Jan
17
Sun
Adult Gathering and Service (MLK program)
Jan 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:45 pm

9:00 – Sunday School
Adult Programming
10:30 – Schmooze & Announcements
11:00 – Service
11:30-12:45 – Building Anti-Racist Relationships and Alliances Across Difference, with Becky Shuster and Rev. Cheryl Harris
30-40 minute talk, followed by a 30-45 minute Q and A

Kahal B’raira member Becky Shuster, a white Jew, will co-lead this year’s Martin Luther King interactive program with Rev. Cheryl Harris, who is African-American and American Baptist. Becky and Cheryl have cultivated their interracial, interfaith friendship for twenty years, and will share insights and facilitate a conversation about the transformational value, and daily challenges, of building anti-racist relationships and alliances across difference.

 

Visitors are always welcome! For Zoom information, please RSVP to info@kahalbraira.org.

Jan
21
Thu
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Jan 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 other that will support our learning and current experiences. This is a peer-supported group and not led by an expert on the subject. We are on a learning journey and hope you will join us.

In order to accommodate as many people as possible, the group will meet twice per month. You’re welcome to attend one or both of these meetings.

For the Zoom link, please email info@kahalbraira.org.

Tentative Schedule
October – initial meeting – discussion / introduction initial self-reflection
November – So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
December – Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
January – The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
February – Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?,  by Beverly Daniel Tatum
March – The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
April – The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein [no relation]
May – Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, by Eddie S Glaude, Jr.
June – Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson

Jan
24
Sun
Sunday School
Jan 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Jan
25
Mon
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Jan 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 other that will support our learning and current experiences. This is a peer-supported group and not led by an expert on the subject. We are on a learning journey and hope you will join us.

In order to accommodate as many people as possible, the group will meet twice per month. You’re welcome to attend one or both of these meetings.

For the Zoom link, please email info@kahalbraira.org.

Tentative Schedule
October – initial meeting – discussion / introduction initial self-reflection
November – So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
December – Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
January – The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
February – Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?,  by Beverly Daniel Tatum
March – The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
April – The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein [no relation]
May – Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, by Eddie S Glaude, Jr.
June – Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson

Jan
31
Sun
KB Day: KB celebrates Tu B’Shevat
Jan 31 @ 10:30 am – 12:45 pm

Join us as our whole community comes together to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for Trees! We’ll begin with a seder recognizing the special qualities and lessons we can learn from different kinds of plants. Then, choose from a variety of workshops, including songs, crafts, and a discussion group for teens and adults!

Approximate Schedule:
10:30-10:45 – Welcome, breakout room schmooze, announcements
10:45-11:15 – Seder (NOTE: no life cycle service this week)
11:15-11:30 – Break
11:30-12:30 – Tu B’shvat/KB Day workshops (separate links)

Tu B’shevat Songs, with Zach Mayer
Come sing with Zach! We will learn a special song for Tu B’shevat, and learn how to sing it in harmony. No prior singing experience required!

Tree Photography, with Stan Eichner
Trees are really wonderful to photograph. Learn how to capture powerful images of trees – this workshop will discuss how to best apply important principles of photography to the subject of trees, along with a discussion of some techniques specific to trees.  All skill levels are welcome. Here’s a link to a set of tree images that will be used in the workshop.  https://staneichner.smugmug.com/Trees  “Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” Kahlil Gibran 

Budding Curiosity: Identifying Winter Trees, with David Meshoulam
Did you know trees in winter have secret clues to their identity? Their buds!!  Come to this family workshop, learn about the secrets of winter trees, and head out to identify the trees around your home.  How many different types of trees can you find?

Aim Low: Strategies and Challenges for Getting to Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions, with Ryan Katofsky
The energy transition is already underway: U.S. coal consumption is down 50% from its peak in 2007, and solar energy use is up more than 1,500% in the same period. Still, in order to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, we need to greatly accelerate clean energy deployment. We’ll explore the key strategies for economy-wide decarbonization, review recent progress in clean energy, and discuss how local action is needed to help implement these ambitious targets.

Social Justice Discussion Group for Youth and Adults, with Mattie Jodoin-Siegel
Details to come.

Teen Climate Action Group, with Roz Patterson
Join with other teens to learn about KB’s new Climate Action Group.  Talk about your concerns and work together to brainstorm actions.  This group will continue meeting regularly.

Arts and Crafts Activity, with Scott Gelber
Details to come.

Fruit Prints, with Frances Lasday
Tu B’shvat celebrates the coming of the first fruits. One of the ways we celebrate this holiday is by gathering to eat lots of different fruits during a special meal. In this workshop we will check out the insides of different fruits and vegetables and use them to decorate a plate or placemat, to decorate our tables for when we eat our Tu B’shvat meal. This workshop is meant for students in K-3rd grade, with their families.

Materials needed:
Paint- tempera for paper, or acrylic/fabric paint for fabric
Various fruits/vegetables cut in different ways to make interesting shapes
Canvas- paper (maybe a paper plate, or piece of cardstock- but can be anything) or fabric of some kind.

 

Feb
7
Sun
Sunday School
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Adult Gathering and Service (note: 2 Sundays in a row)
Feb 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:45 pm

RSVP Required by January 17!

10:30 – Schmooze & Announcements
11:00 – Service
11:30-12:45 – Program: Virtual Tour of the Tenement Museum

During a live, online interactive event, Tenement Museum Educators will take you into the apartment of the Rogarshevsky family. The Jewish American Rogarshevksy family lived in 97 Orchard Street in 1911, and their story explores how they balanced work, tradition and culture in the Lower East Side. You’ll learn how they grappled with their identity and experiences with the labor movement. Through a private Zoom meeting, you’ll see video, images, and primary sources to build the world of the Rogarshevsky family. There will be opportunities to interact and ask questions through chat, with an end of tour Q&A. 

Feb
9
Tue
Executive Committee Meeting
Feb 9 @ 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 members.  RSVP for  Zoom link to info@kahalbraira.org

Feb
14
Sun
Parent Workshop: Supporting Kids with Online Learning
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come speak with educator and Gateways coach Sarah Kerstein about some of the challenges of remote learning, including how to support kids with difficulty focusing, and how to help them stay on track while working independently.

For Zoom link, RSVP to info@kahalbraira.org.

Feb
17
Wed
B Mitzvah Parent Meeting
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • B Mitzvah Overview – Why do we have cultural B Mitzvahs?
  • Planning Resources
    • Planning Checklist
    • Handbook
    • Liturgy & service examples
    • Speech writing guidelines
  • Logistics: group brainstorm on venues, caterers, and other event planning details