Nov
21
Sun
Community Gathering
Nov 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

Join us in-person or online for this community gathering. For our program, we will hear from Reb Moshe Waldoks.

Reb Moshe Waldoks, co-author of The Big Book of Jewish Humor, joins us to talk about the historic forces and pressures that created the distinctive voice of Jewish humor. How does Jewish humor reflect the Jewish experience? How has it served Jews? How did it come to gain a much broader audience?

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 Moshe Waldoks
12:00 – Optional: Stay For an Extra 15 Min of Q&A
12:15 – End

The announcements and service, and program will be livestreamed to our Facebook page from about 10:00am-noon. Anyone can watch the livestream, even if you don’t have a Facebook account. We’ll be experimenting with different livestream setups for the first few gatherings, so your patience and feedback is appreciated! Questions? Interested in hosting a Zoom schmooze for remote viewers? Please email Lidia at L.Pruente@kahalbraira.org.

Sunday School & Grades 2-3 Pizza Party
Nov 21 @ 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
1
Wed
The Diverse Cultures of Contemporary Israel: Exploring A Multiplicity of Identities Through Story And Film
Dec 1 @ 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
4
Sat
Chanukah Celebration
Dec 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

RSVPs encouraged, please RSVP here.

Join KB as we celebrate Chanukah on Saturday, December 4th, at 4:00 pm at the Fayerweather Street School, 765 Concord Ave, Cambridge. Vaccination required for ages 12+, and masks required for all when indoors.

Hear the story of Chanukah from a Humanist Perspective. Share in our holiday service and singing. Bring your menorah and candles to light or help to light our menorah. Enjoy dreidel-spinning and other festive activities. Indulge in some holiday snacks!

If you love Jewish culture or if you are just beginning to experience it, you will find our services rich with song, meaning and celebration. Services are primarily in English and Hebrew is translated and transliterated. Customs are explained. No prior level of Jewish knowledge is needed. Appropriate for adults and children.

Dec
5
Sun
Community Gathering
Dec 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

Join Kahal B’raira for a Community Gathering, featuring a service, time to schmooze, and an educational or cultural program. Details to follow.

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

Sunday School & Grades 4-5 Pizza Party
Dec 5 @ 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
8
Wed
The Diverse Cultures of Contemporary Israel: Exploring A Multiplicity of Identities Through Story And Film
Dec 8 @ 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
9
Thu
American Jews and Racial Justice: Where We Are Now and How We Got Here
Dec 9 @ 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.

Dec
11
Sat
Zoom Havdalah Service
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Zach Mayer for a musical havdalah service, marking the end of shabbat and the beginning of a new week. To participate, have wine or grape juice, some fragrant spices, and a havdalah candle ready. If you don’t have a havdalah candle, you can use two chanukah or shabbat candles attached with a rubber band.

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

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.