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
Feb
21
Sun
Sunday School
Feb 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Feb
22
Mon
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Feb 22 @ 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

Feb
25
Thu
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Feb 25 @ 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

Feb
28
Sun
Adult Gathering and Service (KB celebrates Purim)
Feb 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:45 pm

10:30 – Schmooze & Announcements
11:00 – Service
11:30-12:45 – The Extraordinary Voyages of the Yiddish Jules Verne, with Sebastian Schulman

Whether it was on the Lower East Side of New York or in the shtetlekh of Eastern Europe, Yiddish speakers were voracious readers of Jules Verne (1828-1905), the 19th century’s most celebrated author of science fiction. With stories of adventure that crossed borders and investigated new technologies, these books had a direct appeal for Yiddish readers who faced the challenges of industrialization and mass immigration. This presentation will explore how Verne’s Yiddish translators reshaped the writer to fit the norms of Jewish readership, while at the same time using Verne to advance a message of modernization, science, and empire to their supposedly backward and superstitious readers. This lecture will reveal the creation of a distinctly Yiddish “Zhul Vern,” a member of the Jewish literary pantheon who was related to, but somehow very different from his Parisian namesake.

Mar
9
Tue
Executive Committee Meeting
Mar 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

Mar
12
Fri
Shabbat Celebration – Jewish Diversity in Community
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Kahal B’raira and Rabbi Adam Chalom to celebrate Shabbat together!

“Jewish Diversity in Community”
What ties together Jews with roots in Russia, Syria, Azerbaijan and Ethiopia? How can we create one Jewish community, even a self-defined Secular Humanistic Jewish congregation, from the wide range of Jewish experiences, attachments, cultures and beliefs? Perhaps what might drive us apart can also bring us together.

Registration link coming soon.

Mar
13
Sat
Rediscovering Jewish Diversity – Session 1
Mar 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The real Jewish experience is more diverse than we ever imagined. How can the histories of diverse Jewish communities transform the Jewish present? Join us to learn and to grow! $10 per learning session, $25 for all 3.

Learning Session #1, 9:00am-11:00am EST

What are the Jews? – Is being Jewish a nationality, or a race, or a culture, or a people, or a religion, or something else? The answer to this question will impact how we understand what diverse Jewish communities have in common, and why they differ.

Alexandria, Egypt – What can the experiences of Jews living 2000 years ago with Greeks and Egyptians, and balancing between traditional religion and Hellenistic culture, teach us about Jewish life in the 21st Century?

 

Rediscovering Jewish Diversity – Session 2
Mar 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The real Jewish experience is more diverse than we ever imagined. How can the histories of diverse Jewish communities transform the Jewish present? Join us to learn and to grow! $10 per learning session, $25 for all 3. Registration coming soon!

Learning Session #2, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST

Baghdad, Iraq – Does the 2,500 history of Jews and Arabs in what became the capital city of medieval Muslim empires give us hope or despair for future prospects of tolerance and peace?

Salonika, Greece – The medieval Jewish refugees from Spanish Inquisition and expulsion transformed this small city near the border between Europe and Asia. Are they a model for modern challenges of immigration, multiculturalism and the breakdown of community?

Mar
14
Sun
Sunday School
Mar 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am