Dec
12
Sun
A Celebration of HJ Role Model Yaakov Malkin
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join the Society for Humanistic Judaism via Zoom as Rabbi Sivan Malkin Maas (from Jerusalem), the daughter of our role model helps us celebrate Malkin, his achievements and his contributions to the movement. Get an inside look at the professor, activist, writer and father. Register here: https://bit.ly/yaakovmalkin.

Dec
14
Tue
Executive Committee Meeting
Dec 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 members. For the Zoom link, please email Lidia at l.pruente@kahalbraira.org.

Dec
15
Wed
The Diverse Cultures of Contemporary Israel: Exploring A Multiplicity of Identities Through Story And Film
Dec 15 @ 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 (Make-up: January 5th)
Location: Zoom
Cost: $325, generous financial aid is available
Register here. Open to all learners.

For a variety of reasons most American Jews have learned more about the history of modern Israel, but less about the full complexity of cultures that make up contemporary Israeli society.  This course will help participants grasp how that history actually gets lived out in the day-to-day life of a sprawling, vibrant, deeply multicultural, and multi-religious society.

Drawing on both popular and more elite media, such as film, short stories, television programs, and popular song videos (all in translation), and also taking advantage of helpful scholarly literature, this course will explore many facets of the contemporary cultural experience in Israel.

A great number of very different identities thrive in contemporary Israeli society. This ten-week course will focus on these identities, their histories and politics, and the relationships between them.

Some of the identities and topics we will be exploring include:

  • Religious and secular Jews
  • Different Kinds of Jewish culture (Ashkenazi, Mizrachi, Russian, Ethiopian, etc.)
  • Israeli Arab Identities (Muslim, Christian, Druze, etc.)
  • Palestinian intellectual and cultural perspectives on Palestinian identity
  • How Changing Conceptions of Gender Affect Identity, and
  • the multiplicity of LGBTQ identities in Israel

We will also be looking at popular culture and, in particular, at the growth of satire and humor as responses to and critiques of Israeli society.

Students will be asked to watch a few films at home, prior to class.  This may require access to free and paid streaming services.

For information about financial aid, please contact Marilyn Stern at meah@hebrewcollege.edu. If you would like assistance with registration, email Anna Katsevman at akatsevman@hebrewcollege.edu

Dec
16
Thu
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Dec 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 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 Melinda Rothstein, or Lidia at info@kahalbraira.org

Tentative Schedule

September 
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part One (Introduction & 1619-1659 & Poem); page xiii – p 35
  • The Book of Unknown Americans (fiction)
October 
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Two (1659-1699 & Poem); pages 40-69
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria (non-fiction)
November
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Three (1699-1739 & Poem); pages 73-108
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee sections 1-3 (memoir, non-fiction)
December
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Four (1739-1779 & Poem); pages 111-145
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee sections 4-7 (memoir, non-fiction)
January
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Five (1779-1819 & Poem); pages 149-184
  • Minor Feelings (memoir)
February
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Six (1819-1859 & Poem); pages 187-221
  • The Night Watchman (fiction)
March
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Seven (1859-1864 & Poem); pages 225-263
  • The Cooking Gene (memoir, non-fiction)
April
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Eight (1899-1939 & Poem); pages 267-304
  • Interior Chinatown (fiction)
May
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Nine (1939-1979 & Poem); pages 307-347
  • The Vanishing Half (fiction)
June
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Ten (1979-2019 & Poem & Conclusion); pages 351-392
  • Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow (non-fiction)
Dec
19
Sun
Community Gathering
Dec 19 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

Join us in-person or on Zoom for this community gathering. For our program, we will hear from Sandra Mayo.

Former KB Educational Director (2009-2013) and artist Sandra Mayo will talk about her social justice-inspired art, her research and creative process. Using conceptual strategies like mapping and coding, Mayo distills human tragedies that have profound and lasting impacts on individuals, families, and societies over multiple generations. Her work captures trauma as well as resiliency and hope, moving from individual to collective experience.

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

The announcements, service, and program will be livestreamed on Zoom from about 10:00am-noon. If you’re interested in hosting a Zoom schmooze for remote viewers, please email Lidia at L.Pruente@kahalbraira.org.

