Feb
21
Sun
Sunday School
Feb 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Feb
22
Mon
Kvutzah Group Welcome Meeting
Feb 22 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us on Monday, February 22nd, at 4:30 pm (Zoom link coming soon!) for the first official KB climate action Kvutzah group meeting! We will go over what our goals and plans will be for the group. Members of the leadership board at the Jewish Youth Climate Movement will present more information about the organization, their norms, achievements, values, mission, and more! Any interested youth aged 12-18 is welcome. This Kvutzah group will meet roughly once a week, but you do not need to come to every meeting. If you have any questions, feel free to email Roz Patterson at dinicatcat@gmail.com.

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 – 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 – Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
July – Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?,  by Beverly Daniel Tatum

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 – 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 – Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
July – Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?,  by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Feb
27
Sat
Purim Havdalah
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In lieu of our Purim carnival, Join Zach and Lidia for a musical, Purim themed havdalah service! We’ll make masks to celebrate the silliness of Purim, and Zach will tell the Purim story. To participate, please have these supplies ready:

Mask Making: Mask template cut from cardboard or paper plates, scissors, glue or tape, string, decorative materials, such as tin foil, feathers, makers, pompoms, etc.

Havdalah: wine or grape juice, fragrant spices, havdalah candle. 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 info@kahalbraira.org.

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.

For Zoom link, please RSVP to info@kahalbraira.org.

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!
Register here: https://iishj.org/rediscovering_jewish_diversity/

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.

Rabbi Adam Chalom has served as Dean-North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism since 2007. He is also the Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago. Rabbi Chalom has spoken at several national and international conferences; edited and contributed to several volumes on Judaism, Humanism and their intersection; and provided weekend learning opportunities with Kahal Braira most recently in 2015. You can read more about his work at https://hjrabbi.wordpress.com/about/curriculum-vitae/.

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 Kahal B’raira and Rabbi Adam Chalom to learn and to grow!
Register here: https://iishj.org/rediscovering_jewish_diversity/

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

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?

Rabbi Adam Chalom has served as Dean-North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism since 2007. He is also the Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago. Rabbi Chalom has spoken at several national and international conferences; edited and contributed to several volumes on Judaism, Humanism and their intersection; and provided weekend learning opportunities with Kahal Braira most recently in 2015. You can read more about his work at https://hjrabbi.wordpress.com/about/curriculum-vitae/.

 

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 Kahal B’raira and Rabbi Adam Chalom to learn and to grow!
Register here: https://iishj.org/rediscovering_jewish_diversity/

Learning Session #2, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST
Cost: $9

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?

Rabbi Adam Chalom has served as Dean-North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism since 2007. He is also the Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago. Rabbi Chalom has spoken at several national and international conferences; edited and contributed to several volumes on Judaism, Humanism and their intersection; and provided weekend learning opportunities with Kahal Braira most recently in 2015. You can read more about his work at https://hjrabbi.wordpress.com/about/curriculum-vitae/.