
Nov 7 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
Community Gathering @ via Zoom
Join Kahal B’raira for a Community Gathering, featuring a service, time to schmooze, and and a talk by Christina Crowder: The Kiselgof-Makovetsky Digital Manuscript Project connects international klezmer musicians today with klezmer musicians from more[...]
9:30 am Sunday School
Sunday School
Nov 7 @ 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,[...]
Nov
10
Wed
7:00 pm The Diverse Cultures of Contempo...
The Diverse Cultures of Contempo...
Nov 10 @ 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[...]
Nov
15
Mon
7:30 pm Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Anti-Racism Book Group (members ...
Nov 15 @ 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[...]

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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