Apr
11
Sun
Sunday School
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Adult Gathering and Service (KB observes Yom Hashoah)
Apr 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:45 pm

The Yom Hashoah Committee has been working on our annual Commemoration to the Holocaust, to the victims and survivors, and all ways our lives and our world has changed as a result. The morning will include a service, memorial video, music, and presentation by a survivor. You can view and print a copy of the Yom Hashoah service here.

Celia Kener will be speaking during our program. Celia Kener was born in 1935 in Lvov, Poland. When the Germans invaded in 1941, life totally changed. Her father was drafted into the Russian army while the rest of her family moved into the ghetto. Celia’s mother was selected for a labor camp and was periodically brought in to visit the family on weekends. Her mother found a childless Catholic couple and promised her daughter to them because she didn’t think that she would survive. Celia was eventually reunited with her mother. The family was liberated by the Russians. Her father escaped the Russian army to an Uzbekistan Displaced Persons camp under an assumed name and survived. Celia and her parents came to the US in 1949.

We will not have our usual schmooze, life cycle or announcements during this program, but we will look forward to catching up with people at the next KB Sunday.

During the service, we will share a list of names of some people who perished in the Holocaust. In the past we handed out armbands with those names on it. Since we are unable to do that in a remote service, we invite people to write down a few names from this list and have them nearby during the service. You can see the list here.

We will be lighting and extinguishing candles during the service in memory of all who suffered and all who died. If anyone is interested in doing the same, please have a candle and matches available for their use during the service.

Apr
13
Tue
Executive Committee Meeting
Apr 13 @ 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

Apr
14
Wed
B Mitzvah Meeting
Apr 14 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

B Mitzvah meetings are for young people and adults at any stage of B Mitzvah planning. Frances will meet with the young people while adults meet separately. After introductions and a brief review of the program, there will be time to ask questions and get advice from other parents.

The B Mitzvah handbook, checklist, and other resources are available here.

For the Zoom link, please email Lidia at l.pruente@kahalbraira.org.

Tradition on The Screen: Divergent Images of Jewish Traditional Life in Film
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please register here.

This course involves screening popular American and Israeli movies in order to study a complex
and profound issue in Jewish life today. This issue is the fundamental tension between the lives
and attitudes of modern Jews, and the lives and attitudes of traditional religious Jews (also
sometimes referred to as hareidim, ultra-orthodox, or hassidim). Designed as the first of two
courses (each may be taken separately), this course focuses on films that offer starkly different
depictions of traditional Jewish life. In particular, these films will help us attend to deep conflicts
over issues such as individual self-expression, family, the value of communal life, and the
experience of romance and love. Students will screen the films on their own before class;
important clips will be shown in class. Carefully chosen academic readings, and short stories will
be provided each week, both for background on that week’s film, and to enhance the experience
of viewing it.

Dates: 5 Wednesdays, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Cost: $165, generous financial aid is availableFor more information, contact Marilyn Stern at meah@hebrewcollege.edu
Instructor:  Dr. Jacob Meskin

Sponsored by Hebrew College and hosted by Congregation Eitz Chayim, Tremont Street
Shul, and Kahal B’raira, Cambridge

Apr
15
Thu
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Apr 15 @ 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 – Movies: 13th and Selma
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, July, and August – Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson

Apr
18
Sun
Teen Social Justice Discussion Group
Apr 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Led by Mattie, a KB high school alum, this peer led group will be a space where youth and young adults can discuss together how they are understanding the social issues of their time, what it means to be humanistic Jews and activists and learn together about social justice causes. This group is open to KB members and their friends in 6th grade or older.
For Zoom link, please RSVP to info@kahalbraira.org.
Teen Social Justice Discussion Group
Apr 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Led by Mattie, a KB high school alum, this peer led group will be a space where youth and young adults can discuss together how they are understanding the social issues of their time, what it means to be humanistic Jews and activists and learn together about social justice causes. This group is open to KB members and their friends in 6th grade or older.
For Zoom link, please RSVP to info@kahalbraira.org.
Apr
21
Wed
Tradition on The Screen: Divergent Images of Jewish Traditional Life in Film
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please register here.

This course involves screening popular American and Israeli movies in order to study a complex
and profound issue in Jewish life today. This issue is the fundamental tension between the lives
and attitudes of modern Jews, and the lives and attitudes of traditional religious Jews (also
sometimes referred to as hareidim, ultra-orthodox, or hassidim). Designed as the first of two
courses (each may be taken separately), this course focuses on films that offer starkly different
depictions of traditional Jewish life. In particular, these films will help us attend to deep conflicts
over issues such as individual self-expression, family, the value of communal life, and the
experience of romance and love. Students will screen the films on their own before class;
important clips will be shown in class. Carefully chosen academic readings, and short stories will
be provided each week, both for background on that week’s film, and to enhance the experience
of viewing it.

Dates: 5 Wednesdays, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Cost: $165, generous financial aid is availableFor more information, contact Marilyn Stern at meah@hebrewcollege.edu
Instructor:  Dr. Jacob Meskin

Sponsored by Hebrew College and hosted by Congregation Eitz Chayim, Tremont Street
Shul, and Kahal B’raira, Cambridge

Apr
23
Fri
Family-friendly Shabbat Service
Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Children, parents and people of all ages, come and welcome Shabbat! Popular with kids and adults alike, our musical Shabbat services are filled with opportunities to sing, dance, and connect with community, as we think together about what we’ve appreciated this past month and how we can help spread joy in the world!
To join in, gather candles, candle sticks and matches to light the candles. Challah and grape juice would be great too.

Join on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92438039826
Meeting ID: 924 3803 9826
Dial by your location: 929-205-6099