Sunday School & Grades 6-7 Pizza Party
Dec 19 @ 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, at eddirector@kahalbraira.org.

9:30-9:45 – Mifgash (outside in the backyard, weather permitting)
9:45-noon – Class time

Dec
20
Mon
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Dec 20 @ 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 Melinda Rothstein, or Lidia at info@kahalbraira.org

Tentative Schedule

September 
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part One (Introduction & 1619-1659 & Poem); page xiii – p 35
  • The Book of Unknown Americans (fiction)
October 
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Two (1659-1699 & Poem); pages 40-69
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria (non-fiction)
November
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Three (1699-1739 & Poem); pages 73-108
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, parts 1-3 (memoir, non-fiction)
December
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Four (1739-1779 & Poem); pages 111-145
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, parts 4-7 (memoir, non-fiction)
January
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Five (1779-1819 & Poem); pages 149-184
  • Minor Feelings (memoir)
February
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Six (1819-1859 & Poem); pages 187-221
  • The Night Watchman (fiction)
March
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Seven (1859-1864 & Poem); pages 225-263
  • The Cooking Gene (memoir, non-fiction)
April
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Eight (1899-1939 & Poem); pages 267-304
  • Interior Chinatown (fiction)
May
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Nine (1939-1979 & Poem); pages 307-347
  • The Vanishing Half (fiction)
June
  • Four Hundred Souls – Part Ten (1979-2019 & Poem & Conclusion); pages 351-392
  • Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow (non-fiction)
Dec
22
Wed
B Mitzvah Cohort Meeting
Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Students in the B Mitzvah planning process, or thinking about beginning the process, are invited to a B Mitzvah cohort meeting. Lidia will meet with the students to do some introductions and icebreakers, in order to build community among students at different points in the B Mitzvah process. Then we’ll talk about the purpose of B Mitzvah and how KB’s process is similar or different to other communities.

During the meeting, Adam Gusman will facilitate a parent Q&A. Parents who have already finished the B Mitzvah program are welcome to come answer questions from parents who are just starting out. 

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

The Diverse Cultures of Contemporary Israel: Exploring A Multiplicity of Identities Through Story And Film
Dec 22 @ 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 (Make-up: January 5th)
Location: Zoom
Cost: $325, generous financial aid is available
Register here. Open to all learners.

For a variety of reasons most American Jews have learned more about the history of modern Israel, but less about the full complexity of cultures that make up contemporary Israeli society.  This course will help participants grasp how that history actually gets lived out in the day-to-day life of a sprawling, vibrant, deeply multicultural, and multi-religious society.

Drawing on both popular and more elite media, such as film, short stories, television programs, and popular song videos (all in translation), and also taking advantage of helpful scholarly literature, this course will explore many facets of the contemporary cultural experience in Israel.

A great number of very different identities thrive in contemporary Israeli society. This ten-week course will focus on these identities, their histories and politics, and the relationships between them.

Some of the identities and topics we will be exploring include:

  • Religious and secular Jews
  • Different Kinds of Jewish culture (Ashkenazi, Mizrachi, Russian, Ethiopian, etc.)
  • Israeli Arab Identities (Muslim, Christian, Druze, etc.)
  • Palestinian intellectual and cultural perspectives on Palestinian identity
  • How Changing Conceptions of Gender Affect Identity, and
  • the multiplicity of LGBTQ identities in Israel

We will also be looking at popular culture and, in particular, at the growth of satire and humor as responses to and critiques of Israeli society.

Students will be asked to watch a few films at home, prior to class.  This may require access to free and paid streaming services.

For information about financial aid, please contact Marilyn Stern at meah@hebrewcollege.edu. If you would like assistance with registration, email Anna Katsevman at akatsevman@hebrewcollege.edu

Jan
8
Sat
Virtual Winter Weekend *note the time change*
Jan 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Please join KB for a virtual Winter Weekend! Like last year, there will be several breakout rooms with games, conversation, and general schmoozing. Possible activities include hanging out in the main room, Boggle, Scattergories, Codenames, Jackbox, Fictionary, and a dance party! If you’re interested in hosting one of these activities, or some other activity, please let Cathy know (cathycab@gmail.com).

Stay tuned for details and Zoom links!