May
22
Sun
Community Gathering: Annual Meeting
May 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

Join Kahal B’raira for a Community Gathering, featuring a service, time to schmooze, and our short but important annual meeting where we affirm our structure for another year. We will hear about the budget for fiscal year 2022-23, and members age 13 and older are welcome to vote on our board slate and bylaws revision.

Schedule
9:30 – Schmooze & coffee (outside/Zoom)
10:10 – Candle Lighting and Service led by Sam
11:00 – Short break
11:05 – Annual Meeting

If we have extra time after the annual meeting, we’ll have more time to schmooze, plus an optional discussion group about Humanism and ethics!

Community Gatherings will be hybrid, with in-person and streaming options. For more information, please email Lidia at info@kahalbraira.org.

Sunday School & PreK-Grade 1 Picnic
May 22 @ 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

Following school, the PreK-Grade 1 class will have a picnic in the Fayerweather yard.

May
23
Mon
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
May 23 @ 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)
Jun
1
Wed
B Mitzvah Cohort Meeting & Parent Q&A
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Students in the B Mitzvah planning process, or thinking about beginning the process, are invited to a B Mitzvah cohort meeting. The student meeting will focus on skills for public speaking. Then at 6:45pm, Lidia will meet with parents to answer questions and talk about speech writing resources available to students, mentors, and parents.

Jun
2
Thu
American Jews and Racial Justice: Where We Are Now and How We Got Here
Jun 2 @ 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 One: Finding our place: Jews in the Struggle for Racial Equity
with Tema Smith – 6 Sessions: 9/30, 10/28, 11/18, 12/9, 1/13, 2/10

With a renewed awakening about the pervasiveness of systemic racism in our society, questions about where the Jewish community fits in are appearing more and more. How does the social construction of race impact the Jewish community? Are white-presenting Jews considered white? How does the Jewish community show up for Jews of Color? And where does antisemitism fit into this spectrum of oppression? In this course, we will dive into some of these hot-button topics and emerge with a deeper understanding of each of our places in the fight for justice.

Part Two: American Jews and Race: A Historical Perspective
with Dr. Marc Dollinger – 4 Sessions: 3/17, 4/7, 5/5, 6/2

Learn about the most important historical moments for American Jews and questions of race. Explore how white-presenting Jews have, and have not, been considered privileged in U.S. history. Dive deep into the civil rights movement of the 1950s and early 1960s, learning new insights into both southern Jews and northern Jewish participation in racial justice causes. Learn about the apparent break-up of the Black/Jewish alliance in the mid-1960s with a close reading of the Black Power movement and its inspiration for American Jewish public identity. Finally, examine actual historical documents going back 360 years revealing the interconnection between Jews, race, and racism, that show us how “becoming American” often meant participation in racist systems.

If you encounter any difficulties with registration, please contact Cindy Bernstein at cbernstein@hebrewcollege.edu or 617-559-8709.

There will not be much homework for this series.

Jun
5
Sun
Pride Picnic
Jun 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Boston Pride no longer runs a parade, but we would still love to celebrate Pride month at Kahal B’raira. LGBTQ+ folks and their allies are invited to a low key BYO picnic on June 5. We’ll provide a few rainbow snacks, an activity or two, and perhaps a bit of queer themed learning in honor of the holiday Shavuot!

The forecast looks sunny, so we will meet at Auburndale Cove, West Pine St, Newton

Jun
12
Sun
Community Gathering: Chagigah & Blood Drive
Jun 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

Join Kahal B’raira for our last community gathering of the year, including chagigah, our school graduation ceremony, and an album release concert by the KBeats!

Schedule:
Adult Program/Kids in Class (inside, livestreamed)
9:30 – Announcements
9:45 – Blessings & Concert
10:15 – Appreciations
10:30 – transition to outside
Chagigah Celebration (outside, not livestreamed)
10:45 – Schmooze/ each class has a table that adults can visit to hear about what they’ve learned this year
11:00 –  Graduation service
11:30 – BYO Picnic

The MGH Bloodmobile will come to KB from 9am-1pm. We need a minimum of 20 members/guests for the Bloodmobile to come. Please consider donating! You may also have any family members or guests/friends (16 or older) sign up on our sheet as well.

Parental Consent Form  (16 year olds need consent. 17 you do not.)
Click HERE to choose a time slot!

Community Gatherings will be hybrid, with in-person and streaming options. For more information, please email Lidia at info@kahalbraira.org.

Sunday School & Grades 6-7 Bike Ride
Jun 12 @ 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.

6-7 Class Activity, June 12th, right after KB:

Hey, 6-7 Class: Let’s celebrate the end of the Sunday School year and the beginning of summer by doing a group bike trip along the Minuteman Trail, from Arlington Center to Ranc’s (in Lexington Center) for ice cream! Load bike(s) on the family car and take them to KB. We’ll meet between 12:30 and 12:45 on the Minuteman Rail Trail in Arlington Center, which is only about 2 miles from the Fayerweather School.
Starting point is the Uncle Sam Memorial statue in Arlington Ctr. (at the corner of Rt. 60 and Mass. Ave.). There is a parking lot right across the street where you can leave your car, unload the bike(s) and cross Rt. 60 to our meeting place.
Bike trip to Lexington is 4.9 miles one way.
Parents, siblings and other friends/relatives also welcome to bike – or you can even drive to Lexington Center and meet us there (around 1:15 or so), to pick up those who’d rather not bike the round trip.
Please RSVP to Linda Manganaro (6-7 class parent)
so that we know you are coming. Also, don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or comments.
Remember to bring helmets, water and sunblock.
Hope you will join us!

Jun
14
Tue
Executive Committee Meeting
Jun 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.

Jun
15
Wed
B Mitzvah Cohort Meeting & Parent Q&A
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Students in the B Mitzvah planning process, or thinking about beginning the process, are invited to a B Mitzvah cohort meeting. The student meeting will focus on skills for public speaking. Then at 6:45pm, Lidia will meet with parents to answer questions and talk about speech writing resources available to students, mentors, and parents.