Sunday School
Jan 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Anti-Racism Book Group (members only)
Jan 25 @ 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

KB Day: KB celebrates Tu B’Shevat
Jan 31 @ 10:30 am – 12:45 pm

Join us as our whole community comes together to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for Trees! We’ll begin with a seder recognizing the special qualities and lessons we can learn from different kinds of plants. Then, choose from a variety of workshops, including songs, crafts, and a discussion group for teens and adults!

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

Approximate Schedule:
10:30-10:45 – Welcome, breakout room schmooze, announcements
10:45-11:15 – Seder (NOTE: no life cycle service this week)
11:15-11:30 – Break
11:30-12:30 – Tu B’shvat/KB Day workshops (separate links)

To help with workshop planning, please fill out this survey about workshop participation.

Tu B’shevat Songs, with Zach Mayer
Come sing with Zach! We will learn a special song for Tu B’shevat, and learn how to sing it in harmony. No prior singing experience required!

Tree Photography, with Stan Eichner
Trees are really wonderful to photograph. Learn how to capture powerful images of trees – this workshop will discuss how to best apply important principles of photography to the subject of trees, along with a discussion of some techniques specific to trees.  All skill levels are welcome. Here’s a link to a set of tree images that will be used in the workshop.  https://staneichner.smugmug.com/Trees  “Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” Kahlil Gibran 

Budding Curiosity: Identifying Winter Trees, with David Meshoulam
Did you know trees in winter have secret clues to their identity? Their buds!!  Come to this family workshop, learn about the secrets of winter trees, and head out to identify the trees around your home.  How many different types of trees can you find?

Aim Low: Strategies and Challenges for Getting to Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions, with Ryan Katofsky
The energy transition is already underway: U.S. coal consumption is down 50% from its peak in 2007, and solar energy use is up more than 1,500% in the same period. Still, in order to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, we need to greatly accelerate clean energy deployment. We’ll explore the key strategies for economy-wide decarbonization, review recent progress in clean energy, and discuss how local action is needed to help implement these ambitious targets.

Social Justice Discussion Group for Youth and Adults, with Mattie Jodoin-Siegel
Details to come.

Teen Climate Action Group, with Roz Patterson
Join with other teens to learn about KB’s new Climate Action Group.  Talk about your concerns and work together to brainstorm actions.  This group will continue meeting regularly.
Arts and Crafts Activity, with Emily Farbman & Scott Gelber
Did you know that trees are believed to communicate with each other? With the help of fungi in the earth and diversity of species, forests survive and flourish by sharing resources, protecting weaker seedlings, and warning each other of threats. Just like communities of people, forests can do better and be stronger through systems that help them stay connected. Using this concept, we’ll use collage and drawing techniques to create our own interconnected forest networks of support.

Large piece of sturdy paper
Colored construction paper
Magazine and newspaper, both print and images
Glue or glue stick
Drawing materials — colored pencils, crayons, markers

Fruit Prints, with Frances Lasday
Tu B’shvat celebrates the coming of the first fruits. One of the ways we celebrate this holiday is by gathering to eat lots of different fruits during a special meal. In this workshop we will check out the insides of different fruits and vegetables and use them to decorate a plate or placemat, to decorate our tables for when we eat our Tu B’shvat meal. This workshop is meant for students in K-3rd grade, with their families.

Materials needed:
Paint- tempera for paper, or acrylic/fabric paint for fabric
Various fruits/vegetables cut in different ways to make interesting shapes
Canvas- paper (maybe a paper plate, or piece of cardstock- but can be anything) or fabric of some kind.


Sunday School
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Adult Gathering and Service (note: 2 Sundays in a row)
Feb 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:45 pm

RSVP Required by January 25!

10:30 – Schmooze & Announcements
11:00 – Service
11:30-12:45 – Program: Virtual Tour of the Tenement Museum

During a live, online interactive event, Tenement Museum Educators will take you into the apartment of the Rogarshevsky family. The Jewish American Rogarshevksy family lived in 97 Orchard Street in 1911, and their story explores how they balanced work, tradition and culture in the Lower East Side. You’ll learn how they grappled with their identity and experiences with the labor movement. Through a private Zoom meeting, you’ll see video, images, and primary sources to build the world of the Rogarshevsky family. There will be opportunities to interact and ask questions through chat, with an end of tour Q&A. 

Executive Committee Meeting
Feb 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

Parent Workshop: Supporting Kids with Online Learning
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This workshop will focus on how parents can support their children while learning remotely. We will talk about how to support students’ social emotional, organizational and academic needs in a way that helps them become independent learners in a remote setting. Please bring all your questions, concerns, and any tips and tricks that are already working for you!

Sarah is a Special Education Teacher in the Boston Public Schools; Inclusion Coordinator at the URJ 6 in Points Sci-Tech Academy; and Consultant and Coach, for Gateways: Access to Jewish Education Massachusetts. Sarah has worked in inclusive settings for the past decade and has worked for Boston Public Schools as a teacher of students with significant disabilities for the last 5 years. Sarah has worked in various capacities in synagogue schools, training teens and teachers to collaboratively support all students in their classrooms. Sarah received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Tufts University and her graduate degree in special education from Lesley University.

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

B Mitzvah Parent Meeting
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


  • 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
Sunday School
Feb 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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